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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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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...
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Moderating a Panel: 3 Unconventional Best Practices

I remember watching Greg (Turpin’s VP) moderate a panel discussion several years ago. As I observed, I realized that the discussion was one of the best I’d ever attended. It was good, not only...
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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 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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Managing Nerves - Feb 13, 2013

Just Because You Said It Doesn’t Mean It Was Heard

“I swear I said that they’d see incremental sales growth,” said Angela as she sat down to review her video with me. Angela was a participant in a recent Mastering Your Presentations workshop. Dale Ludwig was the lead...
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Presentation Rules - Jan 14, 2013

Sometimes the slide IS more important

I was working with a presenter the other day who was stuck in what we call no man’s land. No man’s land is a spot about half way between the laptop and the screen. It doesn’t matter what size the room is or how the equipment...
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