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Want to design an engagement activity that works? Be specific in your instructions.

"Put the square thingy next to the other whatchamacallit, then turn a bit and lift it up to the right height. Repeat seven times.” What?? These instructions are far from clear and require too much deciphering and interpretation. It's highly unlikely that these directions will lead to the right outcome - in fact, they’ll probably… Continue reading Want to design an engagement activity that works? Be specific in your instructions.

Blog, content, Meetings, performance, Public Speaking, vocal variety

Slow down to keep your audience along for the ride

A comfortable speaking pace to listen to is about 120 words per minute. When we’re nervous or excited, we tend to speak faster. While a faster pace can come across as enthusiastic, speaking too quickly can be very challenging for your audience to listen to. If you speak too fast, your audience may stop listening or miss your point. Especially if your audience does not speak your "language."

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Zoom Doesn’t Mean Gloom: Keep Your Presentations Fun and Full of Energy in Front of a Virtual Audience

We are all speaking more on camera, whether we like it or not – on webinars, Zoom/Skype/Team calls and meetings. Presenting and speaking in this format is very different from presenting on a stage or in a meeting room. Now that you’re limited to a small screen, your audience misses that energy and expression that… Continue reading Zoom Doesn’t Mean Gloom: Keep Your Presentations Fun and Full of Energy in Front of a Virtual Audience

Blog, conferences, Preparation, training, Uncategorized

The Secret to a Winning Presentation

We all know the importance of practice to master anything in life. Whether it’s learning to play the piano, kicking a ball into the goal, or solving math equations.  The most accomplished musicians, athletes, and mathematicians have one thing in common: they practice, practice, practice. Regular, effective practice is invaluable. You can't hire someone to… Continue reading The Secret to a Winning Presentation

Blog, content, Preparation, storytelling

Breathe life into your stories

Stories sell: that’s what we’re told all the time. However, there’s an art to telling stories. If you tell a hypothetical story and don’t bring it to life, the audience won’t lean in and engage with the narrative. If your story lacks details, or the characters are flat and lifeless, the story’s message is unlikely… Continue reading Breathe life into your stories

Blog, performance, Preparation, Public Speaking

Pitch to impress: A how-to guide

Whether you like it or not, in business you need to pitch. In job interviews you’ll be asked a version of “tell me about yourself” – that’s a pitch. In a corporate environment you’ll need to get the board or stakeholders to buy into your project or idea – that’s a pitch. If you’re selling… Continue reading Pitch to impress: A how-to guide

Blog, body language, fear, performance, Preparation, Public Speaking, training, vocal variety

Get Performance Ready!

Get performance ready with this simple warm-up routine.   You wouldn’t launch into an intensive work-out session at the gym without doing a gentle warm up first, would you? We all know that if we don’t warm up our body before we use it, we are likely to injure ourselves. So why don’t we do… Continue reading Get Performance Ready!

Blog, interviews, Preparation

Bring the best YOU to the interview

Congratulations - you've been invited for a job interview for your dream job! That's already a great achievement. However, the real work is only just beginning. In order to impress in the interview and be actually be offered the job you need prepare, practice and perform. Download the interview preparation worksheet (aussi disponible en français)… Continue reading Bring the best YOU to the interview

Blog, conferences, Meetings, Preparation, Public Speaking, visual aids

Don’t give your power to the PowerPoint!

What’s the first thing most people do when they put a presentation together? They open PowerPoint or Keynote and start fiddling with fonts and begin copying and pasting large amounts of text from a written report. What’s the problem with these presentations? They’re boring! A presenter who recites information from text-heavy slide decks is not… Continue reading Don’t give your power to the PowerPoint!