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Do you want to be a better speaker? Do you want to be calm, confident, and credible every time you speak in public? Then tune in to Public Speaking with Peter George where you'll hear public speaking experts share tips, techniques, and ideas that help you develop superior public speaking skills. With these improved presentations skills, you can increase your impact, influence, and income -- whether you're speaking on stage, presenting in meetings, or selling to prospects.
 
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You may have loved public speaking from a young age. But it’s more than likely that you learned to love it over time. Of course, you may still be at the liking stage with loving it still a ways off. In any case, you’ll understand and appreciate my guest’s journey from hating public speaking to embracing it. Tune in as Ruth Rotkowitz talks about her…
 
As you know, there is so much more that goes into public speaking than just speaking. This includes your intonation, body, breathing, and mindset. My guest, Claudia Monacelli, shares how you can use each of these and more to not only communicate your messages but also engage your audiences. Takeaways - how to be calm throughout your planning proces…
 
If you’re a published author, then you know that, at one time or another, you may be asked to speak in public. This could be at a small gathering of fans; it could be at a conference. But no matter where you speak, you want to present yourself and your book well. My guest for this episode of Public Speaking with Peter George is Stephanie Chandler. …
 
Are you getting all the speaking gigs you need or want? Are you speaking at the kinds of events you know you want to be speaking at? Are you getting paid what you're worth? If you answer "no" to any of these, I have to ask why. But, more importantly, I believe you have to ask yourself why. Listen in and move beyond these beliefs that are holding yo…
 
It seems like every business magazine you read or every business show you watch or listen to includes something about branding. And over the past several years, this has included a very specific form of branding -- personal branding. But what exactly is personal branding, and why is it so important to you, as a public speaker? Listen in as my guest…
 
Idioms, slang, and colloquialisms have their place in talks, but there are aspects of each that you want to take into consideration. In this brief episode, you learn how idioms and slang could confuse your audiences and how colloquialisms can taint the way your audiences perceive you. Listen in and hear how taking these into consideration may make …
 
Storytelling is an art. And telling stories in a way that captivates an audience and delivers a message is taking that art form to its highest heights. If you are looking to develop your storytelling skills, then you want to listen to this episode. Michael Davis shares storytelling techniques that are easy to implement and will increase your impact…
 
Have you ever watched reality shows, awards shows, or contests? Then you've probably noticed that, when the hosts are just about to announce the winners, they pause … for an extended amount of time! Perhaps a drum roll fills the gap while you watch intently, wondering who will win. And when that's the case, they have you right where they want you. …
 
How to Save Your Successful Voice with Judy Rodman If you’re like many speakers, when you talk about voice, you talk about using it to foster and support your messages. This might include inflection, rate, tone, and volume. But how much thought do you put into the health of your voice, and does it really even matter? Listen in as my guest, Nashvill…
 
Public speaking coaches often use various shapes to describe where your hands should be when gesturing, including circle, box, and square. But, no matter what they call it, it suggests your hands stay in boundaries that go from your chin to your waist and about the same distance from side to side. Listen in and learn how you can break the rules and…
 
Speaking in front of others provides you with the opportunity to influence and inspire them. But, do the words you choose help you accomplish your objectives or undermine them? In this episode, Terre Short shows you how to choose the right words so your audiences are clear about your intentions. Takeaways - how to choose the words that represent yo…
 
Improv is the art of saying, “Yes, and …" but when it comes to even thinking about it, so many of us say, “No way!” And that’s unfortunate because no matter how well you plan, things will go wrong, surprises will arise, and the universe will throw you a curveball. Consequently, your success — and sanity — are directly related to how you respond to …
 
The myth that introverts are not cut out for public speaking goes on and probably will continue to do so for as long as introverts inhabit the earth. Perhaps, if you’re an introvert, you’ve been letting this myth hold you back. If so, it’s time to let it go and delve further into speaking in public. Listen in as Dr. Ty Belknap shares advice that wi…
 
Whether it's in communications, art, or even nature, 3s surround us. It's commonly known as the rule of 3, and it has been used throughout recorded history. This rule suggests that things grouped in 3s are more easily recognized, remembered, and retold. Also, our brains are constantly on the lookout for patterns, and since 3 is the smallest number …
 
