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Video Preview: Guiding Principles for Starting Effective Sales Conversations

Starting an engaging sales conversation takes more than the words you use — it’s about presence. Watch this short clip from our newly redesigned SalesSpeaking® program to understand the role presence plays, and how to break free of routine interaction. As Everett Oliven, Group VP Sales at Oracle says, you won’t be successful if “you take a cookie-cutter solution to a complex problem.” Learn how to move the conversation forward at every stage of the sales process with SalesSpeaking. Our next program is December 7.

 

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Tough Questions: Tips for Dealing with Difficult Audiences

If you are feeling apprehensive about public speaking or presenting, typically at the root of the anxiety is fear of embarrassing yourself. With careful preparation and focus on delivery, it can be easy to avoid embarrassment in a monologue style presentation. But what about when you open up the floor for questions and comments?

Audiences can be tricky: Even if they're your peers, co-workers, or experts in a certain field, everyone has their own agenda and emotional logic. By giving a presentation and soliciting feedback, you are inviting a variety of different personalities to listen and comment on your work. Audience member responses can range from boredom to outright hostility for reasons that may be unclear to you. To conquer a difficult audience, follow these tips:

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Turning Out Strong Teen and Tween Presenters

If you are a parent, you’ve probably sat through some presentations at schools that were a bit painful. Yet for tween and teenage students, talks are becoming a more common academic assignment. How can you support your kids (or nieces and nephews) to be better presenters? We offer these guidelines:

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What Do You Do with Your Hands as a Presenter?–Tips by The Washington Post

What to do with the hands baffles most presenters. There are many schools of thought that offer conflicting advice. A recent leadership article in The Washington Post spotlighted what’s most impactful when it comes to presenters’ gestures. Below we summarize the recommendations:

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Walking and Talking: What's the Link?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. In honor of a dear friend, I went to a fundraising concert with 10 female singing groups last Saturday. As I listened to the gorgeous sounds, I reflected on a 60-mile walk my sister and I made a few years ago.

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Achieving Virtual Meeting Success

Unproductive meetings account for one-third of the workweek yet according to a Microsoft Office worldwide survey, over 35% of the respondents chose ineffective meetings as one of the biggest

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The 3 Essentials of Speaking

Imagine yourself standing with over 200,000 others on the steps and grounds of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, as Martin Luther King repeats the hypnotic refrain, “I have a dream!” You are swept away by the power of the message and the impact of that historical moment.

All the key ingredients for the making of an unforgettable speech were there: the substance, the style and the staging. All speakers who must make an impact on their audiences need to pay attention to these three factors.

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Just-In-Time PowerSpeaking

Cellphones, laptops, tablets—everyone is connected. Decisions are made at warp speed. Mergers, acquisitions...it’s confusing. Who do I report to this week? The ground is shifting under my feet.

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50 Tips to Turn Your Next Talk Into An Extraordinary Presentation

 You have an upcoming presentation. Your goals?

  • Create compelling content;

  • Deliver with confidence; 

  • Connect with your audience; 

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8 Tips on Delivering Effective Visual Aids

 This is the final chapter of our Holy Grail: 50 Tips for Speaking Up: Speaking to Decision Makers. 

In this chapter we look at visual aids. What are your three essential slides?

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