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Presentations: What do Gestures have to do with Persuasion?

This is a guest post from my associate Judie Knoerle, owner of Red Cup Presentations and author of UPFRONT Persuasion Through Presentation.

As a presentation coach I find the most often asked question is, “What do I do with my hands?” Holding them behind your back signals you’re hiding something. Clutching them in front of your body, protecting vital organs, signals you’re nervous. Gesturing as you would in normal conversations usually entails unconsciously emphasizing almost every word in a phrase. None of these actions is appropriate for presentations. … Read More

Persuasion Series: Is Your Energy Contagious?

Judie Knoerle, my colleague and author of UPFRONT Persuasion Through Presentation, a globally branded presentations skills program has contributed this post to our Persuasion Series. Judie is a presentations coach extraordinaire and she is called the “Presentations Whisperer” in Chicago where she lives.

I’ve always believed that we should surround ourselves with people who replenish our energy rather than drain it. Audiences feel similarly about presenters.

If you speak at a low volume with limited voice modulation and few gestures, you will drain the energy of the audience as … Read More

Presentations: Is Persuasion a Dirty Word?

In the work I do coaching people in sales and presentation effectiveness, I see people being tentative about the word “persuasion”. They don’t want to come across as pushy or manipulative. With this mindset, they beat around the bush. Is that true for you?

In many ways, becoming persuasive is like making money or losing weight: everyone wants it, but few do what they need to do. They want it, but at the same time, they’re afraid of it. In fact, people sabotage their own efforts.

Every day we’re trying … Read More

Presentations: Why People Fail at Persuasion

Canadian Venture Communications CEO and Dragons’ Den co-star Arlene Dickinson has released her book Persuasion: A New Approach to Changing Minds. In an interview, Arlene speaks about one reason people fail to persuade — the feeling that their opinion isn’t valued or valuable.

People have a thought in their heads but they don’t say it because they aren’t confident about how it will be received. In her interview she says, “If you don’t say how you really feel, then you are guilty of letting other people make choices … Read More

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