It's been a slow week for political news, with the summer heat and primary winners busily scrambling for campaign cash for fall races, so it's a good time to take Blogland readers down some slightly different avenues.
Deb Sofield is a great advocate for women in politics, but she's also a good speaking coach. She's starting a monthly series of speaking tips on her website - http://www.sofield.com/ - entitled "Deb’s 15 Rules for the Road":
Rule number one is perhaps the simplest yet most hard ... and that is:
1. Lighten up – keep a relaxed face.
The most important minute of your life on the stage or in the boardroom or across the table is the first minute of your acknowledgement by the audience, or your dinner guest or your kid’s soccer coach by what is said in that initial look. Because early in a speech, presentation, talk, folks listen to what they “see” more that what they “hear”. So what they “see” must be professional, poised and polished.
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