Upgrade from good to great presentation skills

I believe that there are two kinds of presentation skills. One kind helps make the speaker look good. The other kind helps the listeners understand and believe in the speaker.

Many presentation coaches work with a speaker to “package” his or her delivery–to make him or her look good to the audience.

Packaging is important. Good presentation skills concentrate on packaging the speaker. They help the speaker grab and hold the listeners’ attention. Examples of such packaging are using effective hand gestures, focusing your ...

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My Kind of Champion Speaker

I have been looking at various presentation websites. I am impressed and not impressed, and I am concerned about the distinction between making a convincing argument to serious people with serious decisions to make, vs. giving an entertaining performance to people who need to be entertained.

Because I accidentally live in New Jersey, my career has been largely in the pharmaceutical industry. It is a highly regulated industry because it deals with serious issues of human health, and on top of that, ...

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How Not to Bore an Audience (2 of 3)

Remember, your goal as a speaker should be to have inscribed on your tombstone, “He Made His Point, and Bored Them Less.” To accomplish this lifetime achievement, review part 1 for our first 3 tips: Ditch the slides, Stuff the Bag, and Begin, Be Brief, Be Seated. Then, dig in.

4. So, How to Begin?

Begin with the pitch, not with the windup! Any communication that you are willing to pay for begins effectively. Newspaper articles begin with a headline. News broadcasts ...

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9 Behaviors Cultivated by the Ultra-Charismatic–part 3

This is the last in our series in how to wow with charisma. We’ve looked at Vocal Expression of Emotion, Contagious LaughterExpressive Face, and more. Here are three more tips to help you stand out from the crowd in a good way.


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Outgoing With Strangers

In a survey that Sims Wyeth & Co. conducted a few years ago, those ...

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Mental Practice Helps Conquer Stage Fright

This is the last of our series about concrete ways to conquer stage fright.  This tip offers a surprising approach to make almost anything in your life better–mental practice.  Or, in other words:

3. Don’t just rehearse; sit there

We all know that practice makes perfect, and that rehearsing your presentation is important. But did you know there’s even a better way?

Mental practice can get you closer to where you want to be in life, and it can ...

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Executive presence in public speaking and private speaking

What is executive presence?  I hear that phrase a lot.  Companies want executives who can take charge and light up a room.

A few thoughts. I relate presence to charisma, charm, and savoir faire. Granted, they may not be identical triplets, but they are members of the same family.

Executive presence begins, but does not end, with the ability to understand the topic at hand,  articulate a point of view, and do so in a manner that is clear and ...

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