Public Speaking: Should You Just Give Up?

I recently received this question from someone, and I had to share it: “Suzannah, I’m so nervous when I have to give a presentation, I just can’t do it. I feel like everyone can see how nervous I am, I’m going to make a mistake and look like a total idiot.  Very often I’ll ask someone […]

How Do You Know if Your Speech Was Actually Any Good?

Have you ever spent tons of time and done tons of work building a presentation, and then after delivering it, generally had NO IDEA whether the audience liked it, didn’t like it, or just barely tolerated it? In June I had the opportunity to speak to an audience of women in the automotive industry. I […]

“How often should I practice my presentation?”

I get asked this question a LOT by my students, my clients, and the participants in my Create A Signature Speech That Sells program — so I wanted to share the answer that I typically give. Question: “What’s the rule-of-thumb for how often I should practice my presentation? I want to be very familiar with […]

Public speaking question: “What should I do with my arms?”

Question: “I know I’m not *supposed* to put my hands in my pockets or hold them behind my back when I give a speech, but most of the time I just don’t know what to do with them. What do you recommend?”   – Max, Toronto ON Answer: How you move around depends on how you feel most […]

“How do I get rid of the “um’s” and “uh’s” in my speeches?

Question: “I’ve been told that I say the words “um” and “uh” throughout my presentation. Most of the time I don’t even notice that I say them. How do I get rid of this habit?” – Josh, Montreal QC Answer: I’ve got good news for you – the very fact that you’re aware that you’re using […]

“My fear of public speaking is hurting my career. What can I do?”

Question: “No matter what I do, I still can’t shake the butterflies before I have to give speech. I  regularly refuse requests to present at meetings, which I’m sure is hurting my career. What should I do to control my nerves?”   – Ashley, Calgary AB Answer:  Over the years, I have met people who had so […]

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