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Archive for June, 2016

3 Reasons Why You Need a Speaking Coach

by Natalie Gallagher

In the last few years, TED and TEDx Talks have rapidly become the gold standard of public speaking: the presentations are informative, witty, innovative, and demonstrate the best of what presenting can do. But did you ever wonder how they manage to maintain that level of consistency and quality in every Talk? Are all of these subject matter experts also naturally brilliant orators as well?

The truth is much more ordinary, and much more attainable: the secret is that every single speaker is required to have, and …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Jennifer Kahnweiler on Helping Introverts Speak Up at Work

Permission to Speak

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:  Jennifer Kahnweiler

Topics discussed:

Jennifer’s journey with introverts began with her marriage to her husband Bill
Introverts recharge internally, being alone, going within
Extroverts recharge by being around others
Another qualitied of introverts is they’re …

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Getting (Creatively) Unstuck

by Claudia Brogan

“If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always gotten.”

<Attributed variously to Albert Einstein, Henry Ford, Mark Twain, Tony Robbins.
regardless of the origin, what matters is the point this great quote makes.>

One challenge for professional speakers who have varied topics and presentations is the creative act of coming up with new speech topics –or new approaches to topics—that they can use in training for their staffs and audiences. As a matter of fact, getting ourselves into “jams” for new ideas and new approaches can …

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8.5 Ways to Speak Up and Add More Value to Your Organization

by Kelly Vandever

Want to keep your job?  Want to get a better job?  Find ways to add value at work!

One of the reasons people come to this site it to improve their public speaking they can get better at speaking up at work.  One way to show your value at work is to be able to present important information in a professional manner.  But there’s more ways that are important to speak up at work.  Consider these.

Tell your manager what change you want to make – …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Deb Lavoy on the Narrative of Your Business

Permission to Speak

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:  Deb Lavoy

Topics discussed:

Solving problems that actually mean something to people
Selling products & value propositions
Narratives from the visionary through to the details that make it real
How narratives take over …

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Using a graph? What’s your point?

by Tom Nixon

Presenting data to an audience is a challenge. If we just dump a pile of numbers on the screen we can expect those “eyes glazed over” looks that PowerPoint is so famous for. To make numbers meaningful we often turn to a graph or chart to show numbers as visual relationships.

Unfortunately, PowerPoint is all too ready to help us make those many layered, three-dimensional, color coordinated graphs that are just as confusing as the raw data. As the “tour guides” of our presentation we need …

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