Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Stumbling on your verbal blocks

Today's New York Times business section looks at what happens when CEOs can't speak clearly to public audiences, and we couldn't have said it better: "More than ever, investors are holding chief executives accountable for their public utterances and their ability to articulate a clear and compelling vision....[public speaking mistakes] can not only mar the public profile of a chief executive but also prompt a run on the stock." Today's examples include the CEO-designate of J.P. Morgan Chase, the Legg Mason CEO, and leaders at Enron and Morgan Stanley. A new PR Week survey of CEOs found that 55 percent of them say they spend more time communicating with customers than they did two years ago -- far and away the audience with the greatest increase in CEO time. That's all the more reason to prepare to avoid stumbling in your speeches. At don't get caught, we can coach you based on an existing speech -- making it, and you, more effective -- or help you write and carry out your presentations. We excel at preparing you for extemporaneous speaking, especially anticipating and answering questions from a crowd. Find out more about our speaking coach services by contacting Denise Graveline at

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