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Improvise - Great Leaders Say Yes First

Karen Hough | Posted 09.14.2014 | 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 09.02.2014 | 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 07.23.2014 | 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.

Are Spanx Causing Vocal Fry?

Jen Olenizcak | Posted 08.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Jen Olenizcak

I've been teaching presentation skills to professionals and educators in NYC consistently for the past few years. During every class my students need ...

How to Give a Near Perfect Presentation (And Why It's So Hard for So Many)

Jose Vasquez | Posted 08.02.2014 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

If you fear, dread, or simply hate giving presentations, there may be a fundamental principle you're missing that's holding you back.

Presentation Rules to Break: Practice in Front of a Mirror

Karen Hough | Posted 07.28.2014 | Business
Karen Hough

The real way to practice is out loud and on your feet. And don't aim for perfection. Modern audiences would much rather see a real, slightly quirky person over a slick, perfect shell.

10 Tips on How to Deliver an Engaging Speech

Diane Gottsman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Whether you regularly give presentations or are getting ready to share one for the first time, there's one universal law: a successful speech takes planning, careful scripting and practice.

What the Hell am I talking About?

Bob Berkowitz | Posted 07.20.2014 | Business
Bob Berkowitz

One of the best ways to speak clearly is to truly understand the people you are talking to. Who are they? What do they care about? How deep is their knowledge of your subject matter?

Moderating a Panel: 8 Ways to Run an Excellent Discussion

Karen Hough | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business
Karen Hough

Panels are a great way to look at a subject from several viewpoints. Unfortunately, they can also become slow, boring torture when panelists and moderators adopt the "speak-only-when-spoken-to-or-questioned" attitude.

The Gifted Speaker -- Throwing Yourself Under the Bus

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 06.14.2014 | Business
Michelle Hakala-Wolf

Knowing where you can go wrong will help you to watch for these pitfalls. With everything positive you are attempting to put into your presentation it's good to look at what you can avoid and what may pull your speech down.

The Gifted Speaker -- 5 Keys to Comfort in Front of a Crowd

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 06.07.2014 | Business
Michelle Hakala-Wolf

Your comfort level is primary to getting the job done. After all, you are going to present yourself best if you are calm, confident and comfortable. So, how do we build this confidence?

The Gifted Speaker: 'Like, Um, Like, Like, Like, You Know, You Know' -- Filler Overload

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Hakala-Wolf

I have many students who have struggled with this problem. All of them have been able to conquer it with some success. Most important though is consider where you are and what you are trying to say. There is a time and place for everything.

The Gifted Speaker: Why Are You Growling at Me?

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 05.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Hakala-Wolf

The Raspy Growl, The Fry -- Ouch! We've all heard it, the sudden drop in the voice, the raspy sounds connected to barely audible words. Have you been ...

Pitching a Book? Three Considerations

Karen Hough | Posted 05.06.2014 | Business
Karen Hough

Many of us have considered writing a book. There are so many choices now between self-publishing and commercial publishing, it can be daunting to figure out how to "get your book out there."

Gaining Confidence to Be Heard - Always Ask a Question (Part 2)

Karen Hough | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Karen Hough

Speak up and ask a question, even if you're terrified. You can do it, and something great will come from it.

Always Ask a Question: The Importance of Speaking Up

Karen Hough | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
Karen Hough

Would you believe I've had personal conversations with such luminaries as Jane Fonda, Gwen Ifill, Jeremy Irons and Suze Orman? That's right -- tiny, intimate conversations. All because I got up at a microphone and asked a question.

"But I Didn't Prepare Anything!" Three Public Speaking Lessons From the Worst Golden Globes Ever

Deborah Grayson Riegel | Posted 03.15.2014 | Entertainment
Deborah Grayson Riegel

While I realize that movie and television stars are people who get nervous speaking in public just like many of us, they had weeks between the nominations and the awards to get their presentations together.

Losing it Live: Michael Bay at Samsung

Connie Dieken | Posted 03.10.2014 | Business
Connie Dieken

You can now witness your worst nightmare if you deliver presentations: embarrassing yourself on stage. In this case, it happened to famed film directo...

More Glee: The Story Behind the Magic

Cortney McDermott | Posted 02.17.2014 | Style
Cortney McDermott

We've all witnessed it: A monotone whisperer reading from slides. Even if the content was spot on, you'd never know because he lost you at hello. But what if you could combine killer content with Beyonce's ability to captivate an audience?

How to Stay Cool Under Presentation Pressure: A Lesson From Golfer Jason Dufner

Connie Dieken | Posted 10.19.2013 | Business
Connie Dieken

How did Dufner stay so cool under intense pressure to win a major championship? More important, what can YOU learn from Dufner's transformation from a guy struggling to retain his PGA Tour card to a champion hoisting the coveted Wanamaker Trophy?

Top 8 Things That Make Investors Cringe

Lili Balfour | Posted 09.07.2013 | Small Business
Lili Balfour

Have you ever left a pitch and wondered what investors really thought about you? I decided to roll up my sleeves and conduct a nationwide, sector and stage agnostic survey of investors.

About Leadership: Know Your Boss

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business
Bernie Bulkin

There is a good lesson here, about knowing and understanding the boss, in a deep way. Listen to what he or she tells as a joke, and also hear the silences, such as the lack of jokes.

Know Your Audience

Michele Masterfano | Posted 07.22.2013 | Business
Michele Masterfano

Business people seem to spend their lives making presentations, both formal and informal. Many of us get to the point where we think we can "wing it" in practically any meeting or venue. That's generally not a good idea, though.