Category Archive for "Presentation Skills"

Gesture for Effective Communication

One of the biggest opportunity areas my public speaking clients face is gesturing.  Most people have no issues gesturing and conversationally using their hands in one on one conversations or small group settings.  However, when it’s time to stand in…

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On Camera Tips

I read a great little article in the August 2014 edition of Toastmaster magazine that I thought you would find valuable.  Here’s the reprint. “Communications coach Barbara Seymour Giordano is as confident and comfortable behind a camera lens as she…

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The Element of Surprise

“What you want Baby, I got it “What you need Do you know I got it? All I’m askin’ Is for a little respect when you come home (just a little bit) Hey baby (just a little bit) when you…

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Yep…We’re talking about lunch.

Recently, I shared tips on etiquette during a business lunch.  If you missed it, check out my blog, http://empoweredspeaker.com/articles/oh-no-i-have-a-lunch-meeting/.  This week, I want to share a few more insights from that same August issue of Entrepreneur magazine. “The business lunch…

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Oh No! I have a lunch meeting!!!

Lunch Meeting Etiquette There’s nothing more unnerving than a business lunch when you can’t remember the rules.  What should I eat?  Who orders first?  How much should I spend?  Do I order an alcoholic drink?  You’re already trying really hard…

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Making Presentation Slides – Design not Decoration

When you’re presenting, there should be a big difference between what you say and the slides you show. Your speech should go into detail to explain everything your audience needs to know – but your visuals should be anything but…

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Adapt to Your Audience

One of the most important abilities you can have as a presenter is the ability to adapt to your audience.  I attended a two hour Nielsen training recently.  The training was divided into one hour of overview and 1 hour of hands…

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Stage Presence

The Cincinnati Opera Idol contest was held a couple of weeks ago.  This was the opera version of American Idol. There were 10 semi-finalists competing for the title of Cincinnati Opera Idol.   I attended in support of my friend and fellow choir member…

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Give Me a Break!

You know the signs. Fidgeting Glazed expressions Checking Blackberry or mobile devices Visible lack of interest Doodling Stretching Side conversations Leaving to get coffee Increased traffic in and out of the meeting room When you see these signs as a…

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Preparation is the Key to Success

How much time do you spend preparing to deliver a presentation?  The majority of us spend most of our time creating the visual presentation, yet we spend very little time rehearsing the delivery.  Even if you are leveraging Microsoft Powerpoint as…

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