The Polished Blog

April 25, 2019

At some point in your professional career you’ve probably heard someone advocate that it’s a good idea to “fake it ‘til you make it.”

In other words, pretend.

Beware of this misguided advice. It may lead you astray.

When I first started working as a guest lecturer at Colu...

April 12, 2019

Too often people assume that they are pretty good at public speaking simply because they do it a lot. Some of my clients find the truth hard to hear, but as a coach it’s my job to deliver a reality check.

Here’s the truth: Just because you are getting more comfortable d...

April 3, 2019

Are you a little out of sorts in the spotlight? In every day conversation, you have no problem being you and sharing your ideas. Why is it that when you stand up in front of the room, something changes?

Being in the spotlight seems to magnify underlying insecurities for...

March 20, 2019

Did you know that stress is contagious? 

Think about it.  We’ve all been in the presence of someone who is highly stressed, only to start feeling anxious ourselves.

In fact, neuroscience research is revealing the social nature of stress. We now know that when your...

February 22, 2019

You've got to get gritty if you want to become a polished speaker.

I know something about grit and that's why ten years ago, I decided to write a book on the subject. I planned to call it Grit to Great.  The title was clever, and I felt I had some wisdom to share becau...

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