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Intensive — Fine Tune Your Voice
As a presenter, you know your voice is critical to getting your message across. Speakers with weak or inauthentic voices are rarely successful. Audiences want confident presenters who telegraph their assuredness without going over the top.
Knowing something is an important tool is different from mastering its use. Just as with any fine instrument, you have to know how to care for it, use it for the best sound, and take care of it when something is wrong. When was the last time you thought about your voice? When did you last get some tips for making it even more effective?
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Caution when using ChatGPT — Marcia Reynolds
Using chat.openai.com is a great way to jumpstart ideas for your writing. There have been articles indicating caution as well. There is no way of knowing if what is produced is plagiarized, if the information is accurate, or how many times what is offered has been used by others. Software has been developed that is able to quickly tell if an essay was written by a human or by ChatGPT. New York City public schools are banning access on campus. I still like using it for content ideas and lists I can flesh out on my own. Use it as a resource, not a substitute for your brilliance.
LinkedIn tip — Milo Shapiro
Put a symbol in front of your name in LinkedIn. Mine is a simple big black dot. If I get a notification that says, “Hey *Milo, I found your profile really interesting!” then I know it’s automated and headed straight to trash, because no one would copy or type the dot.
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Nvidia’s “Eye Contact” keeps your eyes looking at the camera — Rebecca Morgan
Nvidia’s addition to its Broadcast software makes it appear that you are looking at the camera when you aren’t. Still a little buggy, but an interesting concept for virtual presentations or reading scripts. Read more
Take your “good” presentations to “stellar” by enrolling in the new eSpeakers Master Virtual Presenter course and designation led by Rebecca Morgan. Five-part live, virtual course starts in Feb. 6. Limited space. Details
Take a pic of your suitcase — Laura Leist
Store a picture of your suitcase on your phone so when the airline asks for a description of your lost bag you can show them a picture. Works great if you don’t speak the language in that country.
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