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 …

How To Reduce Nervous Anticipation

I walk ahead of myself in perpetual expectancy of miracles.  ~Anais Nin   My UNCA student’s 3rd speech assignment is due and they’ve claimed their spot in the cue. But, there’s no eye contact, zero smiles, energy is subdued and panic reads on their faces. I ask, “help me understand what goes on for you as you prepare to speak.” …

Act First. Confidence Follows.

Susie’s name was called. Finally, the opportunity she’d hoped for: to share her story and apply the speaking skills she learned the past two months was here! She performed on stage, under theater lights to an audience of 60 people. The video proved it. She rocked! Even came in second place! Honestly, she implemented everything we practiced: varied vocal inflection, …