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If It Feels Like You’re Pushing, Use This Tip

Many of us have felt this – whether we’re networking, in a sales meeting or needing to convince a client – sometimes we don’t like what we’re doing or saying but think we need to continue, and it shows. It feels like we are pushing ourselves while all we want to do is stop. Rather .. read more

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When’s the Last Time You Said, “Wow! I did that!”?

If you’re like many of us, you often say to yourself, “Why did I do that?” Shaking our head, we often regret actions performed impulsively, decisions made hastily or choosing not to do what is unfamiliar. Consequently, much of the time, we compare ourselves to others and see ourselves as less than admirable. This can .. read more

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On May 1st, 2015, posted in: breakthrough, confidence, purpose by

Speakers, Having Trouble Deciding What All to Talk About?

As a public speaking coach, I often hear presenters say, several days prior to their next scheduled talk, “I’m not sure yet what all I’m going to talk about on the topic.” This can be a crippling moment that, if it persists, buries a speaker in a hole of frustration. Looking at their indecisiveness, any .. read more

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The Case for Creating a Third Mind

Many of us, as children, were told at least once, “mind your own business”. If this is the case with you, that directive just may have become a foundation in your business ownership. You think things through, you keep successes and challenges close to the vest, and you and only you shape your next steps. .. read more

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3 Tips for Preparing Your Speech

Too many of us have been there.¬† The CIRCUMSTANCES We’ve been selected to speak at an event and now we need to gather our thoughts on the topic. Seems overwhelming. We wonder where to begin and where to end. The PROBLEM Yet once the ideas surface, they come in waves. Is there enough time for .. read more

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On April 10th, 2015, posted in: anxiety, audience, hone your message, practice, preparation by

Two Steps can Save People-Pleasers

Many of us are people-please’rs. As such, we have had many occasions to share encouraging, exciting conversation, and no doubt just as often have needed to discuss the difficult. In these hard occasions we may sit back and ask ourselves, “How will so/so think about this new development?” Maybe a boss is expecting something from .. read more

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On March 26th, 2015, posted in: Uncategorized by

Listeners can’t understand you? Try this.

Your pace may help you get things done, enter conversation, make decisions and get results. But that doesn’t mean your pace works for listeners. They may be overwhelmed by your rapid delivery and decide to tune out. I know you don’t want this. So what do you do? You’re not the only communicator dealing with .. read more

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On March 13th, 2015, posted in: clarity, communication, engagement, pace by

Want to be a great communicator? Focus on this one thing.

It takes discipline to be a great communicator. Nancy Duarte, Resonance None of us has any more time than the next person. Yet some of us wish we had done better to plan our next speech Рtaken more time to think it through, to rehearse or even to relate it to our listeners. As easy .. read more

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What Listeners Notice When You are Nervous

What they see may surprise you. Ever stood in front of a group to speak when a case of the nerves blindsides you? Many of us have, and most of us think that whatever we are feeling is obvious to our listeners. We can’t focus on anything more than our own discomfort, and it stands .. read more

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On February 20th, 2015, posted in: Uncategorized by

Every Day Mantra for Attorneys and Other Introverts

“Get Out There” You may be a leader, a business developer, a trainer or a co-worker. Any of these roles require noticing how your efforts affect others. If you’re daily activities include research, analysis, drafting or any other form of content-creation, you, in part, do justice to your profession while you remain in a passive .. read more

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