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 […]

Three Tips on How to Avoid Being Misinterpreted When Speaking

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 […]

Communication Principles for Effective Managers and Teachers

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 […]

Emceeing an Event — Dealing with Unexpected Issues

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) […]

Public Speaking: Creating the Impression You Want

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 […]

Mythbusters: Public Speaking Edition

Public Speaking Myths
In the last two weeks, I’ve had multiple students in my workshops ask incredulously, “I get what you’re teaching, but I was taught the exact opposite. Which is correct?” Those are the sorts of questions that can strike fear into the heart of an instructor – perhaps I am teaching it wrong! But in […]

Public Speaking Tips from the Trump and Clinton Debate

On September 26th, America endured the first U.S. Presidential debate.  There are many Public Speaking tips from the Trump and Clinton debate you can learn and apply to your own speaking.  Don’t expect me to weigh in on fact checkers or who won or who leads or who is a liar/narcissist/idiot. I do not discuss politics […]

Speech Introductions: The one question you should never answer first (Who Am I?)

In our July newsletter we shared a tip about speech introductions, and it’s a question I get a lot: “How should I introduce myself?” If I hear another speaker open with “Well, let me tell you a little about myself…”, I may scream.  And usually in the audiences I’m in, screaming is NOT appropriate.  But […]

Five Ways to Make Speeches Worthy of the Hall of Fame

I recently attended the baseball Hall of Fame (HOF) Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown, NY.  It was a once-in-a-lifetime event to hear the speeches of the inductees, even if I did have to pay $20 to park in some random farmer’s field and still had to walk to the ceremony.

The event had two basic parts (notwithstanding […]

Trip Report — Public Speaking Lessons From Around the World

When I worked in the corporate world, you were supposed to give a trip report when you returned from a conference or client travel.  This was an opportunity to share learned information with the home office, and also provided some nice accountability to participate fully while you were away.

Since I’m the director of the company, […]