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A collection of posts about public speaking designed to help you deliver memorable performances when speaking for business | from our blog

Sales presentations are performances. If you are speaking for business before an audience, you must be able to speak publicly, confidently and convincingly. Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? And yet, how many business presentations have you attended where you couldn’t hear or understand the speaker? Many business presenters worry about public speaking. If you feel nervous, apprehensive and uncomfortable about presenting your case to an audience big or small, you are not alone. There are, however, a number of key areas you can work on. 

In this collection of posts, you’ll discover how to tackle public speaking anxiety, allowing you to deliver more engaging and memorable performances when speaking for business...



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Our free advice library offers useful presentation tips in a variety of key areas with a range of unique documents available to download. How to Speak Well in Public, the Expert Guide, will help you to control your nerves and allow you to deliver more natural, personable public speaking performances. Fear of public speaking is incredibly common amongst presenters speaking for business. After all, being an expert in a specific field of study often requires a skillset completely separate to that of performing before an audience. However, creating a planning process for high impact sales presentations can help to enhance your reputation for excellence and authority within your business field.

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This principle says that redundant information interferes with learning and material being retained in long term memory. Giving people more information, does not necessarily increase their ability to remember the key learning points.

This principle is to all about choosing the best mode for communicating your message. Generally speaking people prefer to listen to a well-illustrated presentation than read an explanation – even if both use similar illustrations...

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This principle says that close synchronicity between what you say (narration) and what you show (supporting graphics) helps audience members remember your message.

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This principle, known as Spacial Contiguity, simply says that words and illustrations relating to one another are better understood if positioned close together...


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