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 - 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

Presentation Skills


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]

Position yourself for success in your next presentation with a prepared Speaker Introduction

I’m a stickler for having a “speaker intro” as part of your professional tool kit. This tool is not just reserved for celebrities or professional speakers who get paid for speeches. It is an essential marketing tool for professionals who give presentations as part of their job….whether for internal meetings, organizational events, industry conferences, community [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]

Get up. Dress up. Show up.

With current workplace trends in casual dress and working remotely, it’s sometimes difficult to pull yourself together in a more professional way. For example, right now, I’m wearing summer shorts, a Stanford University tank top, I’m barefoot, my hair is a mess, and I’m wearing absolutely no makeup. I feel great, and I’m being productive in my [read more]

The dangers of copy and paste preparation

It was a close one. I almost tripped and fell into a presentation pitfall. I knew about this pitfall, having written about it in a blog article in 2011. Yet I walked blindly toward it. What was I thinking? Here’s the back story: I was preparing materials for an upcoming half-day workshop on advanced networking skills for [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]

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]


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