How to Command the Room: A Public Speaking Coach Spills the Secrets

    As a public speaking coach, I’ve been told that I have presidential speaking skills. What does this mean? And have you ever wondered what makes presidents historically remarkable speakers? Why do they orate a cut above the rest of us? We know that presidents are masters of inspiration. One look at a list of past presidential quotes proves their talents to persuade, engage, and urge the people to accomplish great feats. Why not take speech writing lessons from past presidents? After all, creating a powerful speech is a large part of the presidential job description. They have to […]

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Why Start with Why?

Mahatma Gandhi said, “My life is my message.” The ability to transform an audience by introducing new thoughts, ideas, and concepts is an incredible gift! In fact, it’s the entire basis of the world-changing TED talk movement. But…where do you start? How do you discover the message of your talk? Before they experience a presentation skills training, most presenters think the purpose of a talk is to provide information and data and to discuss themselves or their company/product. Unfortunately, they’ve identified the wrong purpose. They have merely identified the topic. Surely you have suffered through a talk that you were […]

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3 Ways Executive Presence Steals the Show

The difference between a good presentation and one that brings the house down is simple: YOU! Executive presence is the essence of leadership, and notable speakers maintain it across all stages—including the really big ones. Think MLK, Kennedy, Oprah, Churchill. No matter the occasion, their presence conveyed confidence, competence, commitment and authenticity to the audience. When you’re on-stage, in front of a client or speaking to a large audience, do you exude the same credibility that you do in the boardroom? Leading a team? In department meetings? Pitching your greatest idea? Capturing that same charisma and effortless swagger on a […]

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March Madness Teaches You How to Command The Room With Your Next Speech

It’s that time of year again: March Madness gets down to the Sweet 16. High pressure scenarios like this can make us or break us. March Madness is no different: it tells us much about leadership and performing. Both are essential to elevating your presentation skills with executive presence. So what exactly is executive presence and why do you want it? Executive presence establishes you as a compelling speaker, someone to be followed and listened to. There’s a reason the March Madness coaches and teams command the court as they do. Do you want to exude confidence and inspire action […]

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Media Training for Professionals

Avoid a PR Disaster and Go Positively Viral with Media Training

Tiger Woods. Janet Jackson. Roseanne Barr. Big Tobacco. Facebook. H & M. BP during the oil spill. Burger King. Would they agree that “There’s no such thing as bad publicity?” Who can forget the biggest PR blunders of the decade? That is not the way you want to go down in infamy. With news on fast-forward via social media, it’s easier than ever to experience immediate and far-reaching negative publicity. Executives now worry more than ever that a disastrous public relations incident can strike at any time. Though negative press can cause you to go viral for the wrong reasons, […]

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Are Your Leaders Representing Your Mission Effectively?

Steve Jobs and the technology of today. Estee Lauder and the revolution of beauty. Walt Disney and the foundation of imagination. History’s greatest leaders didn’t just command armies and represent nations. They also shifted paradigms, drove economic and corporate growth, disrupted habits, and built loyalty from the office outward. It’s a leader’s job to develop a vision, for they inspire others by establishing and setting the direction, while bravely taking the first steps. https://www.moxieinstitute.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/tall-collaboration-228×300.jpeg Leadership has nothing to do with stature, seniority, or title. In fact, leaders can be developed from any level of an organization. These dreamers are also […]

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Growth and a Bright New Year

As we move into our fifth year in corporate leadership, communication training, and professional speaker coaching, we are thrilled to announce that the Moxie Institute is set to post new records for revenue and company expansion in 2019. Our expectations for higher client and revenue numbers were set by a stronger-than-projected first quarter. To scale appropriately, we are expanding our client solutions and sales teams with two new co-directors and an east coast expansion, respectively. Bolstering a five-star client rating, MOXiE has onboarded Co-Directors of Client Solutions, Susan Capra and Aaron Cannata. Both new members bring their exceptional backgrounds working […]

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Why You Should Always Say Yes to The Stage

Many people think of a presentation as an obligation they have to fulfill. This is the wrong attitude. A presentation is a chance to contribute to change in a small or large way and isn’t that what every human being wants to contribute. I like to think of presentations as works of art because they deeply connect with an audience. But when you play it safe in your presentation you’re not creating art your painting by numbers. As children, we are all fearless communicators and authentic speakers but something happens to us as adults. We become afraid of ridicule. Fearful of […]

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Who We Are – The Language of Leadership

At Moxie Institute, we elevate speakers! And not just a little bit. We take professionals like YOU to new heights in nearly every type of speaking engagement. From corporate settings to internal stakeholder meetings, sales presentations and boardrooms to… bigger stages…like convention keynotes and TEDx talks. The Moxie Institute specializes in speaker transformation, upskilling employees and improving workplace engagement. We highlight communication strengths, help refine stage presence and amplify presentations with passion and purpose. Each line we write, each slide we design and every minute of training leverages the most innovative approaches in adult learning theory. Moxie delivers results with […]

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Dress to Impress for Your Next Presentation

What do TED speaker Amy Cuddy, image consultant Marian Rothschild and market researcher, real estate investor and style advisor Scott Dunstall have in common? Answer: They all think you should dress better. How an audience perceives you is half the battle when you walk out on stage. People make an assumption within the first 15 seconds of meeting a person–you only have one chance to make a first impression. Why blow that opportunity with a slovenly appearance when it’s easy to dress to impress? No matter how intelligent a person may sound, a disheveled look will cause an uncomfortable feeling in the audience called cognitive dissonance. That […]

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