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Insights on Communication Skills and Relationship Building

Bridget Beirne

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Communication Skills Round-Up: Best of the OC Blog, 2016

Posted by Bridget Beirne

December 20, 2016

Wondering what was most popular on the blog this year? Take a look at five top performers:

Spring is in the Air! The Official Conference Speaker's Toolkit
Ovation President Kerri Garbis tells you the "must haves" for conference presentations.

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Topics: Business Communication Skills

How to Conduct Your Own Emotional Intelligence "Year in Review"

Posted by Bridget Beirne

December 3, 2016

If you've been working to develop your emotional intelligence skills, you know it's an ongoing effort. As with other soft skills, the process of improvement doesn't happen overnight. To truly improve your emotional intelligence requires not only action, but reflection.

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Topics: Emotional Intelligence

6 More Outside-the-Box Creative Presentation Ideas

Posted by Bridget Beirne

November 17, 2016

The phrase "outside the box" has come by its jargon status honestly. We're often striving to change our perspective, and try something new or more creative. We use this phrase to remind us to break out, because often we don't realize we're in the box at all.

Deep, right?
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Topics: Presentations, Presentation Skills Training

How Emotional Reasoning Can Distort Emotional Intelligence

Posted by Bridget Beirne

October 4, 2016

Psychologist Aaron Beck was the first to work with the cognitive idea of emotional reasoning. Put very simply, emotional reasoning is when you believe the truth of a situation to be different than the evidence before you because of an experienced emotional reaction.

Here's an example:


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Topics: Emotional Intelligence

4 Secrets to Overcoming Stage Fright that May Be Easier than You Think

Posted by Bridget Beirne

August 10, 2016

bridget-beirne-1.pngIt's been a while since we've discussed that big elephant in the room of nearly every presentation: stage fright, or public speaking anxiety. If you're one of the MANY who struggle with this fear, you're probably always on the look-out for something that will help.

Trust me, I get it.

Here are a few secrets you might not know that are easier than you think. Some require a change of mindset, some a change of action. Give them a try and see what helps.

1. Stop trying to "overcome" it: I realize that may sound like a cop out after the title of this post, but hear me out. One truth about overcoming stage fright — there's no magic bullet to make it go away entirely. When you burden yourself with the pressure of having to overcome or conquer something like that, you can lock yourself in a loop: "Why am I feeling nervous? I shouldn't be feeling nervous! I have to stop this. I have to stop being afraid right now. Why can't I make it stop?!"

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Topics: Presentation Skills Training