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Simple, Persuasive Communication
Speechworks is a communication and selling skills coaching firm. Since 1986, we have helped countless professionals become better communicators and presenters through workshops and individual instruction.
One of our coaches was at a restaurant recently and when the first person at the table gave his order, the waiter said, “Very nice choice.” In fact, the waiter said, “very nice” or “good choice” to everyone at the table…except our coach!
“I ordered the fish,” the coach said. “He just nodded and walked away. I felt a little offended. He didn’t tell me I made a nice choice. For the rest of the meal, I wondered if I had ordered poorly.”
Similarly, saying, “That’s a great question!” when someone asks a question during a presentation is not a good idea. Once you say “great question”, you’ve put yourself into the position of having to say “great question” to everyone who asks a question.
Q: What do you get when you cross The Godfather with an economist? A: Someone who will make you an offer you can’t understand.
When a client asks about how to best use data and numbers in a presentation, this old joke comes to mind.
After years in the financial services industry, we’ve seen thousands of data-driven presentations. Most of them are terrible. Many are incomprehensible. We have found that one of the biggest challenges in business is communicating financial information to clients and prospects. Most of us have a hard time processing raw numbers and data.
But these 5 principles will make it easier on your listeners... ... See MoreSee Less
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They presented in a manner that really got the attention of the committee. Their sincerity and eagerness for the job really stuck out.
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Speaking in front of others is a fear of mine, but after attending the workshop, I felt more confident and comfortable.
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The training was presented in such a way that I saw immediate improvement in my presentation skills.
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The class was excellent! Can be used in meetings and speeches.
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Very helpful. Brought me out of my shell. Will really help me progress in my career.
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Great class! Very useful advice for consultants who present to executives.
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Seeing myself on video was powerful.
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