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Getting Presentations Started: How to set context and manage nervousness

Many presenters ask us about the best way to get their presentations started. They say that once the conversation gets going, they’re fine. But getting through the opening is always uncomfortable....
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Is Nervousness Limiting Your Career?

For some business presenters, nervousness is a temporary condition. When they’ve moved past the first few minutes, their nerves seem to float away.
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4 Things Nervous, Over-Preparing Presenters Can Do to Calm Down and Engage

I recently delivered a workshop for eight very nervous presenters. They were a great group and talked very frankly about their worries and concerns about presenting. Their nervousness stemmed from...
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Eye Contact and Pausing… Is That All You Got?!

Some time back, Dale and I were the guest speakers on a webinar. The topic was about how we’ve redefined business presentations as Orderly Conversations. We were talking about the use of eye...
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Successful Presenters Engage People in a Conversation

As a presenter, when you are engaged in the conversation, you are connected to your thoughts and externally focused on the people you are speaking with.
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FAQs - Oct 6, 2015

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, invent a presentation...
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Managing Nerves - Sep 23, 2015

What we wish everyone knew about presentation anxiety

Last week I was working with a nervous workshop participant. Let’s call him Nate. Nate said that his biggest concern when presenting was nervousness. “What sort of nervousness is it?” I asked since nervousness is caused by...
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Managing Nerves - May 6, 2015

Obligatory Sports Metaphor Blog Post

As I’ve been coaching both new and seasoned business presenters, two particular athletic analogies have proven really useful. (Full disclosure: I know stuff about sports, but it’s hardly my pastime of choice.) See if these...
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Facilitation - Sep 2, 2014

4 Ways to Avoid Being a Soul-crushing Facilitator

Last weekend I was reminded yet again of how poorly people understand the art of facilitating group discussions. Backstory I participated in a meeting made up of leaders of various professional organizations in Chicago. Our...
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Managing Interactions - Jun 30, 2014

A New Definition of Presentation Success

Why a Performance Approach to Business Presentations Doesn’t Work Presentations should not be confused with speeches. Speeches are a type of performance. Presentations are a type of conversation. That’s why we’ve redefined...
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