Judy | January 29, 2013
In his book, The Talent Code, Daniel Coyle explains how mistakes help us learn. Learning new speaking skills is no exception. For many executives, the fear of mistakes and the fear of public speaking are a one-two punch to their performance.
Judy | December 5, 2011
“Rapid Speak” gets a lot of people in trouble. What is rapid speak? Speaking uncomfortably fast for the listener. A number of years ago, FedEx ran a famous, amusing commercial that illustrates the tension produced by rapid speak. For some, rapid speech is their natural speed. For others, it’s a by product of anxiety. And [...]
Judy | September 6, 2011
How is speaking before a group like being a world-class swimmer? The performance of both can be impaired by worry and anxiety. Nine-time Olympic swim champion Dara Torres, 42 years old, was co-captain of the US team competing in the 2009 FINA world championship. She nearly blew her first major international competition in 1984 when [...]