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Location: Ojai, CA

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Moneyish: 8 Ways to Save a Presentation That’s Falling Apart Fast

Nonprofit Communications Report: Speak to Engage Your Audience

Presentation Guru: Why Comparisons are Bad But Can Be Made Good

Presentation Guru



Newsday, August 2015: Making a successful presentation






Cate Bulletin, Spring 2015 (page 46-47)

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Partnership for Excellence 2015 — Creating Excellence at Every Level

Toastmaster MagazineWhen Bad Speeches Happen to Good People

Toastmaster MagazineDealing With a Distracted Audience

Los Angeles Times“Nominees need to be as polished as Oscar himself”

L.A. Times Lisa Braithwaite article

Chicago Tribune“The Faker: Smile When You Say That”

Chicago Tribune interview“How to Improve Your Presentation Skills”

How to Improve Your Presentation Skills

(Check out this fun graphic version of the public speaking tips in the article!)

Wall Street Journal“Improving Your, Um, You Know, Public Speaking”

Wall Street Journal

Men’s Health magazineTalk In Front of a Group Without Freaking Out

Six surprising lessons social media teaches speakers

Are you telling your audience to shut up?

Speaking on Skype? How to pull off a successful video chat

Eliminate these pointless phrases from your vocabulary

CustomShow InterviewCreating and Giving Great Presentations


American Society of Mechanical EngineersPublic Speaking: Know Your Audience


InvestmentExecutive.comSeven Steps to More Compelling Presentations” and “How to Structure a Winning Presentation

Santa Barbara IndependentKids Combat Glossophobia

The Lincoln Journal Star —  Tips for Giving a Good Speech


Pomona College Magazine“Expert Advice: Speaking 101”

Pomona College Magazine, Spring 2009

Santa Barbara News-Press“Everyday Tweeple”

Santa Barbara News-Press article

Here’s the full-page spread!

Santa Barbara News-Press “Weddings”Make the Most of Your Toast

Santa Barbara News-Press “Woman Magazine”Quaking in Your Slingbacks: Mix & Mingle Your Way Through the Holiday Party

Lisa Braithwaite article

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Video clips and interviews:

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Audio clips and interviews:

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Online Interviews and guest blogging:

How To Promote Your Business Without Sounding Like a Commercial guest post on INDIECreatives blog

What Inspires You? guest post on Edgehopper blog

From Hobby to Business: Three Tips for Making the Transition, guest post on Inside the Pants: The Business End of the Artist

Interviewed by Jeanie Marshall

Interviewed on

Interviewed for The Sideroad on Public Speaking Anxiety

Cultural Soup talkcast (scroll down to Episode 34 – “Avoiding Clichés”)

Work at Home Moms Talk Radio podcast

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Presenting for Humans: Insights for Speakers on Ditching Perfection and Creating Connection

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Presenting for Humans: Insights for Speakers on Ditching Perfection and Creating Connection