Make some Magic

Last week we covered our process for presentation creation. Now it’s time for delivery!

 Here’s how to practice your presentation:

  1. Practice while standing up.

  2. With your written script, highlight the most important words or concepts that you can punch up with movements of gestures.

  3. Practice while standing up, using those gestures.

  4. Rewrite your speech in bullet points then talk to those points instead of trying to memorize word-for-word.

  5. Practice while standing up, no script!

Practice, Practice, Practice…

You got this! 

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Cool Beans Coaching

Saving Face

The next installment of our Cross Cultural Communication series is about saving face. With respect at the forefront, it’s important to remember your audience. 

While it might work wonders in the U.S., poking fun at your colleagues in other cultures can quickly turn sour.

The solution: If you want to use personalized humor, stick to the self-deprecating kind.

Who’s the champion of making her guests feel welcome using self-deprecation? Ellen.

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Cool Beans Coaching

When you don't know the culture...

If you’re presenting to an intercultural audience and you aren’t sure about every cultural norm, a good fallback is to watch for Microexpressions.

The tiny, automatic expressions we make when reacting to something we love, hate, are disgusted by, or excited about, are universal, and cannot be hidden by cultural practices.

What do your eyebrows do when you’re listening intently? Most of the world probably does the same. 

Watch your microexpressions in the mirror so you can see them in your audience.

For more information, check out the Paul Ekman Group.

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Cool Beans Coaching

Cross Cultural Communication: A Series

Just like your favorite seasonal drink from Starbucks or Dunkin’, we at Cool Beans Coaching want to offer special topic series: on Drip!

This month’s series: Cross Cultural Communication

Tip 1: Enjoy the silence.

In some cultures it’s customary not to speak in public settings- where we’re used to a lack of response signifying dissent or boredom, it may even mean success.

In cultures where reactions or verbal responses are less common, lessen the amount of “audience participation” you incorporate.

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Having a Ball

Last week we talked about the importance of nonverbal communication and how to practice it in your daily life. But there’s another way to get your actions to speak louder than your words: Play a game of charades!

You can follow the classic rules:

  1. Get some friends together

  2. Pick a topic out of a hat

  3. Explain it without words!

Or, if you want something more exciting, try playing with the same passion as this video.

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The Cool Beans Team

Actions Speak Louder than Words

You may have heard that actions speak louder than words. And it’s true!

According to Dr. Albert Mehrabian’s rule of personal communication, what our audience pays attention looks a bit more like this:

  • 7% Words

  • 38% Tone

  • 55% Body Language

How we can take control of our nonverbal communication? One option is to practice in your daily life. Notice how you sit in meetings, walk the dog, or wait for your coffee. Ask yourself:

Are my arms crossed? What does my facial expression look like? What message am I sending?

Then roll your shoulders back, take a deep breath, and smile. You got this!

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The Cool Beans Team

Respect the Punctuation

Contrary to popular belief, Public Speaking isn’t always about speaking.

You know this topic like the back of your hand. Your audience doesn’t.

Give them time to absorb with some punctuated pauses.

The trick? When you see a period, take a breath. 

Good morning and welcome. [Breath] Today we’re going to talk about the importance of exceptional customer service. [Breath]…

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Cool Beans Coaching

Positive Thoughts for Positive Presentations

What is going through your head right before you present?

Don’t mess up, don’t mess up, don’t mess up.

If you think about what not to do, you’re a lot more likely to do just that.

The solution? Think positive. 

Tell yourself what you want to happen instead. At Cool Beans we like to use mantras like “I’m awesome” or “I’ve got this” to get our heads in the game and the butterflies in our stomach in formation.

What’s your mantra? 

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Cool Beans Coaching