Hold Your Seat! How to be a great presenter at sit-down meetings

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By Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

I am often asked what to do differently when it is necessary to sit down and present.  Many of the techniques are the same, but there are some nuances to consider.

Tip #1: Choose Your Seat Wisely

 Where you sit can have a subtle effect on how strongly you come across to your audience. If possible, seat yourself next to a key decision-maker. If there isn’t one or you don’t know who it is, then try to position yourself more on one end of the group than in the middle. It will be easier to see everyone if they are more in front of you than if they’re seated on either side.

Six Secrets to Better Time Management

By Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

time-managementNo matter where you are in your career, taking control of your time is a given.  Being a strong leader in your organization takes a variety of skills. LEADERs consistently manage each of these skills consistently.

True leadership begins through valuing others.  In working with many organizations, I have found that everyone plays a leadership role, whether the title is receptionist or top dog.

Keep this LEADER acronym in mind as you lead your team, your personal life and more importantly, your self!

Moral Amnesia

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By Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

Eight years ago, I wrote a Moral Amnesia article because of my concern with what was going on in the world. From my purview, nothing has changed but has continued on a downward spiral.

We are still in an ethical crisis. The affliction with many government leaders, companies, educational institutions, and people is moral amnesia.  Whether you are in a leadership role or not, the state of ethical behavior continues to be under scrutiny.

Moral — Of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior. 

The Value of Thank You and Kindness

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By Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

Yes, you can add value to business with a consistent use of “Thank You” and kindness to employees! Public opinion research has found there are a significant number of employees who value kindness over money in the workplace. In fact, an NBC News State of Kindness Poll found that 70 percent of survey respondents would forego a 10 percent raise for a kinder boss.

We want to be appreciated and it is important to share what it means to you to hear those words of gratitude, whether you are the leader or an employee.  No one is a mind reader.

Coping with the Anxiety and Stress of Public Speaking: Yes MORE!

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By Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

I’ve had requests to provide more information on managing presentation anxiety and stress. Most people are not born with natural eloquence, making presenting remarkably nerve-racking.  Managing anxiety and turning crazy thinking into energy is a learned skill. Having been a professional speaker for over 26 years, there are some steps that I keep in mind – and yes, there are times when I feel nervous!

  1. Practice
    1. Find a location similar to your presentation and practice
    2. Stand if you plan on standing during your talk

Good Manners are Under Assault

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by Marsha Petrie Sue

Everyone needs to take a trip down Memory Lane and reengage with kindness, caring, and manners.  And I mean everyone.  What is happening to people? How did narcissism and being so self-centered become the mainstay of behavior?

At a concert or game? People stand up with no concern for someone sitting behind them.

At the movie? Talking as if they are in their living room has become the standard.

Driving? People texting and talking and swerving toward you nearly creating a crash.

Public places? Taking a phone call on their speaker phone so everyone can hear.

Presentation Strategies: Seven tips for presenting more confidently

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by Marsha Petrie Sue

Nervous about speaking? Not sure how to come across like an expert? Use these seven tips to help you sharpen your presentation skills.

PRESENTATION STRATEGIES

  1. Seize the Opportunity. A key building block for developing confidence as a speaker is to speak, and speak often. Seize every opportunity you can, personally and professionally, to speak in public. If someone invites you to “stand up and say a few words,” or you are asked to make a presentation, jump at the chance. Don’t wait to be asked . . . volunteer! Practice makes perfect.

How to Manage Gossip in the Workplace

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by Marsha Petrie Sue

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You already know that gossip is idle talk, buzz, or chitchat, especially about the personal or private affairs of others. This chat forms one of the oldest and most common means of sharing usually unproven information, and is known to introduce errors and inaccuracies in otherwise factual information. The term also carries insinuation that the news transmitted has a personal focus, as opposed to normal conversation. The question is how do you manage gossip?

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