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 …

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How To Be A Gracious Amateur

In a couple of weeks, a group of women are joining me for Close the Confidence Gap in Asheville. Confidence is front and center for me.   What images and ideas arise when you think, “confidence?” Both arms raised in triumph? A well-dressed business person? A start-up entrepreneur who nails his pitch?   What is Confidence To You? For me, confidence …

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What’s The “Art” in Listening?

Listening just happens, right? No action required. Listening is underway. You can’t “NOT” – not listen. It’s on automatic pilot. Sit back: Take it in.   “So”…. you’re probably asking….”if listening is happening, then….” “…What exactly is that “Art” part in the Art of Listening?  Our world is noisy, with multiple distractions and a plethora of options to communicate. In this pace, …