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Self Leadership Interview With Peter Khoury

Raitis: Hi, I’m Raitis Stalazs, founder of setgoalstoday.com. I am here with an exclusive interview with Peter Khoury for our book club.  Peter Khoury is the author of Self-Leadership Guide: Be empowered Be motivated.   Peter, welcome.

Peter: Hi, Raitis, how are you?

Raitis: Doing great. Would you be so kind and tell us how you came up with the idea that you needed to write this book? Also, if you could provide a short description, what is the topic of your book?

Peter: I think everybody has a book in them and I always looked up to my great-uncle, he didn’t […]

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The Magical Transitional Phrase Every Presentation Needs

Transitional phrase and transitional sentences

Good transitional sentences and phrases are simple, elegant and clear.

They help your audience follow you from one point to the next one.

In today’s article, you will learn the “Summarize and Switch” transition phrase.

You will learn the same phrase I use in most of my presentations, keynotes and training. It’s by far the most efficient transition method I’ve ever used.

Here is how you can create a good transition phrase:

After you finish a section of your presentation, you quickly summarize that part in one or two sentences, then you switch your audience’s attention […]

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The Holistic Approach to Different Types of Learning

Different types of learning styles

Your audience is composed of different individuals with different wants, needs and also different types of learning. 

To be influential, persuasive and engaging, you need to be at least aware of these differences.

So, what is learning?

A long time ago, the word “learning” was understood by many as acquiring and gaining a mental or physical grasp of a subject, giving it a meaningful interpretation and applying it in your day-to-day activities.

Today, however, researchers and educators see learning as a more dynamic system due to its […]

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Storytelling for Presentations Demystified

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Presenting is storytelling.

Every time you present at work, you are telling a story. The story can influence and persuade people, or it can confuse them – depending on how you give the presentation.

In the past, a story meant a “real story” with plot and characters. Nowadays, a story is anything that evokes a response.

Yes, the definition of a story is now broader more than ever. That’s because the mediums for communication have grown like never before. In addition to books and TV, we also have PowerPoints, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, […]

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How To Bond With Your Audience Using Your Story

Bond With Your Audience With a Story

You know the feeling…

You are presenting at your organization at 5 pm, and all you get is a dazed and apathetic look from your tired audience.

If you are like me, their reaction bothers you a little. 

How do you inject some life into them?

How do you give meaning to the projects they are working on?

How do you make them respond to you?

One way to do this is to share a personal story to make […]

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How to Introduce Yourself in a Presentation: Stereotype Formula

How To Introduce Yourself

Every time you introduce yourself to a group, you have to connect three things:

You have to connect yourself with the topic and then connect your topic with the audience.

This concept is called the “Triangle of Trust” in the speaking world. When you do it right, the audience will love, trust, and follow you. When you do it the wrong way, the audience will mistrust you.

Here is why:

If you talk about yourself without connecting to the topic, then your introduction will be out of context. People will wonder why you are talking […]

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5 Great Powerpoint Alternatives for Your Presentation Needs

PowerPoint Alternatives

For a couple of decades now, Microsoft PowerPoint has been a staple tool in the hands of many professionals.

PowerPoint incorporates standard Office features and a familiar, user-friendly interface that allows you to create static and interactive presentations quickly.

However, PowerPoint is the not the only option for you out there.

There are some great PowerPoint alternatives out there that could perform as well as, if not better than Microsoft PowerPoint, and make your presentation enjoyable, interactive, and productive.

Regardless of your career or profession, you will, at some point, need […]

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Want To Chiasmus like Kennedy?

Chiasmus like Kennedy

Chiasmus pronounced: kīˈazməs/

I hate the word, but I love the power it holds.

I once had a nightmare about a chiasmus.  I was in class, and every time I said “chiasmus” out loud, somebody would respond with, “bless you.”

I said, “I am not sneezing.  I want to teach you about a powerful rhetorical device used by most of the powerful speakers of all time.”

They’d respond, “Bless you.”

Chiasmus Definition and power

Definition of Chiasmus

In rhetoric, a chiasmus (Latin term from Greek χίασμα, “Crossing” is the figure of speech in which two sentences […]

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How To Give a Good Presentation: 3 Powerful Tips

How to give a good presentation

When people seek tips on good presentation skills in Google, they typically type in the following question: How to give a good presentation?

Sorry to tell you but that is the wrong question to ask.

The better question is: How to give an effective presentation?

Because in a business setting, effective beats good any day!

So what is the difference between a good presentation and an effective one?

Effective vs good presentaitons

Good presentation VS. an effective presentation

Changing the adjectives from “good” to “effective” in the question turns it from a subjective […]

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Why Female Professionals Shy Away From The Spotlight

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Mary was invited to be on a prestigious panel at a high profile conference.
Initially, she attempted to turn down the opportunity, but her manager forced her to go to represent the company.

Mary became a client of mine, and unfortunately, I see many women like Mary every month.

Why do competent, smart, and capable women turn down career boosting opportunities like that? What solution can they use to overcome their fears in situations like this?

Males have similar issues with the spotlight. However, their reasons are entirely different than female clients which […]

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