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The Science of Attention: Tips for Speakers

Does it seem like it’s harder than ever to gain and maintain your audience’s attention? If you think so, you aren’t alone. According to PEW Research Center, 87% of teachers believe that today’s technology is creating an “easily distracted generation with short attention spans.” And it’s true, we have more information and distractions coming at us than ever before. But we can’t be too quick to place all the blame on the...

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3 Tips for Impromptu Speaking

I know very few people who enjoy being put on the spot. Especially when it comes to public speaking. And yet most of us deliver impromptu speeches every day. For example, someone asks, “How’s it going?” So we respond with an impromptu message. Or our boss asks for an update on the project we are working on, so we have to give a brief off-the-cuff presentation. When those situations, or ones like them, come up, it helps to have a...

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3 Ways to Elevate Your Credibility as a Presenter

In almost any job, you can get complacent. You can do what you’ve always done, and you’ll probably be just fine. The same goes for public speaking. But if you want to push yourself to grow and improve, you’ll need some new tactics and methods. Today we want to look at three ways you can elevate your credibility by citing great sources, leveraging silence, and upgrading your visuals. So what is credibility? In his 2015 TEDx talk...

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The Secrets of Encoding and Decoding

Have you ever stopped to think about how we create meaning? How we share ideas, relay a feeling, or give directions? All of us are constantly engaging in making meaning through the process of encoding and decoding. It’s a process that every presenter needs to understand. So let’s uncover the secrets of encoding and decoding to see how they help us make meaning and avoid miscommunication. Encoding When you hear the words encoding...

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How To Uncover and Conquer Your Blind Spots

My sisters and I were seated around the dining table at my mom and dad’s house. For some reason, one of us mentioned Instagram stories. “Did you know that you make a smacking sound with your lips at the end of your sentences when you post a story?” my sister told my other sister. “What? Really?,” she answered. This started a conversation about the strange habits all of us have when speaking. Funny thing was, most of us had no...

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Keyboard Shortcuts for Powerpoint Presentations

Do you find yourself often uttering “there must be a better way!” when working in PowerPoint? We get it. Fortunately, we’ve found some keyboard shortcuts that have proven helpful while building and delivering presentations. Whether you need to point something out, create a clean slate, or get back to where you started from, there’s a shortcut for that! Start at the beginning Giving the same presentation a few times on the same...