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.” …

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 …