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Posted: March 2, 2017

What are your slides saying about you?

What are your slides saying about you?

Over these last two weeks, I’ve conducted two 3-day leadership and communication courses.  I was extremely conscious of the fact that as soon as I walked out in front of the group, they started to form an opinion about me.  I chose what I wore with care, made eye contact, and started to speak.  I knew that in that moment, my opening story was important, but 93% of the communication about who I was had already been formed.  The words I carefully planned to say would only amount to 7% of their opinion!

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Posted: October 24, 2016

The Gifts Of A Mentor

The Gifts Of A Mentor

Dictionary.com defines a mentor as “a wise and trusted counselor or teacher” and as “an influential supporter”. I have been very blessed throughout my life to have mentors show up in my life who have helped me become the person I am today.

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Posted: October 17, 2016

When The Pressure Is On: Presentation Design for the Nixon Presidential Museum and Library

When The Pressure Is On: Presentation Design for the Nixon Presidential Museum and Library

Last weekend I got a call from my colleague Jason Lawrence from Advanced Media Works to help put a presentation together for the relaunch of the Richard Nixon Presidential Museum and Library. The details were thin but the pressure was on! I was to drive up and work on site starting Monday and the presentation was on Thursday.

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Posted: October 3, 2016

3 Quick Fixes to Common Mistakes Speakers Make When Preparing Their Presentations

3 Quick Fixes to Common Mistakes Speakers Make When Preparing Their Presentations

Last week we covered the 3 most common mistakes that speakers make that torpedo their otherwise strong presentations. This week let’s fix those mistakes and improve our presentations in a dramatic fashion.

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Posted: September 27, 2016

3 Common Mistakes Speakers Make When Preparing Their Presentations

3 Common Mistakes Speakers Make When Preparing Their Presentations

I’ve been working with speakers for almost 20 years now. Recently I was at a conference and as I walked by various lecture rooms, I saw what I always see… awful slides being read by otherwise very smart people.

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Posted: September 12, 2016

Use S.M.A.R.T. Goals To Earn A Standing Ovation

Use S.M.A.R.T. Goals To Earn A Standing Ovation

What delights an audience? Certainly a speaker that keeps our attention through entertaining stories and brilliant content. But I recently attended a conference where the speaker had both of those, and yet I was left feeling uneasy and unfulfilled. Why? I realized that he neglected to tie everything together and so I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do with this information.

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Posted: August 31, 2016

Who Gets Your Best?

Who Gets Your Best?

This past weekend I had the opportunity to speak at the PTCA (Patient Treatment Coordinator’s Association). As always, I was struck by the passion that the other speakers have for their topic and for giving the audience the opportunity to grow.

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Posted: August 15, 2016

Presentation Design Trick: Create a Custom Background

Presentation Design Trick: Create a Custom Background

Have you ever noticed that one set of slides looks like every other one? When a standard slide template goes onscreen, the audiences’ brains say, “oh I’ve seen this before…” and they don’t pay as close attention. Instead, send a message right from the get-go that your slides are something special! (read more)

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Posted: August 9, 2016

The Most Important Presentation Of My Life: Creating My Daughter’s Wedding Video

The Most Important Presentation Of My Life: Creating My Daughter’s Wedding Video

Last week my daughter Megan got married. We had an intimate destination wedding up in the mountains of Northern California, and upon our return, I had one day to put together a 10-minute montage of photos and video clips for a larger reception. I was asked to create this in such a way that the 80+ guests that hadn’t been at the wedding felt part of the event while not overdoing it.

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Posted: July 25, 2016

Presentation Design Trick: Eliminate Your Bullet Points

Presentation Design Trick: Eliminate Your Bullet Points

Death by Powerpoint is NOT due to using slides, it is due to using bullet points to write out everything you are going to say. But there are times when we need a list of topics or data on our slides.

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