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  • No slides? No talk!

    At the end of the previous post, I referred to the fact that I have some personal anecdotes from my public speaking experience, cases that demonstrate the pervasiveness of slides in the world professional presentations. In fact, there are quite a few occasions where organizers of an event flatly refused to allow me to address an audience without sending my

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  • Slides or not, speakers should always aim for dialogue

    Some pertinent feedback I received after the previous post has caused me to reflect back on what I wrote, even to see it in a new light. In any case, it seems to me that some clarification and amplification are in order. First, I should make clear that most of my writing is aimed at the world of management in

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  • Is making slides look beautiful worth the effort?

    Reflecting further on the theme of adding more dynamism to our presentations, I realize that there is at least one significant concept I neglected to mention in the last entry. In my list of suggestions for breaking the mold of the “show-slides-and-tell” format, I probably should have included this: emphasize content more than form. Why did I fail to point

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  • Five ideas to increase your connection with listeners

    Last time, I suggested that we turn our attention to some practical ideas for making meetings and presentations more dynamic. It is a subject that is close to both my heart and my work these past weeks. Beyond being a point of my current focus, though, it is indeed a theme that has been something of a leitmotif of my

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  • Why are so many meetings so boring?

    In the transition from conversation mode to presentation mode, the initial high energy level is often lost.

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  • Raising the energy level of meetings through narrative

    A fair number of people have written to me recently, wondering why I am posting less frequently these days. In all honesty, the only explanation I can provide is that my time for writing has been more limited than I would like the past few months, as three of my regular clients are simultaneously requesting far more consulting hours than

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