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How much charisma is enough

"Charisma is not only insufficient, but it can sometimes backfire...When CEOs respond to skepticism with…

You’ve just experienced a presentation nightmare, what now?

Don’t worry, it happens to all of us from time to time.

You’re going to flub that joke in your presentation. Try this instead.

Delivering an effective joke during a presentation is much harder than it looks. These other…

Your Presentation Is Drowning In Details, But Here’s How To Fix It

Sometimes you do need to go into detail. Just make sure you know how to…

Your Guide To Communicating With Upper Management

Getting what you want from high-level supervisors is tricky, but you can boost your odds…

Your Fail-Proof Formula For Telling Powerful Stories

A great story can help us understand people we’ve never met and things we’ve never…

Your Conference Calls Sound Terrible, But You Don’t Have To

These five tips can help you get your point across, no matter how crappy the…

You Can Speak More Powerfully Without Ever Raising Your Voice

First, stop “projecting.” Then watch this scene in Spectre.

Why you’re not using enough gestures in your presentations

No, you won’t look nervous by incorporating more hand movements. In fact, they’ll probably make…

Why Every Virtual Presentation You Attend Now Is So Awkward

In a virtual environment, we’re left without the typical signals in body language and speech…

Why Are Your CEO’s Hands So Clammy Before That Speech?

Founder and CEO, Anett Grant, discusses speaking anxiety at the Executive level.

When To Influence People, When To Inform Them, And How To Know The Difference

Sharing knowledge, expertise, and information can help you be more persuasive, but it isn’t persuasion…

When To Go Ahead And Use A Cliché In Your Talk (And When Not To)

Sometimes a cliché can help you get your point across quickly and vividly. Other times…

What To Say To Your Coworkers (And How To Say It) When You’re New To Your Job

These four communication strategies can start you off on the right foot.

What To Do When Someone Steals Your Idea

The goal isn’t just to regain credit for your idea, but to gather support for…

Want To Be A Great Storyteller? First, Break These Habits

The story you decide to tell matters just as much as how you decide to…

Want To Be A Better Speaker? Choose Your Words Less Carefully

Yes, your words matter—just not as much as you think.

Three Ways You’re Still Onboarding New Hires All Wrong

Some of the blame for high employee turnover can be traced right back to their…

Three Ways To Tell A Stranger About Your Strengths And Experience

“Tell me about yourself” is one of the most difficult questions to answer. Here are…

Three Ways Getting Emotional Can Help You Make Your Pitch

Choosing to invest in a startup or hire somebody for a project is never a…

Three Techniques For Making Your Point With Movement

Expert tips on how the right movement at the right time can help transform your…

Three Secrets Of The Most Well-Liked Speakers

Likability isn’t some innate quality that you have or you don’t. It comes down to…

Three Reasons Your Presentation Is Literally Putting People To Sleep

Some speaking habits have a lulling effect. There’s a difference between putting your listeners at…

Three Quick Tips For Speaking With Presence And Power

It’s all about freeing up mental bandwidth in order to concentrate on what’s going on…

Three Powerful Ways To Use Dialogue In Your Next Presentation

Let these TED Talk heavy hitters show you how it’s done.

Three “Powerful” Speaking Habits That Are Intimidating Your Audience

You can radiate authority without compromising on warmth.

Three Habits For Showing Leadership Even When You Aren’t An Expert

Sometimes the big picture matters more than the details, and the conversation just needs someone…

This Public Speaking Habit Is Annoying Your Audience

What looks cool in a TED Talk video might not work so well in person.

This is why you always struggle to get your message across

This speaking coach shares her tips for how you can identify a connection and get…

This is what you need to do to overcome negative self-talk

Speaking failures are memorable. But fixating on them isn’t going to help you be a…

This Is The Emotionally Intelligent Way To Handle Stage Fright

Rather than beating yourself up about being nervous, you need to acknowledge, and even embrace,…

This Is How To Respond To A Question You Don’t Know The Answer To

Sometimes, “I don’t know” or “Let me get back to you” just doesn’t cut it.

