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 …

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Presenters often call for questions from their team. This is a time to share knowledge, illuminate a topic and add value for the audience.Occasionally, someone will ask a question that the presenter cannot answer. Avoid responding, “I don’t know.”Firstly pause and …

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Feedback is guidance that helps the recipient achieve a positive outcome. Prepare: focus on areas that require improvement. What issues did you observe? Why is it important that this be addressed? Anticipate questions. Timing: try to meet sooner rather than …

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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 …

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Many people fear impromptu questions, but they are an essential skill in business.Business meetings usually require the ability to speak off-the-cuff in a concise and coherent manner. For job seekers, it is imperative they have a technique to tackle those …

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Many speakers struggle with choosing the first words to get their presentation started.  They know what to say, but they can’t figure out the opening sentence (or two) to grab their listener’s attention.  A few opening gambits that are well-known …

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Many people see small talk as a waste of time. They would be wrong to do so; small talk is a big deal.  When we meet face to face, we ease into discussions with a little bit of ‘conversational grease,’ …

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Having good diction means enunciating/pronouncing your words clearly. Strong public speakers work on their diction to ensure listeners can follow their meaning and miscommunication is avoided. (Consider how the word winter is often pronounced as winner, or how library is often pronounced as lie-berry.) These top …

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When public speaking, you have 30 seconds to get your audience’s attention. Use it wisely!From your first words, you need to connect to your audience by using effective verbal and non-verbal skills. Verbal:Start with a strong hook. Develop an opening …

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All Speaking is Public Speaking.  Most people can start or join a conversation without a second thought. They engage with ease. They may be witty, serious, telling a story, or sharing information. These everyday conversations rarely make people feeling anxious …

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