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Does Tom Brady even eat bread?

Speak Schmeak

Have you seen the new Subway commercial featuring Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady? The dialogue goes like this: Brady: This new turkey Cali Fresh is incredible Stephen Curry: You even eat bread? Brady: Steph, it's a commercial.

Stop hiding [part 3]

Speak Schmeak

Remember last year, when no one could get their hair cut or colored professionally? There was a huge panic among women.especially around those silver roots?????????. Remember what happened? Thousands, maybe millions, of women went natural!

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Stop hiding [part 1]

Speak Schmeak

I consider this to be a horribly unflattering picture of me. Not only is my hair thinning, I have a couple of bald spots that happened spontaneously a couple of years ago that never grew back. I don't like how my aging body looks a lot of the time.

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You will be judged

Speak Schmeak

I haven't been completely honest with you. I've been posting a lot lately about body positivity and age positivity because so many women hold themselves back from getting in front of an audience because of shame or embarrassment about their bodies and their appearance.

They don't even notice

Speak Schmeak

Do you see my tattoo? Most people don't. My first two tattoos were on my back, and after listening to me whine about wanting another one for, um, several years, my husband gave me a gift certificate to a tattoo artist for our 14th anniversary (now 18 years ago). ??

Even Eddie Murphy needs the nerves

Speak Schmeak

I loved this conversation between Eddie Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld on "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." Those of us who have the most experience speaking and entertaining on stage know this to be true: If you're not a little bit nervous, you just don't do as well.

Stop hiding [part 2]

Speak Schmeak

"Forgive the no-makeup face!" Please don’t judge the 'fresh face.'" "Ignore the no-makeup morning face." Forgive the 'I work from home' messy bun and lack of makeup." Have you apologized for your appearance on social media? This is a picture I deleted the other day instead of posting.

What if you lost your words?

Speak Schmeak

Remember how boring "vocab" was when we were in school? Learning the meanings of endless words that we probably would never use? I don't think of vocabulary very often, but since my dad had a stroke on Tuesday, it's been top of mind.

Can your audience identify themselves?

Speak Schmeak

I had a revelation a couple of years ago. The people I was trying to reach with my public speaking coaching services didn't know they were speakers! ?? Turns out that a lot of people who give presentations to promote their work and grow their businesses don't see themselves as speakers. ?????????

5 ways to improve your micro-presentations

Speak Schmeak

Have you noticed presentations getting shorter? I have! Because speakers are onscreen, sitting at desks, or on the couch, or in the kitchen while we're presenting, it's much easier to switch speakers quickly at online conferences and summits.

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Ya gotta own it

Speak Schmeak

It all started with a Gmail address. I received an email from a woman who asked me if I was interested in a learning platform for my clients, and requested a conversation. She referred to "we" in her email, yet didn't mention a company or partners. And her email came from a Gmail address.

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Rise up out of the noise

Speak Schmeak

Every day, I see more of my friends and colleagues speaking out against injustice, finding their voices, and speaking their truth. Just yesterday I wrote about a conversation with a friend who was feeling hopeless.

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Three key words for any Slayer

Speak Schmeak

Were you a fan of the TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer?" I missed it the first time around; having been out of high school for some time when it came out, I didn't find a show about high school kids killing vampires to be very appealing.

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I have a secret.

Speak Schmeak

There are so many great online programs out there, and I have several coaches whose programs I'm pretty much always going to join.

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How to be comfortable with uncertainty

Speak Schmeak

I had an enlightening conversation with my acupuncturist yesterday about the uncertainty of life, that triggered a revelation I want to share with you as a lesson for public speaking. But first, let's go back to December 1, 1990.

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Your presentation needs osteoclasts

Speak Schmeak

Nerd alert! ?? I have become obsessed with the process of bone healing! On July 4, I lost my footing on the stairs in my home and suffered a compound fracture in my right leg, an "open tib-fib" in medical shorthand. I'm calling it "The Saga of the Four Fractures."

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Don't let the words distract you from the work

Speak Schmeak

Equating racism with hate is a red herring for white people. (Or Or maybe just liberal "enlightened" white people.) Making hatred the defining characteristic of a racist person allows white people to disengage from the exploration of white privilege and implicit bias.

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Embrace imperfect action

Speak Schmeak

"It's always easier to just say no. It's always easier to say 'We can't do it.' Because when you say 'We will try to do it,' now you're changing things, and whenever you change, there's opposition. Every time. So it's always easier just to stay status quo.

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Adjust your expectations of virtual presenting

Speak Schmeak

One of the things that presenters love so much about being in front of a live audience is the instant gratification of your audience's responses. We're in direct contact with the emotional impact of our words and delivery. The audience smiles, they laugh, their body language changes and shifts.

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Your audience needs you - now

Speak Schmeak

??What are you holding back on releasing to the world because you're still getting ready. to get ready. to get ready? ??Are Are you delaying the release of a new program, a new product, a new virtual training? ??What

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8 steps to ditching perfection and creating connection

Speak Schmeak

Even if we've mastered our perfectionist tendencies, these new challenges of presenting virtually seem to be bringing them all back up again. (At At least for me. ??) So I'm launching a new workshop on ditching perfection and creating connection, based on the concepts in my book. Ready to ??"let

2020 130

Is busyness a competition?

Speak Schmeak

People are busy. People are overwhelmed. People have too much on their plates. And yet, the complaint is often laced with pride. We can't wait to tell everyone how busy we are. How are you?" "SO SO busy!" Perhaps busyness triggers our competitive nature. At least, I think it triggered mine.

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How can I help?

Speak Schmeak

You don't need any advice from me on hand-washing or social distancing. I'm not going to share "how The LisaB Company is responding to COVID-19." Pretty sure you don't care. ?? I'm not a mental health expert, a scientist or a life coach, and I know you can find resources on how to cope elsewhere.

