7 Dynamic Ways to Start a Presentation [With Examples]

Looking for a few ways to start a presentation that are dynamic? The opening is really the most important part of your presentation. You want to make a good first impression. In addition, you also want the audience to see as a subject matter expert. Of course, we’ve...

10 Simple Ways to Get Over the Fear of Public Speaking

In this session, I'm going to cover 10 simple ways to overcome the fear of public speaking. This is a continuation of the 3-step process to eliminate public speaking fear. In that episode, I showed you the process that a nervous speaker should go through to reduce...

Eliminate Public Speaking Fear in Three Easy Steps

When folks ask me what I do for a living, I answer, "I help people eliminate public speaking fear." It is always fun to watch the looks on their faces when they process what I said. Inevitably, I will typically get a response like, “You do what?” or “How do you do...

How to Get Over the Fear of Public Speaking

Are you a nervous public speaker? A majority of the population has some type of fear of public speaking. Ironically, a great deal of this nervousness or anxiety comes from well-meaning friends or coworkers who are just trying to help. When we see a friend struggling,...

Make Your Presentation Audience Focused

Face it. Most people hate meetings. They don’t want to sit through boring presentations, either. The best way to get your audience to listen and care about what you're saying is to focus on them. You have to make your presentation “Audience Focused.” Focus on what the...

5 Strategies for Creating TED Talks to Make Your TED Talk Go Viral

Congratulations! You’ve been invited to give a TED talk. This non-profit talk series is the gold standard of speeches, so you should be honored to be on the event’s roster. Not to mention, how great it will look on your resume and website. You’ve undoubtedly been...

One of the Greatest Speeches in American History

What better way to honor and celebrate the holiday than by critiquing one of the greatest, well-known speeches. Before we begin analyzing The Gettsyburg Address, let's dive into the history and math to put it into context. David Wills invited Abraham Lincoln to give...

Custom Presentation Class for Blue Marble in Las Vegas, Nevada

I had a lot of fun leading a custom public speaking class for a team from Blue Marble toys this week. Although the company is based in Oregon, we met in Las Vegas, Nevada. The group gathered from various cities all over the US, though. So, Las Vegas was an easy place...

The Causes of the Fear of Public Speaking and How to Overcome Them

You’re an expert in your field and you know what you’re talking about. After all, you’ve worked in your field for years. You’ve done your research and received critical acclaim, and possibly even some awards. But when you’re asked to speak in front of a crowd, which...

Presentation Skills Checklist

This presentation skills checklist can make designing and delivering a presentation easier and less risky. When folks go through our presentation skills classes, they are often surprised at how simple public speaking really is. That is if you have a great structure...

August 22-23,2022 – Las Vegas, NV

Fearless Presentations ® Public Speaking Class Las Vegas, NV This 2-day public speaking class is scheduled for August 22-23, 2022. This class will take place at 2300 West Sahara Avenue, Suite 800, Las Vegas, NV, 89102 See the Agenda for this Public Speaking Class |...

December 8-9, 2022 – Las Vegas, NV

Fearless Presentations ® Public Speaking Class Las Vegas, NV This 2-day public speaking class is scheduled for December 8-9, 2022. This class will take place at 2300 West Sahara Avenue, Suite 800, Las Vegas, NV, 89102 See the Agenda for this Public Speaking Class |...

How to Promote Yourself as a Professional Speaker

We just finished a five-part series about How to Start a Public Speaking Career. If you haven't had a chance to read (or listen to) that series, it will help you understand the concepts that we talk about here, much more clearly. In this session, we are going to cover...

Start Your Own Public Speaking Company from Scratch

This is part five of a five-part series about how to start a public speaking career. In the past episodes, we focused on how to use public speaking within your current career, both as an income stream and as marketing. We also covered a session on how to become a...

Become a Certified Speaker for an Established Presentation Company

We are continuing our series on How to Start a Public Speaking Career, and in this session, we will show a shortcut by working for an organization that is already established. While our first post mentioned a wide variety of approaches, one of the advantages of...

How to Start a Public Speaking Career

Being a professional speaker is a very lucrative and rewarding profession. But, if you have never actually made money from speaking before, you may be looking into how to start a public speaking career. Just as an FYI, the way that I did it is not the ideal way to...

How Presenters can Deliver Bad News with Poise

Public speaking can be difficult at the best of times. It’s hard to overcome the nervousness involved with speaking in front of a roomful of people. Of course, you also have to make sure that your voice is clear enough and loud enough that people at the very back can...

Amazing Persuasive Speech Outline with Sales Presentation Examples

This technique will help you create an amazing persuasive speech outline. In fact, these sales presentation examples can be used in a number of different ways. "Wait... sales presentation? Oh, I'm not a professional salesperson. This may not work for me." Whether you...

How to Overcome Glossophobia (An Irrational Fear of Public Speaking)

Want to know how to overcome glossophobia? Does stage fright sometimes make you pass up opportunities in your career? Do you feel like you have an irrational fear of public speaking? You are not alone! Glossophobia or the fear of public speaking is very common. I've...

101 Public Speaking Tips

This is our "Public Speaking 101" page. We are publishing it in honor of our 101st podcast. Below is a list of 101 public speaking tips to help you reduce stage fright and become more self-confident. Don't try to memorize all 101 tips, and don't try to apply every...

How to Present a Proposal to Management

You have identified a problem or opportunity for your company. Now you need to get approval. So, how do you present a proposal to management that will get approved? The process is actually pretty simple. The method of how to present a proposal to management that we...

