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How to End Your Presentation so the Audience Knows You're Done

How to End Your Presentation so the Audience Knows You're Done

When you give a presentation, how does the audience know you're done? If you're half-heartedly saying, "any questions?" as a means to signal that you're done speaking, then you're missing the opportunity to finish strong.

Dress Rehearsal for Your Presentation

Dress Rehearsal for Your Presentation

A few days before a play or musical opens, the entire cast and crew conduct a dress rehearsal. They do a complete run-through of the script...

Public Speaking is Like Exercising

Public Speaking is Like Exercising

Exercising and public speaking have a lot in common. Both become easier over time when you practice...

Voice Power: Pauses, Inflection & Tone

Voice Power: Pauses, Inflection & Tone

Your voice is a key component of non-verbal communications and has the ability to convey.....

Choose "Million-Dollar" Words

Choose "Million-Dollar" Words

When you're preparing and practicing a presentation, your word choice matters. If your...

Public Speaking Fear? Drown Out That Negative Voice in Your Head

Public Speaking Fear? Drown Out That Negative Voice in Your Head

If your stomach churns just at the thought of speaking in front of a group of people, you're not alone. In fact, Americans rate public speaking...

9 Tips for Communicating With Confidence

9 Tips for Communicating With Confidence

Confident communicators are not afraid to take up their space at the table and let their voices be heard...

6 Tips for Introducing Yourself at the Start of Your Presentation

6 Tips for Introducing Yourself at the Start of Your Presentation

In a presentation skills program a few weeks ago, someone asked me, "Gilda, how do I introduce myself at the start of my presentation...

Presentation Skills for Financial Advisors: 4 Strategies for Building Trust over the Phone

Presentation Skills for Financial Advisors: 4 Strategies for Building Trust over the Phone

Here’s a question I was asked in a recent teleseminar by a financial advisor about delivering...

Cut Out Your Filler Words

Cut Out Your Filler Words

Filler words include "um," "ah," and words such as "like," "so," and "ok," which are used as...

How to Deliver a Killer Pitch Presentation

How to Deliver a Killer Pitch Presentation

One high-stakes presentation that entrepreneurs have to give is in front of potential investors...

Using Improv Comedy's "Half-Life" Technique to Stay Within Your Time Limit

Using Improv Comedy's "Half-Life" Technique to Stay Within Your Time Limit

Have you ever seen a speaker go over the allotted time limit? Or...

Don't Present to the Screen & 5 Other FAQs About Presenting With Slides

Don't Present to the Screen & 5 Other FAQs About Presenting With Slides

Question: If I'm giving a presentation using slides, should I face the audience or the screen onto which my slides are being projected?...

7 Quick Tips for Presenting Via Teleconference

7 Quick Tips for Presenting Via Teleconference

With the rise of global teams and telecommuting, many people now have to present over the...

When Presenting, Give Signs Like Nature

When Presenting, Give Signs Like Nature

Here in the New England region of the United States, autumn has arrived and winter...