The Perils of Saying “Great Question!”

By Joey Asher Category: Q&A One of our coaches was at a restaurant recently and when the first person at the table gave his order, the waiter said, “Very nice choice.” In fact, the waiter said, “very nice” or “good choice” to everyone at the table…except our coach! “I ordered the fish,” the coach said. [...]

The Perils of Saying “Great Question!”2019-09-21T18:44:30-05:00

Use a “Memory Palace” to Deliver Your Next Presentation without Notes

During a workshop recently, a client told me “The president of our company speaks without any notes. It’s amazing.” There is something impressive about standing in front of a group of people and giving a presentation without notes. There’s a sense of true mastery and authority that isn’t there otherwise. But how do you remember [...]

Use a “Memory Palace” to Deliver Your Next Presentation without Notes2019-09-21T18:44:31-05:00

Three Things Needed to be an Effective Speaker

Category: Practice Many presentation skills books and workshops will give you dozens of “tips” to help you be a better presenter. You can get advice on how to hold your hands, how to make your voice more interesting, how to tell a story, how to stand, how to walk, etc. But all those tips [...]

Three Things Needed to be an Effective Speaker2019-09-21T18:44:31-05:00

It Takes Desire to Become a Great Speaker

Question: How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: Just one. But the light bulb has to want to change. That’s what we tell people when they ask if they can really improve their communication skills. Of course you can improve. But, like the light bulb, only if you want [...]

It Takes Desire to Become a Great Speaker2019-09-21T18:44:31-05:00

Template for a Parent’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Speech

I’m headed to Vermont in a couple of weeks to attend my 13-year-old cousin’s bat mitzvah, the traditional service marking a Jewish child’s passage into adulthood.  A highlight of many bat/bar mitzvah services is the short blessing or speech from the parents.   The best of these speeches are touching and often a little funny. [...]

Template for a Parent’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Speech2019-09-21T18:44:31-05:00

What Does it Take to Become a Great Speaker? Desire!

Question: How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: Just one. But the light bulb has to want to change. That’s what we tell people when they ask if they can really improve their communication skills. Of course you can improve. But, like the light bulb, only if you want to. [...]

What Does it Take to Become a Great Speaker? Desire!2019-09-21T18:44:31-05:00

Topics to Avoid if You Don’t Want to Be a Bore

By Joey Asher Category: Content Remember how fascinated you were the last time someone told you a detailed plot of their favorite movie? Didn’t think so. Detailing a movie plot is just one of “Seven Topics to Avoid if You Don’t Want to Risk Being a Bore” according to Gretchen Rubin, an author, lawyer, and [...]

Topics to Avoid if You Don’t Want to Be a Bore2019-09-21T18:44:31-05:00

If You’re Looking For a Classy Insult, Try These

Category: Other ‘Tis the Season for good cheer and goodwill.  So if you’re going to deliver an insult, make it classy and witty. There are plenty of websites (many of them quite raunchy so be careful), dedicated to insults.  Here is a list of clever, clean, and witty insults. "He has all the virtues [...]

If You’re Looking For a Classy Insult, Try These2019-09-21T18:44:32-05:00

Great Communicators Connect with Boldness

Category: Body Energy "Boldness in business is the first, second, and third thing." Thomas Fuller, an English writer, said those words four centuries ago.   And they’re still true today, especially as they pertain to business communication skills. At Speechworks, we believe that great communication is about boldly and passionately making simple, easy-to-understand points, [...]

Great Communicators Connect with Boldness2019-09-21T18:44:33-05:00

Public Speaking Tip From Elizabeth Taylor

“I sweat real sweat and I shake real shakes,” said the movie superstar Elizabeth Taylor.  “Everything makes me nervous - except making films." The point is that even great movie stars get nervous when they have to stand up in public. But with coaching and practice, everyone can learn to overcome their anxiety.  In our [...]

Public Speaking Tip From Elizabeth Taylor2019-09-21T18:44:33-05:00
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