The recently departed 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 script or notes. So mistakes are inevitable. But as Yogi might say, the key is to avoid the “wrong mistakes.”

If you keep your message focused on a few simple points, tell stories, and speak with passion, you won’t make the wrong mistakes. Those are simple keys that we teach in our workshops.

All of our programs focus on two areas:

  • How to organize a message that is simple and focuses on audience 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 in your body, voice, and face. Our coaches will give you private feedback on where you most need to improve.

Sure you’re going to make mistakes. The best speakers always do. But with the help of our expert coaches, you won’t make the “wrong mistakes.”

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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