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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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Create the 9-inch curve

One of my presentation coaching clients has recently announced, “I get it! Not only can I tell when I produce the 9-inch curve, I can tell when others do!” She has been so excited shifting from initial presenter stages to the stages of presentation excellence. Like speakers commonly do, my client demonstrated anxiety sharing her .. read more

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Hone Your Message

Immediately my attention was heightened by the speaker’s dynamic, expressive energy. The more she talked, the greater her gestures and movement grew. Within 3 minutes, however, my impression of her speaking ability shifted. (Writer’s note, the above picture of Eunice is simply to illustrate great use of gestures – she is not the speaker I .. read more

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On August 30th, 2012, posted in: behavior, clarity, clutter, controllling self, energy, extroverts, flow by

Sharing a page or two

Ever stepped away from the platform after having just presented to a group and thought, “I was really into the topic and so was my audience. Yet, I was all over the place.” It happens. The passion many presenters have to get it all out there when sharing what they know leads them to forget to .. read more

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On January 23rd, 2012, posted in: clutter, flow, focus, hone your message by

Flowing into an Introvert’s Short Bursts

Tomorrow is going to be a pivotal day for me and my band, No Excuses. We have another gig at the People Called Women Bookstore in Toledo, and before that we will be spending a few hours in a recording studio. We’re working on our first cd of original work! That’s so exciting to me. .. read more

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On December 9th, 2011, posted in: flow, happiness, introvert, short bursts by

Getting the Introvert into Practice

In Cypris Chat I ran across an article on Readers’ Theatre Circle written by Professor Merryman. In the article Merryman focuses on the exploratory activity of gathering folks together to read aloud cinema scripts, focusing on intonation, timing and other conversational and improvisational elements. As a theatre director and performer, I recall doing similar things .. read more

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On November 14th, 2011, posted in: flow, introverts, practice, public speaking by