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A situation many speakers find frustrating is looking out into the audience and seeing faces glued to cell phones. You’ve taken the time to prepare this talk, and their attention is on a device instead of you. Like it or not, mobile phones are everywhere now and you can pretty much expect at least one person to look […]

Engagement, Preparation, Speaking Tips

September 14, 2022

They won’t get off their phone! 7 Tips for Handling the Audience

“Is it ok to use notes?” “What’s the right way to use notes when speaking?” These are the two most common questions I hear when it comes to speech notes. First, let me make it clear that it IS OK to bring your trusty notes with you. I have been to conferences where I was […]

Preparation, Speaking Tips, Stage Presence

August 13, 2022

If you want to use notes, there are 5 things you must do

Using notes

If you’ve ever looked out into your audience and noticed confusing looks on their faces – it can feel unsettling to you as a speaker! You’re wondering why they look that way. There are a host of reasons, but here are three major ones:  Your speech has no real structure and is going all over […]

Confidence, Preparation, Speaking Tips, Stage Presence

June 4, 2022

3 Reasons Why You’re Confusing Your Audience

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

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

Toastmaster Winner

I was catching up with my accountability partner Joy the other day, and she asked the million dollar question: “How do you not feel Zoom fatigue at all these virtual meetings? We’re all going from one meeting to the next, and it feels tiring after a while!” She’s not the only person feeling like a […]

Engagement, Preparation, Virtual Meetings, Zoom

June 11, 2021

HELP! I’m Zoomed Out

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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

“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