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  • kevin o'leary

    Lessons Learned – Kevin O’Leary’s Cold Hard Truth

    Kevin O’Leary, also known as the <insert your PG-rated angry reference here> person from Shark Tank and Dragons Den.  He was the reason I didn’t watch the show for a long, long time.  I just felt plain old sorry for the people he would brutally destroy in the commercials...
  • Becoming a Morning Person

    Becoming a Morning Person

    Becoming morning person isn’t at all difficult.  But once you master your mornings, you will see benefits that will make you look forward to getting up every morning.  The challenge is getting started and figuring out your routine.  You will be tired in the beginning but if you stick to...
  • distractions

    Distractions, Distractions, Distractions!

    Distractions, distractions, distractions!  We’ve all seen, heard or been a distraction.  But have you ever given thought to how to handle your audience when they’re distracted?  When they lost focus? What if your audience member all of a sudden pulls out their Smartphone to check email or Facebook while...
  • Propel Your PowerPoint Presentations Using Presenter View

    PowerPoint!  The worlds most popular presentations tool.  When used well, it really makes the presenter look like a superstar!  But when not …. well lets just say a presenter hopes to leave that presentation with his or her tail between their legs!  However there is one feature of PowerPoint...
  • get off the couch and just do it

    Getting Off The Couch and Just Doing It!

    Hey everyone, Today I wanted to get into the fear of speaking and why we put off getting up to the podium.  We tell ourselves “I need another day or week to finish this speech” or “Its just not ready, I’m not ready”.  We’ve all done it, we’ve made...
  • repetition

    The Power of Repetition

    Welcome back!  Think back to the last speaker you heard.  Do you remember the message they gave?  What was the one thing that you remember distinctly about that speech?  If you couldn’t remember what that speaker was talking about, then they didn’t do a good enough job in sharing...
  • bang up opening

    Ways To Create A Bang Up Opening!

    Welcome back!  Today, lets look at how we can create an opening that will get the attention of your audience. Why is this important?  Well your audience will decide in the first 30 seconds whether or not you’re worth listening to.  Its cruel, but its reality.  Sure you might...
  • structure your speech

    Structuring Your Speech

    Welcome back.  Today I’m going to discuss how to structure your speech.  A well-organized speech will go a long way in providing a positive experience for your audience.  In Toastmasters, we’re taught a strong 3-step formula. Tell them what you’re going to tell them. Tell them Tell them what...
  • difficult audiences

    Difficult Audiences

    Ever had a tough day? Ever had a tough presentation? Today, we’re going to look at how difficult audiences, or difficult members of an audience can make or break you. Recently I was teaching a class on programming.  It was a subject that I was fairly comfortable with but I’m...