Team presentations involve a lot of different personalities with varying levels of confidence and public speaking experience.
As individuals you may have a few seasoned presenters, but bring them together as a team, and all kinds of questions arise: How do we present as a team? Who starts and who ends a team presentation? How do we transition from one presenter to the next presenter so that it's seamless? And who fields questions from the audience?
Here are some tips to make your next team presentation smooth and effective:
1. Have your strongest speaker kick things off. The same goes for the last speaker. Place the experts in the middle. This is called "bookending" your experts.
2. Ensure you have a cohesive message. Too many messages crammed into a single presentation can confuse the audience. You can avoid this by setting clear goals up front and determining the key talking points.
3. Each presentation (and answer given in the Q&A) should have a clear beginning, middle, and...
We often let critical conversations slip by that could actually get us on the radar of those who could impact our careers, simply because we feel like we don't have much to offer. Shifting your mindset is critical to stepping into your power. This video gives you insights on how to do just that.
Almost four years ago to the day, I was hit by a pickup truck. It took four months to learn how to walk again without assistance, and another three years of physical therapy to undo more of the lingering damage caused by the accident.
So it meant a great deal to me to compete in the Tough Mudder 10-Mile Classic event last weekend. It’s a mud-soaked strength and endurance marathon that pushes you through mental and physical walls – or makes you jump over, swim through, or climb under them.
One of the biggest walls for me to get over was that I was running the course solo. It started out as a threesome, but my companions dropped out before race day. The 10-mile stretch had its moments of exhaustion and weakness-of-willpower, and a few of those obstacles laid me out flat after losing my grip on a rope or muddy wall. But I powered through and finished within a respectable time frame. Truly, it was an achievement for me.
I won’t lie, I could barely move my...
We all know that one person at work — you know, the self-centered, annoyingly successful, blowhard who takes every opportunity to brag about his own work. “Did you hear that I landed the Boothman account? Yessssssss!!”
Ugh. (Insert eye roll here.)
Meanwhile, you keep your head down and work hard, holding fast to the belief that your work should speak for itself, and when it does, you'll get the recognition you deserve.
Let’s do a reality check here. Is this approach reeeeeally working for you?
Most of us aren’t great at self-promotion. But quite honestly, you're not doing yourself any favors by keeping quiet or playing small. Like it or not, promoting yourself at work is crucial, and your success depends on it.
In its most simplistic form, self-promoting comes down to this: You let your co-workers and your bosses know what you do, what you excel in, and what you accomplish in your job.
But if you're not sure how to start, I’m excited to share some...
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Whether you're a professional doing team meetings or part of a job interview, these Top 5 Tips will help you make a memorable and lasting impression.
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The coronavirus has made running for office harder.
Real politics are largely on hold, in-person events, knocking on doors, and lit drops are essentially banned.
Fundraising requires a heightened sensitivity, as the smaller “grassroots” donors are increasingly concerned about the future of the economy and their own finances.
But it has also emphasized the importance of state and local government. As candidates struggle with getting their message out in front of voters, they also have to think carefully about their tone. Because while there is a need to echo the sense of we’re all in this together, candidates still need to draw out the differences to not appear too partisan.
This is a challenging time for every candidate, and you’re not alone in trying to figure all this out.
If you’re an incumbent who has a decent amount of cash already in the bank, a large donor file, or have the support of a super PAC, this new...
I want to give you a simple yet genius technique that will help you be more powerful, charismatic and persuasive — in just 3 seconds flat.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Pause.
When you’re in a conversation, a pause of silence gives you the wonderful opportunity to listen and to make an impact on the people around you.
Being a really good listener is one of the most underrated secrets of success. Its crucial if you want to be more charismatic, more persuasive, and a better negotiator.
Plus, truly listening to someone and having them feel that they were truly heard is one of the biggest gifts you can ever give. The pause gives you presence. And people can feel it.
The problem is, most of us suck at listening, and we don’t even know it. We’re always interrupting people with our points of view, feedback and ideas.
But when you remain quiet and just zip it shut, you’ll be surprised how often people will open...
Survive No-Shave November With These Tips
Put down your razors! Guys, this is all about growing out your facial hair for a good cause. No-Shave November is a movement meant to spark conversation and raise awareness around prostate cancer.
For guys, it’s not always easy to grow and maintain facial hair. Yeah, some guys wait all year for the chance to show off their miracle-grow superpowers, but sprouting a fearsome forest on your face doesn’t exactly say "professional" to your boss or clients.
With these manscaping tips, you can sport a workplace-approved beard (this November and beyond) while keeping your professional reputation intact.
Don't let the thought of a straggly beard keep you from supporting No-Shave November. Use these tips to grow and tame your beard all year long.
PS Do you know someone who is doing the No Shave November challenge? Don’t let them struggle through it. Let...
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You may want to save this! A good presentation will help you build visibility, trust, and eventually turn your audience into clients, voters, or land you that promotion.
Here are some tips to ace your speech:
1. Go in with the right mindset. Confidence equates to certainty in the minds of others, and people pay for certainty.
2. Stay out of monotone. If you use a monotone voice, people will be checking their emails under the tables instead of listening to you.
3. Practice your speech beforehand.
4. Know your material well enough to be able to look down at your notes, pull a few keywords and be able to talk about them. This requires that you practice your speech.
5. Make eye contact. It draws the audience in. But don't hold any one person hostage with the eyes. They'll start avoiding your gaze.
The points listed above are just a few of MANY. But if you only had time to choose a few, this list is a great start.
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