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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Prompters, scripts take sparkle from the best speakers

Prompters and scripts can break the connection with the audience

It’s supposed to be there to help. I’m talking about the teleprompter: the out-of-sight tool that scrolls a script up front of the camera for a television performer to read. Well the teleprompter didn’t seem to help some of the presenters at the Golden Globe awards for outstanding performances in film and television. What struck …

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Give a little extra with your next presentation

Show a little gratitude

This is the season of giving and gratitude. As a speaker, consider giving your audience a bonus. It can be done, even with very technical speeches and presentations. And everybody loves something extra. Professional speakers sometimes offer discounts on books or courses. Or give a short workshop in addition to their speech. If you’re not …

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