When giving a presentation or teaching a class (virtual or in-person) start out with a clear idea of the time allowed. Start with a draft of the material you plan to cover. Create bullet points for the key ideas.Decide what material …

Timing Your Presentation or Online Class. Read more »

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We all interrupt others, and others interrupt us; it is human nature. However, if it keeps happening in a business setting (either in person or virtual), you need to deal with it. The most important element is not to become …

How to Manage Colleagues Who Keep Interrupting. Read more »

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Interviewers will often ask behavioral questions to learn more about a candidate. These questions require the interviewee to describe past behavior to illustrate how they are likely to behave in a similar situation. Example: Describe a time you faced a conflict …

Job Seekers: How to Use the STAR Method to Answer Behavioral Interview Questions. Read more »

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Speeches and presentations are heard, not read, and listeners only have the speaker’s words to guide them. It is up to the speakers to lead listeners through the material. The more organized the material, the greater the chance listeners will …

To Keep Your Listeners Engaged, Organize Your Presentation/Speech. Read more »

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*Start Strong:Regardless of your skill level, avoid starting a presentation or speech with an apology. Don’t begin by telling colleagues that you’ve never done this before. Hold back from asking for their understanding if you make mistakes or stumble. Prepare a strong …

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

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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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