Tips to improve your communication and presentation speaking skills

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Why do you need to learn how to communicate authentically, passionately and persuasively? According to Carnegie Mellon, “85% of your professional and personal success is based on your communication, presentation and speaking skills”. Pew Research reports the number one quality companies seek for leadership talent when they hire or promote someone is communication skills. This is why you need to learn how to communicate authentically, passionately and persuasively.

No matter what your occupation is—once you can communicate with your mind, voice and body in sync you will inform, you will illuminate, you will inspire and earn the attention, trust and respect of any listener or audience.

Your mental, vocal, and physical toolboxes are vast untapped resources. Training in mindfulness, acting, storytelling and improvisation will unlock those resources. A recent story in the Boston Globe describes how scientists at Boston University developed the skills to successfully present their research and data to non-scientists. They were trained by acting, storytelling and improvisation professionals.

Here are a few tips to improve your communication, presentation and speaking skills.

1. Learn how to mindfully plan and organize content your specific audience will understand and benefit from.
2. Learn how to find your unique authentic voice and develop a rich vocal range.
3. Learn how to increase your physical presence with strong expressive body language.
4. Learn how to develop and deliver engaging stories making an emotional connection with your audience.
5. Learn how to improvise.
6. And learn how to AVOID PowerPointless.

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Blumsack Brown BackgroundAs a coach, trainer and consultant, Larry Blumsack partners with people and organizations on the move and those already there to accelerate their communication, presentation and speaking skills to be on par with their ambition. Through one-on-one coaching and group training Larry helps leaders and aspiring leaders elevate their presence and communication skills to influence more people, sell more products-services-ideas and inspire others more successfully than they ever imagined.

Larry is the bestselling author of Face-to-Face is The Ultimate Social Media and founder of Zoka Institute and Zoka Training®. Zoka Training® — Mind/Voice/Body/Mindfulness in sync — is the result of Larry’s 45 years as a coach, acting teacher, actor, voice-over artist, theater and TV director/producer, radio & TV commentator and show host, speaker, trainer, serial entrepreneur, and syndicated columnist. Larry was a founding member of the theater department at Northeastern University.

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