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Public Speaker Values – Kelly Vandever’s Personal Beliefs of What Makes a Good Trainer

I attended a couple of training programs lately as part of my own professional development.  I had vastly different reactions to the instructors who facilitated the different classes.

Instructor # 1 was exceptional – a role model, someone I’d want to get to know better and keep in touch with, and learn from.  She was just that good.

Instructor # 2 – drove me up the wall and across the ceiling.  The longer the class went on, the more frustrated I became.

As I reflect …

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Presentation Challenge – How Do You Represent Data in a Meaningful Way

There are 2.5 million children in South Africa who are orphaned, living in child-head households.

Wait, what?  Child-head households?  I’ve heard of single parent household, child-head households, you mean…

That’s right a child, usually a teen ager, has to assume the head of the household because the parents are gone, typically, they’ve died of aids.


That was the conversation I had with my friend Lisa Calhoun with Ambassador Connections who has accepted a call to work with South African orphans over the next two years.  The idea of child-head households shook …

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What If You Don’t Like the Default Size 16:9 in PowerPoint 2013?

Currently, when opening a new slide in PowerPoint 2013, it will open by default to a larger sized slide.  Instead of the traditional 4:3 dimensions most people are used to, it opens as 16:9 by default.

There isn’t a way to change any settings or option if you prefer to stick with the 4:3 dimensions, but here’s a work around.




Watch this Video for the Work Around to Set 4:3 as Your Default Slide Dimensions

Written Directions – Work Around to Set 4:3 as Your Default Slide Dimensions
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Help Your Sale Prospects Change Their Own Minds

Mr. Camito was my 4th grade teacher.

I remember him especially well for two reasons.

One – I didn’t have many men teachers growing up.

Two – He and my mother had a lengthy exchange based on a comment on my after my report card about me talking too much in class.   The exchange ended with the suggestion of duct tape for my mouth.  While it was a little funny, I felt badly for not being the perfect little student.


Six years ago, I heard World …

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The Corporate PowerPoint Template Is a Barrier between Sales Professionals and Their Prospects!

“I tell them to stop using the corporate template.  It just puts up another barrier between the sales person and the prospect.”

“Wait.  I’ve never heard it said that way before.  I’ve told people not to use templates because they detract from the presentation’s message.  I’ve never heard someone say that the template puts up a barrier.”

“Yeah, it’s just more me, me, me about the company doing the selling instead of focusing on the prospect and their needs.  Templates put up a barrier between the …

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Favorite TED Talks – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on aid versus trade

Moving Your Audience – Appealing to the Head & to the Heart
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was the first woman finance minister in Nigeria.  At this 2007 TED Talk about the challenges of Africa, Okonjo-Iweala reviewed statistics about the direction that Africa was moving forward. The talk was compelling and interesting up … then at about the 7:45 mark, it became even more compelling as Okonjo-Iweala tells a very personal story that puts the discussion in perspective.

Okonjo-Iweala masterfully appeals to the logic and the emotional side of her arguments.

What Can You Learn from Okonjo-Iweala’s Speech?
As you watch her speech, consider how you can …

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Favorite TED Talks – Simon Sinek

Here’s another of my favorite TED Talks by Simon Sinek as he answers the question as to WHY it is that great leaders aspire us to act.  It’s very popular.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth the watch!

What’s your favorite undiscovered TED Talk?
Share your favorite in the comments below!!!


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Public Speaking – How Much Rehearsal Is Too Much Rehearsal? How Much Is Too Little?

“Try it again.”

That’s what my marine drill instructor said when I went to his office and tried to remember the protocol that he’d just taught us when requesting to speak with him.  I was at the Naval Science Institute, my version of boot camp for the Navy.

It was our first day being in the military.  I needed to ask the DI a question.

What I was supposed to do and say was…

Stand next to his door …

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For the Introverts Out There! New Book Release – Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference

More than of few of my clients are self-described introverts.

For my introvert friends, I wanted to let you know about a book released TODAY called Quiet Influence:  The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference by my friend Dr. Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, PhD.

Jennifer married an introvert and has been studying them ever since!

What I love about Jennifer’s work is that she doesn’t try to get introverts to behave like their extroverted colleagues (who often get more attention for being outspoken).  Instead, she encourages introverts …

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Missing March Madness in Atlanta? Sign Up for 3-on-3 Tournament on May 4 & 5!





3 -on-3 Basketball Tournament!
May 4 -5, 2013
Meadow Creek High School
4455 Steve Reynolds Blvd
Norcross, Georgia
Youth and Adult Teams!

Click here for more information and to register your team!

Proceeds go to two great nonprofits helping youth in Atlanta and South Africa!

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