Breaking Free: 4 Things Nervous, Over-Preparing Presenters Can Do to Calm Down and Engage

Nervous presenter hides behind sheet of paper

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 different things. For example, One of the presenters hated being the center of attention, so speaking to groups increased her anxiety. One was a non-native… Read more »

Eye Contact and Pausing… Is That All You Got?!

Engagement requires the intentional use of eye contact and pausing

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 contact and pausing in order to get yourself engaged in the conversation. When we talk about being engaged as a presenter, we’re… Read more »

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. If you’ve been in business for any length of time, you know that some presenters are NOT engaged in the process. Not only are their presentations hard to listen… Read more »

2 Levels of Success in Business Communication

Originally published on Training Industry’s blog May 23, 2016 As a leader, you expect the people you work with to communicate effectively and efficiently. Too often, they don’t. Meetings waste time. Presentations fail to persuade and sometimes seem pointless. Employees disengage, and everyone dreads the next meeting. Much of this could be avoided if people remembered that all business… Read more »

The Orderly Conversation: 4 Ways to Make Presenting to Leadership Easier

      As talent development professionals, it’s essential for us to communicate effectively both inside and outside the training room. Our success and reputation depend on it. Too often—especially when communicating to business leadership—we miss the mark. We might fail to speak the language of the business, frustrating our listeners. Sometimes we’re not as… Read more »

Taking Time is a Sign of Respect

In our business presentation workshops, we sometimes do an exercise in which we stretch the length of a pause—way beyond what would ever be comfortable or necessary—in order to show our learners how pausing helps eliminate a variety of presentation habits they want to avoid. We also teach people that in a presentation or meeting… Read more »

First, Build Trust With a Solid Frame

Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy is quoted in an interesting short piece at businessinsider.com. She says that radiating a sense of trustworthiness and warmth is actually more important in building good business relationships than projecting competence, at least initially. This fits with Turpin’s focus on creating a solid frame to introduce your presentation. Of… Read more »