5 Ways to Feel Better About Your Next Presentation

Want to feel more confident about an upcoming presentation? Marie, VP of Operations at a boutique consulting firm, did when she emailed me for help. “I don’t have a lot of time to prepare!” she told me. Luckily her presentation was short – 15 minutes on a topic she knew well – the history of…

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Think Less. Speak Up More.

Do you have a lot of things you want to say, yet sometimes you’re afraid to speak up? Maybe you feel uneasy speaking to groups, have a hard making a clear point or worry about what people will think. Here is what I want you to know: Your ideas matter. Want to make an impact?…

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Video: Breathe. You’ve Arrived.

Do you ever feel nervous, distracted or unable to focus before a high stakes meeting, conversation or presentation? Taking a few slow deep breaths upon arrival can help calm nerves or get focused. Breathing is what today’s video newsletter is all about. Including a short guided breathing activity (starts around the 2 minute mark). Enjoy.…

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How to Motivate People

Whether you own a business or work for a business, you are in the business of motivation. Things like getting buy-in for ideas, selling and promoting products and services, getting staff to follow a process. So, how do you keep people engaged and motivated in order to achieve your goals? *** Twice a week (during…

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Video Interview: Long Live Verbal Communication

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Knowing I run my own business, people (often other independent or solo professionals) often ask me two questions: How do you get people to your events? How do you find your clients? The simple answer: I go out and talk to people. When leads come through my website, the conversation rate is great if I…

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3 Ways to Speak More Naturally

There is nothing worse (in my opinion) than leading a meeting or giving a presentation acting like you think you should versus acting in a way that feels relaxed and natural. And yet so often when people are asked to lead meetings or give presentation they tense up. What does it take to look natural?…

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Clarify Your Thoughts Before Expressing Them

Think you don’t have time to prepare for a high stakes conversation or presentation? Think again. Last week a colleague reached out and asked if I could spend a few minutes helping her clarify thoughts for a meeting with the company president. Jessie is a 30 year old go-getter proactively taking steps to advance her…

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How to Reduce “Ums”, “Ahs” and Filler Words

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“How can I speak with fewer ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’?” It’s a question I hear in every communication program I teach. Maybe you can relate. I’m reminded of a recent experience. Earlier this month my husband and I traveled to Buffalo NY for a family wedding. While there we did a little touring, including a visit…

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