One January, Mark, a district sales manager from a biotech company, was preparing to moderate a panel at the Las Vegas National Sales Meeting. He was nervous about his new role in front of a 100-person audience. In our pre-coaching communications, I noticed his email signature line included a quote about “moving fast.” He explained […]

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Any Reasonable Person Might Despair But hope is unreasonable and love is greater even than this. These simple and powerful words are from my brother, Robert Fripp. This is an apolitical message to remind us all that while we may struggle to improve our business, presentations, and lives, others fight for theirs. Recently, I had […]

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Are you confident your sales presentations are more consistently compelling than your competition’s? When I work with sales teams to help drive more business, we look at every communication in the sales process. What I have observed is that when several sales team members deliver formal presentations to the prospect, they miss out on a […]

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The Secret of Conversation is to Ask Questions Your prospects and customers can give you important feedback, both directly and indirectly, but perhaps there is another great way to find out how you are doing. This is a blast from my past. After addressing a group of sales contest winners in Hawaii, I was on […]

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What makes a Hollywood movie great? Exactly the same principles that will make a good keynote speech great. A great story with a message. Screenwriter Robert McKee says, “Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience.” We all love stories because when told well,  have larger-than-life characters, […]

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The Success Formulas of Good Stories If you’ve heard a speech, sermon, or business presentation that you enjoyed and remembered, I guarantee that at least one aspect that made it memorable was stories. Everybody loves a good story, and that is their power. No matter what our culture, we grow up feeling that hearing a […]

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Boost Your Confidence and Credibility  Developing good public speaking skills will boost your confidence in front of your senior management. Will is a Staff Performance Engineer with a large technology company in Silicon Valley. Like many brilliant technical experts, they invest years developing their skills and suddenly find themselves pushed more into the spotlight. Will […]

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Do You Want More Professional Growth and Opportunities?  No matter what your career or personal goals are, mastering public speaking skills is an important part of your personal development. You probably realize that improving communication skills is helpful in almost every area of life. The higher you go up the corporate ladder, the more valuable […]

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