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Happy Chinese New Year!

This is the year of the water dragon.  Wikipedia says that characteristics of the water dragon include:  Magnanimous, stately, vigorous, strong, self-assured, proud, noble, direct, dignified, eccentric, intellectual, fiery, passionate, decisive, pioneering, artistic, generous, loyal. Can be tactless, arrogant, imperious, tyrannical, demanding, intolerant, dogmatic, violent, impetuous, brash.

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Lesson from an educator

I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Sean McManus of The Economist on their upcoming conference about innovation in March.  (Check it out here:  http://ideas.economist.com/event/innovation)  My task is to put together 5 San Francisco based speakers to do Ignite-style presentations on the topic of innovation.  The best part about the current stage […]

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Websites we get ideas from and class

Last night, I was fortunate enough to give a live demo at New Work City of presentation coaching, with former Ignite speaker, Jack Aboutboul, acting as guinea pig.  It went really well with obvious improvement by the end of the session  (always good to pick someone who’s easy to coach, thanks Jack!) It’s the teaser […]

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Steve Job’s legacy on presentations

Like all of the amazing folks in the tech industry, we in the presentation industry have also lost one of our greats with Steve Jobs’ passing.  He really was instrumental in making well design and well delivered presentations cool in the mainstream. Here’s a list of his influences on the art of presentations that we […]

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Great way to synthesize data post conference

So, we at The Presentation School are a bit lax on sending out posts about presentations because we’ve been attending them.  This past week, we were invited to The Economist’s Human Potential conference in New York City.  A great mix of formats was present (one-on-one interviews, individual talks, performances, panels, talk-shows, comedic recaps).  A great […]

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Audience connection tips

We’ve all been audience members for presenters who we don’t connect with.  Our minds wander, we get offended, we ignore the presenter – we do everything but pay attention.  No one wants to be that presenter, do we?  So, how to avoid that?  Here are a couple of quick tips: Weave in intrinsically human visuals: […]

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Tips from Mad Men

Like many, we’re excited about Mad Men’s addition to Netflix’s streaming.  And we’re happier still about the presentations that the characters have been giving. In one scene between Peggy Olson and her Priest, she gives im the following tips for giving a sermon for Palm Sunday: Find a few people to focus on and give […]

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Sources of presentation inspiration

Looking for some inspiration for your next presentation?  Don’t have time to go to a few conferences?  How about checking some out online?  Some of our favorite sites for this are: TED – many of the best presentations in the world, online! Ignite NYC – a speaker’s series that Martha works on.  5 minutes, 20 […]

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