By Bill Hellkamp Recently I attended a presentation given by a well-recognized speaker in my city. I was interested in the topic and had been looking forward to the talk. As he got started I noticed that I became disinterested and distracted. Before he was fifteen minutes in, I was eager for him to end. […]

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By Bill Hellkamp A major challenge of interpersonal communication is the attempt to influence others to a certain way of thinking or acting. Perhaps I have a project that I want the organization to back with funding and people resources. How can I get others to accept it and be part of the team that […]

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I’ve watched many good presentations go down in flames because of a poorly handled question and answer session. One outstanding example was a young man who was presenting his team’s new business proposal to the organization’s leadership group. The presentation was well organized and confidently delivered. Finally the speaker wrapped up with a good call-to-action […]

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In almost every presentation we give, we are trying to move the audience to act or think in a different manner. Perhaps it is something as overt as, “I want you to buy this product.” or something as subtle as, “Perhaps we should rethink the direction of this product roll-out?” Even if we choose not […]

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In any presentation you give, the level of expertise and understanding of the audience members will vary greatly. Because of this you will need to communicate in such a way that the less knowledgeable participants will understand and the more knowledgeable ones won’t be bored. One way to communicate complex ideas in a more entertaining […]

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