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11 Body Positions and Gestures That Can Improve Your Performance

11 Body Positions and Gestures That Can Improve Your Performance by Sure, you control your body. But your body can also control you. Simple gestures, simple postures — each can make a dramatic impact on how you think, feel, and act. Best of all you don’t have to be a yogi or athlete — you can just be you. Only now you will be a better you. — Jeff Haden   Be More Determined...

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What The Heck Should I Do with My Hands?

by Terry Gault This question often comes up in my conversations with clients. Speaking in front of a group of people, it’s easy to feel exposed and self-conscious—which tends to exacerbate any anxiety we may feel about how we represent ourselves or how we feel about the strength of our content. The main goal is learning to be self-aware (so that we know how we are representing ourselves) and can make choices in the moment....

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What the heck do I do with my hands?!?

by Terry Gault Try using broader gestures.  They draw the eye and project dynamism.  Develop a vocabulary of gestures.  They are both an effective and efficient way to communicate. An example where more dynamic gestures will fit is when you provide the audience with a list as in, “The first point that’s important is #1 …”  Often clients will use what I call the Small List.  Their elbows are close to their body and their...

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Increase your confidence through power posture

by Terry Gault I read a piece about this in Wired magazine.  Then I started doing a little research and found similar pieces elsewhere as well. Amy Cuddy, a professor at Harvard Business School, has found that striking “Power Poses” actually affects your bio-chemistry.  Such poses can create the classic hormone profile of effective leaders.  Social psychologists at the University of Texas have found that the most effective leaders have both high testosterone and low...

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Peter Weyland at TED 2023: I Will Change the World

by Terry Gault I came across this interesting video today.  It looks like Ridley Scott has either woven the idea of TED into an upcoming movie or simply envisioned a future TED talk.  Nonetheless, it is an impressive video. Here are a handful of observations about this video speaking from a presentation standpoint. Guy Pearce plays the character of Peter Weyland beautifully as a masterful presenter. Pearce strides on stage with arms spread wide as though...

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The Power of Passion (video)

The Henderson Group‘s first video featuring Terry Gault in a series of presentation tips and techniques. YouTube / thehendersongroup – via Iframely How to scale up the energy?  Expand your vocal range for greater emphasis.  Not only will it help to hold audience attention, but also you’ll telegraph how you feel about what you are saying.  Scaling up the energy will command more attention and project more confidence and charisma. Broader gestures draw the eye and...

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Clive Thompson on the Power of Visual Thinking

by Terry Gault Gray Kuglen, who designed our web site  and also happens to be the brother of Chuck Kuglen, my fellow Managing Partner at THG, turned me onto a book titled, “The Back of the Napkin” awhile back.  As the Clive Thompson piece in Wired quotes the author Dan Roam who: … argues that our culture relies too heavily on words: Our school systems—and political systems—are designed to promote people who are verbal and...

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Watch the Game Film

 by Terry Gault This piece from FastCompany magazine highlights a practice we’ve been using since our inception: videotaping our clients. Whether you are being coached on your listening, presentation, or dialogue/questioning skills, being able to see and hear exactly how you come across and to hear precisely what you did and did not say, is critical. The use of video often results in some of the most powerful feedback you will ever receive on your...

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Complete Communicator Workshop, March 11-12, 2010

  Once a quarter The Henderson Group holds a “By Invitation Only” Complete Communicator workshop in San Francisco, led by our VP of Services, Terry Gault.  The next one is scheduled for March 11-12, 2010. Our work has to be experienced to truly understand its value.  We use these workshops as a way to introduce our work experientially to new prospective clients.  For more information, contact Chuck Kuglen.

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How to Shed Verbal Filler

by Terry Gault Verbal fillers make a speaker seem less articulate and less sure of themselves and their message. Here are techniques that can help to shed the use of verbal fillers (“uh, um, so, like, you know, basically”, etc.) 1. Video tape or record yourself delivering a presentation or in a conversation. Watch your videotape or listen to the recording once just counting your verbal fillers. It may be painful and embarrassing but can...

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