Are you unconsciously casting yourself in a disadvantaged role? I’m intrigued by this phenomenon; if it doesn’t apply to you, you almost certainly know someone who could benefit from the insight. Are you the Younger Sister? In two decades of personal communications and executive coaching, I've noticed that many of my clients assume...

This article is not only for people who still have a long way to go reaching their career goals.  It is also for those of you who are already high achievers.  You have battled and won the war (well, sort of).  You have gained esteem in your callings.  And perhaps you have reached the proverbial glass ceiling, of which a breakthrough is unl...

September 30, 2019

In part one of the article, I covered the importance of developing personal communications skills, the consequences of not possessing those skills, and the fundamental approach I take in helping professionals become master speakers.  In this second part of the article, I deal with the four most common obstacles that have frustrated many pr...

September 15, 2019

Personal communication skills and confidence go hand in hand for almost all professionals.  Your academic education, your professional training, combined with your intelligence and positive attitudes, have made you a highly competent professional.  Yet, only when you are able to communicate, especially verbally, and with confidence, your s...

September 2, 2019

It is said that people are more afraid of public speaking than they are of death.
 

If you’re one of those ‘give me death but not a podium’ people, imagine for a moment never again having to be afraid of taking centre stage…never again being afraid of getting up or speaking in front of a group of people, never again delivering a weak messag...

Essential tips to help you view public speaking to be similar to the kind of everyday conversations that we have with our families and friends. With this realization, the speaker’s state of mind can change from that of fear to confidence.

June 10, 2019

Your public speaking ability affects so many areas of your life. It impacts how well people understand and commit to your ideas, it allows you to persuade, encourage and motivate people, it helps you to build relationships, both in your career and personal life. But it’s also one of the most terrifying things you might do in your life. Is...

Specialized knowledge may be your most valuable asset. But specialized knowledge may not be enough... What benefits do you think there are to being an excellent speaker? What are the consequences of being a poor speaker? We asked accountants, lawyers and executives in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Ed...

The ability to persuade and inspire requires “charismatic communication”. How do some speakers have the ability to establish a friendly and immediate rapport with the listeners and hold their attention while they persuade and inspire them? What is their secret? It's called "Charisma" and it seems like a magical and mysterio...

February 8, 2019

How to Increase Your Effectiveness with Eye Contact. There Are Three Levels of Eye Contact.  First is "None at all", the second is "Scanning" – artificially making contact with listeners.  The third is remarkably rare – it is Authentic, Fully Functioning Eye Communication. Let's do that one... The Five Secrets to Authentic Eye Communicat...

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