The Polished Blog

February 13, 2019

Have you ever facilitated a conference call? If so, you know how challenging it can be.  It’s bad enough to participate on one, but tougher still to be the one who has to get participants engaged and invested in the discussion.

I’ve got some tips for you on how to avoid...

February 6, 2019

Your audience is sizing you up, even before you step up to the microphone and say a single word. Never underestimate the importance of projecting confidence and professionalism out of the gate. Here are a few easy pointers to help you nail your first impression....

January 21, 2019

When you think about giving a presentation, do you imagine yourself delivering it while standing behind a podium? Get ready, because I’m about to ask you to consider doing something brave.

I want you to ditch the podium.

For many speakers a podium provides a feeling of s...

December 20, 2018

Telling stories is a great way to share more of yourself with family and friends. Today I'm sharing a quick story in hopes that you'll be inspired to tell more of your own stories in the new year.

Stories can be about almost anything, as long as they follow good storyte...

December 13, 2018

Dinner parties with friends, holiday celebrations at the office, or traditional family gatherings – it's the perfect time of year to honor any occassion with a toast.  But unless you are a trained public speaker, you’ll probably need a little preparation before you rai...

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