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Talk Like Someone’s Listening
Don't bog down your message. To present a compelling presentation, public speakers should start with “why” the audience should care, and simply get to the point.
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Ah, rhetorical questions. They are a favorite tool of public speakers. But are they useful? (Don’t answer that!) Rhetorical questions are asked not for the answer, but for the effect. But the truth is, your audience wants answers, not questions. In your next speech, avoid a barrage of rhetorical questions. Instead, flip the narrative and...
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Your talk is only as good as someone’s ability to receive and understand it. When choosing words for your presentation, think small.
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Death by Bullet Point: Talk Like Someone's Listening
More is NOT always better. For years (and years, and years) one of the most common complaints about presentations has been bullet-ridden and text heavy slides. You’d think by now speakers would know to avoid this presentation faux pas. Yet we still see slides that rival War and Peace. The victims of this death by...
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Talk Like Someone's Listening: Watch the Clock
While we admire the endurance of marathon runners and other long-distance athletes, the same can’t be said for speakers and presenters. When it’s time to take the stage, keep it short. Take our word for it when we say the time limit isn’t there for you, it’s for your audience. Think your topic deserves more time? ...
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The Power of Breath in Public Speaking
I am passionate about the power of breath. It not only makes for good public speaking, but it also helps a person feel grounded and confident in any area of life. Allow me to share a three quick tips to harness the power of your own breath.
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Step away from the thesaurus. Forget the jargon, too. To engage your audience as a reputable speaker, be relatable instead. Small words can make a big impact in your presentation.
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Talk Like Someone's Listening Take a Breath
As coaches, we’ve seen it a thousand times before. Speed talker syndrome. Sometimes it happens when a speaker is excited or just plain nervous. Other times it’s the guy who tries to fit 38 minutes of content into a 7-minute presentation. To increase your credibility and make a better impression, slow it down. Take a...
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Use too much humor in your speech? The joke will be on you. Watch the latest episode of Talk Like Someone's Listening to learn how to engage your audience without losing credibility.
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Talk Like Someone's Listening: Translate Your Science
In the last few years we’ve delightedly become adept in helping scientists (data to medical) and researchers (you name it) understand how to translate their insights to lay audiences. This second video in our  Talk Like Someone's Listening series gently reminds us that sometimes it takes careful effort to turn outward for others to access...
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It’s been about 9 years since we opened up Articulation. Which means hundreds if not a thousand talks we’ve watched, coached, edited, coached again, reviewed, shared and more. It also means that it’s time for a little fun. As many know, we call out behaviors, never names. And our campaign that we are launching today...
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I just returned from Dallas and an annual conference for the 250 HR professionals within the Alliance Data family  which includes Alliance Retail, Epsilon and Loyalty One Companies. I was invited to curate, coach and host a session called “Perspectives” involving 8 speakers (all associates within the enterprise) for the last day of the conference....
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At Prosper!, the Dames Bond conference last week, I was asked to give a TED-like talk entitled “In my own words.”  I chose the subject of answering the call – however it might come – and eventually calling upon yourself to recognize your true interests and strengths and pursue them.  I’m not usually one for motivational-type speeches...
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Note: This is the first in an ongoing series of reviews of live talks called Talkbacks that we’ll be posting on ar.tic.u.la.tion. Some reviews will be full critiques while others will share inspirations from the viewing experience. Jim and Nancy Petro have risen to the top of the many lists in their lives. Jim was once Ohio’s Attorney General...
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