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Design For Everyday: How To Make A Great Presentation

Lynda Decker | Posted 10.20.2014 | 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.

5 Must-Dos If You Want to Persuade

Hans Hickler | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business
Hans Hickler

As leaders, we usually end up at that crossroads where we have that one opportunity to close the deal, to persuade -- the meeting with our boss, the presentation to the Board of Directors, or the pitch to our customer.

How I Overcame the Fear of Public Speaking

Adam Grant | Posted 11.19.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

In the past year and a half, I've given over 100 keynote speeches and hundreds of presentations, and things have changed dramatically. I still get nervous occasionally, but public speaking is now one of my favorite activities. Here are the five steps that have been most helpful in reducing my anxiety.

8 Ways To Rock Your Presentation

Jennifer Higgins | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business
Jennifer Higgins

By following these simple techniques you'll avoid hearing snores, or worse, faux fire alarms.

Are You Ready for the Naked Truth? Lessons from an IPO Offering

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

Going for an IPO isn't easy. It requires difficult, honest conversations and responding to tough questions. But nothing worthwhile is easy, right?

Presentation Rules to Break: Picture the Audience in Their Underwear

Karen Hough | Posted 08.26.2014 | Business
Karen Hough

I've tried it, and I've even had test subjects try it. It's distracting, makes you go blank, and leaches energy away from your passion and funnels it to a stupid technique. And there's always someone in the first row whom I really don't want to visualize in underwear. Ick.

How to Get Invited to TED ... and What to do When You Get There

Simon Tam | Posted 08.09.2014 | Business
Simon Tam

All TED events are managed by a committee, including one that oversees the speaker selection. Often, committee members have some ideas on who they would like to attend and speak at the event. However, all of the events also accept nominations for speakers as well, especially those who fit their specific theme.

How Not to Introduce a Speaker

Adam Grant | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

After giving a few hundred speeches in the past year, I've been struck by the variety of ways that different people introduce the same speaker. Some introductions energize me and seem to leave the audience excited to hear from me. Other introductions inadvertently make it more difficult to deliver a successful speech.

The Gifted Speaker: 'Like, Um, Like, Like, Like, You Know, You Know' -- Filler Overload

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Hakala-Wolf

I have many students who have struggled with this problem. All of them have been able to conquer it with some success. Most important though is consider where you are and what you are trying to say. There is a time and place for everything.

Pitching a Book? Three Considerations

Karen Hough | Posted 05.06.2014 | Business
Karen Hough

Many of us have considered writing a book. There are so many choices now between self-publishing and commercial publishing, it can be daunting to figure out how to "get your book out there."

9 Things You Must Do the Night Before a Big Career Moment

Danny Rubin | Posted 04.26.2014 | College
Danny Rubin

I asked this essential question to people in the business community: how do you prepare to be successful?

Spanx Your Speech: 5 Tips to Tighten Up Your Toast, Speech or Presentation

Karen S. Exkorn | Posted 02.09.2014 | Business
Karen S. Exkorn

It's the holiday season. Time for getting out the Spanx for both your stomach and your speech. Whether you're delivering a keynote speech at the Four Seasons or a toast at this year's holiday party, your presentation needs to be stellar.

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.

The New Global Leader, Part III: Dr. André Domin, at the Beating Heart of the Bio Tech Revolution

O'Brien Browne | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
O'Brien Browne

"I firmly believe bio tech start-ups have to network globally -- both in a business and a scientific sense. Also, they need to work with externals -- business leaders, mentors, coaches, consultants -- to ramp up their sales, management and marketing skills."

Are Your Presentations Powerful or Pathetic? 4 Persuasive Presentation Preparation Tips

Lisa Nirell | Posted 07.22.2013 | Business
Lisa Nirell

Over the past month, I attended three conferences. Each one brought together some of the greatest minds in B2B sales and marketing. Sadly, some of their presentations distracted us from their important messages.

Know Your Audience

Michele Masterfano | Posted 07.22.2013 | Business
Michele Masterfano

Business people seem to spend their lives making presentations, both formal and informal. Many of us get to the point where we think we can "wing it" in practically any meeting or venue. That's generally not a good idea, though.

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.

How to Manage Presentation Anxiety

Connie Dieken | Posted 10.15.2012 | Business
Connie Dieken

Staying loose requires emotional regulation, especially if you're a perfectionist. If you want to boost your cognitive performance, simply tell yourself that you are fully prepared.

What Does the Perfect Presentation Feel Like? Take a Lesson From Lochte

Connie Dieken | Posted 09.30.2012 | Business
Connie Dieken

Turns out, your toughest competitor isn't standing next to you. It's inside of you. If you will step out of your own shadow, you will be the presenter you want to be -- and you'll create a must-see moment for any audience.

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.

Make the Perfect Presentation: 5 Lessons From Steve Jobs's Innovative Use of Imagery

Danny Groner | Posted 07.21.2012 | Technology
Danny Groner

Here are five ways that Jobs changed the way we think about presentations, and how you can improve yours by following Jobs's lead.

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 ab...

5 Keys to a Killer Presentation

Tom Grasty | Posted 04.02.2012 | Business
Tom Grasty

Recently, I was asked if I had any tips for startups regarding making a memorable -- strike that -- making a killer presentation. Just remember these five things and you'll knock 'em dead every time.