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9 Things That Motivate Employees More Than Money

Below are 9 simple steps to develop and motivate high caliber teams with a photo of the recent DHL Manhattan Employee appreciation day held Friday …

Is Your Resume 6-Second Worthy?

In a time when recruiters and hiring managers are getting inundated with applicants for job postings, one technique they quickly learn to master is …

How to Make Awesome PowerPoint Presentations

Not being able to stay productive at work is a problem that everyone runs into at some point; no matter how much you like your job, there are certain …

15 Seconds to a Better Presentation

These four simple rules will help ensure that your audience sits up and pays attention.<p>It takes an audience about 15 seconds (at most) to decide whether your presentation is worth their attention. Fritter away those fifteen seconds and your audience will either mentally check out or pull out their …

5 Tips To Create A Positive First Impression

<i>“I think I blew it with the new vice president,”</i> moaned my coaching client. <i>“I was drowning in paperwork when she walked through our department introducing herself. I was so distracted I could hardly get my own name out of my mouth. On top of that, I was wearing jeans while the VP and just about</i> …

Here's How You Can Create A Great Presentation - Step Four

<i>This post is the fourth in a series of the basic building blocks of a great speech.</i><p>You’ve researched your audience, asked the right questions, and learned the particulars of the occasion. You’ve created the opening frame of the talk with an engaging story that hints at the glories to come. You’ve …

10 Tips for a Highly Memorable Presentation

If your audience doesn't remember you once you've finished, what's the point? Here are some easy ways to rock the stage.<p>Most people suck at presenting to big groups. It's a shame because the ability to nail these presentations at key conferences can be once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to influence …

Here's How You Can Create A Great Presentation - Step One

How do you put together a great presentation? Here I’m presenting a series of 7 blog posts on the basic building blocks of a killer speech. And no, for the pedants among my readers, I’m not very interested in the false distinction some maintain between a presentation and a speech. Whether you’re …

Here's How You Can Create A Great Presentation - Step Seven

You’ve researched your audience, asked the right questions, and learned the particulars of the occasion. You’ve created the opening frame of the talk with an engaging story that hints at the glories to come. You’ve plunged the audience deep into the issue that animates your topic. You’ve bathed the …

10 Body Language Tips Every Speaker Must Know (Infographic)

This story originally appeared on PR Daily<p>We all know that when we give a presentation or speak in front of a group, not only are our words important, but the body language that accompanies them.<p>Your words may give the audience one message while your body sends quite another.<p>As if getting the words …

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The 7 Worst Speaking Mistakes Professionals Make

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>We spend plenty of time thinking about what we say in business, but not necessarily how we say it.<br>When it comes to professional settings, though, the way we speak — including tone, pitch, and volume — is every bit as important, and dramatically …

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4 Speaking Tricks You've Got to Try

These tips will help you craft a presentation that you can deliver with confidence, no matter how great your fear of public speaking.<p>If simply hearing the phrase "public speaking" makes you cringe, Zach Holman, a prominent developer at GitHub, the software-development network, feels your pain. …

10 Questions to Ask When Creating a Killer PowerPoint Presentation

As an entrepreneur, speaking at influential industry trade shows and conferences positions your products and services center stage, exactly where you want your brand to be.<p>When done right, showcasing your brand in a dynamic presentation can reel in new customers, attract capital and generate …

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Giving a Talk? Here's the One Thing Your Audience Wants Most

Get this right in your speech and you'll truly engage your listeners. Plus, you'll look wicked smart.<p>Guess what the members of your audience are most interested in? That's right, <i>their</i> problems and how to fix them.<p>This is old news to anyone who has studied the arts of rhetoric, persuasion, and, of …

How Bill Gates Radically Transformed His Public Speaking And Communication Skills

Bill Gates has returned to the company he co-founded, serving as product and technology advisor to newly appointed Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella. In this new position, the public might see a very different communicator than the leader who left his day-to-day role at Microsoft in 2006. I’ve watched …

10 Phrases Great Speakers Never Say

Want to ruin a presentation in seconds? Just drop in one of these sentences.<p>While it's really hard to immediately win over a crowd, it's really easy for a speaker to lose the room within the first few minutes of a presentation.<p>To make sure you don't lose your audience, here's Boris Veldhuijzen van …

How Speakers Can Use Body Language To Increase Their Success With Audiences - 4

For public speakers the body language news is both good and bad.<p>The good news is that you are already an unconscious expert, for the most part, in reading <i>some</i> of the body language cues and the concomitant underlying emotions of <i>people familiar to you</i>. For example, arriving home, you can tell in an …

10 Ways Great Speakers Capture People's Attention

First you must grab your listeners' attention--then you need to hold it. Check out these simple ways to do both.<p>In my mind, there are two kinds of attention: neck down, and neck up. Neck-up attention is when the listener has to make an effort to pay attention. Neck-down attention is when the …

The Key to Speaking With Confidence

Presentations are all about what we do with our bodies. The trick is to make yours have impact.<p>If I asked you to walk around a room as though you were the most confident person in the world--if I asked you to show me confidence, only with your body and without words--what would it look like? You …

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Description<p>Publication Date: <b>March 11, 2014</b><p>Feeling stressed about your upcoming presentation? Whether you're nervous about how you'll organize your thoughts or how you'll articulate them on the big day, Presentations provides the quick guidelines and expert tips you need to: (1) Craft your message, …

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The Mind and Body of Anxiety Management

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Google Hangout: Everything You Need to Know to Deliver an Amazing Presentation

Giving a presentation in front of an audience is no easy feat. You have to know what you're going to say, say it with confidence and be ready to field questions from those watching.<p>So, where does one begin? To answer that -- and more -- we're turning to Carmine Gallo, author of <i>TALK LIKE TED: The 9</i> …

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8 Pro Secrets to Delivering a Knockout Business Presentation

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Great speeches are memorable, informative and referenced for many years. They inspire and educate. And most successful public speakers have refined their skills through years of experience. So how can an entrepreneur who’s short on time …

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5 Secrets to Talking to the Media (And Not Sounding Like a Fool)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has often been quoted saying, “If I was down to my last dollar, I would spend it on PR.” He has a point.<p>Companies like Facebook, Google, Oracle, and Salesforce were all once unknown companies who put their …

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8 Simple Steps to Create a Powerful Presentation

This story originally appeared on Salesforce<p>We’ve all attended a training session or meeting where we sat quietly and stared at slides while listening to a presenter drone on about this and that.<p>For the presenter, it was more important to get through their slides than engage with the group. The …

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5 Essential Rules for Great Presentations

All the great advice about giving great presentations boils down to these five points.<p>I recently had a long conversation with Peter Handal, the CEO of Dale Carnegie Training, on the subject of giving great presentations. I've read (and written) plenty of posts on this topic, but Handal managed to …

Presentation Tools That Go Beyond “Next Slide Please”

Data visualization luminary and Yale professor Edward Tufte famously suggested that PowerPoint would have been a presentation medium well-suited to a communist dictator. The program’s linear nature, its tendency to discourage interactivity, its inability to easily share the information it contains, …

How to Build a Great Presentation

Captivating presentations are like stories--they're dramatic and unpredictable. Constructing one isn't as difficult as it sounds.<p>Listeners like a vertebrate speech or presentation--a talk with a spine. They dislike gelatinous, invertebrate talks.<p>They like all the parts of the speech hanging …

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