What’s the point of your message?

Sometimes I rush my speaking. I hear someone express an idea and I rush in to share my thoughts. Or I speak publicly on a topic in my expertise and I pack as much information in as possible to demonstrate my intelligence. Does either of these actions leave the impression I am effective? No. When my listeners are .. read more

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On May 12th, 2014, posted in: speaking, time for thought by

Intention tip for speaking to groups

Yes, you are the expert. As such, you get called on to address topics in meetings, to stand in front of a group and deliver your credentials. I have been in your shoes and understand why this can so quickly go wrong. When I focus on proving myself, I talk too much. Maybe this isn’t .. read more

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It’s Okay to Get Feedback

Several of my clients as well as many in my network are on the speaking “circuit”. Whether they are the thought-leaders in their industry or just commonly called on to provide entertaining and informative content, they regularly get on a platform (webinar, panel discussion, presenter, workshop leader) to present content. One of the ways I have been .. read more

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On April 19th, 2012, posted in: feedback, speaking by

Turn the fuzzy into the clear

I remember the days we were all crammed into the auditorium for school levy campaign meetings. The superintendent stood near the overhead projector as he switched out one graphic for another. Did he think we all understood the tax language he used or saw what the graphics were pointing out? “So hear we have a .. read more

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On March 5th, 2012, posted in: clarity, information, speaking by

Kids Know What Matters

“Why?” One of the hardest questions to answer is the most important one to consider when we are selling, influencing and speaking. When making the short talk to get action, as Dale Carnegie puts it, the final step in the process is toshare the reason. Kids know this helps them weigh the value of the .. read more

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On March 2nd, 2012, posted in: influences, speaking by

Performance Reviews – they are worth a speaker’s time

Thanks to a class I am taking through the National Speaker Association, I have returned to the practice of asking for feedback at the conclusion of each of my presentations. NSA highly suggests using a form of evaluation, suggesting we speakers craft our own form with the intent to get specific feedback beyond a rating or .. read more

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On February 29th, 2012, posted in: feedback, speaking by

Fun Quotes on Speaking

Because it’s fun to have a good quip or two when the time arises, here are a few comical quotes on public speaking I found from a few sources: “Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening.” — Dorothy Sarnoff “Speak when you are angry—and you will make the best speech .. read more

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On February 16th, 2012, posted in: fun quotes, speaking by