Quick Reads

A young couple has a fight – because of PowerPoint!

Our reading recommendation today is somewhat unusual: A young couple has a fight – because of PowerPoint! The woman wanted to surprise her boyfriend with a PowerPoint presentation in which she presented sexy photos of herself. But the animated transitions didn’t create the erotic atmosphere she had hoped. We’re with the redditor who commented on the story with: “Apology by PowerPoint”. The boyfriend can find the right templates in our shop 😉 Read the whole story here.

These Tips can Take Your PowerPoint Presentation to a Whole New Level

Fine-tune your presentation to get your point across effectively with the following tips: 1. Don’t experiment with your artistic abilities on your presentation – keep it simple and straight forward. 2. Feature the most important information in the top half of the slide. 3. Only use as much text as absolutely necessary. 4. Using visuals are far more effective than trying to explain something in words. 5. Strategic spacing is better than bullet points. 6. Big pictures capture the attention of your audience. 7. Replace boring stats with interesting infographics. 8. Set the tone for your presentation by choosing a meaningful cover. Continue reading here.

You need to Make People Uncomfortable to Make Them Listen

According to Josh Bersin there is one underappreciated but effective medium to share information and explain ideas: A presentation. How to make people listen to your presentation? By describing a painful discomfort about an ongoing challenge or a problem they didn’t recognize they had. Propose a solution and explain your idea. Motivate your audience to change their views and take some action. Read the full article here.

5 Presentation Tips to Beat Your Stage-Fright

Regardless of the purpose, giving a presentation can be a nerve-racking task. From selling an idea and sharing facts to motivating employees and training interns – your message should come across loud and clear. 1. Present something that matches the audience’s ideas. 2. Light the mood by adding humorous quotes and interact with your listeners over random questions. 3. Direct eye contact is the best way to hide your nervousness. 4. Speak loud and clear. 5. Repeatedly mention your main message to make sure it sticks. Read the whole article here.

To Give International Presentations? Then Consider the Following…

Here are some cross-cultural tips to help you improve your presentation skills wherever you go: 1. Be aware that there are phrases in everyday speech that just don’t translate well. 2. Stay away from joke telling if you’re not familiar with the culture or what the audience may find funny. 3. If your audience doesn’t consist of native English speakers, slow down. 4. Learn all you can about the culture of where you’ll be giving your presentation. If necessary, check with someone who is familiar with the customs of the place you are visiting or better yet, ask a native. Click here to read the full article.

10 Timeless Tips for Giving Effective Presentations

Research shows that public speaking is one of the most common forms of social anxiety. Jacqueline Whitmore gives some helpful tips for an effective presentation: 1. Simple messages are more likely to stick with your audience. 2. Narrow your presentation down to no more than three main points. 3. Make your audience feel involved. 4. Engage your listeners by using visuals. 5. Be passionate and honest about your subject matter. 6. Interact with the audience and move around to make your point visually appealing. 7. Talk about your own experiences to make things interesting. 8. Try not to lecture your audience, but be conversational instead. 9. Take a course in public speaking. 10. You can never practice too much! Read the full tips of Whitmore’s article here.

When It’s Okay to Read Your PowerPoint Slides

According to Theodore May, you are allowed to look at the presentation screen as long as you follow certain rules.  We’ve summed up some of them: 1. Look at the slides occasionally to confirm where you are. 2. Don’t read every word, but highlight the important things. 3. Let bullet points on your slide serve as visual cues but don’t recite them word for word. 4. Only make an exception if the bullet contains an important quote. 5. Do not block the audience’s view while reading. 6. Don’t turn your back to the audience. 7. Face your listeners again before you continue speaking. 8. Use a pointer. To read the full article, click here.

10 Presentation Reminders: You Want to Make an Impact, Not Put People to Sleep

A great presentation will keep your listeners on their toes and inspire them to think differently about the topic you’re addressing. 1. You are not the center of the universe! Directing your energy and attention away from yourself and towards the audience will help you lose your fear. 2. Stick to your personal experience and expertise. Don’t try to be an expert in topics you know nothing about. 3. Underline your words with movement. 4. Avoid boring your audience with “death by PowerPoint” by telling a story. 5. Practice consistently in front of real people. 6. Get inspired by broadcast journalists. 7. Get feedback on your performance. 8. Keep it brief by setting a time frame for every PowerPoint slide and practice running your presentation within that set time. 9. Speak expressively – it will also make you sound smarter. 10. And finally, to be an effective public speaker you have to make your audience laugh! Read the complete article here.

7 TED Talk Public Speaking Tips from Simon Sinek

Being an inspirational speaker is the result of fears faced and erased and tireless practice, on and off stage. Here is Sinek’s advice on how to achieve this. 1. Before you start talking and as soon as you get on stage, take a deep breath and find you place on stage. 2. Show up to give, not to take. Your audience will notice the difference right away. 3. Look directly at specific audience members throughout your speech. 4. Speak slowly and deliberately – it will make your listeners more receptive. 5. Don’t try to convince naysayers at any cost. Instead, focus on the audience members that interact with you positively. 6. Interpret your body’s signs of nervousness as excitement. 7. Say thank you. Read the whole article with Sinek’s tips here.

The Story Comes First

Do you want to know the key to a great presentation? Wowing your audience will do the trick! Follow Sheryl Sandberg’s example and don’t just stick to the facts and figures, but share a personal experience.

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How to speak persuasively

When you talk to an audience you want to convince them of your message. Professional speaker Kathy Reiff, refers to Aristotle who defined three methods of persuasion: ethos, logos and pathos. 1. ETHOS:  relies on authority and expertise. 2. LOGOS: turns to facts, numbers, and reason 3. PATHOS: appeals to emotion and imagination.  The most convincing presentations always include more than one method of persuasion. Read Reiff’s full blog here.

6 Ways to Transform a Good Presentation Into a Great One

Do you have a shaky voice or sweaty palms? Gain more confidence and ensure that your next presentation will be the best you’ve ever given. 1. Turn your nerves into passion about the subject you are talking about. 2. Practicing in front of a small group is a great way to prepare and get valuable feedback. 3. Let your personality guide you in finding your own natural body language. 4. Use your anxiety to drive your enthusiasm. 5. What are your intensions in giving this presentation? 6. Try to imagine a few of the worst possible things that could happen before or during your presentation and prepare for them. Continue reading here.

