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Public Speaking Lesson from Granny Clampett

By Joey Asher Category: Tips from Celebrities Surf the Internet for just a few minutes and you can find some strange prescriptions for beating your fear of public speaking. Here is one we found online. Sip water that is either warm or room temperature, with lemon if possible. "This helps with dry-mouth, cuts through mucus buildup [...]

Public Speaking Tip from Farrah Fawcett

Category: Tips from Celebrities "The reason that the all-American boy prefers beauty to brains is that he can see better than he can think." Those are the words of Farrah Fawcett. She obviously wasn’t speaking about public speaking. But her point is applicable nonetheless. While what you say in a presentation is critical, how you [...]

Negative Moods Might Make You a Better Speaker, Study Says

Category: Other It’s been one of those weeks. You’re feeling low. You’re burned out. You’re ready to give up and become a professional fisherman. And you’re certainly not looking forward to giving that presentation tomorrow to the board of directors. At least you can take heart in knowing that you may be about to [...]

How Would Stephen Spielberg Present Your Data-Driven Presentation?

By Joey Asher Category: Practice This article is adapted from Joey Asher’s new book Riveting Data: How to Make Any Presentation Exciting Using Hollywood Storytelling Techniques. Why do so many data-driven presentations stink? They’re boring. They’re confusing. They’re stuck in the weeds. They fail to provide context. They fail to tell a story. With that in [...]

Public Speaking Wisdom from Yogi Berra

Category: Tips from Celebrities The late, great Yankees catcher, Yogi Berra, coined a sage bit of public speaking wisdom when he said, "I don't want to make the wrong mistake." What does this have to do with public speaking? The best speakers often make small mistakes because they speak extemporaneously, rather than relying heavily on a [...]

Why Do We Fear Public Speaking?

  By Joey Asher Category: Nerves and Facial Energy I have a friend who fears airplanes. Ask him why and he'll say, "If we were meant to fly, God would have given us wings." When people ask me why people fear public speaking, I have a similar response. “If we were meant to give speeches, God would [...]

Data Tells, but Stories Sell: Go Beyond the Data to Persuade Audiences

By Joey Asher Category: Content Speechworks President, Joey Asher recently collaborated with ©Marketer, The Journal of the Society for Marketing Professional Services to explain how Data Tells, but Stories Sell. To read the entire article, click HERE! Speechworks is a communication and selling skills coaching firm. We teach professionals how to craft and deliver complex messages [...]

Spotlight on Our Coaches: Kim Cunningham

Category: Other Speechworks coach Kim Cunningham understands the importance of speaking with credibility. For years, people relied on her weather forecasts to plan their days. And when she was in the Air Force, pilots relied on her to help plan their combat missions. “Getting the forecast right is critical,” says Cunningham. “And delivering the message [...]

If You Want to Persuade, Less is More

Category: Content You’re speaking to the board of directors, trying to win approval for a large capital improvement. Do you give them a detailed analysis of the reasons to approve the project? Or do you hit them with a few key messages supporting your position? You have a better chance of winning their approval if [...]

It Takes Personal Courage to Give A Great Speech

By Joey Asher Category: Nerves I had an English professor in college who said, "If you write a really great story, you're screwed." He meant that the best storytellers have the courage to open up their personal lives and tell the truth about themselves, even if the truth is embarrassing. Similarly, if you want to give [...]

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