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Smile! It Shows the Audience that You are Enjoying Speaking to Them

by Regina Clark - on Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Smile! It Shows the Audience that You are Enjoying Speaking to Them

Effective speakers use visual language to engage the audience. Your hand gestures, facial expression, posture, movement and eye contact are critical components of your visual language. When you take the stage, always maintain eye contact with the audience, not with the screen behind you. Make sure you are appropriately and professionally dressed for the occasion. Make sure your appearance is neat and clean. You don’t need to have a $1000 suit but you need to be dressed appropriately. You don’t want the audience to remember you because your slip was showing or because your shirt was wrinkled. Don’t wear anything that is distracting and takes away from your message. For example, 20 bangle bracelets that make noise every time you gesture is not a great idea. Practice your hand gestures and body movement when you rehearse your speech. Your hand gestures should complement your language, not distract the audience. If you are a mess, the audience will perceive that you don’t know what you are talking about. Don’t forget to smile! When you smile it looks like you are enjoying the audience. 

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Sally Riding Among the Stars

by Regina Clark - on Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Sally Riding Among the Stars

Ten years ago, I was in the audience as Dr. Sally Ride delivered the opening keynote address at the Society for Women Engineers National Conference in Detroit, Michigan. I was at the conference to moderate a panel on work/life balance. I vividly remember Sally‚Äôs charm, humor, passion and brilliance! 

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Managers Need Skills!

by Regina Clark - on Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Managers Need Skills!

There are three reasons people are promoted into management or supervisory positions: 

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Speaking Secrets to Engage Remote Audiences

by Regina Clark - on Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Speaking Secrets to Engage Remote Audiences

In today’s global business environment, sharing information with remote audiences via web conferencing and webinars has quickly replaced face to face meetings and live training. Web conferencing is convenient and cost effective for global organizations. There are a variety of vendors that offer web conferencing and webinars at a variety of price points. I use Citrix Go to Webinars to deliver webinars; it is user friendly and affordable. Some of my clients use WebEx, Adobe Connect and Microsoft Office Live Meeting for their conferencing needs. WebEx is the most senior Web conferencing provider on the market today. Whoever you chose to work with, make sure that they offer technical assistance. 

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Ownership is not Leadership

by Regina Clark - on Friday, January 20, 2012
Ownership is not Leadership

I'm working with a new client which is privately owned. There are nine business partners, three who are actively involved with the day to day business. Last week, I had the opportunity to interview eight members of the staff, four senior executives and four lower level employees. I was interested in learning more about the corporate culture in order to customize a recognition training program for the management team. This client provides a limited amount of management development training during the year.  

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Are We Having Fun Yet? Keeping your Brightest Employees Motivated

by Regina Clark - on Thursday, November 17, 2011
Are We Having Fun Yet? Keeping your Brightest Employees Motivated

I was just invited to speak at the 2012 SHRM Talent Management Conference being held in Washington DC on May 1, 2012. Here is the program description: 

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Business Etiquette Tips

by Regina Clark - on Thursday, November 03, 2011
Business Etiquette Tips

A client just asked if I could deliver a 1/2 day training program on business etiquette for a New York audience. Business etiquette is about how we behave at work. I jotted down some business etiquette tips which will work in NY. Let me know if you have more to add to the list. 

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Dealing with Nerves Before a Presentation

by Regina Clark - on Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Dealing with Nerves Before a Presentation

Nervous energy is good. It means that you care. Learning how to use the nervous energy to pump you up instead of paralyzing you is not as hard as you might think. Here are a few things that you can do to reduce your nerves prior to a presentation. 

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10 Presentation Tips

by Regina Clark - on Wednesday, August 17, 2011
10 Presentation Tips

Business presentations do not have to be boring! As a matter of fact, most content is not boring, it’s the speaker who is boring. Usually speakers are boring because they don’t know how to have fun when standing in front of an audience. If the speaker is boring, the audience will definitely be bored. If the speaker has some fun, the audience will be engaged and retain the information that the speaker is communicating. Having fun is definitely the way to go. Here are a few ways to add some fun or spice to your business presentations. 

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Google Builds Better Bosses

by Regina Clark - on Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Google Builds Better Bosses

This past Sunday (3/13/2011) The NY Time published an article about Google building better bosses.  In 2009, Google launched Project Oxygen, the objective was to review thousands of pieces of data and figure out what it takes to be a great manager at Google. I am so excited about this list because it is based on real data, not just assumptions.  Here is the list in order of importance: 

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