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The Power of Moderation: Why Executives Need a Moderator for Their Online Sessions

In today's business landscape, executives are often tasked with leading online meetings and virtual events. These sessions are essential for decision-making, collaboration, and keeping teams and stakeholders informed. However, as the online world becomes increasingly prominent, the need for effective moderation has never been more critical.

Gone are the early days of the pandemic when many leaders were pivoting and adapting to a new way of working. Online presentations are now commonplace and a critical means of leadership communication; in this blog post, we'll explore when and why executives need a moderator for their online sessions.

The Rise of Virtual Meetings

The rapid adoption of virtual meetings, webinars, and online sessions has been accelerated by technological advancements and the global shift towards remote work. While these digital platforms offer tremendous benefits, they also introduce unique challenges that can hinder productivity, engagement, and the...

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Reinventing Yourself: Elevating Your Career or Business

Why Is Reinventing Yourself Urgent?

The world is constantly changing, and so are we as individuals.

We either grow or we hamster wheel our way through day after day...after day.

If we remain static, we fall behind.

This is especially true for professionals and businesses. If you've been at the same job or business for more than 5 years without evolving or changing, you're not living up to your full potential. You're not tapping into your creativity, innovation, and passion. You're not serving your clients, customers, or colleagues in the best way possible. You're not fulfilling the purpose of your work and life.

Reinventing yourself is urgent because it's the only way to stay relevant, competitive, and fulfilled.

What Does it Mean to be Fully Aligned?

Reinventing yourself is not about becoming someone you're not. It's about taking that suit of armour off and showing up with a calm mind.

It's about bringing all aspects of yourself into alignment.

What does that mean?

It means that...

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Centre Stage with Cynthia Sweeney

centre stage coterie Sep 27, 2023

Recently, Tisha had the pleasure of interviewing Cynthia (Cyndi) Sweeney, who is a double-graduate of shiftED Academy’s Essential Presentation Skills Certificate (Booster) and Online Course Creator Programs and an Alumni member of shiftED’s Coterie.

Cyndi's workshops, e-learning, and presentations are engaging, informative, and human-centered. Tisha asked Cyndi about the work she does and how shiftED’s programs and membership group have made an impact on her business.   


Tisha – Cyndi, I would love it if you could begin by telling me about the work you do.

Cyndi - Our team at Simply Good Form helps businesses and organizations, and the employees within, to help solve challenges that they might be facing if they've ever wondered about pronoun usage. "What if I'm not getting my pronouns right?" "How am I ensuring that I'm being inclusive and using best practices professionally within the...

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Persuasive Presentations: The Power of Verity, Perspicacity, and Simplicity

Effective communication is an essential leadership skill. 

Whether you are pitching an idea, seeking investment, being interviewed, or trying to sway your team or students to take action, the ability to deliver a persuasive presentation is critical to achieving your objectives. In this article, we explore three key elements that can significantly enhance the impact of your presentations and leadership communication: Verity, Perspicacity, and Simplicity.

 

Verity: Honesty and Authenticity

Verity, often defined as truthfulness or sincerity, lies at the core of persuasive presentations. In a world where information flows rapidly and skeptics and falsehoods abound, being genuine and honest can set you apart from the crowd with a refreshingly human approach. Here are some key aspects of Verity in your communications, including formal presentations:

a) Knowing Your Stuff: Being well-prepared instills confidence in your audience. Research thoroughly, understand the...

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4 Tips for Engaging Presentations

Originally published March 2023

Presenting in front of people can be nerve–wracking – it doesn’t matter if it is in person or online. Many of us tend to be hard on ourselves and think that we appear incompetent if we make a mistake or that we’ll be judged harshly. It's one of the main reasons people tend to stick to a script rather than pausing, connecting, and having a conversation with their audience.

We don’t have to feel this way!

Let go of the need to be perfect. Instead, incorporate these tips to truly engage your audience when you're in the spotlight.

