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Author: Dan Cooney

Jaws Vs. Glossophobia – Attack of the Podium II

In my last post, I used Chief Brody’s character from Jaws fame as an example of how our fight or flight system is triggered. Its manifestations run from sudden dry mouth, sweaty palms, flushed neck, butterflies in our stomach, and a brain that sputters like an old Fiat rather than performing like the Porsche 911 […]

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Jaws vs. Glossophobia – Attack of the Podium

Chief Brody’s hands may have started to sweat and shake as he instinctively backs up away from the mortal threat, his mouth goes dry, his neck flushes and his voice wavers. He’s seen the shark, and he thinks that he and Quint and Hooper need a bigger boat to catch the shark.  The Chief’s autonomic […]

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The Message Makeover Podcast: An Interview with Author Tim Sanders

I’m so happy to introduce my former Broadcast.com and Yahoo! colleague Tim Sanders to our Latimer Group community. Tim is the author of five books including the New York Times Bestseller, “Love is the Killer App.” He is a top-rated keynote speaker and CEO of Deeper Media. Tim preaches generosity toward others at work. He […]

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Capture My Attention Or Lose Me Forever

The first car stolen or “captured” in the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds” was a 1999 Aston Martin DB7. While Nicholas Cage had an entire minute to capture the car in the movie, in the corporate world, you have just ten seconds to capture your audience’s attention. In my last post, we showed you why capturing attention […]

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Why Capturing Your Audience’s Attention Is All-Important

“Did the speaker first capture the audience’s attention?” This is perhaps the most critical coaching question we ask in our persuasive communications workshops. What’s the big deal? Well, it’s a noisy, “this one goes to eleven” world out there, and it’s only getting noisier. How are you going to be heard in that world? If you can’t capture […]

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Substance is the New Style

Do you love Ted Talks as much as I do?  I can’t get enough of them. But laughing at things we like (including ourselves) is healthier than an apple a day. If you have to present for your job or have to listen to others present,  we think you will find this parody video of […]

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We Need Your Star

This post was written by Dan Cooney, Director of Coaching and Senior Facilitator at The Latimer Group. “Look, talent comes everywhere, but having something to say and a way to say it so that people listen to it, that’s a whole other bag. And unless you get out and you try to do it, you’ll never […]

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Houston, We Have a Communication Deficit

This post was written by Dan Cooney, Director of Coaching and Senior Facilitator at The Latimer Group. At the Latimer Group our mantra is “Great communication skills can change the world” and I was asked recently why I felt that was true both from a personal and a professional standpoint.    When I speak with workshop […]

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