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What research says about being charisma during public presentations

January 09, 2017 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Why would a person involved in public speaking care about being charismatic? Because, by its very definition, we find charismatic people compelling and persuasive. That is exactly what we want to achieve with our public presenting — we want to be influential. We want to be charismatic. But what makes a person charismatic? Some research conducted by a professor from University of Queensland was recently discussed on a Harvard Business Review podcast and, interestingly, the professor’s research discovered that ... (click on the headline to watch video)

The five things every writer should know about the life of a pencil

January 03, 2017 | Writing

There are five things ever writer needs to know about a pencil. I’m about to tell you the well-worn story of a pencil — a tool still used to this day by many writers. Everywhere you hear the word “pencil” think “writer” and about the lesson being imparted that is relevant to writing. So, here is the story of the Pencil Maker, who took the pencil aside one day, just before putting the pencil in the box and said: “There are five things you need to know before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and you will become the best pencil you can be. Number one ... (click on the headline to view video)

The only three things you need to know about body language

December 28, 2016 | Presentations, Verbal communication

One of the things public speakers are prone to worry about or over-complicate is body language. Body language is really not that complicated. There are just three things we need to take into account to cover our bases. Number one ... (click on the headline to watch video)

How to build the writing habit

September 26, 2016 | Writing

Everyone has a book in them it seems. But almost no one actually writes one. Why? Because it is such a formidable task, and that is because people do not take the time to develop a writing habit that makes the process manageable. There are many thoughts and techniques for developing a writing habit. This video explains one of the best of them. Click on the headline to continue.

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