How to Talk to People! Three Practical Resources for Your Next Networking Event
Networking is almost everyone's nightmare (especially if you're an introvert. I must admit...though I love speaking in front of groups, I don't share the same passion for smaller group interactions). But what I've come to realize is that networking is part mindset and part strategy. When you have the right groove and get positive vibes from an event, you may be surprised how enjoyable networking can actually be.
In Public Speaking, She Found a Vocation
The article below is simply an inspiring interview about a great public speaking program that I had to share. Brisol-Smith has been running productive and skills-based programs for females who are needed support in various aspects of life, be it homelessness or overcoming domestic violence. How can public speaking training relate to these types of circumstances?
20 Great Books for Public Speaking tips and tricks - Agent
Business success increasingly depends on presentation skills. Get the best public speaking tips and tricks from our choice of 20 top selling books online.
Hack Your Anxiety Infographic from Stanford Biz
This remains one of my absolute favourite infographics when it comes to dealing with anxiety. I've definitely alluded to the need to first understand the root of your anxiety before moving forward with finding the best solution.
What to Do with Your Hands when Speaking in Public
Body and hand gestures are one of the hardest things to control when preparing for a speech. Some people have extremely nervous ticks and use their hands excessively while others simply stand stiffly like a statute. The article by Jena McGregor and Shelly Tan provides some extremely useful tips when it comes to our hands.
Why the Imposter Syndrome is a Threat to Workplace Advancement
We've worked with a lot of females in the workforce who struggle with very similar issues when it comes to being heard in their environments, especially when it's a male-dominated industry. After reading Cybele Negris' article (below), we had to add our communications spin on the subject too.
Refuse to Lose Your Next Presentation With These Super Bowl Inspired Speaking Warm Ups
Fasbinder made some really interesting connections between pro athletes and public speakers. At first, when you read the title, it might seem like a total crazy premise but there are some very direct parallels between the two topics. Here's a quick summary of the article with our commentary, read the full article below as well!
Extempra @ DECA Provincials Prep Conference
This month, Extempra had the amazing opportunity to train 150 students from all across Ontario to become more confident, eloquent, and authentic speakers! In the full-day conference, students participated in two keynote sessions, one on case competition strategies and another on communications, of course, followed by a mock case competition.
You’re More Resilient Than You Give Yourself Credit For
Andy Molinsky was able to put a fairly fresh perspective on how to manage nerves. Being an academic, he took a fairly qualitative yet logical approach to understanding anxiety, while also encouraging his students to take action and actually expose themselves to the source of their fear, which is always one of the key first steps!
8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations
This article by Ffion Lindsay provides 8 storytelling techniques that people can use in their speeches to capture their attention. What I love about it is that it provides a detailed overview of the technique, how it's executed, and the impact on the audience. Often times, using a captivating story can be the difference between a good and an excellent speech. Below are the 8 techniques mentioned in the article, can you guess what they mean?