• Jan 23
    2018
    The best public speakers are constantly trying to find a way to improve the connection that they have with their audience. Unfortunately, it can be a rather tricky goal to accomplish. Learning how to ensure that you are connected and intentionally communicating takes practice and is hard, time-consuming work. How can you really connect with your audience? Remember these areas of connected communication: Reciprocate Attention – You may not be ...
  • Jan 03
    2018
    It's 2018 and it’s time to start thinking about your resolutions for the year. Although many commit to picking up a new hobby or working on their fitness, have you considered resolving to become a better employee? No matter your industry, making the effort to improve yourself as an employee can help make you an indispensable part of your company. To help you stick to your resolution, I have put ...
  • Dec 04
    2017
    Backed by research: Controversial news is more often accepted if communicated verbally, rather than in writing. Juliana Schroeder of the University of California at Berkeley and faculty at the University of Chicago recently conducted several experiments on the way controversial news is received when it's delivered verbally versus in writing. All of her research suggests that controversial news is received more favorably than when it's delivered verbally. “Because another person's ...
  • Nov 28
    2017
    Being confident while delivering a presentation is an ability that many of us would love to have, but too often our nerves get in the way. While some people are truly born with confidence, it is definitely something that the rest of us can learn. The best public speakers know how important confidence is for a successful presentation – and that it is as much about how you appear to ...
  • Nov 14
    2017
    Question and Answer sessions can be very helpful and effective after a presentation. Audience members are able to share their ideas and comments, get clarification on any questions, and further understand key concepts. While this time is very beneficial for everyone involved, it also may feel less formal than the presentation itself, which means that some may not properly prepare for this session. The Q&A session actually requires just as ...
  • Oct 26
    2017
    Public speaking is often a daunting task in its own right, but what happens when you have to give a presentation at the last minute? In some situations, you may only have 24-hour’s notice (or even as little as half an hour) to create and deliver a presentation. The idea of one of these situations happening to you may cause some panic, but fear not. Impromptu public speaking can be ...
  • Sep 26
    2017
    Whether you are trying to make a sale, build a business relationship, or make a pitch for funding, all presentations have one common goal: to make a lasting impact. Presentations should not just be a set of bullet points on a slide, but an experience that makes an audience think long after they leave their chairs. Would you like to win your audience over and make a lasting impact with ...
  • Sep 11
    2017
    Hillary Clinton’s new book, What Happened, has been in the news lately. An excerpt, via The Independent, suggests the focus of most of the reports: “We were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces. It was incredibly uncomfortable. He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled.” “He,” of course, is Donald Trump. We could perhaps disagree ...