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 [...]

Instead of Trying to be Funny, Try to Keep it Light2020-09-22T20:45:03-05:00

It Takes Personal Courage to Give A Great Speech

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 [...]

It Takes Personal Courage to Give A Great Speech2020-12-07T14:57:47-05:00

The Value of Rehearsing Out Loud

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 available [...]

The Value of Rehearsing Out Loud2020-12-07T14:58:32-05:00

Can You “Answer that Question” in One Sentence?

By Joey Asher Category: Q&A On the classic game show “Name that Tune”, contestants would compete to name a popular song in as few a notes a possible.  We’d like to see a business world version of that game called “Answer that Question.” In this game, contestants must answer the question in as few sentences [...]

Can You “Answer that Question” in One Sentence?2020-09-22T20:45:04-05:00

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, [...]

The Most Beautiful Words in Any Presentation are “For Example”2020-09-22T20:45:04-05:00

The Speech is Dead. Long Live the Interactive Presentation

The Speech is Dead. Long Live the Interactive Presentation. By Joey Asher Category: Content, Other My rabbi gave a nice sermon recently. As I listened, I couldn’t help thinking about how strange it is these days to hear an actual speech. It seems out of place -- in a world of text messages, cat videos [...]

The Speech is Dead. Long Live the Interactive Presentation2020-12-07T15:07:52-05:00

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 [...]

Public Speaking 3.0. Connecting with Audiences in the Internet-Era2020-09-22T20:45:04-05:00

What to Do About Smartphones During a Presentation

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 [...]

What to Do About Smartphones During a Presentation2020-12-07T15:08:09-05:00

Keys to Listening

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. [...]

Keys to Listening2020-12-08T11:43:38-05:00

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 [...]

The Power of Speaking without Notes2020-09-22T20:45:04-05:00
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