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My Mother’s Attic Part 3: The Elocutionists, a Cautionary Tale

Part 1, Part 2 This is the final article about the perils of business presenters following the same path as the elocutionary movement. The great thing about The Ideal Orator is that its approach,...
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My Mother’s Attic Part 2: When the Rules Take Over

Part 1, Part 3 As I mentioned in the first article on this topic, I stumbled upon an old elocution textbook among a pile of books that were about to be hauled away from my mother’s house. It was...
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My Mother’s Attic

Part 2, Part 3 Several years ago, my mother was cleaning out her attic. She was very good at throwing things out, but always hesitated when it came to books. When I visited her during this...
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Youthful Skepticism

Last week I spent three hours working with a group of people just starting their careers, all in the non-profit sector. It was a real break from the usual business audience we work with in a couple...
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The 2 Levels of Defining Presentation Success

Your success as a business presenter always exists on two levels. On one level it is determined by whether the stated goal of the presentation is reached. Did the buyer agree to buy, for example....
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Dale Ludwig

Dale Ludwig has a Ph.D. in Communication and, prior to Turpin, taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He founded Turpin Communication in 1992 with the mission to provide the best presentation and facilitation skills training possible. Since then he has worked to do just that. In addition to being one of Turpin’s lead instructors, he also serves as our Chief Learning Architect when tailoring learning engagements for our clients. Dale is a frequent blogger and the co-author of the book "The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined." He’s excited about his latest book, also co-authored with Greg Owen-Boger, "Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide to Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning."
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Presentation Rules - Jan 14, 2013

Sometimes the slide IS more important

I was working with a presenter the other day who was stuck in what we call no man’s land. No man’s land is a spot about half way between the laptop and the screen. It doesn’t matter what size the room is or how the equipment...
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Facilitation - Dec 5, 2012

Trusting and Being Trusted

Earlier this year, Greg Owen-Boger posted a blog entry here called “TRUST: It’s Yours to Lose”In it he talked about what a senior executive needed to do to keep the trust of the people in his organization. Greg’s point was...
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FAQs - Oct 29, 2012

My Time Has Been Cut Short!

I was on LinkedIn today and ran across a discussion that caught my eye. The question that was posed was this: “You prepared a 30 minute presentation and when you arrived it was reduced to 20 minutes. What would you do?”
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Preparation - Oct 23, 2012

Focus on Context

If you’re a business presenter, you know that one of the challenges you face is context. Not only do you need to think about how your recommendations fit into the context of your listeners’ lives, but you also have to consider...
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Presentation Rules - Sep 10, 2012

Six Red Flags for Business Presenters

  I was on Linkedin this morning reading updates. While I was there, I saw a link to a blog that made me cringe. It was a post about how to deliver a perfect presentation. I clicked on it and saw, as I suspected, that every...
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