Category Archives: Public Speaking Skills

Simple Rules for Building Credibility

Simple Rules for Building Credibility

My wife and I recently had some bookshelves built in our home, which gave us some much-needed space to display many of the books we owned. So when the job was completed, we had a wonderful night of populating our new shelves. We had a little wine, and we spent hours opening up boxes of… Continue Reading

The Secret to Persuasive Communication

The Secret to Persuasive Communication

Originally published with the Forbes Coaches Council October 2, 2017. There are lots of tips and techniques for crafting a persuasive bit of communication. But there’s one fundamental secret that underlies all of them. What is this secret weapon or becoming a powerful communicator? Honesty. Why? Because to successfully persuade someone, you need to be… Continue Reading

Weak Language When Presenting is Sort of a Problem

Weak Language When Presenting is Sort of a Problem

We deliberately used an example of that weak language in the title of this post, to illustrate what it can do to your message and your credibility when presenting. Weak phrases like “pretty much,” “sort of,” “kind of,” or “a little bit,” don’t actually add a lot to your message. Phrases like these make you… Continue Reading

Reduce Speaking Stress with this Mark Twain Quote

Reduce Speaking Stress with this Mark Twain Quote

This post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. Have you ever been stressed as you prepare for a meeting, and wondered if you’d be able to remember the details? Worried about an important presentation and panicked about forgetting what you had to say? Often in our workshops, people are really… Continue Reading

Video: How to Practice Your Communication Skills

“Practice puts brains in your muscles.” ~Sam Snead Over the last few months, we’ve published a series of blog posts both here and at Forbes.com on Communication Leadership, and building a presentation, speech, or other communication. How we assess our audience, how we build our message, how we document, and how we deliver that message… Continue Reading

The Added Benefit of Speaking Well

The Added Benefit of Speaking Well

Have you ever listened to someone who speaks really well? Who gets to the point? Who makes the point clearly? Who doesn’t waste your time and makes the message valuable? It is SO nice when that happens, right? It is so refreshing when a presentation or a conference call or an important conversation is efficient… Continue Reading

Communication Leadership: Learning To Deliver On Public Speaking

Communication Leadership: Learning To Deliver On Public Speaking

Originally published with the Forbes Coaches Council at Forbes.com on September 8, 2017. Authenticity and confidence: These are the key elements of a great speech delivery, but developing these elements can feel like bottling lightning. Sometimes we seem to think they are qualities you are either born with or not. People say, “I’m just not a… Continue Reading

Does Your Message Create a Void of Understanding?

Does Your Message Create a Void of Understanding?

We work with our clients all the time on message development. We think that figuring out what you want or need to say is critical to great communication in today’s world. Otherwise, your unorganized, unplanned message will just drift in the background noise of an incredibly loud and busy world. But there is another way… Continue Reading

Communication Leadership: Learning to Document

Communication Leadership: Learning to Document

Originally published with the Forbes Coaches Council at Forbes.com on August 23, 2017. When I teach a seminar, I often ask about the attendees’ process of putting together a presentation. “How many here start their preparation by opening up a new PowerPoint, or pulling out an old slide deck and repurposing it, or taking a… Continue Reading

A Great Way to Think About Your Next Meeting

A Great Way to Think About Your Next Meeting

Last week, while teaching a client workshop, one of the participants verbalized a great way to think about business meetings… specifically, a great way to think about the level of information you need to be able to discuss. The participant described the difference between an “index card meeting” and a “full binder meeting.” Some meetings… Continue Reading

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