From the start of your presentation, set expectations, and let the audience know that you can only take questions at the end. In a virtual setting, encourage listeners to submit questions as they think of them, but reinforce that you …

What to Do When Someone Ignores the “Hold Questions Until the End” Rule. Read more »

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It can be a lifesaver to have a colleague or friend pre-assigned as a helper when you present virtually. Whether you teach classes, make videos, lead workshops, host networking events, or present to your business colleagues, consider asking someone to …

Plan B: Phone a Friend! Read more »

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Too many speakers spend all their time preparing for their talk and never give a second thought to the Q&A. They view it as an add-on, something they don’t even need to consider until they conclude their brilliant presentation. The problem …

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When undertaking a presentation, we plan for success. We should also be preparing for things that could go wrong. Before you host a virtual workshop, teach an online class, make a video, give a presentation or live-stream, write down all …

Prepare for Things To Go Wrong. Read more »

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In our virtual world, the use of slides in presentations has sky-rocketed. This overuse has led to bored audiences and messages that are quickly forgotten. For the average presentation of less than 20-minutes, you should be able to speak without …

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Many everyday speakers are finding themselves thrown into the limelight. They are giving important presentations, leading classes, or giving talks, and all on unfamiliar virtual platforms. But don’t let your level of comfort with your topic blind you to the …

Make Time for a “Dress Rehearsal.” Read more »

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Whether we like it or not, we are often judged by our accent. Not only do people make assumptions about English-speaking foreigners and second-language speakers, but they may also base their beliefs on nothing more than a regional accent—Southern accent, …

Accent Reduction: Good or Bad Idea? Read more »

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