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Creating 21st Century Presentations With a 20th Century Brain

Alex Simon | Posted 06.30.2016 | Technology
Alex Simon

Technology seems to be advancing faster than the speed of light. Our state-of-the-art smart phone, computer and Blu-ray player has become the new car of the 21st century: the minute we drive it off the lot, it's obsolete and virtually worthless. The same can be said for the art of communication, which has been almost completely taken over by technology in the past 20 years.

Is Your Power Point Disrespectful?

Christopher Gurrie | Posted 06.28.2015 | Business
Christopher Gurrie

Last month, I was at a weekend-long meeting which was filled with academics doing academic-y things, namely presenting PowerPoints with the ever-famous Death by PowerPoint recipe.

How To Ruin Conference Calls

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 05.20.2015 | Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Conference calls, web meetings and screen shares. We all love them. We all use them. We also all know that at least 20 percent of all conference calls and virtual meetings are a total waste of time and money. All because the following characters below ruin them.

The Management Consultant's Guide to New Years Resolutions

Michael Ruderman | Posted 02.28.2015 | Business
Michael Ruderman

How do you pick just one resolution for the new year? Exercise more? Save more money? Spend more time with family? The list of potential resolutions is quite overwhelming.

Design For Everyday: How To Make A Great Presentation

Lynda Decker | Posted 12.20.2014 | Small Business
Lynda Decker

As entrepreneurs, we craft the unique offerings of our companies, their brands, their culture, the people we hire and the products we offer. Most of us can and should design all of these things better--doing better doesn't have to be expensive. It simply requires thought.

Speechless: Making Noise in San Francisco (and Beyond)

Marc Hershon | Posted 10.19.2014 | Comedy
Marc Hershon

"The 'Aha!' moment was that I wanted to do a show that satirized the Silicon Valley culture," says Sammy Wegent. "Having been saturated in it for a lo...

Turnaround Management: The Who, What, How, and Why -- It's All About Leadership!

Ian Sephton | Posted 10.10.2014 | Business
Ian Sephton

"Turnaround management" gets thrown around a lot and like most B-school buzzwords it has lost some of its meanings. What does it take to turnaround an organization?

9 Things We're Happy To Never Have To Do Again

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 06.20.2014 | Fifty

When we asked our female readers age 50 and older about the things they're happy they'll never have to do again, the number one response was -- surpri...

The Persuasive Power of Visual Language

Phil Simon | Posted 06.04.2014 | Business
Phil Simon

As a public speaker and frequent conference attendee, I have plenty of opinions about speaking, slides, and presentation styles. What's more, I just p...

Professional Events Can Be Personally Meaningful

Spark Camp | Posted 02.11.2014 | Women
Spark Camp

Our world views shrink as we see the same people talking about the same topics, again and again. We're both experiencing and seeing evidence of a growing event fatigue, with little on the horizon to replace the meaning and intellectual nourishment that a great gathering can provide. There are ways to buck this trend.

How to Give the Best Presentation You Possibly Can

Karl Gude | Posted 11.19.2013 | Business
Karl Gude

Your goal as a speaker is to be relevant to your audience, engage them, have them learn something and then perhaps persuade them to do something with this newfound knowledge.

Please... No More PowerPoint Title Slides!

Christopher Gurrie | Posted 09.22.2013 | Technology
Christopher Gurrie

In 2008, a colleague and I set out to make it our mission to rid this world of bad PowerPoint presentations. Remember the consequences: every time you make a bad PowerPoint presentation -- God (all of them) kills a kitten.

6 Secrets of Giving a Good Speech

Glen McDaniel | Posted 03.09.2013 | Business
Glen McDaniel

After years of speaking to groups of all sizes, I still do not think I have it down completely. I had to really think hard, therefore, when a friend asked me recently how I gave such good talks and if I would mind sharing my "secrets."

Adding Video to Your Presentations Can Be a Gamechanger

Danny Groner | Posted 12.24.2012 | Business
Danny Groner

If you're looking for a way to get your presentation to stand out and really captivate your audience, look to the video. Not only are videos easy to publish inside of PowerPoint, but they can deliver results.

Why Most Presentations Are Terrible, and How Not to Be Awful

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 12.10.2012 | Business
Lisa Earle McLeod

I used to have a preacher who was so bad that the only way I could get through his sermons was to rewrite them in my head. Here are three main reasons most presentations are terrible -- and how to fix them.

The Study of 'Meaning' in Contemporary Academia

Mark Schulman | Posted 10.06.2012 | College
Mark Schulman

"Meaning" had been expunged from mainstream scholarship for some time. Those attempts -- to take it out of research -- have been, in fact, counter-productive: meaning is very much at the center of the human experience.

About Leadership: Speaking From Notes

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 09.22.2012 | Business
Bernie Bulkin

You are trying to convey the tricky mixture of spontaneity, authority, and audience contact, and to do that you have to be able to concentrate on the audience and their reaction, rather than on finding the right word or phrase.

Do You Tell Stories Like You Sing Karaoke? Here Are Three Things to Save You

Karl Gude | Posted 05.31.2012 | Home
Karl Gude

That's me, at left, listening to campfire stories long ago. "Was your grandmother a lesbian?" I asked. I was responding to a student's question abou...

Obama's State of the Union Speech: Enhanced By PowerPoint?

Max Atkinson | Posted 03.31.2012 | Media
Max Atkinson

Obama's a good enough communicator to know that the words in his speeches and the way he delivers them are enough on their own to get his messages across.

About Leadership: The Use and Abuse of PowerPoint

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 12.18.2011 | Business
Bernie Bulkin

Today we can show charts and graphs, photographs, interactive spreadsheets, and animation. Great. So how do most presenters use this new facility? By making the most boring slides imaginable.

Great Board Meetings

Brad Feld | Posted 12.05.2011 | Small Business
Brad Feld

I've had a string of great board meetings lately. They all had several similar attributes.

Political Party Has One Goal: Ban PowerPoint

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 09.04.2011 | Technology

One political party in Switzerland thinks PowerPoint presentations are actually costing the country billions of dollars. The Anti-PowerPoint Party ...

Lay Off the Laptop

xxxDan Treadwayxxx | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
xxxDan Treadwayxxx

Recently, while taking notes in class, I peered forward and saw the student in front of me playing a game on his MacBook. But something about this game was particularly peculiar.

The Hazards Of Duke

The Atlantic | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

No matter what your opinion of the now notorious online "thesis" of the recent Duke graduate Karen Owen--a comprehensive and often pornographic report...

PHOTOS: Banker Lands Interviews With Overzealous PowerPoint Presentation

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Writing cover letters in PowerPoint apparently works wonders. An applicant for an analyst job at Citigroup scored an interview after submitting an 11...