November 4, 2019By Dale KleinProfessionalism|Public Speaking, Public Speaking

What do you think of when you hear the word challenge?  It may be negative or better yet, perhaps it’s positive.  Challenge is one of those words that can affect each of us differently. As a professional speaker who wants to improve, it’s imperative to challenge yourself.  For example, do you: Consistently seek meaningful feedback regarding … Read More

Ready for your 1, 2 punch?

October 8, 2018By Dale KleinProfessionalism, Public Speaking

When I coach clients who are seeking to improve their presentation skills, I often refer to adding their 1, 2 punch! Do you know what I mean? Your 1,2 punch may differ from mine which is exactly what should happen. The main point is that you want to deliver something extra, maybe even unpredictable. By … Read More

Feeling Lucky?

August 20, 2018By Dale KleinProfessionalism, Public Speaking, Value

Whether it’s numerology, a horseshoe or a 4-leaf clover…some of us believe in luck. This week on, I heard an interesting speaker, Tina Seelig, a Stamford engineering professor, share the little risks you can take to increase your luck. It struck me that this topic would resonate with many of my readers, like you. … Read More

The Choice is Yours

May 7, 2018By Dale KleinPublic Speaking, Questions

For some, change is scary. It represents making a choice and taking a chance. Typically there are no guarantees, which in part is why some individuals avoid change. But is that wise? Perhaps not. One of the reasons I enjoy being a communication coach is that it’s an opportunity to learn from my clients. Among … Read More

Shark Tank: Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

May 6, 2014By Dale KleinPublic Speaking

 How many of you are fans of the popular TV show Shark Tank? In case you’re unfamiliar with this program, it airs on Friday evenings and consists of 5 high net-worth entrepreneurs who are seeking to invest in sound businesses.  Contestants are a diverse group of individuals who “pitch” their business idea to the sharks … Read More

Transitions: Your Communication Bridge

August 29, 2013By Dale KleinPublic Speaking

Think back to a recent time when you were listening to someone speak (whether in a conversation or during a presentation); did you ever feel confused, lost or unclear?  If so, this is a clear sign that the speaker lacked effective use of transitions.  While this is quite common, it should and can be rectified. … Read More

GLOSSOPHOBIA–Easy for You to Say!

June 16, 2011By Dale KleinPublic Speaking

Don’t let this 12-letter word throw you; its origin is Greek, emanating from the two words glossa (tongue) and phobos (fear or dread).  By now you realize that glossophobia, which is a mouthful in and of itself, refers to fear of public speaking. If this is an issue for you, it may help to know … Read More