Dance on!

Everyone who wants to speak in front of a group should learn how to dance. You don’t have to learn how to dance well, but you should give it a try. Dancing teaches you how to take an aural expression of emotion (music and sometimes lyrics) and interpret it as a purely physical expression of…

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Dramatic genius

When getting clients to emote more effectively, I often rail at them to go completely over the top with the melodrama.  Lay it on thick like spackle, wring every possible drop of emotion out of the words, free your spirit and let your inner ham out! Canadian acting legend Gordon Pinsent provides a beautiful example…

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When the lips are flappin’, but the brain ain’t kickin’ in

Despite all best efforts, some people are simply difficult to communicate with.  You’ve likely met a difficult communicator; no matter how hard you try, they seem to miss chunks of conversations.  No matter how clear the note, they still twist the message.  No matter how explicit the instructions, they still manage to screw them up.  It doesn’t seem to…

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Listen closely

I’m frequently asked what the most important skill in speaking is.  It’s pretty simple: listening.  I’m not being trite or spouting cliches! To be a good speaker, you must be a good listener.  You need to listen with your ears, eyes, and brain  – and not always in that order.  Really skilled communicators, really dynamic…

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