"Americans are notorious for using filler words. While moderate use in a casual environment could be helpful it is advised to avoid excessive use, especially in a professional setting. If you're using too many filler words, it is time to stop the habit."
According to Marcel Schwantes (photo, left), "Instead of asking the casual, basic stuff we're all tired of answering, hit 'em up with these great conversational questions, beginning with my number one most favorite question."
"The truth is that projecting power as a speaker doesn’t mean getting louder. Here are a few tips for speaking more powerfully without having to raise your voice."
Richard Felloni presents the winner of the 2017 Toastmaster's World Champion of Public Speaking.
According to voice coach Amy Jo Jackson, "When working with a client who is interested in accent reduction, we’ll begin with a diagnostic session, where I’ll have them read a passage of text so I can hear where they are and what their mouth is doing. We’ll then start working through some short phrases involving […]
According to Judith Humphrey (photo, left), “The risk in saying “sorry” too much is that apologies carry baggage that can undermine others’ confidence in you. It’s often the verbal equivalent of a hangdog face, downcast eyes, or slouching shoulders. Why put yourself down? Here are four times you can take responsibility–and take action–without having to […]
"How often have you heard a public speaker or presenter dominate a conversation not because the story was so interesting but because the speaker was disorganized? Even the most powerful story will lose impact if it's too long, too detailed, or too circuitous. The inability to tell a story can result in a lack of […]
"If you want others to believe in you, you must believe in your own value and act in a way that conveys confidence. The words you choose will help you to exude confidence–or make you look weak. Never underestimate the power of words," says Marla Tabaka (photo, left) in an article at Inc.com. "Here are […]
"If you don't consider yourself a world-class public speaker, you probably run into some trouble figuring out how to end your presentation, whether it's a PowerPoint in front of your colleagues or a toast at your friend's wedding," writes Richard Felloni (photo, left) in a piece at BusinessInsider.com. "Thankfully, Business Insider had a chance to talk […]
"Here are nine strategies you can use to make yourself irresistible."
"Filler words—like, you know, I mean, uh, um—are an inescapable part of our everyday lives. President Barack Obama, a typically eloquent speaker, uses them; they’re littered throughout Kim Kardashian’s speech; and according to experts, you probably use them every five seconds when you’re speaking spontaneously," writes Susmita Baral (photo, left) at QZ.com. See the solution . […]
Peter Jeff (photo, left), adjunct public speaking instructor, says, "You can make your speechwriting sing by learning lessons from songwriters. By applying these eight songwriting techniques, you will get your audiences to virtually tap their feet, nod their heads, and even hum along to your message."
David Meadvin (photo, left), founder of the speechwriting firm Inkwell Strategies, is often asked "about how to write a winning speech." "There are a lot of different ways to answer that question, but after crafting remarks for leaders in government, nonprofits and the private sector, I’ve learned that there are essentially five rules that all […]
Whether you are an old hat at getting up in front of an audience, or stone cold terrified of speaking into a mic, one thing is certain: We all have at least one thing that sends chills of fear down our collective spinal cords. Regardless of where your fear resides, the most important step to […]
One of the most annoying listening behaviors is interrupting. People interrupt because they listen to respond. They’re simply rehearsing their answers and waiting until they have their say. Frequently, they interrupt because they’re really more concerned with being understood than being understanding. This is not listening. True listening is suspending the ego and focusing on […]
Introverts can seize the microphone — and bring the house down. Susan Cain (photo left) gives her 10 public speaking tips for introverts: 1. For many speakers — and especially for introverts — preparation is key. . . 2. Think about what your particular audience wants to hear. . . 3. – 10. Photo: Susan […]
Who in the (heck) are you? That is the question Jeff Haden (photo left) might have been asked had he gotten up on stage for a Q&A session instead of the person everyone was expecting. Mr. Haden plays off this – "Good question, and one we should often ask ourselves. Think about meetings you lead, […]
Carmine Gallo, author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, has this YouTube video titled "Present Like Steve Jobs."
John Coleman (photo, left) explains at HBR.org.
"As the head curator for TED, the global nonprofit famous for its insightful talks, Chris Anderson [photo, left] knows a thing or two about what a successful TED talk looks like," says Chris Weller of BusinessInsider.com "And all the best ones, he says, begin with eye contact."