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See also Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs. If you are not afraid of public speaking, maybe you should be. Talking in front of a crowd often ranks with death and spiders in polls of things people fear most, but even the boldest podium jockey needs to focus on actually getting a message across. Nancy Duarte, author of Loud and Clear: Six Tips for Communicating in a Way That Truly Resonates, says, in essence, that talk is cheap. Speaking is easy; being heard and remembered is not. At a time when people are tweeting, blogging, and emailing all day, every day, the best way to genuinely connect and create change among listeners, Duarte says, is with in-person presentations. She stresses that everyone in every company should know how to present and communicate that company's messages with clarity and passion. But there’s a knack to these presentations—a knack few have mastered. The key element of a successful stand-up, says Duarte, is the sound bite, the simple (but not simplistic) message that anchors presentations audiences will respond to and remember.

Improve Your Public Speaking

Audience members are like radio towers that can repeat your key concepts; you never know who might have fifty thousand social-net followers.
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Tim Moran is a freelance writer for Baseline magazine.
 
 
 

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