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Creating 21st Century Presentations With a 20th Century Brain

Alex Simon | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology
Alex Simon

Technology seems to be advancing faster than the speed of light. Our state-of-the-art smart phone, computer and Blu-ray player has become the new car of the 21st century: the minute we drive it off the lot, it's obsolete and virtually worthless. The same can be said for the art of communication, which has been almost completely taken over by technology in the past 20 years.

7 Essential Tips to Prepare for a TED Talk

Simon Tam | Posted 06.09.2015 | Business
Simon Tam

As I am getting ready to present my fifth TEDx talk, I wanted to share some of the best practices I've learned along the way on preparing for a TED talk. Of course, these are just general ideas that work for public speaking as well.

No Fear Presentations: A Guide to Public Speaking

Austin Schneider | Posted 06.09.2015 | Business
Austin Schneider

I will defy most on one topic...public speaking. I love it. It is an interesting thrill to be able to present to a group of people, and a sign of great respect for you. It means people are there to hear what you have to say, and that they want to learn from you.

How to Handle the Tough Questions During a Presentation

Quora | Posted 06.09.2015 | Business
Quora

You're asking for a "crafty way to dodge a question," but that really is one of the stupidest things a person can do. Audiences can see right through it and will lose confidence in your qualification to be speaking to them and they will lose respect for you. DON'T DO IT.

The Year's Most Tasteless Attempt at Humor

Jerry Weissman | Posted 03.09.2015 | DC
Jerry Weissman

The hot topic of Hillary Clinton's presidential aspirations has drawn acres of commentary, among them a piece in last week's Huffington Post by Robert...

Why Fit In? Stand Out and Win in Business

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 05.02.2015 | Business
Jimmy Nguyen

Let's face it, many professionals have good skills. So it helps to be memorable -- whether your goal is to win clients, get promoted in your organization, or rise to the top of an industry.

How to Convince the Boss Your Idea Is Incredible!

Scott MacFarland | Posted 04.29.2015 | Business
Scott MacFarland

Before you begin, your presentation, remember; go slow and leave room for your boss to ask questions. Sometimes silence and pausing can be very effective. That means thinking is happening.

Bill O'Reilly and the Unforgivable Curses

Peter Paskale | Posted 04.27.2015 | Media
Peter Paskale

Rhetoric is magic. But just like magic, it has its dark side. Just as J. K. Rowling gave her magical world the three 'Unforgivable Curses' -- Imperio, and Crucio, and Avada Kedavra, so rhetoric has it's own. It has Skotison, and Pysma, and Procatalepsis -- word structures designed to befuddle or destroy.

Facts Amore: Tips From Italy Tour For Presenting Science

David Saddington | Posted 04.18.2015 | Science
David Saddington

In the long-term academics need to start making concessions and communicate science with clarity, especially for topics which have profound impacts upon society such as climate change.

Kick It Up: Speaking Tips From Taylor Swift

Peter Paskale | Posted 04.15.2015 | Entertainment
Peter Paskale

Listen to any of the songs on '1989', the new album from Taylor Swift, and you'll notice that Swift doesn't just sing those lyrics - she acts them. There are nuances and inflections that she milks with the precision of an actress.

Wanna Rock Your TEDx Talk? Follow Three Easy Rules

Greta Perel, Ph.D. | Posted 03.21.2015 | Business
Greta Perel, Ph.D.

Giving a TEDx talk? Fantastic! You must be thrilled/terrified/nauseous/overwhelmed! Certainly, there's a lot on your mind right now--your talk has a lot to live up to, and you're probably feeling the pressure. How are you going to get your message across? Is it going to be interesting? Where to start?

4 Tips to Tie a Team Presentation Together

Dianna Booher | Posted 03.23.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

A team presentation is labeled a team presentation for good reason: Its parts should comprise a whole. But team presentations all too often sound like a symphony orchestra warming up instrument by instrument. The following tips will help your team create a presentation that's clear.

Mirror, mirror...

Marcia Liss | Posted 02.21.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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The Key to a Successful Presentation Most People Ignore

Jeffrey Sharlach | Posted 01.07.2015 | Business
Jeffrey Sharlach

The biggest worry of all should be the most important person in the room. The reaction of that one person to your presentation is probably going to be the biggest factor in whether or not your presentation will be successful at accomplishing your goal.

5 Important Questions to Ask About Your Audience Before Your Next Presentation

Ellevate | Posted 01.06.2015 | Women
Ellevate

Every presentation should be built with the audience in mind. In order to do that, you need to be armed with some important information about them. Here are five key questions so ask of whoever invited you to speak.

Why the "F" Bomb Backfires as a Communication Tool

Dianna Booher | Posted 12.28.2014 | Business
Dianna Booher

After the shock value wears off, repeated use becomes boring. Such repetitions become as irritating as other word fillers you often hear speakers use: "Uh." "Okay?" Hmmm." "Right?" "You follow me?" "You know what I mean?" "Been there, done that."

Why Your Sales Presentations Are Bombing

Ellevate | Posted 12.22.2014 | Women
Ellevate

Begin your presentation with your audience's picture rather than your own. Speak in language they can easily understand. Tell them only about your product or service as it has relevance to them and their problem-solving and/or goal-conquering.

Design For Everyday: How To Make A Great Presentation

Lynda Decker | Posted 12.20.2014 | Small Business
Lynda Decker

As entrepreneurs, we craft the unique offerings of our companies, their brands, their culture, the people we hire and the products we offer. Most of us can and should design all of these things better--doing better doesn't have to be expensive. It simply requires thought.

5 Things Successful Presenters Do

Ellevate | Posted 11.24.2014 | Women
Ellevate

Successful presenters don't think about themselves.They know they matter very little to the success of their message. What's most important is their audience, so they turn their focus to them.

5 Must-Dos If You Want to Persuade

Hans Hickler | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business
Hans Hickler

As leaders, we usually end up at that crossroads where we have that one opportunity to close the deal, to persuade -- the meeting with our boss, the presentation to the Board of Directors, or the pitch to our customer.

Improvise - Great Leaders Say Yes First

Karen Hough | Posted 11.14.2014 | Business
Karen Hough

When leaders exhibit improvisational behaviors (such as flexibility, positivity and humor) people connect with them. Leaders build trust with their teams when they are positive, and those teams in turn, engage and want to perform.

Seven Steps To Manage Your Fear Of Public Speaking

Suzannah Baum | Posted 11.02.2014 | Business
Suzannah Baum

Have you ever avoided a career or business opportunity because it required you to speak in public? Did you ever have a great idea you wanted to share in a group setting but didn't because of your fear of speaking in front of a group of people?

4 Common Myths About Being a Great Speaker

Dianna Booher | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
Dianna Booher

This may sound counter-intuitive, but to be considered an engaging speaker, you have to stop talking occasionally. Today's audiences want a piece of the action.

How To Unlock The Confidence You Never Knew You Had

OWN | Posted 07.24.2014 | OWN

Does your stomach drop the moment you find out that you have to give a presentation? In school, at work or outside the office, many people feel a dist...

Presentation Rules to Break: Picture the Audience in Their Underwear

Karen Hough | Posted 08.26.2014 | Business
Karen Hough

I've tried it, and I've even had test subjects try it. It's distracting, makes you go blank, and leaches energy away from your passion and funnels it to a stupid technique. And there's always someone in the first row whom I really don't want to visualize in underwear. Ick.