 

Tip #1: Focus on things that matter

When speaking, even in a casual setting, people tend to use filler words to allow their brains to catch up. Filler words can take the form of "um," "like," "okay," "you know," and so on, and these are common and natural. An excellent way to check OVERUSE of fillers is by recording yourself and tallying every time you stall the wording of your...

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Leveraging AI for Presentations and Communications

Curious about the future of presenting in the context of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and various applications that can save you time and elevate your awesomeness? Read on. Whether you are creating formal presentations, delivering speeches, or any other form of communication, AI can be a game-changer. 

We don't know about you, but some of our clients find the process of creating presentations to be time-consuming and sometimes even daunting. From brainstorming ideas to designing visually appealing slides, it can be a lot to handle. And let's not forget the pressure of delivering a compelling message that resonates with your audience. That's where AI comes in.

AI has revolutionized many aspects of our lives, and presentations are no exception. By harnessing the power of AI, you can automate the design process, transforming your ideas into eye-catching slides with just a few clicks. No more spending hours tweaking the layout or choosing the right fonts – AI...

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How To Look Sharp For Your Online Presentation

Before you hit the stage or your desk in an online setting, you’re putting a lot of time and effort into making your presentation look as professional and appealing as possible. Often, we are carefully considering which font and colours to use, which stock images fit the energy of the message, and how the language flows with what we have to say. And that’s good, but there are other visual elements of your presence to which we ought to give attention.

Elevate your dress code: Find confidence in clothing.

Have you ever bought a new outfit and felt like the cool kid in high school, ego-boosted and ready to embrace the spotlight? It doesn’t have to be a style makeover; it could be as simple as a new shirt or pair of shoes. Whatever your new item is, use it as a vessel to present the new you.

Levelling up your appearance can give you confidence from within and give your viewers a powerful and fresh first impression of you, even if it’s subconscious. Feeling (and...

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Centre Stage with April Stroink

centre stage coterie Oct 27, 2022

Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing April Stroink, Money Coach who is a graduate of shiftED Academy’s Essential Presentation Skills Certificate program and an Alumni member of shiftED’s Coterie (a membership group). 

April is a self-proclaimed introvert, yet her presentations are insightful, lively, and captivating. I asked April about presenting to business owners and how being a member of shiftED’s Coterie has made an impact on her coaching business. 

Tisha: April, thank you for being with me today. You and I have worked together for years now, I've taken courses with you, you've taken mine, and we've worked one-on-one together. April, tell me a little bit about the presentations you're currently focused on and how they tie in with your work.

April: On average, I do about 5-6 hours of presenting per week and that's a combination of courses that I teach, workshops, and presentations inside influencers' programs. And,...

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Creating an online course? Here’s what you need to know - Part IV

Beta Testing

 

Hurrah! Your online course is complete!

 

So, now what?

 

The first thing to do once you have a completed course framework is to make sure that it all works and flows properly.  When it comes to online courses, you’re not only looking to make sure that it actually works, (the technology and software are functioning as desired), but you will also want to make sure that the content flows properly, makes sense to your target audience and yields the results you had intended and are promoting.

 

Although it can be tempting to launch right away, the benefits to testing before launch are plentiful and should be thoroughly considered.  

 

These include:

 

  • The ability to understand how the flow of the course will work in real-time
  • Seeing and reacting to actual results and transformations within your students
  • Collecting testimonials or case studies suitable for launch and promotional messaging
  • Understanding the degree of...
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Creating an Online Course? Here's What you Need to Know - Part III

Part III - Production

In this third installment of our Creating an Online Course series, we’re going to be chatting all about the best practices for producing your content and then in Part IV, we will discuss how to incorporate beta testing models to ensure your course runs smoothly when it’s time to launch! 

If you haven’t yet read Part I and Part II of this series, we highly recommend going back and getting those under your belt first so the tips and tricks we chat about in this article make more sense.

Let’s hop right in!

So now that you’ve put all of the content together in a manner that flows properly and meets your learning outcomes, it is time to film, record, and edit your online course.

For many, this is the most intimidating phase of online course development. Depending on the nature of your course, this may include getting in front of the camera, which can be daunting for many.  

 

Before we get to filming though, let’s...

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