7 Brilliant Ways to Start a Presentation

10 minutes – that’s about all the time you have to capture people’s attention and motivate them to listen to what you want to present them. Consider these 7 tips: 1. Tell a captivating story that they can relate to. 2. Ask a rhetorical question to get the audience thinking. 3. State a shocking statistic or headline that relates to the main purpose of your presentation topic. 4. Use a meaningful quote with relevance for the audience. 5. Engage the audience’s imagination by showing a gripping photo. 6. Creative visuals can help emphasize a point. 7. Play a short video to evoke emotional responses. Click here to read the full points.

Free Microsoft eBooks

Currently, Microsoft gives away millions (!) of eBooks. The Microsoft Director of Sales Excellence, Eric Ligman published a great selection of eBooks in the Microsoft Developer Network’s blog on topics like Windows 10, Office 365, Cloud, Office 2016 and so on. You will find instructions and tips on how to use the different PowerPoint versions provided in various free downloads. Check out the Microsoft bookshelf – it’ll be worth it!

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The 5 Secrets of Speaking with Confidence

Christine Clapp summarizes five key points of confident speakers. 1. Keep your feet grounded, your head held high and stand tall – it will convey confidence. 2. Speak louder than you think you should – it’s never TOO loud. 3. Throw on a smile – it will make you more pleasant to listen to. 4. Use silence instead of junk words if you lose your train of thought – it will seem way less frustrating. 5. Look your audience in the eye – it will make them feel as if they were engaged in an intimate one-on-one conversation. Continue here to read the full article.

Making a Short Presentation Based on Your Research: 11 Tips

A short article of Markus Goldstein and David Evans share tips when giving a speech at a conference on how to… 1. Keep your number of slides on a level that is workable in the given time. 2. Practice in advance so you can be spared from bad surprises. 3. Tell a story. 4. Decide whether it’s more important to display a model or results. 5. Choose mentioning the literature that is very important – or not. 6. Share some of your program details and how it’s unique.  7. Keep the data overview short. 8. Summarize the statistics. 9. Mention your pre-analysis plan. 10. Put your significant results in a chart to clarify the message. 11. Take caution with job market papers. Read the full post here.

The Importance of Body Language: 8 Tips

There’s a lot of body language skills you will need just for basic daily career situations. Meredith Lepore advices you in following these eight tips: 1. High-power poses stimulate higher levels of testosterone and therefore not only will people perceive you as more confident, you will also feel stronger by yourself. 2.  Stop appearing defensive by crossing your arms but rather open up. 3. Stimulate both of your brain hemispheres by squeezing a ball. 4. Literally take a step back to boost your ability to cope with difficult situations. 5. Handshakes as well as little touches make people remember you more. 6. Smile genuinely – it influences the way other people respond to you. 7. Movement with your hands helps you form clearer thoughts and has a convincing effect on your audience. 8. Special tip for women: Keep your voice down. Read the whole databased tips here.

9 Successful Presentation Strategies For Business Leaders

Before you become a top-notch stage presenter, read these nine bits of advice from Justin Sachs: 1. Let the audience get to know you as a leader and share your story. 2. Share client success stories. 3. Incorporate research and statistics from external sources or yourself. 4. Be humble and share why the work you do aligns with your vision and mission. 5. Create a flow that brings the audience down a clear path. 6. Benefit from PowerPoint by engaging an overview of the concept you are discussing. 7. Request the audience to hold on to their questions until the end. 8. Provide your listeners with the best content. 9. Show opportunities to engage with you beyond the presentation. For further reading and suggestions on how to end the presentation keep reading here.

Why presentation skills matter in the workplace

These days you are expected to stand up and be able to present in front of an audience. According to the current president of the People Management Association of the Philippines, Jesse Rebustillo, the most common mistake that people make is that they are not ready in their minds to deliver the message. Not being ready means, that a lot of people tend to forget things that should be in the focus of every presentation: The structure, the desired outcome, the technical equipment and most important, the consideration of the needs of your audience. However, you can help people to get confidence, says Rebustillo. Occasional presenters should be given the chance to develop their skills and get used to the routine of preparation before a presentation in the workplace. Read the full interview with Rebustillo here.

Ways to Master Difficult Conversations at Work

Hard conversations – although they can be tough – might actually lead to stronger relationships and mutual understandings. We develop a nasty habit of putting off unpleasant conversations by reacting passively aggressively, by going into a battle mode or simply by avoid them all together. However, in the end, by not facing the talk, it will make every situation worse than it has to be. Consider these four tips to improve your communication skills: 1. A real face-to-face conversation with a tone of voice and body language doesn’t lead to false conclusions. 2. Get clear on your intentions for the conversation like improving the relationship. 3. Center yourself before the talk. If you feel too tense, put some space between you and the conversation, but prepare yourself by setting a firm time. 4. Show empathy and put yourself in the other person’s shoes. To continue reading click here.

How to Calm Your Nerves Before Giving a Presentation

Knowing the topic of your presentation well and being passionate about what you are going to talk about are essential to be good at presenting. Michael Carroll and Mariann Johnson advise you to consider the following three tips to stay calm before your presentation: 1. Long, deep breaths will relax you before you begin. The wrong breathing can make you feel anxious. 2. Anxiety also makes us rush through our presentation because we want it to end sooner. Try and take a sip of water from time to time; it slows you down. 3. Appreciate the attention you get from others. You might even want to express your gratefulness right in the beginning. Continue reading the article here.

10 Things to Do The Day Of your Next Presentation

You can either say the silent prayer shared by speakers all over the world or you can avoid the pre-presentation freak out following this advice: 1. Get there early to set up everything. 2. Be ready with some backups in case something goes wrong. 3. Speaking of backups – bring a pair of more comfortable shoes. 4. Go to the bathroom and check yourself from top to bottom. It will make you feel way more comfortable. 5. Break the ice with the audience by meeting some people. 6. Make sure you’ll be heard.  Use a microphone if needed. 7. Have water nearby to help you stay hydrated. 8. Take responsibility for the time and have a watch within your range of vision. 9. Take-up an impressive pose. Pretending to be powerful is almost as effective as really being powerful. 10. Be faithful that everything will turn out to be okay. To read Suzannah Baum’s full post, klick here.

10 Secrets to Sounding Super Confident

Confidence can be acquired and is as much about appearance as it is about feeling. Knowing you can handle any result in a public speaking situation gives you superpower: 1. You want to do something well? Do it often! 2. Keep your voice steady and don’t wait for approval. 3. 190 words per minute is the ideal speed. 4. Communicate your excitement nonverbally, preferably with your hands. 5. Cut the useless prefaces. 6. Drink water regularly to stay hydrated. 7. Show gratitude in order to honor contribution and achievements of others. 8. Smile! 9. Silence isn’t your enemy; it can be a powerful tool. 10. Take a deep breath and maintain a good posture. You want to read Sarah Landrum’s full article? Click here.

