About Peter Khoury

Peter Khoury: Founder @ MagneticSpeaking X-Pharmaceutical Engineer, turned author, national speaker and executive presentation coach. In addition to Public Speaking training, Peter is a regular speaker on the topics of Negotiations, Conflict Management and Leadership. He is the author of the book “Self-Leadership Guide.

About Peter Khoury

Peter Khoury: Founder @ MagneticSpeaking X-Pharmaceutical Engineer, turned author, national speaker and executive presentation coach.

In addition to Public Speaking training, Peter is a regular speaker on the topics of Negotiations, Conflict Management and Leadership. He is the author of the book “Self-Leadership Guide.

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The 7 Ingredients of Self-Confidence

Self Confidence Ingredients
Did you know that anxiety is one of the ingredients of self-confidence?

Self-confidence is a cocktail of emotional states that you feel at a time. A state is a physio-neuro-emotional response ( how you feel, what you think, and how you move). To feel confident, you need anxiety plus 6 more emotional states.

When the ingredients are mixed in the right proportion, you will experience confidence. If you miss a part or over do another, you will not get a sense of confidence.

Recipe of Self-Confidence:

Of course, there are slight variations to […]

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5 “Talking With Your Hands” Rules Charismatic Leaders Use

What To do With your Hands During Public Speaking: Hand Gestures

You are always talking with your hands.

Unfortunately, your hands might be saying the wrong things.

According to a study published in the Leadership & Organization Development Journal: If you don’t use your hands when presenting, or if you use awkward hand movements, your audience will label you as cold and aloof.

On the contrary, if you use proper hand gestures, they will perceive you as engaging and charismatic.

Because hand gestures are so important to your success as a presenter, I came up with the following […]

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The 7 Questions You Must Answer in All Your Executive Presentations

Executive Presentations and Briefings Ingredients

Executive presentations can be the hardest nut to crack, yet will have the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to your career advancement.

Master the executive presentation, and you will get the visibility and recognition to drive your career upward. The alternative is to fumble and ramble through, and get labeled as “not for leadership” material.

It’s unfortunate because being smart, analytical, detailed oriented will work against you when developing your executive brief, unless, you follow a disciplined approach to clarify and broaden your message.

What is an […]

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The Number One Key to Leadership Communication

Communication is Key To Leadership

The key to leadership communication is flexibility.

Communication flexibility means being able to adjust your communication style to achieve an outcome. An outcome could be getting approval on a new project, getting more organizational resources, getting a promotion, or convincing the executives on a new business direction.

Why is Flexibility in Communication is so Important in Leadership

The reason flexibility is essential because different situations require different approaches. If you just communicate in one style, then you will not get the results you want. Abraham Maslow called this the instrument […]

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3 Ways to Reduce Uptalk To Boost Your Credibility As a Leader

Uptalk-and-leadershipcredibility

Leaders Don’t Uptalk. Leaders command the room every time they communicate.

Both men and women uptalk. However, It’s interesting that my female clients recognize that they sometimes do uptalk, but my male clients usually don’t (even though they are just as guilty!).

So what is uptalk?

Uptalk is when you raise your intonation at the end of a declarative sentence. So, you might want to say “Walk all the way to 406 Brannan St.” But it will come out sounding like “Walk all the way to 406 Brannan St.???”

If you do the second version, your listener […]

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How to Become a Better Public Speaker

How to Become a Better Public Speaker

You become a better public speaker the same way you become better at anything else.

Deliberate and continues practice. Jeff Olson in his book The Slight Edge talks about how the overnight success phenomena is a myth. It does not exist; what seems to be an overnight success was years in the making. Jeff Olson talks about how taking small smart steps towards your goal on a regular basis is the key to becoming better […]

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2-Step Process to Build a Powerful Self-identity as a Presenter

Your Powerful Speaking Identity
How you see yourself on the inside matters. It can mean the difference between you standing up with poise or you trembling with fear.

Imagine this:

I am standing on a stage with a 400 people staring back at me, my heart rate is ready to explode, my mouth is dry, my palms are sweaty, and I am wondering why is this happening to me?

No, I did not have a heart attack.

I had just left engineering and had been working as a professional speaker for a year and a half. Most […]

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The Cure To Rambling, Self-doubt, And Speaking Fillers.

The Cure To Rambling, Self-doubt, And Speaking Fillers.

Do you ever ramble on, repeat yourself, or self-edit when speaking?

Usually, that’s a sign that you might be interrupting yourself internally with negative self-reflection. It’s when you evaluate what you said in mid sentence and judge it as not good.

For example look at the following two sentences.  One has no interruptions and is clear and concise, and the other one has a negative interruption and obviously does not sound great.

Sentence #1 (no interruptions): “Hi my name is Peter Khoury, and I am the founder of […]

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A Pro-Tip to Build Your Public Speaking Confidence

Pro Tip To Speaking Confidence

Which is more important Confidence or Competence?

They are both equally important!

To be a successful presenter, you can’t have one without the other. If you have competence but little confidence, then you will never be comfortable enough to share your ideas and gain visibility. If you have confidence and little ability, then despite your initial success from that first impression, you will stumble at some point.

As a leader, you need to build competence and confidence independently of each other. They are two separate muscles, and they require different excesses […]

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