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11.27.2017  /  

How Communication Training Leads to Superstar Teams

I’ve spent much of my life working in sales. That’s meant lots of time flying or driving on the way to meet a client. Typically, we’d meet in conference rooms; if things went well, we’d do dinner. No matter what, we spent time face-to-face. If I made a meh first impression (it happens), I’d sometimes get […] Continue Reading

Presentations / Storytelling / Tips


Teradata Case Story
11.14.2017  /  

A Case Story: Teradata | The Edge of Next

Does the future live only in the greatest minds? That is the question posed at the opening of the Teradata PARTNERS Conference 2017, followed by cinematic and awe-inspiring images of technological advancements over times like Stonehenge, the Egyptian pyramids, and the Great Wall of China. Audience members were transported through the ages as thunder cracked, […] Continue Reading

Design / Event / Presentations / Technology


I survived #heweb keynote shirt
11.01.2017  /  

10 Ways to Interact With Audience Members While You Present

Presentation expert Clif Atkinson tells a great story about a 2009 education conference where two speakers got very different reactions from their audiences. The first speaker started off with interactive exercises, he was entertaining, and overall, he was a hit. The second speaker launched in with a more traditional powerpoint, and he… didn’t go over quite so well. […] Continue Reading

Audience Engagement / Delivery / Presentations / Strategy / Tips


10.31.2017  /  

The Right Story at the Right Time: Motivate Your Team when They’re In a Slump.

It’s an all-too-common scenario: you’re looking at your numbers, and you’ve finally realized that your team just isn’t performing well. Marketing leads are down, sales numbers are off, and customer satisfaction scores are flagging, too. This time, it’s not just a fluke or a blip caused by some outside factor that you can’t control. You’ve […] Continue Reading

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10.26.2017  /  

3 Speaking Skills That Will Help You Communicate Data

Have you ever had lunch with a genius? And I don’t mean just someone really smart, but someone who lives and breathes their profession and can explain its mysteries with both passion and skill to anyone, regardless of education. I’ve met many geniuses like this in my life, and those conversations are some of my […] Continue Reading

Audience Engagement / Delivery / Presentations


10.19.2017  /  

How to Display Data the Right Way in Presentations

It can be tricky to display data in presentations because different rules apply in different contexts. A sales director presenting financial projections to a group of field reps wouldn’t visualize her data the same way that a design consultant would in a written proposal to a potential client. So how do you make the right […] Continue Reading

Design / Strategy / Tips


Dance
09.21.2017  /  

This is What Presenters Can Learn From Dancing Scientists

From the time of Biblical David to the era of Kevin Bacon, people around the world have been dancing to celebrate, worship, entertain, and tell stories. While “dance” nowadays may be predominately associated with “the Stars” or Channing Tatum’s abs, an original group of scientists is bringing the medium back to its storytelling origins. A […] Continue Reading

Culture / Delivery / Presentations / Tips


09.05.2017  /  

6 Powerful Pitch Deck Tips to Get Seed Funding

Congratulations on having a great business idea. Extra congratulations if you’ve started the company and gotten some traction. Good job, you! Now all you need is some money to bring your startup vision to life. So…you start writing a pitch. You’ve generated solid research and big ideas – but now you have to distill and […] Continue Reading

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08.25.2017  /  

Master the Struggle of Working with Executives on Presentations

Executives are b-u-s-y and working with executives on presentations is not e-a-s-y. Their calendar is often fractured into a million pieces, so they have only shards of time to think about their next talk. If the Vulcan mind-meld were a real thing, building a talk for them would be easy-peasy, but it’s not. Instead, you’ll have […] Continue Reading

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08.18.2017  /  

Big Meeting Coming Up? Close the Slideshow; Pick Up the SlideDocs

Presentations have long been a staple in meetings. And, like everything popular, they’re also getting some backlash. Does a presentation actually make a meeting better, or can it make the meeting experience worse? For internal meetings where the goal is to build consensus, consider turning off the projector. As an alternative to presentations, Amazon starts […] Continue Reading

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