How to Present a Proposal-Create a Business Proposal Presentation

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you present a proposal to a client. Here is the scenario... You have done your homework. A team at your company painstakingly created the perfect sales proposal. In fact, the potential client was so impressed, that they moved...

Persuasive Speech: How to Write an Effective Persuasive Speech

Want to learn how to write a persuasive speech? Want to make sure that you persuade your audience without raising resentment? Well, if you use the techniques that you likely learned in school, you will often fail at both of these goals. In high school, you most likely...

Remember Stories from Your Life to Insert into Presentations

This "remember stories from your life" post is part three of a three-part series about how to tell stories in your speech. In the first two posts, we talked about the value of stories. If you recall, statistics and data are forgotten quickly and lead your audience to...

Train-the-Trainer Model, How to Create a Train-the-Trainer Course

The Train-the-Trainer Model is very common in the business world. However, many Train-the-Trainer programs have big flaws. A good analogy of what happens during this process is the old "telephone game." Put ten people in a room. Whisper a phrase with more than 10...

How to Introduce Yourself in a Presentation [with Examples]

One of the more challenging parts of any presentation is the very first part. If you are wondering how to introduce yourself before starting your presentation, you are in good company. For most of us, once we get the first few sentences out, our nervousness will...

How to End Your Presentation with a Bang

Looking for a few great options to end your presentation with a bang? So you've spent days (maybe weeks) putting together a killer presentation. Now, you stand up with confidence, present every bullet point with poise, and then you get all the way to the end... and...

How to Write a Speech in Just a Few Simple Steps

Looking for how to write a speech in a few simple steps? Over the last 20 years, our instructors have dissected thousands of speeches. In that time, we've been able to identify simple things that can easily make or break a presentation. We've assembled a simple,...

7 Fun Ways to Make Zoom Meetings More Engaging and Interactive

Are your Zoom meetings kind of... well... blah? Want to make them more fun, engaging, and interactive? Below are seven of our best tips to help you jazz up your next online meeting. Keep in mind that anytime a conversation is one-sided, it will be boring for the...

In a Hurry? Here’s How to Memorize a Speech in Less than an Hour

Looking for a quick and easy way to memorize an entire presentation quickly? Well, the solution to how to memorize a speech in minutes will likely surprise you. This article covers a few great tips about how great speakers make the presentation memorization process...

Short Anecdotes for Speeches and Parables to Amaze Your Audience

Short anecdotes for speeches are a fantastic way to end a presentation with a bang. These stories can be fiction, actual incidents from history, or even just funny stories from your own personal life. When you deliver them well, though, they have a lasting impact. I...

How Many PowerPoint Slides Should You Use in a Presentation?

When people ask me how many slides should I use in my presentation, I typically reply very cautiously. Most people make a huge mistake when designing a speech or presentation. They start by designing their slideshow. Then, later, they figure out what they want to say....

Know Your Audience before Designing Your Sales Presentation

Listen to any speaking coach, go to any Toastmasters, attend any presentation seminar, you will hear a single phrase over and over. "Know your audience." Sounds really good too. When we hear the phrase, we think, "Well, of course. That makes sense." But what exactly...

How to Create the Perfect Presentation Handout

Have you ever wondered how to create the perfect presentation handout? You’ve been asked to give a speech, and you’re excited to give the best presentation possible. You put all kinds of preparation into putting together an amazing presentation and finding the perfect...

Ways to Get Clients for Your Business by Speaking to Groups

If you happen to be a great speaker, you have a number of ways to get clients for your business by speaking. (By the way, if you aren't a great speaker yet, keep tuning in, because we can help with that.) The most important thing to keep in mind is that your goal is...

The Journey to Build a Multimillion-Dollar Company

In this episode, I'm going to pull back the curtain and show you a few of the key things that happened in the early years of my company. It took me six years of training and learning before I felt comfortable enough to start my own company. Then, my new team and I...

How I Built a Multimillion Dollar Speaking Company

How do I build a million-dollar company? Better yet, how can someone build a multimillion-dollar public speaking company? Well, although I have done both of those things, I wouldn't suggest anyone try to do what I did. I made every mistake in the book. In fact, every...

Impromptu Speech Tips and How to Speak Confidently Off the Cuff

One of the most terrifying moments as a speaker is when you are sitting in a meeting, minding your own business, and someone asks you to stand up and give an impromptu speech. Surveys show that public speaking, in general, causes a lot of fear and nervousness. This...

Virtual Instructor-Led Training Best Practices and Tips

Virtual, instructor-led training is here to stay. In the past few months, many instructors and trainers have had to adapt to a virtual world. Trainers who embrace virtual platforms and adapt the best have an advantage over those who don't. So, I thought it might be a...

How a Shy, Trailer Park Kid Overcame Fear (And How You Can Too!)

Doug Staneart -- President and CEO of The Leader's Institute ® and Creator of the Fearless Presentations ® Public Speaking Training Programs. This is my story of triumph over public speaking fear. I overcame being an incredibly shy kid who got beat up and bullied in...

Visual Aid Examples for Both In-Person and Virtual Presentations

So you have designed a great presentation. Now you want a few visual aid examples to make your presentation more memorable or interactive. If that is the case, you have done well, Grasshopper. You have begun to look at your visuals in the correct order. As a...

