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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

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

I know – getting up to speak in front of an audience is a big accomplishment in itself!  You crossed the first hurdle of deciding your topic, jumped over the next hurdle of creating the content, soared towards the finish line by practicing, and dived over the finish line to victory by presenting your speech. […]

Speaking Tips

January 30, 2017

10 Public Speaking Mistakes to Avoid Now

“I don’t even know what her speech was about.”  This is what my mother said to me about the keynote speaker at the breast cancer survivors’ luncheon she recently attended.  I wasn’t sure if my mother meant that the speech wasn’t memorable, or that she didn’t get it.  I asked her to clarify a bit […]

Speaking Tips, Writing

November 7, 2016

Are you laying the foundation?

I must admit something. This article could just as easily have been called “The Quickest Way to Annoy Roquita.” However, this personal pet peeve of mine is certainly not unique to me.  It’s a sentiment shared by many an audience member who’ve attended a presentation. How do you annoy your audience in no time flat? […]

Speaking Tips, Speaking Tools

September 5, 2016

The Quickest Way to Annoy Your Audience

Many moons ago, I worked at the happiest place on earth. No, not Disneyland. Another magical place where parents and children abounded called Babies R Us. I had been a college graduate for all of two years and was ecstatic to finally land a job in the marketing field.  As Store Promotions Coordinator (or SPC […]

Speaking Tips, Uncategorized

July 19, 2016

How Babies R Us Helped My Public Speaking