Did He Just Yawn?

After 23 years teaching high school, I’m still not immune to disinterested and dissatisfied attendee’s expressions. As I begin a training for 15 company managers, Jerri’s expression says, “I don’t want to be here and I’m pissed that I am.” You’ve seen them, attending your meeting, speech or participating in your training: yawning, looking at their watch, checking text messages or slumped …

2 Ways To Accelerate Your Speaking

My kitchen is freshly painted and a new brighter and lighter rug adorns my hallway. It’s that time of the year to clean out dust bunnies and cobwebs. In our 2 year hiatus from in-office conversations, public events, networking and celebrations, you may be on target for sprucing up your speaking skills and polishing your presentations. Join me for one …

Stop Hiding and Speak!

Bryan works in the medical equipment industry. At a conference, his goal was to speak about newly designed equipment and persuade hospitals and doctors to adopt it. After he returned from Nashville, he wrote this: “This was the most significant presentation I have ever had to do. You completely changed my approach to this presentation. Instead of hiding behind words …

Can You Dosey Doe and Speak?

My first speaking engagement was a lunch event. Roasted chicken, green beans and chocolate cake were my greatest competition for the audience’s attention. That was a challenge. The shape of the room required me to stand in a doorway, the same door the waiter used to enter and exit. The audience is having lunch. I’m doing “dosey doe” with the …