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Leave the Baggage Outside!

Have you ever noticed that the most a businessman will bring to the meeting is generally a phone and a pad of paper (or maybe a laptop)? By contrast, it’s not unusual to see a businesswoman haul in a shoulder bag, a briefcase, an armful of files, a purse and a phone. No biggie? Actually, biggie. That’s just one of the many insights incorporated into our Confident Speaking for Women course that offers wisdom from over a dozen interviews with highly successful women. Here’s another gem. Listen to Cindy Solomon talk about being comfortable owning our successes:

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The Digital Library is Open!

In our last blog ("Seven-Minute Abs") we gave you a heads up about an upcoming digital offering, Powerspeaking’s Plus-Microlearning Videos. Now, we’re excited to announce they’re here! Offered exclusively to past and current participants in our PowerSpeaking® or HighTechSpeaking® workshops (and others soon), Plus-Microlearning is a library of short-subject, online videos that serve as refreshers to help you retain what you learned in the live PowerSpeaking class. Averaging five minutes each, the videos cover topics pulled directly from the two programs, like “Audience Analysis,” “Openings,” “Gestures,” “Questions,” “Discussion Management” and much more (please feel free to contact us for a complete list of topics). The Plus-Microlearning Videos, as well as digital workbooks for each class, are now available to you 24 x 7 via any device (laptop, desktop, smart phone).

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Seven-Minute Abs?

In the hilarious comedy There’s Something About Mary, Ben Stiller picks up a deranged hitchhiker who tells him about a brilliant idea he has for a product:

                  “You heard of this thing, the Eight-Minute Abs?”
                  “Yeah sure, Eight-Minute Abs, the exercise video.”
                  “Well this is going to blow that out of the water. Listen to this: Seven. Minute. Abs.”
                  “Great…Unless, of course, someone comes up with Six-Minute Abs, in which case you’re in
                   trouble, huh?”

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Speak to Lead

“At the beginning of my career when someone would ask me a question, I thought my job was to relay the vast amount of information I had on that subject, so I would tend to give a bunch of useless information. Over a period of time, I realized that it was the synthesis of that information that was so much more important. People were looking to me as an executive or a leader to just give the kernels of information that were important, not the laundry list of everything that happened.   And I think that we tend to do the latter—a lot.” — Nina Richardson, Board Director, Zayo, Silicon Labs, CallidusCloud. Women who are powerful communicators make the best leaders (and vice versa).

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There’s Power in Women Speaking

The young manager who stands at the head of the room starts to speak: “I was thinking that maybe I would give you some of the numbers and updates for the XYZ project? Unless, of course, I should sort of start at the very beginning, with, you know, the history of the project, before I get to our proposal?” How would you describe the speaker in one word? Unclear? Hesitant? Timid?

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Five Ways Good Communication Creates Success

The new year is a great time to evaluate your direction and opportunities. Public speaking extends beyond formal presentations and can translate directly into career potential. In 2018, improving your communication skills may be more important than ever. Here are five ways public speaking can advance your life:

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Learning From a Master: The Power of Oprah's Speech

Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globe speech has been heralded as one of the best speeches in the last 50 years. How did she inspire her audience as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement?  Read on to catch the analysis, transcript, and video in this week’s PowerSpeaking’s blog…and ask yourself, “What’s the application to business?"

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How to Be a CEO: Six Habits of the Highly Successful

Uncovering trends among what makes executives successful is useful for anyone climbing the corporate ladder. It helps to see what paths lead to success and what skills are needed to get there. The trouble with successful CEOs is that a large number don’t fit the mold for the stereotypical expectation. However, there are some qualities that explain how these people become leaders of their organizations. Recently we interviewed  top Silicon Valley executives and together with feedback collected at the New York Times, compiled a short list of habits everyone can use to ensure their leadership skills. Read on to learn which six qualities CEOs need to be highly successful.

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5 Tips for Crafting Inspirational Speeches

How to Inspire like Royalty: 5 Tips for Crafting Inspirational Speeches

This month we take a look at what it means to be inspirational, and how to communicate with impact. At the office or making a toast at the dinner table, these tips will help you speak with effective passion.

This past Saturday, November 11th, the United States celebrated Veterans Day to honor our military veterans. This time of year reminds us of the closing remarks recently made at this year’s Invictus Games. Founded by Prince Harry in 2014, this international multi-sport event hosts wounded or sick armed services personnel. In his closing remarks, Prince Harry makes use of a few key strategies that transform his words into an inspirational message. Follow these 5 tips to make your toast a legendary memory.

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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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