How to Make a Presentation Interactive: 7 Tactics

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How to Make a Presentation Interactive If you’re giving a speech or presentation, you want your ideas to make an impact on your audience. But it’s pretty hard to figure out if you are actually making that impact. Audiences usually don’t give us much live feedback. What happens if you don’t make a presentation interactive? … Read more

How to Moderate a Panel Discussion: 10 Tips for Success

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Learn How to Moderate a Panel Speaking in a panel discussion is challenging even for advanced presenters. Moderating a panel discussion is significantly more challenging, and requires a much greater amount of work, foresight and preparation. Effective moderation is a skill that can be learned and improved. But above all, remember the critical importance of … Read more

Enthusiasm When Presenting “Boring” Information: 3 Simple Tactics

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What Does it Mean to be Enthusiastic When Public Speaking? Enthusiasm demonstrates your passion and excitement for the content that you’re presenting. Enthusiasm shows that you believe in your content. You have conviction in what you are saying. Enthusiastic and passionate presenters are more impactful and more persuasive. But there’s a challenge: genuine enthusiasm is … Read more

Presenting with Confidence: 3 Ways to Overcome the Spotlight Effect

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Presenting with Confidence: What is the Spotlight Effect? I want you to imagine you’re about to give a presentation and you can’t stop thinking about your bad haircut. Everybody in the audience notices your bad haircut. Your boss is sitting there. He or she is probably saying to themselves, “That is a really terrible haircut. … Read more

10 Tips to Reduce Stage Fright Right Before Your Presentation (video)

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During this livestream we explored 10 tips to get a handle on stage fright and nervousness before public speaking or presentations. I also answered some questions from the attendees on rehearsal, mistakes during public speaking, and more. Here are 10 major tips to manage stage fright and reduce nervousness right before your presentation or speech: … Read more

Reimagining Public Speaking for the Covid Era

There will definitely be a jump in purely virtual events in the near future because of Covid-19. But there will always be an interest in live, in-person events. The question is how these events and conferences will reimagine themselves in the post-covid era. Here are some predictions. Livestreams and Broadcasts More events will offer livestreams … Read more

7 Microphone Tips for Public Speaking

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Microphone Tips for Presenters and Speakers It’s not natural to speak into a microphone. So using it properly will take some practice. Keep these tips in mind. It may seem inconvenient to remember all these things, but remember that your microphone is your voice. Poor use of the microphone means your voice will get lost, … Read more

How to Rehearse a Big Speech: 5 Best Practices

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If you have a big speech coming up, it’s incumbent on you to rehearse and rehearse well. Whether it’s a keynote at a major conference, a critical presentation to your board of directors, or a major speech to the public, the stakes are high and you need to get it right. These are five best … Read more

Why Your Speaking Speed and Pacing Matters (video)

The Power of Speaking Speed When I start working with a new client, their speaking speed and pacing are two of the first things I look at. People speak very fast when they’re presenting because they’re nervous or they feel under pressure. They have an urge to just get information out as quickly as possible. … Read more

Um… Uh… A Public Speaking Coach that Uses Filler Words?! (video)

I recently had an interesting conversation with a very successful business man. We were talking about some work that we’re doing together. At one point while I was talking, he interrupted me and said “You’re using filler words! You’re a speaking speaking coach. Why are you using filler words?” And the topic of filler words … Read more