When You’re Smiling, the Whole World Smiles With You

"Smile when you're presenting"

Smile when you’re presenting

The famous lyrics from the song “When You’re Smiling” were closely identified with iconic jazz singer and trumpeter Louis Armstrong, whose own smile lit up a room.

You can learn a lot from that song about the power of smiling in your personal and business life.

If you smile during a presentation, your audience will smile with you. If you smile when meeting someone new, you’ve already started to build rapport. It’s almost impossible to feel bad when you’re smiling. …Read more…

When You Make a Toast Keep it Short and Not About You

June is the month for new beginnings and happy endings.

Many couples marry in June and start a new life together, while graduates with degrees in hand have finished long years of study, ready to conquer the world.

So what if you’re asked to make a toast to celebrate any occasion?

It’s Not About You

A toast is a mini speech, so prepare for it just like you would get ready for a presentation at work. Many people avoid giving toasts because they dislike speaking in public. It’s nerve wracking to summarize your best wishes in two minutes. It will be easier if you speak from the heart.

Remember, it’s not about you. …Read more…

Don’t Let a Misspelling Torpedo Your Presentation

"Don't let misspellings torpedo pressentations"Spelling makes headlines  this time of year as the annual National Spelling Bee takes place in the nation’s capital. A few years ago at the same time Mitt Romney’s staff goofed by misspelling “Amercia” in its iPhone app. That’s supposed to be “America” in case you wondered.

The twitter hashtag #Amercia exploded with thousands of tweets, as did “sneak-peek.” One tweeter made this astute observation, “If you’re applying for a job, and you misspell the name of the company you want to work for, …Read more…

Do You Stand for a Phone Interview With a Reporter?

Do you stand for a phone interview is a serious question. An in-person media interview with a reporter is less likely these days than the return of the manual typewriter.

So how do you make the best impression when you can’t see the whites of a reporter’s eyes?

Preparing for the Phone Interview

In an earlier post, we discussed developing your key messages and you’ve practiced them until they roll off your tongue smoothly, right? …Read more…