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7 Questions Smart Speakers Ask Before Giving a Speech. | Inc.com

Picture this: you're going into surgery with a doctor you don't know (who doesn't know you) and without asking any questions, the doctor decides to perform open-heart surgery. Here's the thing: you don't have a heart condition.<p>Pretty alarming, right? In fact, you might say it's downright …

Prenatal Development

How Are You Perceived at Work? Here’s an Exercise to Find Out

It’s not easy to understand how other people perceive us. We are often uncertain, confused, or even completely unaware of what we project. And this lack of self-awareness can be career-limiting.<p>Consider a former client of mine who was angling for the C-suite but had received feedback that his …

Leadership

1 Tool That Will Make Your Conversations Flow Better | Inc.com

Years ago, as a rookie reporter for my hometown newspaper, I received a valuable piece of advice from a mentor I admire and respect. Not only is he a great writer and storyteller, he also has a way of connecting with people that seems both effortless and heartfelt. I wanted to learn his …

Self-help

Use These 3 Vocal Techniques to Command the Room Like Margaret Thatcher and Obama | Inc.com

What do British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and President Obama have in common? They both used the power of their voices to boost their executive presence.<p>And no, I'm not just talking about their use of their platforms to have their voices heard. These two leaders took steps that any speaker …

Public Speaking

Nine secrets to powerful public speaking

To have people hanging on every word, it's not always what you say that counts. It might be what you hear… Here, sound and communication expert …

The One Quality That All Successful People Have | Inc.com

When speaking at events, I often start out with some audience interaction. I do this by asking the audience what do they think is the number one indicator that people will be successful.<p>I always get some great answers such as drive, intelligence, self-confidence, entrepreneurial skills, …

Self-improvement

Sheryl Sandberg Mastered 3 Presentation Skills in 3 Minutes. And You Can, Too | Inc.com

When it comes to making a persuasive presentation, there are several elements that are core to making it a success. As Aristotle said eons ago, persuasion requires appealing to ethos (trust), logos (intellect), and pathos (emotions), no matter who your audience is. From sharing your company's …

Public Speaking

4 Conversational Habits That Successful People Always Practice | Inc.com

<i>How do I become well spoken? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Jane Chin (陳盈錦), President, Medical Science Liaison Institute, on Quora:</b><p><b>The first key to being well spoken is making</b> …

Public Speaking

Everything You Need to Know to Give the Perfect Toast

Embrace your time at the mic by following these tips.<p>This article is part of a paid partnership with Jim Beam Black®<p>The time is here. You’ve had months to prepare for a speech that will last about as long as it takes for a kettle to boil. But what toasts lack in length, they make up for in …

Public Speaking

The Naked Truth About Public Speaking: Tips for Delivering a Winning Presentation

"Just picture the audience in nothing but their underwear."<p>That was the sage advice I received from my Communications 101 college professor on how …

Public Speaking

4 Tips for Successfully Putting Yourself 'Out There' as a Public Speaker

Your confidence at the lectern builds your company's authority and raises its profile.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Public speaking can bring your business a lot of different opportunities. Some entrepreneurs desire to get on the stage to expand their reach and …

Public Speaking

Communication Techniques That Motivate Others To Become Better | Inc.com

As someone in a leadership position, motivating your team is one of your most important tasks. After all, motivation boosts productivity, workplace morale, and reduces turnover. That's a win-win-win if you ask.<p>One of the most overlooked ways to motivate your team is through communication. Through …

Employee Engagement

3 Ways to Give Your Presentation an Emotional Punch, Courtesy of Ken Burns | Inc.com

If you want to make an impact in your profession and stand out from your competitors, tell more stories--and not just any story, but emotionally engaging ones. If you're stuck on how to tell stories, look to Ken Burns for tips.<p>I always look forward to a new Ken Burns documentary like "The Vietnam …

Public Speaking

With No Website or Marketing Department, He Became a Millionaire Selling Potato Peelers on Park Avenue

Joe Andes was a master salesman of the old school. He made his fortune one $5 sale at a time, working on a busy Manhattan street corner.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs and sales people are always looking for new sources of inspiration. Inspiration is part …

Selling

The Amazing Ways Coca Cola Uses Artificial Intelligence And Big Data To Drive Success

The Coca Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company selling more than 500 brands of soft drink to customers in over 200 countries. Every single day the world consumes more that 1.9 billion servings of their drinks including brands like Coca Cola (including Diet and Zero) as well as Fanta, …

Artificial Intelligence

The choking problem of Asia’s air pollution

A haze periodically drifts over parts of Asia. What is it, and can anything be done? Mike Ives reports.<p>At the age of 13, Tan Yi Han could not see the edge of his schoolyard. It was 1998 in Singapore, the wealthy city-state known for its tidy streets and clean, green image. But for much of that …

Pollution

New Apple partner IBM prepares for another round of layoffs

<i>Update: Downplaying reports about the size of its impending layoffs, IBM says it will let go of only “several thousand people,” not the much-larger number reported by Forbes. We’ve updated this story and its headline to reflect IBM’s statements.</i><p>Things aren’t going well for IBM. Six months into its …

Economy Class Gets An Upgrade... Wait, Make That a Downgrade

The lowly economy-class section is getting an upgrade in 2015. Or a downgrade, depending on your point of view.<p>At least two airlines are unveiling new coach class sections this spring. Alaska Airlines, with its Alaska Beyond service, will add custom leather seats, roomier overhead bins and new …

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