May 7th, 2016 by divider

http://www.influenceology.com. “The truth is like poetry, and most people f*cking hate poetry.” – Overheard in a Washington DC bar by Michael Lewis (Author of The Big Short). For centuries truth tellers have struggled to effectively influence others living under distortion, dishonesty and deception. Watch this short video below to learn what one of the most brilliant Roman Philosophers of all time had to say about the “truth” and those who tell it.

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April 19th, 2016 by divider

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This clip from Medallion Learning’s Caffeinated Learning: How to Design and Conduct Rich, Robust Professional Training course by Anne Beninghof advises that speaking less can not only help you feel less stress during a presentation but also provide a better experience.

The best workshop facilitators have moved away from being a “sage on the stage” to being a “guide on the side,” recognizing the many benefits of talking less. The obvious benefits include learner engagement and retention. But another benefit is reduced nervousness.

Let’s discuss three simple ways to talk less:
1. Ditch that Imposter Syndrome.
Research done in the 1970s by psychologists Pauline Rose Clance and Suzanne Imes found that 70 percent of all people studied reported experiencing the imposter syndrome at some point in their lives. (Clance and Imes, 1978) This phenomenon causes a person to doubt their abilities or expertise, especially in stressful situations.
Given that public speaking is considered a high stress producer, the imposter syndrome is likely to rear its ugly head at some point in your presenting career.
Presenters who expect themselves to be the ultimate expert, the only one in the room qualified to speak on the subject, set themselves up for the imposter syndrome.
On the other hand, “guides on the side” plan to engage their participants in sharing information and ideas throughout the session, reducing the focus on the presenter.
When you are no longer the sole performer in the spotlight, you can relax a bit. You don’t have to know it all!

2. Mini-Breaks
Video viewing, partner discussions, silent reading, and group activities are all learning methods that provide the facilitator with mini-breaks. Even if it is only a 60-second “Turn to your partner and react to that,” you have the chance to drink some water, look at your notes for the next slide, take a breath, or make simple adjustments to the original plan.
Longer activities might even allow you to run to the restroom, something that can be difficult during official breaks when participants approach you with questions.
If you have intentionally built activities into your workshop design, you can calm your nerves by reminding yourself that you will have several mini-breaks throughout the session.

3. Wandering
Talking less allows you to wander more. Instead of standing in the front of the room with all ears and eyes on you, you can wander around the room, checking in with participants and taking the temperature of the group.
As you wander, you are likely to have someone stop you with a question. This question might lead you to adjust your next segment for a clearer understanding.
As you wander, someone might stop you and say, “This is the best workshop I have attended in a long time!” or “That last idea you shared will really work well for us!” Hearing these comments during the day can boost your confidence by leaps and bounds.
Or, as you wander, you might pinpoint a trouble spot, such as a disgruntled participant forced to attend and determined to remain annoyed.
Because you are not the “sage on the stage” at that moment in time, you are free to connect with the grumpy guy, develop some rapport, and decrease the likelihood that he will become an extremely difficult participant.

Smile! Research shows that smiling releases endorphins, important neurotransmitters that help to decrease stress levels.
Faking a smile works as well as the real thing!


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February 4th, 2016 by divider

Seasoned speech consultant Stephanie Silverman on five effective tips for public speaking.

Stephanie Silverman is an Executive Coach specializing in Public Speaking and all areas of spoken communication. As a speech coach, Stephanie provides highly effective communication coaching services to a clientele of global executives working in a broad range of industries, including L’Oréal Paris, Thomson Reuters, CNN, Cartier, Coach, and Johnson & Johnson.


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December 31st, 2015 by divider

Get your free 52 audio lessons on excellent public speaking. Gain the presentation skills needed to breathe life into your speech, bring the audience to you, and build a message that sticks. In this clip, professional speaker and speech coach, Craig Valentine, shares the importance of having a foundational phrase.


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