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An Invasion Heading Toward Us

by Claudia Brogan

Watch out, grab your sturdy helmet, prepare to take action: there is an invasion coming. And it’s affecting public speakers and presenters nearly as frequently as newscasters and pundits.

Yes, that’s right. There is indeed an invasion going on. And I like to call it The Invasion of Over-Used and Unneeded Phrases.

Beware. These phrases and tired words can sometimes sneak into your presentations when you least expect them. Perhaps this might happen to us during our speeches, when we’re trying to sound well-educated and intellectual. Or …

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Where Are Your Feet?

by Claudia Brogan

Your base, your foundation, your roots.

In a recent coaching session for a professional who wants to keep improving his presentation skills, he asked for clear, useful feedback. “How can I get better at delivering my message?” he asked. “How can I polish my delivery and effectiveness?”

Smart of him to ask those questions. I happen to think that none of us is ever done learning. We’ll benefit immensely if we stay curious—seeking new feedback and helpful suggestions.

In order to give him specific ideas, I watched …

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Never Close Your Presentation With Questions & Answers

by Bob Goodyear

I just finished participating in 3 technical conferences in 3 weeks. During that time, I sat in over 20 presentations. I saw all kinds of different presentation styles. The impact of the presentations was wide ranging as well. There was one common flaw though with almost all of them though. Just about every presenter ended with a Questions and Answers (Q&A) period. DON’T DO THAT!

With almost every presentation, when Q&A began there were some good questions. After the first one or two though, the questions …

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Common Practice Does NOT Equal Best Practice! Three Common Practices to Avoid the Next Time You Present

by Kelly Vandever

Jay was young – in fact, he was an intern…he hadn’t even finished college yet. This may have been his very first “business presentation.” But he said what I often hear clients and business presenters say: “My topic is boring. No one cares about this.”

I begged to differ. With Jay and with anyone else out there who has said the same thing, you’re wrong! You and your topic can be engaging!

If you have passion for your subject and if …

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Did You Know that Audiences Can Pick Out Inauthentic Speakers – Even If You’re Not Pinocchio?

by Kelly Vandever

The moment I saw the latest, GEICO commercial, “Did You Know Pinocchio Was a Bad Motivational Speaker,” I started formulating this post!

If you haven’t seen the commercial yet, watch the video below.

 

Audiences Can Sense Inauthentic Speakers
My contention is that audiences pick up on inauthentic speakers.  Disingenuous speakers leak out signals through their body language even if those signs are more subtly than Pinocchio’s growing nose.  And audiences, either through years of experience or human …

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10 Most Popular Presentation Posts of 2013 (at least at this blog site anyway)

As the year draws to a close, it’s time once again to recap the top 10 most visited blog posts of the year here at Speaking Practically.

As you think about your upcoming presentations, I hope you’ll find these topics and thoughts helpful.

Thanks for a great 2013!

Kelly

 
#1 – What If I Don’t Like the Default Size 16:9 in PowerPoint 2013?

Currently, when opening a new slide in PowerPoint 2013, it will open by default to a larger sized slide.  Instead of the traditional 4:3 dimensions most people are used …

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