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Master Impromptu Speaking With PREP

I’m a firm believer in the power of preparation and practice, because these occasions offer you the opportunity to shine. But what about when you are put on the spot?

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How to Create a Presentation: The 2021 Definitive Guide

Creating a presentation can be overwhelming.

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How to Present: 7 Steps to "Own" Your Deck

Whether you are delivering a presentation that you designed yourself – or a message created by someone else – your role as a presenter is to bring the message to life for your audience. When you take ownership of your presentation, you are able...

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9 Scenarios for Presentation Skills Training

If you’ve ever been through a presentation skills training program, you probably know what a difference it can make in just one day. You may have seen a significant improvement in your confidence, polish, and messaging – just between the morning...

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4 Powerful Frameworks to Present a Project

When managing a project, you’ll have to report frequently to a variety of stakeholders, which may include your manager, senior leaders, the project team, or clients. There will be many expectations for the project – which sometimes will be met or...

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10 Presentation Ideas to Capture Your Audience’s Attention

Do you have an important presentation coming up? Are you looking for a way to differentiate your presentation from the countless other presentations your audience has likely sat through before?

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Presentation Skills Workshops: What to Expect

Businesses around the world have invested in presentation skills workshops to support their overall success. Presentations are a crucial part of business, whether it’s to pitch new clients, communicate with C-level executives, or inspire...

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How to Improve Presentation Skills: Your Delivery is the Key

One of the primary reasons why people run into trouble when giving presentations is because they focus only on the content. There are two equally important components to any presentation: the content and the delivery.

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How to Start a Presentation: Set Yourself Up for Success

According to one recent study, human beings tend to make a first impression in as little as seven seconds after entering a new situation. To take that idea one step further, there is even research to suggest that people start to make a...

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Got Analogies? Juice Up Your Tech Talk!

When you make a technical presentation to a non-technical audience, how do you assure that your points will come across in a juicy and engaging way?

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After the Q&A: Planning a Strong Conclusion

After you've skillfully elicited and responded to questions from your audience, how do you conclude your presentation with impact?

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Ace the Q&A: Handling Questions

You may deliver a compelling presentation, but if you aren't prepared for the Q&A, it can diminish your impact -- and your credibility.

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Seated Presentation Do's and Don'ts

How do you adjust your body language for seated presentations? What should you do with your hands -- and what shouldn't you do? This infographic provides quick tips for your next seated presentation.

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Microsoft Lesson: What to Do When Tech Fails

In 1995, Bill Gates, Microsoft’s co-founder & former CEO, was delivering a pre-launch presentation of Windows 98 live on national TV. As a colleague plugged in a scanner, the computer suddenly crashed and showed the dire “Blue Screen” message...

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Focus on Audience’s Needs, Not Your Own

Know your audience and capture their attention.

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Presentation Skills Lessons from Tarzan

How can a classic cartoon impact your business success? A story from Tarzan...

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Your Presentation Package Counts: the Power of the Visual Message

I’m always fascinated by things that people don’t realize about themselves, things that might be significantly impacting their careers in a less-than-positive way. These bad mannerisms, wardrobe “malfunctions,” etc., all seem so obvious to us,...

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“Killer” Presentations?

Do you deliver "killer" presentations, or do they "kill" you? I recently read a Harvard Business Review article called “How to Give a Killer Presentation.” Here are some key takeaways...

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6 Tips to Wow Senior Management

Presentations to senior management can be a vital part of moving ahead in your career, a true make-or-break moment.

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What Makes a Speech Persuasive?

 

Patrick Henry

Happy President's Day! On this day that celebrates our first and 16th presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, let's look back at other historical figures of note -- specifically those whose presentation skills were...

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Presentation Anxiety? Try Excitement!

When is the last time you got excited about a presentation you had to give?...

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Avoid Presentation Stage Fright & Other Speech Meltdowns by Practicing!

You might have seen the recent coverage of successful movie director Michael Bay’s ("Transformers") public-speaking debacle.

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Focus On The Audience Experience

I’ve been teaching presentation skills for a long time. Things like controlling your nerves, how to use visual aids, organizing your presentation, the use of analogy and story, and how to field audience questions like a pro.

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Could Your 2-Minute Speech Impact Like Lincoln's Gettysburg Address?

We recently marked the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s famed Gettysburg Address. Mentions of it were all over the news, with many articles taking the time to reprint or go over the speech itself, the impact of it on our nation’s...

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Nexus 7 Tablet “Public Speaking” Commercial

I love Google’s great new commercial promoting its Nexus 7 tablet. I'm sure if you've seen it, you can relate, too.

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A Simple System to Present Opinions

For many people, being asked their opinion at work can be awkward, or even terrifying. I often share a simple system called PREP, which is a template for presenting your opinions.

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Body Language Break-down: Tips for Powerful Presentations

Did you know that people form an impression about you in only four seconds, according to an article on NBC’s Today.com?

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Keep Your Cool: Presenting to Senior Management

Does giving a presentation to senior management turn you into a wreck? Are you sleepless in Seattle — or Chicago — or New York — for a week (or a month) before that presentation?

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Your Visual Presentation

Effectively communicating your ideas is a vital skill in business. When you give a business presentation or speak up during a meeting, people’s perceptions of you are formed by the Visual, Verbal, and Vocal aspects of your delivery.

