Should I Start my Presentation with a Joke?


Watch the recorded webinar “How to Start Any Presentation” “I like to break the ice with a joke.” We hear that all the time. But how does a joke break the ice? Usually jokes thicken the ice because they are neither funny, nor relevant. Sometimes the joke is offensive, turning off substantial portions of the … Read More

Five Rules for Team Presentations

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Watch the recorded webinar “Five Rules for Team Presentations” Just because three of you have to give a presentation together, doesn’t mean that you’ll come across as a strong team. Indeed, one of the biggest tests for a team presentation is just seeming like a group of people that works well together. Here are five … Read More

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Questions


In our communication skills workshops, we spend a good bit of time focused on Q&A. In fact, we feel it’s probably the most important element of a presentation. It’s when what really matters to the listeners gets addressed. It’s also the point at which the speaker’s credibility is tested and confirmed (or destroyed…yikes!). Here are … Read More

Impromptu Communication in a Virtual World

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Watch the recorded webinar “Impromptu Communication in a Virtual World” One of the biggest challenges in business is to deliver clear, persuasive messages with little or no preparation. But it’s easy with a few simple templates and a little practice. Template 1: Three Simple Points. This template works great when you have a little time … Read More

To Win Business Via Video Conference, Learn from Television News


Watch the recorded webinar “To Win Business Via Video Conference, Learn from Television News” If you’re interviewing for new business these days, you’re doing it via video conference. As with all interviews, the goal is still to connect and make the client think “I really like those people. I want to work with them.” But … Read More

How to Conduct Better Conference Calls During the Coronavirus Crisis

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Watch the recorded webinar “How to Conduct Better Conference Calls During the Coronavirus Crisis” With the world in Coronavirus lockdown, we’re all using teleconference technology more than ever. So how can we conduct teleconferences so that they seem as “normal” and “in-person” as possible? Put everyone on camera When you’re not seen, it’s easy to … Read More

Speechworks Coaching Favors the Carrot over the Stick

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There are many approaches to coaching new skills like public speaking. At Speechworks, we strongly favor the carrot rather than the stick. When learning something new, I’ve been on the receiving end of both carrots and sticks over the years. The sticks tend to be the experiences that well.. stick.. but not for the right … Read More

Swimming Upstream: Lisa Chang

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Coke’s Brand New Chief People Officer, Lisa Chang, Speaks Candidly About Knock-downs, Life Lessons and Making Your Voice Heard as a Powerful Woman in Leadership. When you talk to Lisa Chang today, what you hear is the poised and confident Chief People Office of The Coca-Cola Company. But, it wasn’t always that way. Earlier in … Read More

Smile and the World Smiles with You

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There’s wisdom in a smile when it comes to business presentations. I hail from England where smiling at a complete stranger will guarantee you a nervous glance and a wide berth. Living in the southern United States for 20 years has remedied that. I now grin merrily at strangers, and even strike up friendly conversations, … Read More