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Archive for April, 2015

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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