Presentation Effectiveness

Three Responses Worth Adopting to Show You’re Actively Listening

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September 22, 2017
Three Responses Worth Adopting to Show You’re Actively Listening

When it comes to listening, most people are only proficient at half of Merriam-Webster’s definition which is, “to hear what someone has said and understand that it is serious, important, or true.”  I know my colleagues and family members can hear me, however I often discover that they weren’t really listening after the conversation...
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Six Body Language Movements That Send the Wrong Message

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December 11, 2015
Six Body Language Movements That Send the Wrong Message

Many people don’t realize that we communicate with much more than words.  Our nonverbal communication, or body language, which includes our facial expressions, gestures, eye contact, posture, and even our voice inflection are critical to message delivery.  In fact, a person’s voice inflection, facial expressions and body language can make up over 90% of their message.  Whenever you are...
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Science Says – Five Ways to Prepare for Public Speaking

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December 5, 2015
Science Says – Five Ways to Prepare for Public Speaking

Public speaking is the #1 fear in America according to the Wall Street Journal.  If you have an upcoming public speaking opportunity, follow these five tips to thwart anxiety and instead, deliver a speech your audience won’t forget—and one you’ll be proud to have given.  Practice until you’re comfortable in front of a crowd.  Dale Carnegie...
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Training Funds Still Available for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant

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October 14, 2015
Training Funds Still Available for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant

Dale Carnegie graduate and world renowned motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar once said, “What’s worse than training your workers and losing them? Not training them and keeping them.”  Last month, the Canada-Alberta Job Grant program (CAJG) announced that there are still fund available for employee training. What are the benefits of employee training?  The Canada-Alberta...
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How to Align Your Body Language for Success

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May 29, 2015
How to Align Your Body Language for Success

Did you know that your body language can help or hurt your level of success? Surprisingly, your voice inflection, facial expressions and body language comprise up to 90% of your message. Body language or nonverbal communication is extremely important in business given that humans produce over1: 700,000 signs 5,000 distinct hand gestures 250,000 facial...
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Safety First — Three Tips for Effective Toolbox Meetings

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May 15, 2015
Safety First — Three Tips for Effective Toolbox Meetings

Last year, Peter Watson was appointed to a seven-year term as chairman of the Calgary-based National Energy Board (NEB). In November, he launched an initiative to gather feedback from Canadians regarding how the board can improve its pipeline safety program. Watson has visited 19 cities in seven provinces so far, including a visit to...
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Five Ways to Conquer the Five Minute Attention Span

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April 24, 2015
Five Ways to Conquer the Five Minute Attention Span

The sheer preparation for a speech is stressful, let alone considering how to maintain the audience’s attention for the entire presentation. Millions of people fear public speaking more than anything else. Many cite the audience as the greatest source of angst—will they pay attention? Laugh if a mistake is made? A recent Fortune article...
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Four Steps to a Successful Interview

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April 16, 2015
Four Steps to a Successful Interview

Prepare for the worst-case scenario. Dale Carnegie said, “Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident.” In a perfect world, your interviewer would have had plenty of time to read your cover letter; study your resume; check out your LinkedIn profile and even done a social media scan. In reality, everyone is extremely busy...
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Four Steps to a Fabulous First Impression

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March 20, 2015
Four Steps to a Fabulous First Impression

How true is the mantra, “You only get one chance to make a first impression?” According to a Science Daily study, first judgments of people are so strong they often trump even what is learned later on about those people and that “even fact will not change first impressions.” If you feel awkward or nervous...
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Unleash the Power of Persuasive Presentation

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March 6, 2015
Unleash the Power of Persuasive Presentation

Effective presentation skills are critical for knowledge transfer, lecturing, sales, teaching, training and even personal activities such as serving on the board of a homeowner’s association. The power of a presentation is the key differentiator between success and failure when persuading colleagues, inspiring a team and/or presenting an idea to stakeholders. If you’re unsure...
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