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2 Speaking Tips That Will Help Deliver a Powerful Message

How can I convince an audience to see things my way? This is a significant and current issue because there are so many strident viewpoints out there and because audiences are attempting to armor themselves against being held hostage to personal perspectives. You can either lie your way through your pitch like Putin — which […]

Speak with Impact: Presenting Yourself as Powerful Yet Authentic

As a woman pitching investors who may primarily be men, how do I represent myself as powerful yet authentic? Great question, and thanks for having the honesty and insight to ask this rarely spoken conundrum. Through doing pitches to investors, I have found that the winning formula is authenticity and competency. This means that you […]

Do Veterans Make Better Business Leaders and CEOs?

I have been fascinated in my years of working with military leaders, observing them once they pivot into leadership roles in the private sector. The question I have always had is: do they make better CEOs and leaders because of their military experience, or are they successful in the private sector because they started as […]

When Does an Unconventional Leadership Strategy Make Sense?

I’ve always been fascinated by the distinction between CEO leaders and entrepreneur leaders. Although similar skills and traits can be shared by both, as defined by my friend Daniel Pink in his explanation of the “Symphonic Mind,” the entrepreneur is more typically defined by a higher level of risk tolerance and is driven by it. […]

What Can we Learn From Famous Speechmakers? 

Speechmaker James Rosebush answers your questions on effective speechmaking. One of the most important lessons to learn from a great speaker is cadence, rhythm, and emphasis. These are all elements of performance. No matter how simple, every speech is a performance — even convincing your kids to eat their dinner or go to bed. Never […]

Unexpectedly Called to the Microphone? Here’s How to Handle it

SPEAKING WITH IMPACTSpeech coach and leadership mentor James Rosebush answers a question on how to improve your public speaking. Preston Beale, CEO of, asks: How can I get ready for spontaneous speaking if asked to step up to the microphone unexpectedly? Dear Preston, Yes, this is a major fear — to be called to the […]

The Productive Link Between Storytelling and Leadership

For those who have followed my writing at Real Leaders about public speaking, you will recall I have often emphasized the relationship between effective leadership and storytelling. By storytelling, I mean the sharing of everything from purposeful parables to personal life experiences. By employing the art of storytelling, you accomplish two goals essential to effective leadership: […]

How to Speak With Impact

James Rosebush managed the Reagan White House Office on Impact and has a personal passion for coaching executives to speak like Ronald Reagan. He has also enjoyed unique access to Queen Elizabeth II, from which he has learned much about leadership. Here, he answers questions from CEOs on how to speak with impact. Some speeches […]

Leading a Ground-Zero Company Through a Pandemic

Invesque is a publicly-traded healthcare real estate company with 121 properties in 20 states and two Canadian provinces. They own medical office buildings, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing facilities. I asked CEO Scott White about his leadership philosophy throughout the past, difficult year. What is your history at Invesque? I was part of […]