Are You Using Fossilized Phrases?

Chris, a CEO of a large local company is one of 5 businesses sponsoring a awards banquet. He and his 4 colleagues have 3 minutes to speak. At our first session, with his speech in hand – he stands, and the first words of his speech are: “On behalf of…” Surprised? Neither was I. I asked Chris,” How many of …

After her 3rd TEDx Talk draft….

I asked – “what do you do?” Up to this point, Ginger’s speech drafts used vague and abstract language and overly repeated phrases. Here’s the problem: Ginger knows exactly what she does and why, but to articulate it into language, messaging and voice is challenging her. I’ll raise my hand on this one too! Maybe you can relate? I’m an …

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 …