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Presentation Skills

Posts under Presentation Skills focus on managing the three key elements of good presentation skills, either live or remotely: Content (your messages), Delivery (what tools to convey messages), and Technique (physical and non-verbal communications). This section also includes articles about using PowerPoint or other similar slide-based software. Please use the Search bar to scan for other relevant words or tags.

How To Tell If Your Messages Are Right

How To Say The Right Thing

Communications has been my entire career. Most of that time was me doing the communicating, but likely as much time was spent writing messages for someone else to say. To
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Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking

Whether speaking to a large group in a public setting, or presenting to a remote audience through technology, overcoming your fear of public speaking isn’t easy, but it is manageable.
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On-Camera Presentation Tips

Many moons ago, tips for improving on-camera appearances were exclusive to people giving media interviews. But thanks to new technologies – hello YouTube, Zoom, podcasts and the like – many
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Common Body Language Mistakes

So much of presentation skills focuses on the messages and its delivery (rightly so), but it’s never a bad idea to remind ourselves of the easy-to-make errors in body language
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22 Rules of Storytelling

Here are Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling, written by Emma Coats, one of Pixar’s story artists. This is great stuff, but perhaps not as relevant for developing stories in business
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What You Need to Tell a Good Story

One of the simplest, if not best, way to engage an audience is to tell a good story. Storytelling is as old as the world itself. They were the first
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Gestures actually help your audience listen better

Gestures: Dramatizing Your Words

This post is #6 in a longer series of articles based on a presentation I gave to the Public Relations Insitute of Australia on “How To Make Your Audience Listen Better.” The Introduction to
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Presentation Skills: A Strong Speaking Voice

This post is #6 in a longer series of articles based on a presentation I gave to the Public Relations Insitute of Australia on “How To Make Your Audience Listen Better.” The Introduction to
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How To Prepare a Presentation in Six Questions

From an earlier post –  – I’m adding more detail on how to prepare a presentation in six questions. Notice the word prepare. Many people will find that an unprepared mind will
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Presentation Skills: Eye Contact

This post is #6 in a longer series of articles based on a presentation I gave to the Public Relations Insitute of Australia on “How To Make Your Audience Listen Better.” The Introduction to
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Stick Your Neck Out

This post is #10 in a series from a presentation on Creative Slip-Ups: The 11 Most Common Mistakes in Brainstorming. The introduction to the series is . The slip-up:  People avoid
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Ten Qualities of a Brainstorm Facilitator

When someone invites me out for coffee (literally or figuratively), it’s usually followed by the statement: “I want to be a brainstorm facilitator.” Like any occupation, facilitation is a valuable skill
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