Author: Jeff Turner

30 Apr Attend our Workshop: Thinking on Your Feet

90-minute, online, interactive workshop

Thinking on Your Feet

 

Thursday, May 21, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

$99 per seat

 

THINKING ON YOUR FEET is always a strong indicator of confidence and competence. Next to controlling nervousness, it's our most requested training topic!

Two things will happen during this 90-minute workshop:

First, you will learn specific techniques that will help you strengthen your ability to think on your feet and express your thoughts with clarity and confidence. We will teach and demonstrate these techniques in a simple and practical manner.

Second, you will practice the techniques in breakout groups. The number of participants will be limited to ensure that every participant will have ample opportunity to practice.

Yes, we are doing all this online! It promises to be an enjoyable and productive learning experience…and you’re invited!

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01 Apr Dr. Dennis Becker at World Speech Day

Dr. Dennis Becker, founder of The Speech Improvement Company, spoke on March 16 at World Speech Day. The honor of representing North America was given to him in recognition of his stature as a worldwide expert in human communication. World Speech Day is a day to celebrate speeches and speechmaking that change the world - socially, politically, in the arts, business, and religion. This is their fifth year and featured a Master Class of speakers from 120+ countries delivering speeches and taking questions from viewers and listeners. This year’s theme was Classical Rhetoric and its Effect on Contemporary Communication. Dennis’ 15-minute live-streamed speech was entitled "Aristotle’s Patterns of Reasoning." He took this 3,000-year-old content and showed its use and value in today's world. Of course, his comfortable and “shirtsleeve" English style benefitted viewers and listeners across the globe.  

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24 Mar Communicating During Crisis (Recorded Webinar)

30-minute recorded webinar

 

Communicating During Crisis

 

Navigating Essential Conversations

 

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In these unprecedented times, your people are relying on your insight and direction. Effective communication is every leader's best tool and using it appropriately is the key to moving business forward. Your employees, peers, vendors, partners, and others all need clear, concise, and useful information. Our team of Executive Communication Coaches will be joined by renowned crisis expert Dr. Kevin Becker to give you a framework for essential management communication. During this webinar you will learn the three most important things that must be communicated during a time of crisis and proven techniques for putting it all in place immediately.
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16 Mar Managing Employees Remotely (Recorded Webinar)

Managing Employees Remotely   Overcoming challenges in communication, motivation, and employee engagement       Watch the Recording Now   The coronavirus is forcing many of us to work and manage remotely. With large numbers of employees working remotely for the first time and reading frightening headlines daily, managers have a whole new set of challenges to...

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04 Dec Complimentary webinar for biotech executives going to the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference Week

Strategies to Quickly Connect and Create Relationships at JPM Week This webinar was held on December 11, 2019. View the recoding here: https://www.speechimprovement.com/relationships-at-jpm/ Maximize your opportunities. In this timely and informative webinar, learn strategies to connect and create valuable relationships throughout the upcoming JP Morgan Healthcare Conference...

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02 Jan “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”

Yogi Berra

People who love baseball certainly will remember its originator, Yogi Berra as one of the game’s most memorable players and coach. Many other people know him only for his absurd, but sometimes insightful quotes which spawned their own name: “yogiisms” — defined as seemingly nonsensical or self-contradictory statements that actually convey serious thoughts once listeners untangle the knots of their unusual phrasing.

Reading in the papers about mostly wrong predictions from 2018 and new ones being made for 2019 reminds me of that famous quote.

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19 Nov When Insults Had Class

Time for some wordplay and levity... "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." - Winston Churchill "Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." - Moses Hadas "He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know." - Abraham Lincoln "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play, bring a friend… if you have one." - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
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18 Jan Americans vote on the most annoying word

The most annoying word or phrase in America is… Not one speech coach could guess it. And we can’t tell you just yet. But the results are in on this year’s closely-watched Marist Poll. If you’re not familiar with it, their website states “The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, home of The Marist Poll, is a survey research center at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York which regularly measures public opinion at the local, state, and national level.”
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02 Jul How To Be Heard In Meetings

Ever notice that sometimes in meetings or conversation other professionals do not seem to take you seriously? You are trying to make a point but your listeners roll their eyes, look bored, or act fidgety. Do they wish they were someplace else or just want you to get on with it or… For whatever reason, they are not giving your words and thoughts the weight they deserve. This can be very frustrating because you frequently have no idea why it is happening or what you can or should do about it.
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22 Jun Homonyms, Homophones, and Other Similar Words

We had a lot of fun compiling this list of commonly misunderstood, misused, and misspelled English words. You may find some that are interesting, some surprising, and hopefully, some that are educational. Enjoy! - a - abjure                       To renounce adjure                       To command, as under oath accept                       To receive with consent except                       To exclude; to object (take exception to) acclamation            Loud expression of approval, praise, or assent acclimation             Acclimatization, especially under controlled (as laboratory) conditions adherence               Act of adhering adherents                Followers affect                         To have an influence on effect                         To make; to bring about aid                              Help aide                            Assistant all ready                   Set to go already                     Previously
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