Is it OK to Tell a Little White Lie?

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Lie and grow a Pinocchio nose

How often have you heard that a presentation, or a media interview, is no more than story telling? And that’s true. As a speaker, you’d grab your audience with an opening such as “Imagine that you are about to find a cure for cancer.”

That is sure to get everyone’s attention. But then if you go on to say that cancer has been eradicated, you’ve crossed the line into lying.

That is an egregious  example, but little white lies can turn into big ones and eventually …Read more…

Stage Fright Can be Your Best Friend

Sweaty palms. Heart palpitations. Knees knocking. We all know the signs of stage fright.

"Let stage fright be your friend"

Let stage fright be your friend

And no matter how experienced you are at public speaking, stage fright happens to everyone. Instead of trying to ignore it, embrace it and get to know your own personal signs of stage fright.

Accept anxiety as a positive sign that your body is saying that all systems are ready to go.

But many speakers succumb to stage fright. Some common reactions: …Read more…

10 Tips to Become Better at Promoting the “Real You”

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Blow your own horn

Even the thought of tooting your own horn may make you squirm. But it isn’t enough to work hard anymore. You need to be better at selling yourself to build your career or your business, if you’re an entrepreneur. The art of selling is really the art of business communication. …Read more…

Does Style Trump Substance in a Presentation or Media Interview?

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Style vs. Substance

Style or substance? Is it your style that will make you a memorable speaker? Or is substance more important in a presentation or media interview?

There isn’t universal agreement, although both are essential qualities for leaders to express their authority and command of their topic.

Make it Look and Taste Good

A speech is like eating a meal in a 5-star restaurant. The food must be …Read more…