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Never Close Your Presentation With Questions & Answers

by Bob Goodyear

I just finished participating in 3 technical conferences in 3 weeks. During that time, I sat in over 20 presentations. I saw all kinds of different presentation styles. The impact of the presentations was wide ranging as well. There was one common flaw though with almost all of them though. Just about every presenter ended with a Questions and Answers (Q&A) period. DON’T DO THAT!

With almost every presentation, when Q&A began there were some good questions. After the first one or two though, the questions …

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Finding Your Voice

by Claudia Brogan

Just recently I had the very odd and unsettling experience of literally losing my voice for several days. And by that I mean that I couldn’t make a peep: not a low quiet chuckle, not an encouraging “Uh huh, you bet!” when a friend was telling me a story, not a sweet little “Thank you” when a kind person opened a door for me.

With all the colds and springtime bugs going around, perhaps this malady has happened to you. (Though I wouldn’t wish this on …

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Simplify Your Slides

by Tom Nixon

We’ve all sat through the endless presentation when a speaker will read full sentences direct from his visuals. An effective way to avoid inflicting this horror on your audience is to reduce your concepts to keywords or a symbol. Then you, as the speaker/expert, can enumerate whatever details are appropriate at the time from the podium.

A cautionary note: a technical audience may not appreciate oversimplification or “dumbing-down.” If details are critical consider putting them in a handout that they can take …

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Making Ideas Easy to Grasp: Using Analogies to Make Complex Ideas Easier to Understand

by Kelly Vandever 

 

“You know what it’s like don’t you?”

My husband, Rich, was posing the question. And as sometimes happens when I don’t know where he’s going with something, I gave him back a blank stare.

“It’s like what you do when you enter a contest. What did you do last week, when we were at the motorcycle show and you filled out that form to win that drawing for a new Harley?”

“I crumple up the ticket.”

“Why do you crumple up the ticket?”

“To make it easier to grasp when …

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Connecting Your Computer to a Projector

by Kelly Vandever

I arrived at the venue at 7 AM, hoping and praying that the employee who was scheduled to let me in would arrive before her scheduled 7:15 start time.

I hate cutting it so close.  The workshop was supposed to begin at 8 AM.

She pulled into the parking lot at 7:13.  I greeted her with genuine warmth and followed her into the building.

Once in the training room, I whipped out my MacBook computer, fired it up, plugged in …

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Updated List – Fonts in PowerPoint – Across Mac & Windows Versions of PowerPoint

by Kelly Vandever

PowerPoint Geek Kelly Vandever Rescues a Shark!
I once came to the rescue of Kevin Harrington, the famous entrepreneur who was in the first couple of seasons of Shark Tank.  He was set to speak at an event and his PC didn’t want to play nice with the venue’s projector.  Working with his assistant and tech support at the facility, we tested my MacBook and it did work with the projector.  So Kevin’s assistant quickly saved his …

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Please Pay It Forward – Help Will Haymon

by Kelly Vandever

This is Will Haymon.

He always has a SMILE on his face because he loves people and he loves life.

Only right now, he needs help.  He’s battling advanced stage myeloma cancer and needs financial help too.

Pay it forward.  Help Will even if he is a stranger to you.  He’s a wonderful man.  Please, please help.

Click here to donate to Will.

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A Little Bit of Luck – Make Your Stories REAL

by Kelly Vandever

Imagine you’re traveling in a mobile home with your family.  And it breaks down.  It cost $750 to tow the mobile home.  What do you do?

It’s your only form of transportation for you and your family and it contains everything you have with you.  What do you do?

This really happened to a customer of Nationwide insurance.  The customer called Nationwide and said “Help!”
Why Nationwide Is Telling the Story
Nationwide uses a Microsoft tool called Yammer.  It’s an internal collaboration …

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Freemium Model of Speaking – Add Value Before They Pay!

by Kelly Vandever

The speaker told a great personal story that immediately endured her to her audience.   She was vulnerable.  Her journey immediately connected her to her audience-they were going through the same thing she was and they could identify with her in a big way.  Her audience was open and receptive.

Then she asked the audience to buy her product.

Sure they liked her.  But that wasn’t a compelling enough reason to buy from her.  What could she have done …

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Chris Brogan on Storytelling for Business Building

by Kelly Vandever

I ran across the brilliant Chris Brogan being interviewed for a website called OnTrackTips.com.  The host, Jason T. Wiser, was a little chatty at the beginning of the video.  But hey – he has every right – it’s his show!  But Jason goes on to asked some masterful questions of Chris and as always, Chris gives some insightful suggestions.

 

See the whole interview here with the complete script.

Or watch below……

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