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Are you still using an Agenda slide?

Messaging Skills for Driving Change

Too many presenters are still using a meeting style 'Agenda' slide at the beginning of their presentations (which looks something like the one illustrated below). This immediately sends out all the wrong signals: that the presenter is going to talk about a random set of information, at best unstructured - and at worst dull.

Here are a few ideas on how to make an agenda slide which works for you - rather than against you.

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The Mighty Metaphor

Executive Voice and Communication Skills

The best communicators use words to paint a picture so that people can ‘see’ what they mean. Ways to help your audience to imagine, visualise and understand the very essence of your message include analogy, simile and metaphor (also types of analogy). But what is in vogue in business at the moment?

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Structuring A Successful Business Message

Executive Voice and Communication Skills

Everyone knows that if you build a house without a foundation and supporting walls, at some point it will simply fall down. The exact same principle applies to building a message - whatever the audience, context or audience size.

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Beginning and Ending a Presentation

Leadership Communication Skills

Do you begin your presentation with stock phrases such as 'Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to attend this presentation' or 'In the next half hour, I'm going to update you on...'? And in so doing inadvertently communicate to your audience that they'll be lucky if they hear anything engaging in the next 30 minutes!

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Framing Effective Messages

Leadership Communication Skills

The content you select for your message, the words and stories you choose, and even the way you deliver your message are all forms of framing meaning.

 

 

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