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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 Biggest Training 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. The biggest void in professional skill development for attorneys is in an area that ranks in the top 3 needs of their profession. Of course they need to research – they .. 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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Attorneys Who Articulate – part 1

Most attorneys are known for their writing skills. Some are also orally articulate. Do you wish to be well understood? Then work to become an Articulate Attorney. One of the most important things governing the quality of our voices when we speak is how well we articulate the sounds – how well we shape the .. read more

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On March 6th, 2013, posted in: clarity, practice, presence, public speaking, respect by

Nothing takes the place of persistence

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “Press On” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. – Calvin .. read more

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On November 20th, 2012, posted in: attitude, Breaking down barriers, practice, self management by

Remember the nature of your Practice

Perfection is over-rated. Although it is sought after by analysts and academics, perfectionism creates the need for unrealistic behavior and subhuman attitudes. On the other hand, the steady practice of skills/gifts we are blessed with, while under-utilized by most people, is a realistic, success-oriented approach to living our life and committing to our practice. Do you believe you .. read more

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On November 19th, 2012, posted in: behavior, commit, practice, practice development by 1 Comment

Good reason to have someone observe you

Today I observed a presenter for the second time in a week., the 4th time overall. New presentation, new venue and different presenting style all led toward my feeling of respect for the presenter who cares enough about his presentation impact to learn from an outsider about his patterns. Two days ago this speaker was in .. read more

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When You Let Someone Observe You

Back in the early 1980’s I often was observed. A soon-to-be new education graduate of Bowling Green State University, in my last semester I spent 90 days in the classroom, assessing my mentor-teachers’ methods, teaching style, management of the classroom and creativity. Soon the tables would turn. Since I was assigned to several teachers because .. read more

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Emotions have a place, when handled

An introvert, I used to try to conceal my emotions, afraid they would show a weakness. Then I watched some of my favorite performers and realized another perspective. Emotions have a place, when handled. My desire was to learn how to gain control of emotions, then appropriately pull people into my conversations. Although I wanted people to .. read more

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