Data and proof are important parts of building a case, position or argument. We often need these points to buttress our main message. It’s when those points overwhelm our audience or lead them away from the main message, though, that we risk killing a conversation...
We can all have moments when we lean on laughter or humor to get us through a nervous conversation. Just remember this, that nervous laughter isn’t fooling anyone. Others can clearly see through it for what it is, and it will always make them feel uncomfortable. No one appreciates repeated laughs or giggles used to conceal nerves, or humor used in a way that is passive aggressive.
Here’s how to get over that nervous laugh...
My friend cried on the phone with me as he rehearsed his remarks that he was going to deliver at his father’s funeral later that week. His heart was broken and his words stumbled and eeked out from behind a growing lump in his throat. His pain was so palpable, I wanted to reach through the phone to wipe away the tears welling up in his eyes.
“How am I going to do this,” he asked. “I don’t want to turn into a blubbering mess up there, Andrea. But, I owe at least this much to my father.”
“Don’t go up there alone,” I replied...
This weekend, I tallied up how much money I’ve saved these last few years by creating my own business videos, instead of hiring a pro crew to make them for me. Would you believe it: $25k?!! Um, that’s a lot of cash, money, moula, dolla bills, ya’ll! (And learning this got me all sorts of excited again for my upcoming Creating DIY Business Videos You LOVE program in March.)
It got me thinking about the many times in my career when I had to “spin gold from straw”, that is – make something awesome happen when I had little to no resources available to me. It seems I’ve employed this trick many times...and here's how you can, too.
Picture it: You’re getting ready for an event where you have the opportunity to speak. You open your closet and find the most perfect outfit to wear for the occasion. What do you choose?
A black suit?
A red dress?
Whenever you have a chance to be seen on stage or on-camera, remember that colors go a long way in stimulating and engaging your audience. Our minds associate certain colors with certain characteristics. For example: