Audiences are easily distracted these days, especially in business presentations. Professionals have a lot of commitments pulling on their time and their minds. To make it worse (for the presenter) almost every member of the audience carries a smart phone which is constantly calling them to take a look at emails, texts or even a […]

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For years I have observed the ascendancy of PowerPoint (and similar tools) until now it has become an ever present companion in almost every presentation I attend. Throughout the web you can find sites discussing its overuse with such titles as, “Death by PowerPoint”. In many ways I agree with these writers in that most […]

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We’ve all been there. Another talk by the resident techno-geek. It’s going to be confusing, boring and a long afternoon. Does it really have to be this way? Not if the speaker takes the time to follow a few guidelines. 1.    Speak with the audience in mind.  If you have the expertise necessary to give a technical […]

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Involve Your Audience and Ease Your Work Load During a conversation with a couple of clients Gwen asked me, “How can I get my team to participate more in my meetings? It seems that they don’t have anything to say while we’re all together but after the meeting I can hear them talking about how […]

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Speaking As an Outsider This past weekend I attended a large sales convention. As with most sales conventions, the attendees were enthusiastic and looking for ways to increase their sales in a challenging economy. Almost all of the presenters were individuals who had shown high levels of success as part of the sales team. Because […]

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