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New post with Prezi! Fixing up The Success Cycle

I had the honor of being asked by the amazing Prezi staff if I’d share some of the content form this blog with them.  So, after some thorough planning and some amazing back and forth with the staff, we worked together to create a post. You can check it out here: First amazing Prezi post […]

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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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Credibility killers to avoid

There are some things speakers do that absolutely kill their credibility.  Some of those things are content oriented, some of those things are not.  This post is about bringing awareness to some things we do to kill our credibility when presenting. Too many filler words.  Filler words are those words we utter when we’re trying […]

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Color selection

It’s always amazing to me how emotional color selection can be for some. I’ve had clients who have had break downs because of the wrong shade of orange (or some other favorite color). And I’ve heard clients have internal fights over their favorites. Personal preference is one way to go about these things, but I’m […]

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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 wrote a guide!

Yup, that’s right.  I’m now published and you can get a 6 page, laminated guide for your own, touting much of the content you find on this blog.  It took many months to get done, but it now exists! Get your guide here for $5.95 USD:  http://www.barcharts.com/9781423218227-details.aspx#.Uin7DWRAR18 Like this blog, the content  covers 3 main […]

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5 talks with 5 very different styles

The best talks happen when speakers have a clear storyline, speak clearly and are genuine.  Sure, we enjoy it when speakers avoid stumbling over words, speak too quietly, move around awkwardly or seem really uncomfortable.  Those are things that can be improved with a speaker coach.  What can’t be improved are genuine creativity and emotional […]

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Embedding multiple audio clips into a single PowerPoint page

I just worked on a recent client project for an advertising pitch where they wanted to have various audio clips play automatically after one click per slide and not have the icons on the screen.  This was a new one for me and frankly I didn’t think it could be done.  But dear readers, it […]

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Closing summaries vs. next steps

Last week we talked about executive summaries.  This week, I’d like to talk about written closing summaries, something that I was also teaching to a client over the last couple of weeks.  Closing summaries aren’t something that work with all printed decks, but can be useful for enforcing brands, corporate conventions or for re-iterating core […]

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