7 Things to Consider to Save Your Audience From Boredom

Countless times, presentations appear in an old and unappealing structure. According to Julie Hansen this automatically leads to another boring presentation. Save your audience from boredom and consider these points: 1. Make a good first impression without just talking about yourself. 2. The audience isn’t interested in so many facts about your company. 3. An agenda in shape of a bullet point list doesn’t add a huge value. 4. Displaying the problem that you are going to solve can get you off on the wrong start.  5. Focus on underlining your key message instead of repeating everything you just said. 6. Prospect from references early and use the rest of the presentation to give those points clarity. 7.  Don’t put on a slide with a question mark, but rather end on a powerful note and define the next steps. Read more details here.

9 Phrases to Avoid Sounding Less Capable Than You Are

Read this article for first-hand information that will help you not to worry about sounding incompetent, but rather match your level of experience. 1. Don’t make yourself look like you are not up for the job by saying “I don’t know.” 2. In your career you will often have to ask your boss for a final decision which doesn’t mean you have to let everybody know all the time. 3. Try not to question your own recommendation by asking “Is that ok?” 4. Mention your job title in a slightly intrusive way. 5. Instead of using unnecessary adverbs be straightforward. 6. Do not sound too casual while you introduce yourself. 7. Professionally reduce the use of “me” and “I”. 8. Offer flexibility for scheduling a meeting but do not sound like you have nothing going on in your life. 9. Sound confident instead of intimidated regarding hearing from someone back. See more of what author Adrian Granzella wrote here.

Be a Great Conversationalist with these 10 Tips

By meeting a lot of people in everyday life you can gather great information on how to best talk to people. The author Celestine Chua shares some tips from her personal experience to improve our communicational skills. 1. Be genuinely interested in the person you are talking to. 2. Learn to focus on the positive over the negative topics. 3. Be ready to discuss an argument – but don’t feel the need to meet a convergence every time. 4. Accept others for their opinion. 5. Support them to shine in their best light. 6. Look for commonalities between you and your dialogue partner and embrace differences. 7. Be your true self and proud of what you stand for so that you can accept others for whom they are. 8. The sharing – listening relation should be mutual. 9. Ask questions with the purpose to make the conversation meaningful. 10. Don’t judge weird comments but rather laugh about them. For more insights continue reading here.

7 Ways For Quiet People to Make a Strong Impression in Meetings

Weekly meetings can be stressful for people who have a hard time speaking up. In the following you will find a few tips on how to overcome this insecurity. BEFORE THE MEETING: 1. Find out the agenda and get prepared. 2. Build your confidence by practicing what you’re going to say. 3. Give yourself some alone time to help you feel more settled. 4. Avoid negative self-thoughts and calm yourself down. AT THE MEETING: 5. Say what you want to say in the beginning to avoid spinning circles in your head. 6. Acknowledge interruptions or questions by others but give yourself some time to think them through. 7. Regain control of the conversation after the interruption. Read Maricar Santos’ full article here.

Sounding Smarter at Work

Everyone occasionally fears making a dumb impression on others. Alyse Kalish shares an insight with us that make it almost too easy: circular ego-boosting. Watch this short video to know how to ask for help without seeming incompetent.


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5 Considerations to Help You Get to Know Your Audience (Without Meeting Them)

The way you talk and the language you use depends on who you talk to. Felicity Barber points out five thoughts to consider before you get on stage. 1. Find out more about the level and industry of your audience and make sure they are the target audience you should be speaking to. 2. Talk about an event or conference related topic. 3. Check out what content your audience might be afraid of and make them feel comfortable by delivering an impactful speech. 4. Simultaneous check out what they are excited about so that you can hit them with some new insight. 5. The best way for improvement is your own experience as an audience member – try to learn from the mistakes of others! Read more here.

PowerPoint Templates that Engage

Does your opening slide demand attention or does it put people to sleep? How are you going to wow the audience and make a lasting first impression?  Nadya Khoja has some great pointers on how to start off and how to be concise and consistent throughout your presentation. See here for more.

7 Tips to Help You Nail That Interview Presentation

Instead of worrying about doing that presentation, be aware of the chance to show just how awesome you are. Take these facts into consideration to improve your presentational skills: 1. Ask a lot of questions about the requirements/circumstances of the presentation in advance. 2. Follow the instructions you are given. 3. Be structured to stay on track yourself and help the audience follow along easily. 4. Differentiate yourself from others by showing your specialties like humor, creativity and passion. 5. Use the technology you already know and spend your precious time on creating the content. 6. Get to your interview well prepared (technology wise) and, just in case, have a plan b. 7. Practice often! Read Felicity Barbers whole article here.

3 Public Speaking Rules to Sound Like a Pro

“Your communication approach is your fingerprint,” Says Jack Welch, author of the article. According to him, you have to follow three rules to be successful in public speaking: 1. Don’t make the audience chase the message. Give your speech clarity and don’t leave people confused. 2. Surprise your listeners. Even if they know the content you will be talking about in advance, give your speech meaning by adding something they don’t know. 3. Unleash your inner fire in front of the audience. Don’t remain completely monotonous, but rather excite your listeners with your own engagement towards the topic. To continue reading, click here.

5 Habits of Exceptionally Likable Leaders

As a leader, you must develop the elusive skill of leading confidently and purposefully grow, or you will forever stand still. Dale Partridge sums up 5 important points that might help you archiving those skills: 1. Complaining leads to the impression that you are not in control and breeds disgust in your employees. 2. Thoughtfulness in communicating has always been a common win for leaders rather than being selfish in what you want to say. 3. Don’t focus your gaze solely on winning the discussion – peace is better than being right all the time. 4. Don’t hide behind your company – be an inspiring and self-confident leader, and make other people want to follow you. 5. Have a genuine belief in the value and equality of people. Read the full article here.

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 Make Your Presentations Memorable

Everyone has a different way of presenting their content. But if you don’t manage to make a memorable presentation, there’s really no point in making one. Mark Murphy explains a neurological trick how you can make people remember what you’re saying: highlight the one, most important point on each slide! This technique is called “spatial cueing.” You can point out the main content by zooming in, coloring or fading out the rest. The audience will know which part of the slide to focus on and not waste energy on unimportant information. Read more about it here.

