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Courageous Women, Courageous Work

For most of us, the Labor Day weekend merely marked the unofficial end of summer (back to school!  back to work!). But of course, the holiday has its origins in much more serious issues about the workplace and workers’ rights.  Today, it’s meant to honor the value of labor and laborers—no matter what the work entails.

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Helping Thought Leaders Communicate Big Ideas

People with big, bold, sometimes disruptive ideas are the ones who will help us meet the dramatic changes happening in the workplace now, and in the future (think, evolving global markets, warp-speed technology advances, and a new and very different generation of workers).  But people with trailblazing ideas need to be effective, persuasive communicators in order to convince people to follow their lead. That’s where PowerSpeaking and its new partnership with DisruptHR San Francisco come in.

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How to Run a Successful Virtual Meeting

If running effective, productive, in-person meetings wasn’t hard enough, nowadays video and teleconferencing add a whole new layer of complication. “There’s no doubt that virtual meetings give us flexibility and global reach that creates all kinds of possibilities for collaboration,” says PowerSpeaking’s Chief Learning Officer, Carrie Beckstrom. “But like any technology, we have to learn to use it well. And when it comes to virtual meetings, that technical know-how must be in addition to the application of best practices that make any kind of meeting, in any setting, successful.”

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Who Gets Heard—And Why

Immediately after the recent U.S. Democratic debates, newspapers and social media ran commentaries observing how much more often the male candidates, vs. the female, interrupted other panelists and the moderators (especially on the first night). Because of those interruptions, the men commanded much more airtime over the course of the debates. The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Inc. Magazine were just a few media we read that took a closer look at that gender phenomenon. Then there was the Los Angeles Times, which didn’t mince words with this headline: “Democratic debates mirror life: Men yell and interrupt. Women (mostly) wait their turn.”

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Learning From Passionate Speakers: The Fight for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Minutes before political commentator Jon Stewart took his seat in front of the House Judiciary Committee to advocate for extending the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, 9/11 first responder John Feal took Jon’s prepared script away from him. Feal, who knew Stewart well because of their longtime activism on behalf of 9/11 first responders, had lost part of his left foot working as a demolition supervisor at Ground Zero. In the past 15 years Feal had organized more than 250 trips like this to D.C. to fight for continuing the fund. And here they were again. Feal wanted Stewart to do what he does best: speak from the heart.

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The Art of Using a Teleprompter

How often have you seen public figures like politicians and entertainers trip over words, suffer awkward pauses, or make it obvious they’re reading a script while on camera? Yes, even seasoned speakers and presenters can bungle a talk if they’re not in sync with the words scrolling on that teleprompter screen.

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How to Win Over a Tough Audience

The cacophony of hoots, cackles and boos from the opposition MPs in Parliament were so loud, Prime Minister Theresa May stopped talking, sat down, and waited until the speaker of the house called the room to order. The red-hot topic was once again, Brexit, and emotions were running high. Regardless of your position on the issue, when it comes to a nightmare scenario of making your case to a contrary crowd, there is strong consensus that this one ranks with the most challenging. While you may never have to present or pitch an idea to such a raucous, hostile group, there are plenty of occasions in business when your audience can be, shall we say, difficult? Here’s how to deal with them . . .

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Where in the World Are You Speaking?

Think you can use phrases like, “a needle in a haystack” or “it’s like herding cats” in your presentation anywhere in the world? Think again, and listen to Master Facilitators Chris Brannen (Asia), Anshu Arora (India) and Sarah Palmer (UK and Europe) give some pointers on how to tailor the three key elements of presenting—Staging, Substance and Style—depending on where you are on the globe. Read on . . .

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Master Facilitators John Warren and Ralf Wolter Talk ConferenceSpeaking™, a virtual training course

We’ve heard horror stories, and we’ve heard success stories when it comes to people delivering high-stakes, often technical, sometimes career-making (or breaking) presentations at conferences, conventions, and tradeshows. And that’s why we’re proud to have witnessed hundreds of successful presentations made by professionals who have taken the ConferenceSpeaking™ journey with us. Our two master facilitators talk about the program, describe what participants gain, and offer stories about dramatic improvements they've seen. Read on . . .

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Body of Wisdom

When asked what advice she would give professional women on the move, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright replied, “Learn to interrupt.” We doubt that she meant raising your hand and politely waiting to be called on—a common female nonverbal that sends the wrong signal. As a female professional, if you want to be perceived as confident and credible, you need to be aware of the nonverbal signals you send when you communicate. Read on to learn how to align your words with your actions. . .

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