3 Benefits Metaphors Bring to Your Speech

3 Benefits Metaphors Bring to Your Speech

Does Your Story Make Your Listener’s Brain Work Too Hard? In his bestselling book, ‘Building a StoryBrand,’ Donald Miller points out the human brain has two main functions: Survival Conserve calories Too many speakers make their audiences work too hard to...
Oh No! Some People in the Audience Don’t Like Me! What Do I Do?

Oh No! Some People in the Audience Don’t Like Me! What Do I Do?

Have You Fallen for the ‘Speaking Trap?’ My friend Tom frequently gives presentations. Recently he told me, “Six weeks ago, I got a last-minute opportunity to speak in person again. I grabbed it. “Then I learned it was a presentation to a group of high school kids....
What Does Your Billboard Say?  How to Capture Your Audience in 10 Seconds or Less

What Does Your Billboard Say? How to Capture Your Audience in 10 Seconds or Less

According to the website 99 Designs, the average driver has only 5 to 10 seconds to view a billboard and comprehend the message.  Why should you care? Because the average audience member has the same attention span as a driver in traffic. What Does Your Billboard Say?...
3 Costly Public Speaking Myths That Hurt Leader’s Influence

3 Costly Public Speaking Myths That Hurt Leader’s Influence

Most business leaders know public speaking is a valuable skill. And many of them work hard at it.    They write their presentations, rehearse, and build slide decks.   They give their speeches.   But, they don’t get the results they expect.   Prospective customers...

Are You Making This Costly Assumption About Speaking?

A Change in the World of Speaking Feedback from my recent workshop attendees is clear. The biggest needs for virtual presenters is: They want to know how to create audience engagement from start-to-finish They want the tools to create better audience feedback...

Create Deeper Interest With This Key Story Element

Why Most Stories Don’t Connect An important aspect of stories is the goal of the main character. What does this individual want to achieve? Too often, speakers present this ‘finish line’ in vague terms: – A financial advisor tells the story of a couple who want...

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