Body Language

Your body language might embarrass you
Your body language might be sabotaging you
Your body language might be confusing your audience

What is your body language saying about you?

Your body language might be saying that you are:

Or...your body language might be transmitting that you are:

Your body leaks messages

What is it saying about you?

Do you know the signals?

Do you know how to send the right messages with your body?

George Torok
The Speech Coach for Executives

Exhibits International

Dear George,

As an international leading provider of exhibits for Tradeshows, Museums and Special Events, Exhibits International was recently short-listed for a major US museum project. A complex venture, securing this project was pivotal to the reputation, growth and future success of our company.

I wanted to make certain that through the next stage of the bidding process (in-person presentations), the EI management team could present and project their competencies to the best of their abilities.

Right or wrong, people form a perception about how competent you are by how you present yourself when you stand and speak. They also form perceptions about the company you represent based on your performance. A person who can stand in front of a group, with poise and confidence, can immediately create the perception of expertise and experience.

Your professional and personal approach was designed to impact our senior management team with an implementation method that proves its worth at every stage. You advised us to narrow down our topic, focus on a few key points and speak with confidence.

As you suggested I kept my presentation short, and narrowed it down to only 12 minutes, something I would never have done before working with you. My Production VP, Tom, conveyed both his technical expertise and personality in his brief section of the presentation, just as you coached him. I was impressed, and so was the committee.

In the end, the numbers speak. You demonstrated to us how to cut a 60-minute rambling presentation, into a 12-minute clear, concise and focused presentation that helped us secure a $10 million project. My team now has the knowledge, skill and attitude to present professionally.

George, “Thank You”. I appreciate your expertise, your professionalism and of course, your sense of humour which lead us through some grueling sessions.


Sam Kohn,
Exhibits International

George Torok
The Speech Coach for Executives

Win in the Boardroom with Donald Trump

Boardroom presentation with Donald Trump
How to survive in the boardroom with Donald Trump

Never interrupt the Donald.

When Donald Trump tells you to shut up - shut up.

Never suggest that you are like the Donald. But it's okay to suggest that you would like to be.

If your competition is getting dumped on – shut up.

Don’t even hint about Donald Trump’s hair or wives.

Don’t start your pitch with the word “honestly”.

Don’t plead, beg or cry to Mr. Trump.

Don’t fight with anyone in the boardroom. Do that before you arrive.

Confirm your alliances before you enter the boardroom.

Be prepared to address your worst question.

Don’t be glib or sarcastic.

Pause, breathe and smile before answering any question.

Turn every negative question into a positive one.

Relate details to the bigger picture.

Admit your mistakes and shortcomings.

Don’t sling mud. Make candid observations.

George Torok
The Speech Coach for Executives

Use the Microphone

There are more than 40 people in the room.
The speakers before you used the microphone.
You are speaking for more than five minutes.
It is a large room.
You are soft spoken.
The room has bad acoustics.
You have something important to say.
You want to play with your vocal nuances.

If any of the above scenarios is true - Use the Microphone.

Your audience will hear you better.

Forget the macho “I don’t need a microphone” stuff.

Use the Microphone.
Your audience will hear you better.
It is easier on your throat.
You can make better use of your vocal range.

Use the Microphone.
It is your friend.

George Torok
The Speech Coach for Executives

Do not read your speech

Do not read your speech – with these exceptions:

Your lawyer instructed you to read it.
You are introducing a piece of legislation.
You are the elected leader of your country.

Reading your speech sounds cold, uncommitted and unconvincing.

If you want to sound warm – don’t read your speech.
If you want to sound passionate – don’t read your speech.
If you want to sound credible – don’t read your speech.

Don’t read your speech. It will feel like a lecture – cold and detached.

Do not read your speech.

It is okay to work from notes. Your notes should consist of key words and phrases – to remind you of what you intend to say. Glance at the key words – then deliver the rehearsed message directly to your audience.

Do not read your speech.

George Torok
The Speech Coach for Executives