Can You Take Self-Deprecation Too Far When You’re Presenting?

Clever Vs Stupid Words Scale Fine Line Humor Taste

Self Deprecation

A lot of speakers start off their presentations or speeches with a self-deprecating remark to get the audience on their side. It’s not uncommon that a powerful leader with established credentials wants to put the audience at ease so he uses self-deprecation to help the audience feel more comfortable. Sometimes he’ll start with a funny story about himself.

On the other hand . . . …Read more…

Stand Out With a Video in Your LinkedIn Profile

Is your LinkedIn profile up-to-date?linkedin-1 Would you be embarrassed if a potential employer or client visited your profile and found a blank space where your photo should be and a skeleton of a profile? That’s not how you want to present yourself to the business community.

LinkedIn has firmly established itself as the network for business professionals. Companies are searching for candidates to fill important positions. Potential clients are …Read more…

If You Sound Whiny, Nasal, or Abrasive Consider Getting Voice Training

An interview with Marjorie Feinstein-Whittaker, owner and principal consultant at The Whittaker Group

What kind of vocal issues do corporate executives have when they retain you for coaching?

A little girl voice

A little girl voice

After ruling out any voice conditions that require medical assessment and/or intervention, many corporate executives seek voice and communication training for subjective, personal reasons. Speakers may complain that their voice doesn’t convey the emotions behind their words, they talk too fast, or they just don’t like the sound of their voice.

Often managers express concerns about sounding boring or monotone. People have conveyed to me that they consider their voices to be whiny, nasal, abrasive, immature, or too loud. Others …Read more…

Did You Pack a Plaid Jacket for Your Next On-Stage Presentation? Oh No!

Sleazy Retro Businessman If you haven’t thought through your wardrobe, you may find yourself wearing clothes that detract from your next presentation. We don’t need to mention that you shouldn’t wear a loud plaid jacket, do we?

If you’re presenting in another city, you won’t have time to search for more appropriate attire. You need to …Read more…