• Dec 04
    2017
    Backed by research: Controversial news is more often accepted if communicated verbally, rather than in writing. Juliana Schroeder of the University of California at Berkeley and faculty at the University of Chicago recently conducted several experiments on the way controversial news is received when it's delivered verbally versus in writing. All of her research suggests that controversial news is received more favorably than when it's delivered verbally. “Because another person's ...
  • Nov 28
    2017
    Being confident while delivering a presentation is an ability that many of us would love to have, but too often our nerves get in the way. While some people are truly born with confidence, it is definitely something that the rest of us can learn. The best public speakers know how important confidence is for a successful presentation – and that it is as much about how you appear to ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • Aug 14
    2017
    If you’re like most of us, you approach the giving of a presentation with fear. Internal chatter keeps you from thinking clearly. You’re worried about what might happen. Your heart rate is elevated. You probably feel drained and exhausted before you even start, and you have a stomach full of butterflies, perhaps even nausea. A fascinating article by Patrick J. Cohn and Andre Bekker on the Training Peaks website, however, ...
  • Jul 17
    2017
    There will be times in your career when you are called upon to address large groups. Maybe you’ve been invited to give the keynote address at a conference or asked to make a commencement speech. Maybe you need to sell an initiative to an entire division of the company. Can you make a connection with an audience of a hundred or more? We’ve been training people to do that for ...