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Turning Fifty: My One Word for the Year

Turning Fifty: My One Word for the Year

Turning Fifty may be the new Forty, but 2018 is here whether you like it or not! It’s a new year and I'm turning fifty!  I love the fresh start of turning the calendar and contemplating what will be different in the next 365 days.  In recent years, I adopted the...

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Pomp and Circumstance

Pomp and Circumstance

I went to my first graduation in years yesterday (I don't consider a kindergarten or elementary school graduation a real event worthy of such a title -- there needs to be a diploma involved).  I was there to support a speaker and discovered that there were lots of...

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The Role of Attitude in Speaking

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...

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7 Speaking Tips for Handling Presentation Mistakes

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...

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Top 3 Mistakes Conference Speakers Make and 3 Easy Fixes

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...

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3 Tips for Handling Questions During a Presentation

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...

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Three Skills that Drive Confidence in Public Speaking

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...

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Speaking and Writing: Similarities and Differences

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...

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Storytelling: The One Skill Every Master Communicator Uses

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...

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The Speech Coach Genie’s Wish

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...

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