Category Archives: Speaking Skills

Why You Should Never “Wing It”

Bird Flying (Wing It)

Remember, one of Mimi’s Laws of Great Speaking: “Never make an audience nervous.” It’s not just that the audience is reminded of 8th grade speech class. They are more sophisticated now. With the popularity of TED Talks, people are used … Continue reading

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The More You Know, the Better the Flow

I Heart Google

Picture it: your audience is sitting in front of you. They are potential clients or customers. Here’s the way I see it. If there are five or fewer adults in your audience, they will remain adults, exhibiting the sophisticated behavior … Continue reading

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How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

Speaker with Note Cards

Ya know how when you go to a wedding, and speaker after speaker comes to the front, extolling the virtues of the bride and groom? And it’s just lovely, except the part at the beginning, when they pull out three … Continue reading

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Get Rid of Your “Um’s”

Public Speaker Image (Smart Meetings)

Have you ever heard a speaker who punctuated each sentence with “um?” Did you ever get distracted by the excessive use of “like?” Have you ever found yourself counting the “ya knows?” When someone asks, “What do you do?” is … Continue reading

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