Why It’s Important to Have “Horse Sense” When You’re Presenting

An interview with David Sonatore, LMSW, career/life coach and psychotherapist, who conducts workshops with people and horses to inspire personal and professional growth.

You use horses as a metaphor in working with individuals and companies. How did you come up with this idea?

Inspiring "Horse Sense"

Inspiring “Horse Sense”

The idea actually found me. For over a dozen years as a commercial film and video editor, I had a unique vantage point to observe corporate executives working together toward a common goal – creating a great video. During post-production, stress levels intensified and scapegoating proliferated. These conditions would often reveal dysfunctional teams.

Through personal experience, I saw that …Read more…

Will Your “Tells” Derail Your Presentation or Media Interview?

Even after just about 60 years, political pundits still talk about the “tells” that derailed Richard Nixon’s bid for the Presidency in 1960.

“Tells” are subtle changes in a person’s behavior or demeanor that are dead giveaways that the person is nervous and uncomfortable during a presentation or media interview. If you’ve ever watched The World Series of Poker on TV, then you know about the “tells” that expose the strength or weakness of a player’s hand.

See if you can spot the “tells” in just the first two minutes of this first ever televised Presidential debate, between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy.

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A Presentation is Not About You

"Give your listeners a roadmap"

Give your listeners a roadmap

A presentation is about your audience. Some speakers are too quick with the “I” word. Remember, it’s not about you. Throughout the presentation, your goal is to keep moving your audience to the desired action you want them to take.

In a previous post, we described the importance of preparation and audience analysis. In this article, we’ll discuss how you can take command of the room. …Read more…

Should You Take Drugs to Overcome Your Fear of Speaking in Public?

hand with a pillYes, you read that right. Some individuals have such bad stage fright that they are resistant to coaching.

This post is not meant as a prescriptive that everyone take “something” to calm their nerves. Most people, with presentation or media training, can overcome their anxieties. They are content experts, but not experts at presenting themselves.

Drugs or Not?

Then there are the speakers who are content experts and understand the rules of making a presentation and answering the media’s questions. …Read more…