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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
As I mentioned before, planning and rehearsing are critical for successful presentations. There is, however, one thing that you might have to do on the spot: a meet and greet.
For those of you who do a lot of one-off seminars, you might not have a clue about your audience beforehand. Yet, as previously discussed, tailoring your content to your audience is critical. So dos this mean that we are at an impasse here? Not at all. 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
I recently stumbled upon this excellent article from Business Insider:
Amazing Career Advice for College Grads from LinkedIn’s Billionaire Founder
Sharing advice for new graduates is not the main purpose for writing this post. The article’s advice, however, happens to be superb. So, if you know some new grads, by all means share away! Continue reading
For one of my recent seminars, I decided to challenge myself. As an admitted follower of Presentation Zen, over the past few months I have been reducing the amount of bullet points in my presentations. For my seminar on effective meetings, I thought to myself, “What if I could make this PowerPoint slide show without a single bullet point?” Continue reading
Kaizen, Japanese for “good improvement,” became a popular word in Japanese business as the country developed after World War II. As the phrase spread throughout the international business scene, it grew into a business philosophy, loosely translated as “continuous improvement.” Perhaps its most famous application is in the Toyota Production System. Continue reading
Thanks to a training session, I recently found myself on the other side of the public-speaking coin: in the audience. As I watched Japanese salespeople give presentations in English, I observed various levels of pre-presentation anxiety. Despite that fact, each presenter made successful speeches. Nothing went wrong.
One of the most well-known rules of public speaking is to know the details about where you are going to present, before your present. How big is the room? How are the chairs and desks arranged? What version of PowerPoint is available? Is PowerPoint available at all? Continue reading
Last week, I introduced the concept of eliciting to gauge your audience’s level of flow. Another key component in managing flow is scalability.
Scalability means adapting to increased demands. As presenters and teachers, we must design our presentations to adapt to our audiences’ increasing demands for the right level of challenge in our seminars and classes. Continue reading