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35 slides + 5 minutes = data overload

A universal tendency in public speaking is for people to try to fit too much into their talks. Presentation coaching helps you edit and tighten your content for maximum effect. That is especially necessary when you are given less time than usual to speak. Here is an example from TEDxGreenville.  Prasanna Eswara, in first considering […]

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The 3 Cardinal Sins of Public Speaking

Regardless of subject matter or the speaking style of a presenter, there are three overriding mistakes that speakers often make, each one of which can seriously diminish the impact of a speech.  Avoid these three items and you are well on your way to successful presentation. Being unclear on your goals. Presentations should be made […]

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Be Successful

Whatever your goal in business or career, your strong speaking skills will give you an edge over those who are less persuasive. The confidence you display in front of an audience is interpreted as competence, and translates to success in many areas.  Imagine yourself in one of these situations: Entrepreneur/Inventor – you have a pioneering […]

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Be Persuasive

Persuasion means creating action in others, whether it is making a sale, attracting investors, or gaining supporters. There is no more powerful tool to persuade others than a convincing verbal argument. You may wish that you could forgo speaking to people, instead being able to just wave a wand and have them do what you […]

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40 Mellifluous Ums and Ahs

This presentation was filmed at TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch: This speech by Van Jones provides a good example of a good speaker with a few areas for improvement. On the positive side, Mr.Jones has a rich and mellifluous (mellifluous: having a smooth, rich flow) speaking voice, with great projection.  He speaks with ease to his audience with a friendly […]

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The 12 faces of Jim

Variety is the spice of life, and also of a good presentation. In many ways, mixing things up in your speech maintains audience interest and provides you with tools to underline the key points of your speech. A speaker utilizing vocal variety spares us the numbing chose of listening to a droning monotone voice. A […]

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