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Presentation Preps: The Morning of Your Presentation Day

The most common answers to the question, “How do you prepare for presentation day?” run along these lines: “I lock myself in my hotel room the night before, and rehearse,” or “I learn all my lines by heart the week before.” There’s no debating that preparation in the days or weeks prior to presenting is […]

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Presenting: Know Your Venue!

Often in the rush and stress of preparing for a presentation, we make assumptions about a vital element of the presenting process. Assumptions that can lead to real trouble. That element is the presentation venue.  What sort of room is it? Where will you be standing, and what furnishings and equipment will be available? What […]

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Break Down the Wall: 8 Simple Steps to Connecting with Your Audience

Making a positive connection with your audience may be the most important single element of successful presenting. Yet it seems like many presenters are either unaware of this point, or in the dark about how to go about it. Here are 8 actions you can take to break the audience barrier: #1: Make Yourself Real […]

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Taming the Trauma of the Question-and-Answer Period

“Does anybody have any questions?” For some presenters, these words are the lead-in to the most nerve-wracking part of any presentation. Why? Ordinarily it’s because they aren’t fully prepared; this tends to make them feel reactive and defensive. Fortunately, none of that is necessary – and it’s not even hard to prevent it. That’s a […]

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Got Stage Fright? 3 Mindfulness Tips for Calmer Presentation

The thing is, no matter much you hate (or fear) giving presentations, there are probably times when you just have to do it. Professionals in a variety of job fields routinely give presentations of some sort, whether they’re in business, social work, medicine, or university teaching. Seriously, even poets – you know, the shy, reclusive […]

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Avoiding 3 Common Women’s PowerPoint Presentation Mistakes

Most people have a hard time with public speaking, due to stage fright or worries about being seen as incompetent. Women presenters tend to carry even more baggage into their presentations, thanks to generations of cultural messages about being “ladylike.” Here are three of the most common ways that women allow this cultural baggage to […]

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It’s Not about You: The Top PowerPoint Presentation Goof

What is it about PowerPoint that turns intelligent and articulate people into droning robots? We’ve all been there—trapped in a deadly dull presentation where a guy in a suit is reading his PowerPoint slides aloud to the audience, bullet point by painful bullet point. If you want to avoid being “that guy,” there’s one thing—and […]

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Don’t Shoot Down Your PowerPoint Presentation – Use SmartArt

The human brain is not designed for bullet points. Let’s face it, bullet points are boring—and they’re the number-one reason that PowerPoint audiences lose interest in your presentations. A better strategy is to use compelling visual aids instead of bulleted lists. Here’s the good news: PowerPoint 2013 has a great feature called SmartArt that can […]

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3 Sure-Fire Strategies for Creating Memorable Presentations

Ever wished that you could learn just one guaranteed, like-magic trick for wowing an audience, every single time? You’re in luck—this one trick does exist.  It combines three key strategies that work together to produce an unforgettable presentation that gets results. Ready to get the lowdown on masterful presenting? Read on…

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Get Into Their Heads: 3 Psychological Secrets to Great Presentations

We’ve all been subjected to mind-numbingly boring PowerPoint presentations. In fact, so-called “Death by PowerPoint” is so common, one group of psychologists even conducted a study on the key psychological flaws of ineffective PowerPoints. One interesting finding of that study: most people can’t even pinpoint what it is that makes a presentation a bad one […]

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