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I dare you to be expressive

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One of my clients has been working her way through the upper levels of her organization with a culture-changing idea for her company. She flies jumbo jets, and her idea would impact all pilots in her airline, and ideally, pilots across all of aviation.

2019 205

Don't wait for someone else to speak up

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Once upon a time, I was getting on the freeway at an onramp near my home, and for the nth time, was nearly sideswiped by a car entering in the lane next to me. This onramp has two left turn lanes to enter the freeway, but once you begin the turn, the lane markings disappear.

2019 207

It's not fair

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2019 158

Your voice: small pebble. big ripples

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A few years ago, I was taking my usual shortcut through Earl Warren Showgrounds on my daily walk, when I was stopped by a family in an SUV. They had a couple of questions about the Fiesta rodeo, a longstanding Santa Barbara tradition that's part of our annual Old Spanish Days festivities.

2019 161

Claim the Stage podcast interview with Angela Lussier

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Listen in on my conversation with Angela Lussier about ditching perfection and creating connection as a speaker! Authenticity Interviews Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Quick Fixes

2019 134

Being vs. becoming

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Twice in conversations with a client, she's told me, "I'm not a writer." And yet, she is a writer, because she writes !

2019 193

Why can't every talk be a TED talk?

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TEDxUCLA TED talks are the "it-girl" of speaking. Everyone wants their presentation to be as cool as a TED talk, as profound as a TED talk, and as viral as a TED talk. I'm a huge fan of TED talks (and their locally-produced TEDx brethren).

2019 165

Speaking tips from "Serial"

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I finally got around to finishing the original season of the podcast "Serial," in which the case of convicted murder Adnan Syed is re-evaluated in detail by investigative journalist Sarah Koenig. I had listened to the first four episodes on a road trip last year, but never picked it up again.

2019 134

10 reasons to join the Presenting for Humans Success Circle

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Are you thinking about joining the Presenting for Humans Success Circle , but not sure if it's right for you? Perhaps I can help you decide with these points about the benefits of the program to you!

2018 189

You don't need a stage to need stage presence

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I was recently contacted by a woman who manages a small team of young, inexperienced salespeople. She was primarily concerned with their lack of self-awareness; their behaviors in front of clients and prospects were less-than-stellar. One person bites their nails in meetings.

Stage 210

Learning is not a one-way street

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I frequently hear colleagues and friends complain about all the money they’ve spent on coaching or training with disappointing results. Literally never have I heard someone complain about all the work and effort they put into coaching or training, with disappointing results.

2019 134

Communication requires presence: Why I won't have a meeting with you while driving

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For those of you who are of the opinion that talking on the phone while driving (sometimes with yelling or fighting kids in the back seat) makes more effective or productive use of your time, I doubt you'll change your habits after this one post.

2017 198

Is your life a constant audition?

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“I was so happy with how Freaks and Geeks came out, that in my head I thought 'my career is basically over.' I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish, and everything else is gravy. And so nothing else matters. I can experiment. I can do anything.

2018 164

Are you confident or complacent?

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We all strive to be confident speakers; it's a standard by which we judge our own levels of experience and practice. However, it's possible to be too confident, to become complacent over time about our own skills and abilities.

2018 134

Let go instead of holding on (to your content)

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"Perfection is finally attained, not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away." ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, aircraft designer and author of The Little Prince I'm fortunate that, in most of my speaking, I'm not required to be particularly concise.

2018 162

I can do anything better than I can

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Maybe you've heard the song "Anything You Can Do" from the musical "Annie Get Your Gun." It's a classic duet with the characters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler attempting to prove their ability to outdo each other in a variety of tasks.

2018 168

Your lizard brain doesn't want you to speak

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My clients will frequently say to me, "I don't understand why I'm so nervous. There must be something wrong with me." Well, if it's wrong to be human, I guess we all have something wrong with us! What we forget is that, while we are indeed human, we are also animals. Human animals, but still animals.

2018 147

Big fish or little fish. what's right for you?

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It's a new year, and with a new year comes lots of marketing hyperbole. Lots of "New year, new you!" and "Step into your greatness!" kinds of posts, articles and of course, paid programs. Every January, I feel the pressure. Do you feel the pressure?

2017 204

My triple Axel moment

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If you don't watch figure skating (and even if you do), you may not understand the importance of the triple Axel in competition. First of all, it's the only forward-facing jump in the skaters' arsenal. All other jumps are executed while skating backward.

2018 150

Your voice matters

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You're probably hearing a lot right now about using your voice. With elections coming up, it's important to be reminded that our voices—via our votes—really do make a difference. I know. sometimes it doesn't feel that way. Sometimes we feel small, we feel powerless, and we feel disheartened.

2018 134

Two-time Academy Award winner needs an acting coach?

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Billboard Daily Blog Are you a fan of "Grace and Frankie," the hot Netflix series starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin? My husband and I arrived late to the party, but are now all caught up and attempting to savor season 3 instead of bingeing, like some of my friends have done.

2017 192

Why you need to take every speaking opportunity

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I forgot my stuff. I had a workshop Friday morning, and I thought I was ready, but I wasn't. I had finished my slides, I had finished my notes, I had printed my handouts.

2017 180

I want to see the speaker, not the coaching

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I recently attended an event with a long lineup of speakers. I'm like a kid in a candy store at events with lots of speakers!

