How do you get a YES?

I don’t watch a lot of TV shows (I’m more into movies) and with the TV remote to myself a couple of weeks ago I decided to check out Shark Tank. This is the show where entrepreneurs come on and pitch their products and business to high-profile investors.  I found it interesting from both an entrepreneurial perspective (I’m in a partnership that has a product in development) and more so as a speaker trainer. The entrepreneurs are seeking a YES to getting funding for their business in return for a percentage stake. so they need to present and sell themselves

The Power of Story

Have you ever been to a movie and been completely entranced by the story and visual effects. Did you feel so moved that you found yourself changing – perhaps how you thought about certain things, or perhaps even your actions? Have you ever listened to a speaker and been aware of what you remember most from their presentation. It’s their stories isn’t it! Stories have the ability to create a movie within a listener’s own mind where you, as the speaker, are the director. You can paint a memorable picture in a person’s mind accentuated with sounds and feelings –

Do you Fake it?

Do you smile when you present, either live or on video, or are you trying hard not to be nervous, that smiling is the last thing on your mind? I have often been asked how I manage to smile so much, and I even received written feedback one time at an event ‘no-one smiles that much, it can’t be real”   WHAT! ……….I was taken aback, because it made me wonder when he decided that was true – that no-one smiles that much. The truth is I absolutely love what I do, especially when I am speaking, empowering others.  A smile

Stand By Me

If you want to share your brilliance then you have big dreams and a mission to share with the world.  Most successful entrepreneurs have support of a team, and one your most valuable team-mates can be your partner.  But what if your partner is not on the same page with you? One of the more common issues I encounter with clients is how to cope when their partner is not so supportive of their dreams, their business or even in their personal growth. It can create a lot of problems for the relationship and for the individual who, through seeking

How can Practice Help?

Last week I received this question about the need for practice: “I’m comfortable with speaking in front of people and without a script BUT I hate practicing – whether it’s by myself or in front of others.  Do I really have to practice?  I feel only the ‘real’ experience is going to allow me to speak as I really want it.  Why practice if I’m not going to be repeating it the same exact way?” I talk a lot about preparing for a presentation so you can feel confident before stepping onto the platform and so that you can give

Just for laughs

When it comes to speaking on stage, it’s really important to define your style, to be yourself on stage, to be natural and authentic. If you are putting on a performance like an actor, then it’s really hard for people to buy into it. They buy into the performance, but really they want to know you, they want you to take your mask off. Therefore, it’s about finding and defining who you are, who you want to be. One area where people really try hard is with humor. Injecting humor into their presentation. I’ve seen some speakers who have been