• Dec 20
    2018
    Have you ever attended a presentation and found yourself struggling to hear what the speaker was actually saying? He or she was probably very nervous about their speech. With public speaking skills being a necessary part of nearly all job positions in the world of business, how can you help boost your confidence levels when giving a presentation? Although it may not seem like it, voice projection is actually one ...
  • Oct 24
    2018
    When you give a presentation, are you truly taking advantage of your opening remarks? You have the highest amount of interest at the beginning and the end of your presentation, which means that you must open and close with memorable techniques. Here are just a few tried and trusted methods to reel in your audience from the very beginning: Try Storytelling – One of the most useful and easiest speaking ...
  • Oct 12
    2018
    Over the weekend, we were doing some unpacking from our recent move and came across an old VHS tape from my student teaching days. Before my sales career, I was a high school teacher and as part of our teacher education program, we had to video record ourselves. It was a really interesting exercise. Unfortunately, I no longer have a VCR to be able to watch this, but I vividly ...
  • Oct 11
    2018
    Do you want to be a truly effective communicator? Something that may be holding you back is exhibiting common communication “barriers.” Whether it is an individual or a large audience, these issues can actually cause static with whomever you are trying to communicate with. This can not only make your communication methods ineffective, but also undermines what you are saying with how you say it. Here are a few examples ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...