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What's your silver lining in the Covid era? Oct 14, 2020

As cruel and painful as Covid-19 is, it has also brought some new opportunities to some businesses. As the old saying goes, 'every cloud has a silver lining.'

So Covid is also a world of silver linings for those who have embraced one of the big...

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3 keys to social media success: be helpful, human, humble Oct 12, 2020

Your business goal when using social media, according to Phil Gerbyshak, should be “to sell with social media not on social media.” LinkedIn, specifically, “should not be a resumé. It should be a connector between you and...

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How simply can you express your big idea? planning Sep 14, 2020

When it comes to a speech or presentation, the concept of ‘planning’ means different things to different people. For some, the planning process involves thinking about designing slides, or finding ways to interact with the audience....

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Why virtual presenting is so tough Sep 14, 2020

Virtual presentations and speeches are tough. You need to master framing, lighting, audio, and audience engagement techniques before you get to your content and your delivery.

And you have to cope with almost no control over your audience, with...

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Creative solutions to WFH Sep 14, 2020

For environmental activist Steve Masters, working from home means working from a tree house. Since May the tree house has been both his home and his base for campaigning on environmental issues.

He’s using a laptop tethered to his mobile...

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The Virtual Speaker online course now available virtual presenter Sep 14, 2020

I’m so excited to tell you about the launch of my new Virtual Speaker online training course.

With so many people working from home, the virtual meeting has become an integral part of the work day. In fact it’s so familiar, a lot of...

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What makes for a compelling media interview? media interviews Sep 11, 2020

A popular business-oriented program on the BBC in recent years has been CEO Secrets. For five years the show has invited business leaders to share their inspirational advice in short videos.

On the show’s fifth anniversary, and with 200...

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Leaders "still reluctant" to embrace the power of story storytelling Aug 17, 2020

We just posted an article on this blog about how the World Economic Forum regards storytelling as a key part of ‘flattening the curve’ and enabling hospitals to cope with the influx of Covid-19 patients when the pandemic was at its...

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Why our brains struggle with virtual meetings virtual meetings Aug 16, 2020

One of the big drawbacks about communicating in the virtual world is the lack of feedback. In particular, the screeen-to-screen format neutralizes our ability to pick up the cues and clues of body language we depend on in face-to-face encounters.

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Introducing the Virtual Speaker course Aug 16, 2020

Not so long ago as a speaker you just had to worry about your content and making a connection to your live audience.

Oh, and maybe you worried a little about your slides looking good.

Now you have to juggle all of this, plus worry about your...

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Speaking styles need to change in virtual world virtual meetings Aug 16, 2020

I’m just putting the finishing touches to my new online presentations skills course, The Virtual Speaker.

As I’ve been researching and creating the four lessons in The Virtual Speaker, it’s been interesting to see just how much...

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Combining story and data to save lives storytelling Aug 16, 2020

The World Economic Forum has published an interesting article on lessons the Covid-19 crisis can teach us about communicating important topics to a wide audience when the information you are sharing could be seen as dry data.

The article says...

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