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

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


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

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

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

8 Minutes Worth Spending

10th May, 2012 - Posted by janebeard

I think this speaker is just spectacular. His name is J.P. Rangaswami, and he’s got a new lens through which you might see the world. This topic is fun, smart, and may change the way you see your daily life. It’s changed me. And if you want an example of someone who speaks from the […] 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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