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No Easy Button

Recently, Greg and I delivered a facilitation skills for trainers workshop to a group of Subject Matter Experts. This group had been called upon to deliver training to less-seasoned employees in...
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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...
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Rethinking the Visual Component of Your Presentations (Part 3 of 4)

Part 1, Part 2, Part 4 This is the third in a series of four articles about the need to take a fresh look at the visuals you use in your presentations. In this article I’ll talk about images that...
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Rethinking the Visual Component of Your Presentations (Part 2 of 4)

Part 1, Part 3, Part 4 This is the second in a series of four articles about the need to take a fresh look at the visuals you use in your presentations. Here’s the question I posed at the end of...
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Rethinking the Visual Component of Your Presentations (Part 1 of 4)

Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 We need a new way to talk about the visual component of business presentations. I didn’t use the term “visual aids” to describe this part of the process for a reason. That...
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Managing Nerves - Jul 16, 2013

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, from our twenty-first-century...
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Presentation Rules - Jul 9, 2013

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 published in 1895, at the tail...
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Presentation Rules - Jun 24, 2013

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 cleaning phase, she directed me to...
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Introduction - Jun 11, 2013

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 ways. First, they were very...
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Facilitation - Jun 4, 2013

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. Or, did your team see the...
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