Category Archives: Bits & Pieces

Whatever your profession, you also need to be a professional communicator. ETC is pleased to share these essential Bits & Pieces to help you polish those skills.

Beat Your Nerves

‘The Confident Speaker – Beat Your Nerves and Communicate at Your Best in Any Situation’ by Harrison Monarth and Larina Kase, McGraw Hill, 2007.

Very thorough detail about managing Presentation Anxiety and basic skills with lots of suggestions and techniques.

Speak with Passion!

‘Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.’ – D. H. Lawrence, early 20th century British novelist, poet and playwright.

‘You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.’ – John Ford, 20th century American Academy Award winning film director.

‘Speak when you are angry – and you will make the best speech you’ll ever regret.’ – Laurence J. Peter, 20th century Canadian author and educator.

‘I understand a fury in your words, but not the words.’ – William Penn, 17th century English philosopher, entrepreneur and founder of Pennsylvania.

 

 

Get My Point?

A reader just asked me what I thought of using a laser pointer with his slides. I started the conversation with ‘Don’t let the technology tail wag the presenter dog’. The rest of my comments:
One major downside of using this tool is the need to look at the screen when using it. I’ve already ranted about avoiding turning your back on the audience to read a slide to them. Using the laser pointer has the same effect – loss of eye contact and connection.
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Handouts vs. Slides

A client recently asked for some advice about a common practice with handouts. He noted that presenters often give audience members hard copies of their slides so they can take notes or use as a handout. My comments:
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More Great Reads

Looks like last month’s summary of business books recently mentioned in my site’s ‘BookShelf’ section was a hit, as several of you asked for more. So, my pleasure to add some workplace communication-related titles to your summer reading list … and thanks for asking. Read More »

What Are Your Strengths?

A reader involved in a job search just asked how to best answer the typical interview question ‘What are your strengths?’ This is a critical question because it usually comes early in the interview process, helps project focus and value and sets the tone of rest of the interview.  

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A Very Unique Request

Regular readers know how much I love to rant about ineffective word choices, so please humor me about ‘very unique’. ‘Unique’ can’t be modified. Ever. Period. Therefore ‘very unique’ is wrong, so is ‘somewhat unique’ and ‘really unique’. Read More »

Our Literary Giants

Our 19th century American literary giants really understood the power of communication. We can still learn a lot from them.

‘Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall’. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809 – 1894, poet, lecturer and author.

‘Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803 – 1882, essayist, lecturer and poet.

‘Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.’ – Herman Melville, 1819 – 1891, novelist, poet and short story writer.

Read Any Good Books Lately?

As busy business leaders, you face lots of challenges doing your jobs or running or your businesses. One of the most important challenges is the need for on-going professional education. We may recognize the importance of Life Long Learning, but who has the time and energy to do any of it? Read More »

The Great Toastmaster on Presenting

Ralph C. Smedley, 20th century educator, was the founder of ‘Toastmasters International’, a speaking organization with more than 313,000 members in 126 countries and more than 14,650 individual clubs. Even back in 1919, he had a profound understanding of what it takes to be an effective presenter. Read More »

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