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Make Your Stance Sizzle!

How you stand when presenting can harness physical power and project confidence, credibility and competence … or not. Because your audience only knows what it sees, your stance can be a great natural visual aid. It can also show nervousness or lack of confidence very quickly and clearly. So … look the part you’re playing – a confident and credible presenter … and make your Stance Sizzle. Read More »

Clarity & Brevity Both Rule!

Some of you have begun thinking more about the words you use in routine workplace writing.  If you identified lots of word choice habits, also good. If you asked yourself why you used a particular word or phrase and weren’t happy with your answers, then get ready to rock & roll. Many of you will benefit from some lessons learned on the journey towards more reader-centric word choices. Read More »

Your Elevator Speech Revisited

(A business reporter recently asked for my comments on ‘Elevator Pitches’. I was happy to share my expertise and experience and a summary of our conversation follows. )

FYI – I did indicate that I preferred ‘Elevator Speech‘ to ‘Elevator Pitch’. ‘Pitch‘ sounds like you’re trying to sell something. No one likes to be sold to. ‘Speech’ sounds like you want to share some information. Even though the difference in connotation is subtle, it can impact the mindset of the person doing it. Read More »

Success is in Your Hands

Looks like our summary of Gesturing ‘Worst Practices’ last month was a big hit, except for those people who though I was talking about them. As promised, this month we do a deep dive on Gesturing Best Practices that you can add to your Presenter Tool Kits to add dynamic Sizzle to your Gestures. So, hang on – it will be a fast ride. Read More »

Coping with Covid-19

So, this is our new Covid-19 reality. Many small businesses are temporarily surviving with some or all the staff working from home. Some are closed with dim prospects for ever reopening. 

Some are even flourishing, if their products or services are in greater demand now than they were in February, like florists, take-out only food shops, commercial cleaning firms and … liquor stores.   Read More »

Networking Through the Pandemic

Sure, it’s much harder to network when most business events are cancelled and we need social distancing. So, let’s look in the rear view mirror for a change and get back to ‘old school basics’. Read More »

Introverts Arise!

I recently got a call from a reader who admitted to being very introverted, but still wanted to improve his networking results.  I thought other introverts might benefit from what I shared, so here’s the essence of that conversation: Read More »

Communicating with Millennials

While Millennials have some generation-specific communication preferences, they have a lot more in common with other generations than differences, except for their use of technology. If communicating with them in your workplace presents a challenge, here are five ways to resonate with your 30-somethings readers or listeners. Read More »

Gestures that Sizzle

(This deep dive into the delivery skills that can make your presentations Sizzle deals with gestures. What you do … and don’t do … with your hands can project confidence, credibility and competence, or detract from it. Gestures can really add Sizzle to your Workplace Presenter Tool Kits.) Read More »

Make Your Eyes Sizzle!

(Here’s another deep dive into the physical and vocal delivery skills that can make your presentations sizzle and project an image of confidence, credibility and competence. So, let’s add eye contact that sizzles to your Workplace Presenter Tool Kits.) Read More »