Effective Presentations

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3 tips to become well-spoken

Want to become well-spoken? Here are three tips.<p><b>1. Make others feel well-heard</b><p>We focus too much on what we should say next, formulating witty …

Language

Forget 'like' and 'um' — an insidious new filler phrase makes anyone look unprofessional

As a communication coach, I know how important it is to eliminate filler words from our conversations.<p>I also know that the advice is easy to dispense and hard to execute. We all use filler words from time to time: 'ah', 'um', and 'like.'<p>Recently, I've noticed two filler words creeping up in …

Public Speaking

Why Every Great Presentation Begins With the End

Preparing the perfect speech starts with considering the journey. Make each talk a call to adventure that your audience can't wait to take.<p>A confident speaker steps onto the stage and gives the most persuasive speech you've ever heard. Credible, informative and engaging--the crowd loves it.<p>Where …

Public Speaking

Talk Like TED

• <b>Author:</b> Carmine Gallo<p>Ideas are the currency of the twenty-first century. In order to succeed, you need to be able to sell your ideas persuasively. This ability is the single greatest skill that will help you accomplish your dreams. Many people have a fear of public speaking or are insecure about …

9 Things You Should Always Do Before Presenting in Front of a Big Crowd

The most successful public speakers use these tips to make their point and manage their fear<p>"Maybe I should have prepared a bit more."<p>I'll admit it. I've said these words to myself right before stepping in front of a group to make a presentation or pitch. I feel sorry for both the audience and …

Short Stories

TED Talks

• <b>Author:</b> Chris Anderson<p><b>New York Times Bestseller</b><p><b>“Catnip for all the TED fans out there.” —Publishers Weekly</b><p><b>“The most insightful book ever written on public speaking . . . a must-read.” —Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times best-selling author of Give and Take and Originals</b><p>Since taking …

Your Presentation Needs a Punch Line

It was late Saturday night on Chicago’s North Side, and the historic Green Mill jazz club was buzzing with nervous energy. So was I. Pacing on the …

Public Speaking

8 Weird (but Essential) Things You Should Bring to Your Next Presentation

The less-obvious keys to speaking success you should never leave home without.<p>The same day American Airlines alerted me that I had reached Executive Platinum status, Hulu suggested the movie <i>Up in the Air</i> in my queue. Despite the creepiness of it, that evening I did as the streaming giant suggested …

George Clooney

Want to Improve Your Public Speaking Skills? There’s an App For That

Danish Dhamani was painfully self-aware of his accent when he arrived in the U.S. four years ago.<p>Born in Pakistan and raised in Tanzania, Dhamani was riddled with anxiety at the thought of speaking in class at Drexel University. Worried this would hold him back, he sought out coaching. Dhamani …

University of Southern California

To Avoid Getting Tongue-Tied Onstage, Switch to 'Verbal' Thinking (Here's How)

At a loss for words? You're not alone. A new Harvard University study reveals people are more prone to 'visual thinking' than 'verbal thinking.'<p>Picture this: you're on vacation on a beautifully exotic island surrounded by lush greenery miles away from gnarly traffic jams and endless to-do lists. In …

Language

Professional Actors Train Themselves to Exude Confidence--and So Can You

Whether you're a leader or a new hire, one of the first steps to having confidence is to perform more confidently--even if you don't feel that way.<p>Some people just seem to be born confident. When they enter a room, you feel the power of their presence. They don't hesitate to ask for what they …

Self-improvement

5 Reasons Why Steve Jobs' iPhone Keynote Is Still the Best Presentation of All Time

The original iPhone presentation had all the elements of a great story.<p>Today the iPhone celebrates its 10th anniversary as one of the bestselling products of all time. As a communication specialist, I mark the event for a slightly different reason. The launch of the iPhone was accompanied by one of …

Steve Jobs

Michael Phelps Isn't a Natural Public Speaker--This Brain Training Tactic Boosts His Confidence Onstage

Everyone is afraid of public speaking. Use the winning mindset techniques of Olympians and turn fear into a tool.<p>You may have heard of an abundance or a growth mindset. You may have even adopted some tactics of business leaders with strong mindsets, such as exercising or working with coaches. But …

Michael Phelps

This Is Why Your Brain Hates Public Speaking So Much

Early humans were hunter-gatherers, not orators.<p>You’re often nervous when it’s your turn to get up to speak. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a packed auditorium or a small conference room with less than a dozen colleagues: your palms sweat, your mouth feels dry, and your heart races.<p>This type of …

