Recent Articles in How To

January 14, 2020

Like, when speaking: Too much of a good thing


Public Speaking , Tips , How To , Business Communication

If you know speakers who overuse "like," maybe it's time to help them find some new words. Here's how to reduce our least favorite disruptor...

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November 25, 2019

How to Handle Questions Designed to Make You Look Bad


How To , Business Communication , Seen|Read|Heard , Tips

Facing a tough audience for a meeting or presentation? Here's what we can learn from Fiona Hill and how she handled her testimony before members of Congress...

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October 21, 2019

Crafting a Great Story: Show Don’t Tell


How To , Storytelling , Public Speaking , Instruction

How does one man's tale of shopping for shoes with his wife become a powerful, potentially funny presentation story? It's all in the details...

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September 13, 2019

How To: Project Confidence


How To , Business Communication , Public Speaking , Instruction , Tips , Public Speaking Fear

Most speakers want to appear confident. When you know what that looks like, you can project a more powerful stage presence—whether you're feeling it or not. Here's how...

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August 9, 2019

How To: Manage Uhs and Ums


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Crutch words. Filler language. A natural way we all speak. What should you do about the uhs and ums when you're making a presentation? We have a few ideas...

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April 9, 2019

Business Communication: Presenting at the Conference Table


Business Communication , Tips , Public Speaking , How To

You may not be standing on a stage--or even in front of a small group--but a seated presentation is no time to take a holiday. Here's how to pitch at the conference table and still own the room...

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March 19, 2019

How To: Create a Strong Open for Your Presentation


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The golden opportunity: To grab audience attention before they can start checking their phones. Here's a step by step process for determining how a public speaker can open strong.

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February 23, 2019

How To: Take a Stand When Presenting


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"Be sure to put your feet in the right place, then stand firm," said Abraham Lincoln--great advice for public speaking that we take quite literally. Here's why you should, too...

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January 14, 2019

How to: Use Gestures in a Presentation


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Do you talk with your hands? Terrific! Now let's make sure those gestures are saying what you mean...

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November 8, 2018

How To: Calm Public Speaking Nerves


Public Speaking Fear , Public Speaking , Tips , Instruction , How To

When you feel nervousness coming on, what's a speaker to do? Here's how to manage that I'm-on-next stress and keep nerves from undermining your presentation...

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October 16, 2018

How To: Ask a Rhetorical Question


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It's a simple technique for engaging audiences, yet many speakers don't make the most of it in presentations. Here's how to ask rhetorical questions that get you somewhere...

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September 7, 2018

How to: Format a speech text


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Simple formatting changes can make it much easier to give a speech from a written text. Here's what you can do to see almost instant results:

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