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The 3rd Fundamental Principle of Success in the Training Room: From “Effective SMEs”

This post is the fifth in a series of excerpts from “Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning.” In this excerpt Dale Ludwig (Turpin Communication’s...
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4 Things Nervous, Over-Preparing Presenters Can Do to Calm Down and Engage

I recently delivered a workshop for eight very nervous presenters. They were a great group and talked very frankly about their worries and concerns about presenting. Their nervousness stemmed from...
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“I Hate Dry Runs” (How To Make Training Prep Less Torturous)

Recently we were working with a group of trainers in a facilitation skills training workshop. During a conversation about how they preferred to prepare, one of them, we’ll call him Steve, said, “I...
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Featured Managing Nerves

Eye Contact and Pausing… Is That All You Got?!

Some time back, Dale and I were the guest speakers on a webinar. The topic was about how we’ve redefined business presentations as Orderly Conversations. We were talking about the use of eye...
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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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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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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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Presentation Rules - Aug 11, 2014

How Is a Training Session Like a Baby Shower? (Hint: It’s not a good thing.)

I ran across an article online by Christy O’Shoney entitled, “Baby shower games are insane: How our obsession with celebrating moms-to-be got totally out of control.” As I read the article it became clear that what O’Shoney is...
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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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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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