Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Who’s the Fairest…it’s My Selfie!

Instagram SelfiesThe selfie craze started with the growth in popularity of Instagram. This photo-sharing site enables you to choose a filter to transform the look and feel of a self-image posted from your smart phone to Instagram or other social media networks.

President Obama made headlines when he took a selfie of himself, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron at Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

Selfies can serve a purpose in presenting yourself to the public, but there are guidelines you should follow, like …Read more…

Working the Stage and Staying “In the Moment” During a Presentation

Working the stage

Working the stage

Every presentation is also a performance. Like an actor you need to know your lines and stay “in the moment,” always in character and focusing on what you’re doing when you’re doing it.

Actors are trained to stay in the moment and not think about what they’re having for dinner after the show or lose their concentration if a cell phone goes off in the audience.

Staying in the moment – or mindfulness – is a skill that is getting a lot of attention these days as our busy lives and the Internet intrude on our ability to focus, as The New York Times recently reported. …Read more…

Using Transition Phrases to Keep Your Audience Engrossed in Your Presentation

Rambler_01You’ve worked hard at creating your presentation with compelling key messages and images. Let’s face it, though. Even the most interested listener will wander off mentally at least once during your presentation.

Many won’t be able to resist the temptation to take a peek at their smart phones. So how do you keep your audience involved and following the discussion?

Transition Phrases

Savvy speakers use Transition/Linking Phrases as the glue that holds their thoughts together so they can move seamlessly from one point to another. …Read more…

Persuade the Audience to Your Point of View by Solving Their Problems

Every presentation you ever deliver is designed to persuade the audience to accept your point of view. Can you think of any other reason to make a presentation?

NGAudienceNot to nitpick, but a speech is not a presentation. A speech is a lecture by an authority, such as a researcher delivering the results of a 10-year study of a new drug to a medical association. It’s educational.

Taking that example a step further, a presentation of those results to the FDA would be …Read more…