Why Do We Fear Public Speaking?

  By Joey Asher Category: Nerves and Facial Energy I have a friend who fears airplanes. Ask him why and he'll say, "If we were meant to fly, God would have given us wings." When people ask me why people fear public speaking, I have a similar response. “If we were meant to give speeches, God would [...]

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 [...]

How to Find Your Authentic Speaking Style

By Joey Asher Category: Facial Energy, Body Energy Imagine that you’re at dinner with a close friend or family member. And you’re talking with a great deal of intensity about something that you’re passionate about. That is the kind of presentation style we recommend. We want you to speak with the same energy that you bring [...]

Support Your Data by Telling the Story Behind the Numbers

By Joey Asher Category: Content Everyone that uses data knows how easy it is to twist numbers to reach a biased conclusion. So how can you make people believe your data? How about telling the story of how your data was compiled? Here is an excerpt from a presentation by a client that wanted to [...]

Be a Model: The Non-Speaker’s Role in Team Presentations

By Joey Asher Category: Content We frequently work with professionals who present in teams. Many ask “What should I do while I’m not speaking?” The answer is simple: be a model! In other words, during the time when you’re not speaking, your job is to model what you want the audience to do. That means [...]

How to Give a Great Webinar

By Joey Asher Category: Content Leo Tolstoy began his masterpiece “Anna Karenina” with the sentence “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Here’s my twist on that great opening line: “All lousy webinars are alike; each good webinar is good by following a few principles.” Lousy webinars are [...]

What Would the Gettysburg Address Look Like in PowerPoint?

“Hi. I’m Abe Lincoln. My first slide lays out a timeline for our nation. As you can see reading from left to right, it really all started four score and seven years ago. . . .” Of course that wouldn’t have done at all. But if there is any doubt that there is a growing [...]

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. [...]

Six Rules for Successful Team Presentations

Category: Other One of the things that many owners say when they’re interviewing design and construction teams is  “We’re looking for the best team.” So the question is: how can you come across as a great team during a 30-45 minute presentation? In watching hundreds of these shortlist interviews over the past few decades, we’ve [...]

How to Make Statistics Sing

Many years ago, one of our coaches took a statistics course at a local community college. His professor had such a heavy French accent that he literally could only understand about a third of the words he said. He learned everything from reading the textbook. Most presenters that use a lot of statistics don’t do [...]

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