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Tip for Finding Stories to Make Talks and Presentations Engaging and Compelling

Here’s a valuable tip for finding stories from your life that you can use to make talks and presentations more engaging and compelling.  Both professional and personal stories can be used to illustrate ideas, make points and sell your services. If you read my last post on 6 Reasons to Tell Stories in Presentations, Leadership […]

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How to Think on Your Feet by Speaking from a Blank State of Mind

When asked to think on your feet, many people say there is nothing in their heads to talk about. They  think they are frozen. They say they are “blank.”  Worse, they judge themselves negatively, and think having a blank mind is wrong. It is not wrong to be blank. I believe it is the right place […]

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Public Speaking – You Can Think on Your Feet to Engage Listeners

Sandra Zimmer shares how she guides you to think on your feet and speak in the moment, creating brief but compelling public speaking talks that make people say, “Wow!”. At Self-Expression Center, Sandra facilitates an 8-week public speaking program. Her Thinking on Your Feet class title is now called Group Speaking: Fast Track Program. For information about […]

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What can we Learn from Michael Bay’s Stage Fright?

Very accomplished people experience stage fright and fear of public speaking! Witness Michael Bay, director of Transformers, who froze and walked off the stage at the 2014 Samsung Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. My mission is to help heal the world of stage fright and fear of public speaking so that people can shine […]

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How to Say a Few Words When You are not Prepared to Speak in Public

Speaking in groups and meetings is an essential skill for every business professional. You are expected to be able to share your ideas, expertise and experience to contribute to your company’s success. If you can’t speak up and speak out, you hit a glass ceiling past which you can’t advance in your company. So, how […]

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Creating from the “Back of Your Head” as Suggested by JK Rowling

JK Rowling is celebrating 15 years of Harry Potter books this month. She sat down to an interview on Good Morning America August 27th to talk about how she crested her amazing characters. You can see that interview here or watch the video below. Ms. Rowling said that her most beloved character, Professor Dumbledore, was […]

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Streaming Speech: 9 Keys to Thinking on Your Feet

Thinking on your feet is “streaming speech.” Just like video streams over the internet, streaming speech is flowing your words, thoughts and feelings unimpeded by mind control. People who are in a position to have to think on their feet usually have a deep well of knowledge and experience. Yet they often don’t trust themselves […]

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Public Speaking When the Public is Family – Sandra Zimmer Featured in Chicago Tribune

A special contributor to The Tribune Newspapers,  writer Richard Asa, contacted me recently.  He was writing an article on fear of public speaking at family events, such as weddings and funerals. I shared some ideas that I thought might be valuable.  Public speaking when the public is family can produce anxiety for some people.  Many of […]

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Be an Outloud Thinker

 For the umpteenth time, a client shared his story about being in a meeting, having an idea and not sharing it outloud. His point, of course, was that twenty minutes later, a co-worker voiced that same idea and everyone applauded! Do you find yourself in meetings thinking a great idea but holding it back because you […]

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Preparing for a 60 Minutes Interview

  Wow!  I just read a dynamite article on how to prepare for a hard-line interview such as with 60 Minutes.  It is found on The Ammerman Experience Newsletter. I know Terri Ammerman and she runs an outstanding media training program. If you are facing a really hard interview with killer media sharks, I encourage you […]

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