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Presentations Matter – Because You Can Make the World a Better Place

 

by Kelly Vandever

Methods and tools to prevent the spread of AIDS.

A game that teaches children to brush their teeth.

Funding for a Head Start program.

 
These are the reasons I do what I do.
I do not have the knowledge to teach others how to prevent the spread of AIDS. But I can coach a research scientist how to present her findings in a more effective manner.

I didn’t know how to effectively teach my own …

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Why Presentations Matter – Because Kids Need Healthy Teeth!

by Kelly Vandever

I blame my English heritage for my bad teeth though I admit I also think my parents could have done a better job of teaching me to brush (sorry dad — I love you!).  I also think I should have done a better job of teach my own kids to brush (sorry C & Z — mommy loves you!).

If only there were a better way to teach children to brush their teeth — one that takes into account how firmly the child is brushing, one …

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Common Practice Does NOT Equal Best Practice! Three Common Practices to Avoid the Next Time You Present

by Kelly Vandever

Jay was young – in fact, he was an intern…he hadn’t even finished college yet. This may have been his very first “business presentation.” But he said what I often hear clients and business presenters say: “My topic is boring. No one cares about this.”

I begged to differ. With Jay and with anyone else out there who has said the same thing, you’re wrong! You and your topic can be engaging!

If you have passion for your subject and if …

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Three Reasons to Hire a Presentation Coach

by Kelly Vandever

Reese came to me thinking he wanted to hire me to coach him.

“I get nervous when I stand up to speak.”

“Tell me about the kinds of presentations you do.”

“Well I mostly talk with potential clients – one or two people at a time – and I have no problem with that. But when I’m at a networking event and have to stand up in front of 20 people to say what I do, I get really nervous.”

“Reese, you could spend …

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Location for Free, Royalty-Free Pictures Has Changed! SXC.hu Is Now FreeImages.com

by Kelly Vandever

I’ve mentioned a great location for free, royalty-free pictures in one of my most popular posts.  Recently I discovered that the “name” of the website has changed.

Since Getty Images bought out iStockphoto.com, and iStockphoto had owned sxc.hu,  I guess the new owners decided to rename the site FreeImages.com.

Everything appears to have remained the same, including the terms of use.  But from now on, …

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Seeking Your Business Presentation Stories!

 

 

by Kelly Vandever

I’ve written several posts about storytelling and included stories in a majority of my blog posts.

 

Now, it’s your turn to tell me stories!

 

I’m in the process of co-authoring a book with my NSA colleague Bob Goodyear.  While we will certainly be telling stories from our experiences and coaching, we’d love to hear stories from you!

 

Specifically, we’re looking for stories of good and bad business presentation experiences.

 

 

 
Business Presentations You’ve …

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Book Review – “Lead with a Story” by Paul Smith


by Kelly Vandever
Experience is the best teacher.  A compelling story is a close second.      – Paul Smith, Author of Lead with a Story
I’ve been searching for an excellent book on storytelling in business.  And I found it:  Paul Smith’s Lead with a Story.

Lead with a Story encourages leaders to use the power of stories to engage their audiences and move them toward the desired business action.  Smith practices what he preaches by sharing over 100 stories which he then …

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Love Your Neighbors Now

by Kelly Vandever

One year ago today, I was practicing one more time for the presentation that I’d deliver that night. Down our street, my neighbors started their days doing the activities they do any typical Tuesday.  Going to work.  Attending school.   Entertaining out of town guests.  It was a “normal” day by all accounts.

But by 7:30 PM on March 12th, the lives of those of us living on Silhouette Court would be changed forever.

My husband is a prosecuting attorney.  He has seen hundreds of jurors …

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Practice Responsible Storytelling: 5 Guidelines for Telling Stories in Business Presentations

 

by Kelly Vandever

I’ve done a few posts encouraging you to include stories in your business presentations.  Stories can be very powerful in making a connection with your audience and to increase retention of your key points.

But it’s important that you practice responsible storytelling!  Here are five guidelines to help!
1.  You Need to Have a Point to Your Story
Following one of my sessions on developing stories to use in business presentations, one of the audience members came up to me and said …

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Did You Know that Audiences Can Pick Out Inauthentic Speakers – Even If You’re Not Pinocchio?

by Kelly Vandever

The moment I saw the latest, GEICO commercial, “Did You Know Pinocchio Was a Bad Motivational Speaker,” I started formulating this post!

If you haven’t seen the commercial yet, watch the video below.

 

Audiences Can Sense Inauthentic Speakers
My contention is that audiences pick up on inauthentic speakers.  Disingenuous speakers leak out signals through their body language even if those signs are more subtly than Pinocchio’s growing nose.  And audiences, either through years of experience or human …

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