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21 Unprofessional Presentation Habits

  What’s the point in giving a presentation if you appear incompetent? Here are some deadly habits you need to avoid. There is little in business life more dreadful than a bad presentation. When someone doesn’t have it together, the pain is excruciating. Often you feel bad for the person presenting, and at the same time you feel resentful because they stole your time and offended your intelligence. The scary part is that many people...

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The Magic of the Long Snapper

Somehow, Men’s Journal magazine keeps showing up at my home.  My father-in-law, Bob, somehow ended up with a subscription.  In any case, I’ve enjoyed many of the articles but few as much as the one referenced here. The piece tells the remarkable story of Jon Dorenbos, the long snapper of the Philadelphia Eagles.  This position may be the least well known in all of football.  However, if a long snapper does his job poorly, entire...

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8 Master Strategies For Public Speaking

The best speeches may seem effortless, but they aren’t. Here’s what it takes to make them feel that way. By Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield Your legs wobble as you approach the podium. Your hands tremble as you adjust the microphone. Your head throbs. A wail builds deep inside you and threatens to escape. It’s showtime—and the feelings are primal. Evolutionary biologists tell us that in the presence of a presumed threat, we go into...

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Toastmasters Crowns 2015 World Champion of Public Speaking

Mohammed Qahtani rises above 30,000 participants to win world’s largest speech contest YouTube / Toastmasters – via Iframely It’s worth mentioning some of the techniques that we preach that he exemplifies. He opens with a terrific hook.  He pulls out a cigarette (a prop) and starts to light it.  He causes an emotional response in the audience without saying a word.  His non-verbal expression communicates paragraphs before he finally utters the word, “What?!” He uses...

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September Art of Prezi Workshop with The Henderson Group

We have a couple of seats left for the Sept. 22-23 Art of Prezi in San Francisco.  We’re also beginning to fill upcoming Art of Prezi workshops.  Please contact Chuck at 415-292-7587 or send us a message at the bottom of this post for more information or to reserve a seat. Art of Prezi with Terry Gault and Summer Thommen in San Francisco, CA. Prezi is quickly becoming the preferred alternative to stale and tedious...

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Vocal Fry Is Killing Your Power

by Terry Gault of The Henderson Group Vocal fry is an issue that I run into often in my work. My take is that those who use it (typically females) are: Unknowingly undermining their power, authority and credibility, Unconsciously mimicking the behaviors of those around them in order to fit in. And there are plenty of people (actresses, celebrities, coworkers, etc.) in our purview that are modeling vocal fry. But just because something is ubiquitous,...

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The Secret Structure of Great Talks

Nancy Duarte, an American writer, speaker, and CEO has uncovered a remarkable ‘secret’. In Duarte’s study of the work of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey and other source material, she uncovered a presentation structure that she believes can make any presentation memorable, create emotional responses, and drive audiences to take action. She discovered that Steve Jobs presentation launching the first iPhone and Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech both use this structure. She...

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Are people listening to your voice?

by  Terry Gault Our voice is a very important part of how you speak.  If you are not using your voice effectively, your audience may not be listening. As a trained actor, I spent years learning how to use my voice effectively. Sound and communication expert Julian Treasure, in his talk at TEDGlobal imparts genuine wisdom on what makes an effective speaking voice that will be heard.  

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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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The Most Powerful Way to End a Presentation

There are many tips for delivering a great presentation, and while it is important to grab your audience at the beginning, what you do at the end can make all the difference in your presentation’s overall impact and success.  Check out these tips from Eric Holtzclaw at Inc. Getting rid of the “questions?” slide. To start, let’s talk about what you shouldn’t do. You shouldn’t end a presentation with a slide that asks “Questions?” Everyone...

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