Have you found yourself eternally brave and motivated in some situations, yet shrinking and hiding in others? I have. It’s very inconvenient and annoying. It used to be devastating, but now I recognize it as my own brand of “resilience”. Continue reading Resilience – the Missing Key
Why do women struggle so much to reach levels men easily achieve when it comes to professional speaking? Randy Harvey, 2004 World Champion of Public Speaking’s answer: “economy of words”. In her popular 2006 book “The Female Brain”, Louann Brizendine Continue reading Say More With Less
There are two camps in public speaking: Camp #1: Never let the truth get in the way of a good speech. Camp #2: If you tell the truth you will never struggle to remember what to say next. Which camp Continue reading The Truth Manipulation Super-Power – a cautionary tale to all speakers
“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” ~ Albert Camus I have an International Speech Contest speech posted on You Tube. It’s been fun and educational to watch the comments. Among the appreciators are some Continue reading To Gesture, or Not to Gesture? That is the Question.
I was confused the day I discovered it is not okay to openly celebrate your success. It was the last day of school in grade three. I was walking home with my best friend, Lori-Ann … who didn’t want to Continue reading Do You Celebrate Your Success?
My dad was a gentleman. He had poise, discipline, intelligence, wit, charm, was an avid reader and loved to share his vast knowledge to help others. As kids, my brothers and I would roll our eyes whenever my dad “shared”. Continue reading Sage speaking advice from a true gentleman
Do you struggle to appear strong on stage? Do you have a hard time promoting yourself for future speaking opportunities? Here’s the first step to solve both these challenges: Stop hiding your ugly truth! Look around you on any given Continue reading Hiding Your Ugly Truth?
“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants” ~ Sir Isaac Newton Almost thirty years ago I was told a horrible tale by a very bitter man. He was my student band teacher and Continue reading But They Might Steal My Ideas!
You are standing on stage, delivering the opening of your latest speech. A well dressed woman in the front row is staring at you, not in anticipation, but with a furrowed brow, arms crossed, legs crossed … very crossed. Suddenly, Continue reading It’s Never About You
I used to marvel at my brother. He had the most amazing super power; he had the power to “Ignore the irritating”. Criticism went right over John’s head. The angrier women became, the more he could tune them out. My Continue reading Do They Tune You Out?