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Storytelling in Public Speaking: The number one characteristic that makes a speaker great.
That’s my story (and I’m sticking to it)
Storytelling in public speaking is the number one characteristic that makes a speaker great. I had an attendee at one of my speaking engagements ask the other day, “What do you think of Andy Andrews as a speaker?” It’s one of my most hated questions, because speaking (and listening) is an intensely personal endeavor. The speakers […]
What is the Speech Coach Genie’s Top Wish?
The first question a speech coach asks starts with the end in mind. As kids, dreaming and wishing were part of our daily ritual. Whether it was trying to put ourselves into a fantasy world with a Disney character, imagining greatness in the sporting arena, creating and playing with imaginary friends, or trying to picture life without our nemesis, we spent a lot of time dreaming. I can remember […]
Do you know how to avoid being misinterpreted when speaking? Ever had a child, a co-worker, or a friend misquote you? It can be embarrassing, inefficient, or perhaps hurtful. Or worse. Read on to see what you can do to ensure communication success.
What they say you said
This past week is a bittersweet one in the anniversary column. I grew up in and around America’s space program (I went to elementary school with astronaut’s kids; I saw […]
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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