Back when I was about to conduct my second solo program, I received an email from someone requesting to be a Dale Carnegie instructor. He wrote to me explaining that he had done some technical course development in the past and he was looking to branch out from his software background to do something new.
I had to explain to him that the requirements for being an instructor are quite involved and different from what he had already experienced. While his credentials were impressive, the Dale Carnegie leadership team would require him to undergo an intensive, 2-year coaching process aimed specifically at adult learning. Continue reading
Graduations are a time of transition. A point in time when mentors, instructors, and coaches can recognize individuals for making a change in their growth or evolution.
A few weeks ago, I held my first graduation of 2017. Recently, I held my second one in Stockton. And once again, I am in awe of the unstoppable power of the human spirit and our ability to create a change when we focus our attention on what we want to achieve. Continue reading
In my first High Impact Presentations program, my trainer had me perform an unusual exercise in front of the class. He asked me to read from a boring manuscript detailing facts about the planets in our solar system. He added, “Read it as you would read it to yourself, but read it aloud.”
I started reading the manuscript. When I occasionally looked up from the pages, I noticed that some people in my audience were distracted, most of them were disinterested and probably focused on preparing for their own presentation. No one was paying attention to what I was presenting. It wasn’t exactly engaging material. Continue reading
Using An Exhibit For Maximum Presentation Impact
In the Dale Carnegie program, I’ve had the opportunity to coach many individuals on improving their presentation performance for maximum impact. One of the biggest challenges I’ve seen them wrestle with in their presentations is how to handle physical exhibits.
If you’ve seen any of the yearly awards ceremonies, like the Oscars or the Emmy Awards, then you’ve probably seen examples of this because every year at least two people always mishandle the award during their acceptance speech. They will hold it like a teddy bear, they will look at it lovingly, they will continue talking while looking at the award… Continue reading
A 4-Part Email Series on Enhancing Your Current Speaking Abilities for Daily Impact
In the first session, we reviewed a major component of how we communicate, our behavior. What we do has a big impact on your message congruence. However, there are other channels that we need to control if we want to insure our message is received by our audience. In this session, we’ll take a look at the second way we communicate our message, how we look. Continue reading
A 4-part Series on Enhancing Your Current Speaking Abilities for Daily Impact
“Man stalks public speaker on stage while addressing group.”
This could very well be a headline for the most recent presidential debate. However, it describes an embarrassing episode early in my career when I was helping out another trainer. Continue reading
Over the weekend I was surfing the web along with millions of other people for no particular reason when I came across this article on public speaking. The article says, very well, what I’ve been saying for years to those I’ve coached inside and outside the classroom. Don’t Memorize Your Speech! Continue reading