How to Speak to Your Audience’s Language

The following article by Allison Shapira appeared in Young Upstarts: Voice of a New Generation. I once coached a woman who worked for UNICEF who was preparing a major speech to potential donors and talking about UNICEF’s life-changing work on the ground in conflict...

How to Build your Confidence in Public Speaking

This holiday season, give a gift that makes an impact. Buy Speak with Impact: How to Command the Room and Influence Others for your friends, family members, or teammates. Now available at a discount on Amazon and elsewhere. Here is an excerpt. In my experience,...

Free Chapter of Speak with Impact

As a special thank you for being part of our GPS Speaking Tips community, we are thrilled to send you a free chapter of Allison Shapira’s new book Speak with Impact: How to Command the Room and Influence Others, which was released on October 16. Click here to download...

10 Tips for Speaking while Traveling

I spend an average of 150 days on the road per year. For some, that’s an insane amount of travel. For others, it’s a drop in the bucket.  Regardless, many of us will have to give speeches while traveling, and travel can put a lot of stress on your health. Weather...

8 Tips for Speaking on the Phone

Sometimes your most important speaking situations will happen over the phone. You could be talking to a hiring manager, a prospective client, or someone with the ability to open doors for you. How do you use your public speaking skills to make a powerful impression by...

How to Listen to Others

Every year on the 4th of July in the United States, I pause to appreciate the First Amendment to the Constitution, especially the protection of freedom of speech. My team and I help people build their public speaking skills so they can find the courage to speak up on...

Announcing our New GPS Referral Program

We are proud to announce a new referral program: Pause, Reflect, Refer. Here’s how it works: • PAUSE and breathe in the middle of your busy day • REFLECT on how our workshops or speaking tips have helped you speak with confidence and the impact it has had on...

The Power of the Pause in Public Speaking

One of my favorite quotes by the Dalai Lama is: “Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.” Pausing is one of the most powerful tools you have when you speak. When...

How to Read the Room and React Accordingly

Recently, I sat through a conference and decided to focus not on the speakers but on the audience. I observed their reactions to the speakers and looked for both positive and negative signs. Communication is a two-way street. You’re not speaking at your audience...