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, …

How to Earn Your Audience’s Attention

Story It’s rehearsal #2. Amy is holding a thick stack of index cards containing her speech for a local TedX talk. By the time she’s flipped through her cards and progressed through numerous slides, my brain feels like a bingo number being tossed and turned in a spinning bingo canister.I’m overwhelmed. I’m confused. I’m unmoved. And, even though – I’m …

You Will Be Misunderstood

“How did he come to that conclusion?” An email arrived from Drew who attended a meeting I had recently lead. He was frustrated. Exasperated even. The tone of his email told me….he had completely misunderstood my message. I didn’t take it personally – but I did think this…. …I must be absolutely clear in my communication! The audience arrives with perspectives, …

Rewrites Make It Remarkable!

Five drafts, three feedback sessions, two coaching appointments, one inquiry phone call. And a partridge in a pear tree…… When speaking to an audience, I always strive to be relevant, engaging, informative and inspiring. This is why, recently, before presenting for an organization, I did FIVE re-writes. You see, during a preparatory feedback session, I felt it instinctually. I thought, “I haven’t …

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Best Practices To Organize A Speech

What are the best practices to organize a speech or presentation? Just 4 minutes into Brady’s presentation and I could see the audience eyeballs swimming in circles. In that short span of time, he shared a story, offered content with statistics, a call to action and introduced his organization. His ideas were flying like a pinball machine – going here …