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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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  • Five Best Public Speaking and Presentation Design Blogs

    My go to public speaking and presentation resource treasure trove (aka learn from the experts – no need to rinse and repeat the mistake cycle): Duarte Design: Nancy Duarte and her team generously share their deep and broad presentation knowledge. Nancy is the author of slide:ology and resonate – two go-to-guides for building professional presentations. The Duarte team showcase the […]
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  • Art of Marketing Speaker’s Review

    The Art of Marketing crew landed in Vancouver last week with some strong hits and misses. Hits: Mitch Joel’s presentation was as close to flawless as humanly possible. He took the audience on an information loaded ride that followed a focussed track – all from a place of comfort and heart. For those who want to learn how to listen […]
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  • Are Conferences Dead?

    Or perhaps dying? Let me rephrase, “Are old style conferences dying a quick death?” They are and in their place are conferences or summits that provide shorter keynotes and allocated networking time. Art of Marketing is taking place in Vancouver next week and hosting five Marketing “Artists”. All five speakers are household names in Social Media and Digital Marketing. Not […]
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