Public speaking

Should you say "no" to that speaking opportunity?

“Will you be a speaker at our upcoming conference? We can’t afford to pay you, but you’ll have TONS of exposure! Whatcha think?”

As an entrepreneur, how many times have you heard this line? It never gets old for me. And, I am always honored whenever I receive an invitation. Still, to stay competitive and business-growth focused, it’s critical to know when to say “No, thanks”. Otherwise, we risk wasting a lot of time and a lot of effort.

LOL...3 Ways to Get Over Your Nervous Laughter

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...

Getting through it: 3 ways to manage your emotions on-camera or on-stage

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...

What your shirt color says about you to an audience

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:  

Keep your audience’s attention with this one trick…

If I have one trick that I share with everyone about powerful public speaking, it’s this: enumerate your points and watch your audience hang on to your every word. (See what I did there, eh?)

Enumerating your points means using numbers to strategically organize your speech content so that listeners will stay tuned to what you have to say next. Some simple examples are...