Panic on!

This week’s dose of Friday fun is brought to you by Rick Mercer. His rants are works of genius! Consider this a lesson from Rick in both presentation and modern communication. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiHLN6l3Ld0&w=560&h=315]

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Style matters

In public speaking – and in everything else in life – it is impossible to please everyone. To think that in order to be an excellent speaker you must receive universal adulation is an exercise in frustration. Different speaker quirks will enchant some audience members while repelling others. There is nothing wrong with this; it…

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Motivational speaker

An “older” video (in internet terms, anyway), but a fun one.  Keep an eye out for this girl on future motivational speaker circuits!     [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR3rK0kZFkg&w=420&h=315]

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Freedom from updates

Communication is a boon, a blessing, the only way to get things done. Things that facilitate communication are boons, blessings, necessary to our daily life at work and play. If the above statements are true, why is burnout higher than ever? Why do we have to manage our communications and contact with so many different…

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Lessons from the world of sports

I have a soft spot in my hearts for sports people.  It’s their inherently competitive, focused nature; it makes them delightfully sincere and transparent when they are stuck at a podium having to speak to an audience.   [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBIboDFR1bU&w=420&h=315]

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Daily Acts

Acting is part of life. Whether we acknowledge it or not, we spent a significant portion of our day in one performance or another. Life demands all of us to be a bit of an actor, and most people are remarkably adept at this. We perform in front of our spouses and friends. We act…

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Friday fun: I feel the need for speed

Most of my work involving rate of speech is teaching my clients how to slow down and vary their pace. Unless, of course, you’re this guy: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeK5ZjtpO-M&w=420&h=315] His diction and clarity is impeccable! This is motor mouth mastery, I tell you. And I still miss his 1980’s Micro Machines commercials.

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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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