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An analysis of 700 presentations revealed that adopting one speaking skill can make you more persuasive

Thanks to advances in neuroscience, brain scans, and data-driven studies, we've learned more about persuasion in the past decade than we had ever known previously. We know what works and why it works, and we can prove it scientifically.<p>The data firm Quantified Communications has added to the …

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How I Survived a Public Speaking Nightmare in 5.5 Steps

When disaster strikes moments before your big presentation, here's the survival guide.<p>It was a Tuesday. I was hired to give a 90 minute keynote for 350 people at a sales kickoff. Sound check was scheduled for 7 a.m., and at 9 a.m. I'd take the stage. However, within moments of turning off the hotel …

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Ace Your Next Presentation With 3 Winning Warm Ups

You've prepared for your speech for weeks. But what about right before you step on stage? Learn last minute techniques for a winning talk.<p>First impressions matter. People make an assessment of you almost instantaneously. You want to pass this initial test and win your audience over. But how do you …

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The Best Exercise for Getting to Know Your Audience

A 4-step process for developing author personas.<p>Whether you're writing a book or running a company, having a strong understanding of your audience is key. However, learning about and truly understanding an audience is one of the hardest tasks for brands.<p>It's difficult to take a step back and make …

Finding the Bliss Point for Public Speaking

We've identified it for the food we eat and the music we listen to. Now, can we do it for the words we speak and the messages people hear?<p>I recently read an article in <i>The New York Review of Books</i> about a new paradigm in the music industry.<p>Since many of today's Top 10 Hits sound the same, I tend to …

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The coach who taught Sheryl Sandberg to communicate better explains how to give a better presentation

The best writing advice I've ever received was actually a suitcase-packing strategy from my most well-traveled friend:<p>"Lay out everything you want to take with you. Then cut it in half."<p>It's a brilliant tip, of course, but using it — as a traveler or as a writer — is an absolutely horrifying …

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2 Common Words You Should Never Use During a Presentation

Remove this simple phrase from your presentation to instill confidence in yourself and your listener.<p>Are you preventing yourself from making that sale, getting that promotion, or being assigned that great opportunity without even knowing it?<p>Consider for a moment your last interaction while …

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What Monica Lewinsky's TED Talk Teaches Us About Conquering Stage Fright

Scared of speaking in public? You're not alone. Learn how three TED speakers overcame their stage fright and turned fear into excitement.<p>"According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking," comedian Jerry Seinfeld once mused. "Number two is death. Death is number two. This …

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3 Ways To Eliminate Your Anxiety And Deliver A Winning Presentation

You might feel anxious, but you aren't an anxious person.<p><i>How can anxious people become better presenters? 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 Seth Godin, altMBA, Blogger, Bestselling</b> …

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Why the Oscars Best Picture Debacle Was Actually a Great Public Speaking Lesson

The now infamous Academy Awards meltdown could have been so much worse.<p>It was the flub heard around the world.<p>Acting legends Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty--on hand at the Oscars to celebrate the 50th anniversary of <i>Bonnie and Clyde</i>--announced the wrong winner for best picture.<p>In what will no doubt …

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3 Surefire Speaking Tips to Keep an Online Audience Hanging on Your Every Word

Virtual presentations are the lifeblood of the modern day business. Be a tech-savvy speaker and broadcast yourself beyond the boardroom.<p>In these fast times where Tweeting has become the ultimate form of communication, speakers need to connect with their audience at lightning speed. And that doesn't …

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Do These 5 Things if You Want to Become a Public Speaker

Discover five actionable insights to help you become a public speaker within your industry.<p>Public speaking can do wonders for one's career in terms of positioning as a thought leader within your industry and having exposure to countless executives in the audience which is advantageous for anyone …

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Does Anyone Actually Read The Reports You Send Them? Here's How You Can Make That Happen

Many professionals are required to write up reports for various business operations... reports that no one reads.<p>If you've worked in an office for any extended period of time, you've probably had to write a report or two for your managers, clients or business investors.<p>These highly technical and …

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Secret for Public Speaking Success: Speak Their Thoughts Before They Do

