Category Archives: Public Speaking

Q & A: What to do When You Don’t Know the Answer

When meeting with a potential client, it is inevitable that questions will come up. But what happens if you don’t know the answer? Or what happens when you’re in a job interview and the interviewer asks a question that you’re … Continue reading

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Communication: It’s Not About You

Here at Exec|Comm one theme unites all of our classes. We believe strongly that people are better communicators, and therefore more effective professionals, when they focus less on themselves, and more on their audience – their needs and goals. When … Continue reading

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Technical Leaders: Communicate Better!

I recently caught up with a good friend and we began talking about our jobs. When I told him I coached leaders on communication skills, he winced. I asked about his reaction and after some prodding, he confessed that he … Continue reading

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Don’t Just Stand There – Use Gestures to Bring Your Stories to Life

Language is a more recent technology. Your body language, your eyes, your energy will come through to your audience before you even start speaking. – Peter Guber When preparing a speech, we’re often so focused on writing and practicing the … Continue reading

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Jack Ma’s Effective, Yet Simple Communication Style

Chances are you’ve heard of “The Three Bears” fairy tale, and while the details of the story might have blurred over time, you’ll never forget the general storyline. In short, the allegory instructs children not to mess with other people’s … Continue reading

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The Power of Imagery in Communications

Best-selling author, Stephen King once said “imagery does not occur on the writer’s page; it occurs in the reader’s mind. “To describe everything is to supply a photograph in words; to indicate the points which seem the most vivid and … Continue reading

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Three Practical Strategies for Introverts to Speak Up in Meetings

“You need to speak up.” “You have to be more visible.” If you’re an introvert, you might have heard these two pieces of feedback before. And if you’re a high performer, they can be especially irksome. Speaking up just isn’t … Continue reading

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Practice, Practice, Practice…It’s no joke

A famous violinist was leaving the stage door of Carnegie Hall after a particularly bad day of rehearsal.  Noticing the musician and his violin case, two tourists looking for the entrance approached him and asked, “How do you get to … Continue reading

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Using Humor in Presentations

Humor is tricky in presentations and meetings. Sometimes it works, and everyone chuckles, laughs and smiles. That’s a swell moment for the presenter and an enjoyable one for the audience. When humor falls flat, causing people to cringe and look … Continue reading

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Connect With Your Audience

Many professionals struggle to get their message across, whether it’s choosing the right words or getting in front of the right audience. Your communication skills play a large part in how well you deliver your message and connect with your … Continue reading

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