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Finding The Right Speaking Skills Workshop

In Attracting New Clients, Business Networking Groups, Credibility, Delivery, Evaluation, Increased sales, Public Speaking on December 29, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Finding a speaking skills workshop is easy. Finding one that helps you become a better speaker is a bit harder.

Have you attended a workshop where you sit in a room full of people, spent most of the time listening, received a binder of information, and are then encouraged to buy more books? If you are like most people, you walked out with your head swimming. The next day you place the binder on your desk with the intention of reading it. Now that binder is on your shelf, unopened, and you are doing things in pretty much the same way today as you did before the workshop.

It does not have to be that way.

A good workshop or speaking coach treats you as an individual. Your thinking is stimulated; you have time to discuss new ideas, and are allowed to practice the new techniques. Instead of overloading you with information, you are feed digestible chunks. You leave feeling empowered to use your new skills. The end result is a change in your behavior that leads to more effective performance. If you are willing to invest time and money to improve your skills, choose your workshop carefully.

A good workshop or Performance Speaking Coach:

  • Places emphasis on YOUR skills, talents, and personality rather than those of the instructor.
  • Involves one-on-one coaching or small group interaction
  • Utilizes professional coaching or a mix of professional and peer coaching (not peer coaching alone)
  • Takes a flexible approach to focus on your situation, needs, and interests
  • Involves multiple short sessions that allow you to think about what you have learned, apply it, then come back and discuss the results
  • Provides honest feedback in a non-judgmental manner
  • Feels comfortable
  • Offers meaningful interaction with the instructor and other participants
  • Pushes you in a safe environment

Be wary of trainings that incorporate:

  • Peer-to-peer coaching as the sole method of learning
  • Trainers with a “large personality” who want you to emulate their style
  • Large hotel conference rooms packed full of participants
  • Agendas where you spend more than 50% of the time listening
  • Training companies that encourage trainers to sell product
  • “Pollyanna” trainers that tell you positive things that feel good without providing critical review of your work.

If you are going to invest time and money into your professional development, make sure to invest wisely so you gain skills and improve as a speaker.

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Choice Words To Use In Your Next Presentation

In Attracting New Clients, Confidence/Nervousness, Delivery, Mannerisms/Habits, Public Speaking, Social Media on December 19, 2010 at 11:06 AM

The Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding,  subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

Here are the winners:

1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

2. Ignoranus : A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.

3. Intaxicaton : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

4. Reintarnation : Coming back to life as a  hillbilly.

5. Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

6. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

7. Giraffiti : Vandalism spray-painted very, very high

8.. Sarchasm : The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.

9. Inoculatte : To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

10. Osteopornosis : A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

11. Karmageddon : It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer……like

12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

13. Glibido : All talk and no action.

14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.

16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

17. Caterpallor ( n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you’re eating.

The Washington Post has also published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.

And the winners are:

1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.

3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. Esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.

6. Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.

7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.

10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.

12. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

13. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.

14. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

15. Frisbeetarianism, n. The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

16. Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.

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Three Reasons To Add Video To Your Website

In Attracting New Clients, Business Networking Groups, Increased sales, Public Speaking, Social Media, web video on December 3, 2010 at 7:28 AM

Today, as businesses of all sizes clamor to add video to their websites, you can be part of the trend – or you can be watching from the sidelines. One thing for sure: Your opportunities for business increase dramatically when you add video to your website. This doesn’t mean it needs to be long, full of special effects, or expensive, but it does mean professional.

Here are the top three advantages of professional video on your website:

1.  Personalization

A short, professional video allows your prospects to see you and hear you. This helps them decide if you are the type of person they want to do business with. The tone of your voice, your inflection, your smile, and your eyes all help convey your credibility, integrity, and sincerity.

In a professional video, your words come to life as viewers listen, watch, and take in so much more than they would by reading flat words on the screen.




2.  Findability

Okay, it’s not a real word, but you get the idea. Google and other search engines rank websites with video higher than websites without video. For two sites equal in other ways, the one with video ranks higher on the search results page than the one without video. That’s how it works.

In a competitive business, one where a Google search in your city produces pages of results for similar businesses, a professional video (and Search Engine Optimization) help you stand out and land high on the first page. And while there may be hundreds of listings for your service on Google, few have video – and fewer still have the competitive advantage of professional video.

3. Leadership

The web is moving from a text-based to media-based method of commerce. On this swift-moving curve of the future, where do you want to be? In the place where you are viewed as a visionary, a leader, and ahead of the trend – or in a place where you are running just to catch up?

Video is the rage now, with businesses demanding quality video on their sites. Video gives you a competitive edge, but it must be more than video. It must be professionally produced video.

A video that is poorly produced, contains a weak message, or looks homemade does more harm than good. On the other hand, competitors love your bad video, because prospects click off your site and on to theirs. Is that what you want?


iSpeakEASY is here to help you. We provide Professional Performance Speech Coaching plus Professional Videography to create compelling video for your website. We will even post and optimize your video right on your site for you. It’s fast, effective, and affordable.

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