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Into the Abyss: What I Learned as I Learned Zoom

Like you, I participated in so many Zoom meetings and webinars over the years that I thought I really got it. So when it came time to create my first training session on Zoom, I knew I had it in the bag. I was wrong. Comfortable in My Passion My professional career has been about…
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How to Create and Deliver Virtual Training

If you’re an expert in something, you may eventually be asked to train others. These guidelines will make remote training easier for you, and more effective for those you teach. There are three essential elements to ensure great remote training: design, delivery, and tech. The unfortunate acronym for these guidelines is DDT. Design 1. Outcomes…
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How to Move Your Audience

Do you think your data should speak for itself? Guess what, it doesn’t. These two presentation tips ensure that your audience cares about your message. …
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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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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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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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Prevent ‘Old Person’s Voice’

Speakers and presenters, don’t sound like your grandpa! Use these tips to keep your voice beautiful at any age
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Get Rid of Those Junk Words

We’ve all been driven crazy by a presenter who overuses words like “you know”, “um”, and “like”. Surprisingly, research finds that these filler words serve an valuable purpose. Using them helps a presenter transition to what he or she will say next, and audiences appreciate a little break between thoughts. However, let’s get back to…
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Training’s Biggest Schism

In my October newsletter, I asked “What’s going on with training?” More than 90 training professionals across the United States responded. THANKS to all who shared your experiences! Communities Got Clean Water, Thanks to YOU I promised to send a donation to the Global Women’s Water Initiative for each completed survey. Our collective donation helped to…
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What’s Going on with Training?

Hi, clients and readers. I have the strong sense–(and maybe YOU do, too)– that how people want to learn is changing. Please take this very quick survey so that I can learn about your training preferences. The survey will take you less than five minutes to complete. Two (Extremely) Cool Benefits of Taking the Survey…
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