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The 5-step cure for boring body language

June 16, 2011

Could your body language be more expressive? Do you inhibit your natural body language when you’re public speaking because of your self-consciousness? Or maybe you’ve been told (by a well-meaning but misguided person) that you wave your arms around too much? As a result you’ve shut down your natural gestures and become stiff and boring. [...]

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How to use the Magic of Live to be a Compelling Speaker

January 15, 2011
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Live performances are magic. We pay to see our favorite bands performing even though we can listen to the songs anytime for free. We travel long distances to hear a famous speaker live, even though we can watch their speech online at home. We pay more for a Broadway show than to see a film. [...]

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How to Look Authoritative when you Feel Anything But

September 15, 2010

Having to deliver a presentation to people who are older than you, more important than you, or more expert than you, can make you doubt yourself. To look more credible and authoritative do the opposite of what a person lacking in confidence would do. Typically, they would: compare themselves unfavorably to other people be shy [...]

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Three good reasons to distribute your handout after the presentation

July 27, 2010

In my last post on presentation handouts I suggested that it’s best to distribute your handout before your presentation. The comments to that post identified three situations when it makes sense to distribute your handout after the presentation. As not everyone wades through comments I’ve decided to highlight them in this post: 1. Surprise Mike [...]

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13 Best Practice Tips for Effective Presentation Handouts

July 22, 2010

Your presentation handout is the lasting concrete manifestation of your presentation. It’s an important part of the total experience for the audience: But most of us focus on preparing what happens during the presentation, not what happens afterwards. Here are the benefits of having handouts: Benefits for the presenter They allow you to cut down [...]

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How to stop worrying about forgetting what you want to say

July 7, 2010

Do you have a fear of missing out something critical from your presentation? This concern can sabotage your presentation in three ways: To alleviate your concern you put everything you want to say on your slides You write a script and read from it. You spend the whole presentation worrying instead of connecting with your [...]

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How to stop waffling once and for all

June 28, 2010

Waffling happens when your brain stops working but your mouth keeps going. The solution to waffling is simple: When you have nothing ready to say, stop, look at your notes, work out what you to say, look up again and start talking. Easy to say. Difficult to do. That’s because when you start waffling, rather [...]

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How to keep to time during your presentation

June 2, 2010

Do you regularly go over time when you’re delivering a presentation? If a time limit has been set for your presentation, then it’s your responsibility to finish it within that time. Consider it as part of the contract between you and your audience. Here are some tips to help you keep to time: 1. Decide [...]

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8 presentation tips to make your eye contact more powerful

December 2, 2009

Even a newbie at public speaking knows they should make eye contact. But the term eye contact is rather vague. It can infer just making fleeting “contact” with a person then moving on. Don’t make eye contact – make “eye connection”.  Eye connection means spending time with each person so that person feels like you’re [...]

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How getting in the beam makes you a better presenter

September 17, 2009

Public speaking and presenting are full of silly rules. One such silly rule is that you shouldn’t walk into into the beam of the projector. I disagree – it can be incredibly effective to get in the beam. Why you should get in the beam 1. You show your energy and passion One of the [...]

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