• Aug 21
    2019
    Today marked the end of summer vacation for our kids. As we prepped for this over the past several days by trying to get sleep schedules adjusted, discussing appropriate behavior, and attending “meet the teacher”, our kiddos were inundated with information. We felt confident they were set up for success on their first day of school (1st and 5th grade). About halfway through the day, I was hit with a ...
  • Jul 31
    2019
    Presenting can be a challenging thing to do in front of any audience, but it is an especially stressful task when it is in front of your manager, CEO, or company leaders. Whether you have a great new idea to pitch or need to give a presentation about a recent project, presenting to your manager requires you to approach things with a slightly different set of skills when compared to ...
  • Jun 04
    2019
    From project presentations and budget proposals to keynote speeches, a time is going to come in your professional life where you have to give a presentation of some sort. However, public speaking can be an anxiety-inducing nightmare for a large percentage of people. Giving a speech does not have to be a horrifying experience by any means. With many people citing the fear of failure as one of their top ...
  • 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 ...