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Image I want to accept an award so people are glad I won?

February 26, 2014

"I Would Like to Thank..." — The dance steps of Academy Award hostess Ellen DeGeneres will keep the mother-of-all award shows moving. The acceptance speeches are another story. It's one thing to sit in judgment of the antics of Hollywood types. It's another to stand before colleagues, friends, and family. Here's how you can express genuine appreciation without rattling on too long.

Image I want to ace the large audience presentation?

February 19, 2014

The abbreviated talk Hollywood director Michael Bay gave at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show was an excruciating 90 seconds. Speaking before industry experts, Bay was there to promote a new TV. But, panic caused him to flee the stage when a TelePrompter miscue left him with nothing to say. 

Image I need some inspiration?

January 1, 2014

The Well-Spoken Women of 2013 — They called it like they saw it. Spoke for the voiceless. Dared to share their dreams. The words and ideas of this year's well-spoken women challenge us to think differently and act boldly.

Image I’ll be standing a long time?

June 27, 2013

Clothing should be event appropriate.  That’s why Texas State Senator Wendy Davis’ pink running shoes were the perfect choice for her 11-hour filibuster.  Senator Davis’ marathon monologue led to the defeat of anti-woman, abortion legislation.  And, her sneakers helped her adhere to the filibuster rules of no sitting, leaning, or bathroom breaks.

Image I’m heckled?

June 5, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama was confronted by an activist at a fundraising event who repeatedly interrupted her talk.  The crowd was with the First Lady when she said either the heckler could keep talking or she would.  But, not both.

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