Public speaking

Are you guilty of any of these six speaking sins?

By Arden / February 7, 2017 /

The success of your presentation will be judged not by the knowledge you send but by what the listener receives. – Lilly Walters Have you ever sat through a really bad presentation? Maybe the speaker rambled on and on and didn’t seem to have a clear direction. Or perhaps the presenter allowed an audience member…

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Three tips for making public speaking easier

By Arden / July 15, 2016 /

In 2001 I joined Toastmasters, a speaking and leadership skills organization, and it changed my life. I was a devoted member of the Seattle General Toastmasters club for eight years. Recently, I returned to my club to see all of my buddies, some of whom have been members for 30 plus years.  For many longtime…

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Speaking tips from the Academy Awards

By Arden / March 2, 2016 /

Did you watch the Academy Awards this year? I thought it was a bit of snooze. Chris Rock had some funny moments – I loved the Girl Scouts cookie sales part – and some important messages about recognizing black films and those who make them. But, overall it wasn’t the most exciting Academy Awards show…

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Inspiration through World Domination

By Arden / July 17, 2014 /

I just returned from spending four days in Portland, Oregon for the 2014 World Domination Summit. You might wonder what an etiquette consultant was doing at something having to do with world domination. I wondered too when I arrived. Despite my friend Beth Buelow’s gushing about how wonderful the 2013 Summit was I was sure…

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My armchair musings of the Academy Awards

By Arden / March 4, 2014 /

As I usually do, I love to share my Oscars musings. There are always great lessons to learn from this big event.

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Being vulnerable

By Arden / April 23, 2012 /

I met a colleague, Lynn Baldwin-Rhoades, for coffee recently. She is the president of Power Chicks International, a wonderful online and in-person networking and resource organization for women. Lynn is someone I know and like but didn’t know well. I felt like we both wanted a deeper connection with each other.

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It was all in my head

By Arden / July 29, 2011 /

Tuesday I had the honor of being a guest on KING 5 TV’s New Day Northwest. I was invited to talk about social media etiquette. (See segment here.) This was my second time being on the show, and knowing what to expect and how to prepare made me much calmer. However, once I was sitting…

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It’s all in the details

By Arden / April 24, 2011 /

One of the things I love, and sometimes am overwhelmed by, is etiquette is all about the details. When I’m giving a training, on say dining etiquette, I always get questions about the littlest things such as “If I take something like an olive pit out of my mouth where do I put it?” It can sometimes…

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The F-word and other no nos at the Academy Awards

By Arden / February 28, 2011 /

I love the Academy Awards. Every year I get together with a group of friends to watch and share our thoughts on the awards show. This year, I was with a different group of friends, in celebration of a pal’s birthday, but the critiquing was just as serious.  As I did last year, I’d like…

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How I survived my first TV appearance

By Arden / December 15, 2010 /

In business, as in life, there are firsts. Our first interview, our first presentation, the first time managing people, etc. The firsts are always scarier because of the unknown. We haven’t experienced it before and we don’t know what to expect. We may not know everything we need to know to be good at the…

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