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Public Speaking Tips to Improve Your Presentation Skills [The Ultimate Guide]

Chapter 1 How to Prepare for a Presentation Chapter 2 Start A Speech With A Great Introduction Chapter 3 How To Create Meaningful Content Chapter 4 Visuals to Engage Your Audience Chapter 5 Mastering Body Language Chapter 6 How To End Your Speech With a Bang Unless you’re a former business executive who became a monk after having a [...]

Presentation Skills Training 101: Put a Ring On It! How to Engage Your Audience

Phase 1: You’ve prepared your speech. You’ve nailed the introduction. Your content is relevant and compelling. Phase 2: Now, you must continue your presentation skills training bootcamp and learn how to make all of this great content actually fun and enjoyable for your audience! See, the greatest supplement to a powerful presentation, is, well, a powerful presentation that engages your audience. Guy Kawasaki of Apple suggests the “10-20-30” rule to avoid the “Death By Powerpoint” fatality: No more than [...]

What Should I Know? And How Do I Do It? Thoughtful Presentation Tips

Well, quite frankly, there is a LOT that you should know about becoming a great public speaker. We have plenty of presentation skills training and talented coaches at Moxie Institute who can guide you through this process but for the purposes of this article, we’ve curated some of our fundamental presentation tips to get you started! Prepare Like You’re Going to The Grammys If you were going to be the MC at the 2020 Grammys, you probably would take your [...]

Is Presentation Skills Training for Me?

The answer is ABSOLUTELY! Delivering great presentations and speaking with authority is a key business tool for virtually anyone whose career involves human interaction but especially those who are leaders in their profession. It may be as significant as volunteering to be the host for your company’s annual conference or as routine as directing client inquiries and questions to the appropriate personnel. Regardless of your field, communication skills will always be necessary in order to effectively present your content. [...]

Winston Churchill Had Stage Fright?

It might be one of the most fascinating, universal threads that tie us all together and assures us of our humanity - glossophobia. That’s just the fancy-schmancy scientific name for the “fear of public speaking”, especially when it comes to delivering great presentations. In fact, studies show that 73% of the population are all afraid of the same thing - each other. And funny enough, Winston Churchill, one of the greatest speakers of all time, experienced it too! [...]

Want to Give a TED Talk? First You Need to Write a TED Talk

Talking for TED is one thing but talking like TED in all of your public speaking engagements is a sure way to impress everyone--TED and TED fans alike.TED speakers are intelligent, passionate and respected. And the techniques used by TED speakers are ones you want to use for your own presentations and speeches. But the first step of giving a TED-like talk is writing it.Unfortunately, writing is harder than it seems. According to a recent Harvard Business Review study, 65 percent of participants thought the [...]

How to Write A Killer Business Presentation

Once you're ready to start to write the first draft of your presentation, believe it or not, the hardest work is behind you. "Really?" you say, "But I haven't written the speech yet!" Of course. And that will take time. But look how far you've come! Now you know what you want to say and roughly how you'll say it. All that's left is to write the darn thing. Ready to get through the first draft? Here's how. Write like you speak in your [...]

Professional Public Speaking Coach Shares 3 Pet Peeves

Is there an e-mail trend that bugs you? Are there ridiculous phrases you can't believe people actually say in business? It's interesting that the most commonly voiced pet peeves involve communication. And although different pet peeves can be handled in different ways (like sharing them or simply moving on), wouldn't it be good to nip them in the bud? Plus there are things you can't ignore--sometimes, it's not just you. Public speaking coaches are no different--we have pet peeves [...]

3 Proven Speechwriting Techniques all Great TED Talks Use in Their Presentation

Every great TED talk begins with a good outline. If you want your presentation to leave a TED worthy impression, you'll need to start planning long before the day of the speech: how can you make your message memorable? What should be included in the talk? What should be left out? Should there be jokes? You'll answer all these questions in the process of drafting a killer outline. Here are the three keys to mastering that outlining process. 1. Make your message clear. [...]

TED Tackles Stage Fright: How 3 TEDx Speaker’s Overcame Their Fear of Public Speaking

"According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking," comedian Jerry Seinfeld once 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." There are plenty of suggestions to overcome general fear, but the fear of public speaking, or glossophobia, is a bit trickier. 75 percent of the U.S. suffers from speech anxiety. That means three out of every four [...]

Acting Techniques Steve Job Used To Speak Like A Pro In His Presentations

From start-up entrepreneurs to industry leaders, actors have knowledge to impart on many different careers outside of acting.  Most roles in the business world could take a cue from Hollywood and Broadway. In fact, many well known speakers, like Steve Jobs, relied on the sage advice Broadway actors to ignite their live presentations. How can you harness the benefits of professional acting for yourself as a speaker? Every presenter wants to be personable and charismatic on stage--just because you didn't major in Theater doesn't [...]

This Trick Can Take You From Stage Fright to Star Power in 6 Weeks.

Want celebrity swagger? This time- tested technique adapted from our public speaking training can help. Your vision tunnels inward, especially under the spotlights. And speaking? Forget it. You're not even sure you can breathe right now. They say a fear of public speaking is the most common phobia. But speaking isn't so much the fear; failing to speak is. What if you forget your lines? Or your hands shake noticeably? You look down... hey, you wore pants-- that's a [...]

Our 10 Favorite TED Talks to Inspire Triumphant Public Speaking

Let’s face it: speaking in public isn’t always a breeze. So take a deep breath and focus with this must-have set of fun, helpful, and innovative tips inspired by The MOXiE Institute’s ten favorite TED Talks on public speaking. 1. Show people why your ideas matter to them. First of all, before you even dream of moving your mouth, you must think about how you will structure your talk. We recommend writing from the seats, not from the stage. [...]

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, [...]

TED Talk Tips to Conquer Your Next Presentation by Becoming a “Happy Warrior”

It all started with a TED Talk. Amy Cuddy's TED Talk about the power of body language, to be precise. In that talk, Cuddy described the power of power poses to boost confidence and exude leadership. But what if power poses aren't enough? After the success of her TED Talk,  Cuddy--a Harvard social psychologist--released Presence, a more in-depth look at the ideas she presented in her TED Talk. One of those ideas--coupling authenticity with competency--came to be called "the Happy Warrior." What is a [...]

The Secret to Sounding More Powerful When Public Speaking? It’s Easier Than You Think

You're onstage and all eyes are on you. What can you do? A Speaker Coach Answers. There is nothing more important than breathing, most obviously in daily life, but especially for every major event you will face. Not only is it essential to boost confidence and delivery on the TED stage, but it's also necessary when you speak up in a meeting, connect with a client, or even ask for a promotion. In fact, in all my experience as [...]

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. [...]

7 Moments of Audience Engagement from TED Talks

There are certain perils to watching a TED Talk live from the audience – occasionally you’ll be asked a stumper of a philosophical question or made the brunt of a speaker’s joke. Then again, you might be given seven and a half extra minutes to live, so it’s really a toss-up. In these talks, pulled from a range of TED and TEDGlobals, watch for audience members getting in on the fun. Arthur Benjamin does “Mathemagic” [...]

Hook Your Audience Within the First 60 Seconds of Your Presentation

How you open and close your presentation decides everything. Nothing matters more for effectiveness. The internet is full of great ideas for how to open and how to close speeches. You'll be ahead of most speakers if you can just avoid the most common error. But in this first of two blog posts on openings and closings, I'd like to focus on a more specific question: how to choose an opening and closing, rather than which one to choose. The "how" question is vital, because [...]

Public Speaking Training 101: How to Overcome Stage Fright

"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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Public Speaking Training 101: Breathe Deeply to Speak Powerfully

Industry leaders, great speakers, influencers, those with public speaking training—some people just do things differently—whether it's innovating, performing, planning, or breathing. Yes, we do literally mean breathing. Did you know that the difference between being viewed as powerful or timid lies in your breath? In fact, 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. Not only is it essential to boost confidence [...]

Every Story is the Same | Will Schoder

Storytelling comes naturally to humans, but since we live in an unnatural world, we sometimes need a little help doing what we’d naturally do. Draw a circle and divide it in half vertically. Divide the circle again horizontally. Starting from the 12 o clock position and going clockwise, number the 4 points where the lines cross the circle: 1, 3, 5 and 7. Number the quarter-sections themselves 2, 4, 6 and 8. Here we go, [...]

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

“M,” for “Move your mouth.” Doesn’t Everyone Move Their Mouth When They Speak? Yes, of course, usually—just not enough for clear, efficacious communication. Move Your Mouth is the most hilariously obvious advice I give all my clients who take my public speaking training. MOVE YOUR MOUTH! I love this advice because it is such an easy change to make in vocal delivery that has a massive impact. It is as easy as opening your mouth wider and taller when [...]

2 Presentation Skills Tips to Transforming Your Speech

What does the audience want from your words? They want to be moved. They want to be led from where they are right now--their fears, their hopes, their nervous tics, their outlook on life--to somewhere new. Somewhere better. Somewhere transformational. And as it turns out, leading them on a journey like that is a shockingly difficult task, and takes overcoming two major hurdles: Status quo bias Short attention spans Status Quo Bias Because we're stubborn, we want your words to move us but [...]

Want To Be A Memorable Speaker? Memorize Your Speech

To memorize or not to memorize? That is the question---and it has long plagued public speakers. The answers vary when it comes to giving the perfect speech, ranging from "do" to "don't" and everything in between. Memorization is key. Many wrongly think you can't be "off the cuff" or natural if you have your speech memorized. On the contrary, you need to be adequately prepared to allow for such offshoots. Know your speech backwards and forwards to avoid sounding artificial. No one likes [...]

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 [...]

Speak From the Heart

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s a great time to recall the most heart-filled speeches we’ve experienced in our lives. These speeches can be, quite literally, the pivotal moments that change our future. In fact, almost every important moment in life begins with a speech or a passionate verbal interaction. Valentine's Day is a wonderful time to brush up on the language of love, whether you are a public speaker in training, a veteran, or just hoping to [...]

TEDx Talk | The Psychology of Self-Motivation | Scott Geller

Scott Geller is Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech and Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems in the Department of Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the World Academy of Productivity and Quality. He has written numerous articles and books, including When No One's Watching: Living and Leading Self-motivation. Scott will examine how we can become self-motivated in "The Psychology of Self-Motivation." [...]

Eric Otto

"I highly recommend working with the MOXiE team. Fia and her team were professional, courteous, and fun. Most importantly, Fia's presentation was highly informative and interactive which made two hours fly by! The presentation was a hit for our conference. Thank you so much!" Eric Otto President and CEO, Connect Worldwide Learn to communicate with moxie Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art [...]

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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 [...]

How Douglas MacArthur Speech Shows Us How to End Every Presentation

You've probably read plenty about how to hook your audience in the first 60 seconds of your presentation. Let's talk about how to close with just as much power. Closings are key--they're your last chance to leave a lasting impression. Last chance, that is, unless there's a Q&A. And if so, your closing matters even more! A weak ending can sabotage everything that came before. Imagine a guide who takes you on a safari--showing you some of the most beautiful sites on the planet--and then forces [...]

The Guest House: A Poem

This poem by Rumi would have to be one of the most frequently recited poems in mindfulness retreats and courses around the world. I love all of his poetry but this is definitely one of my personal favourites. It just gets to the heart of mindful living in the most eloquent and beautiful way. The Guest House This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes [...]

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, [...]

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. [...]

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, [...]

The Secret to Crushing Your Next Speech: A Masterclass

“There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars.” - Mark Twain Why would anyone skydive? It’s terrifying: you can’t breathe, you’re unprotected, and your blood pressure is, well, stratospheric. Why subject yourself to such strain? For the payoff. For the feeling of freeing yourself- if only just for a moment- from the grip of the earth below. It's all about your state of mind. Presenting, it turns out, is [...]

Why Communication Skills are Critical and The Most Effective Way to Improve Your Workforce

In our current era of hyper communication, social media everything, and cyber information overload, it may come as a surprise to you that communication skills are often the weakest in the vast majority of corporations. In fact, did you know that fear of public speaking is so widespread and gripping that it has a medical name: Glossophobia? And with millennial leaders, aka The Anxious Generation, pouring into the workforce, is there any chance this will [...]

Elevate Your Brand with Employee Communication Skills Training

“What most employers want are written communication, oral communication, team building, and leadership skills.” -Jeff Weiner, CEO, LinkedIn Wouldn’t it be wonderful if leaders were born, not made? What if every single employee in your organization, from the greenest intern to the CFO, were natural performers, storytellers, and diplomats? Unfortunately, most companies deal with the polar opposite scenario. A recent study by LinkedIn listed Oral Communication as the #1 Top Skills [...]

TEDx Talk | Common Structures of the Greatest Communicators | Nancy Duarte

Why are some presentations spellbinding and some not? Well, this is the question Nancy Duarte takes on as she shares with the audience the secret of an excellent presentation. In this fascinating talk Nancy Duarte explains the model that she developed for designing transformative presentations. She explains the essential qualities of an excellent presentation by analyzing the speeches of Martin Luther King and Steve Jobs. She reminds us that the only way to spread important [...]

TEDx Talk | Giving Presentations Worth Listening To | Gordon Kangas

Presentations can be among the most painful experiences in both school and the working world -- and that includes listening to them. The way most of us give presentations is broken and ineffective, but it doesn't have to be that way. What if small changes in the way we prepared to speak could drastically improve our dynamism and effectiveness? Gordon will explain a smart and simple approach to creating presentations that engage audience and inspire [...]

TED-Ed | The science of stage fright (and how to overcome it) | Mikael Cho

Heart racing, palms sweating, labored breathing? No, you're not having a heart attack -- it's stage fright! If speaking in public makes you feel like you're fighting for your life, you're not alone. But the better you understand your body's reaction, the more likely you are to overcome it. Mikael Cho advises how to trick your brain and steal the show.

TEDx Talk | Is Your Voice Ruining Your Life? | Roger Love

Love, one of the world’s leading authorities on voice, says the words we say hardly matter at all. The sound of our voices and the way we make people feel are infinitely more important.  He shows us how to harness the power of the single most powerful communication tool we have: the voice. Roger Love has coached award winning actors, musicians and speakers, from Jeff Bridges and Reese Witherspoon for their Academy Award-winning roles in Crazy Heart and [...]

TEDx Talk | The surprising secret to speaking with confidence | Caroline Goyder

In this fun and personal talk, Caroline shares a story of moving from stage-paralysis to expressive self. Accompanied by an unusual prop, she encourages us to use our voice as an instrument and really find the confidence within. Caroline Goyder is an author and voice coach, with a lifelong curiosity in the question of how we find the courage to think for ourselves: aloud. Caroline trained as an actor, and then as a voice coach at Central School [...]

TEDx Talk | Vocal Branding – How Your Voice Shapes Your Communication Image | Wendy LeBorgne

Dr. Wendy LeBorgne is passionate about how the physiology and perception of the human voice functions as the single most important aspect of communication. Dr. Wendy LeBorgne presents on the 5 key elements of voice which combine to create your Personal Voice Brand (tm) and influence listeners around you. Dr. Wendy LeBorgne is an author-pioneer of research and education in the science and power of the elite voice. Wendy works with Fortune 500 companies and vocal athletes appearing [...]

Why Communication Workshops are the Best Way to Spend Your Training Budget

In today’s forward-thinking business climate, you may be surprised to learn that the most under-developed and understated skills are, in fact, effective, interpersonal communication skills. And with everyone and their sister going live on social media videos, the gap between those maximizing communication soft skills and those hiding in the shadows is wider than ever before. In fact, a November 2018 LinkedIn study  ranked Oral Communication as the #1 Top Skills Shortage in the San [...]

Advice From a Speaker Coach: Does Imagining Your Audience Naked Work?

“Imagine your audience nude.” Any public speaking coach worth their salt will refrain from giving this age-old advice. In fact, we may never know why some people still think the antidote for fear of public speaking is imagining their audience naked. Many people attribute this advice and practice to Winston Churchill, who was, indeed, one of the best orators of our time. However, times have changed considerably and the bar has since been raised to a viral TED [...]

Rita Leets, Senior Manager of Commercial Learning at GE Appliances

“The workshop was great! The Moxie Trainer who led the workshop was the soul of the program, so charismatic and inspiring. Loved her energy! I will take her advise to heart and make every presentation a performance!” Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of authentic performance. Our expert coaches and trainers empower executives, global organizations, thought leaders, and TED speakers to [...]

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Denisse Kreeger, Senior Manager at Blizzard

“Thank you to Moxie Institute for an amazing public speaking workshop. Our Moxie Master Trainer was wonderful and demonstrated the presentation skills that she taught us. She customized and catered the content to our participants who were at various skill levels and an international group with many cultures. Our trainer took the time to give each participant individual feedback on their presentations at the end of the workshop so that everybody left knowing more about their unique strengths [...]

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Don’t Just Give a Speech—Tell a Story

As public speaking coaches, we will share an important presentation and business tip with you (hint: This is how to level up.) Every single pitch is a story—whether you are trying to convince someone to consider a new belief, to invest in your product, or even that your ideas are worthwhile--there’s always an arc to what you are saying. And every story needs a good story-teller: someone who can translate dry facts or statistics into a memorable and [...]

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 [...]

How Gratitude Can Elevate Your Speech- and Your Life

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. G.B. Stern “Gratitude” may feel like an overused word at this time of year, but it can also be a very practical tool to elevate your public speaking training. As we ease into this season of gentleness, it may feel surprising how this time of year can settle right into our hearts. Feelings become more palpable as we gather with loved ones and we pause for a [...]

Carloyn Porter, Founder Porterfolio Inc., TEDx speaker

My TEDx talk was last weekend and it was a success! Considering where I was performance- and nerve-wise when I first reached out to MOXiE, I should change that to: it was a huge success!   I worked with a rockstar Moxie coach. She helped with breathing, nerve management, presentation tips/techniques, arm movement, body confidence, warm ups and more. It’s amazing how much she packed into five sessions. I am grateful for her guidance and expertise (all delivered [...]

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Carolyn Porter

My TEDx talk was last weekend and it was a success! Considering where I was performance- and nerve-wise when I first reached out to MOXiE, I should change that to: it was a huge success! Julia Beauchamp is a rockstar coach. She helped with breathing, nerve management, presentation tips/techniques, arm movement, body confidence, warm ups and more. It’s amazing how much she packed into five sessions. I am grateful for her guidance and expertise (all delivered with the [...]

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Can A Public Speaking Coach Help You Bring Broadway to the Boardroom?

Practice Makes Performance. The best keynotes and TED Talks we’ve seen have been as entertaining and “sticky” as some of our favorite movies. Same for you? That’s because the most successful presenters and leaders understand that if you want to connect and convert your audience, you need to get them excited. For some companies, hiring a public speaking coach is the secret to presentation stardom. Engage, excite, stir, galvanize. Make them cry, make them laugh, make them think, [...]

Beyond Power Posing – Presentation Skills Training with Presence

“Becoming present is not just about knowing and affirming your story—it’s also about how you narrate your story. Telling yourself what matters to you is one thing, but equally important is taking control of how you tell your story—to yourself and to others.” — Amy Cuddy, Presence Anyone who has attended a presentation skills training will know the importance of using excellent nonverbal body language to truly captivate an audience. By now, you’ve probably seen [...]

Bausch + Lomb – Key Opinion Leader Physician Training and Content Development

Situation:B&L partnered with Moxie Institute to design and develop a key opinion leader training with 100’s of physicians around the globe. Moxie Institute’s experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device market is extensive and includes sales, marketing, messaging, and government affairs. The goal was to drive peer-to-peer behavior change and execute professional development strategies leading to a competitive advantage.B&L and physicians were in need of a talk track and coaching to share a cohesive and clear message of why physicians [...]

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Celgene – Facilitation skills for call center trainers

Situation:Celgene, a biopharma leader with global reach and scale employs more than 9,000 employees and hundreds of call center and field employees supporting thousands of calls per week from all over the world. With that many calls coming in from patients, physicians, and hospital employees, it’s vital that employees at every level receive best in class training and coaching. Celgene needed to significantly improve their trainers facilitation skills in order to improve the learning transfer and efficacy of the training department. Approach:Through [...]

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Google – Fear of public speaking 

Situation: Nina, a Diversity and Inclusion Specialist at Google headquarters was facing a growing fear of public speaking as she led trainings around the world.For her role at Google, Nina frequently presented to audiences including department heads and Senior Executives. Essentially every employee at Google must attend diversity training. While presenting sensitive topics that are included in diversity training, emotions tend to run high. On more than one occasion there were disruptions to Nina’s presentations and her confidence was plummeting. Approach:Credentialed Moxie [...]

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University of Oregon – University ambassador training

Situation:Like most institutions, the University of Oregon provides campus tours and introductory presentations to prospective students and parents led by student ambassadors and admission counselors. The Duck Preview is intended to help students and their family’s determine if U of O is a perfect fit. After conducting stakeholder interviews and reviewing surveys of how the presentations were being received by guests, Moxie discovered that the scores were below average relative to the university's expectations. They were in need of a talk track [...]

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Lockheed Martin – Internal Conference and Event 

Situation:  A great number of exceptional minds are working at Lockheed Martin, a global aerospace and defense technology company. While these people are at the top of their game in their respective STEM areas of expertise, managing leaders as a whole were unable to effectively present ideas in an engaging way to large groups. Lockheed approached Moxie to help management write, design, and deliver TED like talks for an all employee conference. The conference theme, Transformational Leadership, highlighted senior employees [...]

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TEDx – Head coaching team for San Diego TedX Talks

Situation:  Lex Gillette was introduced to Moxie Institute seeking writing, design, coaching, and training for a TedX Talk that he was going to deliver in San Diego, CA. Lex is a five-time Paralympic gold-medalist, Lex also happens to be blind. Being able to long jump while blind was of no concern to Lex, but presenting to an audience in a format that he was unfamiliar with was a more frightening prospect to him than flying through the air for 26 [...]

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Netflix – Multiple Marketing Departments

Situation:  Netflix was referred to Moxie Institute seeking training, coaching, and consulting to upskill the entire marketing department in the areas of public speaking and presentation skills, executive presence, storytelling, and scriptwriting. The training included 1:1 coaching, team facilitation training, storytelling workshop, and deliberate practice follow-up training.   These teams were responsible for presenting to widely known directors and producers like Steven Spielberg and internal senior Netflix executives. They struggled to achieve the impact clients and internal stakeholders expected from [...]

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Cheryl Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems

“To keep things in baseball terms, Fia is the anchor in the lineup. Fia let the team load the bases and then hit the grand slam home run that brought us all around to score. Having Fia here with us to provide the boot camp, rehearsal sessions and coaching right up to being on stage was the perfect finishing touch, tying together all the virtual and independent work we had done. Once the audience was released, many people approached [...]

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Anthony, Lockheed Martin RMS

“My experience with Moxie has, by far, exceeded my expectations! My Moxie coach was a joy to work with and was extremely critical in getting my presentation to the next level! Her passion and her confidence in me helped me prepare for and deliver a presentation to the highest levels of leadership in my organization- an incredibly daunting task. In addition, the on-site support leading up to (literally) minutes prior to the presentation helped me go from a hot [...]

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3 Ancient Speechwriting Secrets for Life-Changing Presentations

Elite public speakers know that presentations don't start on the stage... they start on paper. What's the blueprint for an amazing talk? You probably already know some basics, like setting up an outline, earning the audience's attention, and closing with a powerful finish. As it turns out, this wisdom is anything but new; most of what we know about public speaking today dates back to the Ancient Greeks! The secrets of persuasion have been passed down for two millennia now, and they're [...]

3 Steps to Learn to Enjoy Public Speaking

It's no secret that most folks loathe having to speak in public. Many CEOs and even Warren Buffett admits to struggling with fear. But what if you could move past the fear and actually enjoy the experience? It's a wild suggestion, I know. But I'm here to convince you that by adjusting your mindset, you can move from loathing that presentation to loving it. The Risks. Why would anyone skydive? It's terrifying: you can't breathe, you're unprotected, and your blood pressure is, well, stratospheric. Why [...]

Tracy Weise

I received many thank you’s and compliments on Fia. She was wonderful and everyone loved her, she resonated with the team here and we hope to bring her back again next year. We love Fia!! Tracy Weise Executive Communications, Lockheed Martin Space Learn to communicate with moxie Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of authentic performance. Our expert coaches and [...]

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Death, Taxes, and How to Kill Your Next Presentation

Tax season is here and tax day is upon us. Taxes are basically mind numbing, immense amounts of data that must be interpreted correctly in order to reap the benefits.  Misinterpretation or simply ignoring the data leads to fines, penalties and all sorts of painful punishment. Why are we talking about taxes?  Taxes, like the data in your presentations, have many parallels.  We have no tax tips to give you in this blog. However, we do have [...]

The MOXiE’s New Website. Your Destination for Confidence Onstage

Enhance Your Vision With Our VISUAL DESIGNERS Imagery and visual cues play a vital role in making presentations memorable and ideas tangible. Planned properly, images will seamlessly support the pace of your delivery and importance of your ideas. The Moxie Institute leans on a team of superb designers and storytellers to weave color, symbolism, humor and clarity into our clients’ presentations. You Want A Game Changer? MOXiE KEYNOTES Book a speaker who can streamline workplace communication, double sales [...]

Avoid These Rookie Speaking Mistakes and Present Like a Pro

You may have heard of an abundance or a growth mindset. You may have even adopted some tactics of business leaders with strong mindsets, such as exercising or working with coaches. But what mindsets combat the fears associated with performances in front of an audience? Similarly to speakers, athletes must bring their ‘A’ game to very public arenas. Track-and-field star Allyson Felix ultra-focuses on the task at hand and blocks everything else out. Although impressive, that’s not exactly the best method for a public speaker–you need to [...]

3 Proven Tips for Memorable Talks

Living a meaningful life matters, and creating a meaningful presentation that resonates with an audience matters too. Why do you think TED Talks are so popular? Their “ideas worth spreading” tagline embodies the exact definition of meaningful. And, as a result, TED Talks are just that: meaningful. What you have to say–your message–is already meaningful. Your task is to transfer the weight of that message to your audience. You want them to feel how important what you’re saying really is. [...]

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 [...]

The Best Presenters Use These 3 Tricks to Ignite Your Presentation

It’s that time of year: Everyone is getting ready for school to start. Whether you’re currently a student, teacher, parent, or none of the above, going back to school conjures classroom memories for all of us. Book reports, oral presentations–some memories may be more pleasant than others. Talking to a classroom isn’t so different from running a team meeting: You’re still probably going to use a PowerPoint presentation to convey your message. But don’t just blindly dive for PowerPoint when it comes to [...]

Jason Aryan

"Thank you, Fia. I was able to apply what I learned from your session to my day-long employee orientation programs. Specifically, I used the visualization and warm-up techniques, and the results were - much less stumbling over words, much more confidence shown both inside and outside. My next step is to keep practicing intentionally, and share what I learned with my team members." Jason Aryan Manager of Workforce Development, St Louis Zoo Learn to [...]

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4 Things Speakers Must do Before Delivering a Remarkable Presentation

What do athletes, actors and speakers have in common? They need to perform–and do it well. With every public speaking engagement, speakers need to “step up to the plate” and “hit their mark.” Eloquent delivery and an authoritative persona are part of the game. And the reason much of the same language is used to describe competent athletes, actors and speakers: it’s all part of the same game. But what exactly goes into preparing for that game? And how can we take cues [...]

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. [...]

The Power of Deliberate Practice

As humans, we’re better together. An ancient proverb puts it this way: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Today there’s no better way to stay sharp than a small-group masterclass. This post is the last of a three-part series. In the first, we saw why masterclasses can be so effective for growth. In the second, we saw the first two of three strategies for maximizing your masterclass experience. Today, we’d like to conclude by talking about [...]

3 Vocal Presentation Techniques to Command the Room Like Margaret Thatcher and Obama

What do British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and President Obama have in common? They both used the power of their voices to boost their executive presence. And no, I’m not just talking about their use of their platforms to have their voices heard. These two leaders took steps that any speaker can replicate in order to achieve a commanding aura. Because no one is born a president or prime minister–like an actor, they must play the part until they become it. And that returns [...]

