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Presentation Organization

8 Time Tested Patterns For presentation organization

A good presentation structure makes or breaks a presentation. In this article, I’ll explore several of my favorite structures you can use to organize your presentations for maximum impact. Presentation Organization With 8 Patterns One of the most important factors that contribute to a successful presentation is the pattern of organization that you use to structure […]

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What Did Improv Classes Teach Me About Public Speaking

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 […]

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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 […]

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Self Confidence Ingredients

The 7 Ingredients of Self-Confidence

Did you know that anxiety is one of the ingredients of self-confidence? Self-confidence is a cocktail of emotional states that you feel at a time. A state is a physio-neuro-emotional response ( how you feel, what you think, and how you move). To feel confident, you need anxiety plus 6 more emotional states. When the […]

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5 “Talking With Your Hands” Rules Charismatic Leaders Use

    You are always talking with your hands. Unfortunately, your hands might be saying the wrong things. According to a study published in the Leadership & Organization Development Journal: If you don’t use your hands when presenting, or if you use awkward hand movements, your audience will label you as cold and aloof. On the […]

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Communication is Key To Leadership

The Number One Key to Leadership Communication

    The key to leadership communication is flexibility. Communication flexibility means being able to adjust your communication style to achieve an outcome. An outcome could be getting approval on a new project, getting more organizational resources, getting a promotion, or convincing the executives on a new business direction. Why is Flexibility in Communication is […]

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3 Ways to Reduce Uptalk To Boost Your Credibility As a Leader

    Leaders Don’t Uptalk. Leaders command the room every time they communicate. Both men and women uptalk. However, It’s interesting that my female clients recognize that they sometimes do uptalk, but my male clients usually don’t (even though they are just as guilty!). So what is uptalk? Uptalk is when you raise your intonation […]

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How to Become a Better Public Speaker

How to Become a Better Public Speaker

You become a better public speaker the same way you become better at anything else. Deliberate and continuous practice. Jeff Olson in his book The Slight Edge talks about how the overnight success phenomena is a myth. It does not exist; what seems to be an overnight success was years in the making. Jeff Olson talks […]

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The Magical Transitional Phrase Every Presentation Needs

    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 […]

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The Holistic Approach to Different Types of Learning

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 […]

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