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Raising Bail Money – For a Good Cause (MDA) – My Social Media Experiment

So this nice lady calls me on the phone to say that my name was submitted to be thrown in jail to help raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).  She said someone told her that I was a nice and giving person… that someone told her that for sure I’d say yes.

How do you say no to that kind of flattery?  Someone must have told her I respond very well to positive reinforcement!

So I said yes… then I decided to try a little experiment.

I’m …

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The Four Ways Your Marketing Department is Ruining Your Presentations – And What They (or You) Should Do Instead

 

I worked as a waitress at the Truck Stop Cafe on Highway 30 in Jefferson, Iowa, the summer between my freshman and sophomore years of college.  I worked the graveyard shift from 10 at night until 6 in the morning.  It was my second summer waitressing there, but the graveyard shift was a whole other world for my naive 19-year-old self.

One night a customer came in with his arm in a cast.  I don’t remember much about the guy other than he …

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Evaluate Your Conference Presentation Effectiveness – Part 1 – Content Evaluation

My first job for pay was in sales… as a telemarketer for Olin Mills.

There were several of us crammed into a motel room at the Redwood Inn in Jefferson, Iowa.  I had never even heard of Olin Mills before I’d answered the ad for part time work.  I was hired for 3 whole whopping days.

We sat in this room, inches away from each other, making phone calls to the 5,000 residents of this rural Iowa town, following the script they had provided us.  If one of us …

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Making an Impact: Steve Jobs. The Rest of Us.

I heard that Steve Jobs had died through a tweet.   The hubby, thinking it was some reference to him no longer being the head of Apple, got on his iPhone and searched for a story.  He read the news.  Steve Jobs is dead at age 56. Fifty-six is such a young age to die.

 

I’m typing this on my MacBook Pro, my iphone to my left and my iPad to my right.  I’m an Apple convert. Steve Jobs had an impact on my life, on Apple, …

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Do you tell stories about working with prospects/clients? What’s your best advice on incorporating “I Was Working with a Client Who…” stories into presentations?

I posted a question on a series of LinkedIn groups.
Do you tell stories about working with clients?  What’s your best advice on incorporating “I Was Working with a Client Who…” stories into presentations?
I believe telling stories about working with past clients during a presentation is a great way for audiences (prospects) to get an image of what it might be like to work with me (the speaker) too.

Do you agree?

If …

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Trusting the Human Experience: Why the Average Joe’s Presentation Advice Is Worth Listening to Too.

 

“So do you know this Steve guy?”  That was the question a colleague in a professional association asked me on the phone after we exchanged the obligatory how-are-you-I’m-fines.

 

I had heard of the guy.  I didn’t get a good feeling about him the first time I came across his name and company.  You know how it is when you just get that feeling like “there’s something about this guy I don’t trust”?  Nothing I’d learned since that first impression had changed my mind.  So I briefly told …

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Doing Presentation When “They Need to Understand”

They need to understand how to use the new software.

Why do they need to understand how to use the new software?

Well it’s needed to do their job.

Oh….OK.

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Later in the conversation…

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My situation is a little different.  I’m working with the sales guys who sell our service. 

Oh, so does the software you’re training them on have to do with their role as sales people?

Yes.

Do they put information about their sales into the software?

Yes.

Are they paid on commission?

Yes.

So could their personal reason for wanting to …

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Disaster Preparedness … For Your Presentation – Part 1 – LCD Projectors

 

It looks so innocent doesn't it? When it works, a projector is a great thing. But when it doesn't, disaster awaits! UNLESS you're prepared!

Do you ever have thoughts run through your head and worry that you just jinxed yourself?

I did.

I thought, “Gee, I’m glad I’ve never had a malfunction in showing my presentation slides.”  I knew immediately, that I’d just jinxed myself.

The very next time I presented, sure enough, I had a problem with my projector.

Turns out …

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The 5 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Business Presentation the Most

I’ve read a lot of books on presentations skills and public speak.  A lot.

And I love them.  I learn new things.  I receive validation for what I already believe.  I get another perspective on why certain things work and others don’t.

One thing I’ve noticed in these books on presentation skills and public speaking is that they include EVERY possible thing you could possibly do to improve your presentation.  One author in fact lists her tips numerically… there are 497.  …

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Technologists Are Humans Too

I was presenting at a local technology association event on a topic related to tweeting during presentations.  At this particular event, another person also presented to the group.  When he learned that presentation skills was my expertise, he said he’d welcome feedback on his presentation.

After the evening was over, I gave him some feedback.  He done a lot of things extremely well and I offered him a few suggestions.  Then I asked him about his PowerPoint slides.

“I notice on some of your slides you had a …

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