The Ace Speaker; Skills to Aspire for!

Ever thought of aspirational speaking skills you require to be that speaker who everyone adores? Imagine yourself listening to your favorite speaker. What is the thing that you love about the way they speak? Read More

How to Open a Speech and Grab Attention From the Beginning

The opening is one of the most important parts of any speech and its organization. You can think of it as the trailer of a film. If it’s great, people go and watch the movie. The opening of the speech should be able to make your audience curious so that they stick around for the whole duration. The length should be around 15 to 20 percent of the entire speech. At the beginning, you should be able to make the audience members (a) curious as to what is coming next, (b) involved in your speech to crave for more and (c) engaged enough to be hooked on. Read More

9 Body Language and Posture Tips for Public Speakers

Have you ever wondered how your body should be during a speech? What posture should public speakers maintain? Should there be movements or should there be an absolute stand still? What body language should a public speaker portray? Read More

How To Develop an Online Course Following Best Practices

In this article, I will help you develop a learning module using best practices in pedagogy and instructional design. The steps presented here does require a substantial time investment but, you will be designing a course that leads to higher engagement. Just like any regular courses, you need to plan your curriculum to create that stellar online course. Any stellar online course is rooted on solid learning objectives. The course content, assignment, activities, and structure should be aligned with the objectives. Read More

9 Things You Should Know To Be an Excellent Sales Negotiator

Negotiation is one of the most important skills to have in your skill portfolio – in the time of crisis, to make successful decisions, to reach conclusions and most crucially to close deals. Practicing negotiation skills develop critical thinking and communication skills as well. Just like any other skills, it can be learned and developed through practice. Read More

5 Common Job Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

After you enter that interview room, you are asked a number of questions which helps decide whether you are fit for the company that you are applying for and ultimately, your answers to those questions determine whether or not you get the position that you have been striving for. The best thing that you can do is to be ready beforehand. There are a number of questions that are quite common in job interviews and for those common questions, you can lay the groundwork so that you can give the best answers to them. Read More

What Sustainable Development Goal are You Passionate About?

Our introductory course on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) helps us to know about the 17 goals, takes us through a video of role play as well as videos that navigate from Millenium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals. There’s also a quick quiz to help you test your knowledge on it. Read More

An Introduction to Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a set of 17 “Global Goals” with 169 targets between them to make this world a better place to live in. It was spearheaded by the United Nations through participation of its 193 Member States. The global agenda is successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and provides a broader development agreement between the states. Read More

3 Basic Tips To Master PowerPoint Content

Content is the core of a presentation. There are various do’s and dont’s that one must remember while dealing with content. Content writing and presentation have to be mastered to achieve an appealing effect on the audience.

Here are 3 basic tips to master content:

  1. Avoid Sentences. The first thing you need to remember is that you do not write paragraphs or sentences on your slides. You should be the focus of the presentation; not the text on the screen.  If your audience sees long sentences or paragraphs, it is absolutely natural that they would look there, therefore, losing focus on what you are trying to say. There are exceptions to this like when you are quoting someone or there are some lines that cannot be avoided.
  2. Use Only Keywords. An entire paragraph is explained easier using only keywords. Instead of writing an entire sentence, write a word or phrase that sort of covers it. Then you will be the one to explain it. The word is just a visual cue for your audience to know what you are talking about.
  3. One slide = One point. One slide should never have more than one point. It should cover only a single topic or idea. Distribute different ideas in different slides. For example: If you are talking about causes and effects of something, the causes go under one slide and the effects on the next one. There will certainly be sub-points or keywords on those slides. But even if you have space remaining, the second idea go on the next slide.

However, this rule about not using sentences and paragraphs does have an exception. The only time you could actually ever use sentences is when you are actually quoting somebody. Either you’re quoting an achiever in that field or maybe you’re writing a definition. That is the only time when you may use paragraphs and sentences. Apart from that don’t do it. Keywords would suffice.

The Art of Impressive Speech Giving

Let’s be clear, what most of us think about the Public speaking is, as if you need to be a guest of honor at a formal event, to employ what we think of as “public speaking skills”. But the reality struck you and it’s never like that. You feel nervous, your palms sweat, your stomach ties itself into knots. You don’t want to do it. You would rather do anything else than talking to someone. Look at the TED talks; how smoothly they give a speech. Seriously? Are they superhumans? How can they manage to give such an outstanding speech in front of hundreds of people and not even have a hiccup in their confidence?

As being a student and in the early stage of my career it is nearly unavoidable to go without having to give a public speech once in the future for a respectable career path. It is likely that all of us will one day have to speak in public. Whether we are giving a formal presentation to an audience, or simply asking our boss for a promotion, speaking skills are essential to getting ahead in a professional setting. Read More