Public Speaking Tip from a Fortune Cookie

Category: Tips from Celebrities "A smile will gain you ten more years of life." Those are the words from a fortune cookie one of our coaches received after eating at her favorite Chinese restaurant.  We can’t speak to whether a smile will help you live longer. But we certainly do believe that a smile [...]

Public Speaking Advice from James Brown

By Joey Asher Category: Tips from Celebrities "Hair is the first thing. And teeth is the second. Hair and teeth. A man got those two things, he's got it all." Those are the words of the Godfather of Soul, the recently departed James Brown. And while he probably wasn’t talking about public speaking, to our mind [...]

Holiday Networking Lesson in Personal Connection from Jimmy Carter

By Joey Asher Category: Tips from Celebrities With the holiday networking season upon us, I'm reminded of a lesson I learned from Jimmy Carter on how to connect with people.  As a cub reporter 26 years ago at The Times in Gainesville, Ga., I had the opportunity to interview Carter. He had been out of the [...]

Public Speaking Tip from Socrates

Category: Tips from Celebrities "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is a habit." Those are the words of Socrates. And he certainly could have been speaking about what it takes to be a great public speaker. Excellence comes from practice. But you have to know how to practice. And that’s what we teach [...]

Public Speaking Tip from Bruce Lee

Category: Tips from Celebrities "Simplicity is the key to brilliance." Those are the words of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. While he may not have been speaking about public speaking, he certainly could have been. Great speakers focus on doing just a few things well: keeping the message simple, telling stories, and speaking with passion.In our [...]

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 [...]

The Public Speaking Value of Gray Hair, According to CNN’s Anderson Cooper

Category: Tips from Celebrities If you're thinking of dying your gray hair, don't do it if you're a man, says the famously gray-headed anchor Anderson Cooper. “In the TV news business, gray equals gravitas,” writes Cooper in a funny column posted to the website. “In fact, in just about any line of work being prematurely [...]

Public Speaking Tip from John McEnroe

Category: Celebrity Speaking Tip “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. While of course the quote has nothing to [...]

Public Speaking Advice from Michael Phelps

Category: Celebrity Speaking Tip “If you want to be the best, you have to do things that other people aren't willing to do.” How do you become the most decorated Olympian in history? You do things no one else is willing to do. For Michael Phelps, that includes: • Being in the water by [...]

Public Speaking Advice from JFK

Category: Tips from Celebrities “Public speaking is the art of diluting a two-minute idea with a two-hour vocabulary.” With political conventions still fresh on everyone’s minds, John Fitzgerald Kennedy certainly stands out as a great speaker, including his 1960 acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in L.A. And his observation above underscores a mistake [...]

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