How to Keep Your Audience Awake and Engaged

Your audience is getting sleepy. Very sleepy. It might be your fault. Maybe you are lecturing too long, or failing to connect the material to the needs of the listener. Maybe your voice is getting monotone, or your war stories are a little long-in-the-tooth. Before you beat yourself up, consider that it might NOT be [...]

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Let’s Face it—Your Face is Showing

I met my little grandson when he was only two days old. Of course he was absolutely gorgeous and I was instantly smitten. But what struck me most as I held him was his face, specifically how expressive it was. In the course of a few minutes he went from peaceful contentment to wide eyed [...]

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How to Deliver a Motivational Presentation

Many of our presentations deliver “just the facts.” Budgets, updates, status reports; these are generally full of facts and details. Less frequently, we are called on as leaders to deliver a motivational message. Initiating a new project, pulling together to improve our deliverables, asking people to volunteer or donate money, or even hosting a retirement [...]

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How to Move From Good to Great Speaking

James was a skilled high potential leader who spoke with great composure and strength. These skills had served him well in his previous roles, but now he was moving into “large group” presentations where he needed to provide direction rather than details, and motivate more than inform.  His goal was to add more appeal, more [...]

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How to Rock in a Panel Discussion

Joanne was one part excited and one part nervous. She had been asked to speak on a panel discussion, and jumped at the chance. Afterward she realized that she wasn’t sure exactly how to ace this special presentation. Together we came up with the following checklist to help her on her way to success. Before [...]

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