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Talking About Talking

Talking About Talking

When we are talking about talking in our presentations, speeches, or video calls, we are distracting from our message. I’ve never been good at predictions. But there is one speaking behavior that is so common I can predict it with amazing accuracy. Watch for it on...

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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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Virtual Communication: Three Tips for Online Success

Virtual Communication: Three Tips for Online Success

Virtual Communication and online meetings are our new reality. (**article written during Covid-19 quarantine**)   Well, that changed quickly, didn’t it?!  Since our last monthly connection, the world is a different place.  Travel is curtailed, toilet paper (?!)...

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Visual Aids for Speech: Have a purpose

Visual Aids for Speech: Have a purpose

Visual aids for speech and presentations are used by most presenters. Last month we talked about PowerPoint Templates and how they were wonderful at keeping things consistent – provided the template was well-formed.  This month, I’d like to challenge anyone who fires...

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PowerPoint Templates: Great Idea or Pain in the Mouse?

PowerPoint Templates: Great Idea or Pain in the Mouse?

PowerPoint templates can be a great help or they can create a challenge. As I write this, I’m on my way to speak at a national conference. Great opportunity to do a lot of good for a good cause.  It checks a lot of boxes for why I do what I do.  But checking boxes is...

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How to Become a World-Class Speaker

How to Become a World-Class Speaker

Being a world-class speaker takes a lot of work. But regardless of whether you’re on the big stage or in the small conference room, the elements that make great communication don’t change. Last month I had the privilege to work with world-class speakers at the...

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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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Four Tactics that Engage Your Audience Better than Verbal Polls

Four Tactics that Engage Your Audience Better than Verbal Polls

Engage your audience without using verbal polls How many of you use verbal polls in your presentations?  OK, that was a set-up. In our workshops, one of the most popular ways for people to get started (we’re usually prompting them with a topic they have not prepared)...

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