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

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

Your Presentation is Too Dang Long

By Joey Asher Category: Content There's a political party in New York called, "The Rent is Too D*** High." I think there should be another party called “Your Presentation is Too Dang Long.” With that in mind, one of the best things you can do to make your presentation more exciting is to shorten it. So what [...]

Your Presentation is Too Dang Long2019-09-21T18:44:28-05:00

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 [...]

Support Your Data by Telling the Story Behind the Numbers2019-09-21T18:44:29-05:00

Is There a Code Against Smiling at Work? Sometimes it Seems that Way and It’s Too Bad

Category: Facial Energy “There are some people who raise their upper lip so high, or let the lower lip sag so much, that their teeth are almost entirely visible. This is entirely contrary to decorum, which forbids you to allow your teeth to be uncovered, since nature gave us lips to conceal them.” Those words [...]

Is There a Code Against Smiling at Work? Sometimes it Seems that Way and It’s Too Bad2019-09-21T18:44:30-05:00

To Win a Pitch, Show How Much You Care

Category: Voice Energy There’s a saying among sales people that goes, “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” But when you’re one of two or three firms delivering a presentation for a big project, I don’t think it’s quite right. I think it should read, “In a [...]

To Win a Pitch, Show How Much You Care2019-09-21T18:44:30-05:00

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

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

How to Inject Humor in Your Presentations

Several years ago, an accountant came into my office for help with a speech. His voice was so soft that I had trouble hearing him. He also never smiled and had trouble with eye contact. I was thinking, “This is going to be a challenge.” Then he said, “I’d like to learn how to [...]

How to Inject Humor in Your Presentations2019-09-21T18:44:31-05:00

Keys to Speaking About Data from The Home Depot’s CFO

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 available [...]

Keys to Speaking About Data from The Home Depot’s CFO2019-09-21T18:44:32-05:00
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