The MOXiE Method of Effective Public Speaking – “Enjoy the Experience”

Hi, I'm Fia Fasbinder welcome to the Moxie Minute. Today we're talking about the “E” of the Moxie Method which stands for “Enjoy the Experience”. How do we overcome our body's own natural sense of fight or flight how do we override those nerves and channel that nervous energy into usable energy? We do this by learning to enjoy the experience. There are two main tips. The first is to breathe. Remember the “O” for Oxygenate. When we breathe [...]

Two Strategies To Maximize Your Moxie Masterclass Experience

As humans, we’re better together. An ancient proverb puts it this way: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Today there’s no better way to stay sharp than a small-group speaker coaching masterclass. In the first post in this series, you saw why masterclasses can be so effective for growth. Today we’d like to offer the first two of three strategies for maximizing your masterclass experience. We’re 4 weeks away from the first MOXiE Masterclass [...]

The MOXiE Method of Effective Public Speaking – “It Factor”

Hi, I'm Fia Fasbinder. Welcome to the Moxie Minute. Today we're talking about the “I” of the Moxie Method. The “I” of the Moxie method stands for It Factor. And what is “it factor?” In my opinion, "it factor", is confidence. And how do we get that confidence? We get that confidence from rehearsing. When we know our talk, we know the flow and the order of our talk we have confidence in ourselves. And the best thing about [...]

Darren Toohey

“I have worked with Moxie multiple times. Leading a global sales organization it is important that my team receives the best available training and education. With Moxie we get that. The Sales Presentation Skills training provided by Moxie was outstanding and the improvement from my team from beginning to end was remarkable; So much so that I have now globalized this training to have Moxie work with my sales teams in all regions. I am looking forward to [...]

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Introducing the Speak With MOXiE Masterclass

As humans, we’re better together. An ancient proverb puts it this way: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Today there’s no better way to stay sharp than a small-group masterclass. In the first post of a three-part series, we’re looking at why the MOXiE masterclass has what your presentations need. In fact, we’re just 5 weeks away from the first MOXiE masterclass, so there are only a few more days to secure your early applicant discount! [...]

The MOXiE Method of Effective Public Speaking – “Excite”

Hi, I'm Fia Fasbinder welcome to the Moxie Minute. Today we're talking about the "X" of the Moxie Method which stands for eXcite Your Audience. How do we go beyond the words were saying in our presentation to engage, connect and ignite our audience? We do this by using vocal variety and nonverbal communication techniques. Now actors use these techniques when they perform on stage and we can learn from them too. We can use techniques like changing our [...]

Iacob Koch-Weser

"I've enjoyed working with Jason (Canon) because he goes well beyond basic speech coaching. His breadth of knowledge as an opera performer and academic, as well as his experience working with corporate clients, really enriched our sessions together. We are able to combine technical learning with broader discussions about how to communicate ideas effectively to different audiences." Iacob Koch-Weser Boston, Massachusetts Management Consulting Learn to communicate with moxie [...]

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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 [...]

The MOXiE Method of Effective Public Speaking – “Oxygenate”

Hi, I'm Fia Fasbinder welcome to the Moxie Minute. Today we're talking about the “O” of the Moxie Method, which stands for Oxygenate. What does it mean to oxygenate? When we read from our diaphragms we have breath support and everyday lives are diaphragms are in an almost vegetative state, but when we present we need a lot more air to get the volume to deepen our voices and sound more resonant. When we increase our breath support and [...]

The MOXiE Method of Effective Public Speaking – “Move”

Hi, I'm Fia Fasbinder welcome to the Moxie Minute. Today we're talking about the “M” of the Moxie method which stands for Move Your Mouth or the ability to enunciate and speak clearly. Now in everyday lives we speak with small often lazy lips because we don't need to speak clearly. However, when we're presenting to an audience we have a greater need to open our mouths. Studies show that people that open their mouths to a greater degree [...]

The TED Heads: Featuring Fia and Gregg Fasbinder with Brandon Steppe at David’s Harp Foundation

MOXiE Talk: Give Your Words the Chance to Change The World Presidents and neuroscientists give them. They have been watched more than a billion times, live and online, all across the globe. They are not merely presentations — They are an inspiration. They are ideas that influence more ideas. They are catalysts and they are answers to questions no one’s thought to ask. They are among the most revered keynotes in today’s world. They are TED Talks. In today's [...]

5 Ways to Improve Your Visual Storytelling

How do you get your audience to see your vision? Show them what to look at! Our last post, Don’t Just Give a Speech—Tell a Story, discussed the importance of storytelling for a compelling and memorable speech. Words, the basic units of a story, are important tools, and a picture says a thousand words. There’s a reason why movies and television have taken over as the dominant forms of media—humans are visual creatures. Your slide deck is going to [...]

3 Must-Have Visual PowerPoint Tips From the Top TED Talks

Humans are visual creatures. MIT Neuroscientists have found that the brain can recognize images seen for as little as 13 milliseconds. In fact, web pages with images draw 94 percent more views than text-only sites. How can a speaker take advantage of this powerful way that the brain operates? That's why visual social media performs the best and TED Talk speakers use visuals to win over an audience. There's plenty of eye-popping statistics about visuals and why you should use them. By 2018, 84 percent of communications are [...]

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 [...]

7 Storytelling Structures to Improve Your Presentations (Infographic)

Giving presentations, whether during meetings with co-workers or to potential new clients, can often seem intimidating. But luckily, there are tried and true ways to organize your information so that it is both easy to present and clear to your audience. In his book, The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories, Christopher Booker explains how and why all stories boil down to one of seven plot structures, and how these can act as outlines for effectively presenting all sorts of information. [...]

The Best Presenters Use These 3 Tricks to Ignite Your Presentation Design

It's that time of year: Everyone is getting ready for school to start. Whether you're currently a student, teacher, parent, or none of the above, going back to school conjures classroom memories for all of us. Book reports, oral presentations--some memories may be more pleasant than others. Talking to a classroom isn't so different from running a team meeting: You're still probably going to use a PowerPoint presentation to convey your message. But don't just blindly dive for PowerPoint when it comes to [...]

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 [...]

Namita Vatsa Eveloy

"The Speak with Moxie Open Enrollment was indeed a great day. Fia was awesome and it was well worth the time. Thank you to everyone at Moxie for such an enlightening experience. " Namita Vatsa Eveloy General Atomics Learn to communicate with moxie Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of authentic performance. Our expert coaches and trainers empower executives, global organizations, thought [...]

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Jong-Deuk Baek

“We were absolutely thrilled to welcome the Moxie Team to San Diego State University as part of a professional leadership development series. Fia Fasbinder captivated our graduate students as she presented the Speak and Write with Moxie Workshops. During these workshops, she shared techniques to help the students develop a commanding presence in any setting and formulate professional presentations that were enticing but also concise.The feedback from students was unanimous - they loved the workshops and were excited [...]

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Emiko Andry

“"I did it! A top distributor at Herbalife said that I did amazing and so many audience members came up to me afterwards to say that they were totally inspired by my speech and felt so connected to me! I can't even count the amount of people that told me that they cried during my presentation! I definitely feel that I did a great job!. I appreciate you so much, Moxie! Thank you!" Emiko Andry  Herbalife Founders [...]

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Lonnie Snyder

“I gave my talk this morning to our Global Leadership Team. This is the first time I’ve ever given a talk without text or bullet points on slides and I noted that our CEO had printed the slides in color and took notes as I was talking. This was the first time I’ve been able to watch a room and saw everyone actually paying attention. I’ve received really good feedback so far. I can’t tell you how [...]

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Shannon Jordan

“David was simply AMAZING. One of the best presenters on presentation skills I have seen. You could tell he was passionate about his subject and really walked his walk! The group enjoyed the experiential nature of MOXIE. I missed the opportunity to see Fia in action, but David was a hit. I can see why you have him on your MOXIE team of top notch trainers." Shannon Jordan Founder of Career Ingenuity Learn to communicate with moxie [...]

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ABBAS HASAN

“Thank you for your efforts in helping take our advisors on a journey to deliver more powerful seminars. The reviews and feedback on the session are glowing. I look forward to our next training.” ABBAS HASAN Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy, LPL Financial learn to communicate with moxie Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of authentic performance. Our expert coaches and trainers empower [...]

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SHANE BOWEN

“The presentation was fantastic. In short – I was a rock star. Without a doubt, the group loved it. I was approached afterwards by several audience members asking if they could apply to join my team and thanking me for sharing such important information. In short – it was super fun and a huge success. Thank you so much, Moxie! I really appreciate everything you taught me!”SHANE BOWENSenior Director Scientific Research, Illumina learn to communicate with moxie [...]

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JILL HANSEN

"I did it! I I gave my presentation and it was a complete success! My knees did not even shake with an audience of 1,200 people! I received great feedback along with opportunities to present again. Your help with writing my presentation was critical! I want to thank you for your help in my journey. I couldn't have done it without your support. Thank you again!" -  JILL HANSEN, DDS Learn to communicate with moxie [...]

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Katie Pohlman

“Julia, my Moxie speaker coach, is a true expert, who in short period of time, empowered me with unique skills to resolve my unknown limiting habits that no book could have identified. Her constant uplifting positivity and confidence-boosting personality took my presentation skills to the next level. So grateful to have been blessed with her as my coach!" Katie Pohlman  Director of Research, CARL Fellow, PhD candidate Learn to communicate with moxie [...]

