Presentation Skills

Seeing yourself on video: Eye-opening

November 19, 2012
The best way to brace for a media interview is to simulate the real thing. It’s often agonizing, but it’s worth it.

Open your speech with ‘fire’

November 6, 2012
Legendary marketer David Ogilvy once said, “When you advertise fire extinguishers, open with the fire.” It’s good advice for business presenters. Captivate your listeners from the first seconds of your talk. To organize the first minute of your speech, prepare in threes:

Master the Q-and-A segment

September 1, 2012
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Shortcuts to social media savvy

July 23, 2012
Still a little shaky on social media? Pick your own way to get comfortable:

Leadership Tips: Vol. 412

April 2, 2012
Gauge your audience: When addressing a crowd you don’t know, quickly assess their immersion in your subject … Distinguish style from substance … Find a winning strategy.

3 techniques for memorable lines

April 1, 2012
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Avoid the devil’s wedge when presenting

March 28, 2012
After you’ve done your homework and are about to speak, remind yourself that you’ve prepared to the best of your ability. This is no time for second-guessing. And keep this old fable in mind:

Dale Carnegie’s natural-born success

March 13, 2012

Raised on a pig farm, Dale Carnegie moved to New York City, hoping to become an actor. That failed, as did selling trucks and writing Westerns. What worked? Teaching a class in public speaking at a Harlem YMCA. That class would form the basis of his ideas, methods and glorious self-improvement empire surrounding How to Win Friends and Influence People.

When you say less, you sell more

March 1, 2012
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How to give a lousy presentation in 15 easy steps

October 24, 2011
Giving great presentations requires skill, work and practice. So if you want to take the easy way out and look like a rank amateur, here are 15 surefire tips to guarantee that you leave a really bad impression.