The Public Speaking Wire: Issue 3

The Public Speaking Wire
Issue 2
Successful Presenting for Today’s World
lkSince our first edition of The Public Speaking Wire we’ve started a blog by the same name.  We hope you’ll visit it for the most up-to-date postings, and that you’ll add your comments. 

One of the best ways to calm jittery pre-speech nerves is with meditation techniques and breathing exercises.  You’ll find an easy breathing exercise and information on meditation below.  We also have a quick hint to help your speaking, especially over the phone.
In the right-hand column you’ll find our short, fun quiz on best and worst speakers, and also dates for our spring sessions at New York’s 92nd Street Y.
Speaking of classes, we’re increasing the number of private coaching students who realize the benefit of one-on-one training.  Feel free to contact me for any of your public speaking needs; and if you have a colleague/friend who is interested, we also do semi-private and small group coaching.  
I hope you enjoy this issue and  welcome your feedback.
Linda Kundell

 Meditate to Concentrate
People often complain that they lose focus and concentration when they’re nervous. One way to overcome this is by meditation (not medication, as some would like to believe).  A while back the Harvard Health Beat carried an article on “Mindfulness meditation.” It was described as  sitting (or lying down) quietly for 20 or 30 minutes, once or twice a day. 
Try thinking of something serene (like the photo to the left). You focus on your breathing, which  allows the mind and body to let go of tensions and concerns. In this process, sensations, thoughts, and emotions will inevitably arise that may pull attention away from concentrating on breathing.  Let these distractions be; don’t attempt to suppress them. Continue to concentrate on your breathing and be aware of your breath gradually slowing down. 


Doing this practice regularly can lead to a sense of calmness and focus that will help you become a better presenter and speaker. 

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Quick Tip

Always pause and slow down when giving a phone number, an email or a street address  so the listener has enough time to write the information down.  This is especially important when leaving phone messages.

About Us

Kundell Communications provides performance-based training in public speaking and presentations.  Our goal is to help speakers of all levels go from fear to fun and achieve success!!


Linda Kundell, founder of “Techniques for Effective Public Speaking,” is a public speaking coach, public relations executive and classically-trained singer who believes that each of us has the potential to be a good speaker.  Our program uses  performing skills  to help speakers develop and enhance their own personal style.


We take you from fear to fun!

Our spring 2014 public speaking course at the 92nd Street Y begins Wednesday, April 23.  For private group classes and individual coaching sessions, contact us  by clicking here.

New Year’s Resolutions

This year, resolve to: 

  • Eliminate “ums,” 
  • Speak with energy, 
  • Practice good posture, 
  • Have fun! 

Best & Worst: Take the Survey

Tired of being assaulted by nasal, speed-talking TV or radio motor mouths you can barely understand? Tell us who is the worst — and best — commentator or personality on TV or radio.  Take the survey here.

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Your voice and personality are two of your most important tools. Did you know that how you deliver your message — and how you sound — can be even more important than the message itself?

Our “Techniques for Effective Public Speaking” will help you discover and unlock the potential within you.  To learn more visit our website at

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