Presentation Effectiveness

How to Align Your Body Language for Success

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May 22, 2015
How to Align Your Body Language for Success

Tweet Did you know that your body language can help or hurt your level of success? Surprisingly, your voice inflection, facial expressions and body language comprise up to 90% of your message. Body language or nonverbal communication is extremely important in business given that humans produce over1: 700,000 signs 5,000 distinct hand gestures 250,000...
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Five Ways to Conquer the Five Minute Attention Span

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May 1, 2015
Five Ways to Conquer the Five Minute Attention Span

Tweet The sheer preparation for a speech is stressful, let alone considering how to maintain the audience’s attention for the entire presentation. Millions of people fear public speaking more than anything else. Many cite the audience as the greatest source of angst—will they pay attention? Laugh if a mistake is made? A recent Fortune...
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Four Steps to a Successful Interview

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April 10, 2015
Four Steps to a Successful Interview

Tweet Prepare for the worst-case scenario. Dale Carnegie said, “Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident.” In a perfect world, your interviewer would have had plenty of time to read your cover letter; study your resume; check out your LinkedIn profile and even done a social media scan. In reality, everyone is extremely...
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3 Critical Communication Tactics – Write it Right!

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March 20, 2015
3 Critical Communication Tactics – Write it Right!

Tweet The greatest contributor to your success in every aspect of business, social and family life boils down to one thing—how well you communicate. Poor communicators often have low self-esteem and suffer from frustration and confusion. Strong communicators, on the other hand, act confidently and are able to engage, educate, inspire, and lead people....
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Unleash the Power of Persuasive Presentation

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February 11, 2015
Unleash the Power of Persuasive Presentation

Tweet Effective presentation skills are critical for knowledge transfer, lecturing, sales, teaching, training and even personal activities such as serving on the board of a homeowner’s association. The power of a presentation is the key differentiator between success and failure when persuading colleagues, inspiring a team and/or presenting an idea to stakeholders. If you’re...
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Restate Your Important Ideas in New and Creative Ways

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June 20, 2014
Restate Your Important Ideas in New and Creative Ways

Tweet Dale Carnegie became a master orator largely by studying history’s great speakers. In his book How to Develop Self Confidence & Influence People by Public Speaking he talks about Napoleon, who declared repetition to be the only serious principle of rhetoric. He knew that because an idea was clear to him, was not...
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The Secret of Lincoln’s Oratory Skills

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March 29, 2014
The Secret of Lincoln’s Oratory Skills

Tweet Abraham Lincoln—besides being one of the country’s most celebrated presidents—is known as being a great orator.  Lincoln had a deep and abiding affection for putting a proposition so that it would be instantly clear to everyone. For example, in his first message to Congress, he used the phrase “sugar-coated.” The public printer and...
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The Power of Networking and Engagement

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October 14, 2013
The Power of Networking and Engagement

Tweet As professionals located here in Northern California, many of us attend a wide variety of networking functions and events across the Bay Area in the efforts to share opportunity and engage possible prospects. Engagement is essential in these environments and through positive Interpersonal communication we can aim for collective success.  In these meetings...
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Know When Enough is Enough in Public Speaking

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February 5, 2013
Know When Enough is Enough in Public Speaking

Tweet George Horace Lorimer, when editor of the Saturday Evening Post, once told Dale Carnegie that he always stopped a series of articles in the Post when they were at the height of their popularity, and people were clamoring for more. Why stop then? Why then of all times? “Because,” said Mr. Lorimer, “the...
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Creating Effective Communications in Your Presentations

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November 19, 2012
Creating Effective Communications in Your Presentations

Tweet Human beings see things differently. Some may gain wisdom or knowledge through verbal means, while others learn more successfully through visual means. However, when someone is communicating an idea or a project with others, their success rate will soar if they employ both the verbal and the visuals when leading meetings and making...
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