Keynote​ ​Speakers​ ​Interpersonal​ ​Communication​ ​Skills

Though sometimes overlooked today, person-to-person dynamics are very effective, and interpersonal communication skills are invaluable tools for the highly respected professional speaker or leader. Interpersonal communication is not just about what is actually said – the language used – but how it is said and the non-verbal messages sent through tone of voice, facial expressions, […]

How to Communicate Who You Are

I am a member of several business networking groups. During our meetings, everyone gets the chance to introduce him or herself and tell us what they do — a chance to communicate about themselves, their work and the company they work for. At my last meeting I experienced two people, a man and a woman, […]

Public Speaker Secret: Position Your Audience

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Public speakers, comfortable in their bodies, have a lovely way of inviting an audience “into” their message. You’ve probably noticed the relaxed way that a seasoned keynote moves across a stage or around the room, freely expressing and gesturing as they go. “What’s Their Secret?” Aside from years of practice and experience, the way to […]

How to Use Body Language for Interviewing, Presentations

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Body language is the non-verbal communication you use more often than you realize. You are expressing your thoughts, inner feelings, even your intentions through your physical actions, and often, without being aware. Reading and interpreting the body language of others is something we all learn to do. From a very early age most of us begin […]

Risk Changing the Way You Communicate

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As I was writing this post, I got the news of David Bowie’s passing. One of his greatest hits was CHANGES. I dedicate this post to him and his fearless, never-ending, embrace of change. I looked up the word CHANGE. It had one of the longest definitions I have ever seen, along with quite a […]

Defining Vulnerability: Presenting with Powerful Expression

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Brene Brown gives an impressive TED talk about the “Power of Vulnerability”. Over 2 million online viewers have benefited from Brene’s ability to present a defining message that says, “You are enough!” During her talk, Brene challenges the viewing audience to “let yourselves be seen” and ends her time with these words… “Vulnerability is the […]

Getting National Publicity: How to Pitch and Influence

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I’ll be at the National Publicity Summit hosted by Steve Harrison in New York, April 22-25, 2015. I’m excited at the prospect of getting to pitch (to over 80 journalists) and influence with all that I’ve learned about Speaking, Presenting and Communicating throughout the past 30-plus years! Included will be writers and producers who create […]

The Greatest Communicator: Life

I write this blog to thank those who have been a part of the Laurie Burton Training experience. I love what I do! Helping people to be the best communicators possible is the greatest privilege I can imagine. It’s so exciting every time someone realizes their true potential and is able to embrace their individuality. And […]

Embrace an Emotional Point of View for Better Public Speaking

“As none can see the wind but in its effects on the trees, neither can we see the emotions but in their effects on the face and body.”~ Nathaniel LeTonnerre. Isn’t this a wonderful thought, put to words so eloquently? The quote speaks to the very heart of our work at Laurie Burton Training. Helping […]