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  • PowerPoint: How to Deliver PowerPoint Presentations Designed by Someone Else

    By Doug Staneart, Author of The Fearless Presentations Seminar Narrating PowerPoint Presentations designed by someone else can be very challenging. In fact, one of the fastest ways to increase public speaking fear and make your PowerPoint presentations sound canned and… well boring, is to try to deliver a PowerPoint slideshow that someone else designed for ...

  • Power Point Tips

    The most frequently asked topic that we get questions on when we conduct public speaking training is always related to PowerPoint Tips. Because PowerPoint is so powerful, people tend to either get really good at all of the bells and whistles and overwhelm their audience, or they use PowerPoint as a crutch and rely on ...

  • Public Speaking Ideas – Audience Participation Adds Impact- Pt5

    Public Speaking Ideas- Audience Participation Adds Impact Part Two Sound Have you ever been in a conversation, heard something and interrupted with, “What was that?” Many would say that sound is one of the most important senses we have. It allows us to listen, of course, but it also serves as an alert, or warning system. It ...

  • Business PowerPoint Presentations with a Little Spice

    Business PowerPoint Presentations have changed a lot in the last ten years, but some of the best presentation secrets have been around for a while…

  • Public Speaking Fear

      By Doug Staneart  Public Speaking Fear? Where does stage fright come from, and how in the world do you get rid of it?  Most people who stand up in front of a group and feel the butterflies in the stomach, the sweaty palms, and the shaky hands think that they are the only ones who feel ...

  • Corporate Team Building Ideas and Creating a Team Culture within Your Company

    by Joe Jessop In today’s tough economic times it is even more important to create a positive team culture within your organization by conducting corporate team building. In this era of downsizing and lay-offs you have to have a positive team culture among your employees. An upbeat and positive team will help your folks feel like ...

  • How to Recover from a Terrible Speech (Bombing on Stage)

    How to recover after giving a terrible public speaking performance and bombing on stage – how I did it after a disastrous speech in college, and how you can too. Ever have one of those situations where you are asked to do some public speaking, and things just don’t go well? Whether it ...

  • Corporate Team Building Ideas to Add Pep and Energy to Your Conference

    Here are three Corporate Team Building Ideas that are guaranteed to add pep and energy to your next conference and turn it into the home run hit you have been looking for. Have your quarterly, bi-annual, or annual conferences become dull and boring? As the planner for your conference, you feel the weight of trying ...

  • Effective Team Building Event Ideas Will Tear Down Communication Silos

    By Connie Timpson/Speaker/Sr. Instructor/The Leader’s Institute Corporate leaders look for strong team building event ideas that “will tear down the walls” that we build between divisions, departments, even cubicles.  Those corporate leaders have a great deal in common with one of the world’s best communicators.  Ronald Reagan told the world, “…tear down those walls.”  Hammer in ...

  • People Skills Vs. Knowledge

    People Skills Win Over Knowledge Research proves Mom right! By Connie Timpson/Keynote Speaker/Instructor/The Leader’s Institute As a journalist I got to do a lot of really cool things, like ripping a hole in the clouds with the The Blue Angels.  It was easy to talk about “tearing across the sky, and painting a beautiful jet trail across ...

  • How to Scare the Gooey Out of a New Public Speaker

    By Doug Staneart 95% of the population has some type of fear of public speaking, and a great deal of this nervousness or anxiety comes from well-meaning friends or coworkers who offer constructive criticism as a way to help a new presenter improve his/her public speaking. Public speaking is not unlike any other new skill that ...

  • Everything You’ve Learned about Public Speaking is WRONG!

    By Doug Staneart Many myths about public speaking have been passed along from person to person over the years, and the one thing that is consistent about these myths is that the people who pass them along are still nervous about speaking. After facilitating over 200 public speaking classes and never having a single person fail ...

  • Secret to Great Presentations: ENTHUSIASM

    By Doug Staneart If you take only one piece of advice about public speaking, make sure that it is this pearl of wisdom. If you focus on this one simple thing, the number of times you say “uhm” won’t matter. If you focus on this one thing, your gestures and not knowing what to do with ...

  • Get off the Short List: Winning Bid Presentations

    By: Doug Staneart In past decades, the contractor who had the lowest bid typically got the job. And while low bids are still critical, today that same contractor is likely to be placed on a “Short List” where the contractor will have to sell himself and sell his company to the potential clients. This is usually ...

  • Effective Public Speaking in Business Presentations

    By: Doug Staneart Right or wrong, people form a perception about how competent you are by how you present yourself when you stand and speak. They also form perceptions about the company you represent based on your performance. In fact, public speaking is an easy way to set yourself apart from your competition, because when you ...

  • I’m Confused… What Should I Do?

    About a year ago, I was teaching a Fearless Presentations class in Las Vegas, and toward the end of the class, one of the participants came up to me at a break to ask me about some of the other programs that we had listed on the back page of our manual. I’ve got to tell ...

  • Put Sizzle in Your Presentation With Unique Stories

    By Connie Timpson/Sr. Instructor/The Leader’s Institute What?! Snow in Florida? Inside the gates of one of America’s most visited attractions? Yes, Cinderella lost her slipper in the slush, and it is raining Iguanas in the sunshine state. I dressed most of our plants as blanket mummies hoping to keep freezing temperatures out and plant life in. Our ...

  • The Art of Persuasion

    The Art of Persuasion More Effective Than “Pushing” or “Demanding” Just do it!      Don’t Leave Home Without It!    You’re In Good Hands Be The First To Know Slogans like these play on emotions that prompt us to buy. The advertising world has perfected the art of persuading us to believe in products, to try things, ...

