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 [...]

Use Non-Comic “Shticks” to Help You Think on Your Feet and Seat

Joey Asher President of Speechworks, a selling and communication skills coaching company in Atlanta. He has worked with hundreds of business people helping them learn how to communicate in a way that connects with clients. His new book 15 Minutes Including Q&A: a Plan to Save the World from Lousy Presentations” is [...]

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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