7 Ways to rock your online Presentation

Everyone’s time is valuable, don’t waste it! Use Genia Stevens’ tips on how to present informatively, engaging and to the point. 1. Choose tools that are the easiest for all team members to use. 2. Take your attendees into account while preparing for your presentation. 3. Do enough research about your content. 4. Help your audience to fix a problem instead of making it sound like a sales pitch. 5. Start with a good story-telling introduction to hook them up but then skip the fluff. 6. Simple and engaging visuals will help the attendees to remember information. 7. Practice before your presentation. Read more here.

(Hella) Old PowerPoint Ways to Go No More

This week we found a great blog post by Michelle Panzironi, who gives some great insight to how PowerPoint uses have changed over the years and what you can use and loose. Here is a quick point overview: 1.) Bad Art is worse than no art. Get rid of that clip art and WordArt. 2.) Please, forget default slide layouts! 3.) You have animation? Does it add value to your content? If not, don’t waste time putting it in. 4.) Walls of Text!? We have better ways to communicate in this day and age. Instead of burying important statements, illustrate them in concise visual statements. 5.) Are you using PowerPoint as a teleprompter? Elaborate by talking and stop putting so much information on your slides. 6.) Font creates the tone of voice. 7.) Add short videos to your presentation, but only if they elaborate on your content. Want to read more about why these are the old ways of PowerPoint presentations? See Panzironi’s full blog here.

Change Your PowerPoint Perspective

How do you get away from boring default presentations? Damon Nofar sums up his recommendations in 8 points covering new design trends and creating inspiring presentations engaging the audience. Here are some clean, minimalistic tips from him on Business Insider.

10 Tips for PowerPoint with Office 2016

There are some new tools this year that you might just crave when you see what they can do. Saikat Basu sums up top 10 tips. Here is a quick list of them: 1.) PPT Designer – provides different design options. 2.) Tell Me What to Do – navigate through options. 3.) Bing Insights – use smart lookup to get info from the web. 4.) Ink Your Equations – with keyboard and stylus. 5.) Morph Transitions – animate slide transitions. 6.) Six New Chart Types – breakdown data. 7.) More Preset Shapes – more creativity and flexibility. 8.) Screen Recordings – upgrade from static screenshots. 9.) Larger High-Def Screens – higher resolution options. 10.) Conflict Resolution Feature – see the difference between slides. For more info check out Basu’s blog here.

20 Tips from the Best TED Talks

Jeff Haden sums up 20 public speaking tips worth considering before taking up the stage. Haden gives some great tips and also common advice tweaked at a fresh angle. For example, tip ten is to pause for ten seconds. Why so long? Haden explains that pausing for a few seconds may give the audience the impression that you’ve lost your spot, five seconds and the pause is intentional, but ten seconds and even the people playing with their phones have to look up. Tip six is creating two contingency plans. Are you anxious? Use it to your advantage! Check out the full blog post here.

8 Quick Tips Before You Get on Stage

Accepting yourself as you are is the key to keep your fear of public speaking under control. However, this seems more like a long- term project then a quick word of advice for your upcoming speech. The following tips may help you for the moment: 1.) Get prepared for your content and your audience. 2.) Create a script, even without an intention of using it while speaking. 3.) Visualize your topics so your audience is not solely focused on you. 4.) Keep it short. 5.) Rehearse relevant key phrases and practice in front of friends or family. 6.) Wear clothes that make you feel confident. 7.) Remember your talent and knowledge before going on stage. 8.) Give a welcoming glow by paying attention to your audience. Read the full article here.

10 Strategies for Comfortable Speaking in Front of an Audience

For a lot of people, speaking in public is intimidating and even if fear of speaking isn’t an issue, you may feel that you don’t really know how to give a great presentation. Improve your communication skills by taking the following tips into consideration: 1.) Nervousness only lasts for a few minutes in the beginning. 2.) Integrate the audience with a question or by saying something funny. 3.) Choose a topic you are enthusiastic about – it will be infectious with the audience. 4.) Channel your nervous energy into enthousiasm. 5.) Get in contact with the people you are speaking to before you get on stage. 6.) Take note of people you feel you have a connection to and try to make eye contact with them during your speech. 7.) Decide the best way to deliver your speech by adjusting to the location in advance. 8.) Use your voice deliberately – your tone will help you illustrate your point. 9.) Keep it authentic – you don’t have to know the answer to every question. 10.) Arrange supporting thoughts to make an outline. Continue reading here.

 4 Tips on How to Handle Critic on Your Presentation

Even negative feedback doesn’t need to be a bad thing after all. According to Anett Grant you just have to follow these four steps: 1.) Calm yourself down by concentrating on your breathing. 2.) Get a complete understanding of what went wrong and genuinely be interested in feedback. 3.) Focus on the message, not the motives of the messenger. 4.) Your comeback strategy is making big changes, not just adjustments. Read more details here.

The Right Company Spokesperson

A spokesperson is not simply a public relations officer, but she/ he is the face and voice of your company and sets the tone and narrative of your company. Adam Fine spills seven tips of how to find your secret front man that can address the press, conference attendees, investors, peers and others. Fine argues that they might be lingering in a place that you don’t expect. To get his tips read his full article here.

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Commiting to Fearless Speeches

Nick Morgen gives his top five pointers when preparing for a speech: 1.) Focus on the audience – what do they need and expect? 2.) Ask why you’re presenting. 3.) Rehearse! Your energy is important to how the audience receives your speech. 4.) Keep from adding interesting points that don’t support your main point. 5.) Before you go on stage, focus on your emotional enthusiasm. Read the details here.

Just Stop Talking, a Secret Weapon to Presenting

Are you preparing for your next big speech and looking for tips on how to present? Sarah Chang gives a tip that can’t be missed: the pause. Keeping quiet at the right time makes all the difference in leaving a killer impression. Mastering this skill helps engage the audience and may well get rid of those filler “umms,” that try to slip their way into your speech. View Chang’s advice here.

A Japenese Technique of Presenting

PechaKucha, a Japanese style of presenting forces you to speak clearly and concisely by allowing a presentation to have up to only 20 slides and up to 20 seconds to present each slide. Also called a 20×20 presentation, the presenter has only 6 minutes and 40 seconds total to give their presentation. The first PechaKucha Night (PKN), held in 2003 in Tokyo was planned as one-time event, but has since grown to 800 cities across the globe. Read more about the insights and benefits of using the PechaKucha method, by Mark Murphy. View here.

