When Celebrity Trumps Style: Can High Profile Speakers Do No Wrong?

By Jane Atkinson

(Note: the use of the word “trump” in the title is in no way pertaining to any political candidate!) Sometimes you will find a speaker who is loved by audiences simply because of his or her bio, accomplishments or celebrity status.┬áThese celebrity speakers obviously have something great going for them, but I think even they could use an occasional tune-up. Here are a few examples from my career, along with five tips on how to […]

4 Speaking Experts Share Advice on How to Address the Elephant in the Room

By Jane Atkinson

Last weekend at the Oscars, Chris Rock took dead aim at the elephant in the room by addressing the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Like him or hate him, he (and the Oscar’s producers) dove head first into the debate and showed the audience that they were serious about seeking change. So how does this translate to speaking? As Speakers, we at times run into elephants in the room and, as pro’s, we need to have a plan […]