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New Book Offers Game-Changing Approach to Instructor-Led Training

Granville Circle Press announces the July 15, 2014 publication of “The Orderly Conversation,” a groundbreaking resource for business communication. News Release – PDF
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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 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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Facilitation - Jan 21, 2014

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 panelists (and they were), but...
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The Orderly Conversation - Jan 7, 2014

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, facilitated discussions, and...
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Managing Nerves - Nov 25, 2013

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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