Featured Meetings

The Orderly Conversation: 4 Ways to Make Presenting to Leadership Easier

As talent development professionals, it’s essential for us to communicate effectively both inside and outside the training room. Our success and reputation depend on it. Too often—especially when...
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Featured Presentation

Taking Time is a Sign of Respect

In our business presentation workshops, we sometimes do an exercise in which we stretch the length of a pause—way beyond what would ever be comfortable or necessary—in order to show our learners...
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3 Ways to Help SMEs Succeed in the Training Room

Originally published by Training Industry's blog Feb. 29, 2016.  Subject matter experts should be a welcome sight in the training room. Their real-world knowledge and perspective brings depth and...
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Featured Meetings

Information overload: How to avoid it when presenting to leadership

You’re a detail-oriented person working in a highly technical position. You probably wonder how much detail you should go into when presenting to managers and leaders. You may even have been asked...
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Featured Presentation Rules

Fewer Slides ≠ More Efficient Presentation

Among many of our learners, there is a persistent belief that the number of slides in one’s presentation is somehow related to the amount of time the presentation will take. While there is some...
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Presentation - Oct 26, 2015

5 Introverts Walk into a Presentation Skills Workshop …

I was leading a presentation skills workshop a few weeks ago when something happened that has never happened before. It was during the needs assessment discussion. This is when we go around the room and everyone talks about...
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FAQs - Oct 6, 2015

No Acting Please: 3 Key Ways To Be An Effective Presenter Without “Performing”

Any number of books and articles about business presentations focus on skills and outcomes that really belong to the world of theater. Such resources may tell you that you need to be entertaining, invent a presentation...
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Managing Nerves - Sep 23, 2015

What we wish everyone knew about presentation anxiety

Last week I was working with a nervous workshop participant. Let’s call him Nate. Nate said that his biggest concern when presenting was nervousness. “What sort of nervousness is it?” I asked since nervousness is caused by...
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3 min read
Presentation Rules - Sep 9, 2015

Lecture is not a four-letter word: 3 ways to succeed when you’re doing the talking

I had a conversation over the backyard fence with one of my neighbors a couple days ago. She was home for the weekend after her first two weeks of college. The conversation focused on the campus, her new roommate, and her...
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Preparation - Aug 27, 2015

It’s Not That You Made a Mistake, It’s How You Recover

Recently, I had an opportunity to observe Greg coaching a very Type-A businessperson. In her one-on-one session, the question arose of how to deal with mistakes. During her in-class presentation delivery, she had experienced a...
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