Communication

Understanding the Unique Qualities of Keynote Speakers

Being a successful public speaker is no easy undertaking. Even people who have years of experience delivering speeches in front of large audiences may still feel jittery and nervous before a speech. Additionally, different types of speakers have different responsibilities to both their own brands and their audiences. Professional speakers of all kinds must possess …

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The Inherent Qualities of All Great Keynote Speakers

Keynote presentations are typically some of the biggest highlights of professional events. A solid keynote speaker can unify an audience and deliver valuable, actionable, and relevant information in an engaging way. A keynote speech delivered expertly can completely transform the atmosphere of an event and open up engaging conversations and learning opportunities among attendees. Becoming …

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Why TED Talks Are the Modern Gold Standard for Presentations

Just about everyone has watched a TED talk at some point in their lives. These seemingly ubiquitous presentations are free and easily shared online through social media, and shown in schools, offices, and other meetings. TED Talks have grown so popular over the years that they are seen as the gold standard of modern presentations, …

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Why Empathy Is Necessary in Negotiation

Empathy is often both the most misunderstood, and least utilized tactic when it comes to business negotiations. However, successful negotiators who understand empathy and how it relates to negotiation, and can put it into practice, can experience a significant difference in their sales. Read on to find out more about empathy and how you can …

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How Setting the Right Tone Will Affect Sales at Your Next Event

When planning any big event, many factors can affect the overall tone – and success – of the event. Choosing the proper venue, music, printed materials, food options, and even dress codes are all part of the planning process. However, the most important factor in achieving the desired tone for your event may be the …

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Can “Dealing With Difficult Conversations” Be Trained?

Difficult is defined as needing much effort or skill to deal with. Conversation is defined as a verbal exchange between two or more people. Why are difficult conversations such a hot topic in articles, academic literature, social media, and training? Because they are so important and unavoidable. Whether it is bringing up a potentially sensitive …

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Ten Traits of an Ideal Annual Sales Event Speaker

The annual sales event is important for your sales team – maybe even the most important part of the year. It’s an opportunity to accomplish several different things, from boosting morale to developing your team as professionals and even making an operational forecast for the coming year. It’s a social event, as well as an …

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Are In-Person Networking Skills Still Important in a Social Media Age?

In the Age of Social Media, how important are face-to-face networking skills? Very, according to recent surveys. The majority (68%) of entry-level professionals place more value on face-to-face networking than online interactions. Furthermore, just over half (51%) of professionals do not have LinkedIn profiles, showing significant dissonance even with the most popular business networking site. …

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