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Want To Speak Powerfully and Reduce Anxiety? Take A Deep Breath

Did you know that the difference between being viewed as powerful or timid lies in your breath? Or that if you take a deep breath, you can feel better both physically and mentally? In our decades of experience in public speaking training, we’ve found that breathing is the most critical and least taught tool in impactful public speaking. Whether it’s a confident presentation on the TED stage or an important virtual meeting or event, you need to control your breath to ensure you speak clearly and are heard. This is because breathing is essential to demonstrating executive presence.     […]

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Public Speaking Training 101: Mastering Your Voice, Your Guide to Vocal Perfection

PART 1 PART 2 PART 3 PART 4 PART 5 “M,” for “Move your mouth.” Welcome to the MOXIE Method series which focuses on one of the most crucial parts of any presentation—the delivery. Having carefully crafted the content using the POWER Method and developing a slide deck that has impact with the STYLE Method, it’s time to work on your voice and give it some major gravitas. Here’s what you have to look forward to: The MOXIE Method M = Move Your Mouth – Learn how to speak with executive presence using techniques for articulating your words. Not to […]

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What I Learned from Working with Fia Fasbinder and The Moxie Institute

I want to thank you for being a wonderful coach. Since Wednesday, I have received so many compliments from the audience.  At least 20-30 people came to talk to me after the speech to tell me how much they liked the phoenix story and my presentation was engaging, powerful and impressive.  Someone even asked me if I learned stage performance! A few people said it was one of the best speeches of the whole session.  Believe it or not, I am still receiving positive feedback from people days later! Even before the speech, I already was reaping the rewards of your coaching and […]

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Need to nail your next speech? There’s an app for that.

These days, there’s an app for everything. Need to manage your stress? Want to keep track of your workouts? Optimize your vocabulary? You have options. Many options. There’s even The Rock Clock that lets Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson keep you motivated during your daily tasks. Why not harness the power and flexibility of your own mobile device to boost and refine your public speaking skills? Apps won’t replace a good coach, but they will enhance everything you’ve learned. Instead of another round of Candy Crush, try one of these apps — it might help the next time you need to give a speech. VirtualSpeech This […]

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Public Speaking Training 101: The End or the Beginning?

First, congratulations are in order. If you’ve followed the steps outlined in our Public Speaking Training 101 Series, you’ve just accomplished something incredible! “One of the greatest discoveries a person makes is to find they can do what they were afraid they couldn’t do.” -Tom Ford You’ve learned how to perform with authenticity. Of course there’s always more to do, but first take a moment to relish both in your progress and the product you’ve created in your presentation. Celebrate Only you know what this looks like for you, so we won’t belabor the point. But don’t skip this step! […]

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Public Speaking Training 101: How to Overcome Stage Fright

Jmx0O2lmcmFtZSB3aWR0aD0mcXVvdDs1NjAmcXVvdDsgaGVpZ2h0PSZxdW90OzMxNSZxdW90OyBzcmM9JnF1b3Q7aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cueW91dHViZS5jb20vZW1iZWQvU2h5cWxOSG9sOVUmcXVvdDsgZnJhbWVib3JkZXI9JnF1b3Q7MCZxdW90OyBhbGxvdz0mcXVvdDthY2NlbGVyb21ldGVyOyBhdXRvcGxheTsgZW5jcnlwdGVkLW1lZGlhOyBneXJvc2NvcGU7IHBpY3R1cmUtaW4tcGljdHVyZSZxdW90OyBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4mZ3Q7Jmx0Oy9pZnJhbWUmZ3Q7CiZsdDticiZndDs= “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking,” comedian Jerry Seinfeld mused. “Number two is death. Death is number two. This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” Not even the professionals get off easy when it comes to public speaking. Presenters from TED may look cool, calm, and collected. But, it’s not that easy. In his book, TED curator Chris Anderson discusses the many nervous speakers that have passed through TED’s wings. There are plenty of suggestions to overcome general fear, […]

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Got Moxie? All About the “It Factor”

It’s like the wind, knocked out of you. Atrophy permeates your ever muscle, vision tunnels inward—especially under the spotlights. And speaking? Forget it! You’re too worried about breathing. They say a fear public speaking is the most common phobia. But speaking isn’t so much the fear; failing to speak is. You forget your lines. Your hands shake noticeably. You look down… hey, you wore pants—that’s a plus. Half-caugh heckles hit you from different angles, and if you saw a mushroom cloud in the distance it’d be, well, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world—even if it’s the end […]

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Public Speaking Training 101: How to eXcite Your Audience

Now, through our public speaking training 101 series, you’ve written your speech, varied your voice, and mastered your breath, so let’s talk about the rest of your physicality. So…how do you “X”cite your audience? Believe it or not, you’ll be using the same techniques that actors use. You can bring show business to your business through body language. Imagine the most dynamic speaker you’ve ever heard. I’ll bet they didn’t speak slouching in a chair, head down, never moving. No! They communicated their excitement through their body. You can, too.   “Be still when you have nothing to say; when […]

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You Don’t Have to Memorize Every Speech. Here’s When You Should Use a Teleprompter App

Stage fright attacks even the best of us. Standing in front of thousands of people, it is easy to succumb to the biological factors that zap our memory and rob us of confidence. The anticipation of being on stage makes almost everyone with a heartbeat nervous. In fact 75% of the US population has some degree of glossophobia, a fancy word for stage fright. You are not alone. Most public speakers rely on some sort of aid to lead them through their speech. A powerpoint, note cards, or even full paper scripts. When are these appropriate? And which is best? […]

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Public Speaking Training 101: Content and Preparation Before Your Speech

When a crowd is staring blankly at you, how will you engage them? We’ve learned that the biggest challenge for any public speaker is connecting with the people in the room. which is why the best speakers make their presentations feel like a conversation with the audience. Gaining this kind of engagement takes practice and experience. But even if you’ve never had any public speaking training and you’re new to public speaking, there are simple steps you can implement to make any public speaking engagement as interesting as possible. First of all, it’s necessary to understand that your presentation starts […]

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How to Choose a Corporate Training Company and What to Ask During the Discovery Process

How to Choose a Coporate Training Company Professional development is critical to today’s workforce. Your future leaders have committed to growing and improving their skills and they are expecting your organization to provide them. If the desire for growth opportunities within the company is not met, they will instead look to new companies that will prioritize investing in their professional growth. Most organizations choose to outsource their corporate training. This allows key stakeholders to focus on day-to-day business operations, rather than running lengthy training sessions, making it an efficient and cost-effective choice. Additionally, hiring an outside company that specializes in […]

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The Neuroscience Behind Memorizing Your Presentation (and 3 Apps to Help)

You’ve heard of “zero-effort” guides to memorization or tricks to streamline the memorization process. But at the root of all of those quick hacks is the basic truth: There’s no substitution for practice and rehearsal. Rote memorization is a necessary evil–and how could it really be pure evil if it’s the key to a successful talk or presentation? It’s been said before, but it’s worth repeating: To be truly “off the cuff,” you need to be intimately familiar with what your talk is about. Your talk needs to be second nature. The benefits of memorization have been hashed and rehashed, from avoiding the unnerving situation […]

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