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Appearance matters

    Appearances matter. We all know that. Or we should. Think about how you warm – or not – to a job applicant appearing for interview, to a salesperson who you’ve never met before as they pitch their product or service, or to a new boss… Read More »Appearance matters

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    Warming Up

      Good speakers often have elaborate pre-performance routines that go well beyond rehearsals of the words they’ll be delivering on stage.  I’ve written before about the need to rehearse before any important speech or presentation. But my focus here is on three other components, which can… Read More »Warming Up

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      Giving It Oomph!

        Most actors and public speakers rehearsing before speaking to an audience will have heard this before from a well-meaning but impatient critic: “Just give it more oomph!”

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        Keeping it Super Simple

          If you’re new to public speaking, the chances are you’ll want to craft what you’re going to say in writing before opening your mouth. It’s a good place to begin. I always recommend starting with a simple outline; a few bullet points of what you… Read More »Keeping it Super Simple

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          Reading aloud

            Have you noticed how many of us will find any excuse for not rehearsing their delivery before a speech or presentation?  Rehearsing is as normal as breathing for experienced speakers, but for those who aren’t born show ponies it often feels awkward. Best avoided, even… Read More »Reading aloud

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            You Want People’s Attention? Then Make It Personal

              Lesa and Brennan Brackbill’s daughter was born in 2014 with a rare and often fatal disease that’s treatable if caught early through newborn screening. But there was no screening for it in their home state. So, the little girl’s health deteriorated, and they tragically lost her before her second birthday.