10 Ways to Eliminate Filler Words

Filler words and why you shouldn't use them.

Beginning speakers often have poor habits that negatively affect their public speaking performance. One such less desirable habit is utilizing filler words like, um, ah, so, you know, etc. while speaking. In previous posts we explained why one shouldn’t use filler words in great detail.… Continue reading

Avoid Filler Words

Filler Words

Beginning public speakers often exhibit the bad habit of utilizing filler words (um, ah, like, so, you know, etc.) while speaking. Herein, we’ll explore why these non-words rarely serve your message and should be minimized (if not removed entirely.) In our public speaking and leadership… Continue reading

Storytelling Secrets for Public Speakers & Leaders

What's Your Story

Storytelling can be a powerful & compelling tool for today’s leaders and public speakers. Stories can help you entertain, influence and inspire an audience much more effectively than facts or figures. A well delivered story can leave a positive lifelong impression, get you the sale… Continue reading

7 Signs You Work for a Horrible Boss

Public Speaking - Climb the Ladder of Success

How would you describe your boss? Does he help you succeed and grow or hold you back? Do you look forward to going into work every day or only look forward to days your manager is on vacation? As you undoubtedly know, we spend the… Continue reading

5 Steps to Acing Your Job Interview

How to Ace Your Job Interview

So you have made it through the application and phone screening phases and landed an interview? Congrats! Now you can meet face to face and secure the position. Feeling anxious yet? It can be a bit unnerving to prepare for your interview. After all, it… Continue reading

Lessons of Failure

Far too often, students in our public speaking and leadership courses recall their ‘failures’ as challenges that define their present & future outcomes — rather than a bump in the road to their success. They often recall these experiences of ‘failures’ in vivid detail and… Continue reading

Know Your Resting Face

Benefits of Public Speaking - Smiling Speaker

Our resting face is the facial expression we make most often. It is our facial expression default, a non-verbal communication conveyed via one of our most powerful body language delivery mechanisms – the face. Speakers and leaders need to be mindful and aware of how… Continue reading

Using Music to Improve Public Speaking Performance

Smiling Man Listening to Music

Do you have a song that just makes you smile, or one that helps get you motivated for your morning run?  If you do – you’re not alone.  Music can be a powerful tool to change your state of mind and motivate you to action. … Continue reading

Becoming a Professional Speaker

Paid to Speak

Have you ever consider being a professional speaker? Want to know why you should pursue paid professional speaking? In this post, we will explore some of the benefits of becoming a professional speaker. Public speaking can yield much in career and life. Let’s explore to… Continue reading

Engaging Your Audience Thru Questions

Speaker Questions

When a member of the audience asks a question, it is most likely because they are trying to better understand the subject that is being presented. As such, most of these questions usually fall into one of three categories: either the questioner did not fully… Continue reading