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One common way that many speakers can negatively impact their credibility is by using crutch or filler words throughout their presentation. If you’re not familiar with this term, it means the words that we use when we’re not sure what to say next or to buy us time to find the right word we want to […]

Confidence, Nervousness, Preparation, Speaking Tips, Speaking Tools, Stage Presence

December 21, 2018

Shhhhh…When You Should Pause

There are times when you will have to give the same presentation numerous times, to numerous audiences. This is especially true if you work in a field where you have to train groups of people, such as sales, human resources, or insurance. Let’s face it – sometimes it can start to feel a little boring […]

Preparation, Speaking Tips, Writing

December 20, 2018

How to Keep Your Content Fresh

One of my favorite holidays is here! Thanksgiving is when many of us reflect on our blessings and enjoy the fellowship of family and friends. This is also the time of year when many clothing and food collection drives pop up across the country, to help our community members in need. This past weekend, I […]

Confidence, Q & A, Speaking Tips, Speaking Tools

November 21, 2018

Public Speaking, Perfection, and Prayer – Oh My!

  Have you ever started reading a book, and found it tough to continue reading because the first few pages didn’t grab your attention? Or have you watched a movie that just dragggggged in the beginning? Both situations are painful to endure! Imagine how an audience feels when listening to a speech or presentation that […]

Preparation, Q & A, Speaking Tips

August 29, 2018

Start Your Speech with a Bang!

Over the past seven years, I’ve competed in quite a few speech competitions. I’m still an active member of the Toastmasters International organization, and speech contests happen twice a year during the spring and fall. One of the proudest and happiest moments of my life was when I placed first, out of 8 contestants, in […]

Speaking Tips, Speech Competitions, Stage Presence, Storytelling

May 22, 2018

5 Tips for being an Unforgettable Speaker

The other night, I was at a meeting where there was a guest speaker.  I knew the gentleman, but more on an acquaintance level. So my ears perked up when the meeting MC began to formally introduce him to the group, since it’s always interesting what you learn about someone from their introduction. It started […]

Preparation, Speaking Tips, Writing

April 20, 2018

Three Tips for Creating a R.E.A.L. Speaker Introduction

What do you do when a lot is riding on your speech, and you need to grab the audience’s attention IMMEDIATELY? I had a coaching client contact me recently about a very important speech she had coming up in just a few days. She is an elementary school psychologist, and also occasionally tutors children in […]

Speaking Tips, Storytelling

February 25, 2018

How to Capture Your Audience’s Attention

Brace yourself, I’m about to tell you something that may surprise you: A little nervousness before you present your speech is actually a good thing. That adrenaline rush surging through your body is what gives you energy and enthusiasm to deliver your message with a bang. The way that you interpret this anxious feeling will […]

Nervousness, Preparation, Speaking Tips

November 21, 2017

How to Deal with Nervousness

One aspect of public speaking that doesn’t get enough attention is the question and answer (Q & A) session. Often, the speaker is very focused on perfecting and practicing their speech, and the Q & A gets the shaft.  It might not seem worthwhile to put too much thought into this, but how you handle […]

Q & A, Speaking Tips

August 18, 2017

The ABCs (and D) of Q & A

The big day of your presentation is almost here and you’ve been doing your best to ensure everything goes as planned. You’ve prepared your PowerPoint slides, rehearsed your speech a hundred times, visualized yourself wowing the audience and them fawning over you (well maybe this is going a little overboard), and now you should be […]

Speaking Tips, Stage Presence

June 5, 2017

5 TIPS FOR YOUR BEST SPEAKING VOICE