The LESS IS MORE principle of public speaking

August 19, 2014 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Mike Consol teaches public speaking, PowerPoint presentation skills and business writing to companies and business professionals in the Oakland-San Francisco-San Jose Bay Area. Contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 925-449-1040.

To instantly improve your writing, express yourself more conversationally

August 14, 2014 | Blogging, Verbal communication, Writing

The easiest way for many of us to improve our writing – instantaneously – is to write more conversationally. That is easier said than done, but I’m going to share a technique that helps overcome the tendency to write formally and stiffly rather than informally and conversationally. (Click on the headline to watch this video.)

10 examples of simple structures for effective writing and public speaking

By now you should have already watched my previous video, titled: The importance of using a simple structure to communicate effectively. In this video I’m going to give you examples of how each of the 10 simple structures I highlighted in my last video can be applied to writing projects, public speaking assignments, sales presentations, and so on. (Click on the headline to watch this video.)

The importance of using a simple structure to communicate effectively

Communication of any type — whether writing, public speaking or making a sales presentation — requires a simple structure to be truly effective. Using a simple structure accomplishes several things. It keeps us focused. It organizes our content. It reduces our workload. And it makes it far easier for our readers or listeners to understand and remember our message. But what is a simple structure? There are many, but I’m going to show you 10 popular ones in this video to get you started. (Click on the headline to watch this video.)

Professional speakers’ top advice for a successful speech

Never under-estimate the importance of practice. The National Speakers Association surveyed its nearly 4,000 professional speakers by asking this question: What are your top tips for a successful speech. One tip received more than 35 percent of the vote for first in importance—practice. Yet, many people do little or no rehearsing before their presentation. Here’s why that’s a bad idea—and the keys to proper rehearsing. (Click on the headline to watch this video.)

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