A smile is the universal language of connection

As December marks the beginning of many festive celebrations around the world, we all look forward to spending times with family and friends. We always hope there will be much laughter, plenty of great food and many smiles.   Did you know that researchers have categorized over 50 different kinds of smiles? Everything from a [...]

Million Dollar Statements (begin and end with Practice!)

You’ve heard me talk before (or read in my newsletters) about the benefits of keeping your introductions and presentations clear, compelling and concise.   I was happy to hear Andrea Zurek speak recently – she was one of the first 100 employees at Google and Co-founder of XG Ventures, and she validated that point. Speaking [...]

Public Speaking Hand Gestures | What hand gestures do you use?

An important component of effective body language is the proper use of hand gestures. If you don’t use enough, you look stiff and uncomfortable; use too many and you look out of control and it’s distracting.   There are countless movements people make with their hands; one of my favorites that I love sharing is [...]

Presentations and RISK

I’ve been thinking a lot lately of the intertwining of giving presentations and Risk. What do those 2 topics have to do with each other, you may ask?   Think about your own eagerness to give a presentation in front of a group. Many people shy away from the opportunity, giving a multitude of [...]

“First Impressions” Also Includes How You Sound!

How You Sound is as Important as How You Look When it Comes to First Impressions! My last blog focused on a theme of ‘First Impressions Matter’. Now I’m sure most of you have heard many variations on this theme – “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”, “people judge you [...]

First Impressions Matter!

My first blog will start with first things first, and that is First Impressions Matter! Studies show that ‘first’ impressions of you are crucial to how you are perceived – which in turn is critical to your speaking success.   Whether you’re in the corporate world seeking a new opportunity, a business owner explaining [...]