public speaking

Find your voice

When you think of great public speakers, what comes to mind? Is there a particular image that comes to you? A delivery style? If so, hopefully it’s your own. Unfortunately, most of us feel others are better speakers than we are. We make this comparison based on our experience of feeling anxious when all eyes .. read more

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On October 16th, 2013, posted in: affirmation, calm, public speaking by

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

Step Up

I get asked to do things that stretch me. No doubt, you do, too. Maybe it’s being a guest speaker in a webinar, a coach for a  new audience of professionals I haven’t experienced before, or even customize a topic for a presentation. My first reaction is usually, “gosh, am I good enough?”. And by .. read more

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The Confidence Continuum.

I used to be in awe of public speakers with vibrant energy, entertaining content and a sparkle in their eyes, especially when I was teaching and wanted to speak more. Then I shifted from the classroom to a business career. That’s when my admiration went to those who sell seemingly without anxiety. Clearly, I was constantly .. read more

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What Your Audiences Fear

When I first started speaking in front of attorneys, I feared they would not value topics in communication. Why? I didn’t relate to their world. Their training, their intelligence, their experiences all seemed a world apart from mine. Could I position the value I experience in such a way as to relate to them? If .. read more

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On May 15th, 2012, posted in: audience, Delivery, hone message, public speaking by 1 Comment

6 Tips for Speaking Up

One of the hardest things for us introverts to manage is how to share the chatting in our head with those around us. We commonly observe, compare, judge, and wish we could voice our thoughts. But so often we don’t. We are hording golden nuggets. We don’t want to offend, and often more importantly, we don’t want to .. read more

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On April 6th, 2012, posted in: introvert, public speaking by

It’s Your Business to Speak

Think of public speakers and immediately extroverted communicators come to mind. They are eager to say what’s on their mind, animated, expressive and energetic – all things that can lend to entertaining speakers. I enjoy the extroverted speakers. I also want to learn and be enlightened by presenters. Here is where the introvert comes in. .. read more

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On February 10th, 2012, posted in: business, extroverts, introverts, public speaking by

Face It

For some of us, success is what we fear. The only real solution is to get over it. And by that, I mean, just Face It. Look it squarely in the eye. Learn what it is that makes us shake and then address it. Similarly, many of us fear getting in front of groups. Whether .. read more

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Are You Cut Out for Public Speaking?

Earlier I posted a comment on my personal facebook page: “I am an introvert on the move.” And many people who know me well responded, “You aren’t an introvert!” How is it that people who know us well can get such a huge thing wrong: whether we are an introvert or extrovert? Maybe you’d be .. read more

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On January 19th, 2012, posted in: introverts, practice, preparation, public speaking by

The Best Performers are Introverts – Why aren’t you speaking?

It doesn’t take long for me to feel anxious before the curtain opens on a performance I’m in. Likewise, when I enter a space at a conference or meeting environment prior to speaking, the adrenaline and body triggers that are signposts to my nerves are on rapid-fire. In my case, my underarms sweat while my .. read more

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On January 4th, 2012, posted in: introverts, public speaking by