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Take some hiring tips from Hollywood casting directors, gleaned by journalist Mina Hochberg from the film Casting By, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Don't wait for candidates to come to you, but always be out scouting, and don't always go with the most obvious candidate since a film (and presumably a company) can sparkle due to an unexpected choice, such as Brad Pitt as a goofy gym buff in Burn After Reading.

Start your session with a clear summary

Presentations specialist Nancy Duarte says if you are giving a speech or demonstration to senior management, make sure you summarize up front. If you have been given 30 minutes, start with a five-minute introduction that succinctly deals with the high-level findings and recommendations that your audience truly cares about.Harvard Business Review Blogs

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Preparation is key for public appearance

You can also learn about presentations from the initial debate between U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican contender Mitt Romney, according to executive coach Scott Eblin. Mr. Romney had a clear game plan, while Mr. Obama appeared to be improvising. Mr. Romney knew the importance of first impressions, and came across as articulate and energetic, armed with a five-point plan and on the offensive, while Mr. Obama seemed tentative and defensive. Next Level Blog

Can't say a name? Try this website

We live in a globalized world and if you're increasingly meeting people from other countries and you're not sure how to say their name, try the PronounceNames website. Enter the name, and it will give you an audio pronunciation. Darcy Rezac's Positive Networking Tip of the Week

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Management columnist

Harvey Schachter is a Kingston, Ont.-based writer specializing in management issues. He writes Monday Morning Manager and management book reviews for the print edition of Report on Business and an online column, Power Points. More


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