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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

The Secret to Public Speaking

When I ask audiences what the key to public speaking is, they almost always respond with “preparation”. Makes sense, right? The more you plan your message, the better you’ll be at delivering a smooth presentation. I agree with planning being a key. However, planning, in itself, does little to attract listeners to our message. For .. read more

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When to think about your presentation audience

Many speakers focus all their pre-speech time on brainstorming, selecting and organizing the ideas and details on what they find most important about a topic. Whether they bring unique or already-prepared messages to their audiences, often the only focus they have is in what they want to say. That’s when they get in their own .. read more

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Yes, You Can Get over Presentation Anxiety

One of the ways people are taught to get over their fears is simply by facing them. Hence – just do it. If that’s the best we have for addressing presentation anxiety, it’s not enough. Eventhough I, too, have offered quick fixes with the confident by tomorrow morning approach, tactics like this address circumstantial-, not .. read more

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On September 26th, 2012, posted in: anxiety, confidence, fear of failure, focus, hone your message, Uncategorized by

Intention tip for speaking to groups

Yes, you are the expert. As such, you get called on to address topics in meetings, to stand in front of a group and deliver your credentials. I have been in your shoes and understand why this can so quickly go wrong. When I focus on proving myself, I talk too much. Maybe this isn’t .. read more

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Thoughtful speakers get results

Yesterday I wrote about Waiting. It was Wednesday. Although my post also focused on being thoughtful, I wish to take a new angle on being thoughtful today. Because today is Thursday – a great day to be Thoughtful! When I think of speakers, I think of high energy, animation, laughter and smiles. Probably because these .. read more

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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

If All the World’s Our Stage – Why are We so Unrehearsed?

William Shakespeare said it best, All the world’s a stage, and men and women, merely players. So why are we so unrehearsed? Those of us who make it our business to speak to groups of people at a time, in presentations, public speeches or other formats of conversation, often dive head first into the amount .. read more

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On April 15th, 2011, posted in: business building, hone your message, Shakespeare by