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Active listening is key to successful communication active listening Nov 13, 2021

“We have two ears and one mouth. That is probably because listening is twice as hard as talking.” Anonymous

The more you listen, the better you’ll speak. Listen not only to the words spoken by the other person, but also to the...

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Why would you want to talk like TED? presentation skills ted talks Nov 12, 2021

By guest contributor Teri Kingston (pictured)

What is it about TED-style speaking that makes it so attractive and compelling? What exactly do organizers mean by ‘TED-style’ anyway? And why would I, a professional speaker, want to learn...

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How important is body language? body language Nov 08, 2021

You’ve got an important presentation coming up. You’re pitching an idea, and a lot is riding on the outcome. So which of the following do you focus on most in your preparation:

  • Your words?
  • Your slides?

How would you feel if I said...

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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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