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Jerry Weissman
Jerry Weissman is the world’s number one corporate presentations coach. His private client list reads like a who’s who of the world’s best companies, including the top brass at Yahoo!, Intel, Intuit, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Dolby Labs, Netflix and many others.

He is the author of the bestselling Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Story, In the Line of Fire: How to Handle Tough Questions and The Power Presenter.

Mr. Weissman founded Power Presentations, Ltd. in 1988. One of his earliest efforts was the Cisco Systems IPO roadshow. Following its successful launch, Don Valentine, of Sequoia Capital, and then chairman of Cisco’s Board of Directors, attributed “at least two to three dollars” of the offering price to Mr. Weissman’s coaching. That endorsement led to more than 500 other IPO roadshow presentations that have raised hundreds of billions of dollars in the stock market. Mr. Weissman’s focus widened from coaching IPOs to include public and privately held companies. His techniques have helped another 500 firms develop and deliver their mission-critical business presentations.

For more information about Jerry Weissman and Power Presentations, Ltd. please visit our website,

Entries by Jerry Weissman

Ready, Fire, Aim!

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 6:01 PM

Old Habits Die Hard

The quality that earned you your present job -- as well as all of your previous jobs -- is the same quality that impedes your ability to answer questions effectively: you are a results-driven person.

To determine how good and -- just as important...

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Obama and Romney Without Words

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 9:03 PM

In the aftermath of the election, political pundits have inundated the media and the web with postmortem analyses of the results, most of them attributing Barack Obama's victory to his get-out-the-vote "ground game," others to the president's advertising campaign, some to Mitt Romney's "47%" video, some to the Latino, Asian,...

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It's All About You!

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 3:16 PM

... but they're just not that into you."


In a previous post on my site, you may have read about how self-centeredness is an obstacle to all communication, extending all the way from social conversations to our focus, presentations. To remove that...

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Bachmann's Media Pendulum

(5) Comments | Posted September 29, 2011 | 11:17 AM

In a prior post about Representative Michelle Bachmann’s presentations, you read how she recovered from her stumble of speaking to the wrong camera during her televised response to President Obama’s State of the Union in January by imposing an iron fist in her management...

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Obama's Next Big Speech

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2011 | 5:53 PM

Barack Obama has given several notable speeches in his career, starting with his 16-and-a-half-minute "Cinderella" speech at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004, which launched him on the path to the presidency. Since that date, Mr. Obama has hit several high water marks for his oratory:

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Christine O'Donnell Bolts CNN Interview

(7) Comments | Posted August 18, 2011 | 3:12 PM

Tea Party darling Christine O'Donnell, who tried and failed to win Joe Biden’s Delaware senate seat last year, did what all politicians eventually do, write a book. And, as all authors do, Ms. O’Donnell set about to promote Troublemaker, as the publication is aptly titled. One of her...

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Mitt Romney Takes on a Senior Citizen and Loses It

(18) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 6:12 PM

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appeared at the Iowa State Fair this week and ran into a buzz saw. He was heckled by a group affiliated with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, one of them an angry senior citizen who demanded to know how Mr. Romney would preserve...

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Obama and the Debt Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 10:40 PM

Actions Speak Louder than Words

As a presentations coach, I show archival videos as positive and negative role models to demonstrate what participants should and should not do when they present. Although most of my participants are business men and women, most of the videos are of political figures, such...

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(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 4:43 PM

Musicians and Graphics

Believe it or not, a new documentary called Make Believe, about a group of teenagers who compete in a championship competition for magicians in Las Vegas, offers a lesson in how to display presentation graphics. The film...

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Talking About Talking About

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 3:54 PM

In yesterday’s New York Times, the editors ran an article called “Charlie Sheen Deconstructed” which listed a collection of opinions about the troubled actor and his many recent media appearances airing his dirty laundry. The article described the collection as “analysis of the analysis” and included: 


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Obama and Reagan

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 4:13 PM

Lessons from the Master

In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth next week, many writers are recalling his political legacy. To make their subject matter current, many of them are drawing parallels between the Great Communicator and Barack Obama, another indisputably effective communicator. Time Magazine...

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Carl Paladino's Smelly Politics

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 6:07 PM

How to Avoid Negative Perceptions

During the Republican primary for the New York gubernatorial election, Carl Paladino, who ultimately won that contest (but lost to Andrew Cuomo in the general election), sent out a campaign mailer impregnated with a foul smell to convey his...

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Communication without the Co: Part I

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2010 | 9:27 AM

In this month’s turnabout election that swept Democrats out of office and Republicans into power, one race stands out as a dramatic exception: Harry Reid, the incumbent Democratic Senator of Nevada and Senate Majority Leader, beat his Tea Party challenger Sharron Angle, despite her lead in the polls right up...

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How NOT to Answer a Question

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 7:05 PM

During the hotly-contested campaign for the U.S. Senate seat for Connecticut, Democratic Attorney General Dick Blumenthal met Republican candidate Linda McMahon in a debate that was streamed live on the Internet and then televised later. During the debate, Ms. McMahon asked her opponent, "How do you create a...

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To Slip or Not to Slip

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2010 | 5:52 PM

General Stanley A. McChrystal, the leader of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, shared his feelings about his Commander-in-Chief with an advisor, who was later quoted in a Rolling Stone article:

Obama clearly didn't know anything about him, who he was. Here's the guy who's going to run...

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Ms. Kagan Regrets

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2010 | 5:42 PM

Cole Porter's 1934 song, "Miss Otis Regrets," a wry blues tale about a society lady indisposed to answer questions, had its modern variation last week during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan.

In the prior post, you...

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The Right Image for a Bad Message

(3) Comments | Posted July 1, 2010 | 2:07 PM

It's no wonder that BP finally replaced its CEO, Tony Hayward as its spokesman. He was the flash point for the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In business as in sports, the manager gets fired after a big loss and Mr. Hayward made a mess of his...

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Murder Boards

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2010 | 12:32 PM

The Senate Judiciary Committee begins hearings today on President Obama's second nominee for the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan. Just as the first nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, and both of President George W. Bush's nominees, John G. Roberts and Samuel Alito, and all the previous nominees of all the previous presidents, Ms....

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Obama's Oil Speech Postmortem

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2010 | 6:30 PM

Thumbs Down, Thumbs Up

In last week's post on Obama's Oval Office speech on the oil spill you read how Mike Allen, the Washington columnist the New York Times dubbed "The Man the White House Wakes Up To," anticipated the importance of the event. Mr. Allen's...

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Obama and the Oil Spill Speech

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2010 | 12:49 PM

Taking Personal Responsibility

Obama Gulf Oil Spill

In anticipation of President Obama's Oval Office speech about the BP oil spill, Mike Allen of Politico, who was dubbed by the New York...

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