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Adapt Presentations to Listeners
Advancement Weekly Article The best presentations are tailored to the audience, write communications experts.

Simple Speeches are Great Speeches
Advancement Weekly Article Steve Jobs' 2005 commencement address at Stanford University has been viewed more than 4 million times on YouTube. One Forbes staff writer notes that Jobs’ speech is a veritable clinic for all managers who have to speak before a crowded room.

PowerPoint Alternatives: What to Do When Your Presentations Put People to Sleep
Advancement Weekly Article A recent survey reveals that about one in five working adults would rather do taxes, go to the dentist or work on a Saturday than sit through a PowerPoint presentation. Sound familiar? A public speaking expert offers managers and other users of the ubiquitous software advice on how to jazz up presentations and keep audiences from wishing they were elsewhere.

Cope with Fear of Public Speaking
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders can take the stress out of a presentation by researching their audience prior to the event, says a communications specialist.

Public Speaking Tips for Shy Leaders
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Even introverted leaders can be confident public speakers, writes a communications expert.

Sound More Confident By Following Simple Advice
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Whether giving a speech or talking to colleagues, leaders can sound more confident by speaking slower and being more expressive with their hands, writes a communications expert.

Practice Alone Doesn’t Make Perfect for Speeches
Advancement Weekly Article Practicing a speech over and over again won’t necessarily make someone better at delivering it, writes a communications expert.

3 Tricks to Make Presentations More Memorable
Advancement Weekly Article What makes a presentation memorable isn’t the speaker’s jokes or clever opening story—it’s how the information is embedded in listeners’ minds, writes a psychology expert.

Gestures in Presentations: 8 Reminders
Advancement Weekly Article In a presentation, let your hands do plenty of “talking,” suggest several body language experts.

Why the Best Candidate Might Have an Imperfect Résumé
Advancement Weekly Article Imagine two qualified applicants apply for an open position. The first has a flawless résumé, but the second has job-hopped and went to a less prestigious school. Who’s the best choice?

A Guide to Boosting Your Team's Creativity
Advancement Weekly Article Creativity can be broken into measurable, trainable competencies, writes a behavioral researcher. To foster team creativity, managers should take these eight steps.

Tips to Boost Impromptu Speaking Skills
Advancement Weekly Article Leaders tend to overestimate their impromptu speaking skills, according to two researchers, but professionals can use several tactics to speak well off-the-cuff.

5 Presentation Tips to Impress Your Boss
Advancement Weekly Article Giving presentations to your boss requires planning and preparation---no matter how familiar you are with the subject. According to one public speaking expert, there are surefire ways to nail a presentation.

How to Make Impactful and Memorable Presentations
Advancement Weekly Article Can you remember the details of the last presentation you attended? If not, there's a chance that it lacked a strong and memorable message, writes one content strategist.

These Myths Ruin Your Presentations
Advancement Weekly Article The misconception that all you need is charisma could impact the effectiveness of your presentation, writes one communications expert.

Beat Your Fear of Public Speaking
Advancement Weekly Article While you may be uncomfortable with public speaking, the skill is important to have—for both personal and professional reasons, writes one business expert.

Time for a Buzzword Diet
CURRENTS Article Every industry has its jargon. Advancement professionals are known offenders, using not only the words listed above but also many more. Leverage and impact, anyone? To help decrease the jargon in your office, the Kentucky-based creative agency Cornett has gone super-meta with the Marketing Buzzword Jar—a playful creation designed to make professionals think about the language they use.

Three Minutes or Less
CURRENTS Article In 2016, for the second year in a row, the University of California challenged master's and doctoral students to sum up their years of research within three minutes. The Grad Slam is a systemwide competition drawing nearly 500 graduate students from the humanities to the hard sciences. Participants race a stopwatch to deliver the most interesting, easy-to-understand, and engaging talk.

CASE Names Virginia Carter Smith Scholars
Article,  BriefCASE Article CASE has named 14 individuals as the 2016-2017 Virginia Carter Smith Scholarship winners.

Use SPARQ to Energize Presentations
Article,  BriefCASE Article Imagine you come back to work from a long vacation, and someone asks you what you did. You're not going to sit there and list your schedule, hour-by-hour. Instead, you might show them a picture, tell them something you learned or share a funny story.

Speak with Passion, Not Emotion
Advancement Weekly Article Effective leaders are also effective communicators who are able to successfully combine the right amount of passion with emotion in their speeches, one leadership expert writes.

Use SPARQ to Energize Presentations
Article,  Community College News Article Imagine you come back to work from a long vacation, and someone asks you what you did. You're not going to sit there and list your schedule, hour-by-hour. Instead, you might show them a picture, tell them something you learned or share a funny story.

Odds and Ends: Stage Sage
CURRENTS Article In his new book, TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking, Chris Anderson, head of TED Talks, offers advice on crafting a story and presenting yourself onstage.

Odds and Ends: Lighting a Communications Fire
CURRENTS Article Actor Alan Alda is using improvisational theater techniques to teach science and medical professionals how to discuss their work in a clear and relatable manner.

Master the Art of PowerPoint
Advancement Weekly Article The right fonts, layout and photos can make a PowerPoint presentation better, writes a leadership coach.

Avoid Evasiveness when Public Speaking
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Public speakers can lose their command of a room by using hedging language like “I think,” “sort of” or “kind of,” writes a business school professor.

Give a Speech You Haven't Prepared For
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Anyone can learn how to give a memorable speech with practically no advance warning, writes a public speaking expert.

