how to generate chit chat

How to generate chit-chat in online meetings and classes

By Laura Bergells on

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 …

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! …

bats in the cave Zoom meetings

Zoom Meetings: Prevent BATS IN THE CAVE with 2 simple tips

By Laura Bergells on

I’ve been in quite a few Zoom web meetings lately, and I’ve seen a lot of BATS IN THE CAVE, if you know what I mean. If you don’t know what I mean by BATS IN THE CAVE — it’s when someone is using the camera on their laptop and I can look straight up …

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.” …

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Closed Captioning with Google Slides provides CC for live presentations

By Laura Bergells on

In an attempt to make live presentations more accessible, I first used Closed Captioning in Google Slides for a presentation I gave around a year ago. Closed Captioning in Google Slides is easy to use and does a terrific job. All you need is Google Slides, Google Chrome, a live internet connection, and a microphone. …

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Walk and Talk meetings for data and research briefs

By Laura Bergells on

Do you do “walk & talk” meetings at your organization? One of my favorite times for a “walk & talk” is when I’m presenting research findings. If it all possible — due to the weather and other constraints — I want to get my clients out of the office and into nature. My reasoning? Clients …

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 …

Brain Rules by John Medina

Introduce emotional relevance to your presentations

By Laura Bergells on

“We don’t pay attention to boring things.” John Medina, Brain Rules Sounds basic, right? But how do you NOT be boring when you’re speaking or presenting? Medina tells us to be sure to introduce something emotionally relevant every 10 minutes. At least every 10 minutes! If we don’t, we risk losing the attention and interest …