Classroom to Corner Office: Tips for success


I call this corner of Speak to Lead “Classroom to Corner Office” because we all begin somewhere. On our path of learning, we want to harness the mind of a beginner; absorbing and integrating the best practices from around us. I invite you to join me on this journey into speaking with confidence and ease by creating a beginner’s mind within yourself as we dive into the essential elements of what it means to be an effective communicator. My name is Nick and I will be your guide on this adventure. So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!


Coach Nick’s 10 Points to Check Off in Every Speech

1. Clear introduction
2. Organization / examples
3. Appropriate tone and voice as instrument
4. Body language/visual aides/hands/arms
5. Eye contact
6. Kept the audience’s attention
7. Minimal distractions
8. Word usage/descriptive vocabulary
9. Summarizing conclusion
10. Won the Q and A

From Computer to Cue Cards

Below is a short tutorial on how to use notecards, aka “cue cards,” to avoid getting lost in front of an audience.

Overcoming Distractions

Way back in 2011, I was asked to join the the Kohler team to present a new product: a $6,000 toilet! They needed someone who could memorize prepared lines and speak to an interested audience. The difficulty of this presentation was the moving screen behind me. I had to coordinate my movements while pretending the screen was interactive. I had practiced the material for about 20 days and knew the lines by heart. However, knowing that there would be a distraction of a moving screen and I would have to pretend to interact with it increased the level of difficulty. Using the same breathing techniques I teach in class, I overcame my initial anxiety and crushed the speech! When preparation meets opportunity, results are limitless. Enjoy.