Featured Meetings

Calculating the High Cost of Poor Communication

Business presentations and meetings exist for one reason: to move business forward.
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Featured Infographics

9 Habits of Highly Effective Business Presenters

This infographic on the 9 Habits of Highly Effective Business Presenters was inspired by an article on this blog a few months ago. That article was inspired by a post by a fan of Turpin...
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Featured Preparation

Three ways to deliver better presentations more easily

If you’re a business presenter, you know that the presentations you deliver serve one purpose—they help you get business done. Your presentations aren’t big speeches. They aren’t TED talks....
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Featured The Orderly Conversation

What Business Presenters Can Learn and Laugh About at the Emmys

One of the funniest moments of the 2014 Emmy Award show last night had to do with the power and challenges of eye contact. It happened midway through the show when Gail Mancuso won the best...
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Featured Managing Interactions

Grok Your Presentations

While listening to All Things Considered on NPR yesterday afternoon, I heard a story about video game jargon. Although I don’t know anything about video games, by the end of the story I knew...
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Managing Interactions - Jun 30, 2014

A New Definition of Presentation Success

Why a Performance Approach to Business Presentations Doesn’t Work Presentations should not be confused with speeches. Speeches are a type of performance. Presentations are a type of conversation. That’s why we’ve redefined...
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2 min read
Presentation Rules - Feb 17, 2014

9 Habits of Highly Effective Business Presenters

A friend and fellow ATD Chicagoland board member sent this article to me, 9 Habits of Highly Effective Speakers, and asked what I thought. If you don’t feel like reading the whole thing, here is a snapshot of the nine “habits.”
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1 min read
Managing Nerves - Nov 25, 2013

Self-awareness and Engagement

Last week we talked about “Beth,” a nervous presenter. Beth is a smart, articulate professional, but when it came to presenting she struggled and became self-conscious.
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2 min read
Managing Nerves - Nov 21, 2013

Nervousness VS the Active Pause

I was working with an extremely nervous presenter in a recent Mastering Your Presentations workshop. She described her presentation experience like this: “My head races and swirls, and then it switches back on itself. I know...
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3 min read
Preparation - Sep 24, 2013

Rethinking the Visual Component of Your Presentations (Part 4 of 4)

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 This is the final article in a series focusing on the need to take a fresh look at the visuals you use in your presentations. This article focuses on visuals intended to bring emphasis or emotion to the...
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