Overcoming the Fear Factor

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The number one issue that most of my clients share is fear: fear of failure, fear of rejection, and undefined fear—a sensation so strong they can’t even get to the bottom of it. For most people, stepping to the front of the room, stepping to the podium, or stepping in front of a camera for an interview triggers fear. That’s natural. Overcoming fear so you can shine starts with changing the word you attach to what you’re feeling. The rush … Continue reading

Show Your Audience Something, Not Everything

A presenter overkilling his PowerPoint slides in front of an audience

I came across this photo on line and thought, ugh, same mistake most people make when they transfer their thoughts to PowerPoint: overkill. When it comes to words on PowerPoint, more is less. Let me explain. The more words you put on a PowerPoint slide, the less attention the audience gives to what you have to say. For people in the audience the visual of a slide filled with more than 80 words creates a feeling of anxiety, an actual … Continue reading

Presentation Skills Executives Can Learn from Football Coaches

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Every executive and business manager can learn an important lesson from NFL locker room post-game speeches. Coaches make them every week. Sometimes after a win; sometimes after a loss. Here’s one by Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine. It doesn’t resemble Al Pacino’s theatrical speeches in the movie, Any Given Sunday. They rarely do. That’s the part most people don’t understand. When you have to present to the same audience over and over, theatrics don’t matter nearly as much as message, … Continue reading