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7 Wasted Words to Wash From Your Vocabulary

Last week’s post about purging the word particular spawned many discussions and questions regarding other wasted words. Connections and friends through LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter shared their own stories of worthless words.  Read more

Wacky Word of the Week: Purge this Particular Word

Thanks to all of you who have been commenting and adding to our wacky-word conversation these past few months. Please continue to post your questions and share your examples. This week’s wacky-word winner is particular. Read more

The Do’s and Don’ts of Using Humor During a Presentation

Audience members tend to gravitate toward speakers who highlight their presentations with humor, and they prove to be more receptive to the overall message. However, humor has its share of do’s and don’ts: Read more

What if Someone Falls Asleep During Your Presentation?

Let’s deal with a potentially embarrassing meeting participant: the napper. Have you ever had someone fall asleep during one of your presentations? What do you do if there is a snoozer in the room? Read more

What Should I Wear for a Presentation?

As it pertains to your overall executive presence, these are the most common questions participants in my live seminars ask about what to wear for a presentation: Read more

Lose the Lectern During Your Next Presentation

You don’t want a barrier standing between you and your audience. They won’t feel as close a connection with you. Instead of blocking your body by standing behind it, turn the lectern to a slight 45-degree angle and stand to the side of it. That way you are in full view of your audience, and you still can peek nonchalantly at your notes if you need them. You also have access to the lectern microphone if that’s your only amplifying option. Read more