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Effective Communication: Disprefered Markers

Effective communication doesn't have to be a technical process, but let me give you some background to explain a new communication tip. In linguistics, discourse markers are words or phrases with little meaning that are used to suggest relationships: between the...

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Presentation Skills: Crafting the Audience Benefit Statement

I recently posted about how knowing the point of your presentation can help you focus it while you’re preparing it. But if you are trying to give a persuasive presentation, as opposed to an informational one, you need to take a step beyond making a point. You need to...

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Effective Communication: the Power of Metaphor

I have a friend whose desk is littered with reports, sticky notes, scraps of paper, pens, business cards, quickstart guides, half-eaten rolls of Lifesavers, and thumb drives. The other day, I got a look at his computer desktop. It looked like he had replicated his...

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The Power of Storytelling in Speeches and Presentations

Just about everyone loves a good story. As children, we were lulled to sleep by fables and fairy tales. As we got older, we read books, watched TV and went to the movies in search of new stories to entertain and widen our horizons. Stories enthrall us, educate us and...

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The 4 Elements of Body Language

In the 1970s, Albert Mehrabian, a communications scholar at UCLA, sparked a revolution in our understanding of presentation skills. His experiments showed that a listener's emotional response to a speaker's message had more to do with the speaker's facial expression...

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The Three Communication Channels of Executive Presence

The Three Communication Channels of Executive Presence The concept of executive presence has captured the imagination of the business press. When I did a Google search on the term, it came back with more than four hundred million hits. One of the search results was an...

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The Five Skills of Effective Presentations

Effective presentations are among the most critical activities that business professionals engage in. It’s no wonder that when you Google “effective presentations,” you get over 10 million hits – with titles like “How to Give Effective Presentations: 21 Tips” and “How...

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