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Before You Flash That “Thumbs Up” Sign...

 

You want to show your team you think they did a great job, so during a virtual meeting you give them an enthusiastic “thumbs up” gesture.  Whoops. You may have just insulted half of them.  Common gestures in one country often mean a completely different thing in another.

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Courageous Women, Powerful Speeches

As women continue to be more prominent on the world stage, we find powerful lessons in their inspirational speeches. PowerSpeaking, Inc. CEO Carrie Beckstrom introduces three women who demonstrate how to move an audience and have an impact.

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Yes, Your Voice Matters

The sound of your voice and the feeling you convey with it have a huge impact on your audience.  Listen to PowerSpeaking, Inc. Marketing Strategist and voice coach Donnie Hill talk about how you can overcome two common voice mistakes:   delivering in a monotone and using “up talk.”

 

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Repeat After Us: Audience, Audience, Audience

 

Your presentation, proposal, or talk will only be as good as the quality of your audience analysis. 

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On Balance and Investing in Dreams

 

Keeping Dreams Alive:  Carrie Beckstrom, PowerSpeaking CEO, talks about finding a balance between workaday detail and working toward dreams.

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Q&A Sessions: Your Chance to Shine

Q&A Sessions: Your Chance to Shine

How you handle a question-and-answer session during or after a presentation can boost your credibility and reinforce your message—or not.  We have techniques to help.

Listen to Master Facilitator Sarah Palmer talk about two common mistakes presenters make when trying to address questions:

 

 

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Sharing Light on the Path

The magic of the many:  PowerSpeaking CEO and Chief Learning Officer, Carrie Beckstrom, shares some thoughts on learning from each other in new and creative ways.

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Confident Women Avoid These “Talk Traps”

Women who are powerful, inspiring speakers have a way of employing what we call the “3 Cs” of effective communication:  clarity, confidence, and courage. For some, the journey to mastering those 3 Cs has meant learning to overcome the most common language habits that tend to undermine women’s credibility in the workplace.

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Breaking Through 'The Real Glass Ceiling': Executive Power Culture

 

For decades, people of all backgrounds have sought to break through what they consider a "glass ceiling" to live up to their full potential at work. Often referring to the struggle for highly qualified women to break through an invisible, unspoken barrier and achieve the highest echelon of executive leadership, the question is what gets in the way. 

There are multiple reasons that quality candidates aren't promoted when they should be. While this glass ceiling may be in response to socially held prejudices and misconceptions (relating to gender, race, sexuality, and background), the basic obstacle that stands in the way of the promotion of many to senior and executive positions is simply the culture of power that permeates the highest levels of business leadership.

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Lean On Me: The Importance of Having a Sponsor When Presenting

You’ve been asked to present to upper management. You’ve done the research. You’ve worked hours to get everything to logically flow and the numbers to tie. When a subject matter expert is asked to present to decision makers, the hurdles can be a challenge. These spaces are typically "by invitation only," meaning that — regardless of how innovative your idea may be — you need someone on the inside to help steer the way. 

This is where a sponsor — another high-level decision maker who acts as your guide within these rooms — can be an invaluable asset. When making steps to put yourself in front of executives, business leaders, or other managers, a sponsor can be the difference between a cold, indifferent presentation environment and a warm room full of decision makers who are open to your ideas.

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