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Roar for Better Meetings

I caught an amazing episode about meetings on “Freakonomics Radio” a few weeks ago. Amazing because…who knew that there was enough interest for a popular, science-based radio show to broadcast such a show? People are really suffering from bad meetings! I share five highlights from the episode here. You’ll find the podcast link below, as…
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Tips to Manage Presenter Tension

How can trainers and presenters juggle complexity without tension? Chances are you haven’t tried these simple, no-fail techniques. …
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How the Heck Should I Organize Training Content?

Once you have your training topic and your learning outcomes, what steps should you take to develop content? I’d like to provide a never-fail shortcut to organizing the training content that can clutter your brain …
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Don’t Get Lost in Your Head! The Best-Kept Secret of Expert Speakers

Empathy is a tool. Alan Alda
Have you ever felt unseen by a speaker or meeting leader? They might look right over you, or speak from inside their own bubble, almost as if they were alone. Perhaps they are nervous, or narcissistic, or shy. Whatever their reason, these speakers and facilitators aren’t using the secret power …
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3 Ways to Involve Participants from the “Get-Go”!

What’s the best way to assure your training participants to “turn off” the first second you open your mouth? Just follow conventional wisdom and open your session by introducing yourself and providing your credentials. Instead, generate curiosity, interest and motivation from the outset. Use a “Hook” before introducing yourself. Three Ideas for Engaging Hooks Quickie…
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How Does Nostalgia Improve Presentation Skills?

Did you know that presenters can use nostalgia to enhance their confidence, mental fortitude, and connection with the audience? And we’re not talking about using endless anecdotes. Discover this little-known, research-based tool to improve your presentation skills. …
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How to “Pump Up” What Students Remember

As a trainer, have you ever wondered why the information you provide doesn’t always “stick?” What do you know about memory? Take this quiz to find out …
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Staying Sane When Traveling to Train

Have you ever felt strangely wired, unbalanced, or out of your comfort zone when traveling to train or present? While it’s super-rewarding to know that distant folks value your expertise, travel can spur unexpected anxiety. How do you keep from getting derailed? Out of Control We depend on exerting a fair amount of control over…
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Great Presenting: Enthusiasm or Entertainment?

Should trainers and presenters strive to be more entertaining? It depends on what drives you. Enthusiasm or Entertainment? Enthusiasm is about expressing your passion for the subject. You ignite participants through showing your own zest. You may even experiment by doing things outside of your comfort zone in order to pass on your excitement. Entertainment…
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Think to Talk, or Talk to Think? Engaging the Introverts

Introverts thrive in learning situations that enable solitude, independent thinking, and time to process.
Dr. Kate Earle, Quiet Leadership Institute

How can trainers and presenters design a workshop that truly respects introverts, and best meet their needs? When developing your training session, use these tips to engage introverts, while meanwhile keeping the extroverts energized …
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