Next week we’ll enter our fourth year of blogging about topics designed to help you to become a more confident and polished speaker in presentations and media interviews. Guest authors also added their valuable perspectives.
You’ve helped guide us to the topics of most interest by your comments and the traffic each post generated. We’ll take this into account in planning our topics for 2015.
Drum Roll for the Top Three
Our tabulation revealed the top post by traffic: What is the Role of the Moderator in a Panel Discussion?
It is the moderator’s job to keep the audience engaged and the panelists on topic. If you’re moderating a panel in 2015, then you’ll definitely want to read her post.
Coming in second: Using Transition Phrases to Keep Your Audience Engrossed in Your Presentation. In this post we described how savvy speakers use Transition/Linking Phrases as the glue that holds their thoughts together so they can move seamlessly from one point to another.
Rounding out the top three: Fake it Till You Become it – the “Power Person” in the Room. The post gives examples of effective transition phrases that you could use when you’re planning your next presentation. We reported on a TED presentation “How Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are,” by Ann Cuddy, a social psychologist at Harvard.
Cuddy’s research shows that faking it actually works. As she says, “…when you pretend to be powerful, you are also more likely to feel powerful.” She says that body language, or “Power Poses,” have a demonstrable effect on how you feel about yourself and how others perceive you.
Other Favorites and Surprises
Other favorites were the posts that stimulated comments under the post, on social networks like LinkedIn, or verbal feedback from our clients and friends.
Members of LinkedIn Groups had a lot to say about our post What is That Elusive Thing Called Executive Presence? It’s hard to define, and everyone has his own opinion.
As former United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said when he couldn’t find words to describe obscenity in a film, “I know it when I see it.”
Author Sylvia Ann Hewlett “cracked the code,” as she put it, as the result of her survey of 4,000 professionals and interviews of corporate leaders. Executive presence, she says, rests on three pillars:
- Gravitas: How you act
- Communication: How you speak
- Appearance: How you look
News Flash: You Can’t Fake Being Authentic was another post that stimulated a lot of interest. You demonstrate authenticity by your behavior. You have to be who you say you are. You can’t fake it. This doesn’t contradict Ann Cuddy. It’s not enough to be authentic, you need to communicate your authority by feeling powerful and through your body language.
Talk About What You Know and What You’re Known For, a post about serving as a panelist, urged speakers not to be bullied into speaking about something they don’t know. It may be tempting to accommodate the moderator’s needs, but you can’t be an expert on a topic in which you have no authenticity or ownership.
Other Popular Posts
Our blog traffic and comments provide us with important information about the subjects that are of most interest to our readers.
We’ve heard you and will be writing more about the topics that you indicated are of most interest to you.
Please let us know in the comment box below if there is a topic you’d like us to write about relating to giving presentations or handling interviews with the media.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!