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Principles of Persuasion
by John Boe

According to Harvey MacKay, author of the book Swim With the Sharks, "The No. 1 skill most lacking in business today is public speaking - the ability to present oneself." If you want to stand out from the crowd, get promoted or develop an award winning sales team you need to polish your communication and persuasion skills.

Six Keys to Making an Effective Presentation
by Bill Rosenthal

Lee Iacocca expressed it well:  “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.”  Communispond offers some tips to help you get your ideas across.  They will serve you well in any communication situation, whether it is a team meeting, a plan you want to propose to the management committee or a speech at an industry conference.

Steve Jobs: 7 Lessons from a Marketing Genius
by Carmine Gallo

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is considered one of the greatest marketers in corporate history. For more than three decades, he has delivered legendary keynote presentations, raised product launches to an art form and successfully communicated the benefits of Apple products to millions of customers. Whether you're in sales, marketing, advertising or public relations, Steve Jobs has something to teach you about telling your brand story.

Then and Now: Public Speaking in the Media Age
by Saskia Shakin

What was once reserved for the talented few has become commonplace. From homemakers to lawmakers, from leaders to leading ladies, from talking heads to corporate heads, all must face an audience at some point in their lives. And most dread this prospect. I used to be among the ranks of those who would rather dig ditches than get up in front of an audience. You may be wondering what changed in my life to make this fear vanish.

Our Cranky Critic - Self-Talk & Public Speaking: What One Reveals About the Other
by Saskia Shakin

The stories we make up about ourselves will either support us or derail us. And most of us are masters of enabling our Cranky Critic—you know, the one who lives inside our head and stomps on our dreams. Our Cranky Critic always sounds as if it has woken up on the wrong side of bed.

We Always Teach What We Need to Learn
by Saskia Shakin

Let me be frank: I have mixed feelings about getting up in public to speak before large groups. This should come as no surprise since the fear of public speaking tops almost everyone’s list—surpassing death itself! I am glad to say that although I may still feel butterflies at the prospect of standing before a large group, I have taught those butterflies to fly in formation.

Leadership: The Power of Extemporaneous Speaking
by Gene Griessman, Ph.D.

Abraham Lincoln wrote: "Extemporaneous speaking should be practiced and cultivated; it is the lawyer's avenue to the public.  However able and faithful he may be in other respects, people are slow to bring him business, if he cannot make a speech."

How Important Are Your Nonverbal Signals?
by Ed Barks

It is a commonly cited statistic—55 percent of the communications signals we send result from how others see us, 38 percent flow from the way they hear us, and seven percent come from our words. Yet these figures must be placed in context. The most adroit hand gesture in the world will not save you if your message is weak or nonexistent.

The Three Keys to Great Presentations
by Ed Barks

If you are afraid to take the public speaking plunge, the sad fact is you have lots of company. The good news is there is a common sense tool you can use right now to help you stop that quiver in your voice and knocking in your knees. It is called The Three Keys to Great Presentations™, a straightforward method that charts a course toward a sharper communications edge.

Authenticity - A Fast Way to Connect
by Vince Poscente

When it's your turn to speak to one person or a room full of people stand back from trying to be perfect and decide to be you. Knock your script down to key touch points and trust that you authentic self is more than enough. Be authentic. It's the fastest way to connect and it works every time.

The Eight P’s of Persuasive Presentations
by Rosemary Rein

There are two major job responsibilities of a CEO.  One is Chief Strategist. The other is Chief Story Teller. Just look at Apple’s Steve Jobs, who excels at both. Considering that many people would rather die than speak in public, including CEO’s, comes this concise article detailing the 8P’s of Persuasive Presentations.  Never be Boring Again!

Vocal Pace and Tone Can Make or Break Your Presentation!
by Paula Lyons
Giving a “wow” presentation is about so much more than doing your research, analyzing your audience and selecting the cool facts, statistics, examples, and anecdotes that will be most compelling and interesting. In fact, how you SAY all of those things matters just as much, if not more!  The way you use the many aspects of your voice often determines how well you capture and hold the audience’s attention.

How to Use Presentation Slides to Best Effect
by Philip Yaffe
How often have you attended a presentation where great attention apparently went into designing the slides - and apparently none into how they were used? Or the speaker played with the slides as if to entertain rather than edify? By recognizing and applying just three fundamental principles of slide presentations, you can make "death by PowerPoint" completely disappear.

Why Visual Aids Need to Be Less Visual
by Philip Yaffe
Too often speakers fail to recognize that slides are an integral part of the presentation, not an add-on. Likewise, they fail to recognize that the principles and practices that underpin the oral component of the presentation are essentially the same as those that should underpin the visual component.

Polishing Your Presentation Skills
by Estienne de Beer

Success in delivery of effective presentations can open a whole world of opportunities for your career. It can help you conquer new frontiers. It can broaden your horizons through personal development, influence, and advances in your profession.

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Presenters
by Rebecca Hart

Jerry Seinfeld said that at a funeral, most people would rather be in the coffin than giving the eulogy. Are you one of those people? If so, here are seven tips to overcome your fears and excel in your next public speaking opportunity.

