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 [...]

To Thrive at the Firm Holiday Party, Ask Questions and Really Listen

By: Joey Asher Category: Networking With corporate Christmas party season upon us, the question is this: how do you have a real, non-work conversation with Susan from accounting? I mean, she’s nice and all. But normally, there’s the Cartersville Project to discuss. What do you say when you’re standing next to the punch bowl with [...]

Public Speaking Tip from Socrates

Category: Tips from Celebrities "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is a habit." Those are the words of Socrates. And he certainly could have been speaking about what it takes to be a great public speaker. Excellence comes from practice. But you have to know how to practice. And that’s what we teach [...]

VoyageATL Interview: Meet Joey Asher of Speechworks in Sandy Springs

Category: Other Read the full article on VoyageATL here! Meet Joey Asher of Speechworks in Sandy Springs   Today we’d like to introduce you to Joey Asher. Joey, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today. Speechworks began 31 years ago [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

How Would Stephen Spielberg Present Your Data-Driven Presentation?

By Joey Asher Category: Practice This article is adapted from Joey Asher’s new book Riveting Data: How to Make Any Presentation Exciting Using Hollywood Storytelling Techniques. Why do so many data-driven presentations stink? They’re boring. They’re confusing. They’re stuck in the weeds. They fail to provide context. They fail to tell a story. With that in [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

When Trying to Persuade Your Audience, Try Using the Tools of the Ancient Greeks

Category: Sales, Visual Aid When trying to sell a complicated idea, most business people fire up their PowerPoint and start creating slides and charts. I ask myself, “What would Aristotle do?” That’s what I did recently when I worked with Chris, a consultant who had invented a 17-step process for dramatically shortening the amount of [...]

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