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Nervous about Presenting?

Early in my work coaching executives, one VP said to me, “I hate public speaking.  What I’m hoping is that you can help me get over my fear of public speaking.”

I was honest with her.  “There are things we can do together to make you feel more comfortable and confident.  But unfortunately, I don’t have a magic wand.  I can’t promise that you’ll ‘get over’ being nervous.”
No Magic Pixie Dust
A 2001 Gallup poll reported that 40% of Americans have a fear of public speaking.  …

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Microphones

If you’re presenting in a relatively large room and you’re availed of the opportunity to use a microphone, use it.  Even if you think you’re loud enough, having your voice amplified makes the experience better for your audience.  Use the microphone for them.

If you’re not accustomed to using a microphone here are a few tips.

 
Lavaliere Microphones
I recommend the lavaliere microphone as it allows you as the presenter to move out from behind the lectern while leaving your hands free for a clicker and natural hand gestures.

Women …

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Is It Ever OK to Cry When You’re Presenting? It Depends.

I watched a TED Talk recently in which the speaker, Dr. Peter Attia, choked up.  His throat caught as he appeared to be fighting back tears.  The emotions which surfaced were a mixture of regret, remorse and shame.  He came across as sincere and committed to the topic of this talk – challenging the way we think about diabetes and obesity.

Here’s his TED Talk.

 Is It Ever OK to Cry When You’re Presenting?  It Depends
While this ultimately has to be a question that each presenter must answer for his or herself, here are some rules …

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Public Speaker Values – Kelly Vandever’s Personal Beliefs of What Makes a Good Trainer

I attended a couple of training programs lately as part of my own professional development.  I had vastly different reactions to the instructors who facilitated the different classes.

Instructor # 1 was exceptional – a role model, someone I’d want to get to know better and keep in touch with, and learn from.  She was just that good.

Instructor # 2 – drove me up the wall and across the ceiling.  The longer the class went on, the more frustrated I became.

As I reflect …

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Presentation Challenge – How Do You Represent Data in a Meaningful Way

There are 2.5 million children in South Africa who are orphaned, living in child-head households.

Wait, what?  Child-head households?  I’ve heard of single parent household, child-head households, you mean…

That’s right a child, usually a teen ager, has to assume the head of the household because the parents are gone, typically, they’ve died of aids.

 

That was the conversation I had with my friend Lisa Calhoun with Ambassador Connections who has accepted a call to work with South African orphans over the next two years.  The idea of child-head households shook …

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What If You 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 to, it opens as 16:9 by default.

There isn’t a way to change any settings or option if you prefer to stick with the 4:3 dimensions, but here’s a work around.

 

 

 

 
Watch this Video for the Work Around to Set 4:3 as Your Default Slide Dimensions

 
Written Directions – Work Around to Set 4:3 as Your Default Slide Dimensions
From …

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Help Your Sale Prospects Change Their Own Minds

Mr. Camito was my 4th grade teacher.

I remember him especially well for two reasons.

One – I didn’t have many men teachers growing up.

Two – He and my mother had a lengthy exchange based on a comment on my after my report card about me talking too much in class.   The exchange ended with the suggestion of duct tape for my mouth.  While it was a little funny, I felt badly for not being the perfect little student.

 

Six years ago, I heard World …

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The Corporate PowerPoint Template Is a Barrier between Sales Professionals and Their Prospects!

“I tell them to stop using the corporate template.  It just puts up another barrier between the sales person and the prospect.”

“Wait.  I’ve never heard it said that way before.  I’ve told people not to use templates because they detract from the presentation’s message.  I’ve never heard someone say that the template puts up a barrier.”

“Yeah, it’s just more me, me, me about the company doing the selling instead of focusing on the prospect and their needs.  Templates put up a barrier between the …

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Favorite TED Talks – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on aid versus trade

Moving Your Audience – Appealing to the Head & to the Heart
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was the first woman finance minister in Nigeria.  At this 2007 TED Talk about the challenges of Africa, Okonjo-Iweala reviewed statistics about the direction that Africa was moving forward. The talk was compelling and interesting up … then at about the 7:45 mark, it became even more compelling as Okonjo-Iweala tells a very personal story that puts the discussion in perspective.

Okonjo-Iweala masterfully appeals to the logic and the emotional side of her arguments.

 
What Can You Learn from Okonjo-Iweala’s Speech?
As you watch her speech, consider how you can …

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Favorite TED Talks – Simon Sinek

Here’s another of my favorite TED Talks by Simon Sinek as he answers the question as to WHY it is that great leaders aspire us to act.  It’s very popular.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth the watch!

 
What’s your favorite undiscovered TED Talk?
Share your favorite in the comments below!!!

 

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