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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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Respond Well to the Unexpected Question

One of the hardest parts of public speaking is taking questions. Like at a job interview where the most ready candidates have planned for the commonly posed questions but still wonder about what they may not have planned for, we speakers are fully alive to being blind-sighted by that question we cannot answer. What do .. read more

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Don’t Start Questioning Confidence

Many have been reflecting on the book, The Confidence Code, especially women, and questioning whether confidence is worth the struggle. Don’t fall victim to this quandry – it’s an excuse to give up. Instead, get back on track. Confidence, like enthusiasm, has 3 key benefits. 1. Confidence opens the individual’s mind for clear thinking. 2. .. read more

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On May 19th, 2014, posted in: confidence, energy, purpose by 1 Comment

What’s the point of your message?

Sometimes I rush my speaking. I hear someone express an idea and I rush in to share my thoughts. Or I speak publicly on a topic in my expertise and I pack as much information in as possible to demonstrate my intelligence. Does either of these actions leave the impression I am effective? No. When my listeners are .. read more

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On May 12th, 2014, posted in: speaking, time for thought by