Featured Presentation Rules

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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Featured Presentation Rules

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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Featured Facilitation

Moderating a Panel: 3 Unconventional Best Practices

Last week Greg (Turpin’s VP) moderated a panel discussion. As I observed, I realized that the discussion was one of the best I’d ever attended. It was good, not only because of the insightful...
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Featured The Orderly Conversation

FAQ

How do you define an Orderly Conversation? We define an Orderly Conversation as an interaction between two or more people that is both planned and spontaneous. For example business presentations,...
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Featured Managing Nerves

Self-awareness and Engagement

Last week we talked about “Beth,” a nervous presenter. Beth is a smart, articulate professional, but when it came to presenting she struggled and became self-conscious.
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Managing Nerves - Nov 21, 2013

Nervousness VS the Active Pause

I was working with an extremely nervous presenter in a recent Mastering Your Presentations workshop. She described her presentation experience like this: “My head races and swirls, and then it switches back on itself. I know...
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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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Introduction - Aug 27, 2013

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 the last article. As you know,...
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Facilitation - Aug 19, 2013

Wearing Two Hats: Facilitating Successful Meetings When You’re the Boss

Facilitating a group discussion always brings with it a unique set of challenges. Every group involves different personalities, perspectives, and needs. Facilitators have to work hard to create an environment in which a...
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