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In the first part of our series on vocal delivery, we introduced the basic components of vocal expression (power, pace, pitch and pause) and provided some expert advice for improving each.

This week, we’ll share some vocal exercises that will get your voice into shape for your next presentation. And you’ll also learn some surprisingly easy strategies to make your voice sound more confident and compelling.[…] Continue Reading »

How do strong vocal delivery skills enhance your presentation?

A voice that is both easy to hear and pleasing to listen to immediately grabs your attention. Think about it: How many times have you found yourself tuning out a speaker with a nasal or whiny voice, or one that’s too loud and aggressive, because it’s torture on your ears?[…] Continue Reading »

The cure for presentation writer’s block

When the pressure is on to deliver a mission-critical presentation, even the most experienced presenters sometimes feel overwhelmed trying to develop valuable content. Have you found yourself falling prey to these habits?

  • Staring a blank screen and wondering how to begin
  • Feeling stuck and frantically searching the Internet for something to help you get back on track
  • Obsessing over just the right wording and making no progress

Are you nodding in agreement as your recognize this familiar pattern?[…] Continue Reading »

Poor use of PowerPoint is such a common bad habit that it’s almost become the norm in the corporate world. Yet it’s not such a hard habit to break when you apply the simple and potent PowerPoint strategies that we address in this two-part series.

Last time, we focused on some of the common habits that even veteran speakers can fall into:

  • Following equations of “X slides per minute”
  • Putting too much text on a slide
  • Leaving out visuals

See part one of our series.[…] Continue Reading »

I play piano for fun and sometimes when I play, especially for a new audience, I get a bit nervous.

And so I turned to Dr. Julie Jaffee Nagel, who in addition to being a licensed clinical psychologist is a former concert pianist. Julie specializes in performance anxiety. What she advised changed my perspective.

“Focus on sharing rather than proving,” Dr.[…] Continue Reading »