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Get Over It! Six Reasons Leadership/Executive Presence Still Matters

© Steve Whiteford 2015 Search “Executive Presence” on the internet and you will find tons of articles, and resources for training on the topic. Yet, I consistently see opinion articles that dismiss the validity of the discipline.When I read the trashing of what I have experienced to be core skills of communication, leadership and exemplary…

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5 Tips for Increasing Training Impact at Your Organization, by Steve Whiteford

– An Overdue Rant – Granted, I come from a theater background which is surprisingly disciplined, and in which the importance of place, staging and performance is fully understood. So, of course, my suggestion is that excellent training and teaching also require these elements. However, in the past few years I’ve noticed more and more…

The Truth Will Set You Free

Truth Willingness and Openness, Keys to Accelerated Learning I am often astounded by individual demonstrations of courage and growth that occur in my workshops. Not long ago, I witnessed a participant response that provided a profound lesson. It happened on the second day of my “Powerful Presentations” workshop — often a challenging morning. Participants have…

Connection is Key

What’s the key to confidence and relaxation when speaking? In my twenty years as a speech coach, I’ve found that’s the question clients always ask. The basis of that anxious inquiry is the fear of speaking to a group. Many people say “I have no trouble talking or presenting one-on-one, but put me in front…

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Leadership, Neuroscience, and Presentation

Leadership, Neuroscience and Presentation Copyright: Steve Whiteford 2012 What is old is new. We keep finding out that simple things we’ve known for years, things like eating a balanced meal with fresh vegetables and home-grown food, are really good for you. Recently I’ve been excited to see how advances of neuroscience are substantiating practices I’ve…

Any Body Home?

Right now take a breath and check into your body. Stop reading! What do you feel? You just took a step to enhance your communication skills. “Your body is your instrument.” That’s what I learned as an actor, and in the years that I’ve been coaching businesspeople to express, influence, and lead, it has become…

Listen – Connect – Produce

As I work with more and more internet and technology companies, it’s clear that listening is the fundamental communication skill needed to increase productivity. When associates don’t listen to each other, messages are missed, misinterpreted, discounted, or just plain ignored. When communication is incomplete, the request or task doesn’t happen. When communication breaks down, action…

Raising Your Voice

A recent study of communication at the University of California reported communication is perceived 55% through bodily stand and gesture, 38% through voice tonality and 7% through the actual words used. It’s clear how we present our message can be more significant that the message itself. The importance of a strong vocal image for achieving…