Kristin Halvin

Kristin Halvin is an award-winning speaker through Toastmasters International® in the areas of humorous, extemporaneous, and inspirational speaking. A trainer at heart, Kristin has coached conference presenters, corporate VPs, stand-up comedians, the Charger Girls®, and the occasional maid of honor in writing and delivering dynamic presentations. Kristin is an Instructional Design Specialist and trainer with Symitar.

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Present Like a Pro – 5 Tips from TEDx

Posted by Kristin Halvin

Wed, Mar 06, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

Jennifer Purdie is the youngest American to run marathons on all seven continents, including Antarctica. When presenting, she subtly challenges her audience as she describes how she endured extreme sea sickness, dehydration, glaciers, mud, sideways rain, and attacking birds, to complete the Antarctica marathon in a little over six hours. Jennifer reveals that she completed this marathon and many others because she visualizes ahead of time as many things as possible that could go wrong, and then visualizes overcoming them. She invites us to do the same as we take on our goals.

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Topics: Credit Unions, banking, banks, presentations

Using Stories in Business Presentations

Posted by Kristin Halvin

Wed, Mar 07, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

In my previous post, “The Four Elements of a Successful Presentation Opening,” I suggested that there are six ways to open a presentation: a story, a show of hands, a visual or prop, an outrageous or provocative statement, a rhetorical question, or a quote. While I believe that a story is the best way to open a presentation, if you don’t open with a story, you should at least have a few stories within your presentation.

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Topics: Financial Services Industry, Processes & Procedures, presentations

The Four Elements of a Successful Presentation Opening

Posted by Kristin Halvin

Wed, Nov 29, 2017 @ 11:00 AM


Can you recall a time when you were at a conference, in a breakout session, and you realized within the first two minutes that this was going to be a boring presentation? What did you do? Did you pull out your phone and catch up on Twitter®? Did you look for a back door so you could sneak out? Or did you think, “I’d better stay … after all, I am the presenter.”

A powerful presentation opening makes the difference between having an engaged audience or a disconnected one.

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Topics: Marketing

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