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

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

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