Words Make Worlds

My mother wrote in my baby book, “De De” as my first uttered words. For those of you who are parents, hearing your child’s first word is a momentous occasion. By the time we’re adults, 20,000 to 30,000 words fill our vocabulary cadre. “Words make worlds,” writes Krista Tippett in Becoming Wise.  Words heal, hurt, illuminate and affirm. Words describe, …

When You Are Ready to Nail That Next Speech…I’m Here to Help.

Had you told me 5 years ago, I’d be guiding and improving professional results for civil engineers, an app developer, an orthodontist office manager, personal coaches or non-profit executive directors, I would have looked at you with eyebrows raised and said, “who me?” I love working with these clients. All of them come nervous or overwhelmed, and equally determined to …

How to Earn Your Audience’s Attention

Story It’s rehearsal #2. Amy is holding a thick stack of index cards containing her speech for a local TedX talk. By the time she’s flipped through her cards and progressed through numerous slides, my brain feels like a bingo number being tossed and turned in a spinning bingo canister.I’m overwhelmed. I’m confused. I’m unmoved. And, even though – I’m …

You Will Be Misunderstood

“How did he come to that conclusion?” An email arrived from Drew who attended a meeting I had recently lead. He was frustrated. Exasperated even. The tone of his email told me….he had completely misunderstood my message. I didn’t take it personally – but I did think this…. …I must be absolutely clear in my communication! The audience arrives with perspectives, …

You Can’t Change What You Don’t See

It’s Go Time! Are You Ready? You just got that speaking invitation. It’s the opportunity you’ve been waiting for – but…yikes! It’s in 3 days. Your content is set. Thank goodness! Delivery is not. There’s no time to attend a Speaker’s Lab; no time to hire a coach. Never fear! You can reassure and reinforce a well-written presentation with these …