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Archive for 2016

3 Common Mistakes of Technical Presenters

By Bob Goodyear

Presentations are given for all kinds of reasons and technical subjects are no exception. While working with technical presenters from different fields, I encounter various problems they face when presenting a technical topic. Here are 3 of the most common mistakes I see.

“Let me tell you everything I know about this”

Many times in technical situations, the presenters are experts in the subject being discussed. In fact, they are so knowledgeable that they want to share everything they know. There is no detail left unexplained. The problem is that …

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Stories Connect. Big Time.

By Tom Nixon

Melissa was running through her upcoming slide presentation with me. She loaded up her PowerPoint deck with all the facts and figures she could find that would make her pitch irresistible. There was an almost endless march of slides with numbers, features and benefits.

I had to stop her and ask, “Why not tell your listeners a story? Or use a testimonial or a case-study?”

“Think of a success story that involves you and a client. Maybe you can get a quote from them or, better yet, a quote …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Natalie J. Sayer on Working Globally

Permission to Speak

Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  Natalie Sayer
 

Topics discussed:

 

– working as an ex-pat

– working globally

– the power of how we show up in the moment

– sometimes knowing nothing is good if you have curiosity to go with it

– Cultural Orientations …

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Using the Power of the Camera in Presentations

By Natalie Gallagher

 

Many presenters have ample reason to record their presentations. It can be for the simple reason of watching to improve speaking skills, all the way to creating content for websites and marketing materials. But very few of us have the know-how to really use the camera in such a way that we look great.

My husband Shannendoah  is both a skilled presenter, and an experienced videographer, and he often coaches speakers on how to work with the camera to achieve …

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Respect

By Kelly Vandever

A friend was telling me about a conversation he was about to have at work.

He’s a manager of managers. One of the managers who reports to him has two employees who aren’t doing what she asks.

“I was in the meeting when they said they’d do it,” my friend told me. “But now that the work deadline is fast approaching, there’s evidence that they haven’t done what they committed to.”

“They don’t respect her,” my friend continued. “So she’s asked me to step in which is just going to …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Nora Burns on Bad Managers and the Undercover Employee

Permission to Speak

Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  Nora Burns
 

Topics discussed:

– Building cultures of respect

– Examples of good bosses and bad bosses

– The Undercover Candidate

– The Undercover Employee

– HR Undercover

– The job interviewing process

– The onboarding process

– Trend #1: Bad Math, not …

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Finding That Topic in the ‘Sweet Spot’ of Your Venn Diagram

By Claudia Brogan

One of my very favorite bloggers in the arena of communication is Andrew Dlugan (“Six Minutes”). Heaven only knows where he comes up with the excellent topics and resources that he shares for teachers, speakers and trainers. Oh wait…it’s not just Heaven that knows. Actually, Andrew generously divulges a great tool for coming up with good speaking subjects.

He calls this the “Secret of choosing successful speech topics” and I highly recommend to you his thorough, thought-provoking blog piece linked below.

Consider finding that “sweet spot” right in the …

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Get Out Of The Rut

By Bob Goodyear

Years ago, I went camping with my Boy Scout troop one spring. Our campsite was guaranteed to be incredibly fun! It was off the beaten path and only accessible by a single dirt road that few people knew about. We reached the dirt road full of the anticipation that only a group of 12-13 year old boys could generate. We piled in the back of our scoutmaster’s truck and headed down the road. It was easy to follow because of the ruts that had …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Sean Glaze on Building Better Work Teams

Permission to Speak

Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  Sean Glaze

Topics discussed:

– Wearing the same uniform or working for the same company doesn’t make you a great teammate

– Have to be willing to be bad long enough to get better because you do …

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If You Show It, They Will (Try to) Read It

By Tom Nixon

Watching a presentation lately I was reminded of a principle that is fundamental to how audiences experience a presentation. The presenter projected an image of an historical plaque. The text on the plaque was only slightly relevant to the subject. I, and I assume most members of the audience, read the first line or two and then gave up. It was too much and it really didn’t add to any deeper understanding of the subject matter.

The principle: If you put text on the screen, any text, in …

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