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Make Better Presentations By Putting The Key Info In The First Minute

Put your presentation’s important information in the first minute to grab your audience’s attention. You’ll engage people more by showing them why they should listen — and make for a better presentation in the process.

How I Got Over Being Shy And Embraced Talking To People I Don't Know

I once showed up to a party alone, before any of my friends arrived. Instead of mingling, I hid in the bathroom to kill time and avoid talking to strangers. Embarrassing but true. For a shy person, social interaction can be a stomach-churning, anxiety-filled experience. It was for me, but I was able to get it under control with some work and become comfortable talking to strangers.

Practise Your Moves For A Presentation On Newspaper

When we’re uncomfortable in front of an audience, we tend to pace, sway, or otherwise move in detracting ways. One TED speaker coach offers advice for moving better on stage — the secret is newspaper.

Looney Tunes Animator Chuck Jones On Being Funny: It's About Delivery

Having a good sense of humour can make you more charismatic and become the type of person people like to be around. Being funny isn’t always easy, however, and legendary animator Chuck Jones believes the main ingredient is how you say or do something — not what you say or do.

Defeat Awkward Silences With Laughter

High-pressure situations and normal social interactions alike lend themselves to awkward pauses. When you don’t know what else to do, make ’em laugh.

A Shy Person's Guide To Making Yourself Heard In A Group Conversation

Some folks have the gift of gab and know exactly how to run a conversation in a group setting, but some of us feel as if we’re being ignored. Here are a few tips to help you jump into a group conversation and actually be a part of it.

Memorise A Speech With A 'Key Image'

You already know you don’t want to read a speech verbatim from a screen or notes. You could memorise the speech word-for-word, but not everyone is able to do that — and it isn’t natural. Instead, use “key images” to remember your important points.

How To Calm Your Nerves Before Making A Terrifying Speech

Speaking in front of other people — even a small group — can be nerve-wracking. You feel anxious, terrified that you’ll make a fool of yourself. While the butterflies may never go away completely, there are still some things you can do to help clear your head before your big moment.

Craft A Better Presentation With Zombie Apocalypse Principles

We’ve all daydreamed about how we’d react if the undead began rise from their graves and the zombie apocalypse commenced. It would take quick thinking, careful planning and grace under pressure. Oddly enough, these are the same principles it takes to craft an effective presentation.

The Three Main Factors For Giving Good Advice

Giving advice can be a sticky situation. You want people to act on your advice, but you also don’t want to come across as a know-it-all. Here are three main factors to consider when you really want someone to heed your words.

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