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

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

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

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

Kitchen Sink Meeting Themes: They Never Help

15th February, 2012 - Posted by janebeard

We know you’re spending a lot of money on your meeting. We know a committee of people is creating the agenda, and each member has an idea about what he or she wants the audience to take away from the meeting. And we know you’re all basically polite people, who want your colleagues to be […] Read More

Great Expectations

16th October, 2011 - Posted by janebeard

We love when our clients are smarter than we are. So, kudos to Alex C. If we didn’t have a firm policy of not identifying individual clients by name, we’d want you to know exactly who to thank for the following insight. We were talking about how the job of the speaker is to change […] Read More

Treat Every Audience Like the CEO

4th February, 2011 - Posted by janebeard

Imagine giving your presentation to your CEO, or your Executive Director, or to the busiest, best-connected person you know. Specifically, imagine how you would start the talk. We bet that your first words won’t be, “So, how’s everybody doing?” And you probably wouldn’t spend time thanking the speaker before you for that great introduction, or […] Read More

It’s Inevitable

17th January, 2011 - Posted by janebeard

Here’s the thing. By the time you finish talking, your audience is guaranteed to be different than they were before they heard you speak. We may be bored, or we may be excited. We may be more confused than when we arrived, or we may see a clearer path to a goal. But we will […] Read More

The Wisdom of Jack Johnson

19th November, 2010 - Posted by janebeard

Just heard this old Jack Johnson song, Sitting, Waiting, Wishing…and thought of a bunch of audiences we’ve sat in recently. If they weren’t singing his refrain in their heads, they could have been. We watched audience sitting, waiting for some content they didn’t already know, and wishing they were anywhere BUT in that room. They […] Read More

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