Subject to Fashion

Charisma comes in different flavours and styles, and absolutely experiences fluctuation in fashion.  Like most kind of fashions, the “fashionable” characteristics that make us consider one person or another charismatic are both a reflection and creation of our current culture.  Different social cultures – and I apply the term “culture” to both small groups, self-selected…

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Dipping your toes

There are two ways of dealing with a fear: either by plunging in whole-body or dipping in your toes and gradually getting in deeper. One way isn’t better than the other, and neither method is going to apply to one person all of the time. That being said, I find that when it comes to…

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Creativity and the Accountant

Let’s start with a throwback, for fun’s sake: I work with plenty of people from financial industries.  I also work with engineers, public health researchers, and others who would not be in job typically considered “creative.”  Often, clients from these walks of life kvetch that they are not creative, and say that it’s probably why…

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Talking to strangers

Much like any other skill, we need to practice talking to be good at it. You don’t need to sweat buckets over complex presentations or formal speeches to become a good talker.  You just need to talk with people.  Lots of people.  Different people.  I know some great presenters who are surprisingly poor at just talking with…

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The length of the speech doesn’t always matter

Time doesn’t matter when it comes to public speaking.  Five minutes or fifty, the act of creating and polishing a presentation is remarkably similar, both in time and energy. There is false security in the statement “It’s just a five minute speech.”  A five minute speech can be as difficult to craft as an hour…

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Call for Input: tell me what you want to learn!

I’m in full planning mode for the January – April season of classes and workshops, and I’d love to hear what you want and need.  Is there a particular speaking skill that is eluding you? Is there something about your presentations that is stressing you out?  Have you ever wanted to take a fun class to learn…

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Wooing with honesty and generosity

I don’t fall in love quickly.  If a really fantastic thinker crosses my path, I might follow her videos and blog for a year before really falling in love.  A great speaker might cross my radar, but I won’t giggle like a besotted teenager until I’ve figured out if the rest of his stuff is…

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TL:DR and the Marginal Utility of Words

If you strip away some of the more complex quantifications, there are many economics concepts that can be applied to business and public speaking. (If you are new here, you may not have encountered a full blast of my nerdy nature.  Consider yourself initiated, and hang on for the ride). Right now, I’m delighted by…

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Things don’t always go according to plan

Actually, things rarely go according to plan. Take today, for instance.  Take this very post. I had planned to re-launch my blog today after months of inactivity.  I had temporarily suspended active posting while I re-vamped my website and created a raft of new content ready for regular publication.  Planning, writing, designing, building – for a…

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