5 Public Speaking Lessons from Learning to Sail

Over the holidays, I became a sailor. My long-awaited vacation included a sailing course through Offshore Sailing School in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. For seven straight days, I went through a sailing boot-camp that included learning sailing techniques,...

How to Keep Your Voice Healthy Through the Holidays

December is a great time of year for holiday parties and dinners. That can make it a rough time of year for your voice. Opera singers know that the foods we eat and the way we treat our body affect our singing voice: we avoid certain foods (dairy) and liquids...

How to Speak 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...

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...