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Pause… and let everyone know you’re in charge

June 22nd, 2018

A couple of weeks ago I talked about how to lose the dreaded (or beloved, as the case may be) filler words. (Um, and, so, uh, y’know, really…etc).  Here’s that post if you missed it.   One of the key ways to get rid of filler words is to PAUSE, so that’s what I’m gonna talk about today……

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How to stop saying UM once and for all!

June 21st, 2018

stop saying um

Are you an ummer? Or is ah and uh more your style? How bout so and and? Wanna stop saying um once and for all?  When I was in middle school, I remember being at a church youth group meeting listening to one of the older girls gave a talk to the younger girls. She…

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Your story matters!

June 14th, 2018

I know, I know, it’s been a while. Which reminds me of a story. Which I’m gonna tell you…   If you’ve been around these parts for a while, you probably know I was a quiet kid. It wasn’t like I had stuff to say that I was keeping to myself–I was mostly just in a state…

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Let’s talk about breath, baby!

February 5th, 2018

I want to talk about breath. Breath is what it’s all about. Breath is the foundation. Breath is where it all begins and where it all ends.  If you’re out there speaking, or even if you’re in here speaking, you’re not going to get very far without breath.  If you’re telling a hilarious story, you…

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Public speaking lessons from a 6-year-old

November 5th, 2017

public speaking lessons

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had the privilege of supporting my 6-year-old friend Raya in LEARNING HOW TO RIDE A BIKE!  We’ve been pals for a while, so we trust each other. When we hang out, we laugh a lot and we have fun. We teach each other new things all the time.  Raya’s been…

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When the Grand Canyon calls, answer!

October 5th, 2017

You know that feeling when you get a call from your 86-year-old mother, who was on her way to see the Grand Canyon for the first time in her life, and she tells you she’s arrived at the Phoenix airport to meet her best friend from college who was going to be her travel companion,…

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Reverend Harold Walker, Jr. 1927-2017 (My Dad)

August 5th, 2017

my dad

I know I’ve been out of touch for most of the summer. If you’re someone who’s been close in my sphere over the last few months, you’ve probably heard that my dad died in June.  If you’ve been around for a while, you know that two years ago, my dad’s oncologist ended chemo treatment for his…

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Prepare for a speech (so it rolls off your tongue like butter)

March 30th, 2017

prepare for a speech

Ever wonder how to prepare for a speech? Get three tips for practicing so you connect with your audience and have more fun speaking every time.

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You are amazing! Now tell a story about it

March 13th, 2017

amazing

I have an amazing friend who is a long-time, die-hard New Yorker. She’s lived in the same tiny apartment between Avenues C & D in the East Village for 30 years. The bathtub is in the kitchen. (And it’s my favorite bathtub in the world) Jane takes bubble baths and wears bright red lipstick and…

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Why Stories Matter: Connect with your audience every time

February 28th, 2017

You know that thing that happens when you tell a story and someone says “Ooh ooh ooh that reminds me of a time when…” and they tell a story that maybe doesn’t even really have that much to do with the story you just told, but there’s a thread, and that leads to yet another story,…

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