Commentary

27 Oct Speak With Confidence and Remove All Doubt

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]In today’s fast-moving communication-driven world, messages are conveyed through many mediums. “Speaking with confidence” means avoiding tentative language. Non-concrete or tentative language in business shows a lack of self-confidence and will not deliver the strength of your intention to the listeners.For example:

Non-concrete – “I hope I’ve given you a good overview of our team.” Concrete – “This gives you a clear overview of our team.”

Non-concrete – “I guess I can deliver this talk confidently.” Concrete – “I can deliver this talk confidently.”

Watch out for these words in your opening thoughts and phrases, particularly when speaking: I think, I hope, I guess, maybe, kind of, and sort of.
Read More

23 Aug Controlling Nervousness and Working with Visual Aids

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]This video covers how to control the fear of public speaking and how to work with visual aids.  In 2002, Apple Computer partnered with The Speech Improvement Company Inc., to promote better public speaking.  Dr. Ethan F. Becker...

Read More

08 Jul Crisis Management

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]Dr. Ethan F. Becker teaching Crisis Management at the RAZAK School of Government in Malaysia.  The intention of the seminar was to help leaders understand how to communicate effectively during crisis situations.   When leaders and managers are not...

Read More

19 Jun What’s in it for listeners?

Prepare & Organize for Business Speaking       Tell the listeners why they should listen to you talk about this topic.  Whether or not they ultimately agree with you, how do you expect them to benefit by listening?  Some benefits that you might mention as reasons why...

Read More

18 Aug Steven Slater: Service Traitor

By Laurie Schloff, Senior Coaching PartnerHello people, rationality calling.I feel real bad for Steven Slater.  Most of us would forgive him for reaching the flying freak out point one hot day in August.We got the laugh and the vicarious revenge.  Apparently, many Americans are so...

Read More

27 Aug Remembering Senator Edward Kennedy

by Dr. Dennis Becker, CEO, The Speech Improvement CompanyWhen Robert Kennedy was murdered, like a lot of people, I was devastated. To me, he represented the most hope for bridging the gap between the haves and the have-nots in our society. Of course, I was...

Read More

04 Aug Why Do People Fear Speaking?

by Dr. Dennis Becker"This question presupposes what to most of society is a given. Speaking to groups is a scary proposition. In fact, it is one of the most prominent fears of all humans. Each survey that is taken places it in the top three,...

Read More

28 Jul Are women better managers than men?

A recent article on the New York Times titled: "No Doubts: Women Are Better Managers" sparked this reaction from Coach Laurie Schloff. [caption id="Laurie Schloff" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Laurie Schloff"][/caption]Communication Coach Laurie Schloff of The Speech Improvement Company (Boston and Tampa) agrees with Carol Smith (right) of...

Read More