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 [...]

Public Speaking Wisdom from Yogi Berra

Category: Tips from Celebrities The late, great 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 [...]

If You Want to Persuade, Less is More

Category: Content You’re speaking to the board of directors, trying to win approval for a large capital improvement. Do you give them a detailed analysis of the reasons to approve the project? Or do you hit them with a few key messages supporting your position? You have a better chance of winning their approval if [...]

It Takes Personal Courage to Give A Great Speech

By Joey Asher Category: Nerves I had an English professor in college who said, "If you write a really great story, you're screwed." He meant that the best storytellers have the courage to open up their personal lives and tell the truth about themselves, even if the truth is embarrassing. Similarly, if you want to give [...]

To Deal with Your Fear of Public Speaking, Focus on Helping the Audience

By Joey Asher Category: Nerves There are many good tactics for beating the fear of public speaking. Extensive rehearsal helps the most. Physical exertion can reduce the adrenaline-driven jitters. Comedian Billy Crystal once said that he did push-ups to deal with stage-fright. Schmoozing with the audience before the presentation helps you relax. I’ve used all these tactics. [...]

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 [...]

Spotlight on Our Coaches – Kene Iloenyosi

Category: Other The first things people typically notice about Kene are his impeccable fashion sense and his interesting accent (in that order). Originally from Nigeria, Kene also lived in Zambia prior to moving to the United States. The diversity of his personal and professional experiences enables him to coach individuals from all organizational levels. His [...]

During Presentations, Embrace the Pushback

By Joey Asher Category: Q&A You’re giving a presentation involving lots of complex data. Suddenly, a hand shoots up. “I really think you’re missing a major point here,” one listener says. And then he proceeds to ask a question that he thinks undermines your entire presentation. What should you do? Look to the heavens and [...]

Public Speaking Advice from Michael Phelps

Category: Celebrity Speaking Tip “If you want to be the best, you have to do things that other people aren't willing to do.” How do you become the most decorated Olympian in history? You do things no one else is willing to do. For Michael Phelps, that includes: • Being in the water by [...]

The Key to Greatness: Rehearsal

By Joey Asher Category: Practice  “If you could give me only one sentence on how to be a great speaker, what would it be?” That was the question I received once from a magazine writer who was doing a story about how to be a better speaker. “I don’t need an entire sentence,” I [...]

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