Stop Playing It Safe in Front of the Room. It Begins with the Shoes.
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by Diane DiResta
2w ago
Are you playing it safe in front of the room? Many of my clients work with me because they want more confidence and clarity. in their presentations. They know where they want to go as public speakers but don’t know how to get there. They want to be respected for their leadership and admired for their inspiration. What I discovered is that too often they are playing it safe in front of the room. They default to what they know and don’t take the risks that would allow them to stand out and be a memorable public speaker. A few years ago, I stopped in the Michael Kors store in New York City. He’s ..read more
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4 Barriers to Presentation Brilliance
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by Diane DiResta
1M ago
What causes a public speaker to fade in the background instead of lighting up a room? Each presenter has an opportunity to share their wisdom but often barriers get in the way of conveying their brilliance. Are you afraid to step out of your comfort zone? There’s a saying, “The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know”. Public speakers easily default to the familiar instead of trying something new. Sometimes it’s because they don’t know anything else or may be unaware that they need to improve. It’s essential to understand that being uncomfortable is part of unearthing your bril ..read more
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The Thrilling Impact of Authenticity in Public Speaking
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by Diane DiResta
2M ago
When I was first starting out I took a class in group dynamics. At the time I was a speech pathologist and trainer and I thought that recognizing group dynamics would enable me to be more effective with clients. I was caught by surprise when the leader told me the group didn’t know who I was. I always thought I was an honest, authentic person. Nobody would describe me as phony. But years later I’ve come to understand what that leader meant. I wasn’t sharing anything personal. They knew I was competent, professional, and pleasant. But so are a lot of people. They wanted to know me… And there w ..read more
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8 Tips to Deliver a Knockout Video presentation
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by Diane DiResta
4M ago
You have a message you want to get out. Speaking in person is not efficient. But video presentations are the next best thing to being there. Why deliver video presentations? Video uploads have increased by 263.4% in 5 years. 86% of marketers say video presentations increased web traffic.(Source Wistia) Video presentations give you greater reach so that your message is heard and shared. A video can explain who you are what you do and what you offer better than any written copy. Most importantly, a video of you speaking, can build a relationship with viewers and which can lead to trust. As a le ..read more
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Can you be a compelling Speaker if you’re not Clear?
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by Diane DiResta
5M ago
I don’t remember the year, but I remember the event. I was at the National Speakers Association annual convention and I was psyched! I loved hearing top motivational speakers and imbibing the energy in the room. As I got ready to listen to the next keynote speaker, I suddenly had a change in mood. They announced that he had Cerebral Palsy. WHAT? I couldn’t believe it. Why would an association of the top speakers in the world give the stage to someone who had CP? I had been a Speech Pathologist and I knew the labored and unclear speech of someone with this disorder. The disorder affects movem ..read more
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Do you Suffer from Video Scopophobia?
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by Diane DiResta
6M ago
Are you camera shy? According to a 2013 study by Dove, 77% of women experience camera anxiety or scopophobia. Scopophobia is a fear of being seen or stared at. There are many tips about how to create a good video but many people are still uncomfortable in front of a camera. It’s not uncommon to hear “I don’t like how I look.”  or “I’m not photogenic.” Why People Are Camera Shy If you’re a  person with little experience delivering video presentations, it’s natural to feel nervous. You may wonder where you should look or if you’re talking too fast. Just like the fear of public speakin ..read more
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How to Introduce a Speaker: Captivate, Connect, and Convey Excellence
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by Diane DiResta
8M ago
Introducing a speaker may seem like a no-brainer, but so many people don’t take it seriously. I remember being a speaker at a breakfast meeting. They assigned a person to introduce me. She read from the paper without any energy or interest. Could she have been more dispassionate? After the low-energy, boring introduction, I walked on and spoke. I could feel the air go out of the room and I had to summon all my energy to rev up the audience. That poor introduction made my job harder. There’s a reason speakers are introduced. If a presenter walked to the front of the room and started talking ..read more
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5 Ways to Captivate and Command any Audience with your Words
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by Diane DiResta
9M ago
Do Your Words Hook Your Audience? Remember the last time you got excited about something you read online? You pulled the trigger and bought the product only to have buyer’s remorse. Why did you do that? Because the words were magical. They were carefully chosen. They pulled you in with their promise of a better future. You could see yourself realizing your dreams and desires. Internet marketers are especially good at writing sales copy. Words are the currency of every speaker. As a presenter are you choosing your words strategically?  The words you choose can dampen and deter or they ca ..read more
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Do In-Person Meetings Build More Trust?
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by Diane DiResta
10M ago
We’ve been rocking the virtual world as speakers. No more commuting. Better time efficiency. Greater geographic reach. So do we really need to speak in-person? Yes, if you want to build greater trust. According to Skift Meetings, an event company who wrote an article about the meetings industry along with Edelman Data and Intelligence, a research firm that studies trust, in-person meetings create more trust. Here were the results: 77% of participants said they trust brands more after they interact with them at live events.  Younger audiences (ages 20 to 44) trusted events for informa ..read more
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Captivate Your Audience: How to Deliver a Knockout Video Presentation
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by Diane DiResta
11M ago
“The camera loves you.”  “You’re so photogenic.”  “You never take a bad picture.” Maybe you’ve been told you look good on camera but most people don’t like the way they look. My clients cringe when it’s time to watch their performance on video. The good news is you don’t have to be naturally photogenic to have on screen charisma. What you need are the skills for presenting on video. Video is a powerful communication tool and you don’t need a studio to create a good video. Video is a valued medium and there are a number of benefits: It creates the Know, Like, Trust factor.  ..read more
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