How Training “Millennials” Benefits the Entire Workforce: An Interview with Talent Development Expert Travis Dommert

By: Julie Lindsay, Speechworks Category: Other An estimated 10,000 baby boomers leave the workforce every day. Current projections show millennials will make up 75% of the workforce by 2025. It’s a sea change that Travis Dommert navigates every day in his role as Senior Vice President of Jackson Healthcare – the 3rd largest healthcare staffing [...]

Public Speaking Lessons from My Dog Trainer

By Joey Asher Category: Practice “You’re the one that wanted a big dog.  So if you don’t get him under control, I’m sending him to the farm.”  I didn’t’ ask what my wife meant by “the farm.” But she was mad.  Balou, our six-year-old lab, had unleashed a shockingly large stream of urine on our [...]

“The Beverly Hillbillies Cure” for Your Fear of Public Speaking

By Joey Asher Category: Nerves Surf the Internet for just a few minutes and you can find some strange prescriptions for overcoming your fear of public speaking.  Here is one from Christine Kane, who bills herself as “Mentor to Women Who are Changing the World.” "Perform from the fear. You’ll have to adapt this one [...]

FAQs About Q&A

By Joey Asher Category: Q&A In our communication skills workshops, we spend a good bit of time focused on Q&A. In fact, we feel it’s probably the most important element of a presentation. It’s when what really matters to the listeners gets addressed. It’s also the point at which the speaker’s credibility is tested and [...]

Want to Start Your Speech Off Right? Here are a Few Traps to Avoid

By Joey Asher Category: Content, Nerves You’re standing in front 250 people at major industry conference. Your heart is pounding. Your palms are sweating. You’re about to deliver a presentation that you hope will boost your image in the minds of your colleagues and business partners. Your first words are critical. They can put [...]

The Communication Skills Workout: 10 Weeks to a New You!

By Joey Asher Category: Other I’m fascinated by those workouts that you see advertised on TV or the Internet.  I recently came across the “Caveman Workout” where you run through the woods in bare feet and eat raw meat. Then, there’s that kickboxing workout called Tae Bo. And I actually borrowed the P90X CDs from [...]

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 [...]

The Most Beautiful Words in Any Presentation are “For Example”

By Joey Asher Category: Content One way to determine whether you’re a good speaker is to see how many times you use the words “For example” in your presentations. If you use those words a lot, then chances are that you’re telling lots of stories when you speak. And if you’re telling lots of stories, [...]

The Speech is Dead. Long Live the Interactive Presentation

By Joey Asher Category: Content, Other My rabbi gave a nice sermon recently. As I listened, I couldn’t help thinking about how strange it is these days to hear an actual speech. It seems out of place -- in a world of text messages, cat videos on YouTube, and iPhone-addled attention spans -- to hear [...]

Public Speaking 3.0. Connecting with Audiences in the Internet-Era

By Joey Asher Category: Networking The last 50 years in public speaking have been the JFK/Ronald Reagan era. The next 50 will be the YouTube/Talk Radio /iPhone era. Indeed, to be a great speaker today, you must learn to connect with listeners who have been conditioned by the modern media. Ancient Greeks to YouTube The [...]

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