Death by PowerPoint

The Leading Cause of Death by PowerPoint

I was talking last week with my next awesome client about the problem of Death by PowerPoint, and why so many people still don’t get it. Our conversation led me to a realization about why smart people continue to give bad presentations. Dull Slide Decks, and the People Who Use Them We were mainly discussing the […]

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How Long Does It Take to Write a Speech? 30 Years

I love giving presentations, but I recognize I’m in a unique position: I get to choose the topic, the time and the place. So I really feel for those in the corporate world who find themselves staring at the screen trying to figure out what to say for some presentation they’re obligated to give. It […]

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Body language

Forget Everything You’ve Heard About Body Language

We’ve all heard that “93 percent of communication is nonverbal.” But like a lot of conventional wisdom, that figure is a myth. But because so many people accept it as gospel, they almost literally tie themselves up in knots in presentations, job interviews, speed dates and other important moments. Here’s what you need to know about […]

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Ditch the Dull, Wordy PowerPoint Slides

Nobody wants to see your ugly, wordy PowerPoint slides. Slides are called “visual support” for a reason: they’re supposed to be visual. That means NOT like this: I was reminded of this issue — well, I’m reminded of it at every conference and meeting I attend — but most recently during a debate on a forum […]

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Learning is fun!

To My 7th-Grade Teacher: Yes, Learning Can be Fun

Sometimes life’s most important lessons come from being shown what NOT to do. Such a lesson came to me courtesy of my seventh-grade history teacher, who announced on our very first day that “school is not supposed to be fun.” My Teacher, the Drill Sergeant “I am an army brat,” Mrs. Wood declared, marching back and […]

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11 Deadly Presentation Sins

Holiday Sale: 11 Deadly Presentation Sins 50% Off!

A recent study showed that three out of four people who give presentations want to improve their public speaking skills. If that’s true for someone you know — a colleague or customer or maybe yourself — have I got a deal for you! I’m getting a jump on Black Friday with a half-off sale on […]

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Focus Your Content

Avoid Kitchen Sink Syndrome: Focus Your Presentation

As a presenter, one of the biggest challenges you face is how to focus your presentation. There’s SO much to say! How can you possibly fit it all in? Obviously, there’s a huge danger to the “kitchen sink” approach. Audiences these days are suffering from information overload, attention spans are getting shorter and shorter, and […]

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Eye contact

No Avoiding It: Eye Contact is Essential to Your Presentation

One of the worst things you can do as a speaker is to avoid eye contact with your audience. It’s not just disrespectful, it’s actually detrimental to your ability to get your point across. If you do any amount of public speaking, whether presenting around a conference room table or addressing a group of hundreds, […]

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Why Your Panel Discussion Sucks

10 Reasons Your Panel Discussion Sucks

I’ve seen a ton of panel discussions, and according to my totally unscientific observation, most of them are deadly boring. I was reminded of this yesterday when I got to see the rare good panel at a conference I’m attending (and where I’m also speaking). Why Do So Many Panels Suck? The big problem with panels is […]

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How to deliver an ignite talk

How to Deliver a Successful Ignite Talk in 10 Steps

So you’ve accepted the challenge and agreed to do an Ignite talk. And now the terror sets in: what have I gotten myself into? Relax. I did my first one this spring and it was a fun, though time-consuming, challenge. Here are my top 10 tips on how to deliver a successful Ignite talk. What Is an […]

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