Do you employ storytelling in your business life? If so, do you know how you can make your stories more effective? And if you don’t use stories when presenting, is it because you don’t understand the value or don’t know how to develop stories? Whether you do or don’t, you want to listen to the advice Neil Gordon shares in this episode, including th…
 
When it comes to preparing for presentations, there are two extremes. At one end is the person who barely prepares, if at all. They're happy to fly by the seat of their pants. At the other end is the speaker who is a perfectionist. They want everything calculated to the nth degree. Do you consider yourself to be a perfectionist? If so, is it holdin…
 
Are you a consultant, coach, or in another profession and have thought about using public speaking to increase both your exposure and sales? If so, have you wondered how to go about it? Then listen in as my guest, Steve Preda, shares with you how he did it and how you can, too.By Peter George
 
When you speak in front of others, which signal are you sending to your listeners -- that you are confident or that you’re not? And, why does this matter? When people don’t have confidence in you, they likely don’t have confidence in the information you’re sharing. So, how are you going to demonstrate confidence, especially when you lack it? Tune i…
 
Do you struggle with impostor syndrome? Have you somehow lost the confidence you once had? If so, you’re not alone. Many people struggle with these, including my guest, Luke Menkes. Luke is an experienced public speaker who had to learn how to get over tremendous stage fright, introversion, and shyness to be able to excel in running his very succes…
 
Recently, a client and I were discussing how you can change the entire meaning of a sentence simply by choosing which word or words you emphasize. Some people call this hitting or punching a word. In this short episode, you'll hear an exercise that not only illustrates how this works but also one you can use to practice hitting the appropriate word…
 
I don’t know about you, but if I were asked to list the various ways the body is involved in public speaking, I would include stance, movement, gestures, heart rate, and even sweating. And to be honest, the rib cage would be far down on that list, if it were on it at all. In this episode, Dr. Amy Novotny shares why the often-neglected rib cage shou…
 
When I started coaching, I realized that many of the things my mother taught me about interacting with others were spot on. From her point of view, she was teaching me about respect. However, she couldn't have known that she was also teaching me about one of the most valuable aspects of presentation skills — engagement. Listen in, and catch the top…
 
Richard Strauss said, “The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play.” He was so right. Think about the numerous aspects of the human voice that you can manipulate, including pitch, rate, tone, and volume. Add to this that, just like any fine instrument, you need to care for it. With so much to know a…
 
Are you an introvert? Great! Because too many people believe you need to be an extrovert to enjoy or excel at public speaking. Thankfully, this isn’t the case. In fact, if you are an introvert, you have several advantages. In this short episode, you’re going to learn about three of these advantages and the benefits they provide. Perhaps you can be …
 
Speaking on stage and writing a book are often seen as two entirely different disciplines ... and with good reason. But is it really that cut and dry? In this episode, prolific speaker and author, Geralyn Gendreau compares and contrasts speaking and writing, based on her own experiences. Tune in and discover if you have a speech (or book) in you, a…
 
Do you watch any of the home renovation shows? My wife and I do. And it didn't take watching very many shows to realize that there was going to be a surprise – a problem – in every episode, no matter which shows we were watching. But, of course, this makes sense since stories, to be interesting, need challenges or conflicts. The surprise I like mos…
 
In this episode, we take a departure from our usual discussions about speaking and talk about happiness. Why? Well, for two reasons. One reason is that, to me, speaking and happiness go hand-in-hand. The other reason is that when I learned about Mike Duffy and his mission in life, I wanted to interview him so he could share his message with you.…
 
Which word in the English language do you believe is the most powerful? Of course, if you're like most people, you'll say it's "please." Now, answer this question, please. Which word in the English language do you believe is the most powerful when it comes to speaking in public? Listen in, and you'll learn how this simple word helps you and your ta…
 
If you want to know how effective a public speaker you really are, then you should present to students and young adults. As one of my clients who routinely speaks to students likes to say, “You have to know what you’re doing because kids will eat you alive.” But he’s quick to add that presenting to young people can be one of the more exhilarating e…
 
Your brain’s primary functions include keeping you alive and steering you clear of harm’s way. When it determines that you are in a dangerous situation, or even in a stressful one, it initiates the fight or flight response. Once that adrenaline begins flowing through your body, all sorts of things start to happen, including your brain becoming supe…
 