Public Speaking

8 Apps That Can Fix All Of Your Public Speaking Problems

From using too many filler words to forgetting what you were going to say, these apps can help make you a better public speaker.<p>Your most common fear might also be the skill that will help you get ahead in your career. Employers say that the most in-demand skill is strong communication skills, …

Public Speaking

New to Public Speaking? 5 Tips to Reduce Nerves and Boost Your Confidence

Whether it's to pitch your business or speak at a conference for the first time, it's essential to learn how to overcome speech anxiety and own the stage--every time.<p>According to <i>Psychology Today</i>, studies show that most Americans fear public speaking more than death. Do you have glossophobia (the …

20 Speakers You Shouldn't Miss The Opportunity To See

What can turn any event into a life-changing experience for audience members? The keynote speaker, of course. A dynamo at the front of the room ups the energy level and banishes those oh-so-polite golf claps.<p>Want to hire or see a speaker who can motivate, educate, and entertain? You don’t have to …

Digital Marketing

Do These Four Things To Make Your Boring Presentation Sound Interesting

All that data needs to be in there—what can you do? Well, this.<p>Let’s be real for a second: You don’t have a monumental bit of news to report every time you have to give a presentation. Maybe the third Tuesday of the month has just rolled around, and it’s time to update your team on the latest batch …

Public Speaking

Looking to Build a Speaking Career? Follow These 3 Steps

Make the most of a speaking opportunity before, during and after the event.<p>Speaking can take many forms, ranging all the way from wedding toasts and informal presentations with your team at work to TedX talks and lucrative keynote corporate speaking gigs.<p>Whatever the format, what all of these …

Presentations That Connect

ABOUT THE EVENT<p>Most of us hate giving presentations, and the rest of us have little idea whether our presentations are effective. That’s especially …

19 Public Speaking Tips to Find Success

World-renown speaking expert Michael Port shares his secrets.<p>One of the most common fears in the world is public speaking. According to most research, public speaking is scarier than bugs, snakes, flying, and death.<p>Death?! Yes, it's true. People are more afraid of public speaking than of dying.<p>And …

3 Father's Day-Themed Public Speaking Tips That'll Remind You of Your Childhood

Father knows best, even when it comes to speaking. Parental wisdom to speak better and make Dad proud this Father's Day.<p>This upcoming Father's Day (along with last month's Mother's Day) gives us an occasion to show appreciation for the two people that have influenced our lives from day one. Some of …

4 Storytelling Strategies Political Speech Writers Love (That You Can Steal)

Don't let your next presentation be a snooze-fest. Use these simple tips from a great speaker's playbook instead.<p>At the 2016 Democratic National Convention Michelle Obama took the stage. Confident. Calm. Passionate. She spoke approximately 1,561 words while she was on that stage and the critics …

Hey, Finance Leader. Here's How to Stop Being a Poor Communicator

If you're confusing everyone, change your approach to be more compelling and persuasive<p>Everyone agrees that Seth (a fictional character based on a real person) is a nice guy. As Chief Financial Officer of a large public corporation, Seth is under a lot of pressure, but even when dealing with tough …

New Research Shows That Cursing Can Help You Be a Better Public Speaker

Feel like swearing? New study explains why it may make your next speech shine<p>Most of us get a bit of tight tummy syndrome when we know we have a presentation coming up. I've worked with hundreds of executives preparing to give a big presentation, and regardless of their content, competency or …

5 ways to manage public speaking anxiety

When you’re facing an important business presentation, do you often feel like you’re at the mercy of your anxiety?<p>As you probably know, fear of public speaking is rooted in human biology. However, that doesn’t mean speech anxiety is an inevitable fact of life that you can’t overcome, and it …

Public Speaking

Learn How To Love Talking In Public (And Stop Saying “Um” And “Like”) With This New App

Orai will coach you to add fewer filler words, speak clearly, and at a good pace. It helped its young inventors pitch their way to funding.<p>Four out of 10 Americans regularly worry about not having enough money for the future. And one in three fear the U.S. will be involved in another world war–just …

Public Speaking

The Key to Being An Effective Public Speaker

Listen To The Crowds<p>My entrepreneurial journey has included a lot of public speaking over the past year. And as I have tested and tried different approaches I have learned one key rule to success: don't assume you know what the audience wants to hear about.<p>Have you ever sat through a PowerPoint …

Want Your TED Talk to Be a Success? Follow These 7 Simple Steps

From crafting authentic anecdotes to experimenting with hypnosis--here's how I prepared for my very first TED experience.<p>Considering what a successful TED Talk can mean for your career, the process of preparing for one can be extremely nerve-wracking.<p>But with the right plan and focus, TED Talks …