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Scott Scheper

“You and the Moxie coaches are seriously amazing. You changed my life and many others at the Spatial conference. I still think I paced too much onstage (I'm still learning) but YOU made it great! Thank you!" Scott Scheper Co-Founder, XYO Network Learn to communicate with moxie Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of authentic performance. Our expert coaches and trainers empower [...]

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How 3 Emmy Winners Can Teach You About Making a Powerful Speech

What do Oprah Winfrey, Sterling K. Brown, and Lena Waithe have in common? They all know how to speak with style and substance. And 2017 made sure they were able to do just that. Commencement speeches have long provided a platform for the successful and learned to share their wisdom with new graduates entering the working world. But commencement speeches aren't the only type of speech that informs and inspires. Actress, entrepreneur and all-around powerhouse Oprah brings her warmth and personality to "stuffy" [...]

How Will Broadway Improve Your Presentation?

From start-up entrepreneurs to industry leaders, actors have knowledge to impart on many different careers outside of acting.  Most roles in the business world could take a cue from Hollywood and Broadway. In fact, many well-known speakers, like Steve Jobs, relied on the sage advice Broadway actors to ignite their live presentations. How can you harness the benefits of professional acting for yourself as a speaker? Every presenter wants to be personable and charismatic on stage--just because you didn't major in Theater doesn't mean [...]

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 [...]

3 Insider Tips from a Professional TEDx Speaker Coach to Master Public Speaking

It's that time of year again: TEDx events commenced worldwide throughout mid-October. And, after the excitement and spectacle of TEDx, many audience members think to themselves, "I should do that--can I do that?" As a TEDx speaker coach, I know what it takes to excel on the stage. But there is much more to a TEDx talk than meets the eye.  Even "what meets the eye" takes careful consideration. Before the TEDx speakers I worked with this year consulted a professional, they hadn't thought to [...]

The Best Kept Secret to Confident Public Speaking? You’re Already Doing It

Industry leaders, great speakers, influencers--some people just do things differently, whether it's innovating, plan or breathe. No, seriously--I literally mean breathe. You would think that everyone knows how to breathe, right? Or, at least, everyone thinks they do. But, in reality, most people are taking shallow breaths instead of using their diaphragms. Diaphragmatic breathing is a calming, centering and empowering tool for speakers. People always say "take a deep breath," but when you do it correctly, you can instantly lower your heart rate, bring back [...]

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 [...]

Linda Williams

"As a result of your coaching, I got three invites to future keynotes and recommendations to boards of directors as soon as I stepped offstage. I was amazed that the audience stayed into their lunchtime for Q&A. It was truly a great experience and you added tremendous value to my speech! Keynoting was a personal and professional milestone for me. I appreciate your excitement and your support. Thank you for guiding me." Linda Williams, PhD CEO Invisible [...]

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Elyssa Lamoureux

"Moxie, you’re amazing and we are so thankful for your team’s time and talent helping us prepare. Our speakers are so prepared, poised and polished for our conference...and we are so thankful. In fact, our CMO's sessions are so AMAZING that his sessions are literally overflowing with people sitting in the aisle! Thanks to your coaching. We can't thank you enough!" ELYSSA LAMOUREUX  Vice President Advisor Experience, Cetera Financial Group, Inc. Learn to communicate with moxie [...]

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Deketa Cobb

"I am full of excitement from the Masterclass and ready to execute on my ideas. I have found my "sweet spot" and am grateful to have been a participant. Thank you for being a game changer!" DEKETA COBB Training Specialist, Human Resources Learn to communicate with moxie Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of authentic performance. Our expert coaches and trainers [...]

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Arun Chandrun

“Thank you very much for the splendid workshop. It was immensely beneficial and an eye-opener to many aspects of communication. We didn’t realize till how important they were when delivering a customer presentation until your session. We will now use the concept of different personality traits and how to use them to our advantage while communicating and selling was also a tremendous and crucial key takeaway." ARUN CHANDRUN  Program Manager, UST Global Learn to communicate with [...]

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Taher Shabbir Rangwala

“It was an absolute pleasure to learn about awareness of the different personality traits and use to one’s advantage, the nuances of better communication and techniques and exercises to deliver better and more effective presentations. Thanks so much for the training. It was immensely beneficial." Taher Shabbir Rangwala  Corporate Integrator, UST Global Learn to communicate with moxie Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art [...]

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Make Each Presentation a Call to Adventure That Your Audience Can’t Wait to Take

A confident speaker steps onto the stage and gives the most persuasive presentation you've ever heard. Credible, informative and engaging--the crowd loves it. Where did that come from? How did they pull it off? It wasn't just a miraculous improvisation--trust me. Actually giving your presentation is just the final step of a much longer journey. "wing it" A great speech begins with great writing. And great writing comes from a solid plan of attack. Contrary to all of the "wing it" advice you [...]

Oscar Fonseca

“I want to share with you that the presentation in the contest I participated in was a success! We won the prize! People kept talking about our presentation! I can’t believe I presented in front of 200+ people last night and I was not nervous at all. The best part of it all is that I told a story and…wow…people remember your story! Our speaker coaching sessions really helped me a lot and I would like to thank [...]

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How to Train Your Mind For Confidence Onstage When Hard Work Alone Isn’t Enough

You may have heard of an abundance or a growth mindset. You may have even adopted some tactics of business leaders with strong mindsets, such as exercising or working with coaches. But what mindsets combat the fears associated with performances in front of an audience? Similarly to speakers, athletes must bring their 'A' game to very public arenas. Track-and-field star Allyson Felix ultra-focuses on the task at hand and blocks everything else out. Although impressive, that's not exactly the best [...]

Gayle Donaghue

"I just wanted to send a quick note to say THANKS SO MUCH for sharing all your amazing knowledge and talent with me (and the CWT team).  I did learn a lot and look forward to using the MOXiE methods in all my presentations moving forward.  And thank you for stopping the death by PowerPoint madness!" Gayle Donaghue Director, Business Development at Carlson Wagonlit Travel Learn to communicate with moxie [...]

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CINDY TRICE

"I did it! I not only survived both speeches, but the interest has generated is way beyond my expectations. I can't thank you enough for all you did to teach me and help me prepare. You guys are fantastic and I can't imagine what it would have been like without you all. Moxie’s speechwriter set me up with great speeches that I’m excited to deliver. I really enjoyed the whole speech writing process since he made it [...]

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Tara Shirvani

"Julia has been just hands-down wonderful. I have learned so much and my speech and the delivery of the talk really reached a completely different level thanks to her help. I also learned a lot of things that will be very useful for all the future presentations and speeches that I will be giving, both in front of large audiences or on TV. " TARA SHIRVANI Principal, Sustainable Transport EBRD LEARN TO SPEAK WITH MOXIE [...]

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Russ Lange- Partner, CMG Partners LLC

“My master speaker coach came prepared to the session, had great critical feedback on my workshop plan and followed-up with me in the morning to confirm my understanding of next steps. I appreciate his positive energy and consistent drive to keep me grounded. My only ask is that our future sessions are as valuable as yesterday.” RUSS LANGE Partner, CMG Partners LLC Learn to speak with moxie Why [...]

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TEDx Behind Bars: What 12 Inmates Taught Me About Public Speaking and the Power of Human Connection

The day I went to prison started like most other days--well, actually, maybe not. Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility is a men's prison east of San Diego, and the closeness creates a sharp contrast between the two. The inmate acting as master of ceremonies announced to the TEDx visitors, "You are all now official members of this lovely gated community." The inmates, many of whom had not spoken to anyone other than fellow inmates and guards since their incarceration, smiled [...]

Edwin Lewis, Creative Producer, Netflix

“I can’t thank you enough for leading workshops with us. The sessions were super helpful and really timely and the team is already asking for the next round of training. Can’t wait to have you back!” EDWIN LEWIS Creative Producer, Netflix LEARN TO SPEAK WITH MOXIE Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of authentic performance. Our expert coaches and trainers empower executives, [...]

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ELIZABETH BARAT – Succession Planning Manager, City of San Diego

“Moxie’s trainer David Waggoner was amazing! We loved him. So many people wrote on the evaluations that it was their favorite presentation of the Academy series. I have only the highest compliments for him. Fantastic job yesterday. Thank you for a job well done!! He delivered the content in his own way that was still just as impactful and powerful as when Fia delivers it.” ELIZABETH BARAT Succession Planning Manager, City of San Diego Learn to Speak [...]

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PASCALE DANG – Decorator and Designer

“I spent a wonderful hour reading your Moxie Techniques. I will strongly recommend SPEAK WITH MOXIE to colleagues, friends and family. Totally engaging and inspiring. Congratulations on your success, Fia. What a true gift you have to share and teach human potential!” PASCALE DANG Decorator and Designer learn to speak with moxie Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of authentic [...]

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Kimberly Petz – Presentation Skills Workshop Participant

“Thank you for your amazing class today! Honestly one of the best leadership development classes I’ve ever taken!” KIMBERLY PETZ Presentation Skills Workshop Participant learn to speak with moxie Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of authentic performance. Our expert coaches and trainers empower executives, global organizations, thought leaders, and TED speakers to command the stage, crush their keynotes, and [...]

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DR. BRIAN ROSENBLATT – Optometric Physician at Rosenblatt Family Eye Care Associates

“Another successful Speaker Training with your participation! Once again you wowed the group! Many thanks!” DR. BRIAN ROSENBLATT Optometric Physician at Rosenblatt Family Eye Care Associates Learn to speak with moxie Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of authentic performance. Our expert coaches and trainers empower executives, global organizations, thought leaders, and TED speakers to command the stage, crush their [...]

