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How to Master Public Speaking

by Lydia Bailey

 

For a lot of people, public speaking is worse than a death sentence. This graphic helps to explain why public speaking is so scary to certain individuals and ways to get over it.

The fear of public speaking is known as “glossophobia”. More Americans report they fear it more than heights, flying, drowning, and small spaces. So what makes this fear so common? The main reason is that they feel that they will be ostracized, which in early days of man would have meant death since collaboration was …

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Rock Your Unglamorous Work!

By Kelly Vandever

One of the things I secretly love (well, not so secret now that you’re reading this) is when I’m in a public gathering and for whatever reason, someone asks the military veterans in the room to stand and be recognized.

OH MY GOD, I LOVE TO STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED AS A VET! Yes, I’m extremely proud that I served my country…but I also dig that I’m one of the few…and sometimes the only…woman who’s standing. The look …

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Give Your Employees Permission to Speak – Then Prepare to Be Amazed!

by Kelly Vandever

I’m passionate about giving employees permission to speak and engaging your staff to speak up. I’m passionate because I’ve seen the impact on employees and on business results.

Here’s the story of how I came to believe so strongly in giving employees permission to speak.

 
The Problem: Processing Travel Claims
At my second duty station, we processed all the travel claims of military personnel who transferred to the Naval Air Station in Pensacola for a permanent assignment. We also processed travel claims for those who had to …

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To be an Expert or a Master

 

by Tom Nixon

World-class speaker and business consultant Alan Weiss has said, “Give Me a Double Axis Chart and I Can Rule the World.” That may be overstated a bit but when done carefully these charts can be immensely valuable.

Any chart or graph can be a dense forest of data unless you deliberately create it with the goal of making the complex understandable. This double axis chart represents a core component of my “How to Do PowerPoint Right” Workshop. It is a build slide with each component revealed as I …

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Using the Spoken Word to Lead and Motivate Your Team – Part 3 – Tell Your Organization’s Stories

by Kelly Vandever
The Blue Angels
Have you ever seen the Blue Angels?  They are the Navy’s flight demonstration team and they put on one heck of a show.  The Navy’s video here explains it more eloquently than I ever could.

 

These pilots fly in incredibly tight formations and execute mind-blowing maneuvers during their air shows.  It’s a sight to see.  If you haven’t seen them, make it a point to go see them when they’re near you.

 
Blue Angels Training and Travel
The Blue Angels train intensely in two …

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Using the Spoken Word to Lead and Motivate Your Team – Part 2 – Tell Personal Stories

by Kelly Vandever

 

I’d known Julie from “around” but we’d never worked together directly. She had been in Atlanta for a few years then relocated to Denver to take a new role as a peer to my manager. Some time later, she was promoted to managing the larger group and she became my manager’s manager.

I always had a favorable impression of Julie. She was professional, intelligent, and all evidence pointed to her being a good leader. Plus she sported a super cute hair cut!

When …

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Using the Spoken Word to Lead and Motivate Your Team – Part 1 – Leadership and Authenticity

by Kelly Vandever

After completing a training session on site for a client, I made myself available in the afternoon to provide one-on-one coaching to anyone interested in getting some individual attention or advice.

Bob was one of the people who requested one-on-one time. Bob is a manager within the organization and he’d been highly engaged during the training. I got the sense that he is a good leader and well respected in the organization.

During our individual time, he asked me …

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Uses for Presentation Skills After the Zombie Apocalypse

My husband and son have each been called “MacGyver” on multiple occasions by friends and family. They are both intelligent, resourceful and the kind of men you’d want to hang out with during a Zombie Apocalypse. (My son even has a t-shirt that declares, “In Case of Zombie Apocalypse, Follow Me.”) They can handle weapons. They can build things. They can survive off the land. They have all the skills that would be essential to survival in the case of a Zombie Apocalypse.

I …

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What’s Your Favorite TED Talk?

If you’re unfamiliar with TED.com it’s a marvelous place to view speeches on a myriad of topics which will amaze and fascinate you!  As their tag line says, they believe in “Ideas worth spreading.”  Click here to go to the website.

TED Talks as they’re called originally started in California but TEDx events are now held around the world and give voice to even more great ideas.

For those of you familiar with TED…
Share a Link to Your Favorite TED Talk!
So let’s spread some ideas …

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Public Speaking During Times of Business Unrest

I know the meeting was in December, but I can’t recall for certain the year.

Roger, the president of our division pulled us all together to speak to us.  He’d had to rent the ballroom of a nearby hotel to accommodate the several hundred people who made up the group.

Roger wasn’t especially comfortable with public speaking.  But what he had to tell us was important and would impact each of us personally.  So Roger was willing to face a public speaking situation to tell us …

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