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The Value of Discomfort and Dissonance in Presentations

We live in a world of immediate gratification, constant engagement and the never-ending pursuit of comfort. From our abiding attachment to the smartphones we collectively check nearly 8 billion times a day to the streaming music and video services that provide us 24/7 access to the media we love on demand, effective presentation skills rely on pulling people's focus from these distractions and getting them to actively listen. If it is a topic built around data knowledge and subject matter expertise, this can be a significant challenge.

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6 Tips to Take Your Presentation to the Next Level in 2016

Building your Presentation Skills Muscles in 2016

With a new year upon us, most of us resolve to eat healthier, visit the gym, do more yoga or set other goals. 2016 also offers a chance to strengthen habits and skills for presentations during the coming year. Here are 6 easy, fun tips to take your presentation skills to the next level in 2016.

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Top 5 Tips For Successful Holiday Toasts

December means holiday parties at work and with loved ones, and plenty of chances to make a toast. Whatever you do, don’t re-enact the famous scene from the film “Bridesmaids,” where Kristen Wiig attempts to out-toast nemesis Rose Byrne at their best friend’s bridal shower. We offer these 5 strategies to make your toasts memorable:

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Hook 'Em in With Impactful Openings

End of year means holiday time, and also the arrival of Oscar film season, too. Consider your favorite films, and you know that movies use great openings to hook in viewers. So too, stand out presenters craft talk openings to engage audiences and hook them in.

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Whether you are prepping a quick project update to your group, for an all hands meeting or conference talk, here are 5 tips to hook ‘em in and keep them listening:

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Top 5 Strategies to Handle A Difficult Question Like A Pro

During this election and debate season, we see some “artful dodgers” onstage when politicians choose to avoid responding to questions they’d rather not answer. Presenters in business face difficult questions too. How can you respectfully handle questions during a presentation?

Consider these 5 strategies:

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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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10 Proven Tips to Handle Question and Answer Sessions

Your speech is over. Now the hard part starts: the question- and-answer period. This is when you have the special challenge of looking confident and prepared,

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Dealing With Challenging Questions

Imagine this situation: you have just completed a high-stakes presentation to a large and responsive audience. You put in weeks of preparation.

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Five Game-Changing Principles of Presenting Slides

What drives you bonkers with slide presentations? What are your three top frustrations?

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The Memorial Service

There may come a time when you are asked to organize a memorial service or  a "celebration of life" for a dear friend or relative.

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