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An Invasion Heading Toward Us

by Claudia Brogan

Watch out, grab your sturdy helmet, prepare to take action: there is an invasion coming. And it’s affecting public speakers and presenters nearly as frequently as newscasters and pundits.

Yes, that’s right. There is indeed an invasion going on. And I like to call it The Invasion of Over-Used and Unneeded Phrases.

Beware. These phrases and tired words can sometimes sneak into your presentations when you least expect them. Perhaps this might happen to us during our speeches, when we’re trying to sound well-educated and intellectual. Or …

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Q&A – A Different Way

by Bob Goodyear

Recently I spoke at a technical conference where the audience was made up of professional technical sales people. My objective was to explain a new technology to this group and have them understand why their customers were looking at implementing it in their datacenters. The traditional way to do this is to have a presenter (me) stand up and explain it for 45 minutes and then open the session to Q&A. I wanted to make the presentation different so I tried something new.

I never …

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Want to Broadcast a Presentation for Free Online? You Can! With PowerPoint of All Things!

By Kelly Vandever

 

Say you want to present to a colleague in another state. You’d like to share some information or explain a new process and a simple phone call isn’t going to suffice. You need some visual aids to go along with what you’re saying.

Did you know you can use PowerPoint to help yourself out? And it’s free!

Here’s how it works.
Prepare Your PowerPoint Slides
Prepare your presentation slides just like you normally would. You can even include animations, videos or audio files.

 
Optimize Your Media
If you do have media files, be sure to optimize your media first.

Go to File/Info/Optimize Media …

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Finding Your Voice

by Claudia Brogan

Just recently I had the very odd and unsettling experience of literally losing my voice for several days. And by that I mean that I couldn’t make a peep: not a low quiet chuckle, not an encouraging “Uh huh, you bet!” when a friend was telling me a story, not a sweet little “Thank you” when a kind person opened a door for me.

With all the colds and springtime bugs going around, perhaps this malady has happened to you. (Though I wouldn’t wish this on …

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Chris Brogan on Storytelling for Business Building

by Kelly Vandever

I ran across the brilliant Chris Brogan being interviewed for a website called OnTrackTips.com.  The host, Jason T. Wiser, was a little chatty at the beginning of the video.  But hey – he has every right – it’s his show!  But Jason goes on to asked some masterful questions of Chris and as always, Chris gives some insightful suggestions.

 

See the whole interview here with the complete script.

Or watch below……

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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 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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