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Sequins and Snow Boots: A Commentary on Eating

Margaret Marshall | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Marshall

Many go from one diet center to another, or read diet book after diet book, looking for the easy, shed pounds quickly approach. They just want to live in the sequins and have someone else put on the snow boots and do the hard work for them. While it sounds easy, and may work short-term, the only way to true weight management is to put on your snow boots and stomp on the obstacles.

The Gifted Speaker -- Throwing Yourself Under the Bus

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 04.14.2014 | Business
Michelle Hakala-Wolf

Knowing where you can go wrong will help you to watch for these pitfalls. With everything positive you are attempting to put into your presentation it's good to look at what you can avoid and what may pull your speech down.

The 5 Most Surprising Things About My Abortion

Nicole Stewart | Posted 04.09.2014 | Women
Nicole Stewart

I ate lunch alone at my desk before driving to the clinic for our appointment. In the two weeks since my husband and I found out at our 20-week sonogram that our fetus was abnormal, I'd barely left the house. My entire world collapsed.

The Gifted Speaker -- 5 Keys to Comfort in Front of a Crowd

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
Michelle Hakala-Wolf

Your comfort level is primary to getting the job done. After all, you are going to present yourself best if you are calm, confident and comfortable. So, how do we build this confidence?

The Persuasive Power of Visual Language

Phil Simon | Posted 04.04.2014 | Business
Phil Simon

As a public speaker and frequent conference attendee, I have plenty of opinions about speaking, slides, and presentation styles. What's more, I just p...

Chris Christie in Vegas: Right Words, Wrong Message

Peter Watts | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Peter Watts

Check your editorial style guide and you'll find that "Occupied Territories" is the correct term for much of the land disputed between Israel and the Palestinians. Why, then, did an audible hiss arise from the room, and why did Gov. Christie find himself having to apologize?

The Gifted Speaker: 'Like, Um, Like, Like, Like, You Know, You Know' -- Filler Overload

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Hakala-Wolf

I have many students who have struggled with this problem. All of them have been able to conquer it with some success. Most important though is consider where you are and what you are trying to say. There is a time and place for everything.

How to Get More Speaking Gigs: Don't Wait for Opportunities, Create Them

Brian Horn | Posted 03.26.2014 | Small Business
Brian Horn

The cool thing about this natural ability is that it can be turned into a profitable career. But you can't just talk about anything and everything; you have to establish yourself as an expert first.

The Gifted Speaker -- I've Forgotten How to Breathe

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Hakala-Wolf

And you're off. You've opened your speech, you've thanked your host, you've introduced your topic and right at the end of this run-on sentence you realize, you are out of air!

The Gifted Speaker -- It's Not a Question

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Hakala-Wolf

What does up-inflecting mean? It means you are ending your statements with a question mark. Why is that a problem? It's a problem because now you sound unsure. Furthermore, you are unsure even about your name.

The Deceptively Simple Pattern in Popular Songs and Speeches That Makes Them So Catchy

Peter Watts | Posted 03.05.2014 | Books
Peter Watts

Sarah Palin, James Bond, and Austin Powers walk into a bar. What they do in the rest of the joke is anybody's guess, but what they might do is raise a toast to the darned clever writers who created their catchphrases.

Bernanke Speaking Gig Paid Him More Than He Made All Of Last Year

Reuters | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business

By Jonathan Spicer and Mirna Sleiman NEW YORK/ABU DHABI, March 4 (Reuters) - Ben Bernanke earned more in 40 minutes on Tuesday than he...

What To Do If You're Terrified Of Public Speaking (Like Me)

Morgan Levy | Posted 03.04.2014 | Teen
Morgan Levy

If walking into high school somebody told me that I would willingly join a competitive public speaking team, loving it so much that I would eventually become President, I would reply that the chances of that happening are lower than those of Miley Cyrus becoming President.

Can't-Miss Business Books for Spring and Summer

Adam Grant | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

In the past three months, readers have asked what's coming next. After reading a series of gems, and hearing the buzz about others, here are the spring and summer arrivals that I'm eagerly awaiting.

The Gifted Speaker: 5 Steps to Breath

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 02.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Hakala-Wolf

Pushing Past the Fear Your heart starts to race. Your hands are sweaty. You are pretty sure you are going to faint. You've been asked to speak in fr...

The Secret Tells in a Rand Paul Interview

Peter Watts | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
Peter Watts

Although a surface level look at Senator Paul does suggest a politician confidently trying to broaden the base of his appeal, a closer inspection provides reasons to dispute this. Paul's interview style suggests he has frequent self-doubts about the acceptability of his message.

On Using Hyperbole: A Brief Lesson for Bobby Jindal

Peter Watts | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Peter Watts

Of all the rhetorical forms, hyperbole is one that we use every day, and as a result we all have a fairly good idea about how it works. This is why Bobby Jindal sounded just a little bit crazy when he started on about white flags.

9 Things You Must Do the Night Before a Big Career Moment

Danny Rubin | Posted 02.26.2014 | College
Danny Rubin

I asked this essential question to people in the business community: how do you prepare to be successful?

Why Most People Are Deathly Afraid of Public Speaking and What They Can Do About It

Donna Labermeier | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Donna Labermeier

Being put on the spot to display one's knowledge or skills can feel terribly uncomfortable and scary. The key to overcoming these emotions is to be prepared and recognize that our fears stem, not from a lack of self-worth, but quite the opposite. Our fears are born out of a deep sense of love for the self that wants nothing more than to protect us and keep us safe.

More Glee: How to Avoid Communication Suicide

Cortney McDermott | Posted 02.18.2014 | Business
Cortney McDermott

We've all witnessed it: A monotone whisperer reading from slides. Even if the content was spot on, you'd never know because he lost you at hello.

5 Entrepreneurial Lesson's Learned From Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran

Katie Lance | Posted 04.15.2014 | Women
Katie Lance

I compiled five of my favorite "Barbara takeaways" that I think will resonate with anyone but particularly those of us who are entrepreneurs, working hard on our business but also leading a full life with family and children.

Are They Talking Behind Your Back?

Erin Donley | Posted 04.09.2014 | Business
Erin Donley

More than anything, this experience reminds me that a world without judgment is fantasy land, and that most people will only say "nice" things to our face. Can we live in a world where this is the norm?

Michael Bay's Meltdown and How fo Overcome Fear

Tom Alderman | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Tom Alderman

There aren't too many of us who don't get some level of debilitating schpilkis when asked to talk in front of people. It can be truly unsettling. But the reality is, in business -- as in relationships -- HOW you say things is more impactful than WHAT you say.

Four Ways to Capture Your Audience

Dorie Clark | Posted 03.29.2014 | Small Business
Dorie Clark

You've just been introduced, the crowd is clapping, and you're heading up to the podium. For hours, they've been PowerPointed to death, and now it's nearly lunch. You've only got a moment to make an impression -- how do you capture your audience?

10 Tips for Young Entrepreneurs From an Expert Looking for a Global Impact, Sylvester Chisom

Steve Mariotti | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

All entrepreneurs must overcome fear to start their endeavors. Sylvester Chisom overcame this fear early on, when he founded his first business at age 17. Now, 11 years later, he is committed to helping other young entrepreneurs take the leap.