how to generate chit chat

How to generate chit-chat in online meetings and classes

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Chit-chat is valuable. It’s how we connect with each other. It generates feelings of trust and empathy. How do you generate chit-chat and off-topic discussions in online classes and meetings? Here are my top 6 ways. 1. Pre-game. I tell students that I show up 15 minutes before class starts. If they’d like to pop …

Uptalk can be lovely

Uptalk can be lovely

By Laura Bergells on

As we move from authoritarian leadership styles to more collaborative leadership styles, you might want to insert a little uptalk into your conversations. What’s uptalk? It’s when you raise your voice at the end of a sentence. You speak a sentence, but the upward lilt makes it sound like a question. It makes you sound …

Flags, Bridges, and Hooks

Practice flags, bridges, and hooks

By Laura Bergells on

You’ll want to practice your flags, bridges, and hooks. They can help you as you present on camera or go into media interviews. Flags, bridges, and hooks help make a media interview conversational. They also help you answer tough questions and make a stronger impact. 🚩 Flagging statements signal you’re about to say something important. …

Get out of your head with actioning

Try this 1 mindfulness technique to reduce stammering

By Laura Bergells on

When smart people start to stammer… …it’s often because they’re thinking 10 steps ahead! 🤔 They’re thinking about what they’re going to say in 5 minutes.🤔 They’re thinking about what someone might ask them in 2 minutes.🤔 They’re even thinking about what they might forget to say! All that thinking? It’s what smart people do! …

just act natural

Public Speaking and Speaking on Camera: Why “Just Act Natural” is Bad Advice

By Laura Bergells on

Let me explain what I’m doing right now. I am sitting alone in a room and I am talking to a piece of glass. And that’s why I think the advice “just act natural” is a bogus piece of public speaking advice. It’s especially egregious for anyone who has to talk in front of a …

Turkey Tail Technique for on camera presentations

Try the Turkey Tail Technique in your next Zoom Meeting

By Laura Bergells on

You need to maintain eye contact with a reporter or interviewer during an on-camera appearance. And yet, you need to cover your main talking points. And stick to an agenda and stay on time. And you don’t want to have wandering or shifty eyes while you’re talking on-camera! What to do, what to do? How …

weird is where the growth happens

Weird is where the growth happens

By Laura Bergells on

A client was rehearsing her presentation. She stood on stage with her arms crossed in front of her. I stopped her. “Try standing with your palms out,” I told her. She did, then stopped. “That feels weird,” she said. “Good,” I said. “Try it again.” She did. “Still feels weird,” she said. “Again.” “Still weird.” …

Canva for Video Posts

How to transform presentation content into video social media posts

By Laura Bergells on

Here’s a question about presentations and videos I started to get a lot last month. I’ll paraphrase it: Hey Laura. How do you do those square, short, silent little videos that you share on LinkedIn and Twitter? The answer is: really easily! I use a tool called Canva. As a stand & deliver trainer, I …