So, I have to tell you a pet peeve of mine. It drives me crazy. Every time I hear it, it grates on my nerves.
What is it? It’s when people unnecessarily say “so” at the beginning of a sentence. I don’t understand it. Nor do I don’t know... Continue reading
I remember so vividly sitting on the porch with my brother and cousins, listening to my uncle tell stories. Even though we were young and restless, he kept us captivated for what must have been an hour at a time but seemed like fleeting moments.Continue reading
Recently, I had the pleasure to be on a team of mentors, working with a young woman who recently started a business.
When it came time for her to pitch her product/business plan, she was a nervous wreck. She was so nervous, in fact, that... Continue reading
When it comes to engaging an audience, just about everything I read and everyone I talk to stresses the importance of the first 30 seconds. Much of their emphasis focuses on the first few lines you deliver. Although this is good advice, it’s not n... Continue reading
"Palms up" is my go to answer when I’m asked for a quick tip. Why? Well, for several reasons. One is that it’s easy to demonstrate. Another is it’s just as easy to explain why it’s so effective. Yet another is that it’s effective in “everyday" con... Continue reading
Recently, a member of the Be the Obvious Choice Speaking Group on Facebook asked if pacing does harm to a presentation. Below is my response.
Any pacing is too much. Moving with purpose, however, provides greater engage... Continue reading
Most accidents involving planes happen during takeoff and landing. In fact, research shows that 83% of all plane accidents occur during these two critical times. Therefore, it is imperative that pilots take extra care when preparing for these stag... Continue reading
You know the feeling. You’re driving along in your car, singing along to one of your favorite songs. At some point in the song there’s a fairly long line. Before you get to the end of it, you run out of breath, yet the singer has no problem.
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
- Zig Ziglar
Some people, including some of the big names in the public speaking business, put a number on being a more competent... Continue reading
When I was a teenager, my father taught me to drive, just as he had taught my brother and my cousins. But more than just learning to drive, it was a comprehensive training in the art of operating and controlling an automobile under various conditi... Continue reading
According to the New Oxford American dictionary:
verboccupy, attract, or involve (someone's interest or attention)
Speakers know that, to be most effective, they must engage their audience... Continue reading
When Ray Kinsella’s father, John, appears at the baseball field in the finals moments of the 1989 movie Field of Dreams, Ray asks him, "Hey, Dad. You wanna have a catch?”
I had two reactions when I saw this scene. One was tears (eve... Continue reading
Whether you’re speaking to 7 or 7,000, you want each person to feel like you’re speaking directly to them. You can accomplish this by making a small shift in how you view your audiences.
During our presentations, we often use words... Continue reading
I worked with a client who was going to give a presentation about facing fear. At one point in her presentation, she talked about jumping out of a perfectly good plane.
Originally, her story consisted of she and her best friend going up... Continue reading
A few months ago, I was invited to a business meeting where the feature presentation was being delivered by the community relations manager of a well-known business organization. By all accounts, it was a disaster. The speaker used fillers at an i... Continue reading
A client didn’t realize how much she was using fillers, such as “umm" and “so.” When we reviewed a video of one of her presentations, she was amazed how many times she resorted to using them. Even so, she couldn’t seem to stop herself.
I... Continue reading
”90% of how well the talk will go is determined before the speaker steps on the platform.
- Somers White
It’s natural for us to want to know what we look like before we go out in public. Is our hair brushed? Our makeup looking... Continue reading
Designing a presentation without an audience in mind is like writing a love letter and addressing it: To Whom It May Concern.
- Ken Haemer
90% of how well the talk will go is determined before the speaker steps on the platfo... Continue reading