The Role of Attitude in Speaking

Attitude is the single greatest factor in whether you can become truly great at any endeavor.
One of the negative aspects of my job is that I rarely get to see (live, anyway) the product of my efforts. If I train or coach a client, they are likely presenting at a location I cannot or will […]

7 Speaking Tips for Handling Presentation Mistakes

Handling Presentation Mistakes
Handling presentation mistakes can be difficult, even for professional speakers, if you’re not prepared. My friend Karin (pronounced CARR-in) Wiberg recently blogged about lessons learned from speakers. Calling Karin a friend seems to be a bit understated. She is also a fantastic editor (the moving force behind Presentation Sin!), business motivator, analyst/strategist, and […]

Top 3 Mistakes Conference Speakers Make and 3 Easy Fixes

Top 3 Mistakes Conference Speakers Make
I’ve just come back from several conferences and watched many conference speakers in action.  One of the benefits of speaking at a conference is usually a full pass to attend the entire conference.  I like to get there early and watch other speakers (as well as learn what they are […]

3 Tips for Handling Questions During a Presentation

Handling Questions During a Presentation
Handling questions can be the downfall of many presenters, even if their presentation is spot on. At most any conference you go to, the breakout sessions follow a predictable pattern.  The room host gets up and calls everyone to order.  They read the rules of the road, asking attendees to turn […]

Speaker Evaluation: Three Tips for Dealing with a Negative Review

Dealing with a Negative Speaker Evaluation
A speaker evaluation is important to all speakers who sincerely want to improve their craft. As a speaker, I get lots of gifts.  The crystal clock (that got tossed in my carry-on and security picked up as a “dense object”).  Pencil sets.  Gift cards.  Coffee mugs.  Key rings.  They are all […]

Technology Failure During Your Presentation: 3 Tips for How to Handle

When Technology Fails During Your Presentation
Having a technology failure during a presentation is almost inevitable.   I recently gave a one-hour lunch-and-learn for some folks at a tech company.  They wanted me to talk about some of the common pitfalls that technical presenters face and what to do about them.  Giving excuses (or rather, NOT […]

Three Skills that Drive Confidence in Public Speaking

The most popular phone call we get at MillsWyck Communications
The situations are different but the calls are the same about confidence in public speaking: conference speaker, all-hands meeting, wedding toast, stand before peers speaking in a second language, or asked to give a testimony in a house of worship.  The call request is the same: […]

Speaking and Writing: Similarities and Differences

Similarities and Differences Between Speaking and Writing
There are many similarities between speaking and writing. While I’ve never considered myself a writer by trade, I have long recognized the

similarities between writing and speaking. Writing my book was the single-best thing I’ve ever done for my business.  It solidified our teaching model and clarified and organized our […]

Storytelling: The One Skill Every Master Communicator Uses

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 […]

The Speech Coach Genie’s Wish

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 […]