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The 8 Qualities All Great Presenters Have

You get evaluated by management and peers every time you speak in front of a group.

To win and to do well, you have to know the qualities they are looking for and the criteria for evaluation.

That’s why when I facilitate executive retreats on communication skills, I start by having the executives write up characteristics of good presenters based on their perception.

I used to think that each organization had their different criteria based on their culture. However, after working with hundreds of executive teams, I realized there is the common criterion that surfaces all the time.

I analyzed the results […]

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Interview with Peter Khoury About Public Speaking

 

It was my pleasure to be interviewed by my friend Joshua Brandt.

Josh is a respected journalist featured in the San Francisco Chronicle on several occasions.

Hope you enjoy the interview and find it beneficial. If you prefer to read instead of listening, you will find the transcript of the interview below.

Transcript:

Josh:

My impression was that to be an excellent public speaker, you needed to have an outgoing, vicarious personality. But a while back, you told me that wasn’t the case with you… I’m hoping you can elaborate on that now.

Peter:

Yeah, Josh. I am an introvert. I […]

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3 Simple Weapons of Mass Persuasion To Be Used in The Next Presidential Debate.

Next Presidential Debate War

For some, the next presidential debate between Hillary and Trump is is going to be a “dog and pony show.”

For me, the debate will be a battleground where weapons of mass influence will be deployed and tested. It’s both exciting and scary because a lot is on the line. Every candidate has to bring their “A” game for maximum persuasion.

As a student of influence and persuasion for the past 15 years, I am fascinated with how these candidates will deploy their tricks, traps, attacks.

The attacks will be fast yet subtle.

If you […]

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How to Give an Impressive Impromptu Speech

How To Impromptu Speech As a Genius

An Impromptu speech is a talk that you give on the spot with no preparation.

The speech could be as professional as a project update or as casual as a toast at a wedding. Either way, you are expected to say something smart, witty and charming.

While it might feel like torture even to the most second C-level executive, giving an extemporaneous speech the mark of an excellent communicator and leader.

Shine in the spot light - Extemporaneous Speaking

Impromptu Speech Situations You Must Be Ready For

It’s not […]

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One Prerequisite for Becoming a Good Public Speaker

I got the following big takeaway from my ROTC classes in college (ROTC = Reserve Officers’ Training Corps):

Here it is: “A Good Leader is a Good Follower.”

I learned that in order to lead, I had to be willing to be led.

When it comes to speaking, the same principle applies:

“To be a good public speaker, you have to be a good audience member.”

Being a good audience member will make you a better speaker by allowing you to learn from other speakers.

Here is a list of 8 things you can do to become a good […]

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Why Do People Fear Public Speaking? 3 Very Interesting Theories

I get asked the following question almost every single day…

“Why do people fear public speaking?”

Over the past ten years, I came across three theories that make sense. I call them “theories” because they are not a verified truth. I don’t know the truth on this matter, however knowing the ideas helps me feel better.

I hope it helps you. If you are not interested in theories and want to deal with your public speaking fear, check out this blog article. Although, the theories below are very interesting, and you might like them…

Why do People Fear public speaking: Theory […]

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How To Make A Presentation Fun, Interactive, and Enjoyable

how to make a presentation fun and interactive

Mike’s presentations were always fun and interactive!

Mike was the CEO of the very first company I worked at after college.

Mike knew his material, and he knew how to present it. He made presentations on cancer vaccines seem almost like a scene from Game of Thrones.

As an entry level engineer at the time, I envied Mike. I wanted to be like him. I spent the last ten years of my life after leaving engineering studying the best speakers in the world and as a result collected some techniques […]

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How To Develop A Magnetic Public Speaking Style

Pushy, gimmicky, or preachy presentation styles don’t work very well.

They alienate and possibly offend your audience.

In a world where your influence ability is highly valued and relies less and less on organizational authority, you have to develop a magnetic speaking style. A style that attracts people instead of repelling them.

Instead of pushing ideas on my audience, I always look for ways to make my audience attracted to what I say.

I learned a few things over the past ten years that have made my presentations more magnetic.

Below are 4 of them.

1. Tell your story (to […]

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How To Improve Public Speaking Skills Using These 6 “Out-Of-The-Box” Ways

improve public speaking skills in 6 ways

The plateau is inevitable!

You want to improve your public speaking skills, but you might feel stuck and frustrated.

I’ve been stuck on this plateau many times. In fact, I am on one right now. I am not too worried because I know a way out of this rut. I want to share with you some of the things that helped me get unstuck so you can use them too.

Below is a list of items I did to change my routine and break through my barriers. I also […]

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What Did Improv Classes Teach Me About Public Speaking

Improv Classes San Francisco, CA

10 Years ago I attended my first set of improv classes in San Francisco. I signed up because I was an introverted engineer trying to become more expressive as a public speaker.

Now, I am a national speaker and run one of the fastest growing public speaking training companies in the Bay Area. I owe a lot of that to the improv classes I took and still take on a regular basis.

In my first class – The trainer made us stand in a circle and asked us to introduce ourselves all […]

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