A Few Fun Zoom Icebreakers for Trainers Doing Virtual Training

Looking for a few fun Zoom icebreakers for trainers or facilitators. These seven activities can be used very easily to help you start your Zoom meetings on the right foot. I was leading a virtual training session via Zoom this week. Of course, the entire group was...

5 of the Most Common Myths about Public Speaking Debunked

The Top Five (5) Biggest Myths about Public Speaking Fear and Stage Fright It's time to set the record straight. ANYONE can be a fantastic, world-class speaker with a little bit of training, a little bit of coaching, and a little bit of practice. It doesn't take years...

How to Deliver a PowerPoint Presentation Designed by Someone Else

Narrating a PowerPoint Presentation designed by someone else can be very challenging. In fact, one of the fastest ways to increase public speaking fear and make your PowerPoint presentations sound canned and… well boring, is to try to deliver a PowerPoint slideshow...

You Are the Undisputed Expert. So, Now Prove It

Regardless of what industry you are in or what expertise you have, you are the expert. The knowledge that you have is valuable to someone. When I was 14 years old, my dad owned a home remodeling company. Every winter, I crawled under houses helping him repair frozen...

Frequently Asked Questions About Public Speaking and Presentations

When folks are having challenges with public speaking, they will often contact us with questions. Since all of our consultants are both professional presenters and public speaking coaches, we thought it might be a good idea to answer a few of the most frequently asked...

How to Design Killer Content for Blogs and Motivational Speeches

Looking for an easy way to create killer content for your blog? Or, are you trying to design a motivational speech for your team? In this post, I cover a simple way to create content that your audience will love. The technique works equally well if whether you are...

Nuts and Bolts about How to Deliver Webinars and Online Meetings

This part three of a three-part series on webinars and live online meetings. In this episode, I'll show you a few of the technical secrets about how I deliver the actual webinars. I'm going to cover the best online meeting platforms to use along with sound and video...

Online Courses

Here Is a List of All Available Public Speaking Online Courses. (You Must Be Logged in to Access the Lessons from Each Presentation Online Course.

How to Create Webinar Content to Maximize Audience Retention

Continuing in our three-part webinar series, in this episode/post, we'll cover how to create webinar content to help you maximize audience retention. In the last episode, we covered 7 Important Things that You Should Know about Online Meetings before you start. Next...

Designing a Technical Presentation for a Non-Technical Audience

People who become Engineers or enter any number of technical fields usually have a specific type of brain. In other words, they simply "get it" when it comes to an understanding of how certain things work, whatever that one exact "thing" maybe for them. You know who...

7 Important Things that You Need to Know about Live Online Meetings

One of the most common questions that we receive in our public speaking classes is, "Do the things that you are teaching us about in-person presentations change when you are on a webinar or an online platform?" The answer to that question is both "Yes" and "No". The...

7 of the Best PowerPoint Tips and Tricks

Technology changes every year. As a result, a good presenter needs to change as technology changes as well. In this episode, we cover seven of the best PowerPoint tips and tricks. If you want to avoid Death by PowerPoint, this episode can be a great help. Just as an...

10 Deadly Sins That Turn Off Audiences

Want to know what not to do during a presentation? (I know it isn't grammatically correct, but that is what people are typing into search engines.) Well, below are 10 of the biggest public speaking mistakes that presenters make. This is a list of what we call the 10...

How to Write Words that Sell a Product or Service

We have spent a lot of time focusing on using a speech or presentation to sell a product or service. Let's back up a little and talk about how to write copy that sells. For instance, how to write an article that sells a product or service. The techniques will help you...

7 of the Best PowerPoint Tips and Tricks for 2020

Technology changes every year. As a result, a good presenter needs to change as technology changes as well. In this episode, we cover seven of the best PowerPoint tips and tricks for 2020. If you want to avoid Death by PowerPoint, this episode can be a great help....

Catchy Presentation Titles Are the Start of a Great Presentation

Catchy presentation titles are important when you begin to design a great presentation. Your audience will determine whether your presentation is worthy of their time almost instantly. In most cases, they make that determination based entirely on the title of the...

How to Design Presentations Quickly

Want to know how to design presentations, from start to finish, in minutes versus hours or days? There are different types of presentations. Each different style has a different purpose. So the correct number of bullet points to cover and the correct amount of content...

Proper Room Set Up for a Presentation Can Help You Present Better

This week, I was looking back over the 100 plus blog posts and podcast episodes that we have released. One of the things that hit me was that there is a very important part of the presentation that I have totally overlooked. In fact, this is one of the first things...

How to Deliver a Bad Presentation

What happens when someone forces you to deliver a bad presentation? You didn't design the speech. You didn't even create the endless slideshow. However, you are the one who has to stand in front of the group and deliver this gem. So, how do you deliver a bad...

How to Collect Feedback on a Presentation

How, exactly do we collect feedback on a presentation? Are there ways to solicit feedback that will help us grow as speakers? The answer is, absolutely, YES! However, the way that you typically ask for feedback may not be the best way to gain confidence as a speaker....

Body Language in Public Speaking

Body language in public speaking is the nonverbal queues that your movements make during communication. Presenters often focus on what they are going to say and their visual aids. However, we often overlook an important part of the speech -- body language. In public...

Three Simple Ways to Create Better PowerPoint Presentations

If you deliver presentations at the office, you'll often look for ways to create better PowerPoint presentations. Let's face it. Most meetings are pretty boring. They are also repetitive. So, if you are a speaker, and you deliver PowerPoint slideshows, they can be a...

