Watch Janet Napolitano exemplify the Speaking Strength™ “Clarity”

| September 25, 2014

There are ten top Speaking Strengths™ Watch Janet Napolitano exemplify the Speaking Strength “Clarity”


How to tell a good story

| May 23, 2014

Good stories help speakers make an impact. People remember well-told stories.


Alleviate Anxiety Tip #3: Breathe

| February 28, 2014

This is the third post in a three-part series focused on helping you alleviate anxiety before giving a presentation. When clients tell me they feel anxious prior to their remarks, or, as they jump into the opening of remarks, or, the need to rush  “to get all the material” covered, I ask them about their [...]


Alleviate Anxiety Tip #1: Energize your brain

| February 15, 2014

This is the first post in a three-part series focused on helping you alleviate anxiety before giving a presentation. Many people suffer from fear and anxiety about speaking in front of groups. Did you know that you can reduce anxiety by nourishing your brain? You can. Fueling your brain will also reduce your fatigue and [...]


Speaking Hiccups

| June 14, 2013

If the unexpected hiccup occurs during your presentation, follow the good example of Houston meteorologist David Paul and Judy Grant’s sound advice.


When Mistakes are Good

| 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.


Top 7 “Good Reads” for Communicators

| August 23, 2012

As you might imagine, I’ve read dozens and dozens of books on communications. Here’s my short-list of “good reads.” None is new. For leaders, executives and other professional communicators, these books will stimulate your thinking, creativity and productivity, even if you read small bits at a time. Whether you are looking to improve your impact, [...]


Learning from Marissa Mayer: The benefits of being seen

| July 18, 2012

Marissa Mayer, the newly appointed CEO of Yahoo!, is widely regarded as a visionary leader and talented engineer. Employee #20 at Google, she led critical strategic initiatives for the company and was considered a serious candidate to take the CEO slot to replace Eric Schmidt at Google. She has an estimated personal net worth of [...]


Do you speak with Clarity?

| June 12, 2012

When addressing an audience, do you make your point simply? Are you unambiguous? Concise? If so, one of your Speaking Strengths™ is “Clarity.” Speaking Strength: Clarity – Unambiguous, concise Speaking with clarity is harder than it looks. You must do the work instead of your audience having to decipher your point. To speak with Clarity, [...]


Speaking Tip: Your mother was right

| March 13, 2012

“Speak up!”, “Don’t mumble!”. Did you hear these words when you were growing up? If so, your mother was right. Poor enunciation and projection render otherwise good communication ineffective. When you speak, you want to be heard – literally. If you speak softly or do not enunciate clearly, your audience may not hear your message. [...]