All you need to make successful speeches

six tips to help with your next presentation

At Podium we created the Communication Mantra to help clients remember the main points of our transformational presentation coaching in four simple sentences. These four stages are the building blocks of any successful speech or presentation. Check them out. See if you can apply them to your next project. The Communication Mantra: Have something to …

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Elevator pitches: 10 words to change the world

Polish up your elevator pitch

How’s your elevator pitch? Is it working well for you? Does it need freshening up? Do you even have one? Maybe it’s time to take a lesson from how your favourite movies and TV series get launched. It’s long been said that Hollywood screenwriters only get three to five minutes to propose an idea. But …

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Presence: a game-changer for presenters and speakers

six tips to help with your next presentation

One quality above all others puts presenters and speakers on the fast track to success… and that is presence. Of course you need good content and good presentation skills. But if you have presence you have that extra dollop of special sauce that makes your message resonate with audiences. Washington DC-based leadership coach Kristi Hedges, …

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Understanding and coping with fear of speaking in public

coming to terms with fear of speaking in public

The fear of speaking in public was spelled out to me this week by someone who has something important to say, but is prevented from saying it by performance anxiety. In a very honest conversation, the person told me how stage fright stopped them from sharing their expertise with audiences. This person felt acutely aware …

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Don’t let a Q and A session disrupt your message

A better way with a Q and A session

Audience participation is a great way to connect with your audience. Most people do that with a Question and Answer (Q&A) session in their conclusion. This can be a bad move. Here’s why. You can’t control a Q&A session. So you run the risk of your thoughtful closing remarks being hi-jacked by a disruptive or …

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Stories work, even when audiences just want cold facts

Tell stories, they'll make the facts memorable

In our coaching sessions we are always urging speakers and presenters to tell more stories. But are there ever occasions when you shouldn’t tell a story? There are certain industries that are not conducive to storytelling. And there are certain audiences that are less receptive to storytelling. They like facts and figures, they expect facts …

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