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For public speakers, one of the most insidious destroyers of confidence is the silent room, a room flooded with ambient silence. A room full of expectant faces, furrowed brows, and imagined hostility. All wrapped in a cocoon of intimidating quietude. A room filled with intimidating silence that is almost tangible, suffocating. This ambient silence can …

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Business School Presentations by Stanley K. Ridgley - 2M ago

Business Presentations are filled with paradoxes, especially where executive charisma is concerned. For instance, the Power Zone of presentation charisma . . . a place everyone wants to be, but where almost no one wants to go. The charisma factor of executive presence is not so difficult to achieve, nor is it so mysterious as to be unfathomable. …

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Presentation Meltdown can strike at the oddest moments and leave us with shattered confidence. You’re in the midst of an especially powerful presentation.  You’re really stoking the audience. And then . . . your mind wanders for a brief moment. It was just a moment. But it was enough to sabotage you. Your thoughts grind to a halt …

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It’s 10,000 BC, and you’ve painted a detailed graphic on your cave wall for your upcoming business presentation. It depicts your keen analysis of the recent successful hunt. Now, you offer to show it to your group, perhaps young hunters seeking essential knowledge. How would you deliver your hunting presentation? Would you stand to one …

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Put this Myth in Your Pocket!

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When asked if the university stifles writers, Flannery O’Conner quipped that the university unfortunately doesn’t stifle enough of them. Indeed. My naturally autocratic tendencies, which have held me back in the literary world for years, compel me constantly to cast a pall on the enthusiasms of my young charges, even as I reveal to them …

The post Presentation Muse? A Christmas Tradition! appeared first on Business School Presentations.

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As much as some of us might seek the adulation of the crowd, it’s wise to remember that your presentation isn’t about you – it’s about your audience. Your presentation is for your audience and you must address what it wants.  Get them to do what you want them to by demonstrating to them that it’s what they …

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You can front-load your introduction and put the Pow! into Powerful Business Presentations . . .   seize your audience from the first second of your show. Or you can tiptoe into your business presentation so no one notices you. Which would you choose? You’d choose the introduction with Pow, of course! But many people don’t. Many …

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I know magic words. Magic presentation words. Words to help you deliver a magic presentation that rivets the audience’s attention and guides them along a path that you’ve chosen. Magic presentation words that bring your audience to a conclusion that your listeners, themselves, believe they arrived at on their own. In fact, I know a series …

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That bad presentation is your fault. You sabotaged it. Screwed it up. All of us sabotage our own presentations more often than we imagine. And we do it through self-defeating behaviors. These self-defeating behaviors come in many forms, but negative self-talk is one of the chief culprits. We tell ourselves repeatedly that we’ll fail. We …

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