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Rock Your Unglamorous Work!

By Kelly Vandever

One of the things I secretly love (well, not so secret now that you’re reading this) is when I’m in a public gathering and for whatever reason, someone asks the military veterans in the room to stand and be recognized.

OH MY GOD, I LOVE TO STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED AS A VET! Yes, I’m extremely proud that I served my country…but I also dig that I’m one of the few…and sometimes the only…woman who’s standing. The look …

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To be an Expert or a Master

 

by Tom Nixon

World-class speaker and business consultant Alan Weiss has said, “Give Me a Double Axis Chart and I Can Rule the World.” That may be overstated a bit but when done carefully these charts can be immensely valuable.

Any chart or graph can be a dense forest of data unless you deliberately create it with the goal of making the complex understandable. This double axis chart represents a core component of my “How to Do PowerPoint Right” Workshop. It is a build slide with each component revealed as I …

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Using the Spoken Word to Lead and Motivate Your Team – Part 3 – Tell Your Organization’s Stories

by Kelly Vandever
The Blue Angels
Have you ever seen the Blue Angels?  They are the Navy’s flight demonstration team and they put on one heck of a show.  The Navy’s video here explains it more eloquently than I ever could.

 

These pilots fly in incredibly tight formations and execute mind-blowing maneuvers during their air shows.  It’s a sight to see.  If you haven’t seen them, make it a point to go see them when they’re near you.

 
Blue Angels Training and Travel
The Blue Angels train intensely in two …

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Using the Spoken Word to Lead and Motivate Your Team – Part 2 – Tell Personal Stories

by Kelly Vandever

 

I’d known Julie from “around” but we’d never worked together directly. She had been in Atlanta for a few years then relocated to Denver to take a new role as a peer to my manager. Some time later, she was promoted to managing the larger group and she became my manager’s manager.

I always had a favorable impression of Julie. She was professional, intelligent, and all evidence pointed to her being a good leader. Plus she sported a super cute hair cut!

When …

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Using the Spoken Word to Lead and Motivate Your Team – Part 1 – Leadership and Authenticity

by Kelly Vandever

After completing a training session on site for a client, I made myself available in the afternoon to provide one-on-one coaching to anyone interested in getting some individual attention or advice.

Bob was one of the people who requested one-on-one time. Bob is a manager within the organization and he’d been highly engaged during the training. I got the sense that he is a good leader and well respected in the organization.

During our individual time, he asked me …

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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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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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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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How to Craft Stories within Your Business Presentations – Use the Hero’s Journey Framework

by Kelly Vandever

 

 

“I know a story would work great but I’m just having trouble getting started.”

These words came from a young, eager sales professional who was in the midst of preparing a presentation.

He knew purposefully crafting a story would be beneficial to him, both as a presenter and as a sales professional, because…

Stories capture an audience’s attention

Stories help audience members see their own challenges within the stories of others making the experience more personal

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Stop Wasting My Time: What Executives Really Think about Your Presentation – Guest Tyler Jones of Carmichael Consulting Solutions

by Kelly Vandever
Stop Wasting My Time:  What Executives Really Think about Your Presentation
Speaking Practically’s Kelly Vandever interviews executives to find out what they really think about your business presentations.  Listen and learn how you can better present to the executives, prospects and customers in your world!
This session’s guest is Tyler Jones, owner of Carmichael Consulting Solutions
Learn more about this guest at www.linkedin.com/in/tylerhjones.

Click here to learn more about Carmichael Consulting Solutions.


Need Help Presenting to Executives?
If you need help presenting internally within your …

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