Ready, Set, Present: How to Prepare for Presentation Success Part Two

Now that you have prepared your content well and have worked on being calm and focused, you are well on the way to feeling confident, focused, and ready for your important presentation. Here is the rest of the story; what to do in the hours and moments before the big event. 1. Walk to calm [...]

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Ready, Set, Present: How to Prepare for Presentation Success

People often struggle to prepare themselves for a major presentation. They spend hours reworking their slides, and rehearsing lines in their heads. Yet, they often end up feeling frazzled and unfocused. How can you prepare yourself so that you are ready and able to present your ideas successfully? Read on: Have a clear goal for [...]

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How to Become a Natural Born Communicator

Jack* is a natural born people person. And that makes him a natural born communicator. When you first meet him you’ll notice his calm, steady eye contact and his friendly smile. But as you begin a conversation with him, something special begins to happen. He asks a few questions until he finds something you have [...]

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How to Rock your Number-Driven Presentation

John was reluctant to present monthly results to his leaders. His heavily chart-laden slides either resulted in sleepy audiences, or in lots of questions, most of them off-topic. What to do? If your presentations are number-heavy, or if you are presenting financial data, you might want to try some of these tips to bring them [...]

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How to ACE an Unpleasant Discussion

You have to terminate a project. You have to tell a job candidate she didn’t get the job. You have to tell your boss—or a client—you are unable to take on a new initiative. Whew! These may not be crucial conversations, but if they leave you feeling uncomfortable or if they place stress on key relationships, [...]

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Listen Up, 4 Surprising Ways to be a Better Listener

Mary got nervous every time her manager started a conversation with her. She was worried she would forget some critical piece of information. That anxiety interfered with her ability to focus and remember what was said.  As a result, she tried to write down everything that was said during every conversation. Since we speak much [...]

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