• Apr 14
    2020
    Using visuals on conference calls or web-meetings may cause confusion with your audience. Frequently, presenters jump ahead, causing audience frustration and uncomfortable stoppages. Exercise patience and use delays and pauses to your advantage. Whether reviewing a document during a conference call, or using a PowerPoint presentation in a web meeting, the challenge is to keep people on the same page. One great way to do that is to plan your ...
  • Mar 20
    2020
    Effective virtual meetings are well organized. Because it’s hard to stay focused and engaged, the importance of a well planned virtual meeting is even more important than for an in-person, or co-located, meeting.Here are 3 tips on how to plan a well organized virtual meeting… As the leader, you must identify the purpose of the meeting and what outcomes are expected. The best way to do this is with a ...
  • Mar 03
    2020
    My pet theory is that public speaking is an athletic performance. It relies on skills that are just as physical as those used in sports. Posture: Stand with your feet hip-width apart and distribute your weight equally between them. Don’t pace. Don’t shift your weight from foot to foot. Most people find it difficult to avoid shifting around or making little nervous gestures. But any extraneous movement will distract the ...
  • Feb 20
    2020
    Not everyone can deliver a speech that will be remembered for generations to come – there are only so many people born each century who can tell you they “have a dream” or ask “what you can do for your country” – but we can all learn how to deliver effective and powerful presentations with a few simple steps. Giving an effective presentation not only increases your visibility within a ...
  • Jan 23
    2020
    When you are asked to think of an introverted person, chances are that you are not thinking about a rock star, a public figure, or even the loveable “loud” friend of your group. These people do share something in common though: they aren’t afraid to speak in front of groups of other people. Based on this assessment alone, the typical “extrovert” is what comes to mind for most when talking ...
  • Nov 25
    2019
    I thought back on my time in school, I had very limited opportunities to present and work on public speaking. In fact, there’s only one time that I can think of that still sticks in my memory where I did have the opportunity to present in public. It was my senior year of high school and I was asked to go speak to 5th and 6th graders and their parents ...
  • Nov 04
    2019
    When most people are asked what their actual fears are when it comes to public speaking, it normally comes down to three different responses: fear of judgement, fear of being unprepared, and the risk of looking like a fool. Regardless of how you feel about giving a presentation, the fact is you cannot shy away from it if you want to professionally succeed and advance in your career. You may ...
  • Sep 24
    2019
    So, you’ve built your presentation from the ground up, and the day is coming up on you fast. You shouldn’t feel alone when you panic or experience anxiety before your big moment, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to buckle down and transform your fears into something helpful and productive! Here are a few steps you can follow to make the road to giving your presentation easier and less ...