Presenting

Psst! These pointers will perk up your presentations!

By |2021-10-28T18:17:51+00:00October 28, 2021|Categories: Creative Confidence, Presenting|

‘Tis the season for high-stakes presentations. Nearing year-end, many of us are preparing to report on results, launch new programs, and invite colleