by Steve Adubato, PhD

The stock market may be doing a little better, but that doesn't mean people still aren't losing their jobs due to downsizing, restructuring and organizations simply going belly up. With that in mind, it is imperative for prospective job seekers to be in the best frame of mind as they prepare to sell themselves to employers.

by Steve Adubato, PhD

When a carpenter builds a house, he must have a set of tools. When a golfer goes out to play 18 holes, hopefully he has the right clubs. And, when a great musician plays, he uses his instrument to create magic. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the same thing is true for the great communicators when it comes to using their voice.

by Steve Adubato, PhD

Jim is a long-time manager who recently attended a conference in which a corporate executive was given the opportunity to talk about his company's newest product to a diverse group of professionals. The executive's presentation was very detailed and very long. It was filled with lots of facts and figures and it proceeded in a logical and orderly fashion. But it was REALLY boring.

by Steve Adubato, PhD

Q: When I'm giving a presentation, sometimes I can't even hear what I'm saying. I go on autopilot and that's when I get lost, and then really nervous. My fear is that the audience can sense it. What should I do?

By Steve Adubato, PhD

 Consider what lots of people in business say when they are asked or required by management to take a workshop or seminar in 'presentation skills.' "I don't think I need presentation skills training because I don't make speeches very often in my job. I'm just one of those people who likes to stay in the background and not speak in public."

Fact is, virtually everything we do is a presentation of some sort. As soon as you walk into a room where a meeting is being held, you are presenting. The way you shake hands, the way you sit in the meeting, the tone of your voice-it's all about presentation. Consider that even if you don't think you're engaged in "public speaking" for your job, you are asked and often required to make presentations about a project you are working on or an unresolved issue in your organization. Often people just start talking without any clear focus or agenda. If you ask them what the main message is, they often say, "I don't really know what my message is" or "I never thought about it." Well, you must have a message in everything you do when it comes to public communication.

by Steve Adubato, PhD

Consider what lots of people in business say when they are asked or required by management to take a workshop or seminar in 'presentation skills.' "I don't think I need presentation skills training because I don't make speeches very often in my job. I'm just one of those people who likes to stay in the background and not speak in public."

by Steve Adubato, PhD

Two weeks ago, I featured New Jersey Secretary of State Buster Soaries and talked about his ability to communicate and connect with his audience through a sense of passion and honesty that is rarely seen on the speaking circuit. I asked readers to tell me why so many professionals seem to have lost the ability to communicate with passion and honesty. As usual, the responses were varied.