2016 207

It's my tenth blogiversary!

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Ten years ago this week, I started blogging. My first post was published on October 9, 2006. Since that time, I've published 1,475 posts, I've saved 86 drafts that are still waiting to be finished and published, and I'm turning about 60 of them into a book to be published by the end of this year.

2016 205

Get your free copy of Presenting for Humans before April 15

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Hey y'all! I'm giving away 100 digital copies of Presenting for Humans: Insights for Speakers on Ditching Perfection and Creating Connection ! I'm celebrating the second anniversary of publishing my first book on April 14 and I want you to have a copy! The giveaway started today and 51 copies are already gone, so if you're a Goodreads member, get over there ASAP to reserve your free digital download.

2019 103

You have a platform, but are you making it count?

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Whenever a celebrity—whether actor, singer, athlete or other entertainer—takes the opportunity at an awards ceremony or other public event to speak out about a political issue, certain segments of the public immediately begin scolding and lashing out. It's inappropriate!" they say.

2017 193

How is dating like public speaking?

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Have you ever been on a date? Did you enjoy it? Did you hate it? You've probably had both experiences! Did you ask the other person out? Did they ask you out? Maybe you've just kind of eased into it by saying "We should do something sometime." (I

2015 250

You're not just competing with other speakers

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In the entrepreneurial world, and especially in the speaking and coaching worlds, we like to say "There is no competition." You see, we all have something unique to offer, we each have a unique voice and message, and no one else can do what we do in exactly the same way we do it. And this is true.

2016 202

Lessons from driving: Don't be a mechanical speaker

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(c) Jenny Rollo Do you remember what it was like when you were learning how to drive? There were so many things to pay attention to, so many details. Where do I put my hands and my feet? When is it too soon or too late to press the brake pedal? How much pressure do I put on the gas?

2015 232

Fear of success is real, and it sucks

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At last month's Shake Up Your Speaking retreat, I gave the attendees an exercise that involve picking a temporary tattoo out of a bag, applying it to their arm, and then applying the message on the tattoo to where they were in their speaking journey.

2016 206

Storytelling in 30 seconds - can you do it?

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It's been a while since I posted about a TV commercial (ah, the beauty of the DVR), but here's one I came across recently that perfectly demonstrates the concepts of concise, compelling and clear storytelling.

2015 226

Presenting for Humans: Insights for Speakers on Ditching Perfection and Creating Connection

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It's coming, it's coming! I'm expecting my book, Presenting For Humans: Insights for Speakers on Ditching Perfection and Creating Connection , to be available on Amazon by the end of March, and hopefully to have some hard copies in hand to sign for my VIP supporters!

2017 176

My 2015 holiday speaker gift list is here!

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It''s the most wonderful time of the year! And it''s also the time of the year, when I update my annual list of speaker gifts, to help you find the best gifts for the speaker in your life -- who might just be you!

2015 248

10 reasons to join the Presenting for Humans Success Circle

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Are you thinking about joining the Presenting for Humans Success Circle , but not sure if it's right for you? Perhaps I can help you decide with these ten reasons I think the program is worth joining!

2017 158

DIY speaker gift: Speaker Survival Kit!

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Last March, I had a booth at a local women''s business festival. I wanted to give something away in a drawing that would be useful to those who stopped by, and specifically useful to speakers.

2014 244

Stay weird.

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Our favorite, and most effective, awards show speeches tend to go one of two directions: Humor or passion. Both kinds of speeches have the same effect, to trigger an emotional response in the audience. The response to the humorous speech is laughter, if only a chuckle or an internal giggle.

2015 236

Thou shalt hide thy weirdness: Guest post by Jason Kotecki

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Jason is a non-caped crusader fighting against Adultitis. I've been a fan of his work for years, and when he offered me this post, I jumped at the chance to share his writing with you.

2015 222

Drowning your audience? Try these 3 livesavers.

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I''m currently participating in the Bloom Your Online Relationships Challenge , a 30-day free program to encourage relationship-building with our online communities, and today''s challenge dovetails perfectly with a post I''ve been wanting to write.

2014 248

Optimism: Finding the upside of the inevitable

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Today, I was lamenting the lack of rain in Southern California, as we come to the end of our usual "rainy" month with below-seasonal totals. The ongoing severe drought is our #1 concern here, and every day that goes by without rain puts us more and more into a water deficit.

A tale of two wineries -- and what speakers can learn from them

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Municipal Winemakers and Saarloos & Sons are two of my favorite wineries. Of course, I love their wines, and their wines are one of the ways they differentiate themselves among the many, MANY wineries in Santa Barbara County.

2014 266

Create a safe space for group interaction

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The other day, I was talking to a client about some problems she had experienced during a presentation. She had encountered a group who was resistant to some of her ideas and essentially put up a roadblock to any further discussion.

2015 207

Virtual networking: Open the circle

Speak Schmeak

As I've written here before, I can be shy at networking events. But I've trained myself to put out my hand and introduce myself to people even if I feel inside like I want to run away.

2015 218

Do your audience's filters override your message?

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It's a story about a fig. It's a very simple story. This fig is HUGE. I posted this picture on Facebook of the fig filling the palm of my hand. I thought the fig would speak for itself. But I was wrong. I started getting comments like, "Can't get them here!"

2016 181