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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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Featured Managing Nerves

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...
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Featured Preparation

It’s Not That You Made a Mistake, It’s How You Recover

Recently, I had an opportunity to observe Greg coaching a very Type-A businessperson. In her one-on-one session, the question arose of how to deal with mistakes. During her in-class presentation...
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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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Featured Managing Interactions

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....
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Presentation Rules - Feb 17, 2014

9 Habits of Highly Effective Business Presenters

A friend and fellow ATD Chicagoland board member sent this article to me, 9 Habits of Highly Effective Speakers, and asked what I thought. If you don’t feel like reading the whole thing, here is a snapshot of the nine “habits.”
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Managing Nerves - Feb 13, 2013

Just Because You Said It Doesn’t Mean It Was Heard

“I swear I said that they’d see incremental sales growth,” said Angela as she sat down to review her video with me. Angela was a participant in a recent Mastering Your Presentations workshop. Dale Ludwig was the lead...
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Presentation Rules - Sep 10, 2012

Six Red Flags for Business Presenters

  I was on Linkedin this morning reading updates. While I was there, I saw a link to a blog that made me cringe. It was a post about how to deliver a perfect presentation. I clicked on it and saw, as I suspected, that every...
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Presentation Rules - Feb 10, 2011

Practicing Is NOT the Way to Go

For the past few weeks I’ve been doing a lot of writing. The winter months are always a good time for that. My writing project is a book for business presenters. It began as a simple update and expansion of the Reference Guide...
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Preparation - Apr 19, 2010

Successful Presenting Starts with Understanding Your Default Approach

One thing that sets Turpin apart from other presentation skills training companies is that we think of presentations as Orderly Conversations, because they share characteristics with both writing and conversation. Like a written...
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