Rick Perry’s worst nightmare – mind goes blank on national TV

by Terry Gault It’s the nightmare scenario for many people.  You are on the spot – speaking in front of an important audience: peers, executives or high-powered customers.  Your mind goes blank.  You hear deafening silence as audience members look away in embarrassment.  You stammer out a soul-crushing apology, “Sorry.  I lost my place” as you madly fumble through the gibberish notes you thought might save you in such an eventuality. Rick Perry demonstrated it on a big...

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Facing the Thing that Scares You

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by our partners, BrillianceInc. Cracks in the Foundation My house in Oakland was built in 1924 on a steep downward slope. When someone would ask if my house had a bolted foundation, I’d say something like “Oh, I’m sure it must” and would change the subject. I liked to assume that, since a lot of renovations had taken place before we moved in, someone must have fixed it. ...

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The King’s Speech

by Terry Gault YouTube / Red Carpet Diary – via Iframely Last December, I was charged with coming up with some kind of celebration to commemorate the launch of EinsteinFilms.com.  It didn’t take long to think of the idea of going to dinner and a movie. When it came time to choose a movie, I tried polling the attendees and the front runner was Secretariat. Then while riding in the car one day listening to Fresh Air...

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10 Highest-Paid Public Speakers In the World

Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post by Online Universities.com How much would you pay to see your favorite celebrity, politician or business leader speak? For some businesses and organizations, the answer is a lot more than you’d expect. Here, we’ve pulled together some of the biggest payouts ever made for keynote speakers, though it has to be said that it may not be a definitive list as some speakers don’t disclose their fees openly....

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How to Tell if You Work in a Fear-Ridden Environment

  Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post by BrillianceInc Check any that apply: “cya” by email is an evolved and widely practiced art. Managers are expected to know micro-details of every project on short notice. The word “accountable” is used often. The phrase “I messed up” and its cousin, “It’s my fault” are heard rarely. People initiate and respond to emails after 11:00 pm. Employees in different departments are considered competitors. If more than...

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Complete Communicator Workshop, March 11-12, 2010

  Once a quarter The Henderson Group holds a “By Invitation Only” Complete Communicator workshop in San Francisco, led by our VP of Services, Terry Gault.  The next one is scheduled for March 11-12, 2010. Our work has to be experienced to truly understand its value.  We use these workshops as a way to introduce our work experientially to new prospective clients.  For more information, contact Chuck Kuglen.

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Be the Duck: The Key to Calm

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Robert Graham of GrahamComm. January 10, 2007: Apple CEO Steve Jobs was rolling out the iPhone at MacWorld. It was an event that, as he correctly predicted, would “reinvent the phone.” A third of the way through his keynote, however, his slides froze. He tried his clicker. He tried his other clicker. He went to his laptop. Nothing helped. Most people, if rolling out a franchise product...

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How to Shed Verbal Filler

by Terry Gault Verbal fillers make a speaker seem less articulate and less sure of themselves and their message. Here are techniques that can help to shed the use of verbal fillers (“uh, um, so, like, you know, basically”, etc.) 1. Video tape or record yourself delivering a presentation or in a conversation. Watch your videotape or listen to the recording once just counting your verbal fillers. It may be painful and embarrassing but can...

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Passing through Creative Destruction

It’s clear to me that in today’s business climate there is no such thing as security.  I think that employees are often lulled into a false sense of security when they should constantly be positioning themselves for their next role.  All the entrepreneurs I know are scrambling to figure out how to stay in business. Andy Grove had it right, “Only the paranoid survive.”  I am also reminded of a saying I heard in a...

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