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Become a “Consumer” of Virtual Presenting

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If you want to become great at something, you have to immerse yourself in the topic and study it thoroughly. This is true for everything from art and technology to music and even virtual presenting.

2020 130

The Final Word on the Final Thought: End Your Virtual Meeting Successfully

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Over the past several months, many people have asked me if the formalities of standard speech preparation apply to the more casual virtual presentations taking place today.

2020 130

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Working with Co-Presenters: How to Organize a Team Presentation

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If you’ve ever had to co-lead a virtual meeting, you know the challenges inherent in online team communication. First, it can be complicated simply deciding which topic or aspect of the presentation each presenter will address.

2020 130

The Power of Inquiry: How to Ask Engaging Questions

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When presenting to a virtual audience, it’s easy to lose people’s attention and feel the energy plummet. In fact, “the distraction factor” is one of the most important differences between speaking to a live audience versus a virtual audience.

2020 130

Connect with Your Virtual Audience – Use Compelling Touch Points

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Giving a great virtual presentation is all about connecting with your audience, right? But as you may have already realized, building connection through a device screen isn’t that easy.

2020 130

How Stories Can Help Your Virtual Presentation Come Alive!

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When leading a virtual presentation, many speakers find it difficult to hold people’s attention. Keeping an audience engaged on a screen, when your listeners have many other things around them competing for their attention, is definitely a challenge.

2020 130

Lights, Camera, Action! Presentation Skills for Virtual Delivery

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On the surface, acting in a blockbuster movie and delivering a virtual presentation may appear to having nothing in common, aside from the fact that they both use a “screen” as their modus operandi. But a closer look reveals striking similarities between the two.

2020 130

Be a Powerful Presenter … Even “On the Fly”

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We all know that when it comes to public speaking, “practice makes perfect.” So if you want to bring the house down, you have to prepare your script or outline in advance and practice your delivery by rehearsing out loud. Only then can you rest assured that you’ll give a great speech.

2014 279

Boost Your Public Speaking Skills by “Sounding” Confident!

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If you’re feeling nervous about giving an upcoming presentation, use your voice to your advantage. In other words, as you speak, make your voice sound like you are enjoying yourself even if you’re under stress. Easier said than done? Perhaps.

2017 169

Top Tech Tools to Build Audience Engagement

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Imagine knowing your audience members’ questions while you’re speaking and being able to address them on the spot, before the Q&A.

2014 256

When Giving a Speech, It’s All About You!

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A client suffering from a mild case of public speaking anxiety recently told me, “When I’m giving a presentation, I’m too concerned about what people think of me to act like ‘the leader.’

2014 234

Public Speaking Best Practices from My Clients

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This is the time of year when I check-in with my past Executive Immersion clients to see how things are going with their presentation skills—what’s working and what still needs attention. I had several interesting calls this week which revealed tips to fit nicely into a “Best Practice” list.

Speaker Beware! Is Your Audience Saying “Boo!” or “Oooh”?

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When you deliver a presentation on Halloween or any other day of the year, your audience expects to be treated to a stimulating, thoughtfully designed, and well developed speech.

2013 241

Can Exercise Make You a Better Public Speaker?

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Most people know that exercise is good for you, both physically and mentally. Physical activity can be a great stress reliever too. However, when it comes to bulking up the brain, not all exercise is created equal.

2017 141

5 Ways to Keep Your Sales Team Focused on Improving their Presentation Skills

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Last week I received a call from a sales manager whose team we worked with last year. He wanted a presentation skills “refresher” for his salespeople because their presentations were getting “sloppy” again.

2014 224

How to Avoid These 6 Public Speaking Disasters

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Public speakers are everywhere, and no matter how hard I try to take time off from my focus on presentations skills, some of the topics I’m most interested in are often served up through this medium. So even when I’m on vacation I’m watching and listening to presentations.

2013 244

A List of the “Best of the Best” in Public Speaking Information

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In many career paths (business, media, PR, etc,), public speaking skills are essential. Whether giving a presentation to your boss, a group of your peers, or simply interviewing, knowing how to express yourself and your ideas clearly is critical.

2013 242

Remembering John F. Kennedy – Speaking Lessons from a Heroic Orator

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When asked to describe John F. Kennedy, many people mention the phrase “great speaker.” It’s true. Watch any of his speeches and you’ll see someone who looks natural and elegant in front of a crowd. He had a cunning wit and easy charm. He was articulate, intelligent, direct, and inspiring.

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Use the Power of Practice to Build Your Speaking Skills

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The psychologist and philosopher William James famously wrote: “99% of our activity is purely automatic; all of our life is nothing but a mass of habits.”

4 Traits that Distinguish Confident Speakers from Nervous Nellies

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Back in 1990, Ron Hoff wrote a popular book about public speaking entitled I Can See You Naked.

2013 242

Good Habits Make Good Speakers

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During a recent executive speech coaching session I was working with a client and having him repeat a single line from his speech over and over. I wanted him to develop the habit of saying a key phrase a certain way so he would get a particular response from his listeners.

2013 239

Wisdom for Speakers to Jumpstart Your New Year

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“Improve my presentation skills” is a common New Year’s resolution. Finding the perfect example to follow on how to do that i s a b it ra re … that is, until you meet Jack Kornfield. Jack Kornfield is one of the leading Buddhist teachers in America.

