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Archive for June, 2009

Michael Jackson: The Consummate Performer

For the last twenty four hours, I have been, like most Americans, immersed in the story of Michael Jackson. It has been an emotional time for me and my family, filled with conversations that have sparked many memories of the career highs and lows of this petite giant of an entertainer.


Tips for using humor in your next presentation
Effectively using humor to engage and entertain an audience is a valuable tool for presenters. Humor allows you to present ideas in a non-threatening manner. It also enables you to reinforce key ideas. Most of all it gives the audience a chance to relax and enjoy the moment [...]

Great Lessons from a Green Conference

One of my colleagues attended the Sustainable Brands 2009 conference last week in Monterey, California. He kept in touch with me during the week with periodic updates, text and tweets. For anyone interested in seeing numerous conference speakers focused on cutting edge green industry topics, this was the place to be. I hope you will [...]

Music, the Mind and Public Speaking

Back in April, I came across the heartbreaking front page New York Times story of Newark, Ohio high school student Tiffany Clay. Tiffany is the recently graduated and highly gifted first violinist for the Newark High School Sinfonia. She worked hard in school, consistently received top grades and since the age of 16, after a [...]

Talk With Your Eyes: Five Speech Rules

It was William Shakespeare who once wrote, “The eyes are the windows to the soul.”  As speakers, we should express soul in every one of our speeches. It is what elevates a dull speech to a riveting one. In harmony with Shakespeare, one of the best ways to achieve a heartfelt speech is by using [...]

Improve with Improv

You show up to your speaking engagement only to realize that your PowerPoint presentation isn’t opening, the A/V system is down, and there’s a car alarm blaring right outside the window.  There’s a full room of people eagerly waiting for you to begin and there is no turning back now. So what are you going [...]

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