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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Ed Brill on Lessons from Social Business for Better Leadership

Permission to Speak

Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.

Our guest for this episode:  Ed Brill

Topics covered include:

– Early computer connectivity, connecting people & ideas
– Sharing knowledge from the field
– Blogging
– IBM social guidelines (started without HR, Legal and …

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All Uppercase is Hard to Read

by Tom Nixon

Graphic Design 101: Text, especially in larger quantities, full sentences or small sizes must, above all else, be reader-friendly. It simply has to be easy to read or your audience will not bother to put the effort into digging through it. And to make text the most difficult to read, the most uninviting, set it in ALL CAPS. (When you see all caps in a legal document you can be sure the lawyer who wrote it doesn’t want you to read it).

Using all capital letters …

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How to Tell a Darn Good Story

by Natalie Gallagher

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, on a dark and stormy night, people used to sit around the fire at night and tell each other stories. In fact, we were storytellers long before we had even developed a written language; stories connected us, taught valuable lessons, and created a shared history.

Storytelling continues to be integral to who we are, and mastering telling a great story is a great way to connect with any audience.  But how do we craft a great story? …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Jacob Morgan on Collaborative Organizations and the Future of Work

Permission to Speak

Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.

Our guest for this episode:  Jacob Morgan

Topics discussed:

– The Future of Work
– Future of Work Podcast
– Author
– The Collaborative Organization
– The Future of Work Community
– Future of Work …

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Give Your Graph A Point of View

by Tom Nixon

Every part of your presentation should move your audience toward the goal that you set for the entire presentation. Simply dumping a data set into a graph in PowerPoint only gives your audience part of the story — just the raw information.

You are the expert. Ideally they want to know what you think, what you have discovered about the subject, and how you see things. Give your charts and graphs a point of view by emphasizing the specific data that is critical to …

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What Is Your Organization’s Higher Purpose?

by Kelly Vandever

 

“What’s your company’s higher purpose?  And I don’t mean, an answer like ‘increase shareholder value.’  I mean, what does your organization do that contributes to your customers and/or the world.”

I started asking that of participants in my management classes a few months ago after being inspired by the work of Melissa Gordon.

The answers I’ve received have been fascinating.

I remember asking that question myself when I was a manager for a wireless telecom provider. …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Charlene Li on the Engaged Leader

Permission to Speak

Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  Charlene Li

Topics discussed:
– Internet giving individuals a voice

– technology shifting the balance of power inside and outside of organizations

– disruption

– people power

– digital transformation of organizations

– new ways of working

– difference …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Kevin Jones on Organizational Culture and Employee Engagement

Permission to Speak

Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.

Our guest for this episode:  Kevin Jones

Topics discussed:

Employee engagement
Work Zombies
Create work environments where employees love what they do
Social tools in the work environment
Change agent program
Empowering employees to instigate change
Enterprise …

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Information vs. Presentation Decks

 

by Bob Goodyear

Several years ago, I was asked to do a technical sales presentation for a Fortune 100 company that could lead to a very large software contract.  All of the technical decision makers for the company would be in the audience as well as the CIO.  This was a very important meeting for the sales team and I was being asked to come in as an expert to close the technical end of the sale.

As I prepared for the event, the lead sales executive …

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Quotable Quotes

by Claudia Brogan

Why do we take the time to include quotes in our presentations and speeches?

Though there are many ways to answer that question, I believe that we do so to get the clear attention of our audience, to provide encouragement and perspective, and to frame a useful lesson in a pithy way.

When making final preparations for a recent panel presentation, my co-presenter asked me to swiftly choose three great quotes that would epitomize my key points. The spontaneous idea was to create a handout of pithy …

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