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The Twelve Days of Speaking

The Twelve Days of Speaking

As we careen towards the holidays and New Year, I am forced by a teenage daughter to listen to Christmas music at every turn.  I am able to deny her until Thanksgiving (she uses headphones until then), but ‘Tis the Season as they say and now her smiling face cannot be...

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What I learned from speaking through an interpreter

What I learned from speaking through an interpreter

What I learned from speaking through an interpreter. Last month I had the privilege to travel to Eastern Europe – Kiev, Ukraine to be exact (and no, I was not on government business and no one there seemed to care about the US political brouhaha).  I spoke ten times...

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7 Types of Public Speakers

7 Types of Public Speakers

Public speakers have many names. I was recently invited to speak at a conference. Like I normally do, I had a discovery call with the client to understand the audience and uncover connect points and common language, and to make sure that we were creating outcomes and...

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Using Notes in Public Speaking–Three Tips

Using Notes in Public Speaking–Three Tips

Using notes in public speaking seems simple, but using them well sets good speakers apart.  There are three changes you can make to your notes that will make you a better presenter. It’s August, and that means back-to-school time.  The stores are already prepared. ...

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Become an expert in your field

Become an expert in your field

To become an expert in your field, you must have an attitude of excellence. I’ve just finished a few seasons of life that are the kind that cause you to reflect, reminisce, and regret.  First, we moved.  The house that was Home for 15 years is someone else’s now; a...

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Public Speaking Don’ts: What NOT to Say

Public Speaking Don’ts: What NOT to Say

In a series of Public Speaking Don'ts, I wrote last month’s article, The Graduation Speech No One Wants to Hear. I got a number of notes (which I love getting!) giving me first-person accounts of various graduations.  “The student speaker was amazing!” “The invited...

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How does Culture affect communication?

How does Culture affect communication?

How does Culture affect communication? Last fall I was privileged to travel for clients to far-away lands: South Africa, Egypt, and the Philippines, with a travel layover in Paris thrown in as a bonus. As an infrequent international traveler (although that seems to be...

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Four Steps to Become Great at Anything

Four Steps to Become Great at Anything

There are four steps to becoming great at anything. This includes learning how to drive. It’s my second (and last!) experience training a teen driver. Driver #2 has a different outlook, a few challenges (a few months off due to a surgery which equated to less...

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Storytelling in public speaking: Match your story to a moral

Storytelling in public speaking: Match your story to a moral

How do you match your story to a moral? And how do you use it in public speaking?   Match your story to a moral... I had a dream.  Not a Martin Luther King, Jr. dream.  A real dream.  One while I was sleeping.  I suppose that I have lots of dreams, but I don’t...

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The worst compliment ever

The worst compliment ever

Worst compliment ever? When I first heard this worst compliment ever at one of my high school reunions, it struck me hard. “You haven’t changed a bit.” I’m sure it was meant as a compliment. I wish they were applying it to my weight, physique, innocence, or maybe even...

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