Be Conversational! The Key to Speaking with Ease

Yesterday at the "Become the Star You Are" TeleClinic, we talked about how to be as comfortable talking to a whole gaggle of folks as you are when talking to your best friend over a cup of coffee. One of the keys is to be conversational. You don’t have to speak in some fancy, formal […]

Creating Conversation & Connection Now!

Last Friday, I posted a long article about HOW to answer the question, "What do YOU do?" Well, this Thursday, June 15, at 5:00 pm Pacific, I will be giving a "Sneak Preview" of my upcoming TeleClass: The 20-Second Connection:How to Create Conversation, Curiosity and Connection Every Time You Answer the Question, "What do You […]

The 20-Second Connection:It’s Not WHAT You SayIt’s HOW You Say It

“Why does that happen to me? I don’t get it?" My friend Trisha. She just got back from a dinner party. “It’s the weirdest thing,” she continues, “Someone will ask me, “What do you do?” and it’s as if they just asked me to strip naked and do a dance. I feel this mild panic, […]

Finding the Confidence

My new friend Sarah and I have the greatest email discussion about confidence, "feeling comfy" when expressing emotion, how what we believe about ourselves effects our level of confidence, and what to do when we feel "emotionally hijacked" by big waves of irrepressible emotion. This is so good! This discussion stimulated tons of ideas for […]

Kelly Pickler, Part II

During last week’s "Become the Star You Are" TeleClinic, we talked about Kelly Pickler, one of the contestants on "American Idol," and how she survived after totally screwing up while singing the song "Bewitched." While some people at the TeleClinic had never watched American Idol, a fact I find hard to believe, we all had […]

Public Speaking Anxiety Hits the News!

Are you a high-trait or a low-trait? CBS News reports on a new study done by Paul L. Witt, Ph.D., of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, that states you are probably one or the other. "What was surprising was the anxiety pattern. People with low-trait anxiety get nervous before speaking but begin to […]

Kelly Pickler: How Does She Do It?

My friend Scott and I were complaining about last night’s American Idol. Eventhough neither of us are big Ace fans, we couldn’t believe that America didn’t vote Kelly Pickler off the show after she completely messed up the song "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" by Rodgers and Hart. I was ranting that America must still have […]

Chris Bliss, You Rock!

Grab a cup of tea, sit back, turn up your speakers and click this link: Adjust the window so it’s a little smaller and you’ll get better clarity. There was something so beautiful about this amazing act of impassioned juggling, I’ve never, ever seen anything quite like it. It made me cry, but perhaps […]

Listen To This

My friend and coach extraordinaire Eva Gregory co-hosts an internet radio show called "The Thrive Factor" on Voice America. Eva and her co-host Dory Willer have some absolutely fabulous guests on this show, AND you can call in and ask questions! Very fun. But the real reason I am telling you all this is because […]

Graphically Speaking

My friend Judy Baker of Completely Creative just turned me on to this blog entry from Dave Shea of css Zen Garden. I don’t know what css Zen Garden is all about, but I do know that  Dave has some very good, down to earth tips for giving presentations. Of the eleven tips he has […]