How Cognitive Bias Affects Effective Communication

As presenters, we like to think that we are delivering our message, assessing the audience’s reactions, answering questions, making decisions or adjustments to the presentation objectively. The truth is that we can never really be entirely impartial. Our brain is wired to take shortcuts to simplify information processing, which can lead us to make systematic errors.

Psychologists call this phenomenon a cognitive bias.

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How To Master Your Video Job Interview in 7 Steps

Getting ready for a job interview can be stressful. When done via video, whether live or recorded, things can get even worse! While some people might find themselves at ease in front of the camera, others will lose confidence, and therefore their ability to sell themselves. Whatever camp you belong to, one thing is certain: a video interview requires as much preparation as one in-person.

To make sure that the experience doesn’t ruin your chances of success, we are sharing 7 tips that can help you prevent awkward moments or technical pitfalls, so you can master your next video interview!

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How To Find Free Stock Images For Commercial Use

Finding free stock images for commercial use can be a daunting task, especially when you’re also looking for (high) quality visual assets. So what are the Do’s and Don’ts for using stock photos in your marketing content. Follow our guide to finding free pictures for your website, blog posts or presentations so that you don’t get yourself  in legal hot water and put your bank account at risk.

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How to Present Effectively via Video Call or Conference

The techniques effective presenters should use face-to-face also apply to presentations via video call. However, when using Skype, Webinar or similar software, there are some challenges that you need to be aware of.

Let’s be honest. Presenting updates, proposals and ideas when you are ‘removed’ as a presenter is tough. And receiving such presentations when you are ‘remote’ can be even tougher! That’s because these types of ‘enabling’ technologies actually disable many of the natural communication cues and sensory tools that we rely on to communicate effectively.

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How To Present Internal Research Results

HR professionals are particularly likely, at some point, to undertake internal research projects, and to present the results to powerful people within their organisation, as well as to staff. Such research projects are critical because they have the potential to impact the wellbeing of employees or reform practice within a business, such as with the recent legislation regarding mandatory internal research into a company’s gender pay-gap. You may also simply have a business issue to solve.

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5 Ways Technology Is Changing Work Presentations

What a great time it is to be a presenter. There is so much innovative technology out there to help you bring your presentations to life, not to mention a multitude of other tools to help you prepare.

Using the right technology won’t make you a good presenter, but it can certainly help bring out the best of your presenting skills. Read on to learn more about the technology that can enhance your presentations.

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The Limits of Persuasion

There’s plenty to argue about in the world at the moment. In fact, the abundance of divisive topics, dubious rhetoric, and dumbfounding misinformation that’s made it’s way to headlines tend to inspire apathy rather than action.

Often a thought that crosses the mind of any person arguing is “why don’t they get it?”. After presenting evidence and passionately delivering reasons as to why their thinking is correct, many are left bewildered when they’re met by an unwavering brick wall of disagreement and an opposing point of view.

How do you persuade someone to your way of thinking? What influences someone’s decisions? Surely no one can dispute unrelenting evidence and deny something that the majority interpret as fact? Or can they? Is evidence really enough or is emotion or devotion a factor?  

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