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


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

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

No Points for Style

16th August, 2013 - Posted by janebeard

The 1999 way of presenting gives you lots of points for style. Are your slides peppy? Check! Do you have words zinging in and out and things spinning around? Do you have sound effects? Check! Are you paying a lot of attention to body language and posture? Are you vanquishing all your “ums” and “uhs”? […] Read More

Foolproof Way To Get Applause on Introductions

10th July, 2013 - Posted by janebeard

Most people introduce the next speaker the way they address an envelop: “Joe Blank, Insert Title Here.” The problem is, a big audience will want to start applauding when they hear the name of the next speaker. It’s human nature. But if the person making the introduction keeps talking, they step on the applause. The […] Read More

More Science That Speakers Need to Know!

14th November, 2012 - Posted by janebeard

So, here’s a study that shows that even one-year old babies can “read” where and what speakers are paying attention to, based on the focus in speaker’s voice. Here’s what that means for speakers and audiences: When your attention is on YOURSELF, we notice it. And, it turns out, we notice it on a very […] Read More

A Ah Eh Ah Eh Uh, Ooh I

24th August, 2012 - Posted by janebeard

A ah eh ah eh uh, ooh i (Fast Talkers Of The World, Unite) If you’re someone who gets told you need to slow down because you talk too fast, don’t (necessarily) believe it. Audiences are good at keeping up with fast talkers, as long as we can understand what they’re saying. But the minute […] Read More

Don’t Duck the Bad News

29th February, 2012 - Posted by janebeard

Good business leaders speak the truth. Leaders of past eras used to be able to get away with soft peddling bad news. Slide it in under the radar, they thought, and that was just easier for everyone. Refer to things obliquely and everyone will know what you’re talking about. It just makes for a more […] Read More

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