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Getting negative feedback isn’t the end

May 1st, 2020

One of the biggest reasons people don’t take the leap and get on stage to speak is because they’re afraid of negative feedback.  What will people think of me? Will they judge me if I mess up? What if people laugh at me? Or discover what an imposter I am? What if I fall flat on my face…

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What Online Dating and Public Speaking have in Common

February 11th, 2020

I’ve been online dating with a vengeance recently.  I just decided “OK if I’m gonna do this, I’m doing it full-on.”  So I started swiping right with verve & gusto. And yes, it’s true, I now have a phd in online dating.  Recently one of my dates asked me how my work as a speaking…

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How to Make your Presentation More Persuasive

December 10th, 2019

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Because really that’s what it’s all about, right? Getting the yes. Making the sale. Even if you think you’re not “selling” something, you are. You’re selling an idea. A new behavior. Maybe also a product or service. A program.  But whatever the reason for your talk, you’re persuading your audience to trade in something they…

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Your Body Says it All

November 11th, 2019

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Ever notice how that person who paces back and forth on the stage kinda makes you wonder if they’re digging a hole in the floor to escape? Or the one who’s so frozen stiff you start to worry that she’s going to suffocate up there, which makes you stop breathing too? Then there’s the one…

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To PowerPoint or not to PowerPoint?

October 22nd, 2019

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Here’s a little pop quiz: You have a presentation to give. The date is on the calendar and getting closer. You sit down to work on your talk. What’s the first thing you do? A. Go to the kitchen and eat some potato chips, then see that the garbage needs to be taken out but…

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When Public Speaking Fear Gets the Best of You

October 7th, 2019

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At the National Speakers Association “Influence 2019” conference for professional speakers this July, I discovered a t-shirt that read: “Your greatest fear is how I make a living.” I knew I had to buy one. I wore it the next time I flew and was amazed by what a conversation starter it was.  Everyone wants…

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How to Tell a Spine-Tingling Story

September 19th, 2019

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Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about stories, and what makes a story great. I’ve listened, I’ve watched, I’ve told stories myself — and have figured out one or two things about what makes a story spine-tingling. It’s not (necessarily) about some big major traumatic event in your life.It’s not a string of events…

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How to Make Your Big Vision a Reality

September 3rd, 2019

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Last week in Speaker’s Playground, we shared what the big vision was for each of us. If you got that speaking thing totally dialed in, and the nerves or the fear or the heebie jeebies or the running & hiding was more like a little fly you got to flick off your shoulder rather than…

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Four tips to Getting Unstuck During a Presentation

August 15th, 2019

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Do you ever get STUCK in the process of creating a presentation or a talk?  STUCK comes in all shapes and sizes. It comes in all times and places.  It comes before you even begin your talk and shows up sounding something like “I’ll start speaking NEXT YEAR” and you just can’t quite get yourself…

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When a Story isn’t Enough

July 29th, 2019

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If you’ve been around these parts for a while, you’ve certainly heard me say that telling a story is the shortest distance between two people, right?  It’s the best way to show your  humanity and let your audience know you’re an actual human person who lives and breathes out there in the world.  It’s the…

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