Beware of including too many characters, proper names and numbers in your writing

January 30, 2017 | Writing

Mike Consol teaches public speaking, PowerPoint presentation skills and business writing workshops to companies and business professionals. Contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 925-449-1040.

Jerry Seinfeld on pre- and post-performance routines

January 24, 2017 | Presentations, Verbal communication

How does a consummate public performer such as Jerry Seinfeld prepare himself to take the stage? What is his post-performance thought process like? Why is self-criticism so important to improving performance and what are the dangers of harsh self-critique? Why does he call comedians the most harshly judged people on the planet? This brief video elaborates. (Click on the headline to watch video.)

Getting the ‘you and I’ versus ‘you and me’ grammar correct

One of the most common grammatical errors is the “you and I” versus “you and me” construction. It’s a common source of confusion, which is too bad because it’s really easy to get right. Just ask yourself, would I say ... (click on the headline to watch video)

What research says about being charisma during public presentations

January 09, 2017 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Why would a person involved in public speaking care about being charismatic? Because, by its very definition, we find charismatic people compelling and persuasive. That is exactly what we want to achieve with our public presenting — we want to be influential. We want to be charismatic. But what makes a person charismatic? Some research conducted by a professor from University of Queensland was recently discussed on a Harvard Business Review podcast and, interestingly, the professor’s research discovered that ... (click on the headline to watch video)

The five things every writer should know about the life of a pencil

January 03, 2017 | Writing

There are five things ever writer needs to know about a pencil. I’m about to tell you the well-worn story of a pencil — a tool still used to this day by many writers. Everywhere you hear the word “pencil” think “writer” and about the lesson being imparted that is relevant to writing. So, here is the story of the Pencil Maker, who took the pencil aside one day, just before putting the pencil in the box and said: “There are five things you need to know before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and you will become the best pencil you can be. Number one ... (click on the headline to view video)

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