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Using Humor in Business Presentations

What is the appropriate use of humor in professional settings? Here are some practical guidelines for the best use – or avoidance, as the situation may merit – of humor in business presentations and meetings.

Effective Facilitation: Creating Synergy in Meetings

The next time you are tempted to tell an audience everything you know via lecture format, remember to create group synergy so that everyone benefits from the ideas and experiences of the group. Here are eight tips to help you become a better facilitator in your upcoming meetings.

The Fine Art of Being a Good Discussion Participant

Much training in the field of corporate communication focuses on the person who is speaking. While this is incredibly important, there is also a fine art to being in the group that is listening. The following strategies will help you master the art of being a good discussion participant.

Developing The Speaker Within You: Don’t Lose The Plot, Or The Audience

I’m sure we have all sat through one of those addresses where the audience was left wondering just where is this speaker going? Or worse, after the event asking what was that all about? Usually this is caused by either the speaker losing their way with the presentation, or, failing to take the audience on the journey with them. It should be obvious to all that it is essential to have a core plan, a theme, a message and stick to it, making sure that we don’t deviate too far from this central core of our message as we deliver it. That we don’t lose the plot along the way. In this article we will look at how to stay on track.

Voice As An Instrument To Engage

People attend the public speaking course for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s building confidence when speaking in public or learning techniques to have greater vocal impact in day to day communications, we believe the same principles apply.

Belief and Words Can Kill

Words can mean so much. For example, what does the word ‘belief’ mean to you? Do you feel positive or negative towards it?

Developing The Speaker Within You: Using Fillers

When listening to a speaker accustomed to using fillers in their speech, it can become seriously tedious. Often this occurs when someone is being interviewed, where the microphone is thrust before them without warning and they become lost for words. But far worse are those occasions where a scheduled speaker is presenting and they over-use these speech characteristics. It is important to understand that the use of fillers per se is not the problem: it’s only when used excessively that problems arise. Just like adding salt or Tabasco to a meal may be very useful, but too much will definitely spoil it. There are many reasons why speakers over-use speech fillers and fortunately, once these are identified, there are generally solutions for them. Let’s look at some of the common causes, and how to deal with them, so that we can all deliver quality speeches free from the distraction and annoyance of excess fillers.

See What I Mean? How Speakers Can Use Eye Contact To Connect

So there you are, standing up in front of all of those people giving your speech. We all know about importance of public speaking, but I wonder what they are thinking about? I wonder if they are wondering what you are thinking about while you are giving your speech? Sure, they’ve got great listening skills, but how are you going to break out of this “I’m up here and you’re out there” mold and really, finally, connect with your audience? It turns out that the answer is in your eyes…

Developing The Speaker Within You: Using PowerPoint

PowerPoint to speaking appears to be what oxygen is to living: we can’t survive without it. Or so it seems. Such is the pervasiveness of the screen, the light show as some call it, that many speakers cannot, or will not, get up without it. It seems to have become some sort of badge of honor to have a sensational PowerPoint presentation to accompany our presentation. Or is that in place of our presentation? It is evident that visual aids can add a critical lift to some presentations. But how much is too much, and how should this tool be used?

Being ‘With’ and Being Real

Being ‘with’ and being real is being completely ourselves in the presence of others, and fully available to them. Especially when meeting new people or in public speaking, learning to be with them and be real is crucial. In being ‘with’ and being real we’re comfortable in our own skin, ideally, in every situation. We should strive for it.

The Top 5 Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Public Speaking

FIRST – If you don’t know about it – Don’t Talk About It – For some odd reason, I had always thought that if someone invited me to offer a key note address on a particular topic, I needed to be an expert on the entire field surrounding the focus of my presentation. I don’t care if we are talking about a 5 minute presentation to a group of ten people or a four hour educational seminar to over 250 folks. I have given hundreds of presentations to audiences from 5 folks to over 500. If there is ONE thing that rings true – it’s this: Don’t Speak Out of School! Just because you may have 20 years of experience in a particular field, doesn’t mean you know a darn thing about the latest technology associated with it.

The Most Overlooked Secret to Overcoming Nervousness

When it comes to overcoming nervousness, most speech coaches tell you to prepare. The problem is, even though most people prepare, they still experience nervousness, even trauma. The solution is not only to prepare well, but to solve the fundamental concern, which is overlooked by most people. Read the article to learn the most overlooked secret.

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