How to Deliver a Memorable Speech and Be Believable

How much can you recall of the last speech you listened to? None? A few snippets? Not even an inspiring quote? Don't you want to be able to design and deliver a memorable speech and have your audience want more? Several studies report the audience’s retention of a...

Continuous Improvement Methodologies Improve Success

As we approach the 100th podcast episode, I'm amazed at how my company and training program have changed. I'm shocked at how important continuous improvement methodologies have been to this process. By the way, if you are looking for a long series of academic...

Business Presentation Coaching: Should You Get a Presentation Coach?

Do you need a business presentation coach? Well... It depends... Last week, I gave several different reasons why presentation skills are important to business success. Great presentation skills can create opportunities for advancement and increase income. How exactly...

The Importance of Presentation Skills in the Workplace

I was reminded this week about the importance of presentation skills in the workplace. Three participants in my presentation skills workshop in Detroit taught job placement skills. I noticed a couple of interesting things as the class went on. First, these...

Valedictorian Speech: How to Write a Valedictorian Speech

So you did it! You graduated at the top of your class. Now you have to write your Valedictorian Speech. However, since this is the first (and only) time you will ever do it, you may not know exactly how to write a valedictorian speech. You are not alone. Just about...

How to Write a Graduation Speech (Graduation Speech Examples)

Have you been asked to deliver a commencement speech? Or have you worked your butt off to become valedictorian or salutatorian, and now you have to deliver a graduation speech? In this post, we will cover one of the more challenging types of presentation creation: How...

Wedding Toast: How to Write a Wedding Toast

Continuing in our series on how to design a presentation, in this episode, we will show you how to write a wedding toast. Over the years, I've had a few people come through our entire presentation training classes just to be able to not be terrified when they give a...

How to Gain Enthusiastic Cooperation from Your Audience

One of the most important aspects of many speeches is the ability to be persuasive. There is an art to creating a persuasive speech, but there is also a lot of communication skills that are important to the process as well. In this session, we will help you develop...

Building Trust with a Group Using Good Communication Skills

When you stand up to speak in front of a group, yes, you want to appear confident. However, it is equally important to have the ability to build trust and rapport with your audience. Your audience will not believe you unless they first trust you. In this session, we...

4 Strategies for Handling Hecklers While Giving a Speech

If you practice great presentation skills, and focus on designing your presentations on what your audience needs and wants, you will likely not have much trouble with hecklers. However, it only takes a single mad-at-the-world heckler to quickly turn your presentation...

Why Do I Still Get Nervous When I Speak in Public?

I was teaching a presentation skills class in Houston this week. I had two separate participants pull me aside at two separate breaks and ask the same exact question... "Why do I still get nervous when I speak in public?" This question is very common (both during a...

How to Persuade Your Audience in Five Minutes (or Less).

I was doing article research this week, and I came across a statement by a world-renowned public speaking coach that made me stop dead in my tracks. This coach was answering the question, "If I’ve only got five minutes for a speech, how do I get my key points across...

7 Fantastic Tips from Top Motivational Speakers

Be a More Inspirational Speaker-7 Fantastic Tips from Top Motivational Speakers Okay, so you may not want to be a motivational speaker (and live in a van down by the river). However, all of us, at one time or another, will want to be a more inspirational speaker....

How to Stop Using Er, Um, and Other Filler Words in Speeches

Filler words are a natural part of everyday conversations, and in fact, if they aren't there, you'll actually sound strange (or even fake) to the audience, so you don't want to eliminate the filler words altogether. However, that doesn’t mean they have to be a major...

We Help ESL Presenters Give Confident Presentations in English

I received a comment from a website visitor last week thanking me for the blog and asking if I would cover tips for ESL presenters (English as a Second Language). I was actually shocked to realize that in the last four years, we haven't written anything about this...

Authoritative Presentation Style

Authoritative Presentation Style Great at Informative and Decision Making Presentations A few weeks back, I gave an overview of the four main presentation styles. Last week, we covered the Energetic Presentation Style. The week before, we covered the Analytical...

Analytical Presentation Style

Analytical Presentation Style-Great at Technical Presentations and Scientific Talks Last week, I gave an overview of the four main presentation styles. This week, we will cover the strengths and weaknesses of the Analytical Presentation Style. This is the style of...

Presentation Styles

Presentation Styles and How They Differ from Presentation Types - Identify Your Strengths as a Presenter to Impress Your Audience Ask most presentation skill experts what the ideal presentation style is, and you will likely get a variety of answers. Am I supposed to...

Increase Security and Income with Presentation Skills Training

I originally wrote this article back in 2013 to tout the value of investing in yourself. For the last couple of decades, we have seen thousands of people increase their income and job security by investing in professional development classes. So, when I originally...

Make Your Handouts Look Great Without Any Help

Make Your Presentation Handouts Look Professional without a Graphic Designer Last week was part one of How to Create the Perfect Presentation Handout. In that article and podcast, I gave you three easy ways to create helpful handouts to accompany your in-person...

Presentation Gestures and Movement

Whether you are brand new to speaking or you have been presenting for years, you will want to look confident when you stand up to speak. This can be a challenge though if you are really nervous. We are always afraid that the nervousness that we feel will be obvious to...

How to Recover from a Terrible Speech (Bombing on Stage)

It happens to all of us sooner or later. We prepare well. We practice over and over. But then, something happens that is totally out of our control, and we bomb. So, how do you recover after giving a terrible speech and bombing on stage? Whether the challenge occurs...