Your Audience is the Key

Joe Pulizzi shares his experience of embracing the entrepreneurial life, attuned to what drove an enormous success, he points to: building his audience, not launching the product. He describes that the best way to start a business is to first and foremost create a system of attracting and building a strong and committed audience. In his post he gives four benefits of this mindset: 1.) Accelerated growth 2.) No need to Pivot 3.) Less Startup Capital Needed 4.) Build-it Marketing. Read his post here.

9 Steps To Presentation Greatness

1.) Keep your advice pure and your stage sales-free. 2.) Freely give your audience credit instead of demanding it yourself. 3.) Be ready to make changes in your performance. 4.) Be emotionally present in the moment. 5.) Bring your own unique voice to the occasion. 6.) Make pauses to give your audience room to respond. 7.) Take the risk of giving a speech with the intension of encouraging change. 8.) Rehearse! in order to deliver a great presentation. 9.) Offer the audience a chance to own something, try something or dream something. To read more, click here.

3 Tips to Help CIOs Deliver Poised Presentations

Follow Naomi Kartens tips on how to be a powerful public speaker: 1.) Preparation will help you convey confidence and competence. 2.) Nervous energy is a powerful tool and gives you more dynamic and energy for your presentation. 3.) Know the material well enough to speak conversationally instead of just reading your slides. Read her detailed tips here.

The Public Speaking Cheat Sheet

Scott Dockweiler from the muse boils down the essentials of public speaking in quick and entertaining infographic. Included are a wide range of topics from preparing a speech to presenting. Some highlights include being REAL (Relevant, Eloquent, Articulate and Learned), tips for 24 hours before the speech, 9 tips for taking the stage, 10 tips for speech delivery, tips from the pros, 3 tips for a memorable speech and more. See the full cheat sheet here.

10 Ways Microsoft Office 2016 Could Improve Your Productivity

The last productivity suite you are ever going to need: 1.) Real- time co- authoring helps you see what your co- conspirators are doing. 2.) OneNote can be a great central resource for a team project. 3.) Sharing documents by adding a one- click access for anyone in your contact list. 4.) Attach documents to your email from a “recently worked on” list. 5.) Clutter for Outlook can designate certain emails as low priority. 6.) Past versions of documents will be kept available directly from Office applications. 7.) Availability of new chart types in Excel. 8.) Power BI as a powerful analytics tool. 9.) Delve as another “recently worked on” list stored in the cloud. 10.) Varity in purchase options. Read the details here.

Banks Move-in Using Tap to Pay

Last week Capital One became the first U.S. bank to release a tap-to pay function in its Android app, allowing in-store shoppers to pay with their mobile devices. Industry insiders say that other banks will likely follow using the new technology build in Android’s operating system. Jason Del Rey gives insight to the development of new competitors for Android Pay and Samsung Pay. Read more here.

Decision Making in Public Speaking

Public speaking always has a factor of making last minute decisions. New information comes in, changes have to be accommodated, speaker time gets adjusted etc. Some adjustments are not avoidable, but what about the ones that the speaker chooses to make in light of a new idea or inspiration? As a speaker, Nick Morgan suggests that last minute changes under stressful circumstances never weigh in favor of being affordable. A study about decision-making shows that stress affects us in counterintuitive ways and leads speakers to be unrealistically optimistic. Read more here.

3 Basics for Creating a Business PowerPoint Presentation

As much as we’d like to think otherwise, presentation aesthetics do sway clients and colleagues. Alex Cavoulacos highlights three key points to consider when taking on the task of crafting a PowerPoint presentation. 1.) Use master slides – they will save you time and ensure each slide looks the same communicating a professional look (include your company logo). 2.) Fonts matter – they will give you that wow factor. However, make sure to stay consistent and not to overdo it: headers in serifed fonts and longer texts in sans serif. 3.) Stay brief and visual – use graphs, charts and visuals to explain your content. For more details read here.

3 Tips for Women in Leadership Positions

Professional confidence is not gender based, but rather, it’s about authenticity. The trick is leading without losing yourself in the process: 1.) Pursue a leadership mentality and habitus you admire in others. 2.) Be the deciding voice, but focus on the needs of the team and business. 3.) Have a balance between personal and professional life – what’s good for one isn’t necessarily good for the other. Read more about this topic here.

4 Ways to Start Meetings That Grab People’s Attention

1.) Clarify the topic of the meeting. Nobody´s excited about a get- together without having a purpose. 2.) Start off positive and set a tone for future meetings. 3.) Share surprising content that’s interesting to talk about. 4.) Relate to a story. Regardless of the topic, the meeting will get more exciting. Keep reading about this here.

5 Ways to Feel more Confident about Speaking in Public

1.) Watch speeches you like and copy the speaker´s style. Practice in front of a mirror until you pick up on some of the mannerisms. 2.) Talk to strangers and try not to see them as scary people. Get more comfortable in awkward situations. 3.) Cut the words “public speaking” from your vocabulary and think of it as storytelling. People can relate to a story way better what makes it more memorable. 4.) Establish a similar pattern around the stage. It´ll give you more confidence and time to focus on other things. 5.) Ask yourself “What´s the worst thing that could happen?” and realize it wouldn´t be so bad. Read Kathryn Minshew´s tips more detailed here.

How to Avoid Mechanical Speaking

How much should we think about where we stand, what tone of voice we use, what we wear etc. etc.? Without doubt, these are some crucial things to consider, but overthinking every detail gives off a very rigid and staged performance. On the other hand, after years of experience it’s easy to go into auto-pilot and miss the flavor of excitement and a genuine connection with the audience. Lisa Braithwaite explains that, as a speaker, we should aim for being somewhere between ultra-conscious and ultra-auto-pilot. Read her pointers here.

4 Words to Beware of Using at the Office

Certain terms that you might use regularly just may cause your coworkers to be short of a heart attack. Sara McCord highlights four words that you should ring your caution alarm. 1.) Try to avoid the “except bomb.” It screams so close to perfect, but you just missed it by a smudge. Keep your colleagues motivated and make a critical comment without using the word “except.” 2.) Know the difference between a problem and some other issue. Try to stay open minded for new opportunities instead of referring to them as a problem. 3.) Use the word “urgent” wisely. This word makes the fire alarm go off to anyone reading it, but daily use will nullify it making it useless to when you do really need immediate help. 4.) Be clear in what you mean when you ask someone to wait. Don´t interrupt the workflow in making unclear statements. Want to know which words to use instead? Click here.

