“My Q&A ruined my speech!”
"I was doing so well, using so much of what we rehearsed, Milo. Then we got to Q&A where it all fell apart!" Yep. We hadn't gotten to that lesson yet. For all the fear people have of presenting, the hardest time to have control is during Q&A − when you don't...
How can I get out of this speech?
Wish I'd met Leland first! For less than the cost of that dentist and the dentures to follow, we could have shown him how to organize his material, deliver with confidence, and find it all comfortable!
Meeting today? Uh-oh!
Poor Chris just needs some coaching. Send Chris to me for public speaking skills coaching and before long these two will be totally on board!
Even funnier ‘cuz it’s true!
It takes guts at first to take your talents to the bank; ignore the naysayers and thrive on what you do well!
Improvising? In business? C’mon…
Recently, the San Diego Business Journal interviewed me. I thought the improv-based part of my business work was going to be a reference − a paragraph at most − in what she was writing. Instead, she found that work so fascinating that it ended up as a full...
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Zoom Humor for today
Some love Zoom, some only tolerate it, but anyone who's attended a few meetings on it can relate to this!
What We LOSE When We Plan and Analyze
Imagine a pair of kindergartners given a chance to make sand castles at the beach for the first time. Joy! So how do they get started? What it doesn’t look like is this: A lengthy discussion of which one will hold what responsibilities A determination of rank A...
When “Vocal Variety” can change what you mean/meant to say
There's an old joke about punctuation that goes: "If you don't think commas are important, just try leaving them out of a sentence like: 'Do you want to eat, Grandma?'" Much like that comma, vocal variety can change the implied meaning behind our words. In fact, this...
Move past your gut feelings and fear; don’t let them BE your reaction
Leadership Coach Marcia Reynolds (www.Covisioning.com) at today's meeting of San Diego Professional Coaches Alliance shared this slide (shared with permission). It's fine to feel nervous or scared about speaking. It's not okay to stop yourself from doing so because...