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Netflix recently released the third season of its original production “House of Cards.” This critically acclaimed political drama is the story of Frank Underwood, a high-powered congressman who, after being passed over for appointment as secretary of state, initiates an ambitious plan to obtain a position of greater power.

As the third season unfolds, Underwood’s elaborate scheming has come to fruition and he steps in as president.[…] Continue Reading »

Everyone knows Superman’s great weakness: Kryptonite. It’s the one thing that’s guaranteed to suck away his strength and destroy his power. As public speakers, we all face a similar weakness that can bring us down and destroy our confidence or credibility. That weakness is doubt.

Superman did his research and developed strategies to overcome his weakness. Luckily, we don’t need to wear a lead-lined suit on stage, but as speakers we too can use proven antidotes to conquer our doubts and let our superpowers emerge.[…] Continue Reading »

It’s no secret that being confident in your message will make you a more engaging speaker and increase the impact of your presentation. But occasionally we all need some tools to increase our presentation prowess. What if you had a few tools at your disposal that would help you take your presentation to the next level? Tools so powerful you’ll feel like Superman at the podium, rather than Clark Kent?[…] Continue Reading »

Speaking at a conference is an exciting and challenging prospect. It’s also good professional development. Taking a speaking role builds your self-confidence, shows your expertise and supports a key leadership communication skill: public speaking. But not all speakers are created equal.

The last conference I attended featured more than 20 speakers. Each one had proven expertise and know-how, but there was a large divide between the effective and ineffective speakers.[…] Continue Reading »

You prepare. Practice. Revise. Prepare some more. Practice again. You have a solid presentation ready to go. And yet somehow, it all falls flat when the camera rolls. And you just don’t know why.

When presenting “on camera,” what you don’t know can hurt you. Fortunately, there are a few trade secrets that can make the difference between mayhem and magic.[…] Continue Reading »