Most speakers have experienced brain freeze. Your mind blanks, your brain stops working, and all you hear is white noise.   Why does it happen: Anxiety. The speaker feels anxious and unsure. Pacing. The speaker talks so quickly that the …

Brain Freeze! How to Stop It and How to Handle It. Read more »

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There are occasions when a speaker has to work from a prepared script. However, the goal is still to come across as natural and authentic while maintaining good eye contact. To ensure you engage and connect with your audience, follow …

How to Read Your Speech or Presentation and Still Sound Natural. Read more »

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To make sure your gestures match your words, think about the words you are using. Many of them will contain information or emotion that you can emphasize with a hand gesture.  To get started, think about any wording you will …

Where to Introduce Hand Gestures Into Your Speaking. Read more »

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Hand gestures, an often-overlooked part of public speaking, can be the ‘secret sauce’ that spices up your speaking. Speakers who use hand gestures are seen as more agreeable, energetic, and charismatic. Correctly used gestures will draw attention to certain points, …

Hand Gestures: Top Tips for Why and How. Read more »

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When asked to give a toast, most speakers know the obvious do’s and don’t’s; keep it clean, don’t talk about yourself, don’t embarrass anyone, and don’t drink until you have given the toast. Here are some not obvious tips that …

Ten Not-So-Obvious Tips When Giving a Toast! Read more »

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Effective communicators pay attention to the speed at which they speak. They know that if they talk at a “million miles an hour,” their colleagues will struggle to understand the message. No listener will work that hard to follow your …

If You Do Nothing Else To Improve Your Presentations, Do This! Read more »

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Most business speakers know the importance of story-telling when giving presentations. We know stories help our colleagues or customers stay focused and pay attention. We also know stories make information easier to remember.  Yet, many times, presenters do not know …

Finding the Who in Your Presentations. Read more »

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Most presenters know that it is important to vary their pace. If they speak at the same speed for an entire presentation, it can seem monotonous to listeners. But, deciding when to speed up and when to slow down can …

Power up Your Presentations by Varying the Pace at Which You Speak. Read more »

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If you give a lot of business presentations, you will eventually make a mistake. However, the takeaway is not the error; it is how you handle the error. There are two main kinds of presentation mistakes, those your listeners witness …

You’ve Made a Mistake in Your Presentation, Now What? Read more »

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