Effective speakers and presenters build ‘signposts’ into their speech. They guide their listeners through the information by using words that make it clear what lies ahead, and then as they progress, alerting them to where they are along the way.  …

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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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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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When giving presentations, speakers assume they convey their emotions through their facial expressions. But, this is only partly true. Studies show that we use our hearing to detect mood even more than we use our sight.  In our virtual world, …

Speakers, Be Aware of Your Tone—Listeners Can Hear Your Mood. Read more »

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