Presenting with a Partner

Written by Mike Faber

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Record your task and segment assignments and keep them handy as a reference duringrepparttar presentation. Make sure you have a back-up plan in case you need to make changes atrepparttar 107951 last minute. Years ago, I presented a leadership development class to a group of 20 professionals. The final video case study was a real tearjerker, a plant manager who poured his heart and soul into his work and his employees. He literally cried on camera as he spoke of his devotion to his work force. With a riveting introduction, I poppedrepparttar 107952 videotape intorepparttar 107953 machine…and saw a blank screen! It turned out that last video segment had been deleted fromrepparttar 107954 presentation! My back-up plan was not well prepared, and I ended up acting outrepparttar 107955 final video as though I were on stage. My audience was amused, though probably not impressed or educated! Since that "surprise", I've made a habit of double-checking my resources and material beforehand, and outlining for myself what I'll do inrepparttar 107956 event that things don't go according to plan. Inrepparttar 107957 case of my missing video, I should have had a brief summary ofrepparttar 107958 video's key message handy, so that I could encourage group discussion to bring outrepparttar 107959 learning points.

Mike Faber is a professional coach, helping people improve their sales and public-speaking skills. Mike has 25 years of experience as a television and radio broadcaster, and spent the last 17 years in financial services sales. At the end of 2004, Mike left a large San Francisco-based investment firm, to start his own coaching practice.

Four Golden nuggets of Effective Listening

Written by Eric Plantenberg

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Ask clarifying questions. Many times what we think we heard and whatrepparttar speaker intended to communicate are two different things. By jumping to conclusions or making assumptions, we frequently guess wrong. Often times people find that while they are thinking aboutrepparttar 107950 meaning of past comments they are missing whatrepparttar 107951 person is currently saying. If you are not sure you understand whatrepparttar 107952 person said, make sure to ask a question or two that will clarify their comment. This should be welcomed by whoever is speaking, as it shows you are both listening AND interested in truly understanding what they are saying. Realize that much of communication is non-verbal. It is equally important to listen with your eyes as it is with your ears. By making good eye contact withrepparttar 107953 speaker you will pick up much more ofrepparttar 107954 meaning behind what is being said. Facial expressions, hand gestures, and body language all play a vital role in understandingrepparttar 107955 full message. By actively watchingrepparttar 107956 person speaking, you will also show your engagement and give them more confidence and energy in what they are saying.

Masteringrepparttar 107957 art of listening certainly doesn't happen overnight, so be patient with yourself while you are putting your new skills torepparttar 107958 test, enjoyrepparttar 107959 process, and as always….


Eric is president of Freedom Speakers & Trainers, & an instructor & personal coach on memory, goals, attitude, time management & communication. He is a national know memory trainer that has worked with thousands of companies to enhance their memory. He is co-author of Winning The Name Game, an at home study course that teaches individuals how to remember the names of everyone they meet.

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