Let’s Play Two.

25th January, 2015 - Posted by janebeard

The baseball legend Ernie Banks used to say this before every game. It was emblematic of his way of seeing the world, and the gift that comes with embracing the opportunties before us. That joy of being in the right place to make something cool happen is something we try to impart to the speakers […] Read More

A Vaccine Against Chicken Speech

2nd August, 2014 - Posted by janebeard

When I read this blog post by the brilliant Seth Godin today, I groaned out loud. And I bookmarked the piece to come back to as often as needed. Just this week, I was doing some laser coaching with a speaker to create and deliver a message that would rock the audience. That was her […] Read More

Music to Our Ears

31st July, 2014 - Posted by janebeard

One of the things that elevates Big Meetings — the kind held in hotel ballrooms and convention centers, and other venues that can handle hundreds if not thousands of people — is what we call “Ballroom Music.” It’s the music that’s being played as attendees walk in the room, and it has a bigger impact […] Read More

Don’t Wait

24th June, 2014 - Posted by janebeard

In working with a client today, I heard a phrase that we often hear from clients in the early phases of our work together: “I can’t wait till I figure out how to do this well!” It’s great to want to become better at something. Frankly, we wouldn’t be in business if people didn’t want […] Read More

The Power-Draining, Soul-Sucking Scourge of the Statement Necklace

19th June, 2014 - Posted by janebeard

“My awesome necklace” is never the answer to the question, “What’s the one thing you most want the audience to remember from your talk?” But that’s exactly what audiences most remembered after hearing some recent talks by otherwise smart women. In the name of “standing out” or “being my best self,” these women undercut the […] Read More

#SpeakShort

2nd April, 2014 - Posted by janebeard

In a word where hashtags like “#fail” and sentence fragments like “this” now communicate volumes in few words, you better believe your audience can grasp more messages in fewer words than ever before. The hash tag phenomenon has gone overboard in many ways. Jimmy Fallon has a series of sketches making fun of #hashtags, like […] Read More

Rule # 1 to Rock Your Talk

22nd March, 2014 - Posted by janebeard

Every speaker wants to rock the room with a talk that’s compelling, memorable and talked about. But if you look to other speakers for how to do that, you might get it all backwards. Let’s assume you have a picture in mind of what “rocking it” looks like. In our experience, your picture is based […] Read More

Take Your Time

18th February, 2014 - Posted by janebeard

The old comedy duo Bob and Ray used to do a great set piece on “Slow Talkers of America.” It’s still funny today — check it out. It’s pretty rare to hear a slow talker these days. More commonly, the speakers we hear are candidates for membership in the FTOA: Fast Talkers of America. Maybe […] Read More

Acceptance Speeches

13th January, 2014 - Posted by janebeard

Hollywood celebrities and musicians aren’t the only people who make acceptance speeches. In the business world, awards go to inventors, top sales people, and other stand-out performers. Last night, the Hollywood Foreign Press gave out the Golden Globe Awards. And even though they’ve known for almost two months that they were one of five people […] Read More

Faux-pology versus Apology

9th January, 2014 - Posted by janebeard

Governor Chris Christie just finished a nearly two-hour long press conference to respond to the news that members of his administration used lane closures to access the George Washington Bridge from Fort Lee to retaliate against the mayor of that city. Here’s an article about the press conference. If you want more articles, they’re all […] Read More

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