Category: Public Speaking

How to Pitch a Presentation Idea

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Ask yourself this question: If you could give a presentation on any topic, to any audience, what would it be?   You’ve had an idea for a presentation in mind for quite some time, or maybe you know someone in your company or organization is going to ask you to take the stage in the … Read On >

       

You Don’t Say (an Oldie, but Goodie)

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Don't Say

Usually the Improving Communications emails and posts focus on what you CAN DO to improve your writing or your speaking.  But today we are going to focus on what NOT TO DO.   But do you know the things that should be on the You Don’t Say list? When my daughter came home from her first day … Read On >

       

The Best Books to Read When Preparing a Presentation

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Preparing a Presentation

Preparing a presentation can involve a lot of solo work time. There are hours spent planning out the structure on paper, as well as moments spent practicing to an empty room. During preparation time, it’s common to ask for help. That is often done by practicing in front of colleges or friends for a round … Read On >

       

Beyond Writing and Speaking is Body Language

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Body Language

Communication is not always verbal.  Although unconscious, the audience pays attention to body language. Speaker body language must tell the audience that s/he respects their personal space and is not negative, intrusive, or hostile. Body language (the physical elements of communication) includes: eye contact, facial expressions, posture, and gestures / movement. EYE CONTACT A United States audience translates … Read On >

       

It’s Time to Think About Your UVP

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Your U-V-What? A Unique Value Proposition (UVP) is something that any branding expert or sales coach will tell you that you need to craft to perfection. In its essence, a UVP is what makes your company different from any other. It can be the heart and soul of your business. Simply put, your purpose. In … Read On >

       

How to Find Speaking Gigs

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Find Speaking Gigs

Somewhere on your to-do list, bucket list, or your list of greatest fears, there may be a line item that says, “Speak at more conferences or events.” But where to find speaking gigs? Getting the word out there for something you are passionate about can happen through many channels. You start with a solid online presence, … Read On >

       

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Make It Happen – Erin Bagwell

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Erin Bagwell

It’s impressive when you encounter someone who turns dreams into reality. This week, we shine the spotlight on someone whose mind was sparked with an idea that was brought to fruition last year. Filmmaker Erin Bagwell did just that, and she’s got an inspirational story. After having founded a storytelling blog called Feminist Wednesday, she … Read On >

       

Have a Succeessful Long Presentation

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Long Presentation

Do you ever find yourself in need of a long nap or a double espresso after giving a presentation? Speaking can be exhausting. Not only are you stretching your vocal cords, but also you’re pulling on the strings of your memory. Whether you’re giving an hour-long presentation, a day-long workshop, or speaking for back-to-back afternoons … Read On >

       

What to Do With Your Arms While Speaking

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Arms While Speaking

A large part of public speaking has to do with how you use your body while you present your material. It’s a known statistic that 60-90% of how we communicate is non-verbal. Preparations for any presentation have to start with practicing perfect posture and constant eye contact, but you question: “What do I do with my arms?”   … Read On >