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Presentation Skills.

The Gifted Speaker -- Throwing Yourself Under the Bus

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 04.14.2014 | 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 04.07.2014 | 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 03.31.2014 | 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 03.10.2014 | 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 03.06.2014 | 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 02.18.2014 | 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.

What I Learned About Image From Miss America Ericka Dunlap, Part One: Preparing for the Big Event

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.22.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

In my quest to reinvent myself as I turn 60, Ericka had become my image and confidence coach and I was dying to learn the secrets of poise and style so that I could be a better leader and teacher by changing my image. As an image coach, Ericka's skill set was perfect for what I needed.

Ready, Fire, Aim!

Jerry Weissman | Posted 01.29.2013 | Business
Jerry Weissman

Because presenters do not have the facility of an "Undo Send" button or a seven-second video delay, they must create their own beat in real time -- with a verbal pause.

Adding Video to Your Presentations Can Be a Gamechanger

Danny Groner | Posted 12.24.2012 | Business
Danny Groner

If you're looking for a way to get your presentation to stand out and really captivate your audience, look to the video. Not only are videos easy to publish inside of PowerPoint, but they can deliver results.

3 Ways To Get What You Want

Mim Abbey | Posted 11.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Mim Abbey

While I can't promise you're going to get what you want in a president on November 6, I can promise that if you pay attention this fall, you may very well find a way to get what you want in other areas of your life.

Leader, Teleprompted: Why Executives Must Master the Machine

Connie Dieken | Posted 11.18.2012 | Business
Connie Dieken

As an executive, you're called upon to deliver important messages to your organization and the marketplace. People look to you to set the tone in public speaking. You want to come across as a strong leader, but natural. That's why you need to master the Teleprompter.

How to Manage Presentation Anxiety

Connie Dieken | Posted 10.15.2012 | Business
Connie Dieken

Staying loose requires emotional regulation, especially if you're a perfectionist. If you want to boost your cognitive performance, simply tell yourself that you are fully prepared.

5 Ways the 'Fab Five' Can Make Your Team More Influential

Connie Dieken | Posted 10.03.2012 | Business
Connie Dieken

Here are five ways the 'Fab Five' can make your team more successful at the front of the room. (Minus the sparkly red leotards, of course!)

What Does the Perfect Presentation Feel Like? Take a Lesson From Lochte

Connie Dieken | Posted 09.30.2012 | Business
Connie Dieken

Turns out, your toughest competitor isn't standing next to you. It's inside of you. If you will step out of your own shadow, you will be the presenter you want to be -- and you'll create a must-see moment for any audience.

About Leadership: Speaking From Notes

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 09.22.2012 | Business
Bernie Bulkin

You are trying to convey the tricky mixture of spontaneity, authority, and audience contact, and to do that you have to be able to concentrate on the audience and their reaction, rather than on finding the right word or phrase.

Presentation Panic Attack? Try These Tips!

Noah Kass | Posted 08.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Noah Kass

Remember, we have limited control over how others perceive us. So, of course, we are bound to fear what we cannot control. Here are tips to help you deliver a strong presentation and make a positive impression while maintaining your emotional health.

In Presentations, Learn to Say Less

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 03.13.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

It's not easy to say less and convey more. But if you learn how to do it well, you'll have much more impact on your audience and on your organization. What are your suggestions for learning how to say less?