Memorial Tributes: Expressing Your Love

Surfer SteveOne of the most difficult forms of public expression are those in offering eulogies, or tributes at a loved one’s Celebration of Life Services.

When my brother, Steven T. ...

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Speaking Skills We can Learn from Comedians

Comedians are the best expression of professional speakers. It’s not easy to get up in front of a crowd, let alone entertain them. They could just as easily “boo” you off the stage, or worse yet, not laugh. Comedy is a craft that requires deep audience interaction in order to be successful, and this alone can take years to master. All ...

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The Spark From Without

Albert Schweitzer quotes“I do not believe that we can put into anyone, ideas which are not theirs already. As a rule there are in everyone all sorts of good ideas, ready like kindling. But much of this kindling catches fire, or catches it successfully, only when it meets some flame or spark from outside, from some ...

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Speaking Tip: Creating Relation-ship

When preparing a presentation, image that instead of being the presenter…
you are the Attendee in the seat!

What would YOU need from the speaker in order to feel, think, see, experience, i.e., for having attended that session to have been meaningful for you?

Craft your presentation – in a dialogue format – as if you’re having a conversation – not dumping a lecture on them.

Coaching a client yesterday I asked him a few questions regarding his upcoming presentation:
WHO ...

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Social Media Etiquette

How “savvy” and courteous are YOU on social media sites?

I was recently asked to offer my suggestions for observing social media etiquette. Thinking mainly of my experience on Facebook, I was surprised how quickly these tips flowed:

Keep “private” messages private.
Use the “Send Message” option instead of posting on someone’s Wall.
Anything posted on a Wall is visible to ALL of YOUR Friends and Theirs …

Use the “tagging” function to acknowledge someone in a post.
Example: Recently I’ve brought in ...

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