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World on Pause? Press Play on Staff Development

Want to know one of the most powerful factors that contribute to a business’ success? Consistency. And not just consistency in your product or service. But throughout the entire organization from the CEO to the receptionist. A report by Demand Metric found that 90% of business leaders said consistency was important but only 10% felt they were doing it—it’s a golden opportunity for your business to stand out. Take Apple as an example. They had revolutionary products. But imagine if Steve Jobs spoke like an awkward teenager and the marketing copied the corporate-feel of Microsoft. Or if the Apple stores […]

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How to Command the Room: A Public Speaking Coach Spills the Secrets

    As a public speaking coach, I’ve been told that I have presidential speaking skills. What does this mean? And have you ever wondered what makes presidents historically remarkable speakers? Why do they orate a cut above the rest of us? We know that presidents are masters of inspiration. One look at a list of past presidential quotes proves their talents to persuade, engage, and urge the people to accomplish great feats. Why not take speech writing lessons from past presidents? After all, creating a powerful speech is a large part of the presidential job description. They have to […]

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3 Steps to Learn to Enjoy Public Speaking

It’s no secret that most folks loathe having to speak in public. Many CEOs and even Warren Buffett admits to struggling with fear. But what if you could move past the fear and actually enjoy the experience? It’s a wild suggestion, I know. But I’m here to convince you that by adjusting your mindset, you can move from loathing that presentation to loving it. The Risks. Why would anyone skydive? It’s terrifying: you can’t breathe, you’re unprotected, and your blood pressure is, well, stratospheric. Why subject yourself to such strain? For the payoff. For the feeling of freeing yourself–if only just for a moment–from the […]

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Public Speaking Tips to Improve Your Presentation Skills - Ultimate Guide

Public Speaking Tips to Improve Your Presentation Skills – Ultimate Guide

Chapter 1: How to Prepare for a Presentation   Chapter 2: How To Start A Speech With A Great Introduction   Chapter 3: How To Create Meaningful Content In Your Presentation   Chapter 4: Visual Aids: Utilizing Visuals to Engage Your Audience   Chapter 5: Mastering Body Language   Chapter 6: How To End Your Speech With Authority   No matter where you’re at in your career or what industry you work in, you will always benefit from developing public speaking and presentation skills. We created this ultimate guide as your pathway to becoming a powerful and confident speaker. It will […]

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Presentation Skills Training 101: Put a Ring On It! How to Engage Your Audience

Phase 1: You’ve prepared your speech. You’ve nailed the introduction. Your content is relevant and compelling. Phase 2: Now, you must continue your presentation skills training bootcamp and learn how to make all of this great content actually fun and enjoyable for your audience! See, the greatest supplement to a powerful presentation, is, well, a powerful presentation that engages your audience. Guy Kawasaki of Apple suggests the “10-20-30” rule to avoid the “Death By Powerpoint” fatality: No more than 10 slides: The slides are meant to be a supplement to the presentation, not the presentation itself. They should essentially be […]

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What Should I Know? And How Do I Do It? Thoughtful Presentation Tips

Well, quite frankly, there is a LOT that you should know about becoming a great public speaker. We have plenty of presentation skills training and talented coaches at Moxie Institute who can guide you through this process but for the purposes of this article, we’ve curated some of our fundamental presentation tips to get you started! Prepare Like You’re Going to The Grammys If you were going to be the MC at the 2020 Grammys, you probably would take your presentation skills training very seriously. Why? Because there’s going to be a lot of important people and a lot of […]

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Is Presentation Skills Training for Me?

The answer is ABSOLUTELY! Delivering great presentations and speaking with authority is a key business tool for virtually anyone whose career involves human interaction but especially those who are leaders in their profession. It may be as significant as volunteering to be the host for your company’s annual conference or as routine as directing client inquiries and questions to the appropriate personnel. Regardless of your field, communication skills will always be necessary in order to effectively present your content. If you are in a position where you are constantly presenting in front of clients, colleagues and customers, presentation skills training […]

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Sir Winston Churchill Had Stage Fright

Winston Churchill Had Stage Fright?

It might be one of the most fascinating, universal threads that tie us all together and assures us of our humanity – glossophobia. That’s just the fancy-schmancy scientific name for the “fear of public speaking”, especially when it comes to delivering great presentations. In fact, studies show that 73% of the population are all afraid of the same thing – each other. And funny enough, Winston Churchill, one of the greatest speakers of all time, experienced it too! Public speaking gurus like Churchill weren’t natural born speakers. To be honest, that’s technically not even a thing. Even if an individual […]

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Professional Public Speaking Coach Shares 3 Pet Peeves

Is there an e-mail trend that bugs you? Are there ridiculous phrases you can’t believe people actually say in business? It’s interesting that the most commonly voiced pet peeves involve communication. And although different pet peeves can be handled in different ways (like sharing them or simply moving on), wouldn’t it be good to nip them in the bud? Plus there are things you can’t ignore–sometimes, it’s not just you. Public speaking coaches are no different–we have pet peeves of our own. The worst kind of pet peeves, in fact: the ones that absolutely must be addressed. Find out my […]

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The Best Presenters Use These 3 Tricks to Ignite Your Presentation

It’s that time of year: Everyone is getting ready for school to start. Whether you’re currently a student, teacher, parent, or none of the above, going back to school conjures classroom memories for all of us. Book reports, oral presentations–some memories may be more pleasant than others. Talking to a classroom isn’t so different from running a team meeting: You’re still probably going to use a PowerPoint presentation to convey your message. But don’t just blindly dive for PowerPoint when it comes to visuals for your presentation. Learn how the pros do it and optimize your PowerPoint presentation for success. After all, you want […]

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4 Things Speakers Must do Before Delivering a Remarkable Presentation

What do athletes, actors and speakers have in common? They need to perform–and do it well. With every public speaking engagement, speakers need to “step up to the plate” and “hit their mark.” Eloquent delivery and an authoritative persona are part of the game. And the reason much of the same language is used to describe competent athletes, actors and speakers: it’s all part of the same game. But what exactly goes into preparing for that game? And how can we take cues from athletes in actors in our own performances? Read on for different ways to warm-up like the pros. After all, most […]

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The Power of Deliberate Practice

As humans, we’re better together. An ancient proverb puts it this way: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Today there’s no better way to stay sharp than a small-group masterclass. This post is the last of a three-part series. In the first, we saw why masterclasses can be so effective for growth. In the second, we saw the first two of three strategies for maximizing your masterclass experience. Today, we’d like to conclude by talking about the secret sauce of MOXiE’s Masterclasses: our systematic program for skill building. (We’re just 3 weeks away from the first Speak […]

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