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Maroun El-Hage- Senior Civil Engineer, Eastern Municipal Water District

“Fia, it was a pleasure meeting you today. You bring a fresh and engaging style through your training. You had my attention at 100% all the time, well done! Thank you for all the great tips and tools you shared with us. I will endeavour to apply them so I can be a more effective communicator, and in the end, to be able to positively influence people with what I have to say …change the world, maybe?” MAROUN [...]

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Wendy Hovland- Voice Over Actor/Communications

“With your help I went in with confidence and focus, feeling like I had prepared. I had a great time and received many warm comments from attendees at the event including the directors of the organization! Thank you again for helping me have a successful and rewarding emcee experience.” WENDY HOVLAND Voice Over Actor/Communications LEARN TO SPEAK WITH MOXIE Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach [...]

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Kelsey Dale- Experienced Fundraiser, Operations Manager, Database Administrator, Event Manager, and Outreach Coordinator.

“I felt that the skills we worked on during our training with Fia are often over-looked and so most people aren’t educated on how to present in the best way possible. I know this personally helped give me some great applicable ideas for how to improve, and I think others would gain that too.” KELSEY DALE Experienced Fundraiser, Operations Manager, Database Administrator, Event Manager, and Outreach Coordinator LEARN TO SPEAK WITH MOXIE [...]

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Jasmin Zunzunia- MBA, Operations, Project, Program Management, Fashion, Entertainment, Technology

“Within a few minutes of meeting Fia I knew she was going to be a powerhouse! Fia provided an extremely valuable, content-filled presentation at July’s Women in Business program. Everyone can improve their public speaking skills so whether you are new to public speaking or a seasoned professional, Fia can help you take things to the next level. I look forward to working with Fia 1:1 in the future! Thank you Fia!” JASMIN ZUNZUNIA MBA, Operations, Project, Program [...]

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Alicia Niemeyer- Hostelling International Group Sales Manager

“I really enjoyed your presentation today for the Women in Technology crowd! I left feeling excited, empowered and well ventilated (I should take deep breaths more often). Thank you, Fia!” ALICIA NIEMEYER Hostelling International Group Sales Manager LEARN TO SPEAK WITH MOXIE Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of authentic performance. Our expert coaches and trainers empower executives, global [...]

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Briana Tovey- Community Director at DeskHub San Diego

“Fia spoke at an Athena event and I took home quite a few very valuable insights and tips about public speaking. Her talk also really helped me, personally, to know that 1) I am not alone in being terrified of public speaking and that 2) the audience generally really is rooting for you! Fia is great to work with, a fun and engaging speaker and I highly recommend her as a coach and keynote speaker.” BRIANA TOVEY Community [...]

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Stephanie Allen- PhD, Biomedical & Stem Cell Scientist: entrepreneur, product developer, business strategist, and thought leader.

“Thank you for the wonderful talk on Tuesday. It was chock full of excellent advice. It was exactly what I needed. I’m mentally preparing for a talk I will be giving soon that will showcase my next start-up. After attending Tuesday I now have a better idea of what I need to do. I’ve been practicing power poses and slow, deep breathing! Thank you for your help!!” STEPHANIE ALLEN Biomedical & Stem Cell Scientist: entrepreneur, product developer, business [...]

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Marlene Taylor- Work Advisory Board and Workforce Investment Board for San Diego Workforce Partnership

“Fia was a Godsend to me in preparing for my conference. I enjoyed working with her so very much! She empowered me to do what I needed to despite my extreme nervousness. She is a gifted and effective coach!” MARLENE TAYLOR Work Advisory Board and Workforce Investment Board for San Diego Workforce Partnership learn to speak with moxie Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders [...]

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Kate Kaiser- Universal Hospital Services, VP Communication and Investor Relations

“We cannot thank MOXiE’s media trainer Katy Temple enough for her EXPERT coaching and encouragement. We got such a kick out of working with you, and now we’ll always be better presenters and performers because of you. We reflected on your guidance many times throughout the week (“be present!” “have fun!” “one story at a time!”). You were spot-on when you said we’d want to do this again!” KATE KAISER Universal Hospital Services, VP Communication and Investor Relations [...]

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Ellen Goodwin- Productivity Expert, Speaker, Coac

“Fia is amazing as a person and outstanding as a coach. I had the privilege of working with Fia on my 2016 TEDxSan Diego talk. She seamlessly guided me through the whole process of my talk prep, with tweaks to my talk and presentation skills and ideas I had never even thought of. Thanks to Fia my talk went off without a hitch. I felt completely prepared (and excited) to speak because of Fia’s attention to detail. [...]

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Glory Stewart

“What a great presentation with hands-on practice! I have always been challenged with speaking in front of groups but with your Moxie method I feel like I could actually conquer my fears. There is a reason we called you, “Fabulous Fia, Phenomenal Fia” after your presentation!!” GLORY STEWART Learn to speak with moxie Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science [...]

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Dana Skarra- Senior Scientist, SenesTech Inc.

“Fia Fasbinder’s Effective Public Speaking presentation was invaluable to our organization. She helped us learn to speak with clarity, confidence and power. Before her presentation, most of our group members were apprehensive about public speaking. Fia’s workshop taught us skills and techniques on how to prepare ourselves prior to speaking, relax, project with confidence, work with the layout of the room, and interact with the audience. Fia kept us laughing (a lot) as we were forced out of [...]

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Julia Carlson- CEO and Wealth Advisor

“My keynote was definitely the best I’ve ever given! I did fantastic and I felt strong, confident and clear. Someone in the audience came up to me afterwards and said I know I want to do business with you and can we schedule appointment tomorrow. Uh, yes!! Another audience member said I love listening to you speak and you’re so inspiring. That made my night. Thank you for everything Fia! am looking forward to starting to work on [...]

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Jack Kelly- B2B Services Growth Expert | Delivering Insights & ROI with Net Promoter Score | Top Rated Speaker and Instructor

“We loved having you present today Fia! Thanks for teaching us all how to speak with MOXIE! 100% of all the SDBSA attendees said they would recommend you to a colleague or a friend – not surprising. It was our pleasure to have you present and you are welcome back any time!” JACK KELLY B2B Services Growth Expert | Delivering Insights & ROI with Net Promoter Score | Top Rated Speaker and Instructor LEARN TO SPEAK WITH [...]

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Taylor Schulte- CFP, Financial Planner | Wealth Advisor | Define Financial

“Public speaking has never been my strong suit. And, after being asked to deliver three talks within a 30-day time frame, the stress and anxiety started to kick in. Fia was introduced to me by a mutual friend and she quickly came to the rescue. Her approach is simple but extremely effective. She guided my through the entire writing process, walked me through warm up techniques (physical and mental), taught me a number of powerful breathing exercises, and [...]

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Richard and Diane Nares- CNN Hero Awards Winners and Founders of The Emilio Nares Foundation

“Although we had spent 3 years in Toastmasters, it was nothing at all like sessions with Fia. Fia’s sessions and her supportive techniques resulted in an empowering transition for both of us. We recently spoke at our annual fundraiser. Afterwards, every guest came up to tell us how amazed they were by our presentation! It was evident to them that we had PREPARED & REHEARSED! Fia taught us both how to dig deep within ourselves to tell our [...]

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Susan McKenna Penn- Leadership & Organizational Coach | VP Human Resources & Organizational Development

“Our organization was focused on offering internal development for our team members, and as public speaking was top on the list of areas they wanted to work on, we hired Fia to lead the charge. Fia has been fantastic in creating a customized program for our team, including a launch that generated incredible interest and sign up of over 3 X the individuals we had thought would be interested in the follow up coursework provided. The feedback has [...]

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Alyssa Muto- Deputy Director of Environment & Mobility Planning at City of San Diego

“I want to say thank you for inspiring our staff through your training and tips, and also for providing the engagement needed to break down some of the barriers between our division. I have had a number of my staff, and those from other divisions, say how great and useful that training was for them. I look forward to working with you again in the future!” ALYSSA MUTO Deputy Director of Environment & Mobility Planning at City of [...]

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Konstantin (Kosta) Elchev- CMO, Stashimi

“My panel discussion went great and it was super fun. Roughly 1,200 people in the audience and I got the closing spot on the line up. Before working with Moxie, I would have two or three people come up after my panels and talks. But, for this one, a line formed of people waiting to chat with me. I loved it! Thanks for getting me prepped and making it a piece of cake.” KONSTANTIN (KOSTA) ELCHEV CMO [...]

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Melissa Murray- Image Architect & Style Expert, Keynote Speaker, Podcast Host

“Fia, I so treasure you and our time together! Your business is soaring to new heights…and thank you for the business savvy advice! For my friends and family who don’t know Fia and The Moxie Institute, she is a leader who is setting the speaking world on fire! Fia is THE SPEAKER COACH who teaches businesspeople, Olympians, Ted Talk Presenters and so many more how to command a stage with confidence and clarity. She and her team [...]

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Henry Evans- Entrepreneur & Vice President Of Channel Sales at PhoneBurner

“Hi, I’m Henry Evans, author of The Hour a Day Entrepreneur and I’ve had the fortune of being coached by Fia on public speaking. I’ve done a lot of public speaking and I actually have a meeting every month where I speak in front of 60-80 people. It was so great to have a member and a client who is also able to coach and help me with better communicating. Fia gave me an enormous amount of material [...]

