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Video: Better Practice for Better Results

Ask anyone who performs at a high level: athletes, dancers, singers, etc. They all prepare and practice their skills the same way. They break their skill down into smaller “sub-skills,” then practice each one individually, then put them all back together, and their overall skill level has improved. The same is true with communication. “Great […]

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Presentation Tips: Using Leverage to Persuade Your Audience

As you think about your next meeting, presentation, or sales call, consider how difficult it may be to persuade this audience to act on your message. Moving someone to action is a challenging task, especially if minds and behaviors must be changed in the process. But it can be done, and there are ways we […]

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Presentation Tips: 3 Steps to Knowing Your Audience

My colleagues and I speak all the time about the importance of “knowing your audience.” And many people nod when they hear us discuss this, because we are certainly not the only people who preach this principle. But even though lots of people know about the concept, lots of people also don’t do it very […]

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Speaking Tips: Build Your Message in Three Acts

Here is a great way to think about your message, in three acts. ACT I: The Open You meet your audience, and your audience meets you. Your goal is to get them engaged right away, and the best way to do that is showing them what will be coming. Give them the topic, the main […]

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Communicating Respect: Nine Simple Ways To Build Credibility

Originally published with the Forbes Coaches Council, July 2018. Showing your audience respect has a lot of great payoffs. It makes your audience feel engaged and positive, it can enable a culture of buy-in, in which people feel committed not only to execute a plan or implement a new product but to make it succeed, […]

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Communicating Respect: Give A Little To Get A Lot

Originally published with the Forbes Coaches Council, June 2018. As a speaker, it’s always important to project authority. Whether through a mastery of detail, a clear understanding of your audience’s needs, a strong speaking voice or a poised stance at the front of the room, showing that you have expertise and confidence can go a […]

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Three Keys to Making a Positive First Impression

This post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group Last week I taught an Executive Presence workshop to a group of emerging leaders participating in a leadership training program in Charlotte, NC. Throughout the day we discussed presence and how we can improve it to make more powerful first impressions […]

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