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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Business Cards

Eric GilboordBy Featured Speaker Eric Gilboord

One of the most cost-effective forms of marketing today is the business card. It is an inexpensive, easy to use, and usually welcome advertising medium. Business cards can come in many shapes, sizes and colours. They can be horizontal standard format and vertical (theory being they will stand out from mostly horizontal), or have an extra cover flap. Traditional cards are 2 colour, some embossed, and a few 4 colour. Some people include photos of themselves or their products on the card. Many professionals whose business is based on repeat appointments, like dentists, design the back for writing in your next appointment.

Unlike “junk mail” most people want your business card. But remember, handing out a poorly designed, crumpled card with food on it can leave the wrong impression. Keep your cards crisp and clean in a protective container and proudly take it out and present it to the recipient. Allow them time to read it and absorb the information. Give them time; you don’t want to rush things. This may be the first exposure they have had to you and your company information.

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Public Speaking Tip #19: Presenting to Different Cultures

  People from different cultures communicate, listen, learn and even show respect in different ways. In this sneak peak of Michael Soon Lee’s interview, he shares a few tips for speaking to audiences from a different culture than your own. – – – – – Do you have questions about […]

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Vocal Variety – Spice of the Speech

vocal varietyIt has been shown that we are more likely to be affected by voice of a speaker than by the words spoken. It is how the speech is delivered, rather than what is said, this is most important.

There are five basic ways you can vary your voice when you speak. The variables are volume, pitch, rate, quality and character. Let’s cover these individually.

How loudly or softly you say your words makes a difference in the emotion or impact of those words. For example, if I was to say, “I am very angry” with a soft voice, I’m not as likely to give you the impression that I’m angry, as I would if I said the same thing loudly.

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Butterflies and Stamps: The Difference Between Distracted and Purposeful People

Laura StackBy Featured Speaker Laura Stack

I was an avid reader growing up. I’ve read the Little House on the Prairie series probably 30 times and an unknown number of Black Beauty and Nancy Drew novels. I remember sitting for hours at a time, in the corner of our living room in my daddy’s favorite recliner, absorbed in the stories. My mother would come fuming into the living room occasionally, demanding, “Didn’t you hear me call you??” I would look at her, confused, as I came back to reality, and answer honestly, “No, mommy I didn’t.” And that was the complete truth!

That level of concentration is very hard to achieve today. There are so many things competing for our attention in the workplace, that it’s often very difficult to concentrate. Do you have “half-done” projects all over your office and your home? Do you get distracted easily and tend to blow like the wind in a many different directions? Do you continually talk to yourself about all the things you need to do (“I don’t know…do I talk to myself?”)?

If so, this article is for you. (more…)

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The Power of Handouts

The Power of HandoutsThere are three things that handouts can do for you, your audience and your presentation:

  1. Make it easier for listeners to take notes and follow along
  2. Help members of your audience contact you later
  3. Provide additional, more in-depth information on your topic

So that your handouts actually accomplish these goals, follow these tips:

Leave space for notes
This may sound like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many handouts are text-rich and space poor. Increase the size of your font, use substantial spacing between lines and leave large blocks of white space between thought points so people can take notes.

Put your contact info on every page
Don’t think that just by putting your contact info on the first or last page is enough. Staples come out; people throw away parts of your handout they are not interested in; coffee is spilled. If you put your contact information in the header or footer of every page, you won’t have to worry that people will loose or not be able to find it.

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