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Archive for December, 2018

Top 5 Blog Posts of 2018

Time for our annual review of the top blog posts of 2018!  Drum roll please!!!

#5 – How to Give a Presentation Without Using Notes
By Natalie Gallagher

Pop quiz: What’s the best way to lose your place during your presentation?

 Answer: Look down at your notes.

It’s counterintuitive, isn’t it? After all, shouldn’t your carefully prepared notes mean you have a greater chance of success? Sometimes, sure. But more often than not, presenters use notes as a crutch because they don’t trust their own brains to keep track of it all. …

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Speak from the Heart

 

By Kelly Vandever

When people find out I’m a presentation coach, they’re often intimidated to present when I’m in the audience.

I hate that I cause stress, especially because, I think when it comes down to it, sincerity makes up for a lot of ills when you’re presenting. And I see so many presenters that speak with truth and sincerity on their topic and it’s that truth and that sincerity that make their audiences fall in love with them.

As we near the end of the year, remember your truth when you’re preparing for …

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by Mark Kretschmar

All fundamental presentation training has you start with an Introduction (tell them what you’re going to tell them), a Body (tell them), and a Conclusion (tell them what you told them). This rule is not as damaging as some previous rules we’ve already toppled – it’s just a little simplistic. You likely learned this rule in your high school or college Freshman speech class. The rule is founded in the flawed Typical Presentation Paradigm – a presentation is a transfer of information. If your presentation is constructed simply as a transfer of …

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Show no slide before its time

by Tom Nixon

Sitting in on a presentation recently, I noticed that the speaker had a habit of advancing to the next slide well before he was ready to speak about it. He was almost finished with the previous topic and had not yet begun to verbally transition to his next point.

Instead of blacking out the screen until he began his next topic he was showing the upcoming visual before it made sense to the audience. I am sure everyone was preoccupied with figuring out where he was going. An unnecessary distraction.

The lesson: …

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Let’s Get Physical: Speaker Tips for Great Presentations

 

 

 

by Claudia W. Brogan

With practice and open, curious minds, our public speaking skills can get better and better. Not only will it help us “up our game” when we practice carefully and polish our own presentation, but it’s helpful too for us to pay close attention to other speakers’ styles and best practices. We can learn continually by watching other speakers. And not only can we learn from watching extraordinary speakers who speak with grace and clarity—we can also learn from watching presenters who have room for improvement.

Truly, I think we …

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