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Stage Coach by Maria Guida

Want to become a better networker? Here’s how to increase your comfort level before and during events

Most people have been forming relationships their entire lives, but the process in business settings may still seem daunting, because people are rarely taught how to network well. Instead, professionals are often expected to “just know how.” The major barrier is fear: fear of embarrassment, rejection or failure.
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Listen, acknowledge, identify: How to influence people when you don’t have authority over them

CEOs often have to try to influence professionals over whom they have no real authority. When faced with this challenge, how can you use your expertise, work collaboratively and build consensus to achieve the best results?
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How to finish your big speech with a winning Q&A session

As a top executive who speaks publicly, you answer many questions posed by your audiences. An effective Q&A session stimulates your listeners, gives you an opportunity to clarify and reinforce your message, and provides valuable information regarding your audience.
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Want to give an impactful speech? Make your message fit your audience

Whenever you speak for business, you need to tailor your message as specifically as possible to each individual business audience or group. Listeners are concerned with only one thing: “What’s in this for me?”
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Your voice: Is it wimpy or winning when you give a speech?

Your voice is a powerful tool — it has the power to give you gravitas and create a winning professional image. It also has the power to jeopardize your credibility, especially if you sound weak or “wimpy.”
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How to get buy-in for your most important initiatives from other C-suite executives

C-suite leaders talk about strategy to make a profit. Therefore, in any situation that requires buy-in from others in senior management, communication should always start with the business case: Show that an initiative will protect the company’s money or make money for the company.
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A comfortable speaker is a better speaker: Planning your outfit and appearance for a big presentation

Your big moment is coming up soon: that important presentation when you’ll be speaking to a group of CEOs or other senior leaders. You have prepared superb content and rehearsed appropriately; you are ready to speak with authenticity, poise and power. Now, a big decision: What will you wear?
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Don’t look in the mirror, and other tips for more productive speech rehearsals

Rehearsals involving a mirror or silent review of your notes are doomed to failure. They don’t help develop the most important skill: the ability to appear spontaneous and speak with a palpable focus on the listeners and their needs.
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How to discover and convey your inner star quality

Whether you are a CEO or other top-ranking official, a winning “executive presence” will enhance your professional image and help you achieve the goals that are meaningful to you.
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The Ronald Reagan technique: How to sound natural while reading prepared text

Ronald Reagan, Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill read a great many of their speeches as they delivered them to the audience. To do this successfully, they first became masters at reading a speech while sounding conversational.
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ABOUT MARIA GUIDA: Maria Guida is a consultant at Fortune 500 companies and professional speaker. She works with organizations that want to develop power speaking skills to be more persuasive, productive, and profitable. With her experience as an actor on Broadway, TV and film (working with Paul Newman, James Earl Jones and Kevin Kline), she enhances the leadership presence and competitive edge of executives in all industries. Maria’s clients include executives at American Express, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Chubb, Morgan Stanley and Johnson & Johnson. (Maria can be reached at maria@successfulspeakerinc.com or at 718-884-2282. Please visit www.successfulspeakerinc.com)