*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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When undertaking a presentation, we plan for success. We should also be thinking about and 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, …

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Occasionally, business speakers need to give a presentation that will require a lot of time. When faced with an hour-long presentation, they worry about how they will keep their colleagues’ attention.  This is the time to consider building in rest stops; …

Why You Should Build Breaks Into Long Presentations. 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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Most speakers are aware that people are a blend of both right brain and left brain skills. Yet, they speak only to the left brain. They present the material with a focus on linear thinking, analysis, facts, and logic; they …

Business Speakers. Use the 1-2 Punch: Connect With Emotion, Follow-up With Logic. Read more »

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When first preparing for a presentation, many speakers will write out the material in the form of an essay. Although it is important to organize the material, they prepare as though their words will be read. They follow all the …

Want a Great Presentation? Throw the Writing Rulebook Away. Read more »

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In our professional lives, we occasionally have to talk about topics that aren’t inherently interesting. The information may be information-dense, dry, dull, or in your mind, boring. Here are my top tips to make your presentation more engaging, Remember, there …

Business Speakers: How To Engage Your Colleagues When the Topic Is Boring. Read more »

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Even after much preparation, speakers can get thrown by the behavior of their listeners. In person (and virtually) they will notice that someone has an angry expression, or another person appears to be doodling, or someone else is tapping a …

Business Speakers, It Is Not About You! Why Your Listeners’ Behavior Should Not Derail You. Read more »

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The main issue that terrifies speakers is the fear that the audience will judge them and find them wanting. They assume their listeners arrive ready to find fault with every single word and gesture. This is far from reality. Do …

Start Trusting Your Listeners. They Want You To Succeed! Read more »

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Virtual presentations deprive listeners of the energy they experience when in person. Presenting virtually often drives speakers to adopt a flat, affectless manner. They lack energy, which leads to their presentation (business style, live streaming, or a video) coming across as …

Time To Get Animated! Read more »

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