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Exercises

1: Act out the following scene.

Caroline is giving a presentation. She is holding one or several note cards.

While giving the presentation she is glancing at the note card once or twice to reference her notes. She is also using natural gestures to communicate.

Caroline: With our communication system, you’ll always be able to access the people and information you need. We have Service Centers in over 40 countries around the world, including China, Japan, Malaysia, France, Spain, Argentina, and Brazil, just to name a few. You can be sure that the communication will be fast and secure.

What gestures did Caroline use and how do those gestures benefit the presentation?

2: To eliminate verbal pauses, which of the following would you use?
  1. Increasing your delivery rates

  2. Changing positions

  3. Articulating more deliberately

  4. Taking a quick breath

3: Act out the following scene.

In this scene, Caroline is giving the introduction of her presentation. Throughout she should use a moderately fast pace and then give slight pauses as noted. Could be holding a note card, but shouldn’t reference it.

Caroline: Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough time to accomplish all your tasks in one day? (pause)

Do you ever feel so overwhelmed by everything you have to do, that you don’t even know where to start? (pause)

You might be feeling like this today. (pause) Many of us feel like we never have enough time to accomplish all our tasks and to do them well. In my work as a personal coach and motivational speaker, I’ve discovered that there are several powerful steps you can take to better manage your time.

How did those pauses benefit the presentation?




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