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Making Magic with Your Coaching Investment from 3 Presentation-skills Coaches

By Steve Hughes, David Henderson, and Christine Clapp You have identified an attorney or professional who could benefit from coaching. Your firm has a budget for coaching and a coach who will be a great fit for the professional-development goals. It could be the...

9 Parallels Between Paddleboarding and Public Speaking

by Christine Clapp Soon after the pandemic began, I took up standup paddleboarding. It is a great sport for being in nature, distancing physically, and getting a full-body workout in the summer when the heat can make it less comfortable to run, hike, bike, or do other...

Post-Pandemic Authenticity: From High Heels to White Sneakers

by Christine Clapp, founder and president of Spoken with Authority In April 2022, I presented at the National Association of Law Placement’s Annual Conference in New Orleans wearing bright white sneakers. Before the pandemic, I would never have worn them to speak at a...

How to address challenges of attending and communicating at in-person conferences

By Christine Clapp In December 2021, I attended my first in-person conferences since the pandemic changed life almost two years ago. One conference was IMPACT 2021 put on by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. It was a hybrid conference with...

Present With Executive Presence Online

Present With Executive Presence Online: Learn how to convey confidence in a virtual setting with these five key elements. By Christine Clapp People presenting at work strive to display executive presence in many situations, including speaking on a...

The Power of Subtraction in Public Speaking

There was a great piece in the Washington Post titled, “We instinctively add on new features and fixes. Why don’t we subtract instead?” Here is helpful summary from the article of the research conducted by the authors:  “[W]hen asked to change or...

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Provide more value in and lead productive virtual meetings

You log into a virtual meeting and you are one of many squares in the gallery of participants.You easily could turn off your camera and try to avoid being called on. Or, you could prepare afew minutes ahead of time and come ready to add value to every virtual meeting...

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Six ways to exaggerate during your next formal speech

Earlier this month, my husband had the honor of officiating the wedding of one of his closest friends. And in the weeks before the wedding, I had the honor of advising my husband on the content and the delivery of his ceremony. (Good news: we’re...

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It’s OK to cry when you’re giving a speech

Watching Hillary Clinton’s concession speech on Wednesday reminded me of something I’ve said to many of my clients, “The best speeches are the hardest to give.” At times, the Democratic presidential nominee was teary eyed as she gave a powerful speech that was...

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What makes a speaker authentic?

Authenticity. It’s something that speakers strive for, but it’s not an easy concept to define. So then, what does authenticity look like? And, what doesn’t authenticity look like? Authenticity looks: – Vulnerable Authentic speakers open up. They tackle difficult...

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How to give a speech with no notes

In his 2014 book, Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds, Carmine Gallo declared, “You may never be invited to speak at TED, but if you want to succeed in business you’d better be able to deliver a TED-worthy presentation. TED...

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