When I was practicing law in my prior life, a senior attorney called me into his office and shut the door. "Joey," he said. "I want to give you some feedback on how you handled yourself in that meeting today."
I braced myself. “You did fine,” he said, “The client seemed satisfied. But I think I counted 25 “ums” in five minutes. It doesn’t sound good.”
Many presentation skills books and workshops will give you dozens of “tips” to help you be a better presenter. You can get advice on how to hold your hands, how to make your voice more interesting, how to tell a story, how to stand, how to walk, etc.
Several years ago, one of our coaches attended a speech by the president of a major industry association. This industry bigwig was speaking about the state of his business. After being introduced, he spent the first five minutes of his 20 minute speech thanking people for inviting him. That’s a quarter of his speech! And it went downhill from there.
It was a nightmare.
If you’re using lots of foul language in the workplace, be careful. A new poll indicates that two thirds of people are bothered by profanity.
The Associated Press-Ipsos poll also found that profanity is on the rise with two thirds of Americans believing that the use of bad words is more common today than 20 years ago.
“What is the single most important quality in a tennis champion? I would have to say desire, staying in there and winning matches when you are not playing that well.”
That’s a quote from John McEnroe, former Wimbledon champion and tennis superbrat.
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