This is How to Prove Yourself When you Start a New Role

The story you decide to tell matters just as much as how you decide to…

These Four Speaking Habits Are Ruining Your Authenticity

Don’t flash too many smiles–it’s unnerving and makes you seem insincere.

These are the 3 components of a great story

Our brains are hardwired to hear stories, rather than hard facts.

These 7 Common Speaking Habits Undercut Your Credibility

These simple behaviors are easy to fall into when you’re nervous, but they can make…

These 4 fears are hindering your credibility in meetings

To be seen as a leader or a star employee, you need to speak up.…

The Tech Geek’s Guide To Talking To Other People At Work

That blank stare from the CMO doesn’t mean she’s an idiot. It means you need…

The Simple Yet Overlooked Key To Great Communication

We often hear that authenticity is crucial for leadership but forget a big reason why:…

The Right Way To Praise Your Team’s Accomplishments

Your accolades have to feel inspirational and memorable, or else they lose their purpose.

The Only Three Notes You Need To Write Before Speaking Off-Script

Spontaneous, off-the-cuff speaking can be tricky, but it’s easier when you don’t try to memorize…

The Only 4 Speaking Tips You Need When You’re The Youngest One In The Room

Sure, you’re out of your depth, but you can still make a great impact.

The Difference Between Strong Leaders And Aggressive Leaders

It can feel like a fine line between sounding authoritative and being perceived as too…

The “American Style” Of Business Speaking And Why You Need To Master It

These four key attributes of American verbal communication are shaping the spread of global English.

The 4 Most Important Elements Of Your Voice

The sound of your voice makes a strong impression. Here are the most important elements…

The 3-Step Process To Answering Even The Toughest Questions

An executive speaking coach explains her approach to staying strong when the heat is on.

Six Pieces Of Bad Speaking Advice That Just Won’t Die

Anxiety, presence, breathing: They’re all real concerns for speakers, but addressing them starts with knowing…

Should Your Physical Size Dictate How You Address A Crowd?

Compelling body language isn’t one-size-fits-all.

Rejection Sucks. Here’s How to Bounce Back from it Anyway

Rejection is a painful (but necessary) part of success. Instead of running away from it,…

PowerPoint Isn’t Dead Yet: Three Presentation Tips That Still Work In 2017

You don’t need to be a graphic designer to add clear, comprehensible images to your…

Planning to speak from a script? Read this first

Speak from the heart (and not a script) in order to engage your audience. Otherwise…

Plain Talk : Changing Your Voice Can Make You a Winner, Say the Experts

In this Los Angeles Times article, Founder and CEO, Anett Grant, gives insight on how…

Organizing Thoughts

Break down the CSS so that it’s meaningful for your audience. Indulge them in away…

Michelle Obama And Ivanka Trump Show You Two Ways To Give A Knockout Speech

Both women’s masterful convention addresses showcase two powerful speaking styles: one cinematic, the other percussive.

Master Public Speakers’ Five Rules For Powerful Openings

The best speakers don’t have a canned formula for kicking off their talks, but they…

Make your point

Break down the CSS so that it’s meaningful for your audience. Indulge them in away…

Invited To Lunch With Your Boss’s Boss? Here’s Exactly What To Do

Sharing a meal with a senior executive can feel awkward or nerve-racking. But do these…

If you do these 3 things, people will probably think that you’re being fake

You can’t stick a smile like the way you stick a band-aid on your face.

How You Can Finally Conquer Your Fear Of Public Speaking

Public speaking anxiety is a common and oftentimes debilitating problem. Our speaking coach explains practical…

How to use video to improve your leadership presence

A video clip can be an effective addition to your speech–but you need to make…

How To Use Props To Make Your Presentation More Powerful

The right prop can put your presentation a cut above the usual PowerPoint—and then some.

How To Turn Your Accent Into A Public-Speaking Asset

Your accent can make you a distinct, powerful speaker if you know what to do…

How To Turn Conflict Into A Communication Tool

Many people try to avoid conflicts at work. But if you know the right way…

How to Tell a Compelling Story in a Business Setting

Make quarterly results exciting by following these tips.

