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3 Lessons to Becoming a Better Speaker

By SpeakerNotes

A colleague recently auditioned to become a certified trainer for a well-known sales guru, delivering customized versions of his popular seminars under a licensing arrangement. Definitely a high-stakes scenario, as a successful audition would catapult Ernie’s career to the next level.

After three coaching sessions, I asked Ernie to share his thoughts on key takeaways before he headed off to the big audition. These are his lessons learned.

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Does Delivery Really Matter?

By SpeakerNotes

Imagine facing a room full of skittish investors and analysts to present your company’s management plan for the next quarter. Talk about high stakes presentation! In this type of meeting — one that’s likely to be packed with detailed data and statistics — it’s also likely that audience members will be focused on note taking or reviewing handouts rather than keeping their eyes on the presenters. And it’s natural to wonder — does my delivery style matter? The truth is that delivery always matters.

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ARM Yourself and Knockout Stage Fright for Good

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If you suffer from speaker’s anxiety, you’re in excellent company. Fear of speaking in public still ranks as one of the top — if not the number one fear — in the western world. But rather than attempting to eradicate it completely, you may be surprised to learn that many speakers learn to live with fear — and indeed, use it to their advantage to ensure effective presentations.

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Are You Upstaged by PowerPoint?

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Visual aids are not for you; they’re for your audience. Your goal in using them is to reinforce your message and make it more your presentation memorable. But where do you begin? Try our simple, four-step “R-S-V-P™” method to make your next presentation more effective.

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Deal or No Deal: Parallels between game shows and high-stakes presentations

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So, what does a game show have to do with effective presentation skills? Almost everything.

Notice I said almost, because rather than battling a mysterious entity known only as “the Banker” as in the show Deal or No Deal, chances are most speakers will be presenting to a room full of advocates. That’s right: your listeners want you to succeed.

But Deal or No Deal, is a perfect speaking metaphor in every other way. To win over an audience, game show contestants must be confident they have the knowledge to win; be strategic in their approach, and have enough passion to inspire listeners.

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Secrets from Teleprompter Pros

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Teleprompters are valuable toolstheir use shouldn’t distract you from your primary goal: connecting with your audience. That’s why we turned to two of our favorite teleprompter pros, Bethel Bird and Andrea Sawchuk, for their advice on taming the teleprompter so you appear engaged and conversational from start to finish.

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