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Full-Contact Leadership

Wally AdamchikBy Featured Speaker Wally Adamchik

Much has been written about the leadership (or lack of leadership) crisis in America today. No business is immune to this crisis, and some are even more susceptible to it than others. Real leaders today are few and far between. We have great technicians and great managers, but few great leaders.

To truly succeed as a leader today, we cannot simply “go through the motions.” We must charge ahead at full speed. In this hyper-competitive world, it’s not enough just to show up and look good. Leadership is a full-contact, sometimes risky position with no “hazardous duty” pay.

The term “full-contact” generally brings to mind the image of physical contact. But it presents itself in other ways as well.
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I Can’t Believe He Said the D-Word!

Nancy DanielsBy Featured Speaker Nancy Daniels

Recently I had the opportunity to hear an international speaker address a large group of women. The women’s ages ranged from their 20’s to their 60’s. While the speaker used the F-word once, the silence in the large ballroom was much more apparent when he then used a 4-letter word that begins with ‘d.’ And he was not referring to a duck!

The use of questionable language when addressing an audience is not in good taste and is offensive. In case you were unaware of this little tidbit, the 4-letter word that begins with a ‘d’ may be considered slang but, according to the dictionary, it is a vulgar term. Vulgar language is “lacking in cultivation, perception, or taste.” It is also coarse and morally crude.

I can appreciate that there is a generation of young people who may not be offended with ‘colorful’ language; however, if you are addressing an audience of mixed ages, it is to your benefit to avoid certain words that the majority of people still consider indecent. This is why knowing your audience in advance is paramount to your success.
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Improve Your Speaking With This Simple Scoring Tool

Lily IatridisBy Featured Speaker Lily Iatridis

We all want to improve public speaking skills, don’t we? Toastmasters is fantastic for having a group of peers support one another as everyone works on their skills. But sometimes, there isn’t a toastmaster’s club chapter near you, or the timing of meetings doesn’t suit your work or personal schedule.

So what do you do? Videotape yourself! And then create a simple standardized scoring tool to assess yourself consistently. I’d also suggest getting a trusted friend or family member assess your video with the same scoring tool.

Below are directions for creating your own scoring tool that I regularly distribute to clients that helps them improve public speaking skills when they’re practicing largely on their own. When doing this, it’s important to remain as objective and consistent in your self-scoring as possible.

This is the kind of tool teachers create when faced with 150 projects or term papers to grade in a day or two. It sure beats throwing the stack of papers down the stairs and giving an A to whichever ones make it to the bottom!
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Eliminating Negative Thoughts and Behaviors

Davida ShenskyBy Featured Speaker Davida Shensky

Editorial Note: Negative thoughts and behaviors can greatly affect the effectiveness of your public speaking. That’s why I chose to run this particular story today. You need to believe in yourself, your topic and your abilities in order to be a good speaker.

There are self help books out there that can teach you how to take control of your life but unless you begin to want to make the change yourself, and you are ready and willing make the changes, then these books will only sit on the shelf and they will not help you. For many of us some of the reasons that we stop ourselves from succeeding is that someone has told us so many times that we are a failure and we have one to believe this repeating these conversations in our heads subconsciously while we are asleep.

These negative statements or trash prevent someone from succeeding in one’s personal life. Once we recognize that we are doing this to ourselves, then and only then, then we consciously make the changes one needs to make in order to succeed. The first step is to give yourself permission to succeed while at the same time recognizing that the you who are telling you this hour only read heeding the things they are telling themselves and their fear that you are better than they are. When they sabotage your success, then this gives them power over you.
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