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Six Ways Extroverts (and Anyone) Speak with Influence

Last time we reviewed how introverts could become more effective in times of stress. For an introvert, stressful communication can happen anytime - whether in a social setting or workplace interaction. Verbalizing can trigger a fear of judgement because their brain takes more steps to process incoming information. For an extrovert stimulation is processed straight-forward and can be immediately received. This means any formal or social interaction can be rewarding and fun. In communication extroverted speakers often employ the following habits that make them engaging and influential. Whether you are a natural introvert, extrovert or something in-between, practicing these 6 steps will help anyone become an influential communicator.
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Six Ways Introverts (and Anyone) Can Talk Through Stress

Sometimes it can be a challenge to speak up directly and clearly, making it feel like communication is a chance to expose yourself to judgment. Don't let fears dictate your day! There are ways you can prepare yourself for any audience and every communication setting by taking charge and preparing.  

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Guest Interview: 7 Gestures for Better Speaking

PowerSpeaking, Inc. coach, author, and presenter Rachel Rodriguez returns to share her insights after many years of experience. Effective speakers convey a genuine presence and use gestures to support their message. Read on for insider information on how to speak with compelling gestures to any audience. 

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Guest Interview: Authenticity in Communication as a PowerSpeaking Trainer

Genuine self-expression is important for anyone looking to communicate effectively.  Who better to demonstrate this power of authenticity than one of our own personal coaches and PowerSpeaking Trainers, Mitesh Kapadia? We sat down with Mitesh and asked a few questions about authenticity, and why it matters for him.

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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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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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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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