Techniques for Quelling Fear of Public Speaking
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article People can keep their nerves at bay before delivering a big speech by using the right relaxation tactics, says one public speaking coach.

Presenters Should Engage Audience Members
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article To deliver an excellent presentation, leaders should interact with their audience by asking questions and responding to their answers, says a communications expert.

Avoid These Common Vocal Miscues
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article When preparing for a speech, leaders should focus not only on what they plan to say but also how they plan to say it, says a linguist.

How to Eliminate Filler Words in Public Speaking
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Presenters should avoid using filler words—such as “um, “uh” and “literally”—to make their speeches more powerful, says a communications specialist.

Master the Art of Confident Speech
Article,  BriefCASE Article Advancement professionals can learn how to speak in ways that command the trust and respect of others by taking pride in their jobs and practicing how they present ideas, says a public speaking coach.

Watch Pronoun Usage in Speeches
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders should be careful how they use “I” and “we” in communications, says a business school professor.

Common Speaking Mistakes Professionals Make
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders should not only think about what they say in a professional setting but also how they say it, say communications specialists.

Things to Avoid Saying during a Presentation
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article A speaker can lose an audience in the first minute of a presentation by saying something inappropriate, says a communications expert.

Overcome Fear of Public Speaking
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article A CASE author says that presenters should approach their speeches with a sense of relaxation—taking deep breaths before speaking and not allowing their muscles to get too tight.

Make Presentations Shorter and More Interactive
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article The era of the PowerPoint presentation is over, says one entrepreneur who notes that today’s audiences don’t respond to one-sided lectures.

Prevent Presentation Problems
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article With careful preparation, leaders can avoid technology glitches at speaking engagements, say presentation experts.

Presenting to Senior Leaders
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers must be succinct when presenting ideas to higher-ranking leaders, who are often pressed for time, says a presentation expert.

Everyone Has Something to Teach
Article,  Community College News Article Both first-time and seasoned presenters at last year's Conference for Community College Advancement say the experience has made them better professionals and are encouraging others to share their knowledge with colleagues at this year's event.

Avoid These Presentation Gaffes
Advancement Weekly Article A recent viral video spoofing a well-known lecture series demonstrates several public speaking faux pas, says a communications expert.

Ways to Lose Your Audience
Advancement Weekly Article It’s easier than ever for a public speaker to lose his or her audience, says an executive coach.

Rules of Conduct for the Conference Room
Advancement Weekly Article When managers prep for their next team meeting, they should consider not just what they’ll say but how they’ll say it, says a communications professional.

Make Presentations More Passionate
Advancement Weekly Article Communications experts say that an audience is more likely to care about a presenter and his remarks if they sense that he is passionate about the topic.

What Comedians can Teach You about Public Speaking
Advancement Weekly Article A communications expert says leaders could learn a lesson from comedians who he believes are the “ultimate public speakers.”

Great Visuals Make a Great Presentation
Advancement Weekly Article People respond better to visuals than the spoken word alone, say communications experts. Still, they warn that not all visuals enhance a presentation.

Calming Nerves before a Presentation
Advancement Weekly Article Is there anything that people can do when their nerves get the best of them during public speaking? A reporter from Inc. magazine recently interviewed a pair of communications experts for the answer.

Learn to Say Less during Presentations
Advancement Weekly Article If you had 30 seconds instead of 30 minutes to get your message across in a presentation, would you be able to do it?

Presentations in the Social Media Age
Advancement Weekly Article Being a great speaker is never easy, writes a communications expert. But now, with audience members likely to have mobile devices in hand and real-time access to numerous social channels, he argues that the challenges have multiplied.

The 'Fatal Five' to Avoid During Presentations
Advancement Weekly Article A few years back, nonprofit communications expert Andy Goodman wondered: "Why are so many of our colleagues—decent, well-educated, well-intentioned folks—so good at being boring?" After conducting research for a book on bad presentations and hearing the pet peeves of thousands in the field, he believes he knows why.

Clearing Up Presentation-Speak
Advancement Weekly Article Managers should never use the expression “Does that make sense?” during presentations, writes one public speaking expert who notes that it can have negative implications.

Plugging In
CURRENTS Article Good public relations starts with the face of your institution, but what if your institution's leader needs a face-lift?

Odds and Ends: Commence Operations
CURRENTS Article Judy Woodruff, veteran journalist and commencement speaker, shares her thoughts on how to deliver a memorable speech at graduation.

Manager's Portfolio: Secrets to Powerful Presentations
CURRENTS Article In this article, an experienced presenter gives tips for making your presentations memorable and even moving. Such talks start with practice, are delivered with passion, and end with the audience taking away a call to action.

Write-Minded: Other Voices, Other Rules
CURRENTS Article To write speeches, letters, and other material for your campus president, you have to capture the right tone. Walker offers eight tips on infusing your writing with the confident voice and broad perspective of a CEO.

Write-Minded: Speech Writing that Sings
CURRENTS Article These tips may help speechwriters produce speeches that match the voice and character of the people delivering them: 1) Listen carefully to the speaker's rhythmic flow to pick up on the person's individual quality. 2) Phrase the message to give it the shape and style typical of the speaker. 3) Find out who will be present and what they expect to hear. 4) Expect to be responsible for speaker satisfaction. 5) Rehearse the speech before turning it over to the speaker.

What Do They Expect?
CURRENTS Article Retired University of Richmond professor of communications Tarver outlines a six-step plan for making successful presentations to small groups.

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