What to Do About Smartphones During a Presentation

By Joey Asher Category: Other “When I’m leading a meeting, I find that people spend a lot of time typing emails. What is your strategy for dealing with the iPhone problem?” “When I’m leading a conference call, I know that there are people listening in who aren’t paying attention. They’re surfing the internet, writing memos, [...]

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 [...]

Lessons in Persuasion from a Fishing Guide

By Joey Asher Category: Content, Practice I drove to the Great Smokey Mountains near Townsend, TN recently to fly fish for trout. And I caught more than my fair share – 14 gorgeous rainbows. But who’s counting? Spending time with my guide -- a terrific, pony-tailed fisherman and author named Ian Rutter, of R&R Fly [...]

If You Want a Message to Penetrate, Repeat Two or Three Catchphrases

Category: Content If you want to make sure that your message gets through to an audience, consider taking a lesson from the great marketers. They settle on a catchphrase and repeat it over and over, hoping to penetrate the public’s mind. Many great speakers do the same thing. One of the great recent advertising [...]

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.  [...]

Holiday Networking Lesson in Personal Connection from Jimmy Carter

By Joey Asher Category: Tips from Celebrities With the holiday networking season upon us, I'm reminded of a lesson I learned from Jimmy Carter on how to connect with people.  As a cub reporter 26 years ago at The Times in Gainesville, Ga., I had the opportunity to interview Carter. He had been out of the [...]

What Listeners Have to Be Thankful for This Holiday Season

By Joey Asher Category: Content As we enter November, it’s the season of gratitude. And so, I’d like to take this chance, on behalf of listeners everywhere, to give thanks to great presenters. Thank for you for taking a position rather than simply presenting both sides of the issue and making me decide.  As a listener, [...]

Need to Give a Holiday Toast? Think: Focus, Story, Passion

Category: Networking With families gathering for the holidays, you just might have to give a toast.  And if you want to do it well, think FSP: Focus, Story, Passion. Focus: Remember that people don’t like long rambling toasts. Make one point about the person that you’re toasting.  “I want to make a toast to our [...]

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