2 Things to Keep Employees Motivated

Keeping employees motivated should be on the top of any manager’s agenda, it’s a simply recipe for success. Gary Vaynerchuk gives two suggestions: 1.) Lead by example. As a leader, you are always being watched, even to the minutest interactions like greetings and sending emails. Your behavior is infectious. 2.) Listen to what your employees want. Your interest in their goals and ambitions can make all the difference. While helping to set them up for their success, you are inherently setting them up to work the very best for you. Bottom line; don’t be fooled to think that money drives motivation. People have various drives, but the only way to find out is to listen attentively and be a great role model. Read the full details here.

7 ways to Respond to Negative Feedback

While it’s unlikely you’ll ever get away from criticism, you can change the way to respond to it. 1.) If you made a mistake – show insight. 2.) If you´re not sure she´s right – be appreciative without making promises. 3.) If he´s not being clear – gently press for more details. 4.) If he´s also said something nice – make clear you recognized both. 5.) If she´s being nitpicky – pointing it out doesn´t help. 6.) If he was super harsh – try to get to the root of the issue. 7.) If it was partly her fault – present the miscommunication as non-judgmentally as possible. Get the full insights at Aja Frost’s blog here.

5 Tips of Getting Comfortable with Public Speaking

1.) Study great public speakers – look at why you like them and try to incorporate some of their mannerisms in your speech. 2.) Talk to people you don’t know – help change your perception of strangers as scary. 3.) Think of telling a story – share with a group of people, not as public speaking. 4.) Don’t start from zero – use what you have. 5.) Consider the worst case – it really won’t be so bad. Read Kathryn Minshew’s full post here.

4 Mind Games to get Tasks Done

Working on a time-consuming or nagging task that you just can’t seem to get done? Katie Douthwaite explains four mind ticks you can use to change your approach and make your day easier and efficient. Key highlights in just a few words: 1.) It could be worse. 2.) How do you eat an elephant? 3.) Time’s running out 4.) Look at how far you’ve come. Curious for the Douthwaite’s full explainations? Read her blog here.

Inside 22 Social Media Management Tools

Manage, scale and execute your social media posts most effectively. Lee Oden gives insight to 22 of the top social media management tools with everything you need to know in order to choose the tools that best meet your needs. He splits the list into two segments: self-service tools and enterprise tools, so you have the perfect options whether you’re a small or medium sized business or a large organization. Enjoy this overview here.

Speaking with Authority

The sound expert, Julian Treasure investigates the art of speaking to entice people to listen. He details seven deadly sins to avoid when speaking: gossiping, judging, being negative, complaining (spreading viral misery), making excuses (throwing blame), exaggerating (embroidery), practicing dogmatism (the confusion of facts and opinions). Treasure instead suggests four foundations of good speakers that spell out HAIL: Honesty, authenticity, integrity and love (or wishing people well). A highlight of his speech is the actual way of how to produce sound and how to get ready for a speech. See his whole speech here.


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Microsoft Launches a New Online Platform, Docs.com

Microsoft officially announced its new online-platform, Docs.com, a place where you can publish and share collections of your documents like Office Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Sways and Office Mix files. You can create collections that work like show rooms and enjoy easy sharing with friends, colleagues and the rest of the Internet community. Also integrate documents and collections of Web pages and share your collections via Facebook, Twitter or email. Read more here or in German here.

Defining Competing Company Cultures

$450 billion is lost yearly due to employee disengagement. Mike Bahr, a senior research specialist gives insight to how revived company culture can help alleviate this problem. Company culture, or the personality of the company, contributes to order, continuity and community and effects the motivation of employees. Bahr examines company cultures with a Competing Values Framework which describes four competing values of a company – Collaborate, Create Control and Compete. Read more here.

A Presentation Structure from the Greatest Communicators

Nancy Durate investigates how to best communicate an idea in a way that it will resonate. Her findings are ground-breaking as she uncovers a structure of the greatest communicators, Dr. Martin Luther King and Steve Jobs. She asks, if our bodies physically react when listening to stories, why not presentations? If stories have Gustav Freytag’s shape of an exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and denouement, what should presentations look like? Durate’s model finding conveys the audience to connect with the speaker and to more readily accept new ideas by ampliying the gap of your content and capturing resistance. Listen to the whole story here.


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4 Tips to Create a Quality Content Marketing Sundae

Creating the perfect ice cream sundae, is just as creating quality content marketing. Ahley Zeckman explains in four points. 1.) Get the right dish: Strategy. Before diving into making a sundae, assess who your target is what problems you’re going to address, which relevant keywords to use, which content is relevant etc. 2.) Then, choose the type ice cream: Topics. Focus on what will be most useful to your audience – think beyond your product. 3.) Get the fitting syrup: Team. Get the right team together to set the mood and tone of your organization. 4.) Pick your Toppings: Content tactics. Vary the types of content and where you distribute. Read the details here.

Research on the Art of Persuasion

The truth is people use shortcuts to make decisions and so it’s only advantageous to know the science behind the human behavior of persuasion. Garr Reynolds has a few great reading tips in his blog, Scientifically Proven Ways to Persuade and Influence Others. One of his recommendations is from author Robert B. Cialdini: Influence: Science and Practice and Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. Cialdini outlines the universal rules that guide human behavior. Here is a brief overview of the six key takeaways of when people say yes, (also more explicitly explained in the video). 1.) Reciprocity – giving back to someone you’ve received from. 2.) Scarcity – people want what is in short supply. 3.) Authority – people follow expert knowledge. 4.) Consistency – if people said yes previously. 5.) Liking – if people like you, they’ll be more likely to say yes. 6.) Consensus – if other people said yes. To read more check out here.


