What Listeners Have to Be Thankful for This Holiday Season

By Joey Asher Category: Content As we embrace the spirit of Thanksgiving, let’s take a moment, on behalf of listeners everywhere, to give thanks to great presenters. Thank for you for taking a position rather than simply presenting both sides of the issue and making me decide.  As a listener, I like to be led.  I [...]

What Listeners Have to Be Thankful for This Holiday Season2019-11-18T11:35:36-05:00

How Would Steven Spielberg Present Your Data-Driven Presentation?

By Joey Asher Category: Content Why do so many data-driven presentations stink? They’re boring. They’re confusing. They’re stuck in the weeds. They fail to provide context. They fail to tell a story. So, if you want to learn how to give a great presentation using data, learn the keys to telling a riveting story. And [...]

How Would Steven Spielberg Present Your Data-Driven Presentation?2019-09-21T18:44:24-05:00

Need to Give a Holiday Toast? Think: Focus, Story, Passion

Category: Networking With families gathering for the holidays, you just might have to give a toast.  And if you want to do it well, think FSP: Focus, Story, Passion. Focus: Remember that people don’t like long rambling toasts. Make one point about the person that you’re toasting.  “I want to make a toast to our [...]

Need to Give a Holiday Toast? Think: Focus, Story, Passion2019-09-21T18:44:24-05:00

How to Present to a Tyrant

By Joey Asher Category: Practice And you think you have a tough boss? Consider the poor Amazon engineer that gave a presentation to CEO Jeff Bezos only to have him say, “Why are you wasting my life?” Bezos is notoriously difficult in meetings, according to “The Everything Store, Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon,” [...]

How to Present to a Tyrant2019-09-21T18:44:24-05:00

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 Tip from Bruce Lee2019-09-21T18:44:24-05:00

Spotlight on Our Coaches: Kim Cunningham

Category: Other Speechworks coach Kim Cunningham understands the importance of speaking with credibility. For years, people relied on her weather forecasts to plan their days. And when she was in the Air Force, pilots relied on her to help plan their combat missions. “Getting the forecast right is critical,” says Cunningham. “And delivering the message [...]

Spotlight on Our Coaches: Kim Cunningham2019-09-21T18:44:25-05:00

If You Want to Persuade, Less is More

Category: Content You’re speaking to the board of directors, trying to win approval for a large capital improvement. Do you give them a detailed analysis of the reasons to approve the project? Or do you hit them with a few key messages supporting your position? You have a better chance of winning their approval if [...]

If You Want to Persuade, Less is More2019-09-21T18:44:25-05:00

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 give [...]

It Takes Personal Courage to Give A Great Speech2019-09-21T18:44:27-05:00

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 CNN.com website. “In fact, in just about any line of work being prematurely [...]

The Public Speaking Value of Gray Hair, According to CNN’s Anderson Cooper2019-09-21T18:44:27-05:00
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