Training Tips from Chris
The turmoil of the midterms will reach a fever pitch on election night as people anxiously watch the returns.
The impact of record numbers of women candidates has already been felt this election cycle. The #MeToo movement and anger about the outcome of the 2016 presidential contest has driven women to break free from some of the conventions that have constrained them in the past.
In GenderWatch, Chris Jahnke writes, “Too many campaigns hold back – ignoring derogatory comments because they don’t view them as damaging. Or, candidates are advised to bite their tongue lest they sound whiny, petty and create a backlash. In a post-2016 election world, this guidance is outdated. It’s time for campaigns to pull on their […]
Oprah – Other Worldly Source of Inspiration: What Every Woman Candidate Can Learn from Her Magnus Opus
In GenderWatch, Chris Jahnke writes, “In today’s blockbuster release of A Wrinkle in Time, Oprah Winfrey plays Mrs. Which – an out-of-this world being who inspires a young girl to “Be a warrior.” Real-world Oprah doesn’t need to appear as a shimmering light to lead us out of the darkness here on Earth.” Read the full article here.
History was made on the primary debate stage as women from both major parties stood shoulder to shoulder with the men. From the onset, Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina each faced a unique set of challenges as well as a common obstacle. Two different candidates exposed the trials and triumphs of campaigning while female.
Everyone advises you to “just be yourself.” But how is that possible under hot TV lights, inches from an opponent, with reporters waiting to pounce on any misstep? What can be done in advance to present your best self?
Women candidates running for executive posts in 2016 should watch and learn from the first Democratic primary debate. What candidates see and hear from the presidential contenders can jump start their own debate prep regimen.
1. Ring in 2015 with a toast. It’s good practice. 2. Create your elevator speech. In 2 minutes, what do you care about & why does it matter? 3. Quote the greats: “The American dream is not dead. It is gasping for breath but it is not dead.” Barbara Jordan 4. Warm up beforehand. Slowly […]
Brene Brown Vulnerability Researcher Professor Brene Brown shares her research on vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. Her insights will help you convey your authentic self. Watch the videos: Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability Brené Brown: Listening to shame
Next time you’re shopping, be on the look out for a blazer with pockets. Pockets can be lifesavers when you are standing at the front of the room. No, I don’t mean you should cram your hands into them. Rather, they can help ensure you’ll be ready when it’s your turn to talk. Pockets can […]
“Who do you want to be?” First Lady Michelle Obama challenges the graduates of Eastern Kentucky University. In May 2013, the First Lady called on the students to give a hand and reach back to others who need help. EKU Class of 2013 Commencement Address by First Lady Michelle Obama
Amy Cuddy, Harvard Business School Power Posing: Body Language In her classic TED Talk, the amazing Amy Cuddy explains what you do physically before you stand before an audience will dramatically increase your level of performance. Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and Girl Scout CEO Anna Maria Chavez are models of confidence. The three joined together to kick off the “Ban Bossy” campaign www.banbossy.com to teach girls leaderships skills. The site provides tips and must-know facts to help girls step out of their comfort zones. The […]
Did you know that warming up your body will also warm up your voice? Simple relaxation exercises will help ensure that the tone of your voice is easy on the ears. A lower tone and slower pace sounds conversational. A high pitch and fast pace can sound anxious. These exercises will help improve your vocal […]
Chris joins Susan Zeidman of the American Management Association to discuss “How to be Well Spoken.” View and listen to the full webcast here.