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  • Do You Use Humour in Your Presentations? Should you?

    Carrying on from my last post critiquing Jeffrey Gitomer’s “Getting Your Way ~ How to Speak, Write, Present, Persuade, Influence, and Sell Your Point of View To Others” let’s discuss whether humour in presentations is acceptable. Gitomer suggests that humour is appropriate while working with all levels of an organization and believes that it is the tie that bonds us. [...]
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  • If I Had a Dollar for Every Bad Presentation I Have Sat Through

    Do you know Jeffrey Gitomer of “The Little Red Book of Selling” fame? If you don’t, you should. Gitomer shares vast knowledge on the art of sales. Not the smarmy, slick type of sales but the relationship building type where people who sell product/service sell to clients who need their service. If you want to learn professional salesmanship best practices [...]
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  • Is A Presentation The Best Way To Communicate Your Message?

    Presentations should only be used when you have something important to communicate. Information or ideas that solve a problem or answer a question needs to be a presentation developers mandate. So, ask yourself, is it really necessary to gather a group together for a presentation? If 40 people attend a one hour presentation it equals one person working a 40 [...]
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  • Is Your Presentation Staying on Message?

    At the end of a session with a client I ask, “What did you learn today that had the most impact?” One common response is “Staying on Message”. It is easy to become enchanted with your knowledge and to share all you know. Or go off on tangents because the content is remotely related. Or even worse interject a story [...]
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  • Slay the Um, Er, and Uh From Your Next Presentation

    Breathe Yes, simply breathe. You likely take the life force of breathing for granted. I know that I do. When you bring your thoughts back to your breathing it forces you to be present. Ums, ers, and uhs stem from our losing our train of thought and/or lack of confidence in our content. Get back on track and resuscitate your [...]
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  • Three Public Speaking Confidence Boosters

      Breathe, Feel, and See When in the throws of feeling anxious, good breathing, visualization, and grounding yourself in the moment do work. With a caveat, just as you need to practice your upcoming presentation, you need to practice these anxiety quelling techniques too. Are you thinking that is a lot of practicing? It is, and worth it. To stand [...]
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  • Gloria Steinem & The Fear of Public Speaking

      I would never have suspected that Gloria Steinem was afraid of public speaking.   Steinem is one of my heros. She saw the need for change and she caused change to happen. Steinem is an articulate and well researched woman whom I would never have considered having such fear of public speaking that it stalled her career and the [...]
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  • Ethics of Presentations

    The issue of ethics has reared it’s head this week. Does a handshake along with a verbal commitment mean that a contract is in place? I believe it does. When a better offer comes along does the original commitment (see above) become void? I don’t believe so. Simplistic? Yes. Easy to live by? For some, not so much. As a [...]
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  • Three Public Speaking Tips to Ratchet Up Your Presentation Skills

    This is why I love what I do: Every day I learn about what gets people out of bed in the morning. Their passions, dreams, innovations, and tenacity. How can life be better than that? Often people who do amazing things want to share them. The best way to do that? Take the stage! Crow from rooftops and give others [...]
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  • Public Speaking & My Little Secret

    Scott Berkun gets it right – yes, his post “Open Letter to Speakers” is squeamishly uncomfortable but rings true. Why do we applaud and cheer when a speaker sucks? From a Canadian perspective perhaps because we are uber polite. From another, perhaps the audience is glad that the presentation is over and they can leave. Ouch, that stings. This is [...]
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