Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Who’s the Fairest…it’s My Selfie!

Instagram SelfiesThe selfie craze started with the growth in popularity of Instagram. This photo-sharing site enables you to choose a filter to transform the look and feel of a self-image posted from your smart phone to Instagram or other social media networks.

President Obama made headlines when he took a selfie of himself, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron at Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

Selfies can serve a purpose in presenting yourself to the public, but there are guidelines you should follow, like …Read more…

Working the Stage and Staying “In the Moment” During a Presentation

Working the stage

Working the stage

Every presentation is also a performance. Like an actor you need to know your lines and stay “in the moment,” always in character and focusing on what you’re doing when you’re doing it.

Actors are trained to stay in the moment and not think about what they’re having for dinner after the show or lose their concentration if a cell phone goes off in the audience.

Staying in the moment – or mindfulness – is a skill that is getting a lot of attention these days as our busy lives and the Internet intrude on our ability to focus, as The New York Times recently reported. …Read more…

Are You a Memorable Speaker or Just Background Noise?

Are you background noise?

Are you background noise?

As speakers, few of us will ever rise to the level of Winston Churchill, or John F. Kennedy.

But there are things you can – and should – be doing to become a memorable speaker and stand out from the crowd.

What distinguishes you?

One day, sooner than later, take some quiet time to review your speaker “persona.” This includes evaluating your content, your skill in delivering a speech or presentation, your visual appearance, and your likeability.

In going through this introspective exercise, …Read more…

Labor Day is Coming: Time to Gear Up for the Busy Fall Season

labor day

Shift Into High Gear

Labor Day is coming and it’s back to school for millions of school children. But this national holiday also signals the unofficial end of summer, when companies shift into high gear to meet their revenue targets for the year.

Many people get the blues but you can avoid the post-summer slump by getting yourself ready for a busy fall season.

Getting Ready

What does getting ready entail?

First, start thinking about how you’re presenting yourself in every aspect …Read more…