Create great presentations with a sandwich strategy
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by Rosemary Ravinal
3w ago
It happens over and over again. Death by PowerPoint. In the age of AI at our fingertips, why should anyone have to sit through the monotony of a presenter reading from text-cluttered slides? It doesn’t have to be that way. You can streamline your content with a simple three-part structure. Try creating a presentation sandwich with the delicious middle tucked neatly between an opening hook and a compelling closing.  Each part of a presentation plays a crucial role, just as each layer of a well-constructed sandwich contributes to the overall flavor and enjoyment of the meal. Let’s dive into ..read more
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Five memory hacks to improve your speaking
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by Rosemary Ravinal
3w ago
To memorize or not memorize. That’s a common question from my clients. It’s not wise to memorize a speech. Yet sometimes it’s necessary to remember some parts of your talk or presentation, but straight memorization will often backfire. Have you ever watched a speaker go blank in the middle of a speech? Likely they lost their place in the memory stream. Don’t let that happen to you. Last October, I wrote about the Ancient Greek Loci and memory palace methods, whereby you associate bits of information with an imaginary location in a house or other physical place. Here are five other proven techn ..read more
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5 ChatGPT prompts to become a better speaker
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by Rosemary Ravinal
3w ago
When writer’s block takes hold, a little ChatGPT can work wonders. Do you need an outline for your presentation? Do you want to introduce fresh vocabulary to add pizzaz to your speech? Do you need to tailor your signature talk for a different audience? Do you want to anticipate and practice answers to questions your audience may ask? Let ChatGPT come to the rescue. But do not think that AI can replace a public speaking coach. Even advanced apps like Yoodli, an artificial intelligence-powered speech coach, yield the best results when used as a complement to working with a live coach. But as res ..read more
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Without further ado and the pitfalls of trite phrases
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by Rosemary Ravinal
3w ago
“Without further ado” tops my list of trite and overused phrases that speakers use reflexively when there are better words to express the same thought. It’s become a lazy habit, a poor linguistic cue that the speaker is about to get to the point, shedding unnecessary preamble. But why do we feel the need to announce the absence of further ado? This trope is one of seven tired phrases that can affect the overall impact of your messages. Seemingly trivial expressions in everyday use can hinder effective communication. Let’s explore how they can negatively shape the flow, tone, and reception of y ..read more
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Lessons from Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement Speech
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by Rosemary Ravinal
3w ago
Commencement speeches are one of the great college traditions designed to motivate graduates as they transition to the next phase of their lives. Since we’re at the time of year when they typically happen (between April and June), this is an opportunity to review some of the best commencement speeches of all time. Most commencement speeches are created to motivate the graduating class to embrace the future with confidence, pursue their dreams, and make a positive impact in the world. However, some are so inspiring they are remembered long after graduation. Two speeches are consistently ranked ..read more
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The feng shui way to public speaking success
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by Rosemary Ravinal
3w ago
If you see effective public speaking as a balance of concrete, concise, and compelling ideas delivered energetically with clarity and consideration for the audience, then the ancient practice of feng shui can make a world of difference in how you communicate. It starts with clearing physical and mental clutter. Spring is a time for releasing material things, ideas and habits that no longer serve you and making room for new and better ones. I undertook a large-scale clearing of my office of books and files from my past lives and found a two-inch binder filled with reference materials about orga ..read more
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Use this power phrase to unlock understanding
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by Rosemary Ravinal
3w ago
The right words carefully chosen and said at the right time can make a world of difference when you want to make meaningful connections. Certain phrases have immense power to influence others, diffuse tension, and open lines of honest communication. One of these is “Help me understand.” Used strategically, it can engender empathy, bridge knowledge gaps, and build trust. Early in my career at Avon, the global beauty products giant, I took a field sales management job as a complement to the work I had done there in public relations. Pat, my boss and regional director, was an affable Midwesterner ..read more
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Three words that can kill your credibility
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by Rosemary Ravinal
3w ago
Like it or not, we judge other people by the way they speak. Is the person clear, concise, and confident? Or are they long-winded, disorganized, and caught in a verbal maze of unnecessary words? One telltale sign of the latter is the bad habit of using words that clutter and confuse instead of magnifying the meaning of your message. Words such as actually, really, and like often find their way into your speech, acting as linguistic accessories that can weaken your communication. English has an arsenal of features of speech that don’t directly contribute to meaning. You may know them as th ..read more
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Eight body language signals of smart people
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by Rosemary Ravinal
4M ago
Smart people may be displaying their sharp minds with unspoken signals. There are certain body language signs that experts say show high intelligence and superior communication abilities. Body language is a silent orchestra, according to Psychology Today. Non-verbal messages including body movements, facial expressions, vocal tone and volume are collectively known as body language. By comparison, the words they use are a smaller part of the composition.  Though intelligence is multifaceted and influenced by factors such as genetics, environment, education, and experiences, subtle clues in ..read more
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Unleash the transformative power of words
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by Rosemary Ravinal
5M ago
Words have a tremendous impact on this world. Some people say their hearts have been touched by words. Others say their hearts have been broken. For this year’s Friendship Day (also known as Valentine’s Day), I’m inspired to explore how words carry the weight of our emotions and intentions, and how they influence others and build relationships in your work and personal lives. After I gave a talk about the Power of Words to Drive Innovation at the Briyah Institute this weekend, a friend and communications professional noted the irony behind the saying: “Sticks and stones may break my bones but ..read more
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