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Guide to Virtual Meeting Etiquette for Summer Associates and First-Year Associates

Realize it or not, you are constantly presenting at work – whether you are speaking to one person on the phone, to a small group during a virtual meeting, or too many people at an online networking or social...

The Power of Subtraction in Public Speaking

There was a great piece in the Washington Post titled, “We instinctively add on new features and fixes. Why don’t we subtract instead?” Here is helpful summary from the article of the research conducted by the authors:  “[W]hen asked to change or improve something,...

Craft better presentations in less time with our Sandwich Structure Method

Whether presenting virtually or in person, more and more professionals want to emulate a TED Talk-style in their briefings, research reports, recommendations, pitches, training modules, conference presentations, board meetings, and updates at...

Avoid “death by PowerPoint” by following these four principles of effective visual aids

One of the biggest mistakes professionals make when preparing a presentation is to begin by opening up Microsoft PowerPoint, its Apple-product cousin Keynote, Google Slides, or another presentation software. These programs are not suited for crafting content. When...

How to convey confidence in a virtual meeting or presentation

At Spoken with Authority, we believe that you are constantly presenting at work, whether you are speaking in a conversation at the water cooler, on a phone call, in a meeting, or at a lectern at a conference or gala. And you can convey confidence in any of these...

The Power of Subtraction in Public Speaking

There was a great piece in the Washington Post titled, “We instinctively add on new features and fixes. Why don’t we subtract instead?” Here is helpful summary from the article of the research conducted by the authors:  “[W]hen asked to change or improve something,...

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Six ways to exaggerate during your next formal speech

Earlier this month, my husband had the honor of officiating the wedding of one of his closest friends. And in the weeks before the wedding, I had the honor of advising my husband on the content and the delivery of his ceremony. (Good news: we’re...

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It’s OK to cry when you’re giving a speech

Watching Hillary Clinton’s concession speech on Wednesday reminded me of something I’ve said to many of my clients, “The best speeches are the hardest to give.” At times, the Democratic presidential nominee was teary eyed as she gave a powerful speech that was...

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What makes a speaker authentic?

Authenticity. It’s something that speakers strive for, but it’s not an easy concept to define. So then, what does authenticity look like? And, what doesn’t authenticity look like? Authenticity looks: – Vulnerable Authentic speakers open up. They tackle difficult...

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