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  • How teachers can have a lasting impact

    The previous post closed with a question I have been ruminating for many years, and in a variety of settings. How can a teacher have a lasting impact?  In other words, how does one leave students with lessons and concepts that they will remember, and really use? When I was an MBA student at Stanford in the 1980s, I had

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  • The power of using narrative in teaching

    About 20 years ago, when I was a professor at the Grenoble Graduate School of Business, I made the radical decision—to stop the use of slides in my classroom. Why do I consider this policy so “radical”? At that time, graduate school education in France was dominated by a traditional lecture format, where teachers present their ideas and students take notes,

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  • Why “keeping it simple” is never easy

    Writing the previous post brought to mind an amusing—but also highly pertinent—tale I read some time ago in the Financial Times. Most specifically, I refer to an Opinion piece by Pilita Clark, published in October 2017. What Ms Clark recounts is similar to my experience at the conference in Mexico, in several ways. First, she ran headlong into society’s widespread

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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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