Communicating in a business setting requires balancing tone with strong, effective messaging. Whether it is an email, presentation, or speech, we need to remain mindful of our tone without diluting the strength of our words. There are many words and …

Weak Words to Avoid in Your Business Communications. Read more »

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Many speakers erect a façade when delivering their message. They hide behind a persona to protect their feelings. They tell themselves that any negative reactions are in response to the adopted person and not aimed at them personally.  However, this …

Want Your Team to Trust Your Message? Be Yourself! Read more »

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Professional speakers and experienced presenters have a trick to burn off any nervous energy they may experience before their moment in the spotlight; they work it off physically. They go through a routine of small movements to shake off the …

Transform Your Nervous Energy into Genuine Enthusiasm. Read more »

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Conveying confidence is a skill some are born with, but many have to learn.   Top Tips for using body language to project confidence. Take up space. Confident people fill the space around them. They sit and stand tall and straight. …

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Our conversational rate of speech differs from person to person. However, in professional and business settings, we should focus on speaking more slowly. A rapid pace can lead to listeners’ mishearing, which weakens the professional message—something to be avoided in …

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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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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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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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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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