Instead of Trying to be Funny, Try to Keep it Light

By Joey Asher Category: Content “Can you teach me how to be funny?” That’s a question I get a lot. And the answer is “No”. But I can teach you to keep it light. And for most business settings, that’s better than being funny. Being Funny is Hard in A Business Setting In a workshop [...]

The Most Beautiful Words in Any Presentation are “For Example”

By Joey Asher Category: Content One way to determine whether you’re a good speaker is to see how many times you use the words “For example” in your presentations. If you use those words a lot, then chances are that you’re telling lots of stories when you speak. And if you’re telling lots of stories, [...]

Public Speaking 3.0. Connecting with Audiences in the Internet-Era

By Joey Asher Category: Networking The last 50 years in public speaking have been the JFK/Ronald Reagan era. The next 50 will be the YouTube/Talk Radio /iPhone era. Indeed, to be a great speaker today, you must learn to connect with listeners who have been conditioned by the modern media. Ancient Greeks to YouTube The [...]

What to Do About Smartphones During a Presentation

By Joey Asher Category: Other “When I’m leading a meeting, I find that people spend a lot of time typing emails. What is your strategy for dealing with the iPhone problem?” “When I’m leading a conference call, I know that there are people listening in who aren’t paying attention. They’re surfing the internet, writing memos, [...]

Keys to Listening

By Joey Asher Category: Other Yogi Berra said, “You can see a lot by just looking.” Similarly, you can hear a lot by just listening. If there is one skill that will make you better at almost everything, it’s listening. Want to build a better relationship with a client or colleague? Listen. Want to be [...]

The Power of Speaking without Notes

By Joey Asher Category: Practice Former UN Ambassador and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young once told me a story about how he learned the importance of speaking without notes. As a minister in his early 20s, he always preached from a prepared text.  But as he was getting ready to preach to a church in Beachton [...]

Lessons in Persuasion from a Fishing Guide

By Joey Asher Category: Content, Practice I drove to the Great Smokey Mountains near Townsend, TN recently to fly fish for trout. And I caught more than my fair share – 14 gorgeous rainbows. But who’s counting? Spending time with my guide -- a terrific, pony-tailed fisherman and author named Ian Rutter, of R&R Fly [...]

Public Speaking 3.0. Connecting with Audiences in the Internet-Era

By Joey Asher Category: Content, Practice There’s an interesting book out called “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.” In the book, author Susan Cain explains how today’s world overvalues extroverts and undervalues introverts. And certainly extroverts get lots of credit for being natural speakers. But in my experience, introverts [...]

Public Speaking Advice from James Brown

By Joey Asher Category: Tips from Celebrities "Hair is the first thing. And teeth is the second. Hair and teeth. A man got those two things, he's got it all." Those are the words of the Godfather of Soul, the recently departed James Brown. And while he probably wasn’t talking about public speaking, to our mind [...]

Holiday Networking Lesson in Personal Connection from Jimmy Carter

By Joey Asher Category: Tips from Celebrities With the holiday networking season upon us, I'm reminded of a lesson I learned from Jimmy Carter on how to connect with people.  As a cub reporter 26 years ago at The Times in Gainesville, Ga., I had the opportunity to interview Carter. He had been out of the [...]

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