Jim Barber's Speaker Gym

Becoming a Pro Speaker

An episode of Jim Barber's Speaker Gym

By Jim Barber
Strengthen your communication skills and learn to speak more effectively. Lose those speaking habits that are holding you back. Build a more powerful vocabulary. Pump up your confidence. This is your place to work out your verbal muscles and tone your presentation skills!
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The Perfection Obsession
People afflicted with the Perfection Obsession think that a "perfect" speaker is an effective speaker, but that's frequently not the case -- perfect speaking is often perfectly blah. In this episode you'll explore how imperfections, used occasionally and appropriately, can make your presentations much more enjoyable.
04:51
October 4, 2018
Becoming a Pro Speaker
"How do I become a pro speaker?" is a simple question with an involved answer. Answering that question in sufficient detail requires its own dedicated podcast. This episode of Speaker Gym introduces the new podcast from The Barber Shop called Pro Speaker U that's created just for those people who want to move "from free to fee".
07:58
September 30, 2018
Should You Stand When You Speak?
Should you stand up when you speak, or can you remain seated? It's a simple question, but there's not a simple answer. In this episode you'll explore when (and why) it's best to stand, and when it's best to stay seated.
04:20
September 28, 2018
Hyperbole and Understatement
Hyperbole and understatement are figures of speech that can bring interest and power to an otherwise bland presentation. This episode explores what hyperbole and understatement are, and how you can use them effectively.
07:18
September 22, 2018
Should You Lose Your Accent?
I love accents! So if people have trouble understanding what you say, there are a number of techniques you should try before you resort to getting rid of your accent.
06:13
September 15, 2018
Don't Use "One" When You Mean "You"
Some people think that using the word "one" instead of "you" makes them sound cultured. It doesn't. So one shouldn't do that!
02:21
September 6, 2018
Should You End With "Thank You"?
Should you end your presentation by saying "thank you"? There are three reasons why you should, but one BIG reason why you shouldn't. Explore them all in this episode.
05:32
September 1, 2018
Speaking to the Power of Three
The number 3 is powerful. Using "3" (three reasons, three points, three goals...) in your presentations will easily improve how effectively you communicate with others.
03:39
August 29, 2018
Don't Be a Wimp
One of the best ways to strengthen your presentation skills is to quit using tentative language like "I'd like to...", "I think that...", and other weak-sounding words and phrases.
08:12
August 29, 2018
Welcome to Speaker Gym
A quick introduction to Speaker Gym and what it will do for you!
03:25
August 24, 2018
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