Do You Know How To Avoid Giving A Boring Presentation?

This is a good question! Why? Because no one wants to fail when they're presenting in front of an audience. What often happens is when you get nervous or anxious, your voice will get monotone. Monotone kills presentations.

Here's an easy exercise that will help bring more life and engagement to your speech or presentation: Turn on the TV or YouTube. Find someone you think is a good speaker. Now watch her with the sound off. Notice the facial expressions, where her hands are, how she's standing, what her face looks like when she's talking AND when she's not talking. Then with the sound on, close your eyes and just listen to her. How does she pace her sentences? What's her voice like? Does she vary her tone?

DO rehearse out loud
DON'T sound canned or monotone
DO write how you talk when you create your speech
DON'T worry about flubs - it makes you human.

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Be Authentically You

It’s hard to behave in an authentic way if you don’t know what you value and desire. At its root, authenticity requires self-awareness and self-knowledge, and accepting your strengths and weaknesses.

Acceptance isn’t always easy, but it’s what we strive for. Authenticity is the basis of executive presence. Trust your intuition. Choose things that move you closer to your values. Notice when you’re being inauthentic.

Research shows that authentic people feel better. They’re more resilient and less likely to turn to self-destructive habits. Authenticity develops trust, credibility, and confidence with the people you interact with.

Authenticity can feel scary and vulnerable, but it also builds intimacy. Be purposeful in your choices. If you’re finding yourself feeling fragmented, bored, unhappy, or uninspired, it could be that you aren’t acting authentically. Creating space for self-awareness is ever-evolving. 

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Podium Dos and Don'ts

Ahhh, the podium. Thinking you can hide behind a podium is making a big mistake.

Using a podium does have several advantages. It can feel like a life preserver when you're in the deep end of a pool. The podium grounds you by giving you something solid to touch. With that said, I recommend that you stand to one side of it whenever possible.

Podium Tips:
1. Standing beside it removes some of the formality of the interview.
2. When you're parallel to the podium, you're closer to the judges. This makes the interview seem more intimate.
3. Stand on the far side of the podium. This gives the judges more time to see you walk, and being further away from the door will make you appear more at ease.

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On-Camera Interview Tips

It doesn't matter if you're a politician, a business owner, or an expert in your field - if you're giving an on-camera interview, you want to make a memorable and lasting impression.

Here are 3 tips to help you shine!
1. If you're standing, plant your feet about hip distance apart and stay there. Moving around is really going to piss off whoever is running the camera.
2. If they give you a chair and it swivels, ask for another one. The last thing you want is to look like you're 12 years old by swiveling in your chair. If they can't switch chairs, don't swivel.
3. Whatever you do, don't touch your hair. It makes you look flighty.

DO:
1. Rehearse out loud
2. Speak with enthusiasm and/or passion
3. Gesture - it will help you to remember what you want to say, and the audience will remember more of what you tell them.

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Make Your On-Stage Presence A Present!

"When you stand on the stage, you must have a sense that you are addressing the whole world, and that what you say is so important the whole world must listen." – Stella Adler, actress.

I love this quote! Because when you can demonstrate this level of poise and confidence during your on-stage question, judges take notice.

Despite your answer, it should be conversational, and it should not be rushed. And whatever you do, don't use a monotone voice. It's natural to be nervous, and that alone will make you want to be monotone.

Pro Tip: rather than giving a predictable answer, show your confidence and poise by being expressive and animated. Get them to notice you for all the right reasons.

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Feeling Burnt Out?

You're making hard choices every day. You're tired. Frazzled. Burned out.

Let's stop this madness! All that nurturing you're giving to everybody else? Turn some of that love and compassion on YOU! If your choices are not supporting you and the life you want to create, make new choices that are in alignment with who you are, and who you want to become.

Learn to say NO. Protect the vision that you have for yourself and your future. We need your vision, your creativity, your compassion, your gifts and talents, and your voice - but not at the expense of YOU!

Start asking yourself, "Does this support the life I'm trying to create?" And then create accordingly.

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National Napping Day

Our bodies are naturally designed for napping. But most of us fight tooth and nail against our body’s natural circadian rhythm, and this is wreaking havoc on our well-being, turning us into a horde of zombies that crave espresso instead of brains.

You’re working long days and you need to be just as strong in the afternoon as you are in the morning. Start taking Naps. Studies have shown that if you break up your day with a nap, you will be as alert and energetic for the second part of your day as you were for the first. Naps improve performance in multiple critical areas.

 

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Your Body Speaks Volumes Before Your Lips Say A Word

Oh my heavens, I love this photo :)

You gotta love the kilt! Well, at least I do. The point here is that your first impression isn’t made at an introduction, it's actually made the moment you become a blip on someone else’s radar.

See the young man to the left eyeing the guy in the kilt? He’s internalizing what he’s seeing and it’s forming an impression on him (good or bad) of the kilt-wearing gentleman.
Without you even saying single a word, people are making assumptions about you when you enter a room.

Can you see how important it is to be intentional with what you project? 

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Who Are Your Mentors?

The times I thrived the most were because of the mentors and leaders guiding me. They lived the lifestyle I wanted, they had the amazing relationships I wanted, and they practiced what they preached.

Do you love and appreciate those you associate with daily? Too many people hate what they do, they hate their job, and aren't too crazy about their co-workers. Girl, life is too short to have toxic people around you.

I help people get results when they want to make a greater impact in their careers and on the people around them - I answer their questions, I give them research-backed strategies, give them feedback, and share my own personal journey. I absolutely love what I do.

Who are YOUR mentors? If you don't have one, reach out to someone you trust for their advice. No one reaches success alone.

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4 Surefire Ways to Rock Your Confidence

Today, this article is all about making confident and charismatic impressions.

Why is this so important? Because if you make a positive impression when first meeting someone, the rest of your relationship will be influenced by it, thereby tipping the scales in your favor.

On the other hand, a lousy first impression can prove almost impossible to overcome, often deciding the outcome of a meeting, job interview, or first date even if the rest of the interaction went pretty well.

So how can we make a charismatic and confident first impression?

As we covered in the previous articles, we know that people will jump to conclusions about others with very little information to support their gut feelings, and that we tend to trust the nonverbal over the verbal. So, if your body language is anti-charismatic, it doesn’t matter how great your message is. 

Make sense? 

If you display high confidence through your body language, people will tend to assume that you have...

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