How to Torpedo Your Talk: Memorize It

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How to Torpedo Your Talk: Memorize It

There are few things that scare me as a public speaking coach, but this phrase does it every time: “Yeah, once I memorize my presentation script, I’ll be good to go.” This is the point when my circuits get jammed, and I want to reach across the table and shake my client and warn them […]

This Blog Post, is like, um, Important: Dealing with Vocalized Pauses

This Blog Post, is like, um, Important: Dealing with Vocalized Pauses   Ah, the vocalized pause…   The “ums” the “uhs” the “like”s that can riddle our spoken sentences like bullet holes. If you are someone who struggles with the tyranny of the vocalized pause, there are two things I want you to know:   […]

You Tawkin’ Ta Me?

You Tawkin’ Ta ME? You know that moment. You’re in a meeting (or worse, on stage) and someone says something that hits you right in the solar plexus. Your face heats up, your heart races, you feel rage, or fear, or embarrassment, or sadness—pick your poison—and before you know it, you’ve missed the last 3 […]

Women & Power: Don’t Believe Everything You Hear

Recently I was at a women’s gathering (that shall remain nameless to protect the innocent), where we watched a 15 minute video clip on “power and the art of persuasion,” taught by a very accomplished communications expert.  Naturally I was pretty excited to see the video and hear someone else’s take on the subject, since I […]

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