Your Favorite Blog Posts From The Newman Group

lynda_carter_as_wonder_womanNext week we’ll enter our fourth year of blogging about topics designed to help you to become a more confident and polished speaker in presentations and media interviews. Guest authors also added their valuable perspectives.

You’ve helped guide us to the topics of most interest by your comments and the traffic each post generated. We’ll take this into account in planning our topics for 2015.

Drum Roll for the Top Three

Our tabulation revealed the top post by traffic: What is the Role of the Moderator in a Panel Discussion? …Read more…

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…

Happy Thanksgiving To You and Your Loved Ones

In celebrating Thanksgiving, we’d like to pay special tribute to Maya Angelou, the author and poet whose magical words and expressions Fotolia_24795853_XS-300x3001always got to the heart of the human experience.

She passed away earlier this year but her sentiments will continue to inspire generations to come. A favorite of ours that is often used in presentations:

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

It’s so easy to toss off a stinging criticism or to ignore a job well done. We know it’s thoughtless but we make the excuse that we didn’t mean it or didn’t have time to extend a compliment.

Maya reminds us that our actions have lasting consequences. So let’s get into the holiday spirit with other inspirational quotes from this iconic woman: …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…