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What Speakers Can Learn from Improv

If you’ve never struggled with public speaking, or struggled to sit through a bad public speaker, you are in a fortunate minority. For many, there’s something about the spotlight that feels unnatural. It’s a real challenge. That feeling is going to reveal itself in your body language, your tone, and the conviction with which you […]

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It Only Takes Five Seconds to Fall

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_video src=”https://vimeo.com/235434766″ image_src=”//i.vimeocdn.com/video/657266187_960.jpg” _builder_version=”3.0.75″ /][et_pb_text background_layout=”light” border_style=”solid” _builder_version=”3.0.75″] Think about each of us in our careers, how long it takes us to get the top of that mountain. And yet, in a matter of four or five seconds you fall right off of a cliff. You could take 20 years to […]

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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 something powerful. He discusses the tremendous amount of […]

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My First Commandment for Great Presenters

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_video src=”https://vimeo.com/233533514″ image_src=”//i.vimeocdn.com/video/654881174_960.jpg” _builder_version=”3.0.72″ /][et_pb_text background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” border_style=”solid” _builder_version=”3.0.72″] 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 […]

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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 experience is mutually beneficial. A speaker and listener are partners in an extended conversation. […]

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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 on the last time you shopped for a car or […]

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What Success Looks Like

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_video src=”https://vimeo.com/229183587″ image_src=”//i.vimeocdn.com/video/649428262_960.jpg” _builder_version=”3.0.60″ /][et_pb_text background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” border_style=”solid” _builder_version=”3.0.60″] 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 […]

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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 essential for every speaker to add to their […]

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Papa, Don’t Preach

Founded in 1636, Harvard University is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Although never formally affiliated with a denomination, Harvard’s primary aim was to train Congregationalist and Unitarian clergy. Their faculty educated students much the same way that professors and coaches teach today: They modeled the types of professional behaviors the […]

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