Tuesday, August 26, 2014

How to Present Virtually to Non-Native Speakers of English

When presenting over the phone or via webinar to people who are not fluent in English, your voice and choice of words become even more important than when delivering a presentation in person. 

Here are 6 strategies to ensure that you can be easily understood:

1.      Slow down.  Allow enough time for people to hear and understand your words. 

2.      Enunciate.  Leave spaces between your words, so your audience can figure out where one word ends and the next begins.

3.      Speak louder than usual.  Don’t shout, but make sure you can easily be heard, especially over the phone connection (which could be a cell phone, international landline or a voice-over-IP line).

4.      Reduce your use of idioms, jargon and slang, such as “drag your feet” or “batting a thousand.” Use commonly-used, literal words and simple sentence construction.

5.      Include more words on your documents or slides than I usually recommend, since it is often easier for people to read English than to comprehend spoken English.

6.      Consider sending written material ahead of time so they have an opportunity to get familiar with it before your presentation. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Yes, You Can Simplify Your Organization! ASTD-SCC 9/22 meeting

American Society for Training & Development - Southern CT chapter meeting (ASTD-SCC)

Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, 5:45-8:00 PM
Speaker: Ron Ashkenas, Schaffer Consulting

Over the past decade globalization, technology, regulations and new business models have dramatically increased the complexity of many organizations. Faced with too many choices, processes, and facts, managers often feel that they are working longer hours but getting less and less done. Unfortunately, a large portion of the complexity that managers must navigate is self-generated.
In this session, Ron Ashkenas will discuss some of the common ways that we create unnecessary complexity in organizations and what we can do about it.
Attendees will learn how to:
·         Understand the four main types of unnecessary complexity in organizations;
·         Gain self-insight into ways that we and our colleagues unintentionally create complexity;
·         Identify ways to begin addressing complexity in our organization or with our clients.
Ron Ashkenas is a senior partner with Schaffer Consulting in Stamford, CT and an internationally recognized consultant, executive coach, and speaker on organizational transformation, post-merger integration and simplification. Ron is an Executive in Residence at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and the author of Simply Effective: How to Cut Through Complexity in Your Organization and Get Things Done (Harvard Press, 2010)


Date: Monday, September 22, 2014
Time: 5:45 PM Networking/Registration.
6:15 PM Heavy Hors d'Oeuvres and Program
$37 Chapter Members; $50 Guests; $20 Students
Reservation Deadline: Friday, September 19, 2014
Meeting Location: Norwalk Inn and Conference Center, 99 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT
To register or for more information, visit http://www.astdscc.org/event-916495


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Should You Present From Behind a Lectern With a Fixed Microphone?

by Gilda Bonanno LLC www.gildabonanno.com

A client recently had to give a presentation in a conference room that had a lectern with a microphone permanently affixed to it.  He asked if he should present from behind the lectern or not. (The ideal situation would have been a handheld microphone or lavaliere that he could clip to his lapel, but these were not available in this case).

The advantage of presenting from behind the lectern was that he could use the microphone so he could be easily heard by the audience.  However, there were disadvantages of presenting from behind the lectern:  there would be a barrier between him and the audience and he was fixed in one spot so he couldn’t move around the room.  

I suggested that he decide what to do by testing the sound in the room.  If he could not be easily heard from the back of the room without the microphone, then he would need to use the lectern. 

If he was going to use the lectern, he should adjust the microphone so it would project his voice without him having to slouch over it.  He should stand up straight and avoid gripping the sides with his hands.  He should not “hide” behind the lectern, but instead, use gestures and eye contact to engage his audience.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Video: In the Path of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

Keynote speaker Gilda Bonanno recounts her experience in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and how it gave her a vivid understanding of the importance of priorities in life and work. www.gildabonanno.com

Success Inspiration Speaker: In the Path of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami
(12 minutes)

The remainder of the speech can be viewed in the next 4 Success Inspiration Speaker segments:

*Break Out of Your Comfort Zone to Live a More Purposeful Life http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmpsbvKLmEU

*Avoid Career Burnout - Recommit to Your Job or Quit Your Job http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcvUZDtbVeA&feature=colike

* Use Project Management Skills to Manage Your Life http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvtoDJLxXhY

Friday, August 8, 2014

Why You Should Use Pauses When Presenting

by Gilda Bonanno LLC www.gildabonanno.com

When giving a presentation, it’s important not to rush through your material.  A judicious use of pauses during your presentation will help you be a more effective speaker. 

1.      Give you chance to catch your breath (and good breathing makes your voice sound energized)

2.      Give the audience time to take in and understand what you’ve just said

3.      Help you eliminate filler words like “um” and “ah” that occur when your brain hasn’t caught up with your mouth

4.      Allow you to achieve a dramatic effect, for example, when you’re telling a story, or to catch the audience’s attention right before you deliver your key message
So the next time you give a presentation, make sure you take the time to stop occasionally. 

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