The Special Sauce for Your Presentation Masterpiece

Metaphors, Similes, and Analogies: The Special Sauce for Your Presentation Masterpiece I like to think of myself as a pretty good speaker and writer. I always hated English class in high school and college, though. So, I always got confused between what was a...

Add Audience Participation to Your Presentation in 9 Reliable Ways

Audience Participation is one of the most effective ways to make a good presentation into a stellar presentation. However, it also has a lot of danger. A good, thought-provoking, open-ended question to the audience can help you persuade even the toughest audience....

People Judge Your Competence by the Confidence that You Show

The Importance of Self-Confidence People will judge our COMPETENCE by the CONFIDENCE that we show. For example, let's say that you are going in for surgery, and just before you go under, the surgeon walks into your room. His posture is slouching, as he speaks, he...

How to Make a Fortune Speaking for a Living

Back in 1994, I was a new graduate from college. My dad had invited me to meet him in Fort Worth for a huge business conference. Dozens of speakers were on the agenda, and the topics were designed to help small business owners grow their companies. I wasn’t sure what...

Five Turnkey Ways to Add Enthusiasm and Energy to Any Presentation

Enthusiasm and Energy is the absolute, most-important skill in public speaking. If you take only one piece of advice about public speaking, make sure that it is this pearl of wisdom. If you focus on this one simple thing, the number of times you say "uhm" won't...

A Great Presentation has a Fractal Structure

A few days ago, I started watching a Netflix documentary on how fractal mathematics helped start Pixar. (Yes, I watch really boring stuff on Netflix, but in my defense, I was watching it in bed, at night, trying to go to sleep. It worked.) We have always had fantastic...

Persuasive Communication in Normal Everyday Business Conversations

Last week, I got invited to deliver a presentation for the Transitions ® Lenses company at their Transitions ® Academy in Orlando, Florida. What was interesting about the session that they had me design was that they weren't looking for ways to design formal...

How to Write a Eulogy

Looking for how to write a eulogy? These tips can help. A couple of months ago, my father passed away. Even though I'm the middle child, I'm the only sibling who is a professional speaker. So, my brother and sister turned to me to deliver the eulogy. Being a...

Podcast 8: Presenting to the International Audience with Eric Molin

This week, we interview Eric Molin of PresentationExpert.net who is an international expert in presentation design. He specializes in coaching presenters when they are creating presentations to international audiences. Eric offers a number of great tips that will help...

Custom Executive Speaker Training has Fantastic Return on Investment

A common business challenge for trainers and human resource executives is how to conduct executive speaker training without blowing your company's entire education budget. Your executives are the faces of your company, so when they present their ideas effectively and...

Employee Public Speaking Workshops: A Solid Investment?

Employee public speaking workshops can be a fantastically positive investment for your company. Communication is at the crux of all functions in today’s workplace. Some may think that the value of face-to-face communication has been diminished with the rise of the...

2016 July Presentation Class in Atlanta, GA

We recently conducted another Fearless Presentations ® presentation class in Atlanta, GA. Six fearless speakers spent two days sharing stories and presentations. Perhaps they all weren’t fearless at the beginning but by the end of their many turns at speaking, each...

Is the Art of Public Speaking Lost on Millennials?

Older generations sometimes lump the entire next-generation into a stereotypical group. For instance, you've likely heard the negative stereotypes about Millennials: they are lazy, entitled, late-bloomers… the list goes on. However, there are also positive traits that...

2016 Public Speaking Class in Los Angeles, California

The Leader's Institute ® held its Fearless Presentations ® public speaking class in Los Angeles to a group of individuals from different companies. All of whom were looking to improve their presentation skills in various ways. Some participants wanted to...

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Public Speaking Voice

At a public speaking workshop, the instructor-facilitator puts identical copies of a speech in front of two people. The first person is a long time, experienced public speaker. The second is an executive who hopes to improve his public speaking skills. Neither person...

Routine: The Key to Effective Public Speaking?

What to know a real secret about public speaking success? The real key to effective public speaking is to establish a comfortable routine. It’s a commonly-known fact that public speaking is a wider-held fear than death. Being afraid of public speaking is so common...

2016 March Seattle Public Speaking Class

One of Fearless Presentations ® newest instructors, Stephanie Nelson of Portland, Oregon, led an exciting Seattle public speaking class a couple of weeks ago! Seattle has always been a great city for our Fearless Presentations ® classes, and we have a number of really...

JK Designs Public Speaking Workshops in Hillsborough, New Jersey

JK Designs is a full-service agency that does it all under one roof (or in their case, two). They have artists, designers, web developers and programmers, animation specialists, copywriters, branding specialists, video directors and producers, and a whole slew of...

Deliver Inspiring Speeches at Work

Are you ready to enhance your leadership skills and help drive greater performance? One of the fastest ways to make a positive impression at work is by being inspiring when you deliver your business speeches. Want to know how to deliver inspiring speeches at work?...

How to Improve Your Public Speaking Skills in One Week or Less

We’ve all been there. Perhaps you were attending a conference for work. Maybe you paid money for tickets to hear someone share knowledge on a subject you were interested in. Either way, you went to great lengths to hear someone speak – and proceeded to sit through a...

Top 5 Reasons to Improve Your Presentation Skills

The statistics about people’s anxiety about public speaking are well known, and many public speaking coaches will quote The Book of Lists claiming that the fear of public speaking is greater than the fear of death. Other coaches will reference the Jerry Seinfeld joke...

