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 [...]

Go Beyond the Data: How to Use Compelling Stories to Persuade

Category: Other Click the title below to watch Joey Asher's talk at the SOAHR17 Conference:  Go Beyond the Data: How to Use Compelling Stories to Persuade Speechworks is a communication and selling skills coaching firm. We teach professionals how to craft and deliver complex messages in a simple, persuasive manner. Since 1986, through workshops [...]

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 [...]

Lies We Tell Ourselves that Hold Us Back as Public Speakers

By Joey Asher Category: Content Are you a lousy speaker? It might be because you believe one of the following lies. Lie # 1: My topic is dull. When I was a newspaper reporter, we had a saying: “There are no bad stories. Only bad reporters.” The same idea applies to public speaking topics. I worked [...]

Support Your Data by Telling the Story Behind the Numbers

By Joey Asher Category: Content Everyone that uses data knows how easy it is to twist numbers to reach a biased conclusion. So how can you make people believe your data? How about telling the story of how your data was compiled? Here is an excerpt from a presentation by a client that wanted to [...]

For a Great Presentations, Practice this Rule

Guy Kawasaki is a technology guru and venture capitalist who listens to a lot of presentations from entrepreneurs seeking money for start-up ventures.  The overwhelming majority of the presentations he hears are, as he says, “crap.” And so he demands that all presentations at his business, Garage Technology Ventures, follow what he calls the “10/20/30 [...]

The Perils of Saying “Great Question!”

By Joey Asher Category: Q&A One of our coaches was at a restaurant recently and when the first person at the table gave his order, the waiter said, “Very nice choice.” In fact, the waiter said, “very nice” or “good choice” to everyone at the table…except our coach! “I ordered the fish,” the coach said. [...]

“Three Q” Method Creates A Simple Presentation that Audiences Will Love!

By Joey Asher Category: Q&A Most presentations are complicated messes.  Listeners wonder “What are the key points?”, “Why should I care?”, “Why is this so complicated?” and “Do we have to look at that many slides?” Complicated presentations are so unnecessary. There is a fast approach to creating simple presentations that connect with the needs [...]

Use a Mirror to Improve Your Presentation Style

By Joey Asher Category: Practice When we were selling our old house several years ago, my five-year-old daughter Annie loved giving tours to prospective buyers.  She hustled husbands and wives around, showing off the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms etc. Arriving at the living room she would stand at a spot in front of our large, framed [...]

Are You a Better Speaker than a Fifth Grader?

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 [...]

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