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Eight Traits of Authentic Speakers

Authentic leaders maintain their professional and personal values that reflect their genuine beliefs. It's no easy feat, but to become an authentic leader is to become an inspiration to yourself and others as it marks a strong resolve with direction. Take a deep breath and read on to see how you can take the lead to inspire success.

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4 Reasons Public Speaking is Critical for Successful Business

Imagine it. You’re walking across a large empty stage, steps echoing, toward a brightly lit lectern with microphone at the ready. Palms sweating yet? You’re not alone! Public speaking, for many, represents a roadblock to their careers—and it doesn’t have to be that way. For entrepreneurs, this is the most critical tool needed to develop for a successful career track. Finding the confidence and ease to communicate with others can become a personal strength if you develop it.

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4 Ways to Be Your Own Best Leader

Leadership is more than a position or title. It is a combination of behaviors, skills, and a mindset with a sense of responsibility for the company cause. To become an effective leader you must be an authentic communicator with a clear vision for the brand and its future. 

Being a transformational leader is no different, and is a skill that can be honed with dedication. 

What technical attributes do you bring to the workplace?  How do you improve your interpersonal skills?  From managing others to communicating with senior executives, leadership skills are dynamic and can be learned. Add these 4 simple strategies into your daily routine for an effective way to lead. 

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12 Ways to Impress Potential Investors

When it comes to high stakes presentations investor presentations are near the top. Continue reading to learn 12 ways to impress investors and take your company to the next level.

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Why Trump Is a Better Storyteller Than Hemingway

 

Philip Pullman, considered one of the 50 top British writers since 1945, offered an insightful statement when he said: “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” 

Richard Kearney, author of On Stories, stays in the same vein of thinking: "Telling stories is as basic to human beings as eating. More so, in fact, for while food makes us live, stories are what make our lives worth living.”

I recently read a blog from Rick Gilbert, Founder of PowerSpeaking, Inc. (now retired) with a provocative title: Why Trump is a Better Storyteller Than Hemingway. This is not about politics. It’s about the impact of stories. Stories connect to emotion. Stories help people remember and are central part of human nature.

Listen in as Rick relates the work of Steve Bryant to Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. Would love to hear from you. What story have you used that fits the model?

 


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How Louis CK Tells A Joke

How does Louis CK, master stand-up comic, tell a joke?  Grab 8 minutes of time to witness the analysis of construction, his economy of words, and his purposeful delivery. He’s a genius! 207 words to the entire story…we hope you enjoy. 

Who is the best stand-up comic you’ve seen? Why? Please share your response in the comments section below.

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Center of Attention: Dealing With Audiences and Devices

The prevalence of personal devices — from laptops to smartphones to tablets and now even smartwatches — poses a challenge for presenters. When you're speaking, you are trained to want an audience's undivided attention. It's natural to feel irritated or disheartened during a presentation when you see people looking down at their phones as opposed to looking up at you.

In today’s world, as a speaker, we may need a new mindset. An audience glued to their devices isn't always the kiss of death. In many ways, devices are simply another tool to help enrich and enliven your presentation — or at least something you can simply work around. Here's how:

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Coaching Yourself: Technology and Tips to Keep Learning

After you’ve taken a workshop or engaged with a professional speaking coach, you may have improved a lot, but you will continue to fine-tune your skills as you apply them at work. Becoming a compelling presenter is a learn-by-doing process, and it’s never-ending. So it’s important to know how to be a good coach for yourself going forward. Fortunately, we have tools close at hand and we have some experience of what makes coaching effective. We just have to apply those to ourselves. Here are some ideas:

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Business Storytelling: Collecting, Cataloging, and Calling Forth a Narrative

At the core of every insightful presentation is a story. Human beings naturally seek out a narrative.

But the process of becoming a storyteller doesn't start with writing and rehearsing the presentation; it begins in observations of everyday life.

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