Speaker Training

Don’t Speak to Your Audience…

 A conversation flows two ways, and it should do so from the stage as well.  Wikipedia defines a conversation as, “communication between two or more people.” A conversation flows two ways, and it should do so from the stage as…

Speaker Training

Speaking With Gestures

There are different physical levels of gesturing, each with their own meaning. What should you do with those awkward appendages when you have to speak in public? I’m referring, of course, to your hands. There’s so much that can be…

Speaker Training

Take Some Quiet Time

In the summer of 2004, I had the good fortune of spending a weekend with John Assaraf, author of, “The Street Kid’s Guide to Having it All,” and, “The Answer.” John is also a teacher, based on his worldwide book…

Speaker Training

Scan the Stage or Platform

Having taken a good look at the stage area well ahead of my presentation, I was able to foresee the restrictions, and to adjust my delivery accordingly. I recently gave a presentation to a government department, in a room that…

Speaker Training

Review Your Notes

If I do have paper notes, they typically hold only keywords, not a script. I’m frequently asked if I ever use notes on the podium when I speak. The answer is that I do, in a manner of speaking. On…

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What is CSP?

The Certified Speaking Professional designation, established in 1980, is the speaking industry’s international measure of professional platform skill. The CSP designation is conferred by the National Speakers Association (NSA) only on those speakers who have earned it by meeting strict qualifying criteria. Only about 12% of the top professional speakers around the world hold this distinction.

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