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 [...]

How Would Stephen Spielberg Present Your Data-Driven Presentation?2020-09-22T20:45:09-05:00

Public Speaking Wisdom from Yogi Berra

Public Speaking Wisdom from Yogi Berra By Joey Asher 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 [...]

Public Speaking Wisdom from Yogi Berra2021-01-05T12:23:46-05:00

Spotlight on Our Coaches: Kim Cunningham

Spotlight on Our Coaches: Kim Cunningham By Joey Asher Category: Other Speechworks coach Kim Cunningham understands the importance of speaking with credibility. For years, people relied on her weather forecasts to plan their days. And when she was in the Air Force, pilots relied on her to help plan their combat missions. “Getting the forecast [...]

Spotlight on Our Coaches: Kim Cunningham2020-12-08T11:46:04-05:00

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 [...]

It Takes Personal Courage to Give A Great Speech2020-09-22T20:45:10-05:00

When Trying to Persuade Your Audience, Try Using the Tools of the Ancient Greeks

When Trying to Persuade Your Audience, Try Using the Tools of the Ancient Greeks By: Joey Asher, Speechworks Category: Sales, Visual Aid When trying to sell a complicated idea, most business people fire up their PowerPoint and start creating slides and charts. I ask myself, “What would Aristotle do?” That’s what I did recently when [...]

When Trying to Persuade Your Audience, Try Using the Tools of the Ancient Greeks2020-12-08T10:25:47-05:00

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

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 [...]

To Deal with Your Fear of Public Speaking, Focus on Helping the Audience2020-10-28T16:26:15-05:00

Lies We Tell Ourselves that Hold Us Back as Public Speakers

CLICK HERE to listen/view the recorded webin 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: [...]

Lies We Tell Ourselves that Hold Us Back as Public Speakers2021-09-24T08:50:40-05:00

Your Presentation is Too Dang Long

By Joey Asher Category: Content There's a political party in New York called, "The Rent is Too D*** High." I think there should be another party called “Your Presentation is Too Dang Long.” With that in mind, one of the best things you can do to make your presentation more exciting is to shorten it. So what [...]

Your Presentation is Too Dang Long2020-09-22T20:45:12-05:00

Spotlight on Our Coaches: Jan McKenzie

Spotlight on Our Coaches: Jan McKenzie By Joey Asher Category: Other Before joining Speechworks as a coach, Jan was a Speechworks client (or, as she puts it, "a raving fan!"). She spent nearly 20 years at The Weather Channel. For 10 of those years, she served as director of their award-winning Learning and Development Department. [...]

Spotlight on Our Coaches: Jan McKenzie2020-12-08T11:47:49-05:00
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