When you talk to people who oppose your point of view, choose your words carefully.<p>"Every word uttered evokes the idea of its opposite. "--Goethe<p>When you talk to people who oppose your point of view, choose your words carefully.<p>The odds are high that those on the other side of the argument will …

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Here's How to (Literally) Rock Your Presentation

You don't want to be the person your audience wishes would sit back down. Here's how to supercharge your powers of charisma.<p>Dull presentations, sermons and lectures are an inevitable part of life. But if you're the one in front of the room you certainly don't want to be the person your audience …

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6 Steps to Mastering Professional Public Speaking

If you're still not sure how to master your speaking skills, this formula will help you get there.<p>So you are starting up a second--or first--career as a professional speaker. Excellent choice. With cities fighting each other to host professional conventions and trade shows, everyone is looking for …

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Use This Presentation Strategy to Be Instantly More Persuasive

Persuading people to buy into your way of thinking or seeing things is hard. Try this strategy to up the odds that you'll break through and get people on your side.<p>Persuasion is hard. There are the people who oppose you, the people who like you, and the people in the middle who are undecided.<p>Casey …

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3 Powerful Secrets Pros Never Share About Public Speaking

It's worth getting over your fear of public speaking, and it will be much easier once you understand these three secret principles the pros know<p>Few acts are a divisive as public speaking, as half of us want to be on the big stage and half of us want to stay away from it as much as possible. As …

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9 Ways to Hack Presentation Anxiety

Avoid Death by PowerPoint with 3 Tips From the Top TED Talks

Are bullets killing your presentation? Breathe life into your slide deck with visual design tips from the top TED talks.<p>Humans are visual creatures. MIT Neuroscientists have found that the brain can recognize images seen for as little as 13 milliseconds. In fact, web pages with images draw 94 …

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Try These Two Ways to Structure a Presentation

One was good enough for the greatest American speech every delivered, and both borrow from Hollywood--home to the best storytellers in the world<p>I caught a glimpse of my childhood home on Google Earth.<p>First, I spied it from 30,000 feet, then zoomed in and saw my mother's herb garden at the bottom of …

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Why Over Using PowerPoint Is Hurting Your Ability to Influence People

Here are three easy questions that will help you determine if you should use PowerPoint or ditch it for your next meeting.<p>Giving a good presentation requires a lot of things. There is even some science behind how to combine good content, good delivery, and good visual elements. And if standing in …

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The 5 Biggest Mistakes Speaker's Don't Know They're Making

What you need to know now about speaking.<p>I am a professional speaker, and I have given thousands of presentations in the last 28 years. I have seen hundreds of people give presentations. I am sure you have too.<p>Most presentations are, sad to say, just awful and boring.<p>Why?<p>People who speak often …

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Use personal stories in your communications

“In a sea of competition, you’ve got to capitalize on what makes you unlike anyone else.”<p>This advice from “Feel Great Naked: Confidence Boosters for …

Thinking on Your Feet Can Add Power to Your Presentation

Taking a minute or two to silently think in front of the room can be a powerful move for a public speaker.<p>A Neglected Art<p>Consider this quote from Carolyn Kane in "Thinking: A Neglected Art," in <i>Newsweek</i>, December, 14 1981.<p>"We Americans are a charitable and humane people: we have institutions devoted …

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Lessons From a Dog Park: What Your Dog Can Teach You About Public Speaking

Man's best friend will walk you through presentation advice, and it's more than how to sit, shake paws, or roll over.<p>Our four-legged friends have a great deal of wisdom to offer. It seems offices and businesses are realizing the merits of our canine family members and even welcoming them into the …

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Add Emotion to Your Message to Grab Attention and Engage Audiences

Feelings Matter. Make sure your talks use emotion to spark feelings in your listeners or you won't be able to make them budge.<p>Daniel Gilbert is psychologist teaching at Harvard. In his book, <i>Stumbling on Happiness</i> he writes about the importance of feelings in judging things to be good or bad. To be …

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Here Are the Best Ways to React to Criticism, According to 13 Experienced Speakers

Negative feedback or bad review? Do this first.<p>It's happened to all of us. You've given a presentation, written an article, or launched a new product. And a customer, reader, or audience member tells you that you missed the mark. Your presentation fell flat, or your product just isn't what they …

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