Want To Be A Better Speaker?
Choose Your Words Less Carefully

That last speaker you heard probably found a way to say something just right. She was so articulate, you thought. Maybe you left considering your own upcoming speaking opportunity, thinking to yourself, “If only I could choose my words so well . . . “

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Want To Be A Great Storyteller? First, Break These Habits – Executive Speaking

You’ve heard dozens of times that you’re more likely to engage your audience when you tell a story in your presentation. A story that’s powerful and relevant can galvanize people and inspire action. But even otherwise great stories can be told badly. Here are few pitfalls you’ll need to avoid to make sure you don’t sabotage your own storytelling....

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How To Talk About Complex Topics Without Dumbing Them Down

Infobesity: It’s an epidemic that’s affecting workplaces around the globe. We’re overloaded with more information, more data points, and more variables than we can handle. We check our phones an average of 150 times every day, and one study estimates that our attention spans have shrunk by 33% in just the...

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4 Strategies For Introducing New Ideas At Work

There’s never been a better time in history for people who have new ideas. Last month, Kickstarter surpassed $1 billion raised for creative projects. ABC’s Shark Tank has brought the world of venture capital into the mainstream, to the tune of $44 million invested. And New York startup Quirky is making waves by...

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This Is The Emotionally Intelligent Way To Handle Stage Fright

You’re about to give a presentation, and for whatever reason, the words you’ve diligently practiced are not coming out. If you’re like many of my clients, you’ll probably start criticizing yourself faster than you’ll remember to just take a deep breath....

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Your Presentation Is Drowning In Details, But Here’s How To Fix It

Remember that meeting last week when your coworker had to present an update on the project she’s leading–and you watched her go on and on, sharing detail after detail, until you wondered what the point was in the first place? You’ve probably made the same mistake at one time or another, too. When you’re...

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Four Tips For Communicating Well In Nerve-Wracking Situations

Remember that meeting last week when your coworker had to present an update on the project she’s leading–and you watched her go on and on, sharing detail after detail, until you wondered what the point was in the first place? You’ve probably made the same mistake at one time or another, too. When you’re...

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This Is How To Prove Yourself When You Start A New Role

When you’re with the same company or with the same boss for years, you are believable. You have history. They know you and what you’re capable of, and they are (presumably) familiar with your track record and achievements. But when you start a new role, it’s a different story. There are new rules, new targets, new bosses. You have to...

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3 Tips on How to Be More Charismatic

What do Lady Gaga, Frank Sinatra, and Steve Jobs have in common? They’re all charismatic figures. Yes, they’re well known for their monumental achievements and talent. But it’s their ability to capture attention that sets them apart from many of their peers. Ultimately, charisma is all about how you make people feel. And despite what...

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4 Interview Mistakes You Probably Didn’t Realize You Were Making

Most people feel vulnerable when they walk into a job interview. Yes, you have your track record, your skills, your personality, and your personal brand, but you know that the ultimate power is with the interviewer. Whether it’s the recruiter, the HR leader, your potential boss, or a board member, they get to decide whether or...

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The 3-Step Process To Answering Even The Toughest Questions

On the reality show Shark Tank, there’s a four-word red flag that warns a contestant the Sharks have begun to circle and the success of the pitch is in serious danger: “Just answer the question.” On the show, being able to handle tough questions from the investors can make or break the pitch. Likewise, in your work...

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3 Quick And Easy Steps For Crafting A Rousing Toast In Minutes

Whether at a company party, family celebration, or just a night out with friends, chances are you’ll be hearing a toast or two this holiday season. Toasts might not seem like a big deal, but they are important rituals of connection that bring us together. And if you’re the one in the spotlight, a toast certainly becomes...

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How To Be A Smooth Talker And Eliminate Filler Words

“Ask not what your country can, ah, do for you. Ask what, like, you can do for your country.” Filler words: They may be small, but as this reimagined quote from John F. Kennedy illustrates, little “ahs,” “ers,” and other disfluencies can have a massive effect on your speaking impact. In fact, the more filler...

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Here’s What Your Hand Gestures Are Saying While You Speak

Watching the U.S. presidential candidates debate isn’t just about hearing their respective messages. It’s a chance to compare their policy positions, but it’s also an opportunity to see how they communicate, carry themselves, and interact with one another. Consciously or otherwise, we make assessments about the...

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How You Can Finally Conquer Your Fear Of Public Speaking

“According to most studies, people’s No. 1 fear is public speaking. No. 2 is death. Death is No. 2. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than delivering the eulogy,” Jerry Seinfeld famously quipped. All kidding aside, speaking anxiety can be a...

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3 Steps Anyone Can Take To Master Small Talk

We’ve all been there: the minutes before a critical meeting begins. A chance encounter with a former coworker. A first date. An elevator ride with your boss. During these brief moments, you wonder what you should say. The seconds slow down and the pressure builds. If only you were good at small talk, you could come up with...

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5 Steps To Speaking From The Heart

During a cold, rainy day in March of 1970, I, then a student teacher in a broken-down Montreal elementary school, was sitting in a corner with a belligerent, spitballing fourth grader, ready to power him into behaving. He glared back at me. He crossed his arms. He crossed his legs. When I looked at his feet, I saw that he had no...

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How To Prepare For Your First Board Meeting

You’ve worked incredibly hard to get to where you are. You’ve demonstrated you can drive results, develop people, lead teams, and champion innovations. Your future has never been brighter. Then one day, you get the call: “We’d like you to speak to the board.” You hang up the phone feeling half-excited, yet half-terrified. On the...

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The 4 Most Important Elements Of Your Voice

You’ve worked incredibly hard to get to where you are. You’ve demonstrated you can drive results, develop people, lead teams, and champion innovations. Your future has never been brighter. Then one day, you get the call: “We’d like you to speak to the board.” You hang up the phone feeling half-excited, yet half-terrified. On the...

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How To Respond To Hostile Questions At Work

There you are, in a Monday morning meeting. You’re updating your boss on the status of your critical project. You have been laser focused on your timeline, and you feel confident you will meet your deadline. And then, out of nowhere, your boss jabs: “That’s it? I was expecting you to be further along. Don’t you think you...

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