6 Phrases You Should Avoid in Your Next Speech-At ALL Costs

In the business world, we’ve heard hundreds of speeches. Some, like Martin Luther King Jr.’s legendary speech, stick in our minds from our school days. Others, we simply endure and sit through, because we have no choice. Chances are you’ve been asked to give a speech...

Presenters, Here are 4 Powerful Ways to Start Your Speech

Jitters, sweaty palms, scratchy throat, you’re practically shaking. Someone called you to the stage. The time has come, the time you’ve prepared for -- and dreaded -- for weeks. You’re about to give a speech. You take the mic and all heads turn to you. Suddenly,...

A Worthwhile Investment? Public Speaking Workshops for Millennials

Recently, I was out to dinner with an industry colleague at a new and trendy restaurant. The lights were not too dim and the music was not overpowering which made this a great choice for catching up and having a conversation. The restaurant seemed to attract a good...

Why is Public Speaking Important?

With the upcoming presidential election in the US, a big emphasis will be on how each candidate communicates effectively in the upcoming debates, so I thought this might be a good backdrop to explain why public speaking skills are so important to a person's success....

June 2015 Fearless Presentations in Tampa, Florida

In Tampa, Florida on June 25, 2015 a small group of industry specialists got together to alleviate the  anxiety of public speaking fears, learn new presentation techniques and gain confidence in their ability to present concise presentations. “The presentation...

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How to Find a Good ToastMasters Club

After folks attend one of our public speaking classes, they will sometimes ask me or their presentation skills instructor for a way to practice their newfound self-confidence in a controlled environment. One of the places they ask about most is Toastmasters...

How to Make a Presentation

If you're looking for how to make a presentation or for new presentation tools, then you've here. This website has hundreds of “how to” articles and videos that can take you step-by-step through how to do a presentation. This article will give you a simple outline to...

Handling Questions & Answers

One expectation frightens people preparing for a public presentation above all others. The fear is, “Even if I master the speech, someone will ask me a question and I'll look stupid.” Here's all you need to know about Questions & Answers. (Q&A) Keep these tips in mind...

Orientation Video

Thank You for Registering with Us! The video above is an introduction from Doug Staneart, CEO of The Leader's Institute, that covers the value of having a good presentation coach. In most industries, people who communicate well tend to be more successful than those...

A Few Good Presentation Skill Websites

The Fearless Presentations ® website is a great resource for presentation skills and tips on public speaking, but below is a list of some of our instructors' favorite websites (other than our own) that offer free public speaking tips as well as additional information...

New Fearless and Persuasive Speaking Website

Over a decade ago, The Leader's Institute® started teaching presentation skills classes, and the first version of our programs was the Fearless and Persuasive Speaking ™ class, which later just became Fearless Presentations®. Well, our original website at...

March 2014 Fearless Presentations in Orlando, FL

In March, the Fearless Presentations ® class in Orlando, Florida was small but they came to increase their comfort in presenting and their ability to deliver effective public presentations. “The attention given in a small class was great” Feedback from the class...

Want to Reduce Stage Fright? Try a GOOD Public Speaking Class

Want to reduce stage fright or public speaking fear? The absolute best way to reduce fear is to have a series of successes in a short period of time, and a good public speaking class is the fastest and easiest way to have these successes! Where Does Stage Fright Come...

Overcome Fear to Find Opportunities

When people come to us to improve their Presentation Skills through our Fearless Presentations course, most of the time they carry the mindset of “I have to make presentations because of the work that I do.  If I had a choice, I would totally avoid it!” However, the...

September 2013 Fearless Presentations in Fort Worth, Texas

In September 2013, six people attended a Fearless Presentations seminar in our Historic Sundance Square, Fort Worth, Texas location.  The Fearless Presentations ® class is extremely effective in helping their participants to organize their presentations to be highly...

Design Better Bullet Points in PowerPoint Presentations

Just as a review, instructors of The Fearless Presentations ® class whole-heartily agree that the first step in designing a quality presentation or PowerPoint deck is to start with a clear and concise title that is audience-focused -- meaning that the title (and the...

What Your Audience Really Wants To Hear

What the audience wants to know and what you want to tell them is often two totally different things. Perhaps the absolute biggest mistakes that people make when they start to design a presentation is to ask themselves, “Okay, so what do I know about this subject?”...

Fearless Presentations workshop in Alpharetta Georgia

The Scheduling Institute In-House Fearless Presentations workshop in Alpharetta Georgia in January 2013 The group at The Scheduling Institute in Alpharetta Georgia found out that, today, more than ever, communication is the most important a and critical ingredient to...

Recommended Resources

Other Presentation Skill Resources We like to think that Fearless Presentations ® is a great solution for everyone, but just in case you haven't found exactly what you are looking for yet, below are the absolute best resources (besides us) for learning to create and...

Order New Mastering Presentations Book for Free Seminar

Dear friends of The Leader's Institute ® and Fearless Presentations ®, we very rarely send out random emails promoting products, but my new book, Mastering Presentations is being released in the next couple of days, and we are really excited about it (and wanted to...

Online Speech Creator

Use this Online Speech Creator to Help You Quickly Create a Good Speech Outline! Below is a free online speech creator that you can use to create an outline of your entire presentation -- in minutes. Just answer the simple questions below, and we'll send the outline...

