You Can’t Rush the Chicken and Undercook the Training

chicken with cutlery and chef's hat“Ripeness is all”…William Shakespeare

It happens often. The phone rings, and on the other end is a panicked voice asking for an appointment for speaker training right away. “When are you speaking?” we ask. “Next May,” he replies (over six months from now).

Don’t Rush the Chicken

Training is like cooking a chicken – take it out too soon and it’s raw and not ready to eat. You can’t rush the chicken, just like you can’t rush the training. The process works smoothly when …Read more…

Can a Big Ego Derail Your Success in Business?

“Big Names” in business and politics often bomb in public appearances. Woman holding a picture frameHave you wondered how this happens and if their egos get in the way of their good sense?

Ego is OK in Small Doses

All of us are egotistical to some degree – meaning we are self-centered and sometimes come across as self-important. Who doesn’t want to walk into a room confident that she is the best-dressed guest at the party? But having a big ego in business can derail your success.

It’s egotistical to “wing it” at a presentation without doing the proper advance preparation. It was arrogant of Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, to keep …Read more…

Can You Take Self-Deprecation Too Far When You’re Presenting?

Clever vs Stupid Word Scale

Self Deprecation

A lot of speakers start their presentations or speeches with a self-deprecating remark to get the audience on their side. It’s not uncommon that a powerful leader with established credentials wants to put the audience at ease so he uses self-deprecation to help the audience feel more comfortable. Sometimes he’ll start with a funny story about himself.

On the Other Hand . . .

Too many speakers, however, really feel insecure and believe they are inadequate. They need to get in the first lick – to communicate their own failings before someone else can launch an attack. …Read more…

What To Do When the Reporter Doesn’t Quote Your Client: Duck.

If you’re in the PR business long enough, it’s bound to happen. journalistYou open The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal and your stomach flip-flops. The reporter didn’t quote your client, or CEO, in his story. How do you explain this to your client? …Read more…