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Issue 51 - 06 | Being a Gifted Speaker Isn’t a Gift
By Frances Cole Jones Published Oct. 8, 2008 8:18 p.m.

"Despite a pervasive idea that some people are born with a 'gift' for public speaking—and that this gift is the reason they excel when presenting themselves—my experience has proven this isn’t so. I believe that everyone can be a great speaker, and this includes you. So what’s the disconnect? Why do so many people feel they don’t have what it takes to present their ideas with confidence and flair? Thomas Edison said, 'Opportunity is missed by most because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.' I find the same is true for public speaking. If you’re willing to put in the time, there’s a science to presenting that’s concrete and available."

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About Frances Cole Jones | Author of How to Wow: Proven Strategies for Presenting Your Ideas, Persuading Your Audience, and Perfecting Your Image and The Wow Factor: The 33 Things You Must (and Must Not) Do to Guarantee Your Edge in Today's Business World, Frances Cole Jones founded Cole Media Management in 1997. From the beginning, the company’s focus has been cultivating clients’ inherent strengths to develop the powerful communication skills that will enhance their professional and personal performance. Prior to founding Cole Media Management, Frances worked at St. Martins Press, Viking Penguin, Doubleday, and Broadway Books as an editor of commercial nonfiction. The experience of helping authors translate their ideas into books that retained their unique voice is what makes her valuable to her clients. “There’s no point in my writing a perfectly crafted sound bite that you have to strain to remember,” Frances says. “You have to sound like you—you on your best day.”



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