Is it OK to Tell a Little White Lie?

Pinnocchio

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…

Will Heads Turn Toward You for the Wrong Reason?

Personal Branding on Red Puzzle on White Background.You must have experienced this. You’re walking down the aisle of a department store and someone passes you going in the opposite direction. She seems vaguely familiar.

Then it hits you. That was your client but you hardly recognized her without makeup and in ratty old jeans. She made the classic mistake of thinking it’s OK to disregard her personal brand while she’s not on official duty. …Read more…

Do You Have Charisma?

"Do You Have Charisma?"

Do You Have Charisma?

You automatically know when someone has personal charisma. You just feel it. It’s the “wow” factor that captivates people. But what is it exactly?

Charisma is the Greek word for “gift.” It’s that personal magnetism, that unmistakable star quality that captures people’s imagination and inspires loyalty and devotion. Celebrities like Hugh Jackman and Jason Bieber have it. …Read more…