Thank You Slide

How do you feel about the “thank you” slide?

By Laura Bergells on

At the end of a presentation, you can say, “thank you.” Sure, it’s not the strongest close in the world. However, it’s certainly acceptable to say “thank you” if you’re feeling especially grateful or moved. But a slide that reads “Thank You” at the end of your presentation? That’s weak. A “Thank You” slide takes …

Why do people love the positive-attitude presenter?

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We have different feelings about that guy. Who’s that guy? Oh, you know that guy. He’s that presenter that’s very pumped up in front of his audience. He’s idiotically happy, and demands that you act that that way, too. HE: Good morning! AUDIENCE: Mmm. HE: I can’t hear you! Gooood MORNING! Let me hear you …

In business, do looks matter? Really?

By Laura Bergells on

When I was introduced to a man at a business meeting, I felt shocked. As I shook his hand, I stared into the face of an infamous serial killer. The man wasn’t really a mass murderer. Unfortunately, he looked exactly like him. As the man spoke to me, I tried to listen. Really. But I …

Go nuts with design

Slide Design: Try this ‘Simple’ Game…

By Laura Bergells on

I love working with talented professional designers. They can help you create slides that not only look beautiful, but really help enhance your presentation. However, most of the time, I don’t have the luxury or budget to hire a design team to produce my slides. For many business presentations, slide design becomes a do-it-yourself effort. …

How are you using improv skills to build credibility?

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True story: I haven’t formally interviewed for a job since 1999. So when a local university called to ask if I could conduct a training session about interviewing skills, I politely declined. I haven’t interviewed for a real job since 1999. I don’t feel qualified to speak to a modern audience about interviewing for a …

mindful presentation

How to Effectively Coach a Public Speaker: try the “ONE” thing…

By Laura Bergells on

You can read a ton of books and blogs that offer advice on how to become an effective public speaker. However, you don’t have the capacity to implement all the advice at once. Instead, let’s look at the core of the word “presentation”. It’s the word “present”. I know I’m at my best when I’m truly …

Bullet Points Equal Um

Bullet Points Equal Um, Ah, and Er

By Laura Bergells on

The next time you watch someone deliver a presentation that’s bullet point heavy – make a mental note. The speaker will often verbalize the bullet point with a filler word like “um, uh, ah, so, or like”. They’ll actually say “um” where the bullet point is! When I ask students to share the results of …

When was the last time you flipped someone the bird?

By Laura Bergells on

Earlier this week, I showed this image of an adorable baby during a body language training segment. I asked the class, “Is this baby angry?” The class smirked. Sure, the baby’s flipping the bird, but the infant’s not angry. A baby has no idea that showing the middle finger might be an obscene or angry …

I can haz mad communication skillz…

By Laura Bergells on

If you say you have excellent communication skills, you’re demonstrating that you don’t. Communication skills are self evident, not self described. Yet many hiring managers persistently write “strong communication skills” as a requirement in job descriptions. Sadly, savvy job hunters must include the vile term “excellent communication skills” in their résumés …or risk being rejected by …