Tips for Becoming a Better Public Speaker

Do you absolutely hate the thought of having to speak in public, but you have been invited to be a guest speaker at a conference? If so, you need to find ways to get over your fear of speaking in public. Picturing everyone in their underwear isn’t the answer. But, here are some tips that will help....more

Why Women Make Powerful Speakers

Did you know that women make the best speakers. Hey, I am not being biased here, we have science on our side.Women are hardwired to communicate. We are teach our off-springs how to communicate to the outside world and in finite detail about their manners, what is right and what is not.A wonderful article I read in the Mail Online  talks about how men and women's minds work differently....more

Taking a Risk and Speaking in Public

Today's prompt for March's theme of taking risks has to do with public speaking. I will be honest with you, public speaking is not my forte.  I still remember when I was seleced as the Woman of the Year by my county's Business and Professional Women's Club in 1996.  As part of the honor, club leaders invited me to speak at the annual regional luncheon where the region's Woman of the Year would be named.  I was nervous. ...more

What works and what does not work in a (traditional) conference? Dos and Donts

What works and what does not work in a (traditional) conference? This is my personal list: DON'TS:...more

A list of dislikes in (scholarly) presentations

We all now that reading is just not acceptable in conferences (it is boring and uninformative).Now, I would like to address the opposite risk: the speaker who has attended a class on public speaking and believes that s/he has most of all to be entertaining. I know, in each book and website about how to reach the next level in your presentations and/or blogposts and/or in your speaking skills, you will read that you have to tell stories, be personal, use images. However, if you are like me, you might instead agree with what follows: ...more
A further update: avoid the genre "10 lessons about X from Felix ...more


 At dress rehearsal with its stomach-turning surprises, like having to dance onto stage, I asked myself What was I thinking when I agreed to this? ...more

Butterflies in my stomach

Have you ever had butterflies in your stomach?...more

Public Speaking and The Holidays

The Holidays are a time to celebrate the many joys of the season and to enjoy the company of those you cherish. In addition to my wonderful family, relatives and friends, I am grateful for my colleagues and clients and the many new connections that I’ve made this year through my blog.   ...more