Effective Presentations

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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, …

Language

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 …

Public Speaking

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 …

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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 …

Public Speaking

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 …

Marketing

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 …

Storytelling

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 …

Father's Day

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 …

Storytelling

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 …

Leadership

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 …

Public Speaking

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 …

Leadership

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 …

Leadership

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 …

TED Talks

What You Can Learn From Elon Musk's Presentation Style (It's Not What You Think)

The famous entrepreneur shows why great presenting starts with passion.<p>Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has an extraordinary ability to think big and challenge the status quo. This has led to some remarkable achievements, and it looks like he's just getting started.<p>If you've ever seen Musk speak …

Elon Musk

3 Ways Effective Communicators Structure Unforgettable Messages

Even the best ideas must be presented in a way the listener will understand and remember.<p>Effective communicators rely on structure.<p>You may be the smartest person in the room, but if you can’t communicate what you know, you’re not of much value to others. The million-dollar ideas inside your head …

Public Speaking

Want to Give a Great Presentation? Ban the PowerPoint and Burn the Podium

3 ways to make your presentation fascinating.<p>I was doing presentation skills training with one of my clients. I mentioned that I thought PowerPoint is one of the worst tools for presenting and is almost always instant audience anesthesia.<p>A hand went up in the back of the room (as it always does) …

In Mind

How To Become Famous By Delivering One Presentation

Being famous may not be your goal and it’s certainly not essential for career success. But being selectively famous will have a major impact on your career trajectory. Selective fame is all about being visible and available to your target audience – the people who will influence your success.<p>The …

Public Speaking

How Telling Good Stories Can Help You Raise Money and Sell Products

Engage the mind and trigger the imagination of your audience to engage them at a deeper level.<p>Do you want to be more successful at selling your products and raising growth capital for your company? Then you'll need to learn how to tell stories. Your stories need to be meaningful and relevant to …

Storytelling

The 1 Tip Key to Keeping Presentations Short and Engaging, According to This Year's TED Speakers

TED speakers use a practical method to create short presentations from hundreds of pages of content.<p>In the last two weeks since the annual TED Talks conference, I've had the opportunity to speak directly to two of this year's notable speakers. Both are professors who have written books with deep …

Public Speaking

4 Embarrassing Ways Your Body Can Ruin Your Presentation (and What to Do About the Sweat Marks)

Sometimes, despite your best preparation efforts it's your body that fails you in front of a room. Here's how to outsmart biology.<p>I was giving a guest lecture about the importance of storytelling in business. The room felt a little warm, but I didn't think much of it... that is, until about seven …

Public Speaking

The 8 Key Attributes You Need to Give a Stunning Speech

Remember that the audience is rooting for you.<p><i>What are some tips I should follow for public speaking? 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 Jim Moore, Journalist, on Quora:</b><p>As a former …

Public Speaking

Cognitive Psychologists Say Overcoming This One Bias Leads to Public Speaking Success

People who excel at giving presentations or public speaking take specific steps to improve.<p>A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave us a glimpse into how successful leaders think. His advice: "Don't be a know-it-all; be a learn-it-all."<p>Cognitive psychologists are finding that there's …

Psychology

New class connects theater and the performing arts to communication skills

A new class offered through the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders connects communication to the performing arts.

Education

Want to Deliver an Unforgettable Presentation? Use These 4 Proven Strategies From TED Talks

'Death by PowerPoint' needs to stop. Here's a rescue plan.<p>Jargon-loaded bullet points, cheesy clip art, mind-numbingly dull charts: What's not to hate about today's business presentations?<p>Let's face it, there's an epidemic that's spreading through corporate boardrooms, an epidemic that is even …

Public Speaking

Do Your Slides Pass the Glance Test?

An audience <i>can’t</i> listen to your presentation and read detailed, text-heavy slides at the same time (not without missing key parts of your message, …

What Do Unforgettable Emails Do? They Tell A Story

Here’s the bitter truth: Your 800-word opus on the status of your upcoming product launch looks like a horrifying avalanche of words on your boss’s computer screen. She clicked out of it immediately, terrified of losing half an hour of her day slogging through all your carefully crafted prose. …

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5 Things You Must Include in Your Elevator Speech If You Want to Make a Solid First Impression

Answering “What do you do?" properly can dramatically improve how people perceive you and your business.<p>Most people answer with, "I'm a lawyer," 'I'm a plumber," or some other label. It's a perfectly correct answer, but what if you knew that the simple answer you give could make the difference …

Employment