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What Keeps You from Presenting Your Ideas at Work?

 

by Kelly Vandever

The ability to communicate an idea clearly and relevantly to an audience isn’t the most important thing.

It’s important, particularly if you want your presentation to mean something.

But the most important thing, the first thing, is to have the courage to do your presentation.
Apprehension about Presenting
I love helping people give more effective business presentations.  And I’m good at it if I do say so myself!

Over the last five years, I’ve taught, coached, and encouraged hundreds of people on every aspect of …

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5 Things to Be Grateful for Related to Business Presentations

by Kelly Vandever

1.  Great Presenters – There’s nothing quite like that new car smell… and there’s nothing quite like a presenter who presents well.  The presenter shares content of value with their audience in a way that they not only follow but find meaningful.  OMG that’s the best feeling!

2.  Visual Slides – More and more business presenters are realizing the benefits of slides with visuals rather than riddled with bullet points.  Visual slides put the speaker more at ease – because they’re not reading their slides and …

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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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Storytelling? In Business Presentations? Yes!

 

by Kelly Vandever

“How do you tell a story in a business presentation?”

The question came from a colleague who thought of business presentations as being just about the facts. But more and more, business leaders are seeing the benefits of going beyond the facts to the story behind the facts — and the story of the facts.

So if you want to be a more effective business presenter, consider how to add storytelling to your repertoire. How? So glad you asked!

 
3 Common Ways to …

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Presentations Matter – Because You Can Make the World a Better Place

 

by Kelly Vandever

Methods and tools to prevent the spread of AIDS.

A game that teaches children to brush their teeth.

Funding for a Head Start program.

 
These are the reasons I do what I do.
I do not have the knowledge to teach others how to prevent the spread of AIDS. But I can coach a research scientist how to present her findings in a more effective manner.

I didn’t know how to effectively teach my own …

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Why Presentations Matter – Because Kids Need Healthy Teeth!

by Kelly Vandever

I blame my English heritage for my bad teeth though I admit I also think my parents could have done a better job of teaching me to brush (sorry dad — I love you!).  I also think I should have done a better job of teach my own kids to brush (sorry C & Z — mommy loves you!).

If only there were a better way to teach children to brush their teeth — one that takes into account how firmly the child is brushing, one …

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Common Practice Does NOT Equal Best Practice! Three Common Practices to Avoid the Next Time You Present

by Kelly Vandever

Jay was young – in fact, he was an intern…he hadn’t even finished college yet. This may have been his very first “business presentation.” But he said what I often hear clients and business presenters say: “My topic is boring. No one cares about this.”

I begged to differ. With Jay and with anyone else out there who has said the same thing, you’re wrong! You and your topic can be engaging!

If you have passion for your subject and if …

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Three Reasons to Hire a Presentation Coach

by Kelly Vandever

Reese came to me thinking he wanted to hire me to coach him.

“I get nervous when I stand up to speak.”

“Tell me about the kinds of presentations you do.”

“Well I mostly talk with potential clients – one or two people at a time – and I have no problem with that. But when I’m at a networking event and have to stand up in front of 20 people to say what I do, I get really nervous.”

“Reese, you could spend …

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