A Recent Fearless Presentations Class Minneapolis, Minnesota

Fearless Presentations® class in Minneapolis Teaches Participants How to Engage Their Audience and Enjoy Presenting. The Leader's Institute® hosted its Fearless Presentations® class in Minneapolis, Minnesota to a great group of people who were determined to take their...

Students in Columbus Learned to be Clear and Concise

Participants in the Columbus, Ohio Fearless Presentations ® class learned the value and effectiveness of being clear and concise when speaking in front of a group.  Many people feel like they need to share everything they know about the topic they are speaking on,...

Hartford Connecticut

Best Presentation Classes in Hartford, CT We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Hartford, Connecticut at our Regus Office at 100 Pearl Street, 14th floor, Hartford, Connecticut, 06103. This office opens at 8:30 AM, registration...

Portland, Oregon

Best Presentation Class in Portland, OR We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Portland, Oregon at our Regus Office at Congress Center, 1001 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1100, Portland, Oregon, 97204. The office open at 8:30 AM, registration...

Memphis Tennessee

Best Presentation Classes in Memphis We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Memphis at our Regus office at Memphis Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar Ave, Suite 2700, Memphis, TN 38137. This office opens at 8:30 AM, registration begins at 8:45...

Raleigh North Carolina

Best Presentation Class in Raleigh We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Durham and Raleigh, North Carolina at Cap Trust Tower, 4208 Six Forks Road, Suite 1000, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27609. This office opens at 8:30 AM,...

Nashville Tennessee

Best Presentation Class in Nashville The Fearless Presentations ® public speaking class in Nashville, TN is the fastest, easiest way, in Nashville, to reduce public speaking fear and anxiety! We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in...

London England

Best Presentation Class in London, England, United Kingdom UK We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in London, England, in the United Kingdom at our Regus office located at the 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HN . The course takes...

Dublin, Ireland

Best Presentation Class in Dublin , Ireland We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Dublin, Ireland at the Regus House at Harcourt Centre, Harcourt Road, Dublin 2, Ireland. The course takes place from 09:00 to 16:00 both days with a...

Miami Florida

Best Presentation Class in Miami We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and public speaking seminar in Miami, Florida at the Embassy Suites Miami International Airport located at 3974 NW S River Dr., Miami, FL 33142. This class opens at 8:30 AM and the course...

St Louis/Kansas City, MO

Best Presentation Classes in St Louis & Kansas City, MO We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in St. Louis, Missouri at the Embassy Suites St. Louis Airport at 11237 Lone Eagle Dr, Bridgeton, MO 63044. Our office in Kansas City is...

Orlando Tampa Florida

Best Presentation Class in Tampa Florida We conduct the Fearless Presentations public speaking class and presentation skills seminar in both Orlando and Tampa Florida. Each office opens at 8:30 AM, registration begins at 8:45 AM, and the course takes place from 9:00...

Charlotte North Carolina

Best Presentation Class in Charlotte, NC We conduct a public speaking course in Charlotte every two to three months. So if you want to eliminate public speaking fear, you are in the right place. The picture to the right is of a recent seminar that took place at our...

Washington DC

Best Public Speaking Classes in Washington, DC The Fearless Presentations ® public speaking class in Washington DC is a presentation skills seminar that uses the secret to eliminate public speaking fear which is to break presentations into component parts and have...

Baltimore Maryland

Best Presentation Classes in Baltimore We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Baltimore, Maryland at our Regus office located at Inner Harbor Center, 400 East...

Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Best Presentation Classes in Philadelphia We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at our Regus Office on Market Street at 1650 Market Street, Suite 3600, Philadelphia, PA 19102. This office opens at 8:30 AM,...

Boston Massachusetts

Best Presentation Classes Boston We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Boston, Massachusetts at our Regus office located at 90 Canal Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02114. The office opens at 8:30 AM, registration begins at 8:45 AM,...

Toronto Ontario

Best Presentation Classes in Toronto, Ontario We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Toronto, Ontario at our Regus office located at Toronto First Canadian Place, 100 King St West, Suite 5600, Toronto, CANADA M5X 1C9. This office...

Columbus, Ohio

Best Presentation Classes in Columbus, Ohio We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Columbus, Ohio at our Regus office near the Easton Mall at 4449 Easton Way, 2nd Floor, Columbus, OH 43219. This office opens at 8:30 AM, registration...

Cincinnati Ohio

Best Presentation Classes in Cincinnati Ohio We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Cincinnati, Ohio at our office at Kenwood Office Bldg, 8044 Montgomery Rd, Suite 700, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45236. This office opens at 8:30 AM,...

Detroit, Michigan

Best Presentation Classes in Detroit We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Detroit, Michigan at our Regus office located at Troy Liberty Center, 100 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 200, Troy, Michigan, 48084. This office opens at 8:30...

Milwaukee Wisconsin

Best Presentation Classes in Milwaukee Wisconsin We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at our Regus office at 342 N. Water Street, Suite 600, Milwaukee, WI 53202. This office opens at 8:30 AM, registration...

Salt Lake City Utah

Best Presentation Class in Salt Lake City, UT We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Salt Lake City at our office at Sugarhouse Center, 2150 South 1300 East, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84106. This office opens at 8:30 AM,...

Chicago Illinois

Best Presentation Classes In Chicago, Illinois We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Chicago, Illinois at our office at203 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60601.. This office opens at 8:30 AM, registration begins at...

