public speaking skills

For Delegation to Work, It Has to Come with Coaching

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Sabina Nawaz, global CEO Coach Senior leaders want to believe that delegating a task is as easy as flipping a switch. Simply provide clear instructions and you are instantly relieved of responsibility, giving you more time in your schedule. That’s the dream. In reality, we all know it almost never works that way. You’re often forced to step in at the last minute to save a botched deliverable....

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3 Simple Rules For Effective Teams

While Kathleen Eisenhardt with the Stanford Graduate School of Business speaks about how focusing on 3 simple rules is a signature of effective teams, the underlying thinking is a best practice for individuals, too. How does this apply to our client’s world?  We coach clients to focus on 3 simple techniques on a daily basis.  A client might be focused on: Using silence instead of verbal filler. This principle applies to any moment when they...

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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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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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How to Take Your Presentation to the Next Level

Intro by Terry Gault of The Henderson Group Another blog post on storytelling?!? You bet! Because storytelling is a topic that never gets old, in our estimation. The only point they make in this piece from Inc.com that needs some clarification is bullet 1: “Ask permission before telling a story.” I am not convinced that this is necessary. Asking for permission can backfire in certain settings. If you ask permission (“Can I tell you a...

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Art of Prezi: Sept. 2015 Workshop

Art of Prezi with Terry Gault in San Francisco, CA. Prezi is quickly becoming the preferred alternative to stale and tedious slide-based presentation media. Why? Because Prezi empowers users to seamlessly combine text, visuals, audio and video into a communication media that is more powerful, memorable, and dynamic than slides. In addition, Prezi’s unique capability for users to employ movement, spacial relationship, and ‘big picture’ storytelling in a way that makes the message far more...

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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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