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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Every speaker will include filler words or sounds in their everyday conversation; they will umm or aah as they wrangle their thoughts, or try to recall specific information. In day to day speech, this isn’t a big issue—unless repeated constantly. However, in more professional …

Own the Pause and Eradicate Filler Words Forever. Read more »

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Although video-everything has become the new method of communication, there has also been a considerable resurgence of the humble phone call. Whether you are making a sales pitch, connecting with a long-standing client, or doing an initial job interview, the …

Phone Calls Are Back! Top Tips to Make Your Sales Pitch or Job Interview Impactful. Read more »

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When we give presentations or teach classes via video, we often use slides. Too many presenters/instructors—familiar with their topic—create the slides they want to use, and feel they are prepared. But merely looking over the slides and running through the …

Timing Your Online Class or Presentation. Read more »

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Impromptu questions (those asked off-the-cuff in meetings) can sometimes cause a person to stumble and come across as less than professional. You weren’t expecting to be called on, yet here you are, suddenly thrust into the limelight.  Firstly, prepare before the meeting. …

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When you promote your business, it is vital to have facts and figures to back up your claims. A potential client wants information, not wishful thinking. However, the old saying, “Facts tell, but stories sell,” has never been more apt. …

Storytelling Is More Important Than Ever. Read more »

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Most strong public speakers, and especially those who come through the Toastmasters International program, understand the value of feedback or evaluation as it is also known. It is critical to help a speaker learn what they are doing well, but …

Ask for Feedback to Grow Your Video Speaking Skills. Read more »

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