Browsing: Public Speaking

If You Could Go Back and Change One Decision in Your Life, What Would It Be?

Recently, I had the chance to participate in an intimate salon for 65 women leaders of different ages, hosted by the inimitable Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of the Acumen Fund, and Batool Hassan, a Business Development Manager at Acumen. (This is a photo of Jacqueline, and that’s my left shoulder on the bottom right…) The evening […]


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Um, Ah, Er: Does Hesitation Make You a Better Speaker?

Have you ever wished you could eradicate the “ums” and “ahs” right out of your conversation, and especially your public presentations? Turns out those verbal fillers may play an important role in establishing trust, according to this Slate magazine article by Michael Erard: “…”uh” and “um” don’t deserve eradication; there’s no good reason to uproot them. […]


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Words to Live By — Courtesy of Lady Gaga

“When I wake up in the morning, I feel just like any other insecure 24-year old girl. Then I say, ‘Bitch, you’re Lady Gaga, you get up and walk the walk today.’” (This quote was passed on by the incomparable Debbie Stier, of The Perfect Score Project.)


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Who Are Your Favorite Speakers, and Why Does It Matter? (QUIET Revolution, Week Three)

Last week, I attended a special meeting of my Toastmasters Club. We watched videos of the top seven contestants in the World Toastmasters Championship, then discussed their speeches. Every one of the speakers had terrific presence, vocal variety, and control of their movements and gestures. I learned a lot from watching them. Yet with a […]


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10 Public Speaking Tips (Plus a Few Questions about Your Year of Speaking Dangerously)

For those participating in the Year of Speaking Dangerously: how’s it going so far? Last week’s assignment was to locate a Toastmasters group near you. This week’s is to attend your first meeting, if you haven’t done so already. Please let us know how it’s going, whether you’ve done nothing more than visited the Toastmasters […]


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The QUIET Revolution, Day One: It’s Time to Start Your Year of Speaking Dangerously

Do you want to become the best and bravest public speaker you can be? Here’s your chance, inspired and supported by other readers of this blog.


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If He Can Do It (Public Speaking), So Can You

If you fear public speaking, this story will inspire you. (It was posted on my Psychology Today blog, in response to my article on “Why You Fear Public Speaking, And What To Do About It.“) “My story is that I started out with SEVERE communication apprehension. It was so bad in my early twenties that […]


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Quiet: The Book

- Wall Street Journal

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Bill Gates names "The Power of Introverts" one of his all-time favorite TED Talks.

Best Nonfiction Book of 2012

QUIET has been voted the best nonfiction book of 2012
by Goodreads.com

Manifesto

1. There’s a word for “people who are in their heads too much”: thinkers.

2. Our culture rightly admires risk-takers, but we need our “heed-takers” more than ever.

3. Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.

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