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,” [...]

Public Speaking Wisdom from Yogi Berra

Category: Tips from Celebrities The late, great Yankees catcher, Yogi Berra, coined a sage bit of public speaking wisdom when he said, "I don't want to make the wrong mistake." What does this have to do with public speaking? The best speakers often make small mistakes because they speak extemporaneously, rather than relying heavily on a [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Spotlight on Our Coaches – Kene Iloenyosi

Category: Other The first things people typically notice about Kene are his impeccable fashion sense and his interesting accent (in that order). Originally from Nigeria, Kene also lived in Zambia prior to moving to the United States. The diversity of his personal and professional experiences enables him to coach individuals from all organizational levels. His [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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