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Outside the Speaker's Bubble

a newsletter about speakers and speaking

The Speaker's Bubble is that wrinkle in the time/space continuum you experience whenever you speak, and experience even the slightest bit of pressure to perform. It's that place where your heart rate speeds up, just a little. Where you hear your blood pounding ever-so-slightly in your ears. Where you turn various shades of crimson, or feel short of breath. All these are purely normal physiological responses to the stress of "the-one-versus-the-many." There are ways to control this stress; excellent speakers know this. So do experienced leaders. My Communications Conditioning practice teaches speakers of all skill levels how to deal with stress and present like pros! I can give a practical road map of strategies to make anyone a better communicator for life.

Click here for a schedule of my upcoming workshops.


May 2018

Use the right tools

This month I was reminded of the neccesitity of having the correct tools to get the job done. Read my blog to find out why this isn't just for home improvement, but for speakers too.  

Tips you can use!
(Some favorites from my archives...)
Ditch the jargon
. . .always, especially when you network. If people can't understand what you do, no matter how impressive you think your title is, they probably won't remember you. Remember, the purpose of networking is not to impress, but to connect.

Make your point
Be sure to get your talking points and stories out there in interviews, even if they're not directly asked for. Find a way to artfully insert them, so you can ensure you are on message, in control, and saying what you need to say.

Notes to self 
Feel free to pepper your pages with emoticons or doodles that might help you to remember what you're actuallyfeelingabout your topic. If you want to connect with the audience you first have to connect with your ownemotions, so use notes to remind you to do that.  

April 2018

Carving out meaning

My blog this month compares the experience of writing a play (my latest, It's My Party! had a recent premiere) and writing a speech. 

Tips you can use!

This month I am redirecting your attention to Tips from the archives that are every bit as useful today as they were in May 2013.


Mark your calendar for the world premiere of  

How's that Workin' out for Ya?
four subversive comedies by women 

Presented by Pipeline Playwrights as part of the Capital Fringe Festival

Arena Stage
July 17th @ 6:00 p.m./July 18th @ 8:15 p.m.
July 22nd @ 3:45 p.m./July 26th @ 8:15 p.m./July 28th @t 4:00 p.m.
more info coming! Check out Pipeline's Facebook page or website



March 2018

Rethinking thinking

I travelled to London last month after I sent out my newsletter. I went to exhibits in museuem and other places here, here, and here, visited old churches, and of course, attended the theatre! My favorite was a production of Julius Caesar that led me to some pretty interesting observations about authenticity in communications, which I share in this month's blog. Have a look.

Tips you can use! 

This month I am redirecting your attention to Tips from the archives that are every bit as useful today as they were in March 2015.

...and don't forget!
You're invited to
a stage reading
of my newest play,
It's My Party!
March 26th
info here.


February 2018

It's not just the notes!

Read this month's blog to see what the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (pictured here rehearsing at Carnegie Hall) can teach us about communicating effectively without any words!

Join me for upcoming events in March:

Communications Skills One-Day Blitz! on March 5th, info here.

Staged Reading of my newest play, It's My Party!, on March 26th, info here.  

Tips you can use!
Yes, they are looking at you!
Maintain your centered and grounded "leadership persona" when you get offstage. Even if you return to the audience, active listening and attentiveness reinforce your credibility and authority.

Can the uptalk
It's time for this annoying habit to go away! Aside from being incredibly grating to the ear, it's hard to take someone seriously who can't even make a declarative statement.

Practice with a stopwatch 
Whether you're putting together a keynote, panel presentation, or status update, find out how much time you have. Plan accordingly, but don't rely on the old "words-per-minute" formula. Delivery speed varies greatly, even for the same speaker in different situations. The only way to avoid running over is to practice your speech and time it. Do that and everybody's happy

January 2018

The hard truth about the easy way

Let's start the New Year off on the right foot and banish to the trash heap of 2017 the notion that there are easy shortcuts to speaking success! My blog this month discusses why, but offers the good news that you don't need superpowers to become a Super Speaker.

More good news: you can work on achieving that 2018 "improving my public speaking"  goal before Q2 by signing up for my Executive Communications Skills One-Day Blitz! Details here.

 Tips You Can Use!

Going back through my archives, I have found lots of oldies but goodies. Here's the link to my January 2012 newsletter. You'll find some tips at the bottom about eye contact and avoiding shiny things. Tips that are evergreen. Good for this time of year!