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Speak with Power and Passion : Using Humor Effectively (March 02, 2020)

There's an old saying among professional speakers: "Question: Do I have to use humor in my speech? Answer: Only if you want to get paid!" This itself sounds like a joke, but the idea it represents is very serious ― most presentations will benefit...

Speak with Power and Passion : Types of Stories (March 02, 2020)

Stories are the backbone of an effective speech. But just as you should vary the different elements of your speech, intermingling stories with statistics, examples, quotations, and other elements, you should use a variety of story types as well...

Speak with Power and Passion : Using Slides (March 02, 2020)

A good set of slides can enhance your presentation immeasurably — but they can also be ineffective or even destructive. Don't let your presentation be a victim of "death by PowerPoint"!

There's an unfortunate perception among some people...

Speak with Power and Passion : When and How to Handle Questions (March 02, 2020)

Your presentation may generate questions from your audience. When you choose to handle questions can have a big impact on your presentation.

There are several good times to field questions effectively. They include:

during your...

Speak with Power and Passion : Who Is Your Audience? (March 02, 2020)

Who is your “audience”? And what is your responsibility to your audience?

Who is your “audience”? It’s whoever listens to you....

A salesperson’s audience is his or her prospective customer.

The audiences of...

Speak with Power and Passion : Your Style of Speaking (March 02, 2020)

When you're preparing to give a presentation, one of the first things you need to consider is, what style should you use for your presentation?

In general, presentations ― whether they're TED Talks, Toastmasters speeches, sales pitches, or...

Speak with Power and Passion : Save the Best for Last (March 02, 2020)

Here's a great technique to use in your presentation ― put the best (or most important) part at the end. (It works because people tend to remember the last thing you say more than any other part.)

The most obvious example of this is the...

Speak with Power and Passion : How to End Your Speech Introduction (March 01, 2020)

Whether you're a master of ceremonies who's introducing a speaker or you're writing your own introduction for someone else to read (an excellent idea), it's important to provide an effective segue to the speech which follows. As you might expect...

Speak with Power and Passion : Stand or Sit? (March 01, 2020)

When you're a part of a group and you need to say something, you may wonder "should I stand up to speak?"

There are several good reasons for standing when you speak:

Your posture is usually better when you stand than when you sit,...

Speak with Power and Passion : Surprise! (March 01, 2020)

To keep your audience alert and involved in your presentation, it can be very helpful to do the opposite of what they expect.

If they expect you to yell, whisper instead; if they expect you to speak, remain silent (while maintaining eye...