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4 Common Myths About Being a Great Speaker

Dianna Booher | Posted 07.23.2014 | Business
Dianna Booher

This may sound counter-intuitive, but to be considered an engaging speaker, you have to stop talking occasionally. Today's audiences want a piece of the action.

Eric Thomas and Tobe Nwigwe Are Mastering Motivation for Youth Culture

Ahrif Sarumi | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact
Ahrif Sarumi

Eric and Tobe spend most of their efforts with urban, underprivileged demographics. The pair have seen behavioral trends and have stepped up to the challenge in reaching them.

Tips From TED on Sharing Our Stories

Christine Bader | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Christine Bader

Last week I spoke at TED@NYC, TED's annual salon of six-minute talks. It was an honor to be on a TED stage, but the rehearsal the day before was perh...

Support Bestselling Author Michael Hyatt by Urging the National Speakers Association To Rethink Its Name Change

Connie Bennett | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Connie Bennett

In the wake of the National Speakers Association announcement at its annual convention a few days ago that it was renaming the organization "Platform,...

Three Important Steps on How to Get Your First Speaking Gig

Brian Horn | Posted 07.02.2014 | Small Business
Brian Horn

The key to achieving these favorable results is to actually get invited to do a speaking engagement. So what do you do? Try these three important steps on how to get your first speaking gig.

I've Prepared a Few Words About Public Speaking

Galanty Miller | Posted 06.24.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

Be prepared. That's not just the motto of the Boy Scouts or Charlie Sheen when he gives his party guests a tour of the master bathroom; it's the first rule of giving a speech. Write down what you intend to say. Respect your audience.

How Businesswomen Can Learn to Speak Like Pros

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

If someone in the boardroom asks your opinion, don't say "I think we should." Say "we should." There is no reason to qualify your opinion.

How to Annoy Your Audience: Tips for Public Speakers

Michael Goldberg | Posted 06.17.2014 | Business
Michael Goldberg

I recently attended a Saturday morning business meeting. I went to the meeting for the sole purpose of supporting the speaker whom I met at a past conference. It seemed harmless enough!

Are Spanx Causing Vocal Fry?

Jen Olenizcak | Posted 06.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Jen Olenizcak

I've been teaching presentation skills to professionals and educators in NYC consistently for the past few years. During every class my students need ...

5 Tools For Mastering Fear

Matt Tenney | Posted 06.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Matt Tenney

With practice, we can create just enough space between our fearful thoughts and the emotion of fear so that we're able to replace a fearful thought with a positive one. We can visualize a positive outcome for whatever we're about to do.

How I Escaped the Shackles of the Corporate World

Martin Snepp | Posted 06.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Martin Snepp

I have never been one to take the easy option. I had been surviving for 29 years, and this did not make me truly happy. I lived my life in cruise control, never experiencing much pain, but foregoing the feelings of blissful joy and happiness.

Why Joni Ernst's Credibility Is Out of Loop

Peter Watts | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Peter Watts

When politicians claim to hold two contradictory positions at once, electorates should be on their guard. One of those positions has got to be false. Newly selected Republican senate nominee for Iowa, Joni Ernst, is having just such a problem.

How to Give a Near Perfect Presentation (And Why It's So Hard for So Many)

Jose Vasquez | Posted 06.02.2014 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

If you fear, dread, or simply hate giving presentations, there may be a fundamental principle you're missing that's holding you back.

Presentation Rules to Break: Practice in Front of a Mirror

Karen Hough | Posted 05.28.2014 | Business
Karen Hough

The real way to practice is out loud and on your feet. And don't aim for perfection. Modern audiences would much rather see a real, slightly quirky person over a slick, perfect shell.

Brevity and Eloquence -- Lessons From Calvin

Peter W. Wood | Posted 07.23.2014 | College
Peter W. Wood

On May 1, the U.S. Mint released the latest of its presidential commemorative dollar coins, this one celebrating our famously taciturn 30th preside...

The Curse of Perfect Spelling

Beth Winegarner | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Beth Winegarner

I aced every one of those 10-word spelling quizzes teachers like to spring on their students. Little did I know they were secretly trying to identify the best candidates for the school spelling bee. Had I realized their plot, I might have flubbed my answers.

Why Customers May Not Hear Your Message

Ian Altman | Posted 07.13.2014 | Business
Ian Altman

Here's what you really need to figure out: "Are you creating and delivering a message that makes sense to your intended audience?"

8 Tips for a DIY Book Tour

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.12.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Every writer hates the idea of being a carnival barker. Nobody goes out anymore, you tell yourself. Who wants to give a reading where the only people in the audience are your mom and that drunk guy?

A Simple Mind Trick That Will Help You Manage Stress

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 07.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

In a Seinfeld episode titled "The Jimmy," the character of George finds himself in a stressful situation and starts speaking in the third person: "Geo...

The Gifted Speaker: Baby Your Voice

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Hakala-Wolf

I have found that my vocal chords and my throat are like a canary in a cave. If they don't feel right, a cold, flu or other general cootie is generally right around the corner. Does this send panic through me as I set out to sing or act? Yes it does. Does the same issue hold true for public speaking? Yes it does.

Kindness Cards Challenge

Alex Kip | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Alex Kip

As the days went on, the cards kept coming in... one by one they added up until I had over 1,600 cards dispersed throughout my room. The storm had lifted... the night had passed. There was nothing but light and love bouncing off the walls of my transplant room.

Sequins and Snow Boots: A Commentary on Eating

Margaret Marshall | Posted 06.15.2014 | 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 06.14.2014 | 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 06.09.2014 | 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 06.07.2014 | 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?