Why Memorizing is a Dirty Word

Unless you’re a professional actor who is paid to learn his lines, identitydon’t try to memorize your presentations. Why put more pressure on yourself when you’re already anxious in front of an audience?

Memorizing is a no-win strategy. Instead of engaging with the audience when it’s time to speak, you’re inside your own head trying to remember your lines. It will be panic time if you forget your opener and scramble to fill the void.

Your audience will sense your discomfort and they will become uncomfortable, too. You certainly won’t gain the audiences’s confidence if you’re struggling for something to say while fidgeting and …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 book Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success has “cracked the code,” as she calls it. …Read more…

Talk About What You Know and What You’re Known For

Being a panelist is hard work, stop, say no. illustration designespecially if you have a moderator who doesn’t show leadership and who can’t make up his mind about the agenda. Talking about subject matter areas where you don’t have any expertise can be damaging to your professional life.

Getting on the Same Page

It’s surprising how often a panel moderator doesn’t take charge of the program until the last minute. If you have this experience, take action immediately. As a speaker, you want to …Read more…

Imagine Yourself Relaxing on a Beach Without a Care in the World

Dreaming holidayJust suppose that you began your next talk with the grabber, “Imagine yourself relaxing on the beach without a care in the world.” Do you think that image would get the attention of people in the audience? With most people working 24/7, who wouldn’t want to be relaxing on a beach?

Whether you’re delivering a speech from notes or giving a presentation with slides, using visual imagery will engage your audience. …Read more…