communication skills

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2 Jun 2015 2 Comments

What Eliza Doolittle, Margaret Thatcher, and Daisy Buchanan Can Teach You About Voice and Power

Does your sound determine your success? In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway is impressed when Gatsby nails the mysterious quality in Daisy’s voice: “She’s got an indiscreet […]

18 May 2015 No Comments

Instant Motivation! Quotes on Goals, Success & Power

We’re getting close to 2015’s half way point. You’ve got a lot more to accomplish, and it isn’t always easy to muster the strength and enthusiasm to keep everything going. […]

5 May 2015 No Comments

12 Books to Give to Graduates

Graduates get lots of stuff when they earn their diplomas.  But maybe the most valuable gift they can receive is good advice. It doesn’t matter if they heed it right […]

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21 Apr 2015 No Comments

Fall Down Seven Times; Get Up Eight

The hardest part of getting better at speaking and presenting is to persist in the face of discouragement. A talent is a latent ability, something that is dormant inside you. […]

7 Apr 2015 No Comments

Get Your Act Together

A revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I opened recently at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Yul Brynner, the great actor who devoted much of his career to The […]

24 Mar 2015 No Comments

My Kind of Champion Speaker

I have been looking at various presentation websites. I am impressed and not impressed, and I am concerned about the distinction between making a convincing argument to serious people with serious decisions […]

10 Mar 2015 No Comments

Drill down.  Dig deep.  Zoom in.

Persuading someone to buy a commodity requires a microscope. Let me explain. Suppose you sell pencils.  Your buyer sees your pencil as a commodity because it looks like every other pencil he’s ever […]

24 Feb 2015 No Comments

Put Power Point to Work for You

When you need to use powerpoint slides, keep it simple, and use images to help you tell a story. Often, clients ask me to help them knit together a talk […]

10 Feb 2015 No Comments

How Not to Bore an Audience (3 of 3)

We’re winding up our series on how to keep your listeners attentive, keep yourself energetic, and make the most of your time in the spotlight. We’ve covered 6 tips in […]

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28 Jan 2015 No Comments

How Not to Bore an Audience (2 of 3)

Remember, your goal as a speaker should be to have inscribed on your tombstone, “He Made His Point, and Bored Them Less.” To accomplish this lifetime achievement, review part 1 […]

13 Jan 2015 No Comments

How Not to Bore an Audience (1 of 3)

For starters, stop trying to just wing it. You’re not an improv actor, OK? Your goal as a speaker should be to have inscribed on your tombstone, “He Made His […]

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30 Dec 2014 No Comments

9 Behaviors Cultivated by the Ultra-Charismatic–part 3

This is the last in our series in how to wow with charisma. We’ve looked at Vocal Expression of Emotion, Contagious Laughter, Expressive Face, and more. Here are three more tips to help […]

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