Making Your Audience Comfortable Starts with You.

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The audience takes its cue from the presenter. When the presenter looks comfortable, the audience feels comfortable. When the presenter looks uptight, the audience feels uptight. Comfort is your job, not theirs As a presenter, you can’t expect the audience to go out of its way to make you feel comfortable. It’s not their job. It’s your job to do that for the audience. And the audience will wait for you–but not very long. Get comfortable ahead of time The … Continue reading

The Right Amount of Practice for a Presentation

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A coaching client of mine shared with me last week her disappointment in a presentation. Before I could even ask why she said, “I know I didn’t put in enough work ahead of time. I didn’t practice enough.” Preparing a presentation is only the first step in the process. The Process Here are the three steps to a success presentation or speech: Prepare Practice Perform A lot of people get lost on step two: practice. Just because you put your … Continue reading

Techniques for Using Notes in a Presentation

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A note about using notes in a presentation… You have probably had this experience before: You’re in the middle of a presentation, you look down at your notes and suddenly you can’t find what you’re looking for. Your heart starts racing. Your voice rises and octave. You panic. What you’re looking for is there. You just can’t find it. The key is knowing how to format your notes so you can always find what you’re looking for when you need … Continue reading

A Focused, Patient Start to a New Year

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To help you get off to a strong start in 2017, I want to help you focus. If you’re like me, you have a big list of goals in a lot of different areas of your life. I love goals. But too many goals are as bad as no goals because they can leave you feeling overwhelmed, which in turn undermines your effort to make progress. Less is more The key to improvement is limiting the number of goals and tightening … Continue reading