How to Apply the “Lean Startup” to Your Presentations: Part II

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In my last article, I described how to apply The Lean Startup’s Build-Measure-Learn Feedback loop to your presentations. In this article, I’ll explain what you should send through that loop: your minimum viable product (MVP). Continue reading

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How to Apply “The Lean Startup” to Your Presentations: Part I

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As someone committed to “helping international companies and individuals achieve measurable success,” I often find myself acting as an “intrapreneur” (in other words, an entrepreneur inside large organizations).

Because of that, I often find guidance and inspiration for my work in unlikely places.  Recently, I realized that techniques from The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries, can actually improve how I approach my seminars.  After reading this post (and its sequel), you’ll be able to do the same. Continue reading

2 Ways to Evolve with Your Audience

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For those of you who teach lengthy courses or run a series of seminars, it’s important to check in on your audience’s needs and wants from time to time.  Regular readers should know that it is crucial to know your audience at the beginning of a course or seminar series, however many presenters forget that audience needs evolve over time.  The best public speakers evolve with their audience.  Here are two concrete ways to do so: Continue reading

3 Ways to Frame Expectations

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For my business English seminars, I’m often asked by my clients (internal or external) to cover vast topics in relatively short amounts of time.  When this situation arises, I always make sure to inform the audience  at the beginning of the seminar exactly how far we’re going into a particular topic.  I bookend this at the end of the presentation by either sharing methods or resources to further study the topic or by promising future seminars within the same field. Continue reading

Embrace Feedback

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It doesn’t take a psychologist to realize that most people resist and fear criticism.  This makes sense.  It’s not easy to hear that the great class, lecture, or presentation that you worked so hard on wasn’t perfect (or perhaps majorly flawed).  However, if you are truly committed to becoming a better public speaker, you not only have to learn how to accept feedback, but you must also learn to embrace it.  In fact, you may even have to actively seek it out criticism. Continue reading