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How I took my Presentation Skills to the Next Level

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 7/30/18 8:00 AM


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We’ve all heard it before. One of the best ways to improve your presentation skills is to record yourself. When you’re done, review the recording to identify your strengths and weaknesses. Critique yourself against a checklist of skills. Evaluate items like speaking style, avoidance of speech fillers, confidence, friendliness, voice, posture, eye contact, facial expression and gestures, just to name a few. So, have you ever recorded yourself? Better yet, did you actually watch the recording?

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Tags: presentation skills

5 Timeless Training Concepts

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 5/7/18 8:00 AM


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I’m a big fan of working out and staying fit. At my local gym, I often notice exercise programs change frequently. One day they are offering cross-fit, a few months later they are offering fitness 360, a few months later they are offering fitness boot camp, and on and on. One fad fitness workout program after another. Who knew there were so many ways to keep fit!

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Tags: adult learning principles, instructional design, instructional techniques, facilitation skills, presentation skills, public speaking skills, technology and training

4 Presentation Techniques to Grab an Audience’s Attention

Posted by Jeff Welch on 12/12/16 8:00 AM



If you work in the training and development field, there may come a time, whether in a training workshop, at a conference or in a meeting, when you’ll be called upon to deliver a polished and professional presentation for an audience.

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How to Make a Speech Memorable

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 1/4/16 3:00 AM



Many of you have likely had the great opportunity to attend a commencement ceremony. I had the wonderful privilege of attending my grandson’s college graduation. Occasions like this are always filled with so much joy. The cheers and excitement from family and friends are simply palpable as the graduates are being honored for their achievement. My eyes were filled with tears as my loved one walked across the stage to receive his degree; it’s an exhilarating moment to witness.

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Tags: presentation skills

How to Use Video to Improve Your Presentation Skills

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 1/12/15 3:00 AM

Why is it that people take “selfies” everywhere, but when you want to take a video of them training in a class, they freak out?! I think I know why people shudder at the thought of being caught on video. They realize the camera doesn’t miss a thing. It doesn’t matter what you do, or how you do it, nothing will be missed. This is why video can be such a valuable tool to help us improve our training or presentation skills.

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Tags: instructional techniques, presentation skills

5 Presentation “Killers” to Avoid

Posted by Jeff Welch on 7/14/14 4:00 AM



I recently read a book called 136 Effective Presentation Tips by Tony Jeary and David Cottrell. The book is filled with 136 practical tips to improve your public speaking and presentation skills. I received the book as a gift and have found it to be quite helpful.


In addition to the tips, the book also includes a page titled, “Top Ten Ways to Kill a Presentation.”

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Using an Agenda in Training

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 6/2/14 4:00 AM

I recently had a lengthy discussion with a client regarding the purpose of an agenda and what should be included. The client did not understand its purpose or value and consequently had not been using an agenda in her training programs. This blog will highlight some of the key points discussed with the client and why I think they are important.

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Tags: facilitation skills, presentation skills, tips-for-trainers

How to Deal with Speaker’s Anxiety

Posted by Melissa Grey Satterfield on 5/26/14 4:00 AM



It’s early 2014 and my husband is in our living room, pacing to and fro, anxious about his presentation skills and about giving a presentation for “the powers that be” at his office. As many organizations do in the first few months of a new year, they ask department heads to share their goals and plans for the upcoming year. When I asked him what was making him so nervous, he said, “Unlike you, I don’t speak in front of people on a regular basis – it’s nerve wracking!”

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Tags: presentation skills, instructor-led training

3 Benefits to Smiling While Instructing or Presenting

Posted by Jeff Welch on 5/19/14 4:00 AM


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“A smile is happiness you find right under your nose.” ~ Tom Wilson

Smiling is the body’s natural, physiological response to things we find funny, cute, or endearing. How many of you find your laughs accompanied by a big smile when you hear a joke told by your favorite comedian? Or, who can resist casting a warm smile at the sight of a newborn baby?

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Tags: instructional techniques, presentation skills

4 Ways to Improve PowerPoint Slides

Posted by Alan Magnan on 3/20/14 4:00 AM

It’s a popular term in the training world: “Death by PowerPoint.” If you haven’t experienced such a session, you’ve most likely heard someone else complain about one. The slides just keep coming. They’re crammed with bullet points in a font too small to read easily. Not that it matters, because the trainer is simply narrating them to the audience anyway. 

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Tags: presentation skills, tips-for-trainers

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