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Old Habits Die Hard

by Claudia W. Brogan

Several years ago, I joined a local Toastmasters club in order to improve and become more practiced in my speaking skills. In the first club that I visited, I noticed an odd method that they used: each time that a speaker would say “um” in a presentation, a member would ring a little silver bell. Apparently, the intention was to quickly get the speaker’s attention so that he or she would notice they said “um” and correct that action. This technique is apparently based on Pavlov’s experiments in classical …

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3 Words of Wisdom That Can Make All the Difference for Public Speakers

By Claudia W. Brogan

Do you ever find yourself recalling words of wisdom that have been passed along to you from your mentors and role models? Sometimes, lessons were conveyed to you by modeling the techniques and methods, while other times the “moral of the story” was conveyed as lessons your mentor had learned and passed along to you. In a true sense, each of these wise words adds to your toolkit and can bring inspiration and fresh ideas whenever you need reminders.

For me, I learned three wise words from one of …

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The Difference Between a Great Speaker and a Great Speaker Coach

by Natalie Gallagher

A friend of mine recently worked with a new speaker coach to get her ready for a big work presentation in front of a room of over 500 people. She was disappointed after the first session because she didn’t feel like she’d gotten what she needed. She noticed her coach struggled to translate his skills as a wonderful speaker into helping her with her presentation. “He didn’t seem to understand I was giving a corporate presentation, not a motivational speech.” She lamented. “And he’s such a great speaker, so I …

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The Presentation Equivalent to Eating Your Vegetables

By Pam Leinmiller

When you were a kid, you didn’t want to eat your vegetables, even though they were good for you. Now, as an adult, you don’t want to practice your presentation, even though you know it is critical to your success as a presenter. Can’t you just skip straight to dessert and just go present? That’s right, practice your presentation. Even knowing that practicing will allow you to see and hear what you can do to improve as a presenter, why don’t we do it? Not only that, why don’t …

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Create a Great Audience Connection

By Bob Goodyear

Creating a great audience connection is key to making a great presentation. It’s easy to say but sometimes it’s very hard to do. What does it take to create such a connection? Let me share 3 tips that I’ve learned over the years that have helped me.
Know Your Audience
This is such a key for making a great presentation and connecting with your audience. I’ve written previously about questions you should ask to get to know your audience before you show up to speak. While these questions will …

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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. And stopping to look at little words on a note card or piece of paper can be distracting enough that it works against you.

However, speakers who train …

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Five Sure-fire Ways to Improve Your Presentation Delivery

 

By Pam Leinmiller

How you say something is every bit as important as what you say. When we begin delivering our great presentation, we want the audience to hear what we say. Perfecting how we are delivering the information can go a long way towards helping our audience take in the information. There is nothing better than practice. Instead of leaving that important presentation to chance, practice actually doing it ahead of time. And video yourself! I know, I know. You don’t like to see yourself on video, you don’t like how …

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Putting the FUN back in to your Speaking FUNdamentals

By Claudia W. Brogan

Whether you are new to public speaking or have plenty of practice under your belt, it never ever hurts to keep learning and polishing your speaking habits.

Speaker and coach Ryan McLean offers enjoyable tips for improving our speaking techniques; even the clever title of this piece on his website, Public Speaking Power, will get you curious: “15 Fun Public Speaking Activities.”

One of the aspects I enjoy most about this positive, encouraging set of ideas in his post is that he clearly believes that the more we practice creative …

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3 Reasons Why You Should Practice Pausing While Presenting

By Natalie Gallagher

When we are scared, anxious, or excessively nervous, our body kicks into fight-or-flight mode, a natural survival instinct. Because public speaking can be a terrifying experience for many, the brain can trigger the “flight” response, and cause us to speak as quickly as possible in order to get off the stage as soon as possible. For me, speaking incredibly fast was one of the biggest hurdles I had to overcome to improve my speaking. On stage, my nerves combined with excitement over my topic made it sound like I …

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The Presentation Before the Presentation: 5 Tips to Set You Up for Success


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By Pam Leinmiller

You have developed a killer presentation, practiced the delivery, and know your material. You have prepared for questions that might arise. You are ready to go! Or so you think…

Don’t let all this preparation go to waste! Consider these 5 tips to avoid undermining your presentation before you utter the first word:
How are you?
Yes, I mean how are YOU, really? You may be nervous, but have you stacked the physical deck in your favor? Did you …

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