How to Introduce the Speaker Without it Sounding Like an Obituary

“Now, without further ado…” Does that trite introduction make your eyes glaze over if you aren’t already half asleep from listening to a preview of the speaker’s obituary?Isolated angel character with halo and wings

On and on and on. The host endlessly reads every word of a biography submitted by the speaker or his PR Department.

Or, the introducer has done her due diligence, researching articles and books the speaker has written, his degrees, and every job he’s every held. Then she rolls them all up into an endless introduction that could easily double as the speaker’s obituary.

If you’re the speaker, …Read more…

Daring to Say “No” Without Ending a Client Relationship

Say no to a client?

Say no to a client?

Sometimes it’s just easier to give in and say “yes,” even when you believe you should be saying “no.” That’s certainly the case when your child is pestering you for another piece of candy in a quiet movie theater — or, when everyone in a group is ready to move on except you. You give in when nothing very serious is at stake.

Take a Stand

But it’s a different matter when your principles are involved, or your time and money are at stake. Then you’ve got to take a stand. It’s how …Read more…

Your Presentation is About More than Just the Words You Use

Words, Pictures, ActionsThink about it. There are only three forms of communications: words, pictures and actions and how you combine them.

When you’re giving a presentation, or counseling an employee, the words you use are important. But it’s your facial expression and body movements that can convey so much more meaning. They make you a commanding presence and memorable speaker. …Read more…

The News Media Doesn’t Need PR People Anymore

Informatic spy (EPS 10,includes transparency)You may be wondering why a media trainer who guides corporate executives through the stages of interviews in traditional media and, in recent years, on Skype and social media, would make a statement like the one above.

It’s because we increasingly hear complaints from PR people about how much more difficult media relations has become since the emergence of the Internet.

Reporters as Detectives

Edward Bernays, who is credited with inventing the term “public relations,” polished John D. Rockefeller’s image by having him give away coins to encourage thrift. This early PR initiative was …Read more…