presentations

Feel And Convey An Emotion To Kick Off Memorable Speeches

Public speaking is difficult in itself, and the perfect opening is even more so. The key is to figure out what emotion you want to convey first, and get into that mindset yourself to be convincing.


Start Presentations With A Mental Puzzle To Make A Great Impression

First impressions matter, and this is certainly true when you give a presentation. To get off on the right foot, try posing an intellectual question to engage your audience and get them thinking.


Learn The Formula To A Funny Story For Your Next Presentation

Unless you’re a natural comedian, it’s hard to come up with your own comedic material. This three-step formula helps anyone come up with an easily-scripted joke.


Learn How To Make Captivating Presentations With This Free Online Book

Communication guru Nancy Duarte helped us learn how to create and deliver presentations that don’t suck. Her acclaimed book, Resonate, is available online now for free in multimedia, touch-friendly form.


How The Right Presentation Can Get Investors Over The Line

Many small business experts agree that a ‘chasm’ exists within the early life stages of small businesses. What they mean by this is that within the first three to five years of a small business’ life, it will have to undergo some significant changes to successfully develop into a medium sized business, and enter the next stage of growth. For many businesses, a major focus at this stage is raising capital. It allows them to bring on more staff, purchase equipment, reach a broader market and start turning some of those small ideas into big realities.


Talk Like You're Reciting Phone Numbers For Perfect Speech Pace

Many of us rush through speeches because public speaking makes us nervous. You need to speak slowly for a good speech. To get that right, talk at the pace you would when telling someone a phone number.


Banish Nervousness When Speaking In Public: Remember It Feels Like Sex

If you’ve got stage fright, you’ll remember someone telling you “imagine the audience naked”. That advice makes sense if you realise that the symptoms of nervousness often match sexual arousal.


Learn How Speeches Differ From Essays For Better Presentations

Giving a speech is an art unto itself. If you haven’t done many of them before, it’s tempting to write down everything you want to say in essay form and read it aloud. Business blog HBR explains why this is a terrible idea.


Pace Your Speech By Slowing Down At The Vowels

When we’re nervous giving a speech, we often speak too fast. Slow yourself down by pausing on the vowels.


Put Your Best Line First For A Good Extemporaneous Speech

Even people who are unafraid of public speaking get uncomfortable when asked to talk off-the-cuff. In the few minutes before you have to go up on stage, think of the main line you want to say and lead with it.