Recently I’ve been researching and practicing mindfulness. Not to be confused with the traditional image of mediation , being mindful is simply training your mind to focus on one thing while staying grounded in the present.
When it comes to presenting, being in the present is critical. We all make mistakes, and making them won’t necessarily ruin a presentation. Success or failure depends on how we handle our mistakes. Continue reading
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
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
According to research in Outliers: The Story of Success, it takes over 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert. However, you don’t have to wait that long to help your audience achieve success. Continue reading
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Nancy Duarte’s “Like Yoda You Must Be” has been posted on LinkedIn for a while, but I just now got around to reading it. Hopefully, however, it will be new to most of you. Not only is it great advice for making your audience the center of your presentations, but it also addresses a problem I often see in my line of work. Continue reading
One of the things that separates driving enthusiasts from daily commuters is that enthusiasts know how to take a corner. While most drivers ride the brakes or coast through the entire curve, a skilled driver is on the gas just after hitting the apex. A similar thing can be said about skilled public speakers. Continue reading
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
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One of the things I loved about graduate school was the opportunity to apply what I was learning to real-world situations. There’s no better way to learn how to make a marketing plan than to do a real one for a real business. Continue reading
In the midst of my recent seminar about reading and discussing financial statements, I made a rare, spontaneous decision. Instead of simply explaining how accrual accounting works, I picked up a piece of paper, created a 100-yen IOU note, and handed it to one of the attendees. Continue reading
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In separate posts, I’ve shared words of wisdom from Rakuten’s Hiroshi Mikitani and my own thoughts on “kaizen.” Well, as fate would have it, one of Mr. Mikitani’s recent LinkedIn posts also covers kaizen. Continue reading