Category: Tips from Celebrities

“We speak with more than our mouths. We listen with more than our ears.”

On May 22nd, Rhode Islanders will celebrate Neighbor Day. It’s no coincidence that the date happens to fall on the anniversary of the premiere of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood back in 1967.

Much more than just a loveable children’s television character, Fred Rogers had a habit of doling out timeless, universal advice that was applicable to people of all ages.

And though he may not have been talking about public speaking specifically, this quote is no different.

In fact, we teach our public speaking workshop participants that the energy and confidence you exude from your body and face while speaking is every bit as important as the words you say. That’s because your audience is listening not just with their ears, but with their eyes and minds as well. To that end, we teach:

  • How to organize a message that is simple and focused on listener needs. Speechworks teaches a simple Formula for focusing on listener needs. We believe that if you have strong content, you will be more confident when you get up to speak.
  • How to deliver the message in a style that connects with the listeners. We focus on eye contact and energy from your face, voice and body. Our coaches will give you private feedback on areas you can improve.
  • How to answer questions in a way that inspires confidence. We teach you to embrace the Q&A portion of any presentation, prepare for the questions ahead of time, and when it coms to your answers, be brief.

Consider attending an upcoming workshop. Our world-class communication coaches will teach you how to speak with more than your mouth!

Speechworks is a communication and selling skills coaching firm. We teach professionals how to craft and deliver complex messages in a simple, persuasive manner. Since 1986, through workshops and one-on-one instruction, we have helped countless individuals become better presenters and communicators. You can reach us at 404.266.0888, or on the web at

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