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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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Posted: July 19, 2016

3 Tips to Unify Your Hodgepodge Slides

3 Tips to Unify Your Hodgepodge Slides

Have you ever seen an English manor house that has various additions and remodels that portray the styles of various generations? If this similar to your core slide deck that you have been adding new sections and slides to over the years, you might have a hodgepodge of styles that can look dated at best, and convoluted at worst.

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Posted: July 11, 2016

Layout - when less is more

Layout – when less is more

I believe layout is the chief culprit for the phrase “Death By PowerPoint”. Endless identical slides of text, bullet points and a plain background.

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Posted: June 28, 2016

Visuals can increase recall of presentations from 10% up to 70%.

Visuals can increase recall of presentations from 10% up to 70%

Did you know that almost 70% of the population are visual learners? Recently I was checking into a hotel and the reception desk told me how to get to the elevator. I turned around and realized I had not remembered anything she said past “go down the hall.” When she saw my confusion, she pulled out a map and drew a line from where we were to the elevators. Boom, I had it!

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Posted: June 20, 2016

3 days of content – ONE POINT is all that mattered

3 days of content – ONE POINT is all that mattered

Last weekend I had the absolute pleasure of attending the 20th Speaking Consulting Network’s (SCN) Annual Meeting. The organization, founded by Linda Miles and now owned and run by Lois Banta, is for Speakers, Consultants and Writers in the dental space. Over 150 people eagerly arrived in Santa Fe, NM for a 3-day bonanza of workshops, Keynote speakers and speaking competitions.

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