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Online class starting July 7

Like what you read here about presentations?  Take a class with Martha, founder of The Presentation School, online with Mediabistro.  These courses are recorded and Martha will be checking your work as appropriate, so don’t worry about time zones! Issues we’ll cover: Thinking about your audience (and I’ll share a tool with you to do […]

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$ ≠ A successful speaking engagement

A good friend of mine recently posted this blog post written by someone who refused a TEDx speaking engagement because it wasn’t paid.  You can check it out here.  The gist of what this fellow says though is this: TED costs $6,000 for a week; therefore, speakers should get paid TED is a non-profit, but […]

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Curated Videos: Brighter Minds @ Human Potential by The Economist

Sometimes work as a presentation coach is extra amazing because I get to meet really smart people, with awesome ideas and help them express those ideas to the world at large.  About a month ago, I curated a segment of 5 rapid fire talks for The Economist’s Human Potential event in NYC.  The event was […]

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Event planning check list: Tech Needs

I’ve worked a couple of events recently and have seen a few event organizers have mini meltdown over tech needs.  In many cases it’s because it was their first time in a space and they just didn’t know what to ask.  Some of their melt downs spread to their entire tech crews.  To help you […]

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The Presentation School will be at The Economist’s Human Potential

This is our third time curating  a rapid fire presentation segment for The Economist events series.  If you’re in NYC on Wednesday, September 18, come check it out!  We selected these speakers and led the speakers through the process of writing, designing and delivering their 20 slide presentations, that automatically shift after 16 seconds. This […]

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Developing your own event format: 11 questions to ask yourself

A good friend of mine recently asked me my opinion around using rapid fire presentations at his event, which he had done previously.  He wanted to keep the format going because it’s not traditional.  Not boring, something different for people to enjoy.  Reader of this blog know that I totally agree that rapid fire presentations are amazing. […]

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The best events are like small towns

As someone who’s lived in Brooklyn, NY for the past 14 years, I’ve made a realization that many other New Yorkers have too: NYC isn’t just a big city, it’s a network of small towns based on intellectual interests. I spend time in the intellectual small towns related to technology, visual communication, a handful of […]

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What TED tips should you use for your presentation?

I’m deeply involved in TEDxHarlem as their speaker coach, which will be happening the week after this post.  In that role, it’s critical that I push speakers to abide the TED Speaker Commandments.  For your reference, they are here: TEDx SPEAKERS: THE TED COMMANDMENTS These 10 tips are the heart of a great TEDTalk. Dream […]

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Reboot Workshop and UnConference attendee tips

Next Saturday, Jan 26, we will be sponsoring and facilitating at the Reboot Workshop that will be  from 10-4 and will be held at New Work City in NYC.  You can get tickets and learn more about the event here:  The workshop will feature a panel of 7 experts that freelancers typically need to […]

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