Everyone has their own public speaking styles practices. The key is to learn from others, take the ideas that resonate with you and your style and make them your own. Of course, once you do that, you should continue to learn, always advancing and honing your skills. One of the people you want to learn from is my guest, Jeff Belanger. In this episod…
 
How long do you have to establish a connection with your audience? Is it 3 minutes? 1 minute? 30 seconds? How about 15 seconds? Or 3 seconds? I side with those who say 3 seconds. Now, you might be thinking, “How can I possibly connect with an audience in 3 seconds?” Listen in and learn how you can connect with your audience before walking on stage …
 
Leaders have the opportunity to effect change, to move people, to make a difference. And to do that, they need many skills, but one of them perhaps more than any other. Of course, it's public speaking. As leaders, too many of us miss out on these opportunities because we don’t spend the necessary time building these skills, thinking of them as soft…
 
Does it drive you crazy when the car in front of you takes an abrupt turn without using a turn signal? If you’re like most people, it does. Why couldn’t they turn on the signal? The lever’s right there. It’s incredibly easy to use. And for something so simple, it provides a significant benefit to them and the people behind them. And what about you?…
 
Richard Strauss once said, “The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play.” How well do you play this wonderful gift you have? Do you vary your pace? Do you alter your pitch? How about your tone and volume? If you’re not sure you’re including enough vocal variety or if you’re using it to its greatest …
 
One of the questions I get asked often is, “How do I know my presentation connected with the audience?” That’s a fair question because just about every speaker is curious, if not eager, to know if they served their audience well. Here’s what I tell them. First, listen to the subject of their comments. If it’s about you, you probably didn’t achieve …
 
The mission of basic training is to motivate, train, and inspire the generation of service men and women. And in that spirit, who better to discuss the basics of public speaking than a veteran of both the service and the White House communication Agency. In this episode, Darrell Williams, a man who served his country and now his fellow citizens, co…
 
What do you do if your energy level and that of your audience are different? Do you try to force them from their sluggish state or go to where they are and raise their energy level as you progress through your presentation? The latter may be the correct answer, but the former might be implemented more often. In this episode, you'll learn how to ram…
 
As a speaker, you want to get more gigs, especially higher-paying gigs, so you can share your message with more people. To accomplish this, you need to market yourself, your expertise, and the result your message provides. Perhaps the most cost-effective way to get in front of your target audience is to be covered in the media. And media coverage d…
 
No matter how thought-provoking your message, and no matter how well you deliver that message … if you aren’t connected to it, your presentation may not be as well received — nor as effective — as you would like. And that’s why the topic for this episode is connecting. And who better to discuss this with you but a veteran speaker who’s also an expe…
 
Whether we're delivering motivational talks, presenting to corporations and organizations, or speaking on other occasions, we, as speakers, often deliver solutions. That's precisely what we're supposed to do, right? Well, if the situation calls for providing solutions, then yes, that's right … ah … that's half right. Why is it only half right? Well…
 
Every generation has characteristics associated with it — accurate or not. And millennials are no exception. Of course some traits are the same in every generation, and some differ due to circumstances, trends, and their environment. So when it comes to speaking to audiences of millennials, or even more so, having them present, we have to adjust ou…
 
"A speech is like a love affair. Any fool can start one, but it requires considerable skill to end it." - Anonymous That quote is a favorite of mine because it’s both catchy and on target. All too often people let their otherwise engaging presentations come to an unexciting and uninspiring end. Tune in and learn how you can end your presentations i…
 
Facilitating a seminar or workshop is indeed a form of public speaking. And just like another kind of presenting, it requires its own set of skills. When organizations look to hire an instructor, they often look for those who know the science of facilitation but only hire those who know how to use the science in an artful way. This, my friend, is t…
 
Do you want your stories to be more captivating? Do you want your listeners to be engrossed, waiting and wondering how your story is going to end? If so, you want to include in your stories one vital element – conflict. Conflict isn’t the only element necessary in compelling stories, but it is the one many people leave out. Conflict creates interes…
 
Is your voice helping you communicate with clarity? Is it helping you influence and persuade? Is it helping you significantly increase your financial success? Is it helping you connect with people, or is doing just the opposite. If your voice is not doing what you needed to, or if you're just not sure what it does, listening as Tracy Goodwin shares…
 
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