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. [...]

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 [...]

Lies We Tell Ourselves that Hold Us Back as Public Speakers

By Joey Asher Category: Content Are you a lousy speaker? It might be because you believe one of the following lies. Lie # 1: My topic is dull. When I was a newspaper reporter, we had a saying: “There are no bad stories. Only bad reporters.” The same idea applies to public speaking topics. I worked [...]

Spotlight on Our Coaches: Jan McKenzie

Category: Other Before joining Speechworks as a coach, Jan was a Speechworks client (or, as she puts it, "a raving fan!"). She spent nearly 20 years at The Weather Channel. For 10 of those years, she served as director of their award-winning Learning and Development Department. During her tenure, she implemented training programs to develop [...]

To Get More Questions, Study “Joey’s Law of Audience Behavior”

By Joey Asher Category: Q&A When I tell people that they need to leave as much as half of their time for Q&A, I get some worried looks. Inevitably, one of those worried listeners will say, “But what if no one asks questions?” That’s not usually a problem if you understand “Joey’s Law of Audience [...]

Spotlight on Our Coaches: Marilyn Ringo

Category: Other Marilyn is a former CNN Headline News anchor and a six-time Emmy Award-winning television producer and reporter. In addition to working with corporate clients and overseeing Speechworks’ media training program, she serves as an adjunct professor at the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business. We asked Marilyn to share how she transitioned [...]

For a Great Presentations, Practice this Rule

Guy Kawasaki is a technology guru and venture capitalist who listens to a lot of presentations from entrepreneurs seeking money for start-up ventures.  The overwhelming majority of the presentations he hears are, as he says, “crap.” And so he demands that all presentations at his business, Garage Technology Ventures, follow what he calls the “10/20/30 [...]

“Three Q” Method Creates A Simple Presentation that Audiences Will Love!

By Joey Asher Category: Q&A Most presentations are complicated messes.  Listeners wonder “What are the key points?”, “Why should I care?”, “Why is this so complicated?” and “Do we have to look at that many slides?” Complicated presentations are so unnecessary. There is a fast approach to creating simple presentations that connect with the needs [...]

Use a Mirror to Improve Your Presentation Style

When we were selling our old house several years ago, my five-year-old daughter Annie loved giving tours to prospective buyers.  She hustled husbands and wives around, showing off the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms etc. Arriving at the living room she would stand at a spot in front of our large, framed wall-mirror. Then she would look [...]

Are You a Better Speaker than a Fifth Grader?

Joey Asher President of Speechworks, a selling and communication skills coaching company in Atlanta. He has worked with hundreds of business people helping them learn how to communicate in a way that connects with clients. His new book 15 Minutes Including Q&A: a Plan to Save the World from Lousy Presentations” is [...]

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