Neutral Bridge: Friend or Foe?

One of the most controversial skills we teach in our workshops is the use of the Neutral Bridge when responding to challenging questions. While it helps people think fast and stay focused when they get a tough question, sometimes they see it as an additional step at an already stressful time. Read on to see when you may not need a bridge.

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What do I do with my hands?

When people speak without slides, their arms, hands, and gestures tell the story. For example: the one hand outlines the machine part, both hands come together to explain how the pieces fit together. It’s interesting and dynamic to watch. Put slides up and watch what happens…

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Ummmmm…Kill the Fillers

In our work with technical or subject matter experts, we are asked over and over, how do I get rid of fillers? Ummm, ahhhh, so, well, and-um, you know….and other non-words can easily creep into our presentations, and nobody likes them. What can you do? This is what we tell our clients.

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Engaging your Listeners

Every time I ask a group to list the qualities of a successful speaker, one of the first things they say is “engaging.” What do you think makes a speaker engaging? I think it could be a combination of four unique qualities, along with knowing how to engage and connect with an audience.

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You can do it! 

My students were becoming so confident that I decided to experiment a little bit. At the beginning of the second day, I asked each of them write two things they would like to focus on for the next presentation. As each person came to the front to speak, they handed me their cards. Here is what happened.

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