The Mindful Presenter

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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

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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

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

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