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Houston, we have a problem: 5 ways to prepare for technology malfunctions

Murphy’s Law—“Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”—may never be truer than when you’re dependent on technology for a presentation. Most of your presentations likely will be glitch-free, however, it’s ideal to prepare for the worst-case scenario so that you can quickly recover when something inevitably goes wrong … Continue reading

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Do you have contingency plans? Prepare for these 4 possibilities

Practicing your speech is only one aspect of preparing for your presentation. You should also spend some time readying yourself for the unknown. If you aren’t prepared to handle a surprise or two, you could become flustered in front of your audience. Make a plan for how you will respond to these sorts of surprises … Continue reading

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Trust me! 7 ways to build your credibility

At the American Speaker blog, we’ve shared advice about how to avoid undermining your credibility. It’s also a great idea to consistently work on building your credibility, because if people trust and respect you, they are more likely to support your cause. If your audience doesn’t know you—or if recent events have made your listeners doubt you—take these steps to boost your credibility … Continue reading

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Add a pictorial pop to your presentation: 5 ways to grab your audience with visuals

Anyone who has been forced to sit through a text-only PowerPoint presentation knows how mind-numbing they can be. Using visuals to break up text, illustrate stories and highlight important data is imperative for grabbing—and maintaining—your audience’s attention. Make your next speech more memorable with visuals from these categories … Continue reading

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Embrace a large audience

Embrace a large audience by Amy Beth Miller, editor, Communication Briefings If the thought of delivering a presentation to a large audience fills you with dread, you’re hardly alone. When we asked readers “Which speaking situations do you find difficult?” 64% … Continue reading

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Increase your influence: 5 tips for speaking with authority

Increase your influence! 5 tips for speaking with authority by Catherine Ahern To be an influential speaker, you must earn your audience’s respect. Fortunately, if you present yourself as an authority in your field, that respect will quickly follow. Follow these … Continue reading

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Move!: 5 tips for taking full advantage of stage space

Move! 5 tips for taking full advantage of stage space by Catherine Ahern Whether you’re on a stage or in a meeting room, you probably have space to move around during your presentation. Use it wisely. Pacing back and forth … Continue reading

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