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

When Trying to Persuade Your Audience, Try Using the Tools of the Ancient Greeks

Category: Sales, Visual Aid When trying to sell a complicated idea, most business people fire up their PowerPoint and start creating slides and charts. I ask myself, “What would Aristotle do?” That’s what I did recently when I worked with Chris, a consultant who had invented a 17-step process for dramatically shortening the amount of [...]

When Trying to Persuade Your Audience, Try Using the Tools of the Ancient Greeks2019-09-21T18:44:27-05:00

To Deal with Your Fear of Public Speaking, Focus on Helping the Audience

By Joey Asher Category: Nerves There are many good tactics for beating the fear of public speaking. Extensive rehearsal helps the most. Physical exertion can reduce the adrenaline-driven jitters. Comedian Billy Crystal once said that he did push-ups to deal with stage-fright. Schmoozing with the audience before the presentation helps you relax. I’ve used all these tactics. [...]

To Deal with Your Fear of Public Speaking, Focus on Helping the Audience2019-09-21T18:44:27-05:00

Public Speaking Tips from my Dog Balou

By Joey Asher Category: Q&A My dog Balou is a 60-pound, black-lab mix that we adopted at a PetSmart rescue day last year in Sandy Springs, GA.   And if he could only talk and write on a flip chart, I’m sure he’d be a great public speaker. That’s because he understands how to connect with [...]

Public Speaking Tips from my Dog Balou2019-09-21T18:44:27-05:00

Go Beyond the Data: How to Use Compelling Stories to Persuade

Category: Other Click the title below to watch Joey Asher's talk at the SOAHR17 Conference:  Go Beyond the Data: How to Use Compelling Stories to Persuade 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 [...]

Go Beyond the Data: How to Use Compelling Stories to Persuade2019-09-21T18:44:27-05:00

If You Want to Improve Your Hand Gestures, Focus on Your Facial Energy

Category: Facial Energy The face bone is connected to the wrist bone. That’s right. Very often, when our clients are having trouble improving their hand gestures, we’ll focus on their facial energy. That’s because if you improve facial energy, the gestures will often improve. “What do I do with my hands?” is a question we [...]

If You Want to Improve Your Hand Gestures, Focus on Your Facial Energy2019-09-21T18:44:27-05:00

Spotlight on our Coaches – JD Clockadale

Category: Other It's hard to put Speechworks coach JD Clockadale into a box. He is a Georgia Tech educated engineer, athlete, a nationally recognized sales trainer, and an author. Oh, and don't forget he's one of the founders of the City of Brookhaven. But one thing we can say definitively about JD is that he's [...]

Spotlight on our Coaches – JD Clockadale2019-09-21T18:44:27-05:00

Spotlight on Our Coaches – Kene Iloenyosi

Category: Other The first things people typically notice about Kene are his impeccable fashion sense and his interesting accent (in that order). Originally from Nigeria, Kene also lived in Zambia prior to moving to the United States. The diversity of his personal and professional experiences enables him to coach individuals from all organizational levels. His [...]

Spotlight on Our Coaches – Kene Iloenyosi2019-09-21T18:44:28-05:00
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