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Does Your Audience See What 's in Your Head or Just Hear Tap ... Tap ... Tap?

By Peter George
December 17, 2017
Category: Public Speaking

When you tell a story, do you build in the heads of your audience members the information that's in your head? Do you take the time to describe the scenes?... Continue reading

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Openings and Closings -- Know Them Like You Know Your Favorite Song

By Peter George
December 10, 2017
Category: Public Speaking

Last week, I wrote that you are going to be well served by immediately grabbing the audience's attention. This leads to the question, "How am I supposed to do that?" Well, the answer is relatively simple, though not necessarily easy.

Fir... Continue reading

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A Captivating Opening? Really?

By Peter George
November 28, 2017
Category: Public Speaking

Recently, I listened to a podcast of one of the better know speakers of our time. It was very enlightening ... until.

When he mentioned how to open a presentation, he suggested that you first thank the person who hired you to speak and t... Continue reading

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So, This Is One of My Pet Peeves

By Peter George
September 20, 2017
Category: Easy Hacks

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

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Paint Pictures in the Minds of Others

By Peter George
September 19, 2017
Category: Public Speaking

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

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Visualize a Successful Presentation and It's More Likely to Happen

By Peter George
September 12, 2017
Category: Public Speaking

In a previous blog post, I wrote about “The Public Speaker’s High” and how endocanna... Continue reading

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The Public Speaker's High

By Peter George
September 12, 2017
Category: Fear of Public Speaking

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

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How to Engage Your Audience Before Ever Saying a Word

By Peter George
September 10, 2017
Category: Public Speaking

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

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How to Hold Your Audience in the Palm of Your Hand

By Peter George
September 04, 2017
Category: Body Language

"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

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Pacing vs Moving With Purpose and How They Affect Your Audience

By Peter George
August 15, 2017
Category: Body Language

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

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The Most Critical Stages of Your Presentations

By Peter George
August 14, 2017
Category: Public Speaking

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

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An Often Overlooked Tool When It Comes to Engaging Your Audience

By Peter George
August 12, 2017
Category: Public Speaking

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.

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The Value of Being a More Competent Public Speaker

By Peter George
July 15, 2017
Category: Public Speaking

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

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Scared Stiff of Public Speaking and How to Get Over It

By Peter George
June 25, 2017
Category: Fear of Public Speaking

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

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I'm Sorry, But I Have to Say This

By Peter George
June 09, 2017
Category: Public Speaking

According to the New Oxford American dictionary:

engage |inˈɡājenˈɡāj|


occupy, attract, or involve (someone's interest or attention)

Speakers know that, to be most effective, they must engage their audience... Continue reading

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For Greater Engagement Play Catch Throughout Your Presentations

By Peter George
May 30, 2017
Category: Public Speaking

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

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Easy Hack: Connecting One-to-One

By Peter George
May 29, 2017
Category: Easy Hacks

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

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Right Choice of Words + Accompanying Body Language = Captivated Audiences

By Peter George
April 20, 2017
Category: Public Speaking

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

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Executive Directors, Are You Helping or Hurting Your Cause When Speaking in Public?

By Peter George
April 19, 2017
Category: Public Speaking

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

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Easy Hack: Quickly Stop Using Fillers When Delivering Presentations

By Peter George
April 14, 2017
Category: Easy Hacks

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

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