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How to Use an Effective Ice Breaker

Icebreakers can be a great way to start a meeting, training session, or group discussion, as they help to set the tone for the presentation.  They can help in relaxing the participants, which then makes them more receptive to listening and participating.  Ice breakers can also be a fun and interactive way to help participants…

The Do’s and Don’ts of Audience Interaction

The problem with many business presentations is that they don’t have a two-way interaction.  Oftentimes the presenter simply pushes information at the audience.  While this might seem like an easy approach to presenting, the fact is it’s not effective.  The object of any presentation is for the audience to absorb and retain the information and…

When to Use Notes During a Presentation

Giving a presentation is no easy feat and most people feel more comfortable about it when they have notes in front of them.  Even if they don’t use the notes the entire time, something about knowing they are there is enough to make the speaker feel more at ease.  This begs the question: Is it…

Audio Range- Voice Modulations from Soft to Loud

Voice modulation refers to the way you control or adjust your voice and it is an important component of communication because it fills your words with expression and emotion.  It is especially important in public speaking because it helps the audience to clearly hear and understand the presentation.  By mastering the art of voice modulation,…

Intonation- Accent Keys Words in Your Talk

Intonation refers to the rise and fall of the voice while speaking.  It is an important communication tool because it allows the speaker to alter the meaning of what they are saying.  They can strengthen a specific key word, add emotion to a sentence, or adjust their attitude simply by varying their pitch.  A speaker…

Where to Look During Your Presentation

Giving a presentation is a nerve wracking experience.  Oftentimes people become so uncomfortable and anxious that they don’t even know where to stand or what to do with their hands during the presentation…but what about their eyes?  Where should you look during a presentation?  Many people find it frightening to look directly at the audience.…

Don’t Just Stand There- Productive Movement During a Presentation

If you have ever attended a lecture or presentation where the presenter spoke from behind a podium for the entire presentation than you understand just how boring and disengaging that is for an audience.  Movement during presentations sometimes gets a bad reputation because audiences might be distracted by mindless, repetitive pacing.  However, when movement is…

Sounds of Silence- When to Pause and For How Long

When you are giving a presentation you might consider silence the enemy or the sign of someone who is unprepared.   It happens when you get lost in your thoughts or you become riddled with anxiety.  It’s during these silent moments that we oftentimes begin to panic.  While silence can certainly feel disturbing at times, there…