Don’t Count Calories, Count Chemicals

Don’t Count Calories, Count Chemicals

Headlines that Generate Stories Here are two great examples of eye-catching headlines that drew me into not just a story, but my story. In fact, little movies went off in my head. Genius! The “Don't Count Calories” headline sent me through an entire “history” channel...

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A Cool Trick to Decrease Performance Anxiety

A Cool Trick to Decrease Performance Anxiety

As presentation coaches, Charlotte and I are always looking for ways to help our clients manage the butterflies that can easily morph into a shaky voice, dry mouth, quivering limbs and, well, the awful feeling that comes from being "verklempt." As I was perusing my...

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Stop Making Your Boss Work So Hard!

Stop Making Your Boss Work So Hard!

You’re preparing for a big pitch to your boss. You’re concerned because your boss is “tough,” “hard to read” and has historically hijacked your meetings. You know the big picture and the granular details of your project, and you want your work recognized. If this...

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Three Reasons to Avoid “Trumped Up” Public Speaking

Three Reasons to Avoid “Trumped Up” Public Speaking

I was talking with a client the other day, and during the conversation, he said something about wanting to sound more like Donald Trump. I asked him to elaborate and he said, "You know, saying whatever is on your mind with complete confidence, and being viewed as...

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Dear Presenter: Is Your Head in the Game?

Dear Presenter: Is Your Head in the Game?

Raise your hand if you have ever watched your favorite athlete, actor or singer having a bad performance, and thought to yourself, "Their head is not in the game. They're just phoning it in." If it's an athletic event, you are likely prepared for your team to lose. If...

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Against the Grain: Sarah Vowell on Jon Stewart

Against the Grain: Sarah Vowell on Jon Stewart

The last weeks of Jon Stewart’s reign on The Daily Show loom large and it’s been fun to see the parade of long-time, favorite guests in the chair. Enter Sarah Vowell – journalist, author and social commentator. Her response to Stewart’s welcome? “I’m glad I could be...

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Three Questions to Ask Yourself at the Half-Year Mark

Three Questions to Ask Yourself at the Half-Year Mark

While everyone in the U.S. was celebrating the Fourth of July holiday, another important milestone came and went: the official half-year mark. That's right - there are only six months left in 2015. It's a great time to take a moment and look back, and then look...

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How “Conversational” Should You Be When Presenting?

How “Conversational” Should You Be When Presenting?

I had the pleasure of meeting a former colleague and friend for dinner last night. We had a great time catching up and walking down memory lane. Lots of laughs - and some new stories were shared. Turns out she never heard about the time when I was presenting to a...

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The Presentation Everyone Must Give

The Presentation Everyone Must Give

I was facilitating a meeting last week with a leadership team who was trying to advance their strategic plan that was stuck in a ditch, to the point where one of the employees asked her manager, "What plan?" The CEO said to the directors, "Please, I beg you, don't...

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