YouTube and You

Delivering a great presentation involves more than just speaking to your live audience and creating an interesting slideshow.  It’s much more than that.  Your presentation shouldn’t end the moment you step away from the podium.  If you want to connect with customers in the most powerful way, you need to stay in touch with them…

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Presentations and Social Media

These days it takes more than just a great introduction, fancy slides, and a confident speaker to deliver a memorable presentation.  If you want to go from delivering a good, informative presentation to giving one that people will keep talking about long after it’s over, the key is integrating social media.  There’s no denying the…

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Technology and Presenting

Every so often we have been graced with the presence of an incredible speaker such as Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, or Steve Jobs.  These men could captivate audiences with words alone.  However, most people aren’t blessed with this natural gift of gab and require more than just their words to engage audiences. …

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Tailor Your Presentation

The next time you walk down the cereal aisle at the grocery store, pay close attention to the boxes. Some cereal boxes are adorned with playful characters, silly animals, and bursts of color while others are loaded with words like “protein, fiber, whole grain, and calcium.”  The purpose of this drastic difference in advertising is…

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Connecting with Your Audience

There are important components to any presentation: knowledge of the topic, clear communication, and interesting visuals.  But perhaps none of these are as important as your ability to connect with your audience.  You could be an expert on the topic and have the most outstanding slideshow, but if you fail to connect with your audience…

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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…

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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…

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5 Exercises to Get You Out of Your Head Before a Big Presentation

It’s not easy getting ready for a big presentation.  The stakes can seem high and your desire to do well can lead to increased anxiety.  As the anticipation builds, fear or even complete paralysis can kick in.  What can you do to clear your mind and alleviate some of this stress before you present?  The…

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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…

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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…

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