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Do You Have a November Resolution? I Have a Suggestion.

What does it mean to be a good public speaker? Does it mean that you’re not horribly nervous? That you feel prepared? That your audience truly connects with your message? Or D, all of the above? The Public Speaking Catalyst is happening again, and this is a terrific way to promise yourself you’ll feel confident, …

The Real Job of the Car Salesman

If I asked you what a car salesman’s job is, you might say, “Well, it’s to sell cars.” Yes, for sure. But if they go into work every day with the default intention ”I’ve gotta get people to buy cars,” I bet they’re not very successful. If “to make the sale” is the salesperson’s intention, …

How Is the Idea of Executive Presence like Obscenity?

“Executive presence” is one of those things, that, like the Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said about obscenity, “I know it when I see it.” In other words, it’s extremely subjective. Different pairs of eyes see different behaviors as demonstrating “executive presence.” Part of the important work we can do is to address our innate …

True Confessions about Big Workshops

True confession time: While my company started its journey in communication skills training by leading big, short-term workshops, I’m unconvinced that these kinds of programs have as much impact as we wish they did. Large-group workshops are great for checking “public speaking training” off an organization’s annual to-do list. They may even help a few …

Moving Stuck Trucks, and What That Has to Do with Public Speaking

My husband Charlie and I have many of the same cultural interests. We like the same kinds of plays and movies, for example. But when left to our own (literal) devices, we often choose to watch different things.  Recently Charlie said that he wanted to show me a video of this guy, Matt, whose YouTube …

What Do You Do When It’s Hard to “Yes And…”

A quick video today, talking about the power of “yes and” versus “yes but.” Where do you find the opportunity to say “yes” and invite collaboration? Hey! My book is out! Go here to order Before You Say Anything: How to Have Better Conversations, Love Public Speaking, and Finally Know What to Do with Your Hands! …

How Much Weight Should We Give Your Feedback?

Sometimes clients are referred to Ignite CSP because of negative feedback they received in a performance review, 360 survey, or client comment. The person hiring us passes this feedback along as if it is one of the Ten Commandments, carved into a stone tablet. “This negative thing happened! We need to go into immediate action!” …

What Impact Does Your Behavior Have (That You May Not Even Realize?)

Recently I was on a video call with a small team. Most of the people on the call were engaged, participating, and connected. One person, however, stood out. He sighed with frustration. He dropped his head into his hands. He covered his eyes, rubbing his face. What was going on? Nothing really negative was happening …

My Book Is…Chinese Pants?

Lately I’ve been indulging in the favorite pastime of a recently-published author—I’m checking out how the book is doing on various online platforms. When I hopped over to the UK version of Amazon, everything looked fine…at first. The eBook version of the book was there and available, just as I hoped. But when I clicked …

What’s Your Superpower?

Every person I have ever coached has a least one communication superpower. Even if they think they’re the worst speaker ever, they have something they do really well. One person has an incredible grasp of the details. Another person has an evocative and specific vocabulary. Yet another has a natural style that pulls people toward …

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