Untangle Your Presentation

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Lately I’ve seen some clients whose style of pulling together the content for their presentations confuses them and slows them down. I usually advise clients to do a “data dump” before starting to write. That is, to put all points, examples, facts, themes, etc. on index cards or write them individually on a document. I… Read More »

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Keeping Your Cool When Questioned

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I recently had an inquiry from a prospective client who said: I am good speaking in situations where I feel supported such those who report to me and associates who I know are on my side, but in situations where I may be questioned or attacked, I tend to lose my train of thought and… Read More »

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Active Listening vs. Miscommunication

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Have you ever gotten into an argument with someone and you had no idea why or how it started? You had all good intentions, but for some reason the other person took what you said the wrong way. Or have you ever done a really thorough job on an assignment and when your boss saw… Read More »

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Short and Simple

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Ann Wylie, a guru of PR writing, offers a great newsletter. In a recent issue she advised using shorter words and simpler statements and quoted Pulitzer price-winning humorist Dave Barry in support of her recommendation. Dave Barry told Time Magazine: “I’d lecture a bunch of chemists or engineers about the importance of not saying, ‘it would… Read More »

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Combatting Stage Fright: Actions to Take

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Last time I introduced the concept of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and went over some cognitive, or thought-related strategies for reducing nervousness. This time we’ll look at some behavioral or action-oriented solutions. For many of us, anticipating the event causes us anxiety but it dissipates once we get started. For very nervous speakers, the effect is… Read More »

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Stage Fright & What You’re Thinking

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According to a 2001 Gallup poll, 40% of adults have some degree of stage fright. Do you? Last time I announced that I am also offering psychotherapy as a service, and mentioned one way to address performance anxiety: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. “CBT” is a type of therapy that seeks to change unhelpful thinking and behaviors…. Read More »

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Now offering Presentation Coaching and Psychotherapy Services

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I am writing this month to tell you about an exciting addition to my existing coaching practice. I am still coaching clients on presentation and communication skills. In addition, I am working as a psychotherapist in a group practice, having received my Masters of Social Work and become licensed as an LMSW. But why shake… Read More »

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Communications Resolutions

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Well…it’s the time of year when people make resolutions. Rather than resolve to cut out all your favorite foods (virtually impossible to maintain), why not choose a couple of these attainable Communication Resolutions? 1. I will stop saying “just”. “I’m just thinking…”,  “I am just writing to say…”, “I just want to mention….” The “just”… Read More »

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Email Missteps

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How did we live before email became the communication mode of choice in the business world? It’s immediate, easy to produce, free, and you can easily include numerous people on a given communication. All good, right? Well, it depends on what you do with it. I work on a regular basis with an administrator who… Read More »

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Married To Your Words

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When clients are deciding what information to include in their presentation or speech, I always recommend a bullet-pointed/short-phrase “data dump”. I suggest putting each idea on a separate index card or sticky, which can later be organized into a cohesive narrative. Nevertheless, many clients instead start by writing out long narratives about their topic. Now everyone… Read More »

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