It’s OK to Have an Accent as Long as You’re Not Faking It

America is a melting pot of people from just about every country in the world. Most newcomers learn English when they get here and, if they’re already adults, will almost always speak with an accent. There is nothing wrong with having an accent. It’s important to articulate your words correctly, but an accent can actually

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Do Your Eyeglasses Detract From Your Presentations and TV Interviews?

In the past, people used the pejorative four eyes for people who wore glasses. Name-calling is never appropriate, especially when someone has poor vision or a serious disability. Today eyeglasses have become a popular fashion statement. Glasses are an accessory to your wardrobe that can enhance – or detract — from your overall appearance especially

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Stump Speech

When Your Stump Speech Goes Stale

You’re not a politician, you say. You don’t give stump speeches. But think about it. If you’re on a company’s new business team, or a member of their speaker’s bureau, you’re giving stump speeches all the time. They’re just called media interviews or presentations. And today, quite a few of them are virtual. Aren’t they

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Virtual Communications

Using Technology to Leverage Your Virtual Communications

We live and work in a virtual world now. By virtual communications we’re referring to meetings where people aren’t in the same room But being successful in the virtual world is quite different than it was when we gathered in person around a conference table for a meeting about the budget, had lunch with a

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Oops!

The 12 Worst Mistakes in Working With the Media

As the saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. The web has changed the way we work with journalists. Many media interviews take place in email exchanges. Reporters conduct interviews on Zoom or similar services. The news cycle is now 24/7. Follow the Rules But, as the saying goes, the

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Should I do this media interview?

Should You Be Doing This Media Interview?

That’s an important question to ask yourself before you schedule a media interview with a reporter. You’ve no doubt noticed that many politicians who appear on Sunday morning talk shows almost immediately go on the defensive. They have a point of view on the topic that is at odds with the reporter’s questions from the

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The Imposer Syndrome

Do You Lack Self-Confidence and Feel Like an Imposter?

We often meet with executives who want training because they feel they’re not polished presenters. Or, they don’t believe they’re skilled enough in media interviews. But after talking with them, we learn that what’s really going on is that they’re lacking in self-confidence. The Imposter Syndrome If you often feel like a fraud, then you’re

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Always interrupting

You Can’t be Listening if You’re Always Interrupting

Did you hear what I just said? It would be an interesting exercise if a speaker stopped in the middle of her presentation and asked a member of the audience to repeat what she said. Most likely she’d get a blank stare in return. That’s because most people aren’t listening. They are daydreaming or thinking

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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

How to Succeed in Business by Overcoming Your Fear of Change

Our most fundamental need is to feel safe, after our physical needs are satisfied. That’s why so many business people are fearful during a bad economy – afraid of losing their jobs and of facing a future with a constantly changing landscape. Change is inevitable. No one needs convincing that the days of working at

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