Recent Articles in Three Things

May 20, 2022

Simple is brilliant: Three presentation mindsets that get in the way


Public Speaking , Three Things , Presentation Tips

Complex work by smart people can inspire awe - or make audiences tune out. Brilliant speaker, is it time for you to embrace the genius of simplicity?

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April 21, 2022

Better than your standard open: Getting an event started


Public Speaking , Presentation Tips , Three Things

What's the best way to connect with your audience when you're not the main attraction? Here are three ways to freshen up those standard welcoming remarks.

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April 7, 2022

When Young Speakers Want to be taken seriously


Public Speaking , Presentation Tips , Three Things

Young professionals bring lots of strengths to presentations, but they worry about credibility. Extra attention to three public speaking fundamentals can help.

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January 11, 2022

Getting started when you don't know where to start


Public Speaking , Presentation Tips , Three Things

Got a presentation to create or a speech to give, but can't find the words? Try these simple ways to give yourself a jump-start.

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December 7, 2021

Three Tips for Better Group Presentations


How To , Presentation Tips , Three Things , Public Speaking

When you have co-presenters, life should be better for everyone. So why are group presentations a challenge? And how can you make your presentation team more effective?

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November 8, 2021

Difficult messages, difficult people: What You Can Do


Business Communication , Three Things

The techniques we use for persuasive presentations can help you with one-on-one communication, too.

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October 25, 2021

Three gestures even reticent speakers can (learn to) love


Gestures & Body Language , Public Speaking , Public Speaking Fear , Presentation Tips , Three Things

Even when gestures can bring a lot to a talk, not every public speaker is comfortable using them. Here are three gestures even the most reluctant presenter can embrace.

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October 13, 2021

Using the Rule of 3 to elevate your presentations


Presentation Tips , How To , Three Things

Children's stories have long used the magic of three, as have famous speeches and romance novels. Now, fashion influencers are jumping on the three-wheeled bandwagon. See how 3 can spice up your public speaking.

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July 16, 2021

Media Training: Who’s Your Audience?


Media Training , Three Things , How To

Training tends to prepare you to meet members of the media with confidence. In the process, don't forget about speaking to your real audience...

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June 15, 2021

Before you Google a quote for that speech


Public Speaking , Three Things , Presentation Tips

Another's turn of phrase may seem just the thing to make your presentation shine. But before you grab that quote from Google, there are a few things you should figure out.

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April 29, 2021

Contemplating Numbers: Presenting to help your audience


Presentation Tips , Three Things , Public Speaking

Does your audience have the time or the appetite for all the data in your presentation? Here are a few simple ways to help them grasp the big numbers...

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April 16, 2021

Taking Off: Setting your presentation up for success


Presentation Tips , Three Things , Public Speaking

When a presentation takes off well, you can avoid some unnecessary turbulence. Find our tips for aligning your message with your audience.

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March 26, 2021

Moved to Tears: Managing Your Emotions When Speaking


Public Speaking , Three Things , Presentation Tips

What should you do if you're telling an emotional story that might make you cry during a presentation? Our advice may spare you unnecessary tears...

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December 10, 2020

Connecting the Pieces: Transitions for More Powerful Presentations


Public Speaking , Presentation Tips , Three Things , PowerPoint , How To

While some PowerPoint fans think "Next slide!" does the job, we know you can do better. Strong transitions help your message connect. Here's how to get started...

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July 21, 2020

Public Speaking: Tips from Mr. Noodle


Public Speaking , Three Things , Presentation Tips , Just For Fun

What can Sesame Street's goofy Mr. Noodle teach you about public speaking? More than you might think...

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June 30, 2020

Quarantine and the Art of Being Heard


Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Three Things

Close quarters. Hot issues. Maybe tried-and-true communication tactics can help you get through to people who aren't listening even when it's for their own good...

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October 16, 2019

PowerPoint Makeovers: Three Quick Fixes


Presentation Tips , Three Things , Public Speaking , PowerPoint

Simple changes can make your too-busy slides much more audience friendly. Here are three quick ways to clean up a PowerPoint presentation...

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August 15, 2019

Business Communication: Three Tips for Better Emails


Business Communication , Presentation Tips , Three Things

Don't be "that person"—especially when you can practice your writing and presentation skills AND craft better emails at the same time!

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April 26, 2019

Three Things to Tell Yourself When You’re Nervous


Public Speaking Fear , Presentation Tips , Three Things , Public Speaking

That voice in your head? Give it a new script! Try these lines to talk yourself into being a more confident speaker...

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November 12, 2018

Tips for Mastering Public Speaking Skills More Quickly


Three Things , Presentation Tips , Public Speaking

Helping military members master new communication skills has also taught us a few things. Here's how you can jump in, embrace the challenge, and accelerate your learning...