  • How to persuade an audience during a persuasive speech?

    How to persuade an audience during a persuasive speech will show you how to easily convince any audience that they have to agree with you!

  • Public Speaking Ideas- Audience Participation Adds Impact- Part Six- Synergy

    Public Speaking Ideas– Audience Participation Adds Impact- Part Six- Synergy The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Here is a lesson we need to take to just about every part of our lives, including our presentations. Too often we prepare just wanting to get done. We don’t take time to really think of ...

  • Public Speaking Ideas- Audience Participation Adds Impact-Part Five-Sound

    Public Speaking Ideas– Audience Participation Adds Impact- Part Five- Sound Have you ever been in a conversation, heard something and interrupted with, “What was that?” Many would say that sound is one of the most important senses we have. It allows us to listen, of course, but it also serves as an alert, or warning system. ...

  • Best Way to Eliminate Stage Fright

    Sarah Gershman, President, Green Room Speakers — I still wonder why performance triggers the flight or fight response – and believe that this may have something to do with a negative performance experience as a child – which left the child feeling somehow “attacked” so that every time after that when he/she is asked to speak ...

  • Audiences Are Selfish

    You would think that your profound thoughts and words would be enough to make anyone listen. You want to tell them everything you know about the subject. You worked on your speech or presentation, put in some great language, big dollar words, that will make them understand that you are very smart. And let’s not ...

  • Public Speaking Ideas- Audience Participation Adds Impact- Part Four- Sight

    Public Speaking Ideas– Audience Participation Adds Impact- Part Four- Sight What do you see when you participate in a presentation? Or better yet, what do people see when you are presenting? They see you, of course, and perhaps your flip charts and PowerPoint slides, but what else. We are presenting to generations that grew up with ...

  • Public Speaking Ideas- Audience Participation Adds Impact- Part Three- Smell

    Public Speaking Ideas– Audience Participation Adds Impact- Part Three- Smell  I was working outside the other morning and the air was fresh and blowing. The smell of rain was drifting about and it made me want to close my eyes and just breathe deeply. I don’t often contemplate the olfactory sense, but it is an important ...

  • Great Leaders-Build Trust And Rapport

    by Connie Timpson/Instructor/The Leader’s Institute President Barack Obama swept into the United Nations with his signature smile, and most of the world leaders smiled back. Even if you do not agree with his politics, you have to admit that his eager, open and charming smile is pretty likeable. And for most, his smile creates a sense ...

  • Public Speaking Ideas- Audience Participation Adds Impact

    Public Speaking Ideas– Audience Participation Adds Impact- Part Two- Taste A great meal is a great memory. I can’t remember every meal I’ve eaten (although I carry the evidence), but I can remember certain times that were outstanding. A good public presentation is that way, it is memorable- like a great taste that lingers in the ...

  • Public Speaking Ideas- Audience Participation Adds Impact- Part One- Touch

     Public Speaking Ideas–  Audience Participation Adds Impact Communication has changed. My dad grew up listening to radio. The family would gather around and sit attentively as the radio broadcast news, variety shows, and serials. I grew up with television. Not only did I have something to listen to, but my eyes were involved as well. My ...

  • Presentation Tip: Narrow Down Your Topic

    “Narrow down your speech to five or fewer key points and use examples and stories to validate your points. This makes your presentation easier to deliver and easier for your audience to agree with you.” — Doug Staneart, Fearless Presentations Bootcamp

  • Public Speaking Tip – Memorize Your Speech. No Don’t

    By Connie Timpson/ Sr. Instructor at The Leader’s Institute “It’s not that long. I can memorize it.” Maybe. But why would you? Memorizing speeches sets you up for anxiety and possible failure. It robs you of spontaneity and creative thought. If someone interrupts your speech to ask a question, you may find that the tumblers on ...

  • Don’t Faint, It’s Just A TV Camera

    By Connie Timpson/Sr. Instructor/The Leaders Institute   Relax, Mike Wallace rarely does interviews anymore, and Nancy Grace is only interested in scandal. It’s just you, a camera crew, lights so bright that you wish you had worn shades, a microphone cord running up your shirt or blouse just to remind you, “Make no mistake. We’ve got you!” ...

  • Enthusiasm Can Turn Boring Material Into Exciting Material

    Enthusiasm Can Turn Boring Material Into Exciting Material By Connie Timpson/Sr. Instructor The Leader’s Institute Chris Martin of Coldplay believes that enthusiasm is more important than just about anything when it comes to wowing crowds.”  We rely more on enthusiasm than actual skill,” he told 60 Minutes’ Steve Kroft. “Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically and people ...

  • Top 5 Myths about Public Speaking Fear

    The Top Five (5) Biggest Myths about Public Speaking Fear and Stage Fright By Doug Staneart, CEO of The Leader’s Institute(R) It’s time to set the record straight. ANYONE can be a fantastic, world-class speaker with a little bit of training, a little bit of coaching, and a little bit of practice. It doesn’t take years of ...

  • Stories – The Magic Elixir For Stage Fright

    Stories – The Magic Elixir For Stage Fright By Connie Timpson/Sr. Instructor/The Leaders’ Institute We’ve all been there. You know the material. You have practiced and practiced. You are confident in the power of the message, yet there is a knot of nerves in your stomach threatening to knock you to your knees. Suddenly what you wanted ...


Author: Doug Staneart, Date Published: February 3, 2011

Doug Staneart is president of The Leader's Institute ®. He is based in the Dallas, Texas Region. He is a specialist in corporate team building activities and custom presentation skills seminars.

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