Category: Public Speaking

Weekly Ways to Practice Public Speaking Techniques

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Practice Public Speaking

He walked toward me at the end of a productive workshop. Shaking my hand, he asked a familiar question, one I often hear after teaching the public speaking class. Fidgeting with a notebook and a pen, he said “I learned so much. I can’t help but want to go home and practice all of this […]


“Mispronunciated” Words: Mispronounced Words Matter

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Mispronounced Words

Mispronounced Words Words have power, but not only in what is said.  How they are said can have more of an impact than you may realize. Correct pronunciation tells your audience that you’re smart, careful, and that you know what’s right. Mispronouncing a familiar word can convey to a listener that you are not as […]


Choosing the Right Word

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choosing the right word

Choosing the right word will guarantee that you will convey exactly what you mean, whereas choosing the incorrect word can sound wrong or can change the meaning of the statement. When do you use “input” or “enter”? What about the difference between “back-up” or “replacement”? How about “fix” or “resolve”? Ensure that words and expressions you […]


Three Free Internet Tools for a More Engaging Presentation

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Internet Tools

How you design your presentation can determine the success of the messages you want to share with your audience. This includes your visuals, from photos to graphs and charts.   According to a study from Microsoft Corp, people lose concentration after only eight seconds. The information in this week’s email can help you create engaging presentations […]


Vocal Quality Matters

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Vocal Quality

Your Voice’s Quality & Power How you use your voice can determine the success of your presentation. This includes your vocal quality and use of pauses or silence. The information in this week’s email applies to Public Speaking as much as it applies to your small-group interactions and phone calls. The listener can learn a […]


Accuracy with Language

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Accuracy with Language

Express opinion and fact in the correct settings to make your point effectively. For example, when expressing an opinion among friends, instead of saying that something “is the best,” say, “I think it is the best.” Here is where phrases like “I feel,” “I think,” and “I believe”work very well. You’re sharing a belief with friends. It’s fine to use those examples […]


How Can You Be More Assertive?

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While leading an Improving Communications workshop recently, I asked a question that had hands flying up toward the sky from participants in the room: “How many of you have ever wanted to be more assertive in the workplace but didn’t know how?” To be more assertive was something everyone wanted to work on. But the […]


What’s the Purpose of Eye Contact?

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Eye Contact

What are your eyes doing during a presentation or a conversation? Think about it. Are they looking down at your hands or your notes? Do they gaze out the window or over the heads of the audience? Or are you staring at just one person the entire time you’re speaking? Maybe you’ve never considered it […]


Giving A Toast

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Giving A Toast

The act of giving a toast, whether at an event, a party, or a wedding, is an honor. While it may seem simple to grab the microphone and talk in front of a room filled with people, some of whom you know very well and others very little, it can require a bit of work. […]


What to Say to a Speaker

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Say to a Speaker

One of the biggest benefits of hearing someone speak live is the opportunity to meet and greet afterwards. Suddenly, you have access to someone you admire or is an expert in a topic you are curious about. Guide the conversation with an organized approach! Make the most out of the few minutes you have with that […]