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If You Want to Improve Your Hand Gestures, Focus on Your Facial Energy

Category: Facial Energy The face bone is connected to the wrist bone. That’s right. Very often, when our clients are having trouble improving their hand gestures, we’ll focus on their facial energy. That’s because if you improve facial energy, the gestures will often improve. “What do I do with my hands?” is a question we [...]

Spotlight on our Coaches – JD Clockadale

Category: Other It's hard to put Speechworks coach JD Clockadale into a box. He is a Georgia Tech educated engineer, athlete, a nationally recognized sales trainer, and an author. Oh, and don't forget he's one of the founders of the City of Brookhaven. But one thing we can say definitively about JD is that he's [...]

Lies We Tell Ourselves that Hold Us Back as Public Speakers

By Joey Asher Category: Content Are you a lousy speaker? It might be because you believe one of the following lies. Lie # 1: My topic is dull. When I was a newspaper reporter, we had a saying: “There are no bad stories. Only bad reporters.” The same idea applies to public speaking topics. I worked [...]

Use “The Matador Effect” to Impress Your Listeners

By Joey Asher Category: Q&A Want to be a superstar at your next presentation? Take lots of questions. That will allow you to tap into what I call “The Matador Effect.” Let me explain. Who gets paid the most at a bullfight? The Matador! Why? Because he’s the one who stands in the ring and [...]

Spotlight on Our Coaches – Marc Dorfman

Category: Other From LA to NY to Atlanta, Marc Dorfman brings a taste of Hollywood to business communications. To explain his transition from film producing to communication skills training, Marc likes to say that feature films and business presentations have a lot in common - he points out that both have scripts, actors, and an [...]

Practice Not Being Perfect, Part 3 of 3

Category: Content, Practice The pursuit of perfection is the enemy of great presentations. That’s why we say 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. As a result, rather than experiencing an authentic version of us, we [...]

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 [...]

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