2020 130

Empowering women means paying them

Speak Schmeak

After yet another request from a women's organization asking me to speak for free, I wrote this post on Facebook. I then posted it on Instagram and Twitter, and as an article on LinkedIn. My speaking colleagues are sharing it and getting lots of comments!

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Did you get your free gift?

Speak Schmeak

Hey peeps! I created a new free offering last year and I want to make sure you got yours! In case this fell through the cracks, here's the info on my new-ish Easy Speaker Proposal Template and tracking sheet !

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Put this in your pocket for later

Speak Schmeak

Will you have a speaking engagement between now and April? Will you be: ??Speaking Speaking to the board of your organization? ??Introducing Introducing your business at a networking event? ??Sharing Sharing your big idea at a work meeting? ??Reaching Reaching out to the community for donations? ??Engaging

2019 130

I'm still in it - are you?

Speak Schmeak

It's two days after Christmas, and I'm working. Am I a workaholic? Am I under the thumb of a mean boss? Nope. (My My boss is pretty swell, actually.) Am I working by choice? Absolutely! Because my boss is ME, I get to decide when to work and when not to work.

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Do you need massive action or fine-tuning?

Speak Schmeak

One of my clients just emailed out his speaking schedule, inviting colleagues to attend. I was mistakenly added to the group—wrong Lisa! Here's what I saw: 29 speaking engagements. over 3 months. across five midwestern states (they drive to the majority of their engagements).

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BF + SBS + Cyber Monday + Free Gift = Today!

Speak Schmeak

I hope you're enjoying the long weekend (if you're in the US)! I realized that my friends in other countries now do Black Friday, even though there is no Thanksgiving on the preceding Thursday! Wow, talk about spreading American culture worldwide. Personally, I don't shop on Black Friday.

2019 130

Don't wait for someone else to speak up

Speak Schmeak

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. If someone doesn't realize there are two lanes, it's very easy for them to drift from the left into the right lane. Accident waiting to happen.

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Moving on to 2nd Round of the 250-word Microfiction Challenge!

Speak Schmeak

Like many people, I'm very happy in my comfort zone. I mean, it's comfy, right? That's why we stay there. At the same time, I know that if I don't force myself out of my comfort zone, I won't grow as a person or as a professional. And communication challenges are particularly interesting to me, as a way to expand the skills I use and teach as a public speaking coach.

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I dare you to be expressive

Speak Schmeak

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. After her first presentation, to which she had invited some of her peers for support, she felt really good about her performance.

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Fear isn't the reason you avoid speaking.

Speak Schmeak

Not Alex Honnold. Raise your hand if you watched "Free Solo," the documentary about Alex Honnold's untethered climb of El Capitan's 900-meter vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park. Now raise your hand if you watched with one eye closed, hands in front of your face, hiding in a closet! Sometimes even watching someone else do something frightening scares us: even when we know he emerges unscathed!

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I can't believe I've never taught this.

Speak Schmeak

this is weird. I just realized something yesterday when going through the surveys I've sent to my peeps about what kind of help they need with their public speaking. What do you think shows up higher on the list than building confidence, reducing anxiety and engaging the audience? answer coming.). ????This: This: Knowing what to say and how to say it in an organized and compelling fashion!?? Did you guess correctly?)

2019 100

Why your role model doesn't have all the answers

Speak Schmeak

"You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once. But don't ever underestimate the importance you can have, because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own." ~ Michelle Obama Michelle Obama is one of our country's most beloved role models.

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She nailed it!

Speak Schmeak

I started working with a client last month who was tapped to give a presentation at a leadership conference within her industry. The audience was made up of younger versions of herself (don't you wish you could always speak to younger versions of yourself?), and she was challenged to share her story while also teaching leadership lessons.

2019 100

It's not fair

Speak Schmeak

Last week, as many of my speaker colleagues packed and prepared to attend our annual convention, I saw a repeated refrain in our comment threads, all a variation of: "I have to get a blow out, spray tan, hair colored and cut, teeth whitened, nails done, legs waxed, lashes extended, eyebrows dyed, shop for makeup and new outfits, find my Spanx, and find a gown to wear to the gala that I haven't worn before."

2019 101

Your voice: small pebble. big ripples

Speak Schmeak

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. How is the rodeo?" they asked. "Is Is it suitable for children?" And. "Is Is it violent?"

2019 101

Claim the Stage podcast interview with Angela Lussier

Speak Schmeak

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 100

Being vs. becoming

Speak Schmeak

Twice in conversations with a client, she's told me, "I'm not a writer." And yet, she is a writer, because she writes ! Perhaps I'm oversimplifying a bit, because I suppose there's a difference between someone who writes all the time and enjoys it (whether or not they receive income from it), and a person who writes sometimes and finds it a struggle.

2019 104

Four reasons to stop using PowerPoint

Speak Schmeak

Many of my speaker colleagues reject the use of slides. They say slides are boring, prevent engagement, and distract the audience away from the speaker's message. And yep, they do. Especially when they look like this: or this: are loaded with cliches like this: or packed with bullets like this: or when the presenter looks like this: or when your images look like this: So here are four reasons to stop using slides: 1.

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Why can't every talk be a TED talk?

Speak Schmeak

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). I've written about many of them here on Speak Schmeak, in fact. I admire the ability of TED speakers to quickly and concisely express their big idea in a compelling way, using stories, analogies and sometimes visuals to share their message.

2019 101

Is your life a constant audition?

Speak Schmeak

“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. Because I did what I wanted to do, perfectly, once.” ~ Judd Apatow How many of us can say we've done something perfectly, once? Probably a lot of us!

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