So You Think You Are Going to Faint

Being a little nervous before a presentation, or media interview, is only natural. However, it’s not natural if you panic and your heart starts racing, you break out in a sweat and want to throw up.

If that describes you, then you need to work at reigning in your stage fright. Preparation and practice are essential. …Read more…

Did I Waste My Time Attending That “Mandatory” Staff Meeting?

“Another hour of my time wasted,” you think, as you’re leaving yet another meeting that went nowhere.stop wasting time” That’s very often what staff members think when their leader doesn’t take charge of a meeting (virtual or face-to-face) that he scheduled.

If you are that leader, you need to set the agenda and give clear instructions before the meeting – what people should do to prepare and what outcomes are expected. Participants will end up frustrated when they don’t know what the next steps are. …Read more…

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…

Don’t Bother With Apologies If You’re Always Late or Longwinded

Some people are always late. Business woman showing the time on her wrist watch.They usually offer an excuse like “I missed the train” or “I was stuck on a phone call with a friend.” But after a while these excuses grow old. They could have made more time to get to the station or called the friend back later.

Observe the Guidelines

It’s not only being late for meetings, but includes speakers ignoring time guidelines. We were reminded of this when former Yankees manager Joe Torres was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. …Read more…