Eight Most Frequent Mistakes CEOs Make in Front of an Audience
by Suzanne Bates

Recall these eight common mistakes, try to avoid them and keep speaking, keep practicing, and keep preparing. Before long, mistakes like these, for you, will be a thing of the past.

Personal Impact - Public Speaking
by Byron Kalies

In terms of public speaking there are a number of simple, straightforward tips that can make a huge difference.

What's the Point?
by Jack Whalen

Reassessing the culture of computer presentation - PowerPointers everywhere - beware!

The End is the Beginning
by Stephen D. Boyd

People remember best what you say last. So in one sense, the end of your presentation is the beginning for the audience.

The Presentation After the Presentation
by Stephen D. Boyd, Ph.D.

The presentation after the presentation is the question and answer period. This article stresses how to use the question and answer period for best results.

Seven Insights into the HEART of Public Speaking
by Raju Mandhyan

Here are seven insights that I have drawn from my book, The Heart of Public Speaking. They may not be worded in the book as they appear below but they are insights that the book makes an effort at making a part of your being.

Keep Your Audience Engaged or Lose Them
by Ty and Pat Boyd

A key way to demonstrate who you are, and what your company values, is through presentations. Use these techniques, gleaned from our own experiences and those of other CEOs, to keep the audience with you every time.

Your Voice: The Punch Behind Your Personality
by Raju Mandhyan

If the eyes are the windows to your soul then your voice is the music that bursts from your soul. Constantly work at improving vocalization and adding rhythm and timing to the way you speak.

A Short Guide to Effective Public Speaking
by Stephen D. Boyd, Ph.D.

From my experiences in delivering over 1500 speeches during the past 20 years, here is a quick guide to giving an effective and interesting presentation your very first time.

Incorporate Humor in Your Next Speech
by Stephen D. Boyd, Ph.D.

Appropriate humor relaxes an audience and makes it feel more comfortable with you as the speaker; humor can bring attention to the point you are making; and humor will help the audience better remember your point. It can break down barriers so that the audience is more receptive to your ideas.

Selecting a Speaker: Have Them Focus on Your Effort, Not Your Errors
by Joni Daniels

You need a speaker for your meeting. The choice you make can be a feather in your cap or ruffle the feathers of your employees! How can you find the folks who will enhance your meeting and stack the odds for success in your favor?

Creating a Christmas Carol: The Art of Great Holiday Speechmaking
by Jack Whalen
CEOs are always in high demand when it comes to public speaking. Learning how to adapt a style of public speaking from boardroom to ballroom is nothing less than a core competency.

Seven Secrets to Psych Yourself Out of Pre-Presentation Jitters
by Dianna Booher
Stage fright often begins long before a performer takes the stage. The condition sets in the moment we accept an invitation to make a presentation. The following hints may help you deal with that sense of discomfort until it dissolves into confidence.

Presenting Your Proposal Persuasively
by Janet Macaluso
You've dedicated many long hours to your project. Now it's show-time - the meeting where you present it to your boss, clients or colleagues. To get the sponsorship your project deserves, take a "Persuasion Audit."

Nine Mistakes Presenters Make with Visuals
by Dianna Booher
Consider both the pros and cons before letting the possibility of what you can do dictate what you should do.

Ten Dynamics in Dealing with Disruptive Audience Members
by Dianna Booher
No matter how riveting your content, from time to time, you will have to deal with disruptive audience members. When that's the case, try these tips and techniques for crowd control.

Seven Secrets to Help the Savvy Presenter Stir a Q&A Back onto Solid Ground
by Dianna Booher

Audiences have come to expect time for Q&A - it is their chance to get you to "meet the press," so to speak, particularly on controversial points. But in addition to meeting audience expectations, Q&A periods benefit you, the presenter.

How to Introduce a Speaker
by Mitchell Friedman, APR
Whether you are the emcee of a public event or overseeing a company sales meeting, you will be expected to skillfully introduce individuals who are scheduled to speak.

More Thoughts on Speaker Introductions: When You are the One Who Will Be Introduced
by Mitchell Friedman, APR
When you are scheduled to give a presentation, your preparation should include making sure you are properly introduced.

Perfect Delays
by Judy Jernudd

Perfect delays can stop you from being successful in your career and perhaps, even in your personal life. Don't delay; start implementing your presentation and communication skills today. Striving for perfection is not the goal, connecting with people is what makes a winning communicator.

Seven Sins to Avoid with Your Next Public Speaking Engagement
by Michael Bernhardt

The words of great speech endure not only because of the strength and relevancy of their prose, but because of the charisma and thoughtfulness of their presenters.

Delivering "Home Run" Presentations
by Paul B. Thornton
What does it take to deliver a great presentation -- preparation, practice and passion. It takes dedication and hard work. The best speakers do their homework and use many of these 10 techniques.

What to Say in Q-and-A
by Dianna Booher
Prepare for the Q-and-A - it's often the difference between a memorable presentation and just another boring talk that put its listeners to sleep.

What To Do When a News Reporter Calls
by Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March
Should you comment? If so, what should you say? About what should you be cautious? Important tips from the EditPros.

Don't Read That Speech!
by Gayle Brickman

Organize to develop a more natural delivery - the five steps to overcome speech reading.

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