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Good is always better than perfect

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No one knows. No one must know. You’re all alone and you’re on your own. Up there on the physical or metaphorical stage, it feels lonely. You’re by yourself. You expect yourself to be perfect (or the closest thing to that). The people watching you or listening to you also expect you to be at no fault. Are you feeling the pressure already? I certainly lost a heartbeat for a second.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Presenting should not feel like a death sentence or as they say, “People fear public speaking more than death”. I am sure…

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Listen. Speak. Repeat

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I see you. I hear you. I feel you. I’ve been lonely. I’ve seen failure. I messed up before. I tried. Wherever you are in the world, you’re in the business of humans. As a fellow human, you need other humans in order to go by your life. Being human also means you have feelings. Patch Adams (aka Robin Williams) asked once, “What’s the difference between a doctor and a scientist? People. We want to become doctors because we want to help people.” If you want to be a presenter, tell a story or simply get anything done, you need…

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How to speak with power and conviction

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Aside from your brain, our voice is our most valuable communication instrument. Having a voice is almost always associated with every conversation on empowerment and self actualization. Finding our voice means being seen and heard, physically and metaphorically. Our voices are capable of infusing great meaning into everything we say. In fact, there are certain people who could be simply talking about puppies but because of the unique qualities in their voices, we are able to connect with them and recognize them almost instantly.

Who is this story for?

I’ve been paying attention to the energy in my voice at different times of the day…

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Speak to me as you know me

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Trevor Noah is one of my favorite speakers. Is he a public speaker? No, he’s a standup comedian. But I could listen to him speak for days upon days. Much like so many people in the world, English is not his first language and it should not be the reason for anyone not to become a good communicator. He speaks to people as if they matter.

“It’s not the words you use, it’s the connection you make that resonates with others.”— John Baldoni

This stereotypical image we have of a public speaker is outdated and goes way back to the…

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What truly matters is the story behind that data

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Jerry Seinfeld got most of his inspiration from the people out on the streets going about their business. He collected the little pieces of data about them and put his own spin on it. Coming to think about it, being a great comedian means being a good observer and a good storyteller.

You too can be the Jerry Seinfeld of your own field, not necessarily by telling something funny but by connecting the two pieces of the puzzle: data + storytelling. …

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Making your presentation wholesome and engaging for all

Accessibility is not limited to physical surroundings. Our communication through presentations can also be accessible. The photo is a sign of an accessible entrance.
Accessibility is not limited to physical surroundings. Our communication through presentations can also be accessible. The photo is a sign of an accessible entrance.
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Engineers know this. When you’re designing something, whether it’s a product, a bridge, or a piece of online content, you have to think of both those you’re including and other’s that you are excluding by your design. You also have to consider those being impacted by your design decisions.

Think of the design of a helmet. It’s a protective gear that is supposed to provide a universal design so everyone can use it. However, I find it very hard to use when I tie my hair into a bun. Therefore, I have to make adjustments so I could still use…

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Bring individual stories and talk about your passion

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Let me start by saying, I believe in the humans behind every great social work. Those humans believed in a cause and made us see what they see and feel exactly how they feel. They repainted our reality and reimagined the world.

I was struggling the last couple of weeks, trying to find digital content on presentations for social good. Let me tell you, the Internet has been cruel and frugal to me. Then I remembered what Austin Kleon said in his book, Keep Going, “I wrote this book because I needed to read it.”, …

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How to connect with yourself and others when you present

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We tend to forget sometimes that the people who present and the people we are presenting for are humans. We focus on the information presented and the techniques that we almost lose touch with the people we are presenting for. We stop using real words in presentations and stop telling interesting stories and anecdotes and start using jargon and pie charts.

An emotional connection has little to do with your content and so much to do with the human you are and the human you’re presenting. It’s about connecting with yourself and others emotionally and cognitively. …

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The importance of preparing for your presentations to boost your confidence and control your nerves

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When it comes to feeling like a fraud or an imposter in front of an audience, I think I had my fair share of that feeling. I think all of us felt that way at some point. Many high-achieving professionals struggle with the imposter syndrome when presenting their work.

What you need to know is that it’s not personal and it’s nothing to do with your performance or level of expertise. It’s an internal monologue that makes you feel as though you don’t belong and that you’ll be exposed in front of everyone! It’s not a secret. Everyone is terrified…

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Use the right language for your audience, not buzz words

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If you ever created a resume before, you know it’s not far from true that choosing the right language is critical. It’s a story you’re telling others about yourself. My head used to spin every time I changed my resume to fit the role I am applying for. I always questioned that process. Is it necessary we do that every time we want to tell others a story?

In crafting presentations as in building resumes, I am skeptical about the language that is often used to make us look smarter and makes everyone else look dumber. If you don’t know…

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