• Tips for Stress-Free Public Speaking

    There’s a surprising number of people more afraid of public speaking than of dying. Some have turned down promotions when the new job required them to speak in front of an audience. For others, just thinking about giving a public presentation makes them feel physically ill. Good news – It is possible to overcome the

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  • Deliberate Practice: The Path from Good to Great

    “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ”• Abraham Lincoln You may be quite good at business communication ”“ your presentations are competent, you can run a successful meeting, perhaps you have a talent for speaking extemporaneously to a group. But when was

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  • How To Eliminate Filler Words

    If you’re like most people, you find it annoying when you’re listening to someone and every third word is some version of a “filler word” — um, ah, y’know, right, ok. You can’t help but notice every single one, it’s very distracting, and instead of listening to the speaker’s message you find yourself waiting for the

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  • Eye Contact: Building the Emotional Connection

    Eye connection is the single most effective way to convey confidence and to have the greatest impact whether speaking one on one or to hundreds of listeners. In the Western culture we use our eyes as a powerful vehicle of communication. Truly seeing someone is to affirm their presence and allows you to pave the

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  • The #1 Employee Skill Gap

    Computer skills are considered essential in today’s business environment, as are skills at project management, planning, and problem-solving. But, according to LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, the number 1 skills gap in business these days is communication. We tend to believe that technology has improved our communications, and in some ways, it has. However, it’s a

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  • Executive Presence: Your Wow Factor

    Executive presence is the hallmark of successful leaders who assert influence, drive change, and inspire organizational excellence. Their insight, judgment, and decision making are constantly being evaluated by stakeholders who look for integrity and wisdom in all their leaders say and do. Executive presence is the “x-factor” that defines how outstanding leaders think, act, and

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  • No Slides? No Problem

    If you present with any frequency, you know the day will come (if it hasn’t already) when you’ll be asked to present without slides, or the topic or situation doesn’t  lend itself to slides, or there is technical meltdown.  It’s OK, no need to panic, you can still give a memorable and effective presentation. The first

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