UNCG Speaking Center

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How to Become the Most Persuasive Person In the Room

Use your influence to lead others in a positive direction.<p>Let's be honest, it takes more than knowledge, position, and popularity at work to convince people to see things your way. It takes the power of persuasion.<p>If you want to succeed, you have to be able to persuade and influence others. It …

Leadership

4 Key Characteristics Of Effective Teachers

<b>4 Key Characteristics Of Effective Teachers</b><p>by <b>Dr. Jimmy Shaw</b> and <b>Nira Dale</b><p>“Coaching and teaching–the process is one-in-the-same,” explains Assistant …

Pedagogy

5 ways to build a powerful, persuasive speech

When you’re tasked with a business presentation, there’s more on the line than making yourself understood. Your goals are bigger: winning new …

Public Speaking

8 Reasons a Powerful Personal Brand Will Make You Successful

Opportunity will find you and your business when you have a strong brand.<p>If you don't have a powerful and visible personal brand, you are putting yourself at a disadvantage in almost every aspect of your professional, business and personal life. Personal branding has become a requirement for anyone …

Personal Branding

10 Ways You Make Your Marriage *Way* Harder Than It Needs to Be | Brides

Moments before I walked down the aisle, I heard one resounding phrase from countless older relatives who relished doling out marriage advice to the young, naive bride: “Marriage is hard work.” And I was all, “Whatever, Grandma. We are in love. Love is never hard, and our marriage won’t be hard …

Marriage

6 simple tricks to make your coworkers like you

We all want to be liked.<p>It's safe to say that most people want to be liked at work, too — especially given that we spend an average of 1,353 hours a year on the job in the US.<p>Forming good relations with your boss and coworkers can also be a huge boon to your career. Those personal connections can …

Body Language

6 Ways to Take Your Next Presentation to the Next Level

Storytelling, brevity and visuals are great elements to start with.<p>Many people struggle with public speaking, which usually involves standing in front of your peers, whose eyes are glued on you (and only you), and trying to remember the key points of your presentation. No matter whom you’re …

Public Speaking

How to Say Goodbye to a Relationship With Minimal Heartbreak

Goodbyes are inevitable, whether they happen because you’re moving away, calling a relationship quits, or even leaving your new job after realizing that taking it was a bad idea. While goodbyes are part of life, actually having to make the break is something that just never seems to be easy. To get …

Relationships

How not to hate your husband after having kids

One afternoon, a few months after my daughter was born, my husband Tom was sprawled on the couch, eyes glued to the Tour De France. As I fed Sylvie, I asked him if he would tackle the mountain of laundry she had amassed. “But I did it last time,” he said. My pulse began to race as I explained that …

Marriage
Body Language

Do This One Thing to Improve How You Handle Constructive Criticism

As much as we're committed to bettering ourselves, when others give their two cents about where they see room for self-improvement, we're typically …

5 Foolproof Ways To Make A Killer First Impression When Meeting Someone New

“Hello my name is Michelle and I suffer from social anxiety,” is what I will say when I hold my first Anxiety Anonymous meeting<p>This is an ambitious …

Body Language

What is it with Trump and handshakes? This is getting awkward

After the Abe Assault, the Trudeau Standoff and the May Grab we now have: the Merkel Moment<p>It sounds ridiculous, but it really is beginning to look like you can read Donald Trump’s foreign policy by the bizarre ways that he shakes the hands of foreign leaders.<p>First there was the Abe Assault, 19 …

Angela Merkel

How to speak up for yourself | Adam Galinsky

Speaking up is hard to do, even when you know you should. Learn how to assert yourself, navigate tricky social situations and expand your personal …

TED Talks

Say your truths and seek them in others | Elizabeth Lesser

In a lyrical, unexpectedly funny talk about heavy topics such as frayed relationships and the death of a loved one, Elizabeth Lesser describes the …

Relationships

If a story moves you, act on it

Stories are necessary, but they're not as magical as they seem, says writer Sisonke Msimang. In this funny and thoughtful talk, Msimang questions our …

TED Talks

How to have better political conversations | Robb Willer

Robb Willer studies the forces that unite and divide us. As a social psychologist, he researches how moral values -- typically a source of division …

TED Talks

Why even the best feedback can bring out the worst in us

Our minds have many cunning strategies for shunning feedback – but there are ways to avoid these traps, say psychologists Robert Nash and Naomi Winstone.<p>There’s a curious thing about people. All of us are driven in some way or another to achieve – we want to run faster, be more creative, win more …

Psychology

Why it’s perfectly normal to stay friends with your ex after you break up

<b>There are supposedly rules when it comes to ending a relationship, but this isn’t one of them.</b><p>Often, the demise and disintegration of a romance is a …

Relationships

Defend Your Research: What Makes a Team Smarter? More Women

<b>The finding:</b> There’s little correlation between a group’s collective intelligence and the IQs of its individual members. But if a group includes more women, its collective intelligence rises.<p><b>The research:</b> Professors Woolley and Malone, along with Christopher Chabris, Sandy Pentland, and Nada …

The 7 Steps to Forgiveness

Deepak Chopra, M.D.Forgiveness is very desirable. For those who receive it, the burden of guilt is lifted. For those who give it, resentment and …

Forgiveness

Want to Sound Smart When Asking Questions? Avoid These 5 Common Mistakes

There may be no such thing as a stupid question, but there's definitely a smart way to ask them.<p>Questions. They seem like they should be fairly straightforward, right? If you need clarification about something, you just ask.<p>Well, not so fast. Effectively asking questions involves a little more …

Leadership

7 Tips for Giving Your Boss Feedback

Feedback is key to skill development and performance improvement in any role. It’s how we know if we’re doing a good job and how we learn where we …

Leadership

Science Just Decided That The 1 Rule Of Relationships You Always Believed In Isn't True

This could affect your hiring decisions too.<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>There are some things we believe in that turn out to be true.<p>There are also some things we believe in that we know might not be true but make for very …

Business Strategy

5 ideas to jazz up your presentations

If your content is outstanding, it greatly improves the chances that your speech will be a success.<p>No speech is truly idiot-proof, but some are far …

Public Speaking

The Neuroscience of Seeing an Ex

When I arrived at the wine bar, there was only one open table — dimly lit and intimate. The booze, music and candlelight felt like a callback to our …

Relationships

The Definitive Guide to Wedding Toasts & Speeches | Brides

<i>Toasts can be the best part of a wedding reception, or they can be the worst part. The great wedding toasts are truly memorable, bring tears to guests’ eyes and are talked about for days after the event. The bad ones? Well, those go down in history, can be embarrassing and uncomfortable — or might</i> …

Weddings

How to Deal With Persistent Social Anxiety

Some people seem to float through life like less symmetrical George Clooney’s -- for these lucky few, life is a series of social interactions …

Anxiety

Five Forgiveness Exercises for Couples

Life is hard enough without the added layer of conflict with those who are supposed to be good to us, which can lead to resentment which can lead to …

Marriage