2014 213

The Secret to Being a Great Presenter: Continuous Learning

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Continuous learning is a key indicator of success. That’s because learning, at any stage of your career, means growth. New skills, new behaviors, and new knowledge translate into new opportunities. Achievement oriented people love and embrace this type of challenge.

2012 247

Be a Powerful Presenter … Even “On the Fly”

DeFinis Communications

We all know that when it comes to public speaking, “practice makes perfect.” So if you want to bring the house down, you have to prepare your script or outline in advance and practice your delivery by rehearsing out loud. Only then can you rest assured that you’ll give a great speech.

2014 206

Clean Up Your Presentation – There’s an App for That!

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Use your smartphone to improve your public speaking skills. Most business professionals have some brand of smartphone by now. And every day we can learn new ways to use them to increase productivity. But did you know your smartphone can also help you improve your public speaking skills? It’s true!

2017 130

Prepare Your Speaker’s Toolbox

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By now, we all know that practicing your presentation and working on key public speaking skills will make you a better presenter. But practice and skill aside, there are other, more tangible, things that will help you excel at business presentations. I call these things your “toolbox essentials.”.

Rate Your Public Speaking Comfort Level

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When it comes to nervousness in front of a group, I have noticed people generally fall into one of four categories, which I describe as the following four levels. These levels are an indicator of what I call a speaker’s “capacity for comfort” in front of a group. Which one best describes you?

2013 224

Let Your Public Speaking Skills Age Like Fine Wine

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Imagine having the opportunity to write a speech about a topic you know and love and deliver it nine times in the course of a day to a rapt audience, gaining new supporters and perfecting your delivery each time.

2013 223

5 Ways to Keep Your Sales Team Focused on Improving their Presentation Skills

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Last week I received a call from a sales manager whose team we worked with last year. He wanted a presentation skills “refresher” for his salespeople because their presentations were getting “sloppy” again.

2015 169

Did Obama’s Speech Keep Dr. King’s Dream Alive?

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Martin Luther King, Jr. photographed by Marion S. Trikosko, 1964. LC-DIG-ppmsc-01269. I was an elementary student at Calvert School in Washington DC in 1963. Our school was connected to St.

2013 208

How will the New Pope Fare as a Public Speaker?

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Public speaking is an important success trait for anyone, including the person filling the Pontiff seat. After all, when you’re charged with leading 1.18 billion people around the world, you must be able to communicate effectively to keep the flock aligned. How will the new Pope fare?

2013 219

When Giving a Speech, It’s All About You!

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A client suffering from a mild case of public speaking anxiety recently told me, “When I’m giving a presentation, I’m too concerned about what people think of me to act like ‘the leader.’

2014 182

Add Alltop.com to Your Speaker’s Toolbox

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Whether you’re looking for an intriguing story, an interesting example, or a new data point to build out the content of your presentation, Alltop.com is an excellent resource to use and one I recommend to my clients. Rather than a search engine, Alltop is a content aggregator.

2012 220

7 Deadly Sins of Presentation Preparation

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Have you ever found yourself sitting in the center seat of a packed auditorium—hemmed in on both sides by people and laptops—listening to a keynote speaker who is supposed to be imparting knowledge and wisdom, but instead is droning on and on? You want to run, but you can’t. So you endure what seems like torture. You probably think this only happens in large university lecture halls, right? Not so.

2014 183

A List of the “Best of the Best” in Public Speaking Information

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In many career paths (business, media, PR, etc,), public speaking skills are essential. Whether giving a presentation to your boss, a group of your peers, or simply interviewing, knowing how to express yourself and your ideas clearly is critical.

2013 195

Speaker Beware! Is Your Audience Saying “Boo!” or “Oooh”?

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When you deliver a presentation on Halloween or any other day of the year, your audience expects to be treated to a stimulating, thoughtfully designed, and well developed speech.

2013 191

How to Be the Highlight of Any Meal: Tips for Making the After Dinner Speech

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Most presenters shy away from being the one to give an after dinner speech. If you’re not careful, talking when people are full and tired can be a recipe for disaster.

2012 229

Did Obama’s Speech Keep Dr. King’s Dream Alive?

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I was an elementary student at Calvert School in Washington DC in 1963. Our school was connected to St. Matthews Cathedral, a prominent Catholic Church in the city noted for the fact it held the Catholic Funeral Mass for John F. Kennedy after he was killed. If you go to St.

2013 193

Can Public Speaking Be an Enjoyable Experience?

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For most people, giving a presentation—whether something formal to the board or something casual to a community group—is a stressful experience. And as we all know, too much stress can contribute to health problems and impede a person’s ability to live a robust life.

2011 247

Clinton’s 48 Minutes of Magic Add to the Oratorical Feast at the Democratic National Convention

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It has been an oratorical feast at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this week. Any aspiring or seasoned public speaker has a ringside seat to observe some of the best main stage political speakers in the world.

2012 216

What It Really Means to Share the Stage

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If you want to see a good example of partnership, collaboration, and sharing the stage, then take notice of the current interactions between President Barack Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

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If I Were Clint Eastwood’s Speech Coach…

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Along with many people, I’m still scratching my head about Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican National Convention last night. I can only think that this is another example of what can happen when good intentions go awry.

2012 210

The Key Factor for Your Presentation’s Success

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When you’re preparing a presentation, who is the most important person you need to consider? The answer: Your audience. You’ve likely experienced, at least once in your career, what happens when you forget about your audience.

2011 243