Speaking Advice That Will Surprise You

Ready! Set! Now…Let Go! It’s the last 10 minutes of four 2-hr. Speaker’s Training for the I.T. Department at Western Carolina University….  The attendees speaking tool-box is well stocked now. From content to posture, mindset to how to open a speech. We’ve covered the gamut. We’ve practiced. Exchanged direct feedback. And shared many laughs and fun along the way. Vast improvements …

7 Practical Tools

7 Practical Tools To Anchor in Confidence

In the world of “Presentation Perfection”, you start your presentation preparation weeks ahead…right? Gather sources Write Re-write Rehearse Video-tape yourself Gear up for a home-run presentation Or fret and worry it’s going to be a flop Unfortunately, we don’t live in La-La Land. It won’t go smoothly. Something always gets in the way. For me, my greatest weakness and resistance …

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Pick Just One

It’s a familiar and dreaded question…      “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” or      “What are your New Year’s Resolutions?” Goals and resolutions are well-intentioned, yet can feel burdensome, another add-on to an already unfinished list of “to do’s.” Don’t get me wrong – reflecting on the bird’s eye perspective of your life is a …

He had me at “Hello…ma’am!”

In line at Ingles grocery store, I push my cart up to the check-out counter.  A young man sneaks around the cashier,  grabs my canvas bag and says, “Hello ma’am.” He made eye contact and smiled. Even while he was loading my groceries,  he continued this presence. Have you been in the presence of someone who extends and expresses themselves in …