Featured Facilitation

Three Smart Strategies for Conducting Meetings People Won’t Hate

I listened to a really interesting NPR story last week about workday meetings. It said that, “the average American office worker spends more than nine hours of every week preparing for, or...
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Featured Introduction

Success ≠ Perfection

"I want my presentation to be perfect." This is something we hear from our course participants now and then, and I reckon more people think it than actually say it. Most of the time, when people...
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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 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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Featured Managing Interactions

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....
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Presentation Rules - Jun 10, 2014

Presentation Myth: Simple Slides are Always Better

A recent workshop participant said, “I don't want to simplify this slide. The abundance of the data is where the story is."
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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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Facilitation - Nov 15, 2013

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 the organization.
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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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Facilitation - Sep 9, 2013

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 you use during your...
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