10 Super-Quick Tips to Design Better Slides

Next time you open PowerPoint to create a slide deck for a meeting or presentation, remember these super-quick tips to ensure better-looking, better-functioning slides that add visual value to your talk. Highlight key words by bolding, not by underlining. Avoid Random Caps, ALL CAPS, and inconsistencies in capitalization. Stamp out ugly “bumper sticker” boxes. Soften [...]

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Face it; Your Face is Showing: How to Manage Your Facial Expression When You Speak

There was Mary, with a goofy smile on her face, telling her audience about a serious situation they were going to be facing. They had a hard time buying it. There stood Frank, welcoming new customer to a plant tour, with a sour, grim facial expression. They didn’t feel the vibe. Do facial expressions matter? [...]

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Humor in Presentations: Do’s and Don’ts

Should you or shouldn’t you? There is nothing like sharing a good laugh during a serious presentation. And nothing worse than humor that backfires. No wonder so many people shy away from humor altogether. Yet…you want to give it a try. OK, then, here are some guidelines to help you decide when and how to [...]

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Golden Rules for Great Listening

Listening is a huge part of our daily life, both at work and at home. How good a listener are you–really? Because we rarely if ever give it any special attention, we might not be as good at listening as we would like to think we are! Here are some pointers that can help you [...]

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Quick Tips for Better Body Language and Stance

Presenting? Don’t obsess over how to stand and move in order to project confidence; follow these guidelines and you will look—and feel confident when you speak. Stand tall from the ribcage; this looks confident–strong yet relaxed. Keep your head straight but not rigid. Plant your feet, weight distributed evenly between both feet and place your [...]

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