3 New Ways to Manage Your Time That’ll Give You Hours Back Each Day

By |2019-08-28T12:50:41-04:00April 16th, 2019|Business, Speaking|

Since we all know that managing multiple priorities will always be a challenge... I have yet to meet the professional who has declared, "Time management? I've got that handled." (And if that's you, please send me a DM on Twitter so I can interview you for a future article). Most busy professionals struggle with assessing how

Saying These 2 Words During a Big Presentation Could Damage Your Credibility

By |2019-08-28T12:50:51-04:00March 26th, 2019|Speaking|

Apologizing may just ruin your presentation. Every presentation is an opportunity to demonstrate your confidence, competence and character.  You have the chance to prove that you understand your audience's concerns, and show how you can meet their needs. And, when you do it well, you also get to boost your personal and professional credibility. Until you say, "I'm sorry." Saying, "I'm

Want to Be a Better Public Speaker? Stop Talking and Do This Instead

By |2019-08-28T12:53:01-04:00September 20th, 2018|Speaking|

Your silence is a gift to yourself and your audience. Successful presentations motivate, educate, and inspire listeners to take action. From the attention-getting opening to the powerful close--and the concrete, key messages in the middle--memorable presenters know to how to deliver their content in an engaging way. How? By combining stories and statistics, by using gestures and movement that reinforce the

How Anyone Can Tell a Story like J.K. Rowling

By |2019-08-28T12:53:10-04:00September 17th, 2018|Speaking|

What we all can learn about changing beliefs and behaviors Top business schools ranging from Columbia to Wharton teach storytelling as a way to prepare leaders to deliver compelling, persuasive messages that appeal to both heads and hearts. Firms ranging from KMPG to Deloitte now couple candidate recruitment with storytelling, and companies like Nike and

Your, Um, Filler Words Are, Like, Killing Your Credibility. Here’s How to, Uh, Fix This in 4 Weeks

By |2019-08-28T12:53:28-04:00August 21st, 2018|Speaking|

Using "um", "uh", "like" and "you know" is a bad habit that can be fixed It doesn't matter how elegantly your PowerPoint presentation flows, how artfully you can field difficult questions, or how perfectly balanced your mix of statistics and stories is. If you're filling your delivery with filler words like "um", "uh", "like", "right", "so" or "you know", you're

How to Grab Your Audience’s Attention, Immediately

By |2019-08-28T12:54:12-04:00July 11th, 2018|Speaking|

If you're losing momentum, you need these three strategies to get back on track. Steve Jobs once commented, "People who know what they're talking about don't need PowerPoint." Whether that's a slight exaggeration or a big one, it is true that most of our sales pitches and presentations rely heavily on visual aids and collateral. These can be

12 Phrases that Will Make Your Audience Put Down Their Cell Phones and Pay Attention to You

By |2019-08-28T12:54:39-04:00May 1st, 2018|Speaking|

Know the magic word that cuts through the noise. Franklin Delano Roosevelt once gave this pithy advice for making a good presentation: "Be sincere. Be brief. Be seated." As a professional speaker and presentation coach for the past two decades, I agree with this public speaking wisdom, and I would add one more tip: "Be memorable." Whether you're

3 Tips for Presenting in English When You’re Not a Native Speaker

By |2019-08-28T12:54:45-04:00April 17th, 2018|Speaking|

As a coach and international business school instructor, I have worked with hundreds of current and future leaders who are accomplished, bright, and capable — and who quickly lose their confidence and competence when making business presentations. For a subset of these leaders — those who need to present in English when it isn’t their

Stop Ending Your Speeches With ‘Any Questions’ and End With This Instead

By |2019-08-28T12:54:58-04:00March 5th, 2018|Speaking|

In my role as a leadership coach, I consistently hear my clients say that they crave negative feedback from their managers in order to improve in their jobs, grow their careers, and achieve better business results. However, when it comes to soliciting negative feedback, they find that their managers would rather dismiss, deny, or delay

Want to Increase Your Presence? Start by Telling One of These Stories

By |2019-08-28T12:55:22-04:00December 18th, 2017|Speaking|

Here's how to grow your influence, boost your impression and make a powerful impact. Leading business schools, from Stanford to Wharton, teach storytelling as a business communication strategy. The ability to tell an engaging, compelling, and persuasive story is a hallmark of effective leadership and executive presence. Stories are a powerful way for leaders to engage customers, increase sales, rally