Whether we like it or not, we are often judged by our accent. Not only do people make assumptions about English-speaking foreigners and second-language speakers, but they may also base their beliefs on nothing more than a regional accent—Southern accent, …

Accent Reduction: Good or Bad Idea? Read more »

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Hand gestures, an often-overlooked part of public speaking, can be the ‘secret sauce’ that spices up your speaking. Speakers who use hand gestures are seen as more agreeable, energetic, and charismatic. Correctly used gestures will draw attention to certain points, …

Hand Gestures: Top Tips for Why and How. Read more »

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When asked to give a toast, most speakers know the obvious do’s and don’t’s; keep it clean, don’t talk about yourself, don’t embarrass anyone, and don’t drink until you have given the toast. Here are some not obvious tips that …

Ten Not-So-Obvious Tips When Giving a Toast! Read more »

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Most business speakers know the importance of story-telling when giving presentations. We know stories help our colleagues or customers stay focused and pay attention. We also know stories make information easier to remember.  Yet, many times, presenters do not know …

Finding the Who in Your Presentations. Read more »

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Most business owners know the benefits of appearing as interview guests. Whether it is on a social media platform or in more traditional media, these appearances can bring real value to the business. As you prepare for that interview, it …

Two Ways to Stay on Message During Media Interviews. Read more »

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Many everyday speakers speak at a quick pace because they are comfortable with their listeners, for example: colleagues, casual business settings, friends in social groupings, etc. Although our new normal has moved most of our professional (and social) lives behind …

Slow Down Your Pace. Read more »

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When we give presentations or teach classes via video, we often use slides. Too many presenters/instructors—familiar with their topic—create the slides they want to use, and feel they are prepared. But merely looking over the slides and running through the …

Timing Your Online Class or Presentation. Read more »

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