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How to Story-Tell a Presentation

Garr Reynolds outlines the most effective way to incorporate storytelling into any business presentation. He illustrates why storytelling makes a difference and gives the following 10 plus 1 tips:   1.) Turn off your computer and get your ideas down on paper first. 2.) Put your audience first! Your story is actually their story, so make the audience care – emotionally, intellectually and esthetically. 3.) Outline the architectural structure of your story. Business is solutions, accordingly, consider the ideal world verses the actual world. What is the problem that causes the reality and what is a plausible solution? 4.) Have a clear theme. What is your message? 5.) Remove the non-essential and that which has no relevance. 6.) Hook the audience early. 7.) Show a clear conflict: a character that struggles to overcome obstacles to reach a goal. 8.) Demonstrate a clear change. 9.) Show or do something unexpected. 10.) Make your audience feel something. Show transformation. 11.) Be authentic by allowing yourself to be vulnerable and take risks.
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How to Filter out Quality Prospects Effectively

Perry Marshall explains in his book, 80/20 Sales and Marketing, five attributes that must be placed before a sale is possible. He asks the following questions. 1.) Is the money there? It will be hard work to squeeze out a penny if the market you’re targeting doesn’t have money. 2.) Does your target have a “bleeding neck”? Meaning, do they have a serious sense of urgency; either a great pain or a great craving? 3.) Will your prospects buy into your unique selling proposition? 4.) Do they have the opportunity to say yes or is your offer dumped before it gets to them? 5.) Does your product fit your customer and is it convenient? These Five Power Disqualifiers, a registered trademark by John Paul Mencocha, set the stage to make a sale by cutting the 80 percent of whomever you’re dealing with who aren’t going to buy. Read more here.

Efficient Meetings – Think GRIT

What do you associate meetings with at the office? Many of us who have sat through too many unproductive meetings may have the “what a waste of time” hick-up. Do you? It might be time to implement the GRIT method of meetings. 1.) Truth – clarify the purpose of the meeting. 2.) Integrity – invite the necessary people only. 3.) Respect – stay objective and give your attention. 4.) Generosity – prepare your attendees for the meeting with material before the meeting. Read more about Laurie Sudbrink four key points for the most efficient meetings here.

Networking That will Change Your Field of Operation

Do you reach out to clients, employees or investors you don’t know by having friends introduce you through Linkedin or email? Although this approach often bears fruit, sometimes the best introduction is simply from you. Why not just shoot an email or make a cold-call? The great realization is that you can network with anyone you want, really, the sky is the limit. Jimi Smoot describes, in his blog, his experience of cold-calling the president of Beats and gives a few examples of the other’s success of cold-networking. Brian Wong, the CEO of Kiip sends emails because, “people are too intimidated to reach out and so executives don’t expect it.” Smoot gives a few different examples of how you could simply cold-email anyone in your range of interest. See them here.

How to Motivate your Team the Most by a Little Change in Perspective

Stuart Leung outlines three shifts of perspective that can motivate your employees. 1.) Focus on company impact, rather than on your company’s financial success. Seeing the impact employees have on the world around is often much more motivating than trying to see a correlation between workers salary and company success. 2.) Take the “we” approach instead of zooming in on an employee. When an employee is lacking in performance there is nothing worse than asking, “why are you…?” Rather, a more motivating approach would be to ask, “How can we…?” 3.) Inspire, rather than micromanage. Studies show that leaders who inspire attain more focused, motivated and committed team members. Read the details to this blog here.

Assessing Content Strategy

Everyone is throwing out content and while our inboxes are flooding, there is still a struggle to fill the need for content fast enough – on social media, email, search, banners, brochures, eBooks, white papers, and more and more. While the need has exploded, the tactics too often overrun the strategy says Wendy Marx in her blog about the content problem. Content marketing expert, Rebecca Lieb argues that seventy percent of companies are blindly operating, without a documented strategy to guide them. Marx gives an outline of the best way to assess effectivity audit existing content here.

5 Habits that Millionaries Implement

Determination, not luck is what gets the most successful people on top. Here are five tips that you too can implement and be encouraged to pursue. 1.) Be open-minded. This encourages an active imagination and the flexibility to adapt to new ideas. 2.) Instead of focusing on the problems, focus on solutions. Don’t let negative talk into your thoughts! 3.) Be determined to have success regardless of hurdles along the way. Be insistent to promote movement and keep from stagnating. 4.) Be sincere and have interest in others. You will surely notice others gaining your favor, which will make for a better work environment. 5.) Remain optimistic. Everyone stumbles, but the courage to get up with renewed speed and confidence will make you stable. Great points? Read more on Ken Sundheim’s blog here.

Hiring & Blooming Creative Talent – from the Man who First Hired Steve Jobs

Known as the father of the video game industry and regarded as a legendary technology and business innovator, Nolan Bushnellt describes his decades of long experience hiring creative oddballs. As the first employer of Steve Jobs, Bushnellt may have a few noteworthy and not so-popular, but effective takes on building creative talent for business. He argues that most companies have an equivalent Steve Jobs on the team, but over managing, flexibility and the matter of true innovation can quickly hinder innovaters. Curious for more? Read Andy Meek’s interview here.

Smile, it Will Make the Deal

Did you know that a smile can make or break the deal? Scientists confer that there is a positive relationship between smiling and positive business outcomes. This phenomenon refers to emotional contagion – when a prospect is influenced by the emotions of another. However, research also points to that positive persuasion only works with a genuine smile, also known as a Duchene smile, consisting both of voluntary and involuntary movements. Jesse Torres further details how this particular concept of smiling not only can change your personal meetings, but may also influence your realms online and your overall business success. Read more here.

Language that Will Make You Successful

Our body language has immense power that can help us achieve goals, get better jobs and make us feel and perform better. We always convey a message with our bodies, whether intentional or not, it isn’t something we’ve learned, but rather body language is an innate reaction. In fact, researchers from Princeton showed that it is easier to tell how someone feels by their body language than by their facial expression. Being in tune with what we outwardly express can help us gain success and be business leaders. It isn’t just about what we express to others, but our body language can also make an impact on ourselves. Power poses can increase testosterone, which helps us be more focused and attentive leaders, and it can decrease cortisol, which makes us feel overwhelmed and powerless. Leo Widrich goes on to explain five power poses that can help improve your body language. Read about them more here.

Are You Fearful of Taking the Leap that You Really Aspire?

Security in the form of a bi-weekly paycheck is often what brings aspiring entrepreneurs to watch from the sidelines. Actually, it’s really the masked sense of fear. Sarah Vermunt asks: do you use scare tactics to convince yourself that a certain path is the only way and that it’s your only choice? Do you rationalize instead of going after what you really want? The comedy genius, Jim Carrey advices his 2014 graduating class to choose love over fear because, sadly, So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality.” He tells a story about his father that might just make you reconsider the danger of taking your own leap. Find out more it here.

