Presentation Presence: Audience Connection and Handling Disruptive People

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By Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

How do you feel about your ability to speak capably and confidently at the front of the room, in a meeting, or presenting in any circumstance? How about those high stake talks or speeches?  Feel confident and proud of your results?

In the last post, Nervousness and Reading Your Speech were covered. The next two, if not skillfully handled, can ruin any presentation.

  • Not connecting with the audience
  • Inability to handle disruptive people

Presentation Presence: The number one skill you need to be successful

Presentation Skills

by Marsha Petrie Sue

How do you feel about your ability to speak capably and confidently at the front of the room, in a meeting, or presenting in any circumstance? How about those high stake talks or speeches?  Feel confident and proud of your results?

If not, here is a list of distractions for your awareness.  Knowing you need help and getting help are two different actions.

presentation skills nervousnessAny of these get in your way?

  • Nervousness
  • Reading your speech
  • Not connecting with the audience
  • Inability to handle disruptive people
  • When writing a speech, not knowing how to start

Stop Wasting Time in Meetings

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By Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

Have you ever been in a meeting and minutes into it you question why you are even there? Robert Half Management Resources determined that 37 percent of office life is spent in meetings. What a waste. I was speaking to a company last week, and this topic came up – again. Here is some useful information to consider to help your group be more productive and less stressed.

General Meeting Basics:

  • Don’t meet. If you can send a note, email or memo, don’t have the meeting.

Don’t Drown! Devise an Exit Plan Today

By Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

WeMarsha Petrie Sue need to think like a critter. They usually have some kind of extensive exit plan. But what if they fall in a tank of water and there is NO exit? Not a good outcome. So when we do water tank projects, we devise an exit plan for those little guys so they don’t foul the water for the Mule Deer, Cattle, and other animals.

To be exact, our Mule Deer Foundation Conservation team worked Ranch 51 in the Arizona Tonto National Forest. We hiked about 3 miles, carrying in all the plumbing supplies needed including a ‘critter ramp’ for easy exit. Epiphany! How many people have an exit plan or take the time to design one?

Same Old, Same Old – Living a Boring Life?

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by Marsha Petrie Sue

“I’m always workin’, slavin’, every day. gotta take a break from the same old, same old”. -From the song “(don’t need) nothing but a good time” (Poison)IMG_0028

When people complain about living a boring life, I stand in wonderment. Life is as dynamic as you choose it to be. When people complain about hating their job, I am amazed. Why would you stay in a position that brings you angst and even anger?

Bored life? Try these!

  1. Volunteer – click here for Volunteer Match https://www.volunteermatch.org or email me and I will send you links to my volunteer projects

You Don’t Learn Communications from a Book

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IMG_0709Working as a Public Information Officer (PIO) is never easy. Misspeak one word and the media can change the entire meaning of what you wanted the listener to hear. I had the honor of riding along with Phoenix Fire Department PIO, Captain Ardell Deliz, who has mastered her position. Interestingly, her communication strategy is the same for each of us, whether in the office or with our friends and family.

Parenting or Friending? Setting kids up for success

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By Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

im_not_your_friend_im_your_parent_napkins-r9be4e9f6db2b4fc4b4778a9677bbe7d9_2cfjc_8byvr_324Recently in the Wall Street Journal in the Opinion section, an article concerning parenting caught my eye. “Parenting in the Age of Awfulness Children are immersed in a culture that stokes disrespect.” This information discusses how to instill some civility.

The article by Leonard Sax, M.D. begins with “Kyle was absorbed in a video game on his cell phone, so I asked his mom, “How long has Kyle had a stomach ache?” Mom said, “I’m thinking it’s been about two days”. Then Kyle replied, “Shut up, mom. You don’t know what you’re talking about.” And he gave a snorty laugh, without looking up from his videogame. Kyle is 10 years old”.

A Case for Time Logs

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Time logs: a true pain in the rear. If, however, you are looking to improve your performance and success, they are necessary. If you don’t have a sample, email me and I’ll send you the format I use. Marsha@MarshaPetrieSue.com

If you think your time management is ‘spot on’, think again. Right now, write down everything you did yesterday.  Really, I mean everything. I guarantee you will not capture every activity, call, text, conversation, meeting, break, lunch or interruption you had.  You do way too much to capture every minute of time.

Here is a note from a client I am working with:

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