Being ON and staying that way

Let me tell you a story. I teach my 3 to 3.5 hour in-depth training seminar on public speaking to law firms, corporate executive groups, businesses, bar groups, associations, public agencies and the like. I fly all over the country to do this. And when I do it, no matter where I...
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Breaking the us/them barrier

In a presentation setting there is the “us” – the audience – and the “them” – the speaker(s). As a speaker, you want to always try to breach the “us/them” dynamic. Makes sense, doesn’t it? The last thing you want between you and your audience is a barrier. Especially one...
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Energy is good; energy is great!

It is amazing how many speakers appear bored when making a presentation. There they are, up in front of a crowd with a golden opportunity to impart knowledge, create excitement or persuade a group to embrace a new idea and yet … they look as if they’d rather be almost anywhere...
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Men’s tips for speaking attire

Quick review #1: Always dress a notch above your audience. Quick review #2: Think neat, unobtrusive, classic. I suggest dark or darkish suits with a colored shirt underneath. So much for the general stuff. But there are some things that have to be divided by gender. Big surprise...
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Women’s tips about speaking attire

Quick review #1: Always dress a notch above your audience. Quick review #2: Think neat, unobtrusive, classic. I suggest dark or darkish suits with a colored shirt underneath. So much for the general stuff. But there are some things that have to be divided by gender. Big surprise...
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But seriously, what do you wear?

I gave some basic guidelines last week about attire and public speaking. But how specifically do you dress for success with your audience? Here are some guidelines that apply to men and women both. I’ll come back with tips for each later this week: Wear dark or dark-ish...
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Let’s talk dress codes

As summer begins (finally) to wind to a close, we all get a break from the heat. But if like me, you live somewhere where the summer sun still beats down, you may be inclined to think that the last thing you want to wear is a business suit. These days, everyone seems to be...
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What goes into a strong conclusion?

Your conclusion should be as simple as your introduction. Summarize your three main points Make a reference to and/or utilize the attention-getting device you used in your introduction One effective way to provide closure — with solid impact — is to refer to the...
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3 last PowerPoint mistakes to avoid

Final words on PowerPoint — the visual aid I wish we could live without. Check previous blogposts in this series for some help in how to have a less-awful PowerPoint experience. But even after you’ve gotten the right attitude about not using your slides in place of an...
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How to deliver a less awful PP presentation

If you have been tuned in you’ve got some tips on get the most from the text and the graphics on your PowerPoint slide, even though I’m no fan of PowerPoint. But now that you’ve got some slides that are hopefully not-awful, here are considerations about how to...
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