Oct 082019
 

Do people really want to hear my story? Do I want to relate personal details to strangers? Whether you’re an executive presenting your sales pitch, a college graduate interviewing for your first job, or a high school student speaking with an admissions officer, your personal narrative can be the key to reaching your goals.  Telling Read more

Mar 112019
 

Create a Dialogue If I’m giving a presentation, why do I need to create a dialogue with my audience? When you make a presentation — to one or 500 people — you want to capture their attention and engage them so they see your point of view.  If you’re simply speaking “at them,” it’s likely Read more

Sep 142018
 

How important can storytelling be if it’s not taught in school? In a recent article in The New York Times by Frank Bruni entitled, “How to Get the Most Out of College,” he writes:  “Every successful pitch for a new policy, new product or new company is essentially a story, with a shape and logic intended to Read more

Sep 122017
 

literate [lit-er-it] adjective 1. able to read and write 2. having or showing knowledge of literature, writing, etc.; literary; well-read 3. characterized by skill, lucidity, polish, or the like 4. having knowledge or skill in a specified field 5. having an education; educated; learned    Fundamentally, the literate person is a “learned person.” Computer literate, social media literate, etc.  What does it mean to be “learned” these days? We live in a constantly changing world. Technology has altered our society in ways as profound as the industrial revolution and the Read more

Jun 012017
 

Isn’t listening easier than speaking? Aren’t listening and paying attention the same? Most people will answer “yes” to these two questions.  But listening is actually more complicated than most people realize and in some ways, as difficult a process as expressing yourself. While you must be paying attention in order to “listen” there are actually two Read more

Apr 252017
 

“The eyes are the window of the soul.” Old English proverb. Beyond the power of words, the way you speak conveys what you mean.  In the face to face conversations between human beings, the eyes and facial expression transmit at least half of the message.  A person’s eyes communicate interest, care, anger, distrust, sincerity and a host of Read more

Mar 152017
 

Do you feel uncomfortable speaking in public? Do you wonder if people will listen to what you have to say? Do you think you need to have an unusual or unique life to talk about yourself? More people than you can imagine will answer “Yes” to all the questions posed above — though they may not admit Read more

Jan 312017
 

Can the language of a negotiation prevent confrontation? Can a negotiation be a discussion without opposition? Can the parties in a negotiation establish a working dialogue? Can all parties in a negotiation come out with a gain? The answer to all the above questions is YES!  In fact the last question presents a critical feature Read more

Dec 152016
 

Do children outgrow difficulties with inattention, focus & hyperactivity? Is medication the cure for these problems in childhood? When a child is diagnosed with inattention, distractibility, with or without hyperactivity,  parents are often faced with a series of concerns.  Will these problems interfere with academic performance?  Will medication help?  Is another treatment needed besides medicine? Read more

Nov 102016
 

Myth # 1:  It takes years to become an effective public speaker. Myth # 2: Nobody else seems nervous when they make a presentation. Myth # 3:  Most good speakers are born with the “gift of gab.” Myth # 4: Being forced to stand up in front of others in a public speaking class will make you Read more