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See Yourself Presenting

Great presenters make it look effortless, but for the rest of us, we know how difficult giving a dynamic presentation really is.  We imagine ourselves grabbing the mic, owning the stage, getting a few laughs, and concluding with thunderous applause.  However, the reality is that presenting isn’t quite so natural for most people.  Presenting in…

Avoid Technical Mishaps When Presenting

If you are like most business people, technology has become an integral part of your presentations.  Although these audio and visual advances certainly add value for audiences, there is also a downside to relying on technology. We have all experienced a technical mishap at some point in our career and this and can be frustrating…

Use Creative Visualization to Succeed During a Speech

Oftentimes presenters spend hours perfecting their speeches.  They work tirelessly to ensure their talk is on point, their slides are well organized, and their technology is working properly.  While each of these elements is very important, all the while the speaker is fighting the nerves and anxiety associated with giving the speech.  In reality, there…

These are the Best Colors to Wear While Presenting

Most Americans can agree on one thing: they are fearful of speaking in public…and for good reason.   People will size you up from the moment you step on stage or in front of the room.  It’s not necessarily about being judgmental; it’s just human nature to take notice of one’s environment. What does this mean…

Vocal Exercises You Can Do in Your Car

Have you ever woken up and noticed that your voice sounds like a creaking frog? This can be frustrating, and a little annoying, especially if your job requires you to talk to people or present in front of large groups.  You want to make sure your voice is an asset and not a hindrance.  If…

The Best Public Speaking Tips: According to Science

Glossophobia, or the fear of public speaking, is the most common phobia among Americans.  In fact, it’s the one thing Americans fear more than death.  Just the thought of public speaking is enough to induce anxiety in many people.  This intense fear comes from our fear of being judges, scrutinized, and criticized.  Despite their fears,…

Read the Room: Conduct Presentations that Get Buzzed About

When most of us think about business presentations, the first word that comes to mind isn’t typically “captivating.”  It would be something more along the lines of “death by powerpoint.” We have grown accustomed to sitting through monotonous slides crawling with bullet points, tiny fonts, and less than stellar graphics.  The good news is there…

Employ Effective Eye Contact to Communicate

Our eyes are a reflection of our personality and they demonstrate our thoughts, feelings, and emotions.  So much of what we are thinking and feeling can be evoked through eye contact.  It might be a glaring look from someone and you can immediately sense their anger.  It might be a stare when we look at…

How to Craft an Excellent Intro

When you speak, you have about 60 seconds to capture the audience’s attention, establish credibility, and clarify your topic.  You can’t afford to let these precious seconds go to waste.  That is why your introduction is one of the most critical components of your presentation.  These first few seconds will determine whether your audience continues…