Communications Training

So you’ve prepared a great presentation. You’ve done your research. Built some killer slides. Practiced several times in front of a mirror just like that speaker coach told you. And you’re feeling pretty good as you take the stage. But five minutes into it, and...

Like many designers, I started out using Adobe tools before diving into PowerPoint. If you are in a similar situation, or if you just want to get faster, this infographic covers some of the shortcuts that I've found most helpful. Hope you like it! -Ariel [caption id="attachment_2382" align="aligncenter"...

[This is part 2 of a two-part series, part 1 is found here.] Think of a memorable persuasive speech you’ve heard. How did it end? Most likely not like this: “That’s it. Any questions?” Great speeches are punctuated with a finale. Case in point: “Free at last! Free at last!...

When it comes to public speaking, our audience will mostly remember the first thing and the last thing we say. The rule of "primary and recency" tells us so. “That’s awesome, but what about all the stuff I say in the middle?” you may ask. Well, we’ll...

Create a high-impact, memorable keynote. Whether public speaking is your forte or biggest fear, these 10 tips will up your game! 1. Identify your keynote’s purpose In other words, what’s your goal? Share expertise? Outline a plan? Change a common perception? Know your keynote’s purpose and refer to...

In my years of studying communications and teaching public speaking, I’ve learned that the best speakers are typically those who speak from the heart. When you tap into something you are passionate about and communicate that passion in an authentic way, you have a real...

For me, the fun part of drafting a presentation is identifying the major points, creating smooth transitions, and crafting the conclusion. The hard part is knowing how to begin. I always need help finding the all-important hook. The hook of a story is what seizes an audience in the beginning and keeps...