10 of the Most Difficult, But Important Life Skills

Rachel Gillet highlights 10 life skills that are perhaps the most important to acquire, but that will also take your sweat, commitment, and perseverance.
1.) Manage your time effectively. It is the most highly valued skill by employers. 2.) Practice empathy. It’s what drives people to bigger goals and accomplishments. 3.) Master a sleep schedule because you need to be well-rested. 4.) Practice positive self-talk because it will boost your self-confidence and courage. 5.) Be consistent. Only through perseverance are goals met and maintained. 6.) Ask for help. This practice will actually make you look more, not less capable because you acknowledge the expertise of others and can more easily win them over. 7.) Learn to keep to yourself. It’s easy to blurt out what we will later regret if we let our emotions in the driver’s seat. Be on guard! 8.) Listen and repeat what you’ve just heard. It’ll help get everyone on the same page. 9.) Keep your nose from sticking into other people’s business. 10.) It just wastes your time and valuable resources. Consciously direct your thinking. It’s easy to tailor off to what we already have experienced, but our focus should be the future. Find the details here.

Entrepreneurs List 50 Books that Will Change Your Life

Andrew Medal, the founder and CEO of creative agency Agent Beta, created a Facebook group with almost 4,000 entrepreneurs from about 20 countries in order to support and maximize each other’s potential. Recently, he asked the following question: “Name one book that has had the greatest impact on your life.” The list he took away contains more than 50 different books from 50 different entrepreneurs from around the globe. Which books do they name? Find it out here.

Risks You Will Profit From

Jeff Haden outlines five smart and perhaps strange risks that you wouldn’t necessarily think of taking.

1.) Hire or promote a person that you “shouldn’t.” Listen to your hunch of giving a chance to someone who doesn’t have the right background or qualifications. The outcome of attitude, enthusiasm, intelligence and work ethic might just surprise you. 2.) Apologize for a mistake you’ve made. Everyone has screwed up one time or another. Step up and own your situation. It won’t be easy, but it’ll make you feel like a million bucks, really. 3.) Face a fear, perhaps something you always wanted to do, but were too scared to try. Anyone hoping to achieve great things gets nervous and scared, that’s life. Fear is paralyzing, but action creates confidence. 4.) Do something that others don’t understand. This point practices the act of not listening to others judgments, but of going after something you might not have the right background for – take courage. 5.) Do something for someone you don’t know. There are always people who have less then you and would greatly profit from your assistance. Why not do something that will really make a difference? Find out here.

Relationships Are the New Brand

Today’s marketing is not about brands, it’s about relationships. Since the exposure of unethical business practices in the financial and housing institutions at the end of the last decade, consumers have become more and more skeptical of corporations, and have instead turned to depend on user-generated content. Old established marketing concepts of branding have lost ground as peers have become more trustworthy then traditional media. Modern consumers have become aware of this new-born power and that viral social media complaints (or shitstorms in the worst case) can ruin a brands reputation. Personal interactions have taken a central focus thus turning the tables on how we think of marketing in the future. Read more here.

The Psychology Behind Typography

Any 6-year-old can easily recognize the logo of Disney, but actually, it’s quiet a complicated script to read as the individual letters are rather difficult to identify. So why is this logo so universal? The key here lies within a psychological theory known as the Gestalt principles of design, which conveys that the brain recognizes a word as a whole and makes an emotional connection, rather than identifying separate pieces of design. Typography thus delivers a subconscious message; it creates an image, a character and a personality. It can transform a text on a page to a serious visual component promising security, creativity, eloquence, femininity, friendliness etc. depending on the type face. Company Folders, gives some great examples of how different fonts can affect our perception of a brand and its image. Read more here.

Big Data Forecast

High-speed data analytics or the conversion of raw data into readable and insightful information is most prized for the data about customer behavior on products and services. Detailed insights that were impossible just a few years ago are gaining big praises, but are also curding hype and giving businesses false prospects. The problem is that big data implies a lot of information including “good,” useful and pertinent data, but also “bad,” unimportant and unusable data. Daniel Burrus, a leading technology forecaster and innovation expert explains that even if only 10 percent of your data is bad, your overall conclusions may be obscured if you fail to assess how bad data impacts the good. Refining results in the future will only be increasingly difficult as big data will keep getting bigger and therein also faulty. It is important to remain aware of the collection analysis of information to stay “in front of the looming big data wave.” Read more here.

2 Things that will Make You Promotable

Jack Welch shares a story about how he got promoted and derives that promotion comes from doing two things. The first is over-delivering on results, all the time. Going beyond what is expected within the value criteria that your boss sets for the team will show that you can be counted on, always. This is only 50 percent though! The other quality that makes you promotable is working to make your boss smarter. When you get an assignment from your boss, don’t just do that, but lay out a bigger perspective of where your organization stands in relation to others. Add a bigger value factor and take your boss by surprise and you can be sure that you’ll be remembered. Read more here.

Rules that Make or Break Meetings

Meetings are unavoidable, if crucial or absurd is however another question. Psychological studies show two important principles considering meetings and making them less absurd and more impactful. It is first critical to have an agenda and set an end point to all meetings. This goes to make expectations set and met. Secondly, people want to feel that their presence is not a waste of time and so it’s imperative to make sure you talk to everyone. Make a point to engage and even say the name of attendees who are fidgeting with electronic devices. The secret thereafter is to not treat it like a meeting at all, but rather like a speech. Choose clarity over energy, structure over emotion, formula over conversation. It’s not that energy, emotion and conversation are bad, but they can be distracting and suggest that there is no real point to your message. Set a clear, simple point to your message and best deliver it in the classic form: say what you’re going to say, say it and then say what you’ve just said.


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How to Make a Speech the Right Way – 7 Tips from an Introvert

Simon Sinek, a naturally shy and introverted ethnographer is the third most-watched TED talk presenter of all time. Not a likely outcome for someone who doesn’t like the crowds and so perhaps not surprising that there is more to his spattering success than mere luck. Thoughtful practices have shaped his personal findings about how to act when giving a presentation. He shares seven key tactics.

1.) Don’t rush onstage talking right away, but rather take your time to walk to your place, take a few seconds and then begin. This will show that you’re secure and confident, rather than communicating fear and insecurity. 2.) Your main purpose should be to give useful or inspirational content to your audience, and not take their money. 3.) Always make eye contact with individuals in the audience. 4.) Don’t rush, but speak slowly. Sinek says it’s amazing when you slow down for your audience will hang on to your every word. 5.) Ignore negativity, but concentrate on individuals that are positively interacting with you. This will boost your confidence and you’ll be much more relaxed. 6.) Reinterpret nervousness as excitement. 7.) Close by saying thank you. After all, the audience gave you their time and that’s a gift.

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