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Public Speaking

Get Heard: Four Top Strategies for Connecting with Your Audience

John Bowen | Posted 12.24.2014 | 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 12.16.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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 11.24.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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.

You Had Me at Hello: 5 Steps to Superhero Public Speaking Status

Jess Teutonico | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
Jess Teutonico

Think of it like talking to your friend in a casual awesome conversation. Think of it as something fun. Not only is it one of your greatest assets through life but it helps you be superhero status comfortable in your own skin.

My Top 10 Presentation Tips That Will Wow Your Audience

Catriona Pollard | Posted 11.05.2014 | Business
Catriona Pollard

Whether we like it or not, public speaking is a fact of life. Whether you're doing a presentation at a conference or event, or pitching to clients in the workplace, we all have to take the stand at some point.

How to Land a TEDx Talk

Ashley Stahl | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Ashley Stahl

When I stepped onstage at TEDxBerkeley, the bright lights momentarily blinded me from seeing the audience of 2,000. Like so many other people, I had dreamed of this opportunity for years but wasn't sure if it would ever become a reality.

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."

Enemy, I Love You. Why Polar Opposites Power Storyline

Peter Paskale | Posted 12.22.2014 | Books
Peter Paskale

Devour a book, become hooked on a TV show or be inspired by a speech and you're enjoying the skill of the storyteller. As to whether you remain reading, keep watching or tune-out, that's all down to how well your storyteller understood the power of paired opposites.

6 Things the Best Speakers Never Do

Dianna Booher | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Dianna Booher

Whether you're talking football, engineering, or acting, you've seen the best and brightest make mistakes. Fumbles, crashes, bloopers -- the losses can be minor or tragic.

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.

Emma Watson's Inspirational UN Speech: 4 Lessons For Anyone Who Wants To Speak As A Leader

Bart Egnal | Posted 12.17.2014 | Business
Bart Egnal

Anyone who wishes to speak as a leader would be wise to read the transcript of her talk and watch the videos of her delivering in.

13 Rules for a Successful Career

Bernard Hiller | Posted 12.02.2014 | Entertainment
Bernard Hiller

When students come to see me, they're interested in telling me what they would like to get from me, what they would like me to teach them or what they didn't like from other teachers they've have worked with before.

3 Tips to Become an Exceptional Public Speaker

Todd Kashdan | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Todd Kashdan

There is a narrative arc to a well-told story. The audience needs to be invested in the main characters. They need clues about who someone is to care about what happens to them.

Terrified of Public Speaking? How to Get the Words Flowing

Dr. Suzanne Gelb | Posted 11.18.2014 | Business
Dr. Suzanne Gelb

If you're required to give presentations at work -- or if speaking in front of an audience is something that you feel called to do, in spite of your fear -- this article is for you. This five-step process can be a great start to resolve those gnawing fears about talking in a front of a group.

3 Things Women Need To Stop Doing When Speaking In Public

Jacqueline Wolven | Posted 11.18.2014 | Fifty
Jacqueline Wolven

Listen Up Ladies of a Certain Age. You know, you 40 to 60-year-old women. Midlife Ladies. What I see and hear you doing when you are public speaking and in social situations has got to stop. It probably starts earlier, but we are women who have seen a little bit more and done a little bit more so we should know better.

Why Everything Is Not All About You (And Why That's Awesome)

Susie Moore | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Susie Moore

We all have a purpose, a reason we are here on planet Earth, and that is what it is about. We are not here to be endlessly interested in our superficial selves and obsess over what we want, what we have and what other people think of us.

Deepak Chopra's 'Future of God,' Part Three

Alex Kip | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion
Alex Kip

"Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future." -- Robert H. Schuller Okay so now we've expanded our awareness and explored meditation, great! B...

Why Your Presentation Isn't Coming Out the Way You Thought It Would

Ellevate | Posted 11.03.2014 | Women
Ellevate

If you're reading this, my guess is this has happened to you. You're about a minute and a half into your presentation when things start going wrong. Maybe just slightly, uncomfortably wrong or maybe horribly this-can't-be-really-happening wrong.

Afraid of Public Speaking? Nobody Cares

Ellevate | Posted 10.20.2014 | Women
Ellevate

If, as Jerry Seinfeld so eloquently put it, you'd rather be in the coffin than giving the eulogy, you're in very numerous company, but your audience could care less.

Mistakes Downton Abbey Did Not Make

Heather Deason Zynczak | Posted 10.19.2014 | Women
Heather Deason Zynczak

My experience is that women sometimes are their own worst enemies. We are harder on ourselves than anyone around us. If you think you can't do it, you probably can't. Believe in yourself. You will succeed.

Sucked Down by a DREAMer's Ambush Interview

Peter Paskale | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Peter Paskale

It was a political ambush, and in deciding to stand and fight, Steve King had lost before he'd even started. The whole idea of a political ambush is that it's lose-lose for the ambushed.

How Students Can Hone Communications Skills for College and Future Careers

Chuck Cohn | Posted 10.08.2014 | College
Chuck Cohn

No matter your major or where you wish to work professionally, you must be able to articulate your thoughts in a clear and concise manner. Whether you are delivering presentations, giving directions or explanations to colleagues or simply writing emails, effective communication is key.

Straw Today, Stones Tomorrow

Peter Paskale | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Peter Paskale

As the big bad wolf will gladly confirm, it's way easier to blow-down a house of straw. It's such an accepted strategy within communications that is even has a name -- The Straw-Man Fallacy -- and that's why NRA commentator Dom Raso is claiming gun rights should be extended to blind people.