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Spotlight on Our Coaches – Kene Iloenyosi

Category: Other The first things people typically notice about Kene are his impeccable fashion sense and his interesting accent (in that order). Originally from Nigeria, Kene also lived in Zambia prior to moving to the United States. The diversity of his personal and professional experiences enables him to coach individuals from all organizational levels. His [...]

The Persuasive Value of Three Key Points

By Joey Asher Category: Content Leonardo da Vinci said, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." That idea goes to the persuasive value of keeping your message to three simple points. Simplicity makes people think, “This person has thought this through. He has distilled the message to the essence. I trust him.” With that in mind, early [...]

Practice Not Being Perfect, Part 2 of 3

Category: Content, Practice The pursuit of perfection is the enemy of great presentations. That’s why we insist that public speaking is about “connection, not perfection.” The problem is, when we focus on trying to be perfect, we fail to connect with our listeners. Rather than experiencing an authentic version of us, we come across [...]

Your Presentation is Too Dang Long

By Joey Asher Category: Content There's a political party in New York called, "The Rent is Too D*** High." I think there should be another party called “Your Presentation is Too Dang Long.” With that in mind, one of the best things you can do to make your presentation more exciting is to shorten it. So what [...]

Spotlight on Our Coaches: Jan McKenzie

Category: Other Before joining Speechworks as a coach, Jan was a Speechworks client (or, as she puts it, "a raving fan!"). She spent nearly 20 years at The Weather Channel. For 10 of those years, she served as director of their award-winning Learning and Development Department. During her tenure, she implemented training programs to develop [...]

Practice Not Being Perfect, Part 1 of 3

Category: Content, Practice The pursuit of perfection is the enemy of great presentations. That’s why we insist that public speaking is about “connection, not perfection.” The problem is, when we focus on trying to be perfect, we fail to connect with our listeners. Rather than experiencing an authentic version of us, we come across [...]

How to Make Statistics Sing

Category: Other Many years ago, one of our coaches took a statistics course at a local community college. The professor had such a heavy French accent that our coach could literally only understand about a third of the words said. He learned everything from reading the textbook. Most presenters who use a lot of statistics don’t [...]

Spotlight on Our Coaches: Nancy Vason

Category: Other Prior to joining Speechworks more than a decade ago, Nancy was an account executive and sales trainer for a Fortune 100 company. She also served as a speechwriter for many of the corporation’s top executives. Regardless of the role she was in, Nancy knew that one fact remained constant: relationships win business, and [...]

During Presentations, Embrace the Pushback

By Joey Asher Category: Q&A You’re giving a presentation involving lots of complex data. Suddenly, a hand shoots up. “I really think you’re missing a major point here,” one listener says. And then he proceeds to ask a question that he thinks undermines your entire presentation. What should you do? Look to the heavens and [...]

To Get More Questions, Study “Joey’s Law of Audience Behavior”

By Joey Asher Category: Q&A When I tell people that they need to leave as much as half of their time for Q&A, I get some worried looks. Inevitably, one of those worried listeners will say, “But what if no one asks questions?” That’s not usually a problem if you understand “Joey’s Law of Audience [...]

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