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You were feeling confident before your speech. But after speaking for a few minutes, those butterflies start flying out of control in your stomach. 😳 So what can you do to calm yourself and finish your speech on a high note? 1. Focus on why the audience needs to hear your message. Always keep their […]

Confidence, Nervousness, Preparation, Speaking Tips

April 24, 2022

3 Tips for When You Get Nervous While Speaking

In William Safire’s book “Lend Me Your Ears,” only 7 of the 217 speeches listed end with “Thank You.” This tells us that there are waaaaay better choices for wrapping up your speech! There are quite a few ways that I teach my clients. Here are six of them: ✅Quote: Use a quote that connects […]

Preparation, Speaking Tips, Writing

January 19, 2022

Creative Ways to End Your Speech

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I was speaking to a friend recently, and she said something that made my ears perk up. We were discussing one of her challenges when it comes to public speaking. She said, “I feel like I have to say things differently for a white audience…code-switching. But I want to speak how I really want to […]

Confidence, Preparation, Speaking Tips, Stage Presence

September 27, 2021

Code-Switching in Public Speaking

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This photo of me was taken in 2014 when I won first place in the Humorous Speech Contest for my Toastmasters International district. As you can see here, I am all smiles as it was truly one of the happiest days of my life. However… What you DON’T see is all that happened behind the […]

Confidence, Engagement, Nervousness, Preparation, Speaking Tips, Speech Competitions, Zoom

August 17, 2021

What People DON’T See

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You’ve just begun your professional speaking career – CONGRATULATIONS!! You’ve created your presentations that you’re ready to get paid for, started looking for events/organizations you can speak at, and have been passing your business card to anyone and everyone you come in contact with. Sooo…why are the engagements not happening? It could be for any […]

Engagement, Preparation, Speaking Tips

July 1, 2020

5 Mistakes that New Speakers Make

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If you’re anything like me, you have been attending non-stop virtual meetings and events since the Coronavirus forced us all to hunker down in our homes. Online meetings are a different animal altogether than when you gather in person. Sure, there’s still sharing of information and an exchange of ideas happening, BUT – there are […]

Engagement, Q & A, Speaking Tips, Speaking Tools, Virtual Meetings

May 9, 2020

4 Things You’re Doing that Annoy Your Virtual Audience

I attended the Power Networking Conference in Houston at the end of June. This is an annual event created by Dr. George Fraser – master networker, entrepreneur, and author – where the brightest business minds converge in one place. I attended the dynamic “Art and Science of Sales” workshop by Linda Clemons, a sales and […]

Engagement, Speaking Tips, Speaking Tools, Stage Presence

August 12, 2019

What’s In A Name? Use Your Audience Members’ Names

My Aunt Cheryl has a big DVD collection (yes, DVDs still exist). When I go visit her, she’ll sometimes suggest a new movie that we should watch together. The movie obviously made an impact on her, or she would not have even brought it up. However, my aunt knows me well. I don’t watch a lot of movies; I go […]

Preparation, Speaking Tips, Writing

January 5, 2019

Give Them A Reason

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar I love this quote by the late great Zig Ziglar, a well-known motivational speaker and author. I think most of us have the genuine desire to be great at something, but taking those necessary steps to become great is […]

Confidence, Preparation, Speaking Tips

December 29, 2018

4 Ways to Become A Better Public Speaker

I’d bet my last dollar you’re familiar with the Transformers movies that have come out the last few years. These action films, full of explosions and unexpected twists, were directed by Michael Bay. Unfortunately, he experienced an unexpected incident of his own while promoting Samsung’s high definition curved TVs back in 2014. When a teleprompter malfunctioned, he […]

Confidence, Preparation, Q & A, Speaking Tips

December 27, 2018

Plan B: Contingency Plans for 3 Presentation Fails