Public Speaking Tip From Harry Houdini

Category: Tips from Celebrities “The easiest way to attract a crowd is to let it be known that at a given time and a given place someone is going to attempt something that in the event of failure will mean sudden death.” Those are the words of the great magician and escape artist Harry Houdini. [...]

Public Speaking Tip from John Wayne

“Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway.” Those are the words of John Wayne. And, when it comes to giving presentations, they’re good words to keep in mind. The fact is that anxiety is an inevitable part of presenting. And there is a good chance that you’re going to be scared. [...]

Public Speaking Wisdom from the Late, Great Yogi Berra

The recently departed 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 script or [...]

Five Resolutions for Better Presentations This Year

By Joey Asher Category: Practice If you’re looking for a resolution this year that is a little different than “I’m going to stop eating desserts”, we have some communication skills resolutions that will help your career by helping you connect better with audiences. Here are five New Year’s resolutions that will improve your speaking skills. [...]

The History of the Motivational Speech

Category: Other To our mind, there’s nothing much more motivational than John Belushi’s (aka Bluto Blutarski) famous speech at the end of the movie “Animal House” when he is trying to motivate his sad sack fraternity brothers. "Over? Did you say over? NOTHING is over until WE decide it is! Was it over when [...]

In 2019, Resolve to Ignore These Five Common (and TERRIBLE) Public Speaking Tips!

By Joey Asher Category: Other During a workshop, a client once cornered me and said, “Many years ago, I had a boss who  thought I looked great in red. He told me that I should always wear red during presentations because it made the best impression. So I’ve always worn red. What do you think [...]

Public Speaking Tip from John Updike

“A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people’s patience.” Those are the words of John Updike, the Pulitzer Prize winning author who passed in 2009. Of course, he wasn’t talking about public speaking. But it’s certainly a good thought to keep in mind as [...]

Drive Home the Point of Your Story at the End

By Joey Asher Category: Content One of the biggest mistakes that speakers make in telling stories is not driving home the point to the listener at the end. One of our coaches was working recently with a college student who was preparing for a round of job interviews. He had a nice story about how [...]

What to Do When Stumped By A Question; How to Coolly Say “I Don’t Know”

By Joey Asher Category: Other If you give enough presentations, it's going to happen. Someone's going to ask a question and you're not going to know the answer. Maybe you just need a moment to think about it. Or maybe you just have no clue what to say. So what do you do? Here's what [...]

Public Speaking Tip from Rudyard Kipling

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Those are the words of Rudyard Kipling. It’s a wonderful thought to keep in mind as the New Year begins.  The best presentations have lots of stories. Not only are stories memorable. But they are entertaining and they drive home your [...]

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