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7 tips to improve online presentations virtual meetings Oct 13, 2021

I just saw some frightening statistics about online meetings. Video conferencing increased by more than 500% last year. We spend on average 10 hours a week in virtual meetings. And 90% of people are multi-tasking while they’re online.

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How to become a TED star presentation skills Oct 12, 2021

If you make presentations or give speeches on a regular basis, I’m pretty sure you’ll have looked for tips from some TED Talks contributors. The TED Talks have become a gold standard for presentations, and some of the presenters have...

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Overcoming barriers to communications Oct 11, 2021

“Have you got some toe rubbers,” I asked my British fiancé when he was coming from London, England, to Ottawa on a January day way back when. 

It was cold and slippery in Ottawa, but there was no snow. So men wore rubber...

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How to ace your media interviews media interviews Oct 10, 2021

A media interview is still a great way to get your message in front of a large audience. But it can be intimidating, especially if you’ve not been in front of microphones or cameras before.

So here’s a primer on how to succeed in any...

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If you’re going to dream, dream crazy big leadership Oct 10, 2021

Nadja Piatka is an inspiration. Not so long ago her marriage was over, she had two children, no job, and she was hiding from debt collectors. Now she presides over a $20 million success story.

I had the chance to interview Nadja this week, for the...

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You can speak - but can you sell? marketing Sep 16, 2021

Super-salesman Tom Abbott (above) doesn’t have much sympathy with the argument that if the content in your presentation or speech is really good, it will sell itself.

His response is blunt: “Great. You’ll be the best speaker...

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Hybrid working: good or bad? hybrid working Sep 15, 2021

Hybrid working - combining working from home with trips into the office - has been celebrated as the future of work. Employees are happy to avoid long commutes, and enjoy spending more time with family and friends. Some studies show more than...

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Is your NIB showing over emails? emails Sep 15, 2021

If you’ve ever taken offence at an email from a friend or colleague, is it possible you are simply suffering from NIB - ‘negative intensification bias’?

We spend a lot of time in our offices, or home offices. And a lot of that...

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Time to re-think your speaking style? presentation skills Sep 14, 2021

Are you using an outdated model when you’re thinking about how best to make your message stick with an audience?

Traditionally, speakers have believed they can make their messages stick if they understand how people learn. For years...

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What colour is your speech? presentation skills Sep 13, 2021

What colour is your speech? That’s the eyebrow-raising headline over a new blog by the always-interesting Nick Morgan. Nick is one of North America’s top communication theorists and coaches, and someone who has been a guest contributor...

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How TalkitOut improves speakers - fast presentation skills public speaking Aug 16, 2021

Our TalkitOut Technique changes the way you prepare, the way you deliver, and the way audiences respond to, speeches and presentations.

It’s based on a simple reality… that we all communicate in two very different ways.

  • We use...
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How to write a better bio writing Aug 14, 2021

Someone asked the other day if I would look at his biography. He had to submit it for some promotional purpose, so he asked if I thought he’d done a good job.

I told him it would be great for a bad obituary. It was dull, a litany of...

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