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Mixed Signals from Your Audience

This is our dog Dude.  He’s a six-month-old Humane Society rescue – part yellow lab, part golden retriever, and maybe a little something else that accounts for the freckles on his nose.  One thing Dude and I have in common is we’re both light sleepers.  He can be snoozing on the other side of the room, but when he hears me stand up, he opens his eyes and lifts his head.

A few weeks ago, I was practicing a speech in my office.  I was standing …

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Get a Second Opinion

Call me stubborn… though I prefer the term independent… but I like to do things for myself.  I don’t want to depend on anyone else for anything.  I hate to ask for help which of course is ridiculous!  Even the Beatles know we all need a little help from our friends.  I’m still learning that lesson.

I took Jeff Justice’s Comedy Workshoppe – a class that takes people with varying levels of comedic talent and teaches them how to write and deliver stand up comedy.  …

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Presentation Skills Are Overrated

CAUTION:  Kelly Vandever Tweets at Conferences!

If you follow me on Twitter @KellyVandever, you may notice that on some days, I tweet a lot.  Invariably the reason is, I’m at a conference or professional association meeting.  As it happens, Twitter has become my note taking method of choice.  As I listen to the presenter and hear things that catch my attention, I tweet out a message to capture the idea, attach the conference hashtag (or make one up if they don’t have one) and include …

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Meet Them Where They Are

I attended a recent ASTD Atlanta chapter meeting where representatives from Turner organization talked about how they rolled out a comprehensive Talent Management System.  (For those unfamiliar with HR jargon, that’s how corporate America now refers to everything human resource related in an organization – performance reviews, compensation, succession planning, training, etc.)   Turner underwent a massive overhaul of their systems.  It was very impressive to hear how they managed the process.  In the lessons learned review, one of the key factors that they felt lead …

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Improve Your Presentation – Be Sincere

If you haven’t seen the movie Up in the Air with George Clooney, there is one part of the film that they didn’t mention in the blurb describing the movie on Netflix.  In addition to firing people for a living, George Clooney’s character is also a “motivational speaker,” though his audiences didn’t seem highly motivated when the camera flashed to show them.  One reason he might not have been a good motivational speaker is that he didn’t believe in his message.
3 Things the Most Effective Speaker …

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Improve Your Presentation by Giving Specific, Personal Examples

I spent this past weekend with my friends at the National Speakers Association’s winter workshop.   On Saturday night over dinner another colleague and I were talking to our friend Wendy Kinney (http://wendykinney.com).   For those of you who don’t know Wendy, she is a very wise woman.  Wendy was trying to explain a concept to us and it was clear that neither I nor the colleague were understanding Wendy’s point so we asked for an example.  Wendy gave us a generic example, and we still …

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Being Vulnerable in Front of an Audience

My hubby Rich and I had just finished watching a movie on Netflix.  When we switched back to TV mode, it was about 9:45 PM.  I started flipping through the channels and came across the last part of an episode of Undercover Boss.  The male CEO was standing in front of a large group of employees, tears in his eyes, speaking with such emotions and sincerity.  The camera cuts away to show the employees, some of them with tears in their eyes and several nodding …

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Slides with Pictures and One or Two Words – Not Only Does It Look Better… It Works Better!

I did a presentation called “Connecting the Dots through Stories” for the Greater Atlanta Chapter of ASTD.  The presentation was geared around helping trainers find and use more stories in their training.  After the presentation, I was approached by a training manager from a large Atlanta-based company.  She didn’t ask me about the storytelling topic.  Instead she asked me how I developed my slides.

 

 

 
Creating Great Slides
When that training manager asked me about how I developed my slides, I recommended Garr Reynolds’ book Presentation Zen and she quickly wrote …

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The Glazed Over Look

“Kelly, tell me one thing… How can I avoid getting the glazed over look from my audience?”  That question came from Don, a gentleman I know through a networking group.  Don is in a highly specialized field.  Yet most of the people he works with as clients have no knowledge of his specialty.  “When I talk to a group, their eyes kind of glaze over.  How do I get their attention back?”

What Don wanted when he asked the question were techniques he could use …

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Wow! I Didn’t Know That! – Presentations that Promote Your Business without Turning People Off – Part 4 – This is the start of a beautiful relationship

Has this ever happened to you?  You build up in your mind that a particular presentation is going to be THE most important presentation of your professional life.  If you nail this presentation, then prospects will instantly turn into customers and customers will turn into raving fans.  You get yourself so worked up into the importance of the presentation that you have too much riding on the presentation.  In my case, I either get so stressed that I …

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