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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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How and When Do You Want to Learn?

When it comes to getting the workplace training you need in the future, will Charlie the Chat Bot be your new best friend?  PowerSpeaking Master Facilitator Angella Nelle shares her perspectives after attending a recent annual conference of instructional design and training professionals.

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Ready to Stand and Deliver in the C-Suite?

In our last blog, we focused on the importance of preparation when delivering a business review, and how critical it is that you adopt the big-picture mindset of senior executives.  This post zeroes in on the fine art of delivery and engagement in the C-suite.

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Do You Know What Keeps C-level Execs Awake at Night?

Presenting business results to senior executives is like no other presentation you'll make. Your audience expects you to step up to their level, and think the way they think. Here are some tips to help you succeed.

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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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How to Make a Holiday Toast

Whether you're raising a glass at a holiday business luncheon or clinking coffee mugs with friends at a New Year's Day brunch, an artful, heartfelt toast makes the moment even more memorable.  Here are a few tips to make the most of holiday toasts...

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