Listening to Yourself

DeathtoStock_Creative Community8SmallAuthor Joy Engelsman

Speakers want to be listened to. We speak to others because we believe we have a message worth sharing. But when was the last time we listened to ourselves?

In preparation for an upcoming presentation, I asked my coach to listen to a previous speech and offer his critique. He gave me honest feedback on what he heard, then he said, “Now you listen to it yourself.”

Two Simple Words That Will Improve Every Meeting

Death_to_stock_communicate_hands_1Author Keith Ferrin

As we sat down to plan an upcoming team meeting, the conversation went something like this…

Me: “What is the purpose of your team meeting.”

George (my client): “The purpose is to update my team on the status of ABC Project.”

Me: “No it isn’t.”

George (with a puzzled look): “Er…uh…yes it is.”

Me. “No it isn’t. Updating your team is never your purpose.”

George: “Ok. So what’s my purpose?”

Me: “I don’t know yet. But I know two words that will help us discover your purpose.”

That’s when I shared with him the two words that will improve every meeting you ever plan.

Dear Kanye, You Just Got SCORRE’d, Bro

Photo by Kevin Winter/MTV1415/Getty Images For MTV

Photo by Kevin Winter/MTV1415/Getty Images For MTV

Kanye West’s inexplicable VMA speech, and how SCORRE™ could have made it better.

Author Sarah Beckman

I have teenagers. It’s no surprise then, the night of the recent Video Music Awards, or VMA’s, my vehicle was filled with the repeated sounds of “Kanye for President” as they audibly scrolled through their Twitter feeds. That’s the funny thing about teenagers, (and many others) unless they can tweet it to the world, and then repeat it out loud to anyone who will listen, it didn’t happen.

A Student’s Perspective on SCORRE™

ArleenS“I’m horrified.”

I said it to a speech coach, unabashed but anxious, unprepared for what had worried me all week: a five-minute speech.

I would deliver the presentation — for which I had been given no guidelines except for the time frame — on my first night at SCORRE™, a conference created to turn participants into better communicators.

4 Ways to Engage Your Audience

Author Candie Blankman

 Your Audience Has More Than Ears

Are you a doodler? As you listen to a friend or sit in a meeting listening to people talk do you find yourself drawing or writing? Are you a clicker? Are you one of those people who click their pen or tap it on your notebook, or fiddle with the buttons on your shirt or beads on your necklace? Or maybe you are one of those people that need to move. You are tapping your feet, drumming with your fingers, twirling your pencil or pen.  Then of course there are those who can just sit quietly without moving and listen for hours. What is up with those peeps?!

Be the Speaker You’ve Always Wanted to Be

We want to share a post by Ken Davis about the upcoming SCORRE™ Conference. It is truly incredible each year to experience how SCORRE™ impacts the lives and careers of our attendees. No matter what you do for a living, if you desire to communicate more powerfully and more effectively you should consider attending SCORRE™. Continue reading to hear what our attendees have had to say about SCORRE™ over the years…

4 Technical Aspects of Communication Every Speaker Must Understand

Author Dan Marlow

I recently sat through a presentation that left me wishing I had made a different decision about attending that particular event. This particular day was a reminder that an otherwise great speech can be destroyed by a speaker’s failure to pay attention to the technical part of communication.

You work hard on your presentation. Hopefully, you are passionate about your subject matter. So give your message its best opportunity to be heard by ensuring that these 4 technical aspects of your communication are covered. Nobody else will do it for you.

Corporate Communications: Avoid Three Debilitating Traps

Author Curtis O. Fletcher

The forecast said the year ahead would be a good one. At the annual kickoff-the-year-all-company-meeting the senior sales exec gave a rousing speech about the specific product lines that would be the tip of the spear for growth in the coming year. He had great market research, forecast and pipeline data, and competitive analysis to bolster his strategy. He wanted the troops to get excited. The meeting finished on a high note and there was an excited buzz in the room as the folks disbanded. It seemed the speech had done the trick, until the following day.