As an executive speech coach, I remind clients that specificity builds credibility. Eliminate words that have no meaning. It’s a bad habit to start sentences with a meaningless “And…” or “But…” This is true both in writing and speaking.
When I spoke at the Ragan Speech Writers conference, I met experts like Rob Reinalda, Executive Editor at Lawrence Ragan Communications. I share Bob’s excellent recommendations, first published in Ragan Communications, to improve your public speaking and business communications. Let Bob’s advice help you to choose your words carefully to build credibility, sound intelligent, and make your message understood. (more…)
Your speeches are more effective when you include great personal stories.
In the classic movie Gone with The Wind, Vivien Leigh captures the audience from her first moment on screen.
Grab your audience in the first 30 seconds. If you don’t, you will lose them. This is true both in movies and in public speaking.
Speaking as a panelist? Think you can just “wing it?” Think again.
Almost everyone is aware that a formal presentation requires preparation and rehearsal, but it’s easy to forget that “doing your homework” can ensure your success in any speaking situation, including a panel discussion. As a panelist – if you want the audience to understand and appreciate your ideas and information – organize your thoughts and understand your strategy well in advance of joining your fellow panelists on stage. (more…)