Public Speaking Tip from Bruce Lee

Category: Tips from Celebrities "Simplicity is the key to brilliance." Those are the words of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. While he may not have been speaking about public speaking, he certainly could have been. Great speakers focus on doing just a few things well: keeping the message simple, telling stories, and speaking with passion.In our [...]

Public Speaking Tip from Bruce Lee2019-09-21T18:44:24-05:00

Negative Moods Might Make You a Better Speaker, Study Says

Category: Other It’s been one of those weeks. You’re feeling low. You’re burned out. You’re ready to give up and become a professional fisherman. And you’re certainly not looking forward to giving that presentation tomorrow to the board of directors. At least you can take heart in knowing that you may be about to [...]

Negative Moods Might Make You a Better Speaker, Study Says2019-09-21T18:44:25-05:00

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
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