Kathy McAfee, Professional Speaker & Executive Presentation Coach - America's Marketing Motivator



Kathy McAfee, Professional Speaker &
Executive Presentation Coach
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Kathy McAfee, Professional Speaker & Executive Presentation Coach - America's Marketing Motivator
Kathy McAfee, Professional Speaker & Executive Presentation Coach - America's Marketing Motivator

Kathy McAfee, Professional Speaker &
Executive Presentation Coach
Let's Talk. 860-408-0033 or Email me
Kathy McAfee, Professional Speaker & Executive Presentation Coach - America's Marketing Motivator
Kathy McAfee, Professional Speaker & Executive Presentation Coach
Kathy McAfee, Professional Speaker & Executive Presentation Coach
Let's Talk. 860-408-0033 or Email me

Communication


Please don’t clear your throat

Twice this week, I have experienced the very unpleasant sound of people clearing their throats while presenting information and ideas. I don’t just mean a one time clearing of the throat, but repeatedly. One person was giving a presentation in front of a live audience. The other person was on the phone with me for thirty [read more]

Why you should never cut off anyone while driving…

When I speak to groups of job seekers, I often remind them that the interview actually starts way before the scheduled time. If you are driving to a location for the interview, your interview starts the moment you get in the car and begin driving. If you are interviewing via telephone, the interview starts a few [read more]

Stop interrupting

INTERRUPTING:  Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Is it a communication misdemeanor, or a clever strategy to dominate the conversation? Does it foster productive conversations, or does it lead to arguments, distrust, and disrespect? We’ve certainly seen a lot of interrupting lately in the Presidential debate series. The Vice Presidential debate held on October 4th was also [read more]

Is it possible to over-prepare?

People often ask me if it’s possible to over-prepare for a speech or presentation. They worry that they’ll come off canned, too scripted, too stiff, or that they might lose some of their spontaneous charisma. How do I answer their concerns?  I tell them that preparation is essential to any successful presentation, especially if it’s [read more]

The power of creative demonstration

Last week I had the pleasure of working with talented engineering and financial professionals from Sikorsky Aircraft in West Palm Beach, Florida. While the weather station warned us continuously of the potential hazards looming from Hurricane Hermine, we were tucked away in a cozy hotel conference room trying to reduce the risks of death by PowerPoint, and to learn better [read more]

The power of personal correspondence

Yesterday I was teaching a networking skills training class to employees of my client BlumShapiro, the largest regional business advisory and CPA firm based in New England. This training is part of their Dare to Lead company-wide talent development program. During the class which was entitled Networking 301: Success by Association, we discussed the importance of follow-up in [read more]

Stand up and ask more questions

It takes courage to ask a question in a public forum. Whether it’s at a large conference, a town hall meeting, a classroom, or a business presentation, it takes guts to ask a question in a public forum. But asking questions is what turns the presentation from a lecture into a meaningful conversation. Questions make presentations much more [read more]

Cut the podium umbilical cord

  Podiums can pose quite a dilemma for public speakers. They can lead to the dreaded…. On the one hand, podiums can be helpful: a place to put your notes, provide a place to stand, and add some formality to your presentation. On the other hand, podiums can become a crutch: a place to hide behind, a [read more]

Make it Your Own

I have many clients who struggle with the job requirement of giving someone else’s presentation. In some cases, it is a capabilities presentation to a potential new client. In other cases,  it is a product/service presentation that has been “compliance-approved.” In other situations,  clients have to give a senior management or board update that someone else has [read more]

Part 4: Presentation Closing Techniques

This is the fourth and final post in my four-part blog series exploring the many ways in which you can close your presentations with greater impact. My goal is to motivate you to be more creative and experimental with how you close out your presentations.  We’ll look at video examples from TED.com and YouTube to see how other [read more]


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