As the host of a virtual networking event, you aim to ensure things run smoothly.You have two goals:          *put attendees at ease.         *manage the time. As the host, you should be online well before …

Do’s and Don’ts for Hosting a Successful Networking Event. Read more »

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Successful sales calls are a critical tool for many business people. However, we are now without the social grease of face to face meetings. No longer are we at a client’s home or office. We are probably not on the …

7 Winning Tips for Video-Style Customer Calls. Read more »

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Professional speakers and top-level presenters have a trick to lower any excess energy; in the hours before their moment in the spotlight, they workout. This burns off any nervous, jittery energy, leaving them with “useful energy,” which is the excitement …

Burn off the Nervous Energy and Convert It Into Useful Energy. Read more »

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Regardless of your skill level, never begin any presentation or speech with an apology. Don’t warn listeners that you’ve never done this before, or ask for their forgiveness if you stumble. Prepare a strong opening and then practice it. You …

Start Strong, No Excuses, and Ditch the Post-Mortem. Read more »

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A trait of highly effective speakers is their use of hand gestures. Research shows that people who use their hands when speaking connect more closely with their listeners. They come across as more invested, energetic, and likable.  For the speaker, …

Top 5 Tips for Using Hand Gestures in the Virtual World. Read more »

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Almost every speaker has experienced it, that moment when your mind blanks, your brain freezes and all you hear is white noise. The most typical cause is anxiety, but distractions—very common when working from home—can throw off a speaker as …

Top Tips for Handling Brain Freeze During a Presentation. Read more »

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Video presentations, conferences, panel discussions, and webinars are dominating our work hours. Along with the endless talking, jargon and buzzwords have flooded in. Examples: high level,  no need to reinvent the wheel,  value proposition,  low-hanging fruit,  customer journey, etc. The speaker …

Jettison the Jargon and Banish the Buzzwords. Read more »

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Just as nails on a chalkboard can set your teeth on edge, so can habitual verbal tics annoy listeners. Even in casual conversation, when we speak, we want to hold our audience’s attention. If we keep using an annoying speech …

Two Annoying Speech Patterns That Weaken Our Message. Read more »

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We all interrupt others, and other interrupt us; it is human nature. Although it occurs in face-to-face meetings, it is exacerbated by the presence of a screen, which can cause listeners to miss key facial expressions or hand gestures.  When …

How to Manage Colleagues Who Keep Interrupting. Read more »

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All speaking, whether it is to one person or a hundred, is public speaking. Every video-meeting is an opportunity to practice public speaking skills. However, screen-fatigue can cause participants to zone out, resulting in weak or off-message responses from the …

Becoming a Better Listener Will Make You a Better Speaker. Read more »

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