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Presentations are the business communication scenarios where you have the most control and the most time to prepare. They also carry the most responsibility and the highest expectations. You not only have the responsibility of setting the tone for the presentation,…
All speech for business is public speaking. The fear of public speaking can put an unnecessary ceiling on your business success. This fear is unnecessary, but it feels very real and very intense. It should because a fear of public speaking is real, and social anxiety…
The biggest hiring trends of 2019 that will carry into 2020 are focused on company culture fit, empathy in the workplace, and interpersonal skills. Now that you know what companies want, what do they all mean? And how do you show employers you’ve got what they’re…
There are many benefits to improving public speaking ability. They are advantages because public speaking is a part of all business communications. The ability to consistently speak with clarity and authenticity is an advantage in meetings, presentations, networking events, job interviews, and sales calls.
How we communicate reflects how we feel about ourselves personally and professionally. It is the basic need to relate and be understood. Anything that stands in the way of us speaking is, at best, frustrating and, many times, haunting and dreadful.
It doesn’t matter who you are as a seller or a buyer. We are all beholden to basic human listening behaviors. No innovation or AI breakthrough will allow you to leap over this truth. Your best strategy for 2020 is to recognize these behaviors and leverage them to your advantage.
We are all familiar with imposter syndrome — that feeling of exposed inadequacy, although we really do know our stuff. Whether the potential exposure happens in front of one person or many observers, it is a public thing. And the biggest “I don’t know what I’m talking about” moments often happen when we’re public speaking.
We all know when we see or hear someone who exudes “executive presence.” It’s not just that they exemplify good grooming or fashion sense, or even that they have highly developed intelligence or street smarts. More than that, their executive presence comes from a sense of confidence and clarity of thought.
If I had a nickel for every lousy presentation I was forced to endure, I’d have quite a few nickels. I’ve seen in my years from countless speakers no shortage of horrible slides such as this one, ridiculous business jargon, and a general lack of concern of whether an audience was even paying attention.