• Nov 14
    2017
    Question and Answer sessions can be very helpful and effective after a presentation. Audience members are able to share their ideas and comments, get clarification on any questions, and further understand key concepts. While this time is very beneficial for everyone involved, it also may feel less formal than the presentation itself, which means that some may not properly prepare for this session. The Q&A session actually requires just as ...
  • Oct 30
    2017
    The prospect of advancing and becoming a leader in one’s field is what motivates many to continue honing their skills and taking on new projects. However, some people are simply born natural leaders, while others will need a bit of practice to develop their skillset. If you are willing to put in the work, there are ways that you can continue to develop your leadership skills and advance further in ...
  • Oct 26
    2017
    Public speaking is often a daunting task in its own right, but what happens when you have to give a presentation at the last minute? In some situations, you may only have 24-hour’s notice (or even as little as half an hour) to create and deliver a presentation. The idea of one of these situations happening to you may cause some panic, but fear not. Impromptu public speaking can be ...
  • Oct 24
    2017
    Think about your typical day at work. How much of it do you think is spent communicating in some way? A recent study has found that many of us actually spend up to 80-percent of our day engaged in some form of communication. Of this time, we spend approximately, 9-percent of the day writing, 16-percent reading, 30-percent speaking, and a whopping 45-percent listening. Although listening is actually the most commonly ...
  • Sep 26
    2017
    Whether you are trying to make a sale, build a business relationship, or make a pitch for funding, all presentations have one common goal: to make a lasting impact. Presentations should not just be a set of bullet points on a slide, but an experience that makes an audience think long after they leave their chairs. Would you like to win your audience over and make a lasting impact with ...
  • Sep 25
    2017
    As we near the end of year, it means companies are planning for next year with new budgets, which means new opportunities to propose your services and products. You may find yourself offering a proposal in one of two situations: 1) You send an unsolicited proposal to persuade the reader he or she needs your product or service; or 2) The reader is aware of a need, but you must ...
  • Sep 18
    2017
    Communication is not only an essential life skill, but is also one of the earliest survival skills that humans learn. As we grow up and learn how to be a functioning member of society, the need for effective communication skills grows in importance and increases in complexity. This is especially true for those in leadership roles. No matter the company or team you lead, you are going to be working ...
  • Sep 11
    2017
    Hillary Clinton’s new book, What Happened, has been in the news lately. An excerpt, via The Independent, suggests the focus of most of the reports: “We were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces. It was incredibly uncomfortable. He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled.” “He,” of course, is Donald Trump. We could perhaps disagree ...