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

From the start – get motivated to speak!

If you want to take advantage of a speaking opportunity, then take your time planning, preparing and practicing in advance. Let me suggest a few tips that could motivate you immediately. Picture how you want the event to end. Applause, heads nodding, smiles, bodies shifting toward you with hands extended, etc. Plan questions that unify them .. read more

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On February 13th, 2013, posted in: audience, preparation, presentation by 1 Comment

Performance tips from Barry Manilow

This morning I caught a recent interview of Barry Manilow, songwriter/performer of 4 decades, shared over National Public Radio. I caught the tail-end of it, and from that hearing found 2 nuggets I will apply to my own performances. Here they are. One nugget I feel is the key to creating engagement with audiences, because it builds interest, energy .. read more

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On December 7th, 2012, posted in: adrenaline, anxiety, Passion, performance, preparation by

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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I Already Know, and So Do You

I have been awake since 4am, after not going to sleep until 1. The trigger for this unrest is something I have experienced before. I feel anxious about facing my next audience. My anxiety stems from being expected to speak on a topic uncommon for my usual addresses.  And since my topic of focus is one uncommon to .. read more

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On February 27th, 2012, posted in: anxiety, preparation, speech by 1 Comment

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