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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When to think about your presentation audience

Many speakers focus all their pre-speech time on brainstorming, selecting and organizing the ideas and details on what they find most important about a topic. Whether they bring unique or already-prepared messages to their audiences, often the only focus they have is in what they want to say. That’s when they get in their own .. read more

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What would you do if invited to speak?

Most people cringe, believing nothing good comes from standing in front of an audience. They would say NO to the invitation, for fear’s sake. Some people would simply hesitate before answering, taking in the compliment while, once again, discerning how to say a proper NO. Others have a few reasons for saying YES. Maybe they believe .. read more

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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

Share Your Stage

I learned a huge lesson recently which has changed my thinking about giving presentations. When seeking visibility and credibility, it is important to share the stage with someone who is known and respected. The Columbus Bar Association has been very gracious to me. They are quick to listen to new topics I bring them for their .. read more

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On October 31st, 2012, posted in: credibility, networking, presentation by

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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Are you willing to be great?

Someone once told me  the following: Every day brings us someone to learn from and someone who needs to learn from us. My first response was, “I wonder if I will be willing to learn?” An introvert who has a history of not asking for help, I have often fallen into the trap of NOT .. read more

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Thoughtful speakers get results

Yesterday I wrote about Waiting. It was Wednesday. Although my post also focused on being thoughtful, I wish to take a new angle on being thoughtful today. Because today is Thursday – a great day to be Thoughtful! When I think of speakers, I think of high energy, animation, laughter and smiles. Probably because these .. read more

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Presentation Extenders – training that works

Let’s face it. A day of training or an hour of speaking helps fill a training need from a training director’s or administrator’s standpoint. But what does it do for the student? It doesn’t matter how much you spent on speaker/training fees. Retention of a one-time offering is as good as the Chinese food you .. read more

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On July 31st, 2012, posted in: action, coaching, engagement, impact, presentation by

2 Tips after a Job Well Done

We are constantly growing or falling backwards. So  it stands to reason that any time we speakers/performers feel we have done well in front of an audience, whether accomplishing our intent (entertain, persuade, inform, call to action, etc.) or surviving the event unscathed, we are most ready for constructive feedback. I used to hear from .. read more

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On May 3rd, 2012, posted in: feedback, next steps, presentation by