The Power of UMHH…..

The spoken word is quite powerful. This has been exemplified since the time of creation – “And God said, ‘Let it be’ and it was. And it was good.” Ever since the beginning of time we people have understood the power behind what comes out of the mouth. Even when what comes out of our .. read more

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On January 19th, 2011, posted in: confidence, Delivery, discipline, Self Value, trust by

What it takes to be a tree

Yesterday I read a tweet from the author of Be a Tree, a presentation pointer. Wonderful advice about how to come across as though you stand for something. Here is some of what he said: Stand still as a presenter. Get your weight on both feet. Balance yourself. Do not stick one hip out like .. read more

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On December 9th, 2010, posted in: confidence, Connecting, controllling self, focus, Message, trust by

Polishing Your Act

My father had a regular routine on the weekends, about monthly, of polishing his shoes. Perhaps since I’m a process-loving person, I enjoyed watching this routine. It started with setting up a space for several pairs of shoes to sit – whether on the floor in front of him while he sat in his favorite .. read more

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On November 9th, 2010, posted in: confidence, discipline, impact by

You have a speaking gig tomorrow… can you speak with confidence?

Just thinking about an upcoming presentation causes many speakers to feel squeemish -even for those of us used to speaking. It’s a biological response that sets our energies in motion, in search of a plan. So planning is definitely the first step toward a confident presentation. Planning our end result is key. Do you want .. read more

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On October 18th, 2010, posted in: confidence, Connecting, impact, Projecting by

When you disagree with what you hear, can you speak with confidence?

Today one of your peers has expressed an opinion different from your own. You’ve heard differences of opinion from this person before and at times have avoided saying what you think. Either you fear the result or out of need to avoid conflict, you said nothing. Later, you regretted not voicing your opinion. Today you .. read more

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On October 12th, 2010, posted in: confidence, impact by

The most fearful part of the speech

Recently a local firm engaged me to help a junior associate with a few areas of professional development, including her ability to give public presentations. Although competent and equipped with intelligence to deliver quality information, this attorney didn’t trust her own ability to speak with confidence. Once we sat down I asked her, “What is .. read more

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On September 22nd, 2010, posted in: confidence, focus by

For Business Building – 1 single activity is all it takes

For the business owner and those managing the pipeline for the next sale, there is a single activity to exploit. And I mean exploit in the best way. Do it again and again and again. Often. With zeal. Many think it’s about picking up the phone. Although many salesfolks get appointments this way, it takes .. read more

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On September 2nd, 2010, posted in: challenges, confidence, move forward, trust by

What if you heard this…

So you’re being diligent within your career. You’ve committed years of your time, your focus and your energy to a particular field of study and set of talents. You burn the candle at both ends. And part of what has given you the successful edge is your willingness to ask for feedback. You check in .. read more

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On June 17th, 2010, posted in: confidence, discipline, Self Value by 1 Comment

With a Little Help from my Friends

Today I gave a presentation with the Women Lawyers of Franklin County. Yes, with them. Although I was scheduled to speak TO them, I knew better than to do that. I was brought in to help them speak with confidence. I am not an attorney. So the only thing I had to share with them .. read more

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On April 6th, 2010, posted in: asking for help, confidence, controllling self, shutting up by