• Dec 01
    2022
    When asked to give a presentation, whether it’s to a prospect or at an event, the first question we typically ask is “What’s the topic?” Sure, we all want to know what we will be speaking about so that we can prepare, but this is a self-centered concern. What we should ask first is “Who’s my audience?” Before you begin to prepare your speech, you must first consider your audience. ...
  • Nov 17
    2022
    One of the most important presentation tips we teach in our presentation skills courses has to do not with speaking, but with looking. Let me depart from presentation tips for a moment to give you some background. If you give somebody a visual stimulus and ask them to press a button every time they see the stimulus, they are likely to do it with a high degree of accuracy, provided ...
  • Nov 02
    2022
    Communispond has helped many, many organizations deal with communication problems, so we have seen firsthand how miscommunication can sabotage your business goals, zap organizational morale, and increase your costs. This is my list of the top five issues in workplace communication. 5. Misinterpretation. This is probably the most common issue. Language is not usually a precision instrument, and we each have an individual way of using it. Consequently, the meaning ...
  • Oct 19
    2022
    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 ...
  • Oct 06
    2022
    Mortimer J. Adler, who later co-founded the Great Books course that profoundly influenced liberal education in the 1950s, completed Columbia University’s four-year baccalaureate program in three years. But the University did not let him graduate because he didn’t take the required swimming test. We generally assume that educational requirements should match workplace needs. That doesn’t seem be the case for all colleges and universities. Nobody but a lifeguard needs swimming ...
  • Sep 21
    2022
    If you're trying to give a persuasive presentation, I recommend doing it as a five-part process. We have found this five-part structure will keep you most focused on the audience and therefore most likely to succeed in persuading them. It applies to an audience of any size. Part 1. Opener. The opener has a single purpose: to make the audience feel a pain that can only be relieved by adopting ...
  • Sep 08
    2022
    "The most precious things in speech are pauses." So said the eminent Shakespearean actor Sir Ralph Richardson, and it’s not only true for the thespian performing a soliloquy from Hamlet. When delivering a speech or presentation, you can’t deny the power of the pause. Pauses in your speech serve three important functions. First, they help control breathing, which is fundamental to your success as a speaker. Natural pauses assist your ...
  • Aug 24
    2022
    I've suggested, in the past, that few people suffer from a genuine fear of public speaking, but almost everybody is nervous about it. At Communispond, we have always treated this nervousness as beneficial. One of our most cited presentation tips is to change this nervousness to excitement and use it to your advantage by letting it increase your energy level. It’s gratifying to see that science seems to be catching ...