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Javier Crespo- Global Creative Marketing, Netflix

“I had a great experience with MOXiE. Fia taught the group so much about how to overcome nervousness, speak with confidence, captivate and audience and carry a strong presence while presenting. I took away a greater understanding of the nuts and bolts of delivering a high quality presentation that can immediately be put into practice. Everything was simple and practical.” JAVIER CRESPO Global Creative Marketing, Netflix Learn to Speak With Moxie [...]

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Marc Treitler- Partner, General Counsel Conservice Utility Management and Billing

“Very helpful program-time and cost efficient as well. Fia customized the coaching to my needs and very busy schedule. This was not a one-size program, it was tailored perfectly for what I needed. Fia is very professional and easy to work with. I saw results immediately.” MARC TREITLER Partner, General Counsel Conservice Utility Management and Billing Learn to Speak With Moxie Why Choose MOXiE At [...]

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Martin Grunburg- Entrepreneur, Author and full-time Philosurfer

“Fia is SHARP! She’s a real pro and added very insightful, thoughtful and creative feedback and ideas to help craft a winning keynote! Highly recommend her services!” MARTIN GRUNBURG Entrepreneur, Author and full-time Philosurfer Learn to Speak With Moxie Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of authentic performance. Our expert coaches and trainers empower executives, global organizations, thought leaders, and [...]

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Greg Hammond, CFP, CPA, Wealth impact and personal legacy advisor

“Fia and her team at the Moxie Institute are fantastic. Fia Fasbinder’s coaching and guidance helped me take my public speaking to a higher, more polished level. In addition, Fia and her speechwriter helped to write four personal stories that I will use in my presentations for years to come. It was a pleasure working with her and I highly recommend Fia and the Moxie Institute” GREG HAMMOND Wealth impact and personal legacy advisor Learn to [...]

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David Malmuth- Partner, IDEA District and TEDx Speaker

“I had the good fortune to have Fia as my speech coach for TEDxAFC. While I’ve done hundreds of speeches, she helped me turn my presentation into a performance — and the response was fantastic! She was able to provide specific feedback about language, emphasis, pacing, body movement, etc, that was super constructive. I give a her my strongest endorsement!” DAVID MALMUTH Partner, IDEA District and TEDx Speaker Learn to Speak With Moxie [...]

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Lauren Lek- Our Lead of Peace, Head of School

“Thank you for your workshop! We are so grateful for your guidance. I cannot wait for our team to start putting these strategies into practice.” SCOTT CHADWICK Chief Operating Officer at City of San Diego Learn to Speak With Moxie Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of authentic performance. Our expert coaches and trainers empower executives, global organizations, thought leaders, [...]

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Brandon Steppe- Founder and Executive Director, The David’s Harp Foundation

“So grateful for you, Fia! You have an amazing gift and an incredible ability to put stories together. I can’t wait to get to the TEDx stage with your help! I hope you know that your God given talent is so vital to the people that you are helping! Your gift is so important. Let’s do this!” BRANDON STEPPE Founder and Executive Director, The David’s Harp Foundation Learn to Speak With Moxie [...]

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Edward Esquenazi, Founder and CEO, SirenasMD

“Thanks so much to Fia and The MOXiE Institute for the prep work for my TEDx talk! What a treat! I wouldn’t have been able to pull it off without you!” EDWARD ESQUENAZI Founder and CEO, SirenasMD Learn to Speak With Moxie Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of authentic performance. Our expert coaches and trainers empower executives, global [...]

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Matt Hoolehan, Director of Marketing, Patra corp

“Our event was a success thanks to Fia and her guidance in preparing us for our speech. Man on man, we achieved our communication goals! We can’t wait to achieve Churchill status and are excited for the next steps! You’re a star! We love you and are so grateful we found you!” MATT HOOLEHAN Director of Marketing, Patra corp Learn to Speak With Moxie Why [...]

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John Simpson- CEO, Patra Corp

“I can definitely say because of your media training, I performed better on my interviews. I asked appropriate questions to the reporter, I made sure to give them examples and I captured their imagination. Thanks for all your help and I look forward to learning more.” JOHN SIMPSON CEO, Patra Corp Learn to Speak With Moxie Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the [...]

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Jeremy Hirshberg- PhD, COO at Transitive Media & Specific Performance

“Fia Fasbinder is a true communications virtuoso and masterful executive public speaking coach. She is outstanding at helping executives and companies gain mindshare, influence and deliver powerful messages. Her passion, charisma and insights connect with audiences and achieve results. I would highly recommend The MOXiE Institute for anyone seeking to improve their business speaking or presentation skills.” JEREMY HIRSHBERG COO at Transitive Media & Specific Performance Learn to Speak With Moxie [...]

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3 Tips from the Top TED Talk Tips to Run Your Most Successful Team Meeting Presentation

You call a meeting--everyone groans and trudges to the conference room, already absorbed in their smart phones. Wouldn't a creative and engaging presentation be a nice change? Will that happen? Probably not--poor communication runs rampant in meeting presentations. But a talented communicator can fix all of the pitfalls of the typical meeting. A Harvard Business Review study "found patterns of communication to be the most important predictor of a team's success." And what better way to communicate than using [...]

Dream of Being on The TED Stage? Here’s How.

"How can I get a chance to talk at TED?" It's no wonder that everyone wants to speak on TED's stage--doing so automatically establishes you as a thought leader in your industry. Because TED wants ideas worth sharing, the chance of your talk going viral makes it the modern equivalent of the printing press. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy even says in her book Presence that her ability to write a book was a direct result of the popularity of [...]

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 [...]

3 Public Speaking Tips to Create Your Own Luck Onstage

Before a speech, public speakers silently plead with the powers-that-may-be for a smooth performance. But success isn't out of their control. The secret to luck--that everyone doesn't want to admit--is that luck is simply hard work and preparation. If you want to reach the pot of gold at the end of your speech, learn to make your own with these three tips. Make Every Rehearsal Count Dress rehearsals mean giving your presentation as if it were the real thing: [...]

Increase Your Bandwidth With These 3 Tech-Savvy Speaking Tips

In these fast times where Tweeting has become the ultimate form of communication, speakers need to connect with their audience at lightning speed. And that doesn't always mean in the boardroom--or in the same room at all. Virtual meetings have become a staple in this tech-savvy era, but what about the dreaded virtual presentation? How do you inspire and connect when you can't see your audience? Or even worse--they're glitching-out in the corner of your screen? Computer competency separates CEOs [...]

Stephanie Criner

"First off, THANK YOU! Amazing information, amazing presentation, and amazing fun – it says quite a bit that I looked forward to the time spent with you given that it was after work and just when the ‘evening chill’ was beginning to sink in … I wanted you to know that I have already seen/felt a difference using some of the speaking techniques you discussed. Not even big deal speeches—just when I am sharing information on a [...]

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3 Tips from Top TED Speakers to Get to the Heart of Your Message

Did you know that 62 percent of adults celebrate Valentine's Day? There are plenty of suggestions for entrepreneurs who want to have a fancy, romantic night out. There are even options available for people looking to send their exes glitter or dead roses. You could even try to be your own Valentine. Public speakers can use Valentine's Day to brush up on the language of love in their speech. There's a reason a word from a loved one means [...]

Pre-Game Like a Pro With These 3 Super Bowl Inspired Public Speaking Warm Ups

The annual Super Bowl lends itself to all sorts of lessons for entrepreneurs. Watching Sunday Fun-day is a crash course in marketing tips from the multi-million dollar ads to the genius strategies of the businesses behind them. The same tactics used to win football games can even help you win at business. But when do all executives need to win the day? Presentations. Public speakers need to bring their A-game to a presentation--just like the players at the Super Bowl. [...]

Troubleshooting TED: Avoid These Public Speaking Mistakes

There's no shortage of public speaking lessons to learn from TEDx Talks. Whether its general communication lessons gleaned from observing TEDx speakers or analysis of the presentation skills in a presenter's TED Talk, TEDx is a gold mine of information for speakers and audiences alike. Nevertheless, there is no shortage of stage snafus witnessed by TEDx speaker coaches waiting in the wings and observing from behind the scenes. In fact, we've seen speakers undermine their authority and subject matter expertise [...]

Want to Finally Become a Great Public Speaker? Try These 5 Challenges

The new year brings new public speaking opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs alike. Maybe you've resolved to boost your career, overcome your introverted personality or establish yourself as a thought leader in your industry? What about your speaking-related goals? Public speaking is the glue that holds your business together and the life blood of your organization. If you haven't made any...don't worry. We've done the work for you in the form of challenges. After all, what good are ambitious goals [...]

How to Handle Hecklers: Avoiding Negativity While Presenting

So, you’ve just finished your speech and have asked for any questions from the audience. The first person you call on begins to berate you and your topic. It’s official: you have a heckler. How did it come to this? What should you do? Even well-seasoned speakers can be unsure of how to handle negativity from a crowd. The MOXiE method for handling hecklers comes from an experienced speaking coach who has had to navigate many potentially negative situations. Read [...]

Korene Refsland, Creative Producer, Netflix

“Thank you for taking the time to come and talk with us last week. Your presentation was incredibly inspiring and I’m excited to put your exercises and tips to use the next time that I have to speak in public. I look forward to hopefully seeing you in future workshops!” www.netflix.com find your workshop Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science [...]

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Marcus J. Andrew, Global Creative Marketing: Docs & Unscripted at Netflix

“Within the course of a Moxie workshop, I genuinely gained more confidence in my public speaking capabilities. I strengthened my body language, refined my movement and pacing and sharpened my audience interaction skills. Fia and her team developed a truly valuable and effective experience.” netflix.com upskill your team Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of authentic performance. Our expert coaches [...]

