• Aug 08
    2018
    Leaders of the modern business world are failing to build a sense of trust and loyalty with their employees. Nearly one-third of employees say that they do not trust their company’s management nor do they feel empowered in their current position, but it does not have to be this way. Managers and leaders who exemplify great leadership traits not only foster a sense of trust with their employees, but also ...
  • Aug 06
    2018
    You’ve done the research and carefully crafted your presentation to be effective, well-timed, and poignant – then a rogue question throws you off your game. There are countless ways to answer questions in any situation in life. When giving a speech in a professional setting, questions may come up that catch you off guard or set a bad tone for the audience. This means that it is even more important ...
  • Jul 24
    2018
    Visual aids, such as PowerPoint presentations, are a rather controversial topic in the world of public speaking. While some professionals will advocate for their use and benefits, others claim they are distracting and should be eradicated from the practice. What is a presenter to do? Use visual aids or abandon the practice? Visual aids and PowerPoint should be thought of as tools that are available to assist you in getting ...
  • Jun 27
    2018
    Glossophobia, or the fear of public speaking, is one of the more common fears out there. It is estimated that approximately 75% of people actually experience some degree of glossophobia or anxiety when it comes to speaking in front of an audience, while some people even rate their fear of public speaking over their fear of death. There are thankfully ways to help overcome this paralyzing fear of public presentations ...
  • Jun 06
    2018
    Have you ever sat in the audience of a presentation or speech and felt like the presenter was specifically addressing you? That he or she understood your view of the topic and was answering all of your questions? That’s because the presenter did a great deal of preparation beforehand to understand their audience – and you should do this when you present, too. By simply taking the time to understand ...
  • May 10
    2018
    As technology creeps into more areas of our lives, face-to-face communication is becoming increasingly foreign. Although communicating in-person has become more challenging, there are ways you can restore your communication skills. These communication tips can help you not only be a more efficient communicator, but can also help you stay present during a conversation. Be conscious of your body language. – Try to avoid doing things with your body language ...
  • Apr 20
    2018
    Public speaking is definitely not a new practice. Our current persuasive methodology has been tested, worked through, and edited over the course of the 2,300 years since its inception. Aristotle, a founding father of persuasion and public speaking, coined the terms “ethos,” “pathos,” and “logos” in On Rhetoric to explain why good persuasive speeches are effective and how persuasion works. Although they sound like complicated Greek words, the ideas behind ...
  • Apr 17
    2018
    While some may say that starting conversations at networking events is rather difficult, many are challenged by how to close or end them. Networking situations can prove to make even the most social people nervous about the situation and how to end on a positive note. There is so much focus on how to strike up a conversation in these situations, but ending them in a way that is professional ...