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November 5, 2018

Public Speaking Lessons from 'The Voice'


Three Things , Just For Fun , Presentation Tips , Seen|Read|Heard , Faculty

Our Buckley coach makes the case for learning presentation skills from a popular TV show and why Taylor Swift would make an excellent public speaking instructor...

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September 18, 2018

Public Speaking Tips: Get More From Your Voice


Public Speaking , Faculty , Three Things , Instruction , Presentation Tips , The Buckley Experience

You don't need a different voice. You need to make the most of the one you have! Three ways to do that, plus a lifetime of insights from the Buckley vocal coach who pushes our students to stretch their performances...

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August 10, 2018

Better Stories for Your Next Presentation


Resources , Public Speaking , Three Things , Instruction , Presentation Tips , Storytelling

Personal stories can bring a presentation to life. Apply these easy-to-use writing workshop tips to bring more life to your stories...

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July 16, 2018

3 Tips for Better PowerPoint in 30 seconds


Public Speaking , Instruction , Presentation Tips , Three Things , PowerPoint

You can get a better PowerPoint presentation in 30 seconds, just by making a few simple changes. Here's how...

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May 11, 2018

3 Ways to Improve Your On-Camera Delivery


Three Things , Presentation Tips , Faculty , Media Training

From company video messages to online training, more of us expect to be on camera as part of our work. A news anchor, TV producer, and Buckley coach--Kara Gormley Meador gives you some tips for making the most of it.

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April 18, 2018

3 simple ways to build audience rapport


Three Things , Public Speaking , Instruction , Presentation Tips , Faculty , The Buckley Experience

When the audience likes you, they're more receptive to your presentation. Here are simple ways to win that rapport the next time you speak...

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March 29, 2018

Beyond 'You Were Great!' - 3 Tips for Getting Helpful Feedback


Presentation Tips , Three Things , Public Speaking

"You were great!" It's the response most people hear when they ask for feedback on a speech or presentation. Here's how to get the stuff you can actually use...

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March 9, 2018

Standing Up to Public Speaking Fears


Resources , Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Three Things , Just For Fun , Presentation Tips

When a hospital administrator wanted to give her career a boost, she had to overcome her fear of public speaking. So she took on an even scarier challenge. Should you?

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February 13, 2018

Comfortable in the Spotlight: 3 Public Speaking Tips for Shy Speakers


Public Speaking , Three Things , Presentation Tips

Introverts, take heart! Every speaker can find a way to own the stage, even the ones who'd prefer not to be there. Here's how...

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November 16, 2017

Dial in a win: Secrets to successful phone interviews


Resources , Three Things , Presentation Tips , Etiquette , Faculty

After hearing some crazy stories from employers, we turned to our resident interview expert for help...

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October 4, 2017

Improv to Help Your Public Speaking


Three Things , Faculty , Presentation Tips , Just For Fun

You don't have to be an aspiring Second City cast member to benefit from giving improv a try. Here's what our Jenny Maxwell discovered...

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September 12, 2017

Help a Speaker Out


Public Speaking , Three Things , Presentation Tips

Buckley School director Karen Kalutz says you can make the world a friendlier place for every speaker (including yourself) in three easy steps.

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August 30, 2017

Better Interviews, Better Presentations


Three Things , Faculty , Presentation Tips

Getting your story across in an interview has a lot in common with making a strong presentation. Our interview guru Katie Pope explains...

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July 27, 2017

Better Answers for Your Next Q&A


Resources , Three Things , Presentation Tips , Instruction

"I know from my own experience," says Buckley coach Jenny Maxwell, "that the more you stand up and practice answering questions, the better you get at it." Here are some tips for your next presentation, drawn from our onsite training with companies...

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June 1, 2017

From Acting Class to Public Speaking


Three Things , Presentation Tips , Public Speaking , Faculty

What can a middle school acting class teach us about public speaking? Buckley Coach Emily Padgett has a few ideas....

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May 1, 2017

Lessons from TED for public speaking


Public Speaking Fear , Public Speaking , Faculty , Three Things , Presentation Tips

How can a TED talk help you improve your public speaking? Buckley faculty Elise Partin gave one--and shares her tips from the experience.

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April 19, 2017

Facilitating Techniques for Speakers


Public Speaking , Faculty , Three Things , Instruction , Presentation Tips

Managing the audience and working toward agreement are two of the skills an expert facilitator will master. Buckley coach Katie Pope shares how her experiences as a facilitator can help your next presentation.

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April 1, 2017

Lessons from Coaching Youth Debate


Public Speaking , Faculty , Three Things , Instruction , Presentation Tips

"Speaking is like sports. It's all about muscle memory," says Buckley faculty Jana Daley, who volunteers as a high school debate team coach. She shares three things she's learned that can help any speaker.

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