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 [...]

The Power of Speaking without Notes

By Joey Asher Category: Practice Former UN Ambassador and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young once told me a story about how he learned the importance of speaking without notes. As a minister in his early 20s, he always preached from a prepared text.  But as he was getting ready to preach to a church in Beachton [...]

Public Speaking Tip from a Fortune Cookie

Category: Tips from Celebrities "A smile will gain you ten more years of life." Those are the words from a fortune cookie one of our coaches received after eating at her favorite Chinese restaurant.  We can’t speak to whether a smile will help you live longer. But we certainly do believe that a smile [...]

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

By Joey Asher Category: Content, Practice There’s an interesting book out called “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.” In the book, author Susan Cain explains how today’s world overvalues extroverts and undervalues introverts. And certainly extroverts get lots of credit for being natural speakers. But in my experience, introverts [...]

Public Speaking Advice from James Brown

By Joey Asher Category: Tips from Celebrities "Hair is the first thing. And teeth is the second. Hair and teeth. A man got those two things, he's got it all." Those are the words of the Godfather of Soul, the recently departed James Brown. And while he probably wasn’t talking about public speaking, to our mind [...]

Use the Holidays to Master the Lost Art of Conversation

By Joey Asher Category: Networking, Body Energy, Voice Energy I was at a seated holiday dinner party this week and decided to play one of my favorite games. It's called, "How long can I get my dinner partner to talk by asking one question?" I think I set a personal record.  I asked one question.  [...]

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,” [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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