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Improve Your Speaking and Generate More Business

Michael Goldberg | Posted 04.12.2015 | Business
Michael Goldberg

I just attended a TEDx rehearsal where all the speakers (some were students, others academics) got a chance to do a practice run. As I observed their presentations, a few best practices came to mind that could help you generate more business.

No Fear Presentations: A Guide to Public Speaking

Austin Schneider | Posted 04.09.2015 | 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 04.09.2015 | 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.

Don't Let These 5 Confusing Words Mar Your Image

Dianna Booher | Posted 04.02.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Tom's an articulate physician, totally able to speak his mind and express a strong point of view. But when he repeatedly says "between you and I," that grammatical error has the same effect as a big splotch of mustard on the front of his suit and tie.

10 Ways Leaders Use Fear in Public Speaking

Dianna Booher | Posted 03.24.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

The secret to delivering a top performance in such an environment is understanding that fear can either motivate you or paralyze you. So let's assume you want to use fear as a motivator to perform at your best.

Is Tom Cotton Just Ted Cruz 2.0?

Peter Paskale | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics
Peter Paskale

Speeches have fingerprints, and the speeches of politicians have the biggest fingerprints of all. They are packed with individual tricks and traits that tie them back to their creators.

Struggling for Words; Owning Your Stutter

Bobby Caruso | Posted 03.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Bobby Caruso

Sometimes I get stuck. I can be comfortable, confident, and prepared and yet be completely unable to speak. I know what I want to say, how I want to say it, but it won't come out. A sentence turns into a fragment, thoughts are abandoned, and I reach out to grasp any form of a coherent word.

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...

3 Actions to Take Today That Will Make a Difference Tomorrow

Lucinda Cross | Posted 03.04.2015 | Women
Lucinda Cross

Following these three steps is a great start. It will help build a platform and a foundation in your expertise and your industry. People are waiting for you to step out and say something. Let's start with claiming it, writing about it and speaking about it to everyone we know.

Bill O'Reilly and the Unforgivable Curses

Peter Paskale | Posted 02.25.2015 | 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.

Do You Hate Asking for Money? Here's a New Way to Look at Fundraising.

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

Fearing "the ask" is a professional hazard, and I want to help reframe the experience so that you can get out there, raise more money and actually start to enjoy doing it.

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.

Ready for Your Close-Up?

Peter Paskale | Posted 04.01.2015 | Books
Peter Paskale

Whether you're writing or speaking, when you want your audience to visualize something, borrow from the art of the filmmaker. Ask yourself what scale you want the audience to assign to that object and line-up your shot with care.

My Speaking Nightmare -- Lesson Learned

Ellevate | Posted 04.01.2015 | Women
Ellevate

Fortunately for me, I was going to get credit for my own presentation. Unfortunately for the attendees, they were not going to meet Scarlett Johannsen.

Killer Queen Chiasmus

Peter Paskale | Posted 03.25.2015 | Books
Peter Paskale

West was a Queen of the soundbite. She was also a Queen of chiasmus -- a little rhetorical device that adds style to any presentation or piece of writing.

Tickle Some Funny Bones at Your Next Speaking Engagement

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 03.24.2015 | Books
M. Shannon Hernandez

Whether preparing for a business presentation, giving a wedding toast, defending your thesis or raising money from investors, remember one thing at your next public speaking engagement: Once you step on stage you are in show business.

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.

Dealing With the Fear of Public Speaking: Seven Tips

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 03.16.2015 | Business
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

Even after 15 years and over one thousand lectures, I can't say that I've completely overcome the fear of public speaking. On some occasions, I still get some butterflies when I first get up in front of the audience.

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?"

Are Your Business Presentations Like Casseroles?

Dianna Booher | Posted 02.15.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Whether you're developing a speech, preparing for a media interview, meeting with a client, pitching a proposal to your boss, or counseling an underperforming employee -- pick a point. Start there to simplify.

4 Tips To Get Over The Panic Of Speaking in Public

KnowMore TV | Posted 01.31.2015 | Women
KnowMore TV

Have you ever gotten that sinking deer-in-headlights feeling in front of a podium? Or, have you tried to picture an entire audience in their underwear? You're not alone. Let's explore how you can overcome this common phobia.

Why Your Thanksgiving Toast Is Like the Macy's Parade

Peter Paskale | Posted 01.24.2015 | Good News
Peter Paskale

Thanksgiving is one of the most uniquely American holidays. One of its traditions however, is the Thanksgiving toast, and for the family member assigned the "honor" of making it, composing that toast can seem more than a little stressful.

What If Someone Told You to Jump Off a Cliff

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Robin Amos Kahn

I was one of those kids in school whose hand always shot up with answers. Well, to clarify, that was in history and English -- and probably not ever in math or science.