Your Favorite Blog Posts from The Newman Group in 2013

Where did the past year go? It seems like yesterday that the President was re-elected and inaugurated for a second term. In January, we were looking ahead to this year.

Now 52 weeks and 52 blog posts later we decided to review the topics that generated the most traffic. We were curious to know the posts that got a big “thumbs up” from our readers.

The “Big Three”

The winning post – which had double the traffic of number two – was about the role of the moderator in a panel discussion. Power Words Our guest author, Denise Restauri, is founder and CEO of GirlQuake, and a columnist for Forbes.com.

The moderator may be the most important presenter on the panel, because it is her role, Denise said, to engage the audience and keep the panelists on topic. This is a post you will most definitely want to read if you’ll be moderating a panel in 2014. Here is the link: What is the Role of the Moderator in a Panel Discussion?

Coming in at number two was Use Power Words in Presentations and Media Interviews. Our advice is to banish tentative words such as “I think” and replace them with power words like “I’m convinced.”

We had fun writing number three, How a Famous Quote Can Turn a Good Performance into a Memorable One. John F. Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” entered the lexicon as one of the most famous Presidential quotes of all time.

Our Favorites and the Surprises

We had our own favorites and some surprises. Mostly they were the posts that generated a large number of comments either under the post, on social networks like LinkedIn or verbal feedback from our clients and friends.

All hell broke loose when we published Should You Take Drugs to Overcome Your Fear of Speaking? Pill Bottle Many people thought we were advocating the use of drugs. We weren’t. We were simply suggesting that a speaker should visit his doctor to determine if a beta blocker might possibly help relieve severe anxiety over speaking in public or participating in a media interview.

We got a lot of fun feedback for one of my favorite posts, To Hug or Not to Hug: That is the Dilemma. Have you noticed everyone is hugging when they meet? Shaking hands has become so passé.

Other popular posts and among our favorites were:

How to Pitch the Media in an Email

Using Transition Phrases to Keep Your Audience Engrossed in Your Presentation

How to Succeed in Business by Overcoming Your Fear of Change

How to Answer Questions From a Reporter Without Messing Up

Body Language Speaks Louder Than Words

How to Give Feedback Without Reducing Someone to Tears

hug-happy-smile The traffic our blogs generate gives us important market intelligence about the subjects that are of most interest to our readers.

We heard you and next year we’ll be expanding on our most popular topics. If you’d like us to write about a particular issue relating to presentations or media interviews, please let us know in the comment box below.

Happy New Year!

 

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