3 Tips for Presenting in English When You’re Not a Native Speaker

By |2020-06-24T08:01:16-04:00April 17th, 2018|Speaking|

As a coach and international business school instructor, I have worked with hundreds of current and future leaders who are accomplished, bright, and capable — and who quickly lose their confidence and competence when making business presentations. For a subset of these leaders — those who need to present in English when it isn’t their

Stop Ending Your Speeches With ‘Any Questions’ and End With This Instead

By |2020-06-24T08:05:12-04:00March 5th, 2018|Speaking|

You have a big presentation to make to your client, your funders, or your boss. You've spent hours developing a deck that's concise, crisp, and visually stunning. You've practiced the delivery so that you speak with clarity, calm, and confidence. You've tested to make sure your tech is glitch-free, proofread the printed materials, and developed an

Want to Increase Your Presence? Start by Telling One of These Stories

By |2020-06-24T08:17:50-04:00December 18th, 2017|Speaking|

Here's how to grow your influence, boost your impression and make a powerful impact. Leading business schools, from Stanford to Wharton, teach storytelling as a business communication strategy. The ability to tell an engaging, compelling, and persuasive story is a hallmark of effective leadership and executive presence. Stories are a powerful way for leaders to

3 Presentation Mistakes You’re Making (and How to Fix Them)

By |2020-06-24T08:20:29-04:00November 28th, 2017|Speaking|

If you don't know who your presentation is really about, you're missing the point. When people think of public speaking mistakes, they usually imagine disaster scenarios - their minds go blank in front of the boss, or the A/V equipment stops working, or the client asks a question that stumps them.  And of course, these

Stop Beginning Your Speeches with ‘Good Morning and Thank You’ and Start With This Instead

By |2020-06-24T08:21:44-04:00November 10th, 2017|Speaking|

It doesn't matter how compelling your presentation is if you haven't grabbed your audience's attention in the first few seconds. Every presentation is an opportunity to make an impression. You can either use your pitch to build credibility, engagement and buy-in, or blow the chance to share your story in a way that sells. No

How to Keep Your Cool When Your Audience Asks Tough Questions

By |2020-06-24T08:23:56-04:00October 25th, 2017|Speaking|

A challenging question won't undermine your confidence if you have a plan. Making a presentation under the best of circumstances can be nerve-wracking. From worrying about whether the rest of your team is as prepared (or unprepared) as you are, and making sure that the technology works, to confirming that your stories resonate, and that

Sheryl Sandberg Mastered 3 Presentation Skills in 3 Minutes. And You Can, Too

By |2020-06-24T08:27:15-04:00October 13th, 2017|Speaking|

Being a memorable, persuasive speaker requires building connection, being current and boosting credibility. When it comes to making a persuasive presentation, there are several elements that are core to making it a success. As Aristotle said eons ago, persuasion requires appealing to ethos (trust), logos (intellect), and pathos (emotions), no matter who your audience is.

Do These 5 Things to Turn a Stressful Presentation to Your Boss Into an Opportunity

By |2020-06-24T08:28:53-04:00October 4th, 2017|Speaking|

Presenting to your boss can be terrifying. Here's how to calm down and step up your game. Even under the best of circumstances, it can be intimidating to make a presentation. Public speaking is a major source of anxiety for many professionals, whose worries may range from feeling underprepared, anticipating difficult questions, or assuming that

Your Virtual Meetings Are Driving People Nuts. Here Are 3 Ways to Fix Them–Now

By |2020-06-24T08:30:16-04:00September 22nd, 2017|Speaking|

When your meetings go online, people check out--but it doesn't have to be like that. Here's how to make your virtual meetings engaging. As humorist Dave Barry once remarked, “If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word

How to Say No Assertively to a Request for Your Time

By |2020-06-24T08:36:53-04:00September 14th, 2017|Speaking|

Learn to communicate your needs with more firmness and less fear You don’t have to be a leader to wrestle with saying no. Regardless of role, responsibility, title, or position, many of us find ourselves wanting to decline a request for our time, but we don’t know how to say no assertively. Read the rest