"It’s showtime! The turnout is good. The topic is interesting. The dynamic seminar leader is prepared and rehearsed. So what could go wrong? How could a seminar start to unravel?" "It’s not enough to be a confident speaker and subject matter expert. It’s what happens behind the scenes long before the audience ever arrives that […]
"Has this ever happened to you? You feel you're under the gun. It may be a high stakes meeting a job interview, or media appearance. It could be a panel presentation where you freeze in response to a moderator's question. There are times when presenters feel like they're speaking in the line of fire. Scientists at Virginia Tech Carilion Research […]
Diane DiResta addresses the topic.
"If you sound scripted or slick, your audience will begin to distrust you or your message. In these difficult and uncertain times, the ability to build and communicate trust is absolutely critical." "Trust trumps facts."
“Once upon a time… ” “When you hear those words you’re transported back to childhood when you loved hearing a story. That love of stories never left us as adults. What left us was the practice of telling stories. As we developed our logical brain and entered the workplace, we valued facts and information. We […]
“Midway through her speech, she froze. What seemed like a normal pause turned into a longer and longer pause, until the audience realized she had lost her train-of-thought. They immediately shouted words of encouragement. “You go, girl.” “Keep going.” Finally she recalled her message and exited the stage. She felt mortified. She had hired a […]
“If you’re ready to conquer fear of public speaking (and even if you’re not) here are 3 strategies that will help you to appear confident: . . .” “Manage your mind. Manage your body. Manage your message.”
"What are the first words of a speech? What should be the first sentence of a speech? How can you engage an audience from the first moment? There are 3 ways to start a speech."
"Welcome back to Business English Pod for today’s lesson on wrapping up a presentation in English." "Some people say that the start of a presentation is the most important part. That’s where you grab people’s attention and give them a reason to listen. But the end of your presentation is just as important. If you […]
"Getting up in front of a room full of people to give a presentation in English can be a difficult task. Whether you’re reporting information or trying to convince people to buy something, you need to catch their attention. Then you need to keep it. And at the end of it all, you want them […]
"To pronounce English words correctly and clearly you have to understand Word Stress (Syllable Stress), or how some syllables stand out and receive more emphasis than others. In Part 1 of this American accent training series on Word Stress we answer the question 'What is a syllable?'"
"Sure, numbers are important. However you don’t need to give a presentation just to report the numbers. But you may need to give a presentation to explain which numbers are most important and what the numbers mean." Part 1 of the 2 part series can be found here.
"Giving a presentation in English about anything can be challenging. Giving a presentation about numbers and data can be especially difficult. You have to describe those numbers, to interpret them, and to connect them to ideas and decisions. In today’s lesson, we’ll begin looking at some techniques for this situation. We’ll learn how to approximate […]
"We all know a skilled presenter when we see one. It’s a person who catches our interest right away and connects with the audience. He gives us the information we need without droning on and putting us to sleep. He’s clear about his purpose, he’s organized, and he answers our questions." "But most skilled presenters […]
"In her winning speech, [Ramona] Smith used a body-language technique she learned from a previous speaking champion: keeping her palms facing out toward the audience."