Tag Archives: Public Speaking

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

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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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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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Nervous to Speak? Ask a Friend

Nervous Speaker

“A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.” —William Arthur Ward (1921-1994) Author, Educator, Motivational Speaker … Continue reading

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Your Speech Coach Says, “Lead With Their Need”

Nervous In Front of a Crowd

When you call potential clients, do you know their pain? The only way you can get someone to trust your solution for their pain is to motivate them with your words—about their needs. What happens to them if they don’t … Continue reading

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6 “M” Action Plan for Success

Do a bunch of achieving women business owner award-winners want to hear a long keynote speech at their award ceremony? I think not. So when I was asked to emcee the NAWBO Ventura Bravo Awards, they gave me some time … Continue reading

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Fun: The New Work Ethic

“Everything is for my entertainment or my education. If I’m not having fun, I must be learning.” I first heard that when I worked at Disney. Did Walt say that? Not sure. I say you can have fun while learning. … Continue reading

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Speaking with Confidence: Managing Your Butterflies

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2015 Resolution: “I will put myself out there more to grow my business.” Is this your resolution? As a professional, you have many opportunities to speak in front of groups of people. This could be THE year you do it! … Continue reading

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