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Three Communication Principles Every Manager and Teacher Should Use
Communication skills matter.
High school finals are coming in our house. It’s been a long time since I last took a final exam, and it’s hard to imagine having the mental discipline to study for one today. But I’ve been called in to help prepare The Boy for his Pre-calculus final (I’ve been assisting all year, usually summoned at the last minute the night before a test or […]
Emceeing an Event
A Speaker’s lessons from the trenches
I recently had the opportunity of emceeing an event, a large fundraising banquet. It presented several challenges:
Introducing a speaker who I would not meet and did not know personally
Connecting several parts of the program for which I did not know the talking points
Addressing a large (>1500) audience with a questionable sound system that went silent several times in my opening segment.
While I really do enjoy speaking, […]
Public Speaking: Creating the Impression You Want
In public speaking, creating the impression you want isn’t always easy. Aristotle wisely said: “The impression created by the speaker as he utters the speech is the single greatest power of persuasion.” How you present, and the image it creates, makes an impact in how your message is received.
Your behavior determines what people think about you
I was in a fender bender today. It was the first time I’ve been […]
Presentation Sin: The Practical Guide to Stop Offending (and Start Impressing) Your Audience
Avoid the trap of presentation sins that are haunting most speakers. Get over 100 simple tips you can make to your communication skills that will easily turn you into a rock star on any size stage, whether you have an audience of one or one thousand.
“I have a minor in Speech Communications that was earned by taking 60 hours of college level courses. That college level training didn’t come close to the practical skills I learned from Alan Hoffler’s Speaker Circle training at StepUp. I feel more comfortable and competent making presentations as a result of his training. I know I better represent StepUp and its mission when speaking to groups. And I have watched the entire Speaker Circle group transform their presentations from a series of “uh” and “so” to compelling and memorable stories. Without exception, I would recommend Alan Hoffler’s training workshops to anyone seeking improvement of their presentation skills.”
“I have been fortunate to work with Alan on several occasions and have always found his support to be exactly what I needed. His classes are outstanding and I recommend them to anyone who speaks for a living. The content is excellent and the classes are not only powerful but fun. Recently, I asked Alan to coach me in the writing of an important speech. He was not only supportive and generous with his time, but he also has amazing insight. His guidance helped make my speech much more powerful than anything I could have written on my own. Thanks Alan!”
I attended Alan’s 2-day “Powerful, Persuasive Speaking” workshop. Wow. I’ve taken several very good public speaking courses in the past, but Alan’s class brought it all together for me. It made things click. It was like watching magic as Alan coached the participants—every single person improved dramatically. And the skills taught benefited not only formal public speaking, but interviews, meeting facilitation, and everyday conversations. I highly recommend Alan Hoffler and MillsWyck Communications to experienced speakers, novice speakers, and everyone in between. I look forward to more coaching from Alan in the future!
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