Presentation Skills

10 Ways to Rock a Virtual Presentation

A good performer responds to and interacts with the audience.  So does a good presenter! Successful communication is interactive. It means that the message intended was the message received.  The only way to know that is to create interaction. It might be on a high-tech webinar platform or just a conference call, either way it’s important…

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Cut Through the Blah, Blah

Managers love data but people love stories.  If you want to go directly to the hearts of your listeners, tell a story. You’ll need more than just the facts to be persuasive. You’ll need to connect with feelings too. It’s been said for years and it is true that facts make us think and feelings…

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How to Make Your Message Memorable

If you want to change something (and don’t you?) then you simply must be concise. If you really want to get people to change their mind or take action then you’ll need to make your message memorable. Complex messages don’t drive change. Complexity can be right for some situations but so many of the business…

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Drowning in Data? A Story is your Lifeboat

Did you ever feel that you were swimming through waves of data? Have you left a presentation underwater in the ocean of metrics? As decisions are made, data is consulted – as it should be. Analytics persuade others which choice to make and there’s no shortage of it these days. It’s true that if we can’t measure…

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Messy Messages and Executive Presence

It’s time for spring cleaning! You may have recently spent time clearing clutter, shaking things up and dusting things off around the house or office.   Let’s do the same for your messages.  Toss out what you don’t need! A messy message is full of clutter.   It has lots of unnecessary words and phrases. It’s hard…

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Discounted Summer Coaching

Days are longer, weather is warmer and coaching is discounted!  For the next 3 months — May, June, July — let’s turn up the heat on your leadership development.   We’ll target one area and work together for just 3 months to make observable progress.  As always, my coaching work is on a flat fee…

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Lost in Vagueness

Speechwriter Clark Whelton wrote a piece for City Journal beautifully titled “What Happens in Vagueness Stays in Vagueness.” Check it out on the link — it’s well worth the read. Whelton says our language has become “juvenilized”  The “dumbing down” of communication is sending messages we don’t want to send:  Unclear, vague and immature. Leaders want (and need)…

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