The More Difficult the Conversation, the Greater Use of Your Gifts

Lately I have been talking with law firm managing partners, business developers, recruiters/career coaches and others in professional service industries – all around the common denominator of handling/not handling difficult conversations. These conversations include but are not limited to interviewing/firing sales/purchasing conflict resolution negotiation/argument strategy admitting error/holding others to account It seems the tougher the .. 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

If you think you’re out of practice

Ever feel you just can’t make enough improvements because you don’t get enough practice? Many speakers would agree this is something that holds them back. And to a degree, I understand. Yet I also know this type thinking is an example of narrow application. Many litigators have told me a similar tale. They focus their .. read more

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On December 19th, 2011, posted in: clarity, litigator, practice, public speaking by 1 Comment

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