It’s OK to Have an Accent as Long as You’re Not Faking It

America is a melting pot of people from just about every country in the world.Fake Genuine Signpost Means Authentic or Faked Product Most newcomers learn English when they get here and, if they’re already adults, will almost always speak with an accent. There is nothing wrong with having an accent.

It’s important to articulate your words correctly, but an accent can actually make a speaker sound more interesting. Have you ever noticed that people with a British accent are often taken more seriously? Their accent gives them an air of authority and superior intelligence. …Read more…

Why Things Can Go Wrong After the Presentation Coach Leaves

The polished speaker you heard at the last industry conference you attended very likely went through presentation training.Fotolia_cropped But do you remember how embarrassed you were for another speaker at that same conference who flubbed his remarks?

The second speaker also had coaching, so what went wrong?

Don’t Belittle Your Speakers

Going through presentation training with a coach is an intense experience. Speakers, no matter what their position, are often vulnerable in a learning situation. …Read more…

My Heart is Racing So Fast I Think I’m Going to Faint!

Being a little nervous before a presentation, or media interview, is only natural.overcome-stage-fright3-150x1501 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…

No Point in Apologizing if You Can’t Admit You’re Wrong

Do you find it difficult to apologize when you’ve done something that hurts or offends someone? It isn’t easy to admit when you’re wrong. But you risk damaging your reputation and relationships if you don’t offer a sincere apology.

Hillary Clinton learned this the hard way when the media and public didn’t buy that she used her private email “for convenience” in government correspondence while she was Secretary of State.

Jon Stewart skewered her in this skit using portions of her press conference …Read more…