Category: Tips & Tricks

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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What’s in Your Presenter’s Kit?

Apart from presentation props, what should you bring to a presentation engagement? Here’s a list of items to include in your presenter’s kit. Bring them along and you’ll be prepared to recover from unexpected issues that can crop up on presentation day. Laptop and vital accessories Even if you’re invited to use a computer at […]

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5 Product Demo Tips That Get the Job Done

  Have you ever bought a tool after a sales person showed how many ways it could be used? Have you ever ordered a kitchen utensil after seeing a chef use it in an infomercial? Have you ever signed up for a free app trial after a representative explained how it worked and what it […]

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4 Habits to Make You a Word-Smarter Speaker

Words matter. Though it’s true that a picture can be worth a thousand words, we still rely upon words to carry the complete message and the full story. They capture the narrative, clarify the abstract, conceptualize the unseen. When Chris Burkard gave a TED talk in 2015, he showed the audience jaw-dropping photos and videos of […]

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4 Key Roles Meeting Facilitators Play (or Should!)  

Have you ever found yourself in an “important” meeting thinking, “I could be so much more productive if I wasn’t stuck in this room!” While most of you don’t spend 300,000 hours a year sitting in meetings (we hope not!), the sentiment above is very common – as you might expect. Too many meetings drag […]

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3 Persuasive Speaking Tips for Everyday Conversations

People engage in persuasive speaking every day, in many different circumstances. This type of communication can include everything from proposing a new idea to your boss, to convincing your child to eat vegetables. However, when you engage in persuasive speaking you aren’t fully in control of the results of that speech. You can only influence […]

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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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FYI, Abbreviations and Acronyms Are Fair Game in Public Speaking

When it comes to communication, abbreviations and acronyms are great time and space savers. As long as you’re sure your audience is familiar with them, “ASAP” is clearly much quicker than “as soon as possible.” “ETA” is far easier than “estimated time of arrival” and BYOB gets the job done more efficiently than “bring your […]

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Public Speaking Can Help You Land a Job  

It’s a given that public speaking skill is important in almost any job. Whether you have to facilitate a meeting, present a business report, brief colleagues on a new project, or simply carry on a dialogue with your boss or a teammate, being able to speak comfortably and effectively can be priceless. But what if […]

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Teaching Public Speaking: Trying Different Presentation Formats

If you’re tasked with training others to be effective speakers or presenters, you know you’re going to have to give them real-world experience. No amount of theoretical study is going to produce an acceptable result. Nor will watching others perform. One way or another, your trainees are going to have to “get their hands dirty,” […]

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