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A 5-point presentation checklist
Ragan
Anyone who has delivered a presentation knows preparation is the key to success. Practice is invaluable, but preparation requires more than rehearsing your delivery in the mirror. The following is a short checklist to make sure you are prepared for any presentation.
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The 7 daily disciplines of the successful speaker
Speaker Magazine
Mark Sanborn writes, "Fellow professional speaker Scott Ginsberg once asked me, 'What do you do each day to assure your ongoing success?' I thought it was one of the best questions I've ever been asked. For over 25 years, I've considered what activities have given me the biggest payback on my investment of time and expertise. The biggest challenge of professional speaking isn't being successful; it is being successful over the long run. Longevity trumps the temporary, and requires daily disciplines. At different times in your business, there will be different things you need to do, but these seven activities — when done daily — will stack the odds in your favor for long-term success.
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Tips for overcoming your blind spots
Harvard Business Review Blog Network
We all have such blind spots, and they are weaknesses we should combat. Even that idea is unfashionable in an era when we are urged to focus on polishing strengths. In the world of professional music, it's often the opposite. Most conductors, for instance, begin rehearsals by directing the orchestra immediately to the most difficult passages in a given piece, and spend most time on them, because they are areas of weakness. But how do managers work actively to fight weaknesses of which, by definition, they are insufficiently aware?
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4 ways to build — and improve — customer relationships
Fox Small Business
Every successful company knows the importance of keeping customers happy. However, doing so can be much easier said than done. Although building those relationships can be a challenge, businesses can take a number of tried and true steps to improve customer relationships. With that in mind, Mike Muhney, CEO and owner of contact management software company VIPorbit, has the following tips for businesses looking to build lasting relationships with their customers.
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Keep people from derailing meetings
Inc.
Sure, those long and boring meetings are sometimes a necessary evil — not everything can be ironed out via other methods of communication. But how can you make sure your huddles are productive affairs?

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Why audiences detest presenters that abuse or avoid PowerPoint
Midcourse Corrections
Presentations are the business currency of today. PowerPoint is nearly unavoidable. However, misuse of PowerPoint is avoidable!

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Powerful presence: What you deliver beyond your words
Speaker Magazine
You probably deliver a powerful message in the final words of your speech. You should be sending this same message with your presence from the time you enter the speaking venue, until the time you leave.

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8 unique types of conference relationships you can grow
Midcourse Corrections
Our connections to people matter. Currently we are watching as the Web moves away from connecting documents and instead focuses on connecting people. A person's profile tells us things they care about and their connections tell us who they trust. Those profiles move from website to website with us. Similarly, savvy conference organizers are taking some cues from the Web transformation. They are changing their conference from being about connecting with content or technology to focusing on connecting people.
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Grow your business network with social media
Social Media Examiner
Is your business or company struggling to find new customers? Do you know how to build your business network on social media? Before you can sell, you have to create a trusted relationship with your future customer. The following discusses four ways to use social media to find and establish relationships with new prospects and leads for your business.
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Put your best self forward this fall
American Express OPEN Forum
Though not the start of the calendar year, the first autumn day always brings the promise of something crisp, something new. Things either start fresh or gain momentum in the fall after a lazy summer season — make sure your business is one of them. Whether you're starting a business, or are knee deep in it, the following eight tips can help you put your best self forward, even when walking in three-inch heels.
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Give better presentations by thinking of yourself as a mentor
Lifehacker
One of the biggest challenges when giving a presentation or speaking in public is feeling self-conscious. Similarly, the worst presenters seem too self-absorbed and self-promoting. Presentation expert Nancy Duarte offers this advice to overcome this hurdle: Be like Yoda.
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120 WPM
Ethos3
It's hard to listen, especially these days. When we talk with a friend, a family member, a co-worker, or even just listen to a TED Talk on YouTube, we drift in and out and struggle to "hang on every word." The advent of devices only makes it worse: now, in addition to our normal human distraction, we have the serotonin addiction of our favorite apps and the latest digital interactions drawing our attention away from what is being said. For the average speaker, whether on stage or just sitting across the restaurant table, this creates enormous problems for communication.
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