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If you don’t speak now, you’ll hate yourself later

Speak up. The number of times I have heard that command and done nothing about it is the exact number of times I have lived to regret it. Many of us introverts choose to not speak up when we believe it’s not in our best interest and could suffer as a consequence. How could it not be .. read more

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On September 15th, 2014, posted in: Uncategorized by

There’s Peace of Mind with Public Speaking

As I write this post I have ear buds in so I can enjoy music from The Piano Guys without distracting others. I enjoy playing soothing or inspiring music while I work. It keeps me focused and motivated, helping me accomplish what’s on my list for the day. Accomplishing what is important gives me peace .. read more

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On September 8th, 2014, posted in: introvert, potential, public speaking, purpose, relationship by 1 Comment

The Wrong Feedback – Dangerous to Introvert Speakers

Introverts have what it takes to speak well. And just like extroverts, they need constructive feedback to improve and stay motivated to speak in front of groups. Unfortunately they are frequently compared to extroverts. And even more often, they compare themselves to extroverts dismissing their own value. Introverts are dismissive of their value when they say to themselves .. read more

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Get Out of Your Head

Has this happened to you? You step forward to give a presentation to a group, and moments before you begin you start to question yourself. “Do I have what they want?” “Have I forgotten something?” “Am I right for this?” If you’re an introvert, I know this has happened to you. Truth is, if you .. read more

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On August 19th, 2014, posted in: focus, introvert, meaning, value by

The Biggest Void in the Law Professsion

In the 5 years I have been supporting the attorney profession, I have noticed there is something commonly overlooked with regards to professional development. Topping the list of concerns lawyer do address is social media and how to ethically use it. Most attorneys are writers, so as they wish to further hone their communication skills, .. read more

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Why I Speak and Other Introverts Should, Too

Every time I speak I feel like a duck. Cool and collected above water while “paddling like hell” underneath! But that’s not why I speak. I remember when I went to my first speech class in high school. My hands were sweaty, my spine felt like jello and I thought I was going to pass .. read more

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On July 28th, 2014, posted in: adrenaline, affirmation, behavior, calm, curiosity, in the zone, introverts by

Is Introversion Holding You Back from Speaking?

Some of the most powerful speakers are introverts.  Perhaps you’ve already heard of introvert Susan Cain or seen her TED talks about her book, Quiet.  She is a powerful speaker and so are other introverts. President Obama, Matt Lauer, David Letterman, Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters all speak and respond well. In the tech world Jonathon Colman .. read more

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On July 21st, 2014, posted in: focus, introvert, purpose by

How to Forget You’re an Introvert When Speaking

So many introverts get in their own way when they speak in front of groups simply because they focus on the negative about themselves while they speak – “not quite good enough”, “boring conversationalist”, “slow to speak” and then they experience the desire to run and hide from group exposure. At that point they avoid .. read more

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Speak out loud

Practice for your upcoming presentation doesn’t count as practice unless and until you do the minimum of one thing. Speak out loud. Here’s what commonly happens when people claim they are practicing: they sit with their notes, reviewing their key points, claiming their focus and feeling on track with their message. Then when they stand .. read more

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On June 16th, 2014, posted in: flow, language, practice by

Avoid “if all else fails”. Rehearse!

They say, “if all else fails, read instructions.” In essence, get a preview of what to expect when you attempt something, especially after you don’t get what you expected. When it comes to speaking in public, doing so without first rehearsing is inviting “all else” to “fail”. Do you really want that “when all else fails” .. read more

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