Posts by Barbara Rocha
Barbara Rocha, a nationally known speaker, trainer, author and consultant, is Director of Barbara Rocha and Associates, a communications training firm based in Pasadena, California. For more than 30 years she has conducted over 1200 of its training seminars for well over 11,000 business executives. These seminars teach verbal and written communications; they are tailored to the specific needs of clients. Other services include keynote speaker, conference session leader, individual coaching and speech preparation. Clients include Anchorage Daily News, Century Housing Corporation, Ericsson Turkey, ExxonMobil, Federal Reserve Bank, Metropolitan Water District, Southern California Edison, Turkcell, Turner Construction, Verizon, The Washington Post. Rocha earned her B.A. from UCLA, taught in public schools, did graduate study at California State University and earned her M.A. in history, writing a thesis analyzing the speaking ability of Winston Churchill. She is the author of Getting Over Yourself: A Guide to Painless Public Speaking. She has been conducting courses for the American Management Association since 1980.


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Don’t Be Afraid of Silence

By | Posted Mar 5, 2015

When you give a presentation, do you rush through in fear of making a mistake? By doing so, you lose the ability to regroup or gather yourself if things do start to go off track. Public speaking is a common fear, but you can conquer those fears by embracing the use of strategic silence: pausing. Barbara Rocha explains how using strategic pauses can help you establish credibility and presence in your next speech.

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3 Ways You Can Annoy Your Audience in a Presentation

By | Posted Jun 23, 2014 | 15 Comments

Don’t you hate it when speakers get off track, never had a track, run over their allotted time, or use […]