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Claudia Schwartz, Director of UCSD HR Leadership Program

“We had the great privilege of having Fia Fasbinder as a keynote speaker at a UCSD HR leadership event. Fia was truly excellent, exemplifying the public speaking, communication, and professional presentation skills she teaches.” ucsd.edu book moxie now Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of authentic performance. Our expert coaches and trainers empower executives, global organizations, thought leaders, and TED [...]

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Thomas Malone, Dean of Tufts University Medical School

“Although I thought I was a decent public speaker, the coaching I received from Fia opened my eyes to so many different aspects of making effective presentations. I always focused solely on the content I wanted to deliver, but now I’m more aware of body language, voice projection, proper enunciation, the pace of speech, and even when to add a bit of humor. Working with Fia has given me much more confidence in my public speaking, and [...]

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Niranjan Ram, UST Global, Vice President

“It is truly incredible how effective your insights are in helping me have an impactful presentation. Thank you for another great session!” www.ust-global.com learn more Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of authentic performance. Our expert coaches and trainers empower executives, global organizations, thought leaders, and TED speakers to command the stage, crush their keynotes, and bring stories to life. [...]

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Janine Driver, CEO, Body Language Institute, NY Times Best-Selling author of YOU SAY MORE THAN YOU THINK

“As Maya Angelou would say, ‘When you know better, you do better.’ This time last year, at the start of preparing for my first TEDX talk, I was in what my Dad would call ‘THE NUT HOUSE.’ Even my face launched a full force open rebellion exploding electric red rosacea everywhere. This year things are different. After interviewing a couple different TEDx coaches I found the perfect person for me: Fia Fasbinder Yesterday, we had our first [...]

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Patricia Marquez, Dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at University of San Diego

“Thank you very much for all your support on making a good presentation. I learned many things from you and I am grateful.” www.sandiego.edu learn more Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of authentic performance. Our expert coaches and trainers empower executives, global organizations, thought leaders, and TED speakers to command the stage, crush their keynotes, and bring stories to [...]

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Art Barter, Founder and CEO at Servant Leadership Institute

“Thank you!! Before I started to work with Fia, one of my biggest fears after spending a month in the hospital was losing a part of my memory. The fear I’ve had of not being able to remember details has created moments of panic for me. With your help, and the tools you taught me and then helped implement gave me a new found confidence in my speaking engagements. I feel like a boulder has been lifted off [...]

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Cy Wakeman, President and Founder of Reality Based Leadership, Keynote Speaker, Author

“I need to call out our amazing and talented speaker coach, Fia Fasbinder, for teaching our team the shakedown and courage call before presentations to calm those nerves. Thanks, Fia and The Moxie Institute! You rock! Your amazing training had me super prepped and super pumped for the show and we rocked it. We’re so grateful!” www.realitybasedleadership.com level-up your team today [...]

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Charlotte C. J. Tsou, Senior Vice President, HSBC, Regional Head of Analytics & CRM

“We thoroughly enjoyed Fia’s brown bag session for our women in the leadership team. I have been getting emails all day expressing how much the women learned during her talk. I also personally learned quite a bit. Thanks again for working with us and I look forward to your continued guidance!” www.us.hsbc.com discover our secrets Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and [...]

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Gretchen Bladek, Google Fiber, Curriculum

“The speech went fantastic! Deloitte was happy, and I had several people come talk to me afterward about how much they connected to it. I truly appreciate all of your creativity and quick thinking. It was a pleasure to work with you all!” fiber.google.com expert speechwriting from page to stage Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of authentic performance. Our [...]

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Nina Franzone, Diversity Specialist at Google Inc.

“Fia is incredibly knowledgeable about public speaking and teaches from principals that are anchored in research and easily adaptable to any presentation, facilitation, or keynote. When I transitioned to a new, client-facing position at my company, I noticed that I became overwhelmed by my nerves every time I spoke. This gave the impression that I didn’t trust what I was saying and often undermined my contributions. Fia coached me through my speech anxiety and gave me the [...]

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Marian Bartlett, Research Scientist at Apple

“Fia is an outstanding speaker coach. She worked with me on my recent TEDx talk, and I learned a huge amount. I have given hundreds of presentations in both academic and business venues, and was surprised at how much more there was to learn. She gave me a new understanding of how to engage the audience even more. Fia is also a joy to work with. She is friendly and supportive, and always put me right at [...]

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Thomas Dadmun, Founder & CEO at Point Focal

“Moxie’s Media Training is the best… Thanks so much for sharing your insight and improving my delivery. And thank you for being fun. Many people have connected with me since I spoke and the presentation produced new business opportunities. Thank you!” www.pointfocal.com Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of authentic performance. Our expert coaches and trainers empower executives, [...]

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Carol Stone, Sr. Leadership Development Consultant at T-Mobile

“Senior level network engineers and their leaders had a blast during Fia’s Presentation Skills Workshop. They practiced things often forgotten in the age of presentations driven by PowerPoint. They learned the art of preparation and relaxation, vocalizing from the diaphragm, and effective articulation. They learned and laughed at the same time. I too was preparing for a public speech in front of a large audience, and Fia’s workshop was most timely. I utilized all the skills practiced [...]

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Chris (Nelson) Stokes, Jamaican Bobsleigh Team Member

“My keynote went extremely well, thanks to Fia and her team at MOXiE. I have never been so prepared and had such a tight coherent, inspiring, and personal presentation.Thank you for all you’ve done, coach! I’m thrilled to continue learning from you and approaching mastery with my speaking!” www.ncsenterprises.com moxie's "cool runnings" training Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach [...]

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Lex Gillette, Paralympic Medalist, World Champion & World Record Holder

“I had the privilege of working with Fia on my speech for TEDx San Diego. As a speaker coach, Fia doesn’t settle for anything less than the best. She went to great lengths to help me bring my thoughts and ideas to life. I would absolutely recommend her because I know she will do what is needed to create and deliver a powerful message. Fia helped me achieve my lifelong goal of writing a speech that incorporated [...]

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Torie Gleicher, Global Creative Marketing at Netflix

“After the workshop with Moxie, I led a group presentation. At first, my colleagues thought I was a little nuts for setting up rehearsals and dry runs and planning as much as we did beforehand. But after, they said they never want to present any other way again because it made them so comfortable and confident on stage! The preparedness went a LONG way! I even incorporated your advice about rehearsing the Q&A portion from the audience. [...]

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Tracy Wright, Director of Content Operations, Netflix

“Everyone really enjoyed the session and I have heard them reference it in multiple ways over the past few months since the training. Home run on the teaching! Thanks again for spending time with us!” www.Netflix.com level up your team Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of authentic performance. Our expert coaches and trainers empower executives, global organizations, thought leaders, [...]

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Todd Love, Director of Professional Strategy at Bausch&Lomb

“Great job today in your presentation! Our docs absolutely agreed that you provided key takeaways in all aspects of public speaking. You did amazing and everybody is still talking about the skills you taught them two days later! Great job and look forward to working with you soon!” www.bausch.com get your moxie prescription Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of [...]

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Jackie Heinricher, Booshoot Technology and #57 Lamborghini Race Driver

“Fia, I am so grateful for our work together. And I can’t wait to work together on the next talk. My speech today was earth shattering! The audience was on their feet crying, cheering and laughing! I have been interviewed and photographed non-stop since I walked off stage by almost every single person at this conference! I am so grateful to for your help. You are an inspiration.” www.jackieheinricher.com start your engines [...]

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Yari Mitchell, VP of Global Medical Affairs at Acufocus

“I am so pumped right now about the messaging we worked out! I just shared it with my CEO, CFO and head of marketing and they LOVE it as well! I can’t wait to give this talk!” "Team Moxie, I will sing your praises to any and all who will listen. I recently received an award for Industry Rising Star and I am certain your help with my presentation skills and actual slides helped burst me onto [...]

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David Graham, Deputy Chief Operating Officer at City of San Diego

“Fia Fasbinder and The Moxie Institute helped me turn presentations, that were as boring as eating chalk, into something so eye-catching and delicious that it would make a world-class chef jealous. Let’s face it, we’ve all experienced “death by PowerPoint” in the boardroom or at a conference. Fia and the Moxie Institute can help you summon your best presentation skills to turn that bland presentation into an engaging experience with a well articulated and compelling message for [...]

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Stephen Bruno, Vice President of Global Creative Marketing, Netflix

“Thank you for a great day, Fia! The team was really energized and excited to use their new found public speaking tools and tactics. We’re grateful for your insight about performance anxiety and for teaching us that we’re not the “only ones” who get stage fright.” Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of authentic performance. Our expert coaches and trainers empower [...]

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Amy Yang, General Manager at Coca Cola

“I am so thankful for your help. I have received so many compliments on my speech, it felt unbelievable! This would not be possible without your amazing coaching! One of my mentors actually tweeted my presentation! What a huge compliment! Because of you, I now look at speeches in completely new ways. I look for ideas. I search for what perception has been changed after the speech. I notice the storytelling techniques. I even watch great speeches being delivered [...]

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Scott Chadwick, Chief Operating Officer at City of San Diego

“I highly recommend Fia Fasbinder and the work she does. The City re-introduced management academies so as to better prepare tomorrow’s leaders of our organization and Fia’s skills are part of our program. Without question, her assistance on presentation skills is a MUST HAVE.” www.sandiego.gov Why Choose MOXiE At Moxie, we teach leaders the art and science of authentic performance. Our expert coaches and trainers empower executives, [...]

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