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The three worst speaker profiles

The practice of speaking leads us to expressing many instinctive behaviors. Even if we know that we should change certain demeanors, it is not uncommon to be incapable of doing so in real situations and to repeat automatic reflexes that we normally would want to avoid. There are three speaker profiles in particular, which we…

How to make sense with your slides?

Slide design is a fascinating subject where one’s creativity can be expressed almost limitlessly. But don’t forget that the majority of us who design slides have not studied fine arts, or graphic design at school. And if the majority of slides we see are totally ineffective, it is not just a matter of design and…

Increase memorization of your messages?

How memory operates is really something quite amazing. There is no “memory zone” in our brains. Bricks of memories are stored pretty much everywhere. These bricks are interconnected by neuronal connections that allow us to rebuild our memories. Thus, when we remember an event, not everything comes at once and we need time to rebuild…

Why do good speakers project such strong leadership?

When speaking it’s important to realize that being comfortable is not an end in itself. Ease obviously provides more comfort but it is by no means a guarantee of performance. In terms of personal and professional development, the goal is to be identified as a speaker who is capable of creating adhesion among the audience…

Stress: the longer it lasts the worse it is!

Since work stress is increasingly singled out for the physical illnesses it provokes, it appears essential to develop strategies to protect us. Public speaking is part of these well-known “stressors.” This type of stress however has one advantage: it stops once the presentation is finished. The exercise of public speaking thus provides excellent opportunities to…

Build a reassuring image of yourself

We have often written about public speaking being a source of stress for the majority of us, and how this stress is expressed differently according to each person, and influences our thought process. We suddenly have the feeling of not being up to the task though we know perfectly well that we are properly prepared.…

Make your voice heard!

Non-verbal factors have a considerable effect on the impact of your speaking engagements. And among these factors, there’s your voice that transmits a vast amount of information that you don’t necessarily control: your stress level, your motivation, your listening skills and your sincerity are all criteria that, consciously or not, your audience receives and uses…

Don’t forget to assert your credibility!

Everyday beautiful ideas are doomed to never see the light because those who defend them haven’t worked enough on their credibility. Getting audience support is the goal of any presentation. This means that even if the audience doesn’t remember precisely what you said, it has retained that your idea was interesting. It is a seed,…

To develop an effective approach, follow the guide!

There are issues with which we are more comfortable than others. For example, many people have a real difficulty in speaking well of themselves or of what they have accomplished. It is indeed a widespread taboo that one should not boast about oneself, to avoid being considered pretentious. And yet, there are many who simply…