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Confessions of a Public Speaking Coach

Confessions of a Public Speaking Coach

As a public speaking coach, I have a simple confession to make: When I was learning my way as a communicator, my primary method of improving myself was observation and study.  I watched thousands of speakers with one basic discriminating question in mind: What are...

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Independence Day – Going All In

Independence Day – Going All In

In America, we celebrate July 4th as Independence Day. That’s the day fifty-six rebels signed a document that meant they either fought and won or lost everything they had. Maybe a more proper label would be “All In Day”. No more wishing. No more hoping. No more...

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Anniversaries – What I’ve Learned Over the Years

Anniversaries – What I’ve Learned Over the Years

My last month is filled with anniversaries.  Anniversaries stir memories that are worth recalling.  For those willing to dig deeper, there are lessons that are worth applying and reviewing (and sharing).  And anniversaries remind us of how life grows and changes us....

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Three Content Tips to Make You a Better Teacher

Three Content Tips to Make You a Better Teacher

May the Fourth is National Star Wars Day .  I always wondered how those fans made the connection -- no one in the Star Wars movies speaks with a lisp (May the Fourthce be with you?).  But I digress.   May the Fourth is also National Weather Observers Day,...

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Having a Second Screen: The Absolute Key to Presenting Online

Having a Second Screen: The Absolute Key to Presenting Online

In this month's blog, I’m going to articulate my single best equipment recommendation, why it’s important, and how to use it effectively. It’s a second screen (or a third!). It’s been a year… since we were banished from our offices, restricted from live events, and...

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Find Your One Thing — Amidst the Junk You Keep

Find Your One Thing — Amidst the Junk You Keep

Find your One Thing BEFORE you create structure, add detail, or create visuals for your speech. We recently traded in the family wagon.  After almost a decade of serving us as a baseball team bus, daily commuter, vacation host, carpool waiting room, mobile business...

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The Ten Commandments of PowerPoint

The Ten Commandments of PowerPoint

The Ten Commandments of PowerPoint Periodically (we last addressed this topic in my article PowerPoint Templates: Great Idea or Pain in the Mouse?), we pile up thoughts on the #1 companion – I sometimes call it the Teddy Bear – of presentations.  Our friend,...

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Write Effective Emails That Get Results

Write Effective Emails That Get Results

We are all looking to write and receive more effective emails. I sent my first email in 1991 (I was a graduate student emailing my father, a governmental employee – maybe the only two institutions on earth with easy access to email at the time). I was enamored with...

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Three Quick Tips for How to End a Presentation or Speech

Three Quick Tips for How to End a Presentation or Speech

One of the most difficult public speaking skills is knowing how to end a presentation or speech.  The end of the calendar year is such a whirlwind.  There are client engagements to wrap up.  Accounting to complete so the tax season (which is a month earlier for...

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Four Differences Between Training Online and In-Person

Four Differences Between Training Online and In-Person

Like much of the rest of the world, we’ve had to pivot our in-person business to a virtually-based business and training online.  Unlike most of the rest of the world, we were already doing virtual coaching and training and had established best practices and methods...

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Three Secrets to Cracking the Formula for Change

Three Secrets to Cracking the Formula for Change

We all want a formula for change. We get a fairly regular request here at MillsWyck Communications, usually initiated from the contact form on our website.  (Weirdly enough, the most common times for inquiries are Friday night and Saturday morning!?).  It’s usually...

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What are your Training Styles? Rock Star or Street Musician?

What are your Training Styles? Rock Star or Street Musician?

Training styles are unique to individuals, but I have created a classification system that represents a big majority of them. With two small hiatuses – one to drive tour busses and one to test software – I’ve been teaching my entire employed life. I taught public high...

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