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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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  • The problem with presentations

    For the first entry of the new year, I choose to travel a bit further along the road we were on at the end of 2018. This is in part because it touches a subject that has long been close to my heart, and also because there is a good deal more to say about how our misuse of presentation

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  • Fewer presentations, more conversations

    Last time, I noted that certain groups I have worked with have succeeded in making meetings more productive by limiting, even eliminating completely, the use of slides. For this post, my original intention was to focus on some of the surprising ways in which the unlikely pair of Jeff Bezos and Winston Churchill are indeed similar. At the same time,

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  • How Amazon uses story to engage its managers

    Our last blog entry ended with the assertion that Winston Churchill and Jeff Bezos share a deep appreciation of the power of narrative. As we will see in future posts, their approaches, their contexts and their focus are different in a number of ways. Nonetheless, it is clear that both of them tackle the act of storytelling with diligence, rigor

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