Christine Clapp

Christine Clapp

Christine Clapp is the author of Presenting at Work: A Guide to Public Speaking in Professional Contexts and the president of Spoken with Authority, a presentation skills consultancy that develops the voice of experts who want to broaden their impact. She has helped professionals in trade associations, law firms, consulting firms, and corporations since 2008. Her workshops and coaching sessions aim to transform subject experts into thought leaders.Christine is a regular contributor to Toastmaster Magazine, the official publication of Toastmasters International, and serves a lecturer in the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication at the George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., where she has taught since 2003.Christine holds two degrees in communication: a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University, where she debated at the national and international levels, and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. Early in her career, she worked on Capitol Hill for two years as a communications aide to a senator and three years as a communications director for a member of Congress.

In defense of the wide stance

In 2007, the “wide stance” became notoriously entangled in politics. This is unfortunate because wide foot placement is helpful to public speakers in three ways: 1. Takes up physical space Public speakers convey confidence by opening their posture...
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Smartphones: The speaker’s friend?

Ten years ago, when the iPhone was newly released and cell phones were in their relative infancy, it was common to hear event moderators, emcees, meeting leaders, and presenters remind audience members to turn off their mobile devices. That request is...
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Public speaking trends for 2017

At the start of the new year, I wanted share three trends in workplace presentations that I expect will continue to gain traction in 2017. If you want to be on the leading edge of public speaking trends, consider incorporating the following elements into...
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