You Can’t Rush the Chicken and Undercook the Training

chicken with cutlery and chef's hat“Ripeness is all”…William Shakespeare

It happens often. The phone rings, and on the other end is a panicked voice asking for an appointment for speaker training right away. “When are you speaking?” we ask. “Next May,” he replies (over six months from now).

Don’t Rush the Chicken

Training is like cooking a chicken – take it out too soon and it’s raw and not ready to eat. You can’t rush the chicken, just like you can’t rush the training. The process works smoothly when …Read more…

How to Command the Room as the Keynote Speaker

conductorYou often hear someone say after a conference, “Wow, the speaker really took command of the room.” If you ask him what he means by “take command,” he might have trouble explaining the concept. That’s because it’s not easy to describe the subtle techniques that great speakers use to command the audience’s attention during their presentation.

From the Moment You Enter

One technique to use to become a great speaker is to plan your entrance. You immediately begin to establish your authority by striding in with a sense of purpose, your head held high while …Read more…

Treat Every Networking Interaction Like a Job Interview

pay it forwardWhen you’ve had years of experience and developed a wide network of business colleagues and friends, you’re inevitably asked if you’d be willing to provide career advice to younger professionals who are building their careers.

We’ve certainly been happy to oblige. It’s called “paying it forward,” or responding to a kindness someone showed you by being kind to someone else.

Showing Your Respect

But the person on the receiving end of your advice has the responsibility of showing appreciation for the kindness. This may sound like an old-fashioned notion, but it’s not. …Read more…

What is That Elusive Something Known as “Executive Presence?”

Executive presence requires gravitas, appearance and communications

Executive Presence?

As former United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said when he couldn’t find words to describe obscenity in a film, “I know it when I see it.”

That’s how you feel when you’re in the presence of someone with “executive presence.” You can’t describe it; you just know it when you see it.

What is Executive Presence?

Author Sylvia Ann Hewlett in her new book Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success has “cracked the code,” as she calls it. …Read more…