Former Intelligence Secretary Christopher Mellon’s Fascination with UFO’s




How to Eliminate Bad Speaking Habits – Umm, Like, You Know?

Bad speaking habits are what separate an amateur public speaker from a professional. So, uh, um, how do you eliminate them?

Summer Persuasion – Taking a Look at the Masterful Art of Influence and Persuasion

In the lazy days of summer let’s take a leisurely look at the masterful art of influence and persuasion. The power of persuasion and influencing people it an ancient art that can take on many forms. It can be in the form of a speech, getting that raise you want, getting more resources or the implementation of an idea or suggestion.

Conquering The Fear of Public Speaking Mountain

Overcoming the fear of public speaking is like climbing a mountain. You can succeed with the right skills, attitude & practise. I came up with this comparison when I climbed Mount Snowdon (Wales) with my family.

Presentation Skills: Non-Verbals – Use Your Voice Effectively

Your voice is a key component of your presentation delivery. Like all elements of body language or non-verbal communications (eye contact, facial expressions, gestures, posture and movement), your voice should help you confidently communicate the content and emotion of your presentation Your voice should project confidence, energy and authority through your volume, variety, pitch, rate of speed and pausing. How will you know if your voice helps or hurts your presentation?

Presentation Skills: How to Project Your Voice and Project Authority

Someone in a recent presentation skills training program asked, “How do I project my voice and also, project authority?” It’s a great question because your voice is an important part of your presentation and should communicate that you’re confident, knowledgeable and engaging. Here are 7 tips for projecting authority using your voice:

Presentation Skills: Organize Your Material Around Your Message

When you are preparing a presentation, it’s crucial that you focus on your message, the one thing you’d like the audience to remember from your presentation. State it in one or two sentences – think of it as fitting on a headline of a newspaper or a billboard.

Public Speaking for Entrepreneurs: 6 Ways to Make Your Pitch Presentation More Effective

One high-stakes presentation that entrepreneurs have to give is in front of potential investors. While it can be intimidating to present in front of people who can fund your business, service or idea, following these 6 tips will improve your presentation and make it more likely that the investors will understand your proposal and address it on its merits, rather than being distracted by your poor presentation skills: Think about it from the investors’ point of view This presentation is not the time to tell the investors everything…

Applying Lean Principles to Presentation Skills: Optimize the Whole

Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy which has its roots in the Toyota Production System and focuses on creating customer value while eliminating waste. These principles have been applied to many industries and services. And as a presentation skills coach with work experience as a project manager using Lean principles to run process improvement projects and do value stream mapping, I believe they have a valuable application to presentation skills.

Applying Lean Principles to Presentation Skills: Eliminate Waste

Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy which has its roots in the Toyota Production System and focuses on creating customer value while eliminating waste (in Japanese, “muda”). Building on the original 7 wastes that Lean identified, here are the 7 wastes that you should eliminate from your presentations: Eliminating these 7 wastes will allow you to create, practice and deliver a presentation that will clearly convey your message and deliver value to your audience.

Applying Lean Principles to Presentation Skills: Respect People

Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy which has its roots in the Toyota Production System and focuses on creating customer value while eliminating waste. These principles have been applied to many industries and services. And as a presentation skills coach with work experience as a project manager using Lean principles to run process improvement projects, I believe Lean principles have a valuable application to presentation skills. A key Lean element is “respect people,” which means creating an environment of mutual trust, engaging the people on your team and valuing their creativity and contribution. “Respect people” is directly applicable to presentation skills and translates into “respect your audience.” Here are 8 ways to respect your audience:

Presentation Skills: 5 Tips for Keeping Your Voice Healthy

Your voice is a key part of your presentation delivery. And having a tired, hoarse voice can negatively impact your presentation. I’ve conducted many training programs where I’ve had to present for five or six hours a day for five days in a row. And I’ve also sung in choirs and as a soloist. So I understand how important it is to take care of my voice so I can rely on it being ready when I need it. Here are my five tips for keeping your voice healthy:

Presentation Skills: What Does “Know Your Audience” Mean?

When you give a presentation, it is important to “know your audience” – but what does that mean? In order to tailor your presentation to the audience and make it easier for them to follow, you have to understand as much as you can about their background, how they like to receive information and what questions they might have.

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