Six tips for handling questions in a presentation

use stories to engage an audience

How do you feel about answering challenging questions? The matter of how to handle a Q & A session is a worry for many presenters and speakers. Being put on the spot is certainly a concern for many of the people I work with. They fear being caught unawares by a question, and embarrassing themselves or …

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Boost your writing: abandon two types of words

abandon most adverbs and adjectives

Here’s a tip to give your writing more impact. Every time you write, you use eight parts of speech (the building blocks of grammar). Those eight elements are the verb, the noun, the pronoun, the adjective, the adverb, the preposition, the conjunction, and the interjection. Here’s the tip: abandon most adjectives and adverbs. In our …

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How The Communication Rules Have Changed

The rules of communications are changing fast

Communicating effectively is essential table-stakes for success in the business world today, as well as of course the public speaking world.  We begin work on a speech or planning a meeting with good intentions and a grab-bag of rules floating around in our heads.  But often those rules have been derived from pre-virtual days; the …

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