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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Is your body saying the right things about you?

The most powerful way we communicate is not with our words but our body. Body language or non-verbal communication is your gestures, facial expressions, body position and eye movements. Our brains evaluate all these things and come to a conclusion about the speaker in a nano-second. When you speak, you want your body to say …

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3 essentials for engaging your audience

How do you really connect with an audience. You can be articulate, polished, perfectly groomed, have the best stage-craft… and still not make that magical and all-important connection with your listeners. Let’s face it, you want your audience to respond enthusiastically to your call-to-action. You want to persuade them to do something: to think or …

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Ctrl, Alt, Del: time to reboot your presenting style?

Spring is in the air; the time of spring-cleaning, de-cluttering, fresh starts. If you give presentations, or make speeches, this is a great time to think about freshening-up the stuff you have grown comfortable with, maybe even deleting some old habits and trying out some alternative ideas. Maybe it’s time for you to hit Ctrl, …

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