How To Talk (Not Brag) About Yourself Like The Best Public Speakers

There’s a fine line between sharing and boasting, but people who talk for a living…

How to Talk About Complex Topics Without Dumbing Them Down

When it comes to explaining complexity, focus on organization, not minimization.

How To Speak Off The Cuff Like A Pro

We make a mistake in conversation roughly every 4.6 seconds. The more you try to…

How To Respond To Hostile Questions At Work

Whether from your boss or a client, it’s hard to keep your cool when you…

How To Prepare For Your First Board Meeting

Heading into the boardroom to present for the first time? Keep these tips in mind,…

How to not be upstaged with video when you’re onstage

Follow these four steps to make yourself (and your message) the center of your audience’s…

How To Nail The First 90 Seconds Of That Big Meeting

Do these five things as soon as you walk into the room.

How To Master The Art Of The Pause In Public Speaking

A well-placed pause can grab your audience’s attention. Here are three ways to deploy one.

How to Iron Out Awkward Buffer Phrases while Speaking in a Virtual Meeting

Many of us do not notice when we litter our speech with “ums” and “ers.”

How To Handle Your Boss’s Condescension

In all likelihood, it really isn’t personal.

How To Get Your Point Across To These Five Personality Types

Not everyone thinks the same way. Here’s how to repurpose a three-decade-old management theory to…

How to encourage your new hires to be creative

They might not get it right from the get-go, but you have to be patient…

How To Deliver Your Presentation In Half The Time You’d Allotted

Talking faster during a presentation is a bad idea. Here are a few better ones.

How To Command A Room Like Stephen Colbert

A speech pro explains how to establish gravitas using six key communication skills.

How To Become A Better Speaker This Year

Looking to move up at work? You’ll want to keep a few key speaking skills…

How To Be Great On Video

Video is everywhere now in the business world. Here’s how to ace your next on-screen…

How To Be A Smooth Talker And Eliminate Filler Words

A speaking coach explains how to eliminate those pesky “ahs” and “ers” from your vocabulary.

How Not To Let All Those Blank Stares Derail Your Talk

Unfortunately, your audience won’t always be smiling and upbeat when you’re speaking in public. Here’s…

How Not To Flub That Big Talk You’re Preparing

There’s such a thing as over-preparing. Here’s how to do better when you don’t strive…

How Do You Implement the ABC Approach?

While all these impulses are legitimate, by following a simple process, ABC - Align, Bridge,…

Here’s What Your Hand Gestures Are Saying While You Speak

Your hand gestures can impact the amount of trust your audience places in you.

Here’s How To Avoid Drawing A Blank In The Middle Of Your Presentation

These four techniques can keep the tumbleweeds from rolling through your brain while you’re in…

Four Ways To Tell What Your Voice Is Saying About You

From stress levels to confidence, our voices communicate as much about us as the words…

Four Ways To Show Respect Without Overdoing It

Here’s what it takes to strike the right balance between being polite and seeming overly…

Four Tips For Communicating Well In Nerve-Wracking Situations

High stakes can make even the most confident speakers crumble. Here’s how to keep it…

Four Steps For Communicating Change In Fast-Moving Businesses

The faster businesses change, the harder it is keeping everyone on the same page.

Four Quick Tips For Speaking More Confidently

Business speaking isn’t about being flashy. It’s about being poised, balanced, and relevant.

Four Public Speaking Myths That Keep Ruining Your Presentations

Hint: Stop trying so hard to read your audience.

Four hidden reasons you might be rambling at work

There is nothing wrong with being talkative. But in certain situations, dialing it back can…

Four Easy Ways To Make A Memorable First Impression

That firm handshake is great, but it’s what you say next–and how you say it–that…

Five Ways To Speak Passionately Without Getting Too Emotional

Showing emotion can be a good thing, but you still want to come across as…

Everyone Hated Your Presentation. Now What?

So you flubbed it. Here’s how to turn today’s damage control into tomorrow’s comeback.

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