“Staying” present implies “being” present, so it feels important to start by understanding what being present is. If you’re a Boomer like myself, you may remember classroom roll-call when your name was called and you raised your hand calling out “here” or “present!” But, we all know too well that we can be physically present, […]
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To Send or Not to Send – Much More than a Question!
Week #3 of Isolation Today I received a meme that caused me to chuckle and laugh out loud. It was politically- focused, and put down a candidate not to my liking. I thought, “Who would laugh at this like I did?” Obviously, people who think like me. And so, I sent it off to a […]
Diverse Client Reactions about Working from Home
Week #2 of Isolation With clients working from home, few corporate emails are being returned and undoubtedly this is not the best time to get a decision-maker’s ear and introduce “services.” I am aware of feeling shut-in and too silent and decide to make a few calls. Calls by phone. Calls to client cellphones. Calls […]
What’s Your Story? The Business of Connecting Your Story to Your Message!
Yes, this might sound like a pick-up line, but telling a story is also a great way to engage an audience for your next business presentation. People think and talk in stories all the time, but rarely realize it. For example, Why are you 5 hours late? (Were you at the bar again? Cheating on […]
Bridge Communication Gaps within a Diverse Workforce
While most multicultural employees are fully competent in their jobs, there are times when pronunciation, language and listening gaps impair effective communication. The inability to fully understand communication nuances and speech differences hinders productivity and most certainly, the career mobility of these individuals. Recently I piloted a public speaking and storytelling event with a culturally-diverse […]
4 Points of Connection Gets Traction & Rave Reviews!
No matter what your industry, or type of business, 4 Points of Connection will up your game – expedite your presentation planning, enhance your public speaking confidence and develop your storytelling technique. The 4 Points presentation training is didactic and experiential providing tools and practice to present at your best! From a networking “elevator speech” […]
Behind the Fear of Speaking
The fear of public speaking has ranked higher than death, going to the dentist, and getting divorced. Depending on which survey you read, snakes and warfare may outrank public speaking but only by a small margin. Why are people so petrified to speak publicly? Why does public speaking fear rank so high? What’s behind this […]
Imperfect Presentations Can Be “Enough”
Have you ever gone to a networking event because you felt you “should”? Perhaps the speaker’s topic wasn’t high on your list, or maybe getting to the venue required an hour of sitting in traffic. You might have even felt obligated to make an appearance, to competitively keep your brand front and center. If you’re […]
Technical Presentations are not Boring!
Many technical presenters find it challenging to explain their subject expertise in a simple and succinct way that is easy to understand. Some technical speakers talk too formally and lose their audience in the technical jargon, while others speak too broadly and risk negative feedback such as This wasn’t new to me; I didn’t learn […]
Between Listening and Speaking is Understanding
The Story A few years ago, I piloted a public speaking and storytelling event with a culturally-diverse audience. I screened and coached my strongest American speakers to share a personal anecdote about navigating adversity, including their “lessons learned.” Each speaker spoke for 5-10 minutes, was energetic and engaging and spoke with clear diction at a […]