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The Power of Pause: Taking Professional Presentations to the Next Level (part 2 of 2)

Unless you’re one of those people who read the last page of a book first to find out how it ends ... you might want to read part one of this series first! Then, come back.

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The Power of Pause: Take Your Presentations to the Next Level (part 1 of 2)

It’s an old axiom that silence is golden. But that doesn’t hold true when you’re giving a business presentation, does it? The whole point is to communicate in words, not to be silent.

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A Business Presentation Without Humor is Like a Job Without a Paycheck — And That’s Not Funny!

You may be hesitant to incorporate humor into your business presentations, but the reward outweighs the risk.

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A Business Presentation Without Humor is Like a Job Without a Paycheck - And That’s Not Funny! (part 1 of 2)

  1. “Every speaker has his moment. The problem is, most of them stretch it into an hour.” --unknown
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10 Tips to Demolish Stage Fright

Grammy winner Adele has it.

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Stage Fright - Bonus Presentation Pitfall

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Can't Answer - Presentation Pitfall #10

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Visual Violations - Presentation Pitfall #8

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Infobesity - Presentation Pitfall #6

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Text Heavy Slides - Presentation Pitfall #5

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All Paper, No Practice - Presentation Pitfall #7

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No Structure - Presentation Pitfall #4

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Just Facts - Presentation Pitfall #3

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Slideware Default - Presentation Pitfall #2

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Lack of Preparation: Presentation Pitfall #1

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Presentation Pitfalls: Intro

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Be Prepared When Presenting Messages to Executive-Level Audiences

Is presenting information to executives all that different than general presentations? In a word, Yes!

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Forget Politics: What We Can Learn from Bill Clinton's DNC 2008 Speech

All politics aside, former President Bill Clinton’s nomination speech at DNC 2008 was a textbook example of what a speech should be. He informed, entertained and motivated his audience. He used many rhetorical devices, real and rhetorical questions,...

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More Pictures, More Retention

Why is it so hard to wean people away from PowerPoint overload?

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Amy Glass Shares Why Presentations Fail

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Creating The Agenda

Creating the agenda for a meeting is like having a GPS- it helps get you from start to finish. Being prepared allows you to get the best results.

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“The King’s Speech” -- Public Speaking Can Be Learned

Movies are a passion of mine, but rarely do I encourage others to attend those that I see.

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Top 4 Communication/Presentation Skills Pointers for Political Candidates

Election Day 2010 is next Tuesday, November 2. There’s been a proliferation of debates and campaign ads in recent weeks, and they’re picking up speed (and urgency) all over the country.

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Killer Sales Presentations

Last week, I spoke for the Philadelphia Business Journal. They were doing a Sales Boot Camp. My topic was “Killer Sales Presentations.”

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Technical Presentations Don’t Have to Be Tricky: Keep Them Simple for Success

The definition of genius is to make the complicated simple.

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Don’t Let Customization Kill Your Presentation

I am a firm believer that customizing a presentation is critical. The question is, “Can it be overdone?”

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The "Squeaky" Speaker Doesn’t Get the “Grease”

What if your voice squeaks during a crucial presentation?

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Kenexa’s Rudy Karsan: Focus on Your Audience

I recently read an interview with Rudy Karsan, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Kenexa, which appeared in the April 2010 issue of Smart Business Philadelphia. He was talking about leadership and communication.

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Relentless Exploration: How a Speaker's Message Can Resonate

During a long flight, I was catching up on my reading, and came across an interesting article in Newsweek (March 29, 2010) by Jon Meacham.

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Olympic Athletes & Presenters: What It Takes for Platform Success

Have you been watching the Olympics?

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Watch Your Words When Presenting

Recently, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel used the word "retarded" during a closed-door strategy session. And, radio personality Rush Limbaugh used the term again in discussing Mr. Emanuel’s statement.

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MLK Day Reminds Us: Effective Presentations Motivate

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. day.

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Do Your Slides Support Your Message, or the Other Way Around?

When I coach executives for presentation skills, typically they say, “The slides are being prepared.” I then ask, “What about the presentation?”

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I don't need to present, I'm an engineer (accountant, architect, etc.)

Professor Dan Brody (yes, he is a relative!) is teaching an entrepreneurial course at the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering.

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Death By PowerPoint: Don’t Become Another Speaking Statistic

We’ve all heard the expression “death by PowerPoint.”

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Bottom-Line Speaking for Presentation Skills Success

Give people conclusions they can walk out the door with, not a lot of details.

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Are All Presentations Created Equal?

I just facilitated a customized presentation skills program for regional sales managers of a very large medical device company.

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Visual Aids That Help--Not Hinder--Your Next Business Presentation

Are you suffering from “death by PowerPoint?”

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Executive Presentations: Inform, Inspire & Persuade

I recently blogged on the topic of executive presentations.

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Fresh Delivery Requires Preparation & Practice

I am often asked if I give the same presentation each time I present.

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The Power of Videotaping

I have often been asked:

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It’s All About Knowing Your Audience

Last week, I did a webinar on presentation skills.

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Bad Humor is No Joke

Using humor can be a great lead-in to an effective presentation, and even sprinkled throughout a talk.

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Senators Obama and McCain: Please Take Note

The official count down to the election next month has begun.

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