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No Acting Please: 3 Key Ways To Be An Effective Presenter Without “Performing”

Any number of books and articles about business presentations focus on skills and outcomes that really belong to the world of theater. Such resources may tell you that you need to be entertaining,...
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4 Reasons to Break Annoying Presentation Habits BEFORE You Present

Often, our learners walk into Turpin workshops expecting to focus on the little habits that are hard to break: saying “um,” “uh,” “like,” or “you know” too much; using uptalk (that habit that...
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My Time Has Been Cut Short!

I was on LinkedIn today and ran across a discussion that caught my eye. The question that was posed was this: “You prepared a 30 minute presentation and when you arrived it was reduced to 20 minutes....
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What can I do about dry mouth?

Dry mouth can be a symptom of dehydration, so drink some water before you present. You also may want to cut back on caffeine before a presentation. Caffeine is a diuretic and can leave your mouth...
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People think I’m mad all the time. As it turns out, I just have a “thinking face.” Anything I can do?

This is a problem I’m very familiar with; I too have a “thinking face.” When I am deep in thought my face naturally gets a very stern look on it. I didn’t realize it until my colleagues kept asking...
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FAQs - Jul 16, 2012

I have a hard time making recommendations to the highest level people in my company. It seems presumptuous.

I understand what you mean. It can feel really awkward making recommendations to your executives. But keep a few things in mind.
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FAQs - Jun 11, 2012

During a persuasive presentation, when should you make your recommendation?

It’s a good idea to state your recommendation (or solution) in the introduction of your presentation because it makes it easier for your audience to listen. Once you’ve told them what you want them to do (or believe) after your...
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FAQs - May 29, 2012

My boss likes to jump in and take over. It’s embarrassing. What can I do?

The answer to this question has everything to do with your relationship to your boss. You may not be able to do anything about this behavior.
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FAQs - Apr 23, 2012

How can I keep my enthusiasm where it needs to be?

There is no one-size-fits-all solution; different people need to do different things to increase their enthusiasm. Here are some things to consider.
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FAQs - Apr 2, 2012

I Want To Use A Podium. Is That OK?

The short answer is yes. There’s nothing inherently wrong with a podium or lectern. In some situations they’re necessary. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
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