• May 13
    2019
    It may appear as though your company is running nicely, projects are being completed, and revenue is steady, but you could be missing one very important aspect of a healthy work environment: effective communication. Although a company's employees may be following leadership’s direction and doing what is asked of them, it does not mean that a working environment exists that fosters enjoyable productivity – nor that the company is communicating ...
  • Apr 12
    2019
    Professionals in today’s working world estimate that they spend 40-percent of their workday in meetings. Of those meetings, 71-percent of people say that they are typically a waste of time that could have been handled with an email. This often incudes some sort of painful speech being read directly from a PowerPoint presentation, which inevitably causes the audience to start checking their phones and thinking about the millions of other ...
  • Jan 25
    2019
    Many of the skills that have traditionally been considered “soft” in the past are no longer optional in today’s working world. In fact, they are in high demand. LinkedIn has already predicted that “persuasion” is one of the most worth learned skill for 2019. Warren Buffett agrees. When asked about the importance of persuasive public speaking skills, he says that they are some of the most valuable skills anyone can ...
  • Dec 20
    2018
    Have you ever attended a presentation and found yourself struggling to hear what the speaker was actually saying? He or she was probably very nervous about their speech. With public speaking skills being a necessary part of nearly all job positions in the world of business, how can you help boost your confidence levels when giving a presentation? Although it may not seem like it, voice projection is actually one ...
  • Oct 24
    2018
    When you give a presentation, are you truly taking advantage of your opening remarks? You have the highest amount of interest at the beginning and the end of your presentation, which means that you must open and close with memorable techniques. Here are just a few tried and trusted methods to reel in your audience from the very beginning: Try Storytelling – One of the most useful and easiest speaking ...
  • Oct 12
    2018
    Over the weekend, we were doing some unpacking from our recent move and came across an old VHS tape from my student teaching days. Before my sales career, I was a high school teacher and as part of our teacher education program, we had to video record ourselves. It was a really interesting exercise. Unfortunately, I no longer have a VCR to be able to watch this, but I vividly ...
  • Oct 11
    2018
    Do you want to be a truly effective communicator? Something that may be holding you back is exhibiting common communication “barriers.” Whether it is an individual or a large audience, these issues can actually cause static with whomever you are trying to communicate with. This can not only make your communication methods ineffective, but also undermines what you are saying with how you say it. Here are a few examples ...
  • Aug 06
    2018
    You’ve done the research and carefully crafted your presentation to be effective, well-timed, and poignant – then a rogue question throws you off your game. There are countless ways to answer questions in any situation in life. When giving a speech in a professional setting, questions may come up that catch you off guard or set a bad tone for the audience. This means that it is even more important ...