Category: Creating Rapport

Facilitating a Get-Acquainted Activity  

Have you ever had to suffer through a get-acquainted meeting that went badly? You know the kind – people are embarrassed, stage-frightened, or just plain unwilling to open up. It’s a waste of time (or worse), and an embarrassment for everyone involved. If you’re ever called upon to facilitate a get-acquainted activity, here are some […]

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Closing a Presentation: Go Out with a Bang

Have you noticed that fireworks shows always end with a big, booming grand finale? When you’re at a big concert, can’t you just feel the crowd’s anticipation of the big closing number? When you were a kid (and perhaps even now), didn’t you delight at the promise of a sumptuous dessert after you’d finished the […]

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Pause: Be Comfortable with Silence When Presenting

Some people assume that if they stop talking during a presentation, the audience will instantly assume they’re nervous, underprepared, or at a loss for what to say next. They feel that “silence is deafening,” you might say, and strive to keep the words coming in a steady stream, no matter what. This is too bad. […]

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Humor: The Vitamin E of Public Speaking

What qualities put a public speaker or presenter at an advantage when stepping up in front of an audience? Well, there are several you could name, but one of the most important is a good sense of humor. You might even call a sense of humor “The presenter’s vitamin E.” Why? Because when you’ve got […]

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Impostor Syndrome: Why It Can Hurt Your Presentation

A seminar organizer approaches and asks you to give a talk about leadership. You’ve been a manager at a prestigious tech company for five years, and have received accolades for your outstanding performance. Your know-how, personable character and wisdom have earned you considerable respect in the industry. In a nutshell, you’re highly qualified as a […]

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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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9 Presentation Pointers to Keep Your Audience Engaged

Guest post by Mike Kamo “You can see by the chart here that, by purchasing our fantastic widgets, you are going t…” Blink. You’ve lost them. Your sales presentation is over before it started. You’ve got a poor presentation there, my friend. Well, are you ready to get a win at your next sales presentation? Sure, […]

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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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