Indianapolis Indiana

Best Presentation Class in Indianapolis, IN We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Indianapolis, Indiana at our Regus office located at 201 N Illinois St, Ste 1600 South Tower, Indianapolis, IN 46204. This office opens at 8:30 AM,...

Minneapolis, MN

Best Presentation Classes in Minneapolis Minnesota We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in St. Louis Park, Minnesota at our Regus office at 1650 West End Blvd, Suite 100, St. Louis Park 55416. This office opens at 8:30 AM,...

Phoenix Arizona

Best Presentation Class in Phoenix, AZ We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Phoenix, Arizona at 20 E. Thomas Road, Suite 2200, Phoenix, AZ 85012 US. This office opens at 8:30 AM, registration begins at 8:45 AM, and the course takes...

San Diego California

Best Presentation Class in San Diego, CA We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in San Diego, California at our Regus office located at 1455 Frazee Rd, Suite 500, San Diego, CA 92108. This office opens at 8:30 AM, registration begins at...

Los Angeles California

Best Presentation Class in Los Angeles, CA We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Los Angeles, California at our office located at Howard Hughes Center, 6080 Center Drive, 6th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90045. This office opens at 8:30...

Las Vegas, Nevada

Best Presentation Class in Las Vegas, NV We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Las Vegas, Nevada at our office located at 2300 West Sahara Ave, Suite 800, Las Vegas, NV 89102. The classroom opens at 8:30 AM and the course takes...

Denver, Colorado

Best Presentation Class in Denver, CO We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Denver, Colorado at our Regus office located at 100 Fillmore Street, Suite 5000, Denver, Colorado, 80206. This office opens at 8:30 AM, registration begins...

New Orleans Louisiana

Best Presentation Classes in New Orleans We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in New Orleans, Louisiana at our Regus office located at 201 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 2500, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70170. This office opens at 8:30 AM,...

Houston Texas

Best Presentation Classes in Houston Texas We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Houston, Texas at our office located at 5444 Westheimer Suite 1000, Houston, TX 77056. This class opens at 8:30 AM and the course takes place from 9:00...

Dallas Ft Worth, Texas

Best Public Speaking Class in Dallas and Ft Worth, TX We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® public speaking class in Dallas, Texas and Fort Worth, Texas at our office. The address is at our office located at 2016 E. Randol Mill Rd., Suite 417, Arlington, TX 76011.....

San Antonio Texas

Best Presentation Classes in San Antonio We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in San Antonio, Texas at our office located at 1777 NE Loop 410, Suite 600, San Antonio, TX 78217. This office opens at 8:30 AM, registration begins at 8:45...

Austin Texas

Best Presentation Class in Austin, Texas We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Austin, Texas at our office at Aspen Lake One, 13785 Research Blvd. Suite 125, Austin, TX 78750. This office opens at 8:30 AM, registration begins at...

Atlanta Georgia

Best Presentation Classes in Atlanta Georgia We conduct a public speaking course in Atlanta every two to three months. So if you are looking for a way to eliminate nervousness, you are in the right place. The picture to the right is of a recent seminar that took place...

San Francisco California

Best Presentation Class in San Francisco, CA   We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar at 951 Mariners Island Blvd #300, San Mateo, CA 94404. This office opens at 8:30 AM, registration begins at 8:45 AM, and the course takes place from...

Sacramento California

Best Presentation Class in Sacramento, CA We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Sacramento, California at the Regus Office in downtown at 777 Campus Commons Rd, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA, 95825. This office opens at 8:30 AM,...

Seattle Washington

Best Presentation Class in Seattle, WA We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in Seattle, Washington at our Regus office at Norton Building, 801 Second Avenue, Suite 800, Seattle, Washington, 98104. This office opens at 8:30 AM,...

Presentation Skills Classes can Build Self-Confidence

Public Speaking Confidence is Seen by Others as Competence Public speaking skills or presentation skills will often lead to greater esteem from coworkers and peers, so when up-and-coming leaders and managers focus on building self-confidence in public speaking, that...

Dump The Data and Tell Me A Story

Fearless-what every presenter wants to be.  Overcoming public speaking jitters is often as simple as dumping the data, and telling stories.  Stacking your brain with statistics, or dumping them onto a slide guarantees one thing – your audience will disconnect. ...

Power Point Tips

PowerPoint Tips: The 10 Biggest PowerPoint Mistakes and How to Avoid Them By Doug Staneart The most frequently asked topic that we get questions on when we conduct public speaking training is always related to PowerPoint Tips. Because PowerPoint is so powerful, people...

Business PowerPoint Presentations with a Little Spice

Business PowerPoint Presentations have changed a lot in the last ten years, but some of the best presentation secrets have been around for a while.  Almost 25 years ago I was given a little book published in the 1950’s. It was entitled, “Public Speaking as the...

Music 101: The Key to Accent Reduction

"Without music life would be a mistake" These are the words of the famous German Philosopher Frederik Nietzsche, and as a specialist in pronunciation and Accent Reduction for non-native English speakers, I can attest to this regarding the English language. English is...

Audiences Are Selfish

You would think that your profound thoughts and words would be enough to make anyone listen. You want to tell them everything you know about the subject. You worked on your speech or presentation, put in some great language, big dollar words, that will make them...

New York NY

Best Presentation Class in Manhattan, New York We conduct the Fearless Presentations ® class and presentation seminar in New York City at our Regus Office in Midtown Manhattan at 5 Penn Plaza, 19th Floor, Manhattan, NY 10001. This office opens at 8:30 AM, registration...

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