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My Top Five Picks for the Most Effective TED Talks

My Top Five Picks for the Most Effective TED Talks

Who doesn’t like TED talks? Every seventeen seconds someone somewhere in the world is watching a TED talk. With thousands of talks available to be educated and inspired by, you have access to every kind of presenter. It’s fascinating as a speech/leadership coach to...

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A Lesson in Making an Impact

A Lesson in Making an Impact

For a master class in how to sell an idea with emotion—and, in this case, a product as well—watch Steve Jobs’s June 12, 2005 Stanford commencement address. It’s one of the most moving and effective pieces of oratory I’ve ever seen. During the speech, Jobs talks about...

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Six Needs of Your Upcoming Audience

Six Needs of Your Upcoming Audience

Tony Robbins is an American motivational speaker, personal finance instructor, and self-help author. In a LinkedIn post in November of 2014, he published an article entitled “The 6 Human Needs: Why We Do What We Do.” In the piece, he wrote, “While each human being is...

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My First Commandment for Great Presenters

The first commandment, based on my 10 Commandments of Great Presenters: The primacy and recency effects When you get up to your pitch, you have less than 15 seconds to make an impression. People remember the first thing you say, that's the primacy effect. And when you...

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A Picture Really Is Worth a Thousand Words

A Picture Really Is Worth a Thousand Words

The remarkable success of Tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram proves that a picture truly is worth a thousand words. Yet the ways in which we present pictures and images to audiences has not kept pace with the dynamic world of social media. Instead of always depending...

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The Key to Overcoming Your Fear of Public Speaking

The Key to Overcoming Your Fear of Public Speaking

Sian Beilock, PhD, is a psychology professor at the University of Chicago and one of the world’s leading experts on the brain science behind “choking under pressure.” In April 2012 she published an article called “The Fear of Public Speaking” that asserts that it’s...

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Can They See What You’re Saying?

Can They See What You’re Saying?

Every performing art form—whether it’s a speech, a dance, or a play—uses tools and techniques to achieve three essential goals: Maintain a disciplined approach. Control the flow of information. Keep the practitioner and audience engaged in such a way that the...

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The Power of Emotion is Real

The Power of Emotion is Real

I’ve addressed the importance of emotion when speaking quite a bit, and there’s a reason: It is essential to connecting, influencing, and motivating your audience. So many of the decisions we make each day are based on emotion and how we feel about something. Reflect...

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What Success Looks Like

A straight upward trending line is what many people think success is like if they do all these things that you're taught to do. And in fact, what I've found out is it looks something more like a squiggly line, one that goes in all different directions and loops back...

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Top “Power Pause” Techniques

Top “Power Pause” Techniques

Whenever I work with my clients, I try not only to help them develop useful techniques, but also to explain why they can be effective in practice. When it comes to the power of pausing, there are three primary reasons why strategically placed moments of silence are...

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Recent Blog Posts

  • When You Care, They Care

    When You Care, They Care

    Walking out in front of a large group, standing up and speaking to the room, entering your boss’s office, or any variation of these speaking experiences takes courage. It’s you against whomever is listening—or at least that’s how it feels. It takes vulnerability, confidence, and belief in what you have …
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    We Are All In Sales

  • Climb Journal Interview Series with Dr. Bob

    Climb Journal Interview Series with Dr. Bob

    We all have a story to tell. Here, I talk to leaders, executives, and business professionals about their story and journey to becoming great communicators. In this installment I speak with Dr. Bob, founder of Ethos Executive Networking Group, executive coach, and speaker. Can you recall the first time you needed …

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