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Strategies for Improving Physical Movements During Presentations

by Natalie Gallagher

One of the best scenes from an otherwise mediocre movie was when Will Farrell’s character in “Talladega Nights” couldn’t figure out what to do with his hands while he was speaking in front of a large crowd. While he spoke, his arms slowly kept rising next to him, as if possessed by their own will. The humor stems from the commonality of this issue. All presenters have wondered at one time or another, “What on earth do I do with my hands?” The uncertainty often leads to awkward, distracting, …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews David Burkus on Emerging Management Practices

Permission to Speak

Leadership Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  David Burkus

About David Burkus:
David Burkus is a best-selling author, host of the award-winning podcast Radio Free Leader, and

an associate professor of management at Oral Roberts University. His latest book, Under New Management, challenges the traditional and …

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Don’t Let Your Slides Tie You Down

by Tom Nixon
Long ago I would start my PowerPoint presentations standing next to the screen so that the audience could see both my slides and me.
A trusted coach suggested that was the weakest spot I could stand in – in the shadows, back and to the side, away from my audience. This is where I would begin my presentations! Not good.
Presenters often have great difficulty avoiding the beam of light from their projectors. The projection device is often on a table or hanging from a low ceiling in a conference room or …

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Design Principles for your Presentations: both literally and figuratively

By Claudia Brogan

One of my speaking heroes recently recommended to me the fine books by Garr Reynolds, Presentation Zen and Presentation Zen Design. Whether you consider yourself an experienced graphic artist or are early in your development of presentation design, you’ll certainly find unique and borrowable tips that you can relate to and act on. Reynolds has a knack for trimming ideas to their elegant, clarified essence.

I highly recommend that speakers learn Reynolds’ key presentation ideas. One crisp, clear overview with a useful introduction to the principles of Garr Reynolds can …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Hollie Delaney & Christa Foley of Zappos about Holacracy

Permission to Speak

Leadership Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guests for this episode:   Hollie Delaney & Christa Foley of Zappos

About Hollie Delaney & Christa Foley:
Hollie Delaney heads up all things People and HR related at Zappos.

Christa Foley heads up Zappos Insights as well as work on People, Culture, and …

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The “Why” of Leadership: Making Your Intentions Clear

By Kelly Vandever
The “Angst at Work” Conversation
I was sitting around with some friends who were talking about things that were being required of them at work. Not the jobs themselves. But what was being required above and beyond their day to day work.

“I gotta do these health-related things.”

“I have to go sit with people from other departments.”

“I have to track my weekly objectives on a spreadsheet.”

After much comment and angst it came down to:

“Why can’t they just let me do my job?!”

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3 Rehearsal Tips

By Bob Goodyear

Over the last few months, I’ve helped two people prepare for important presentations they were scheduled to give. As they created their content and fine-tuned their PowerPoint decks, they both asked the best way to practice for the actual presentation. Today, I’ll share with you the 3 tips I gave them about rehearsing for a presentation.
Tip #1 – Always rehearse verbally
This simple tip is often ignored by presenters. Early in my presenting career I considered rehearsal to be nothing more than putting my slides in presentation mode and just thinking …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Chad Littlefield on Meaningful Conversations at Work

Permission to Speak

Leadership Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  Chad Littlefield
 

Topics Covered:

Creating relationships of trust
World in Conversation
The default questions we ask
Empathy
Creating dialog
Asking different questions to create deeper connections
For example, instead of asking, “How are you?” ask “What do you …

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Overcoming Nerves While Speaking Publically

by Natalie Gallagher

Public speaking continues to be one of the biggest fears many people have, and it’s largely because of the incredible anxiety that comes with standing in front of a crowd, with all eyes and ears focusing on you. “What if” questions roil around in our brains: What if I say something dumb? What if I look bad? What if, what if, what if???

After twenty-one years of being a public speaker, including in front of audiences large and small, I’m here to tell you that the nerves never fully go …

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The Power of Complementary Colors

By Tom Nixon

Simply put, complementary colors are color opposites. They reside opposite each other on the color wheel like orange and blue, green and red, and yellow and violet. Combinations of complementary colors stand out. Life rafts are yellow-orange because they will be easily noticed in a blue sea.

Being opposites, like people, these color combinations can convey energy, excitement, and quite often, tension. But sometimes these energetic combinations can be too distracting. Their energy can be overwhelming to the viewer when placed immediately next to each other in equal strengths and proportions. …

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