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Need to Develop Your Speaking Skills?

Join our Speaking Skills Boot Camp for an intense speaking skills workout. In this half-day program you will participate in multiple speaking skills exercises that will get you up on your feet and before an audience. The objective is to practice a more dynamic and professional style of communicating that brings out your authentic self.…
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Keys to Business Storytelling

“People want story because story fits the mind. It is how the mind absorbs, sorts and structures reality.” Robert McKee Storytelling is an extremely effective way to share information with an audience. It makes complex data easier to understand. It can clarify or emphasize an important point. It also has more sticking power so your…
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Ideas to Engage Your Audience

Think back to the last presentation you heard.  Was it engaging and captivating?  Did you find yourself anticipating what was coming next? Were you pulled into the presentation by the presenter?  Most likely you answered no to all of these questions.  Unfortunately, most business presentations lack audience engagement and leave use feeling uninterested.  When you…
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Making it Concrete with Cookies

How can you bring pizzazz to a presentation that focuses primarily on financial or numerical data? Here's how Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's did it. To get people's attention, he created an animated short in which he described the deficit in terms of Oreo cookies and emailed it to a small group of people…
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Looking for a Way to Engage Your Audience?

If you have several topics you want to cover in your talk, how about getting your audience to help you announce the topics? Our client, Lee Roper-Batker, President of the Women's Foundation of Minnesota, used this method recently to great success. Lee recently spoke at a fundraising event where she introduced the five cornerstone initiatives…
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Leave Your Listeners With a Visual Image

When you want to convey the impact of numbers or statistics, it helps to leave your listeners with a visual image. Using charts or graphs is one way to do that, but it may not always be your most creative or effective choice. A young 28 year old man with Cystic Fibrosis was speaking at…
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Grab Attention with a Strong Opening

A strong opening engages the audience and leaves them wanting more. Using a prop helps to quickly focus your audience. One well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. The speaker asked, "Who would like this money?" Hands went up all over the room. After promising to give the money…
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Make Your Key Message Stand Out in Lights

How do you make sure that your audience walks away remembering your key message long after your presentation is over? Look for creative ways to deliver the message with props or by involving the audience. One of our clients used both of those techniques when she presented her company's unique 9-step process for creating client…
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Leave Them With a Lasting Visual Impression

How do you manage your time and set priorities? It's a large topic about which much could be said. One speaker found a way to deliver his key message so that it left a lasting impression with his audience. To make his point, the speaker pulled out a one gallon wide-mouthed mason jar and set…
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