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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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  • 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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