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

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

Heart Breaking

12th September, 2013 - Posted by janebeard

The other morning, I was flying home from a meeting in Las Vegas. I sat next to a man who looked decidedly low. There are two usual reasons for looking low on the plane leaving Las Vegas, but neither seemed to apply. He didn’t seem hung over, and he didn’t look like he’d lost the […] 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

Be it Resolved!

28th December, 2012 - Posted by janebeard

New Year’s resolutions can be hard to keep, what with all the weight we have to lose and the patience we have to have to keep and the stress we have to let go of. Here’s a resolution that doesn’t require self-denial or will power or anything resembling self-flagellation: Be it hereby resolved that, if […] Read More

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