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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 robust offerings...

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...

When Someone Walks Out of Your Presentation

From time to time, Spoken with Authority comes across presentation skills advice that we want to pass along via our newsletter for the benefit of our readers. Here we are sharing a reflection authored by Rev. Wm. R. “Mac” McKenney, the associate pastor of Good...

Job Interview Tips to Make a Great Impression

Are you part of the Great Resignation — the record number of Americans (4 million in April 2021 alone!) who the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports are quitting each month and looking for a new employer? Or maybe your employment status changed early in the pandemic and...

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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