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 …

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 …

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, …