Posts Tagged ‘ tips for first-time presenters ’

Tie Your Topic to the Vital Interests of Your Audience

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June 20, 2014
Tie Your Topic to the Vital Interests of Your Audience

Tweet Dale Carnegie knew that the most effective way to open a presentation or public speech is to go straight to the personal interests of the audience. It is the most assured way to get attention, as we are mightily interested in the things that touch us significantly. In his book, “How to Develop...
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A Subtle Way to Influence People

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May 26, 2014
A Subtle Way to Influence People

Tweet Colonel Edward M. House wielded an enormous influence in national and international affairs while Woodrow Wilson occupied the White House. Wilson leaned upon Colonel House for secret counsel and advice more than he did upon even members of his own cabinet. What method did the colonel use in influencing the President? Fortunately, we...
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Top 5 Questions to Prepare for When Going on an Interview

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April 12, 2014
Top 5 Questions to Prepare for When Going on an Interview

Tweet It’s human nature to be nervous about an upcoming interview. Besides trying to find out all you can about the company you need to present yourself in the best light possible and prove that you’d be a valuable asset. The anxiety that comes with interviewing can be lessened, however, if you remember that...
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Get The Other Person Saying, “Yes” Immediately

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June 7, 2013
Get The Other Person Saying, “Yes” Immediately

Tweet Projects rarely move forward and new initiatives are rarely successful if you do not have cooperation from your team. A great technique to build cooperation among team members is to help your team better understand why and how the project or initiative can positively effect them. One way to do that is to...
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It’s Important to Think Before You Speak

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February 4, 2013
It’s Important to Think Before You Speak

Tweet Choosing our words wisely is more important than ever with social media dominating our communication, both professionally and personally. Especially if you’re at all in the public eye, the moment you say something your words could go viral. Just ask Superbowl MVP, Jersey Joe Flacco, quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens. When asked last...
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Seven Steps to Improved Communication Skills

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January 29, 2013
Seven Steps to Improved Communication Skills

Tweet No matter what your responsibilities are on the job, communication skills are essential for communication with clients, customers, and co-workers. And that’s especially true these days, where advanced technologies and complex software packages are often responsible for monitoring operations and keeping businesses solvent. It’s no wonder, therefore, that communication skills are one of...
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Raise Your Powers of Observation—Remember People’s Names

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January 7, 2013
Raise Your Powers of Observation—Remember People’s Names

Tweet In his book, “How to Develop Self-Confidence & Influence People by Public Speaking,” Dale Carnegie tells the following story about New Jersey’s own Thomas Edison and the powers of observation: Thomas Edison found that twenty-seven of his assistants had used, every day for six months, a certain path which led from his lamp...
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Focusing on the Positives in Customer Service

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November 19, 2012
Focusing on the Positives in Customer Service

Tweet Is the customer really “always right?” As much as this mantra has been force fed to us all our lives, the answer, of course, is no. There are many situations where the customer simply cannot have what they want. The product or service that they desire may no longer exist, or it may...
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Summarize Your Points—Even in a Short Speech

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September 11, 2012
Summarize Your Points—Even in a Short Speech

Tweet Even in a short talk of three to five minutes a speaker is very apt to cover so much ground that at the close the listeners are a little hazy about all his main points. However, few speakers realize that. They are misled into assuming that because these points are crystal clear in...
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How to Open a Talk

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August 13, 2012
How to Open a Talk

Tweet Dale Carnegie once asked Dr. Lynn Harold Hough, formerly president of Northwestern University, what was the most important fact that his long experience as a speaker had taught him. After pondering for a minute, he replied, “To get an arresting opening, something that will seize the attention immediately.” Dr. Hough planned in advance...
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