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Strengthen Your Leadership Skills with an Executive Speech Coach

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I’m sure I speak for all my fellow executive speech coaches when I say that our biggest competition isn’t from one another, but from no one at all. Today’s senior and rising executives know that the better they communicate their vision, beliefs and ideas, the more successful they will be as leaders. But why do so many of them accept...

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Tips to Prepare for an Executive Committee Presentation

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You are scheduled to present to your organization’s top leadership. It may be a quarterly update, a status report on an ongoing project or a response to a new development in the marketplace. But whether this is your first executive committee presentation or your hundredth, it’s an incredible opportunity to make a meaningful impact on both the business and your...

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How to Work with a Speech Coach

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Improving your performance as a speaker is about continually advancing your skills. Simply put, if you’re not getting better, you’re likely getting worse. Choosing to work with an executive speech coach is a great way to gain new insights and approaches to developing and delivering more effective speeches and presentations. Here are a few tips on how to make the...

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Executive Speaking Part 2: Connecting with Your Customers

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You’re about to give a sales presentation to a customer. Something you’ve done countless times. But are you truly ready? Are you ready to take full advantage of this opportunity? Are you ready to share your passion and enthusiasm to create a stronger, more meaningful connection? If you haven’t read Part 1 of this blog series, How to Motivate your...

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Executive Speaking Part 1: How to Motivate Your Sales Team

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Want to increase sales and grow opportunities? Give a great speech to your sales team. That’s because a motivated sales team is a successful sales team. A sales team working in sync towards a unified vision delivers a tremendous impact to your bottom line and expands profit potential by growing your market. During my career as a speech coach, I’ve...

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Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

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For nearly all of us, regardless of how many times we’ve spoken in public, we still experience the same nervousness and anxiety before we address an audience. This is very common, and very normal. It’s what all speakers experience to one degree or another. But, if not addressed, this fear of public speaking will significantly impact your ability to perform...

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Just Be Yourself (Only Better!)

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I once had a new speech coaching client say to me: “Delivering a natural speech is one of the most unnatural things in the world!” Unfortunately, she thought that in order to appear natural in front of an audience, she had to control everything—especially how she spoke and her physical actions on stage. An entirely understandable, and common, perspective. But, also...

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How a Speech Coach Measures Performance

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You want to be a better public speaker. Maybe it’s to help you provide clearer leadership to your team or to better engage with your customers. Or, maybe it’s to take advantage of a moment in the spotlight to advance your career. So, you’ve made the choice to improve your performance. Now what? I believe careful assessment, both self-assessment and...

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Advance Your Public Speaking in 2015

What role will public speaking play in your 2015 success? It may be much more than you think! Join me for a free 30-minute webinar on Thursday, January 22nd at 3:00 pm EST/12:00 pm PST to review the key steps you can take this month to ensure better, more meaningful and more effective speeches and presentations throughout the year. Participants will receive...

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Kennedy Speech Communications’ Logo Wins Design Award

Congratulations to my friends at Bop Design (www.bopdesign.com) for being awarded a Graphic Design USA Award for their great work on my new logo. Read more at Boston Globe Online.