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5 Public Speaking Tips for Standing Ovations

Janice Celeste | Posted 09.26.2015 | Business
Janice Celeste

I had the opportunity to interview Robyn Hatcher, the author of Standing Ovation Presentations: Discover Your Unique Actortype and Let It Shine. Hatcher uses her experience from her past careers to teach others to find their authentic selves and to become effective speakers

Having 'Influence:' Top 10 Takeaways From the National Speakers Assn. Conference

Joan Michelson | Posted 08.12.2015 | Business
Joan Michelson

The 2015 annual conference of the 42-year-old National Speakers Association focused on "influence," made me reflect on the fact that we are "influencing" people in every conversation no matter how small, and how important influence is to achieving our goals.

Managing Graduation Trepidation: 3 Techniques to Help New Graduates Interview Confidently

Matt Abrahams | Posted 05.16.2015 | Business
Matt Abrahams

It is an unfortunate coincidence that this year's graduates must experience both elation and trepidation. While they rightfully deserve to bask in their academic accomplishments and celebrate, these young men and women must also confront one of our biggest fears as they prepare to interview for jobs or graduate school.

Is Your Power Point Disrespectful?

Christopher Gurrie | Posted 06.28.2015 | Business
Christopher Gurrie

Last month, I was at a weekend-long meeting which was filled with academics doing academic-y things, namely presenting PowerPoints with the ever-famous Death by PowerPoint recipe.

10 Ways to Get Your Point Across Persuasively

Dianna Booher | Posted 06.07.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Very few people will invite you to persuade them to do anything. So if you're going to get someone to change their behavior, their actions, or their mind, you'll need to do it intentionally. Consider these 10 tips:

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.

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.

Get Heard: Four Top Strategies for Connecting with Your Audience

John Bowen | Posted 02.22.2015 | Small Business
John Bowen

How many meetings or presentations have you gone to where you're listening to the speaker and you turn to the person next to you and ask, "What is he talking about? Where is this going?"

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 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.

How I Overcame the Fear of Public Speaking

Adam Grant | Posted 11.19.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

In the past year and a half, I've given over 100 keynote speeches and hundreds of presentations, and things have changed dramatically. I still get nervous occasionally, but public speaking is now one of my favorite activities. Here are the five steps that have been most helpful in reducing my anxiety.

8 Ways To Rock Your Presentation

Jennifer Higgins | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business
Jennifer Higgins

By following these simple techniques you'll avoid hearing snores, or worse, faux fire alarms.

Are You Ready for the Naked Truth? Lessons from an IPO Offering

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

Going for an IPO isn't easy. It requires difficult, honest conversations and responding to tough questions. But nothing worthwhile is easy, right?

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.

How to Get Invited to TED ... and What to do When You Get There

Simon Tam | Posted 08.09.2014 | Business
Simon Tam

All TED events are managed by a committee, including one that oversees the speaker selection. Often, committee members have some ideas on who they would like to attend and speak at the event. However, all of the events also accept nominations for speakers as well, especially those who fit their specific theme.

How Not to Introduce a Speaker

Adam Grant | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

After giving a few hundred speeches in the past year, I've been struck by the variety of ways that different people introduce the same speaker. Some introductions energize me and seem to leave the audience excited to hear from me. Other introductions inadvertently make it more difficult to deliver a successful speech.

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.

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."

9 Things You Must Do the Night Before a Big Career Moment

Danny Rubin | Posted 04.26.2014 | College
Danny Rubin

I asked this essential question to people in the business community: how do you prepare to be successful?

Spanx Your Speech: 5 Tips to Tighten Up Your Toast, Speech or Presentation

Karen S. Exkorn | Posted 02.09.2014 | Business
Karen S. Exkorn

It's the holiday season. Time for getting out the Spanx for both your stomach and your speech. Whether you're delivering a keynote speech at the Four Seasons or a toast at this year's holiday party, your presentation needs to be stellar.

Please... No More PowerPoint Title Slides!

Christopher Gurrie | Posted 09.22.2013 | Technology
Christopher Gurrie

In 2008, a colleague and I set out to make it our mission to rid this world of bad PowerPoint presentations. Remember the consequences: every time you make a bad PowerPoint presentation -- God (all of them) kills a kitten.

The New Global Leader, Part III: Dr. André Domin, at the Beating Heart of the Bio Tech Revolution

O'Brien Browne | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
O'Brien Browne

"I firmly believe bio tech start-ups have to network globally -- both in a business and a scientific sense. Also, they need to work with externals -- business leaders, mentors, coaches, consultants -- to ramp up their sales, management and marketing skills."

Are Your Presentations Powerful or Pathetic? 4 Persuasive Presentation Preparation Tips

Lisa Nirell | Posted 07.22.2013 | Business
Lisa Nirell

Over the past month, I attended three conferences. Each one brought together some of the greatest minds in B2B sales and marketing. Sadly, some of their presentations distracted us from their important messages.

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.

6 Secrets of Giving a Good Speech

Glen McDaniel | Posted 03.09.2013 | Business
Glen McDaniel

After years of speaking to groups of all sizes, I still do not think I have it down completely. I had to really think hard, therefore, when a friend asked me recently how I gave such good talks and if I would mind sharing my "secrets."