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Getting through to the busy people in your world will always be a huge challenge. And whether those opportunities are big or small, personal or professional, none of us can avoid the necessity to deliver presentations. In this course, you'll learn highly practical tips from a Ted Talks coach that will help you speak with greater confidence and credibility so you and your ideas can be heard. In just the first lesson, you will see your skills climb to the next level.
Master Four Speaking Skills That Create a Stronger Impression
-Learn what 'good eye contact' actually is and how it builds trust and believability
-Develop stronger vocal delivery to enhance impact (lose those pesky ummms and uhhhhs!)
-Leverage meaningful gestures to create stronger emphasis to key points
-Use more purposeful/relaxed movement for greater engagement
Studies show it's not just about what you say, but equally if not more importantly it's how you say it.
As you consider this training, ask yourself this important question: How do you want to be perceived? Confident and credible? Believable and trustworthy? Engaging and knowledgeable? Now consider how you prepare. If you're like most people, you'll spend most of your time grinding out PowerPoint visuals but here's the disconnect. Nearly all the perception words you might come up with will always have more to do with how you are delivering your message. That's right. People will most often forget your words but they'll remember how you delivered them.
In this 30 minute course we'll start by discussing the elements of making a solid first impression (because those matter!). We'll unpack four foundational skills, discuss their significance, talk about the science behind what's going on, show you a demonstration of the skill, and give you several practical tips and methods to developing the skill when you're preparing for your next meeting.
Relevant. Specific. Practical. Immediately applicable.
By the end of the course you'll be more equipped to nail your next presentation!
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|Section 1: Start Here|
This short introduction will get you acquainted with your instructor as you learn what to expect from the whole course.
|Section 2: First impressions|
You don't have minutes to finally find your rhythm, your breath and your confidence while presenting. Most people have a warm up minute or two but you don't have that luxury. First impressions are made more quickly than that. So how can you put your best foot forward - literally? After this lecture you'll know what parts of our body language communicate confidence and engagement immediately - to build perceptions of trust and credibility right from the start. Write down (and practice) several practical tips from this lecture!
|Quiz 1||2 questions|
Test your knowledge on first impressions!
|Section 3: Foundational Skill Area: Eye Contact|
Nothing builds the perception of confidence and competence more quickly than solid eye contact. Unfortunately most people either don't know how long good eye contact is (hint: it's not scanning) or they think they're doing it (hint: most people think they're looking longer than they actually are). In this lecture, Amy gives clear and practical coaching in this skill area (eyes!) along with introducing a unique perspective about what presenting actually is; a new mindset that helps communicators connect and engage more authentically.
|Quiz 2||2 questions|
Test what you learned about eye contact!
|Section 4: Foundational Skill Area: Hands|
'What do I do with my hands?!' is one of the most frequent questions we get asked. Most people demonstrate distracting behavior with their hands. The scary part is its mostly subconscious - you don't know you're doing it! In this lecture you'll learn how you can use your hands as a tool to help others retain information, be more dynamic, and express your passion for your ideas. If you 'talk with your hands', take note. How you use them is important!
|Quiz 3||2 questions|
Test what you learned about what to do with your hands when speaking!
|Section 5: Foundational Skill Area: Movement|
Most people underestimate the value of using movement and your space well to be an effective communicator. Studies show people are seen as more authoritative or confident when they take up space. The same talking head at the front of the boardroom or conference room is rarely inspiring. It's predictable. It's stiff. There's a better way to engage your audience. This lecture provides a clear method to using purposeful movement to your advantage! (Note: Pacing is not purposeful! It's distracting.)
|Quiz 4||2 questions|
Test what you learned about using movement while speaking!
|Section 6: Foundational Skill Area: Voice|
There's more to being a compelling communicator than not saying ummm and ahhh - but unfortunately those do make a huge impact on your credibility and confidence. This lecture provides a very clear method to practice three areas of our vocal skills that are worth developing and refining to sound more clear, articulate, and competent.
|Quiz 5||2 questions|
Test what you learned in the vocal delivery skills!
Time to summarize all four skill areas to be the presenter you've always wanted to be. In this final lecture Amy makes an important distinction between communicating more confidence and giving your audience too much power.
Amy Wolff is a Communication Coach for Distinction Communication Inc, a Portland-based communication skills company with high-profile clients all around the world, including Fortune 500 companies. She facilitates small group workshops that help clients become more confident and effective presenters and public speakers: from shoe designers to engineers; utility managers to lawyers; graphic designers to nonprofit directors. In addition to coaching, Amy also speaks at corporate events, college recruiting events at her alma mater, and even traveled to Kigali, Rwanda in 2013 to train 50 community leaders. Most recently she was tasked to coach two (awesome) TEDx speakers at TEDxPortland 2015. Amy lives with her two young daughters and husband in Newberg, OR.