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Guidelines for virtual meetings virtual meetings zoom Apr 29, 2020

Remember the pre-pandemic days when you spent most of your time attending meeting after meeting after meeting?

How often did you complain those meetings were a waste of time or kept you from getting any work done?

Well, meetings have not gone...

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Webcam Tip # 2 Apr 29, 2020

Last week I shared the first of a series of short video tips on how to look good when you are using Zoom or any of the other video-conferencing apps. That first tip was about how to change your computer position to give a more flattering...

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Speakers need to adjust to a ‘hybrid’ future covid meetings Apr 26, 2020

If you are a trainer, facilitator, speaker or event organizer you would have loved an event I had the good fortune to MC last week.

The bottom line, according to Kristin Arnold, one of the guest speakers, was that the speaking and presentations...

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Webcam Tip #1 Apr 14, 2020

Halina St James, founder of Podium Coaching and creator of the Presentations Masterclass training program, launches the first of a series of short video tips to help you thrive in our new Covid-19 world of working from home and communicating...

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Release your creativity: count some clouds, dream creativity Apr 13, 2020

Do you sometimes feel guilty about day-dreaming? You know how it happens: you are sitting at your work station, but you are looking out the window and your mind is on a beach, or a mountain top, or simply counting clouds.

Suddenly a bossy little...

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The world has changed: are you ready for the new one? meetings Apr 13, 2020

100 days, and our world has changed. 100 days ago we had no idea what was about to engulf us.

So much has happened in such a rush lately, it’s hard to believe it’s only 100 days since the first person fell ill with what we now call...

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Crisis communications lessons from Covid-19 crisis communication Apr 11, 2020

Clarity, transparency, openness, responsiveness. Four qualities essential for effective communications during a crisis.  We’ve been looking at how three countries’ responses to the Covid-19 pandemic stack up against those...

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A quick test to help you find your voice voice Apr 10, 2020

John Prine has died of complications from Covid-19. He was a masterful singer-songwriter, with a remarkable ability to make you laugh one moment and rip your heart out the next. I mention him because he possessed a very distinct...

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Covid-19 crisis: turn a negative into a positive Mar 19, 2020

If you are not ready to watch the video at the moment, here's the script:

We are all experiencing a new 'normal' as we deal with the Covid-19 virus. I want to share a couple of thoughts and suggestions.

First of all take care of yourself and your...

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Why good speakers need to be good listeners listening skills Mar 13, 2020

Your success as a speaker depends in large measure on your skills as a listener.

‘What? I’m the speaker. I’m talking to the audience. They’re listening to me. What am I supposed to be listening to?’

Oh, there’s...

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Eight ways to ruin a presentation public speaking Mar 13, 2020

Many speakers dream of the chance to give a TED talk, standing in front of an audience of 1400, following in the footsteps of such acclaimed performers as Sir Ken Robinson and Jill Bolte Taylor.

Chris Anderson, the CEO of TED, says he thinks of a...

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How to give your audiences what they want planning Mar 12, 2020

Our courses and books and blogs are full of great advice for improving your speeches and presentations: tell more stories, use more pauses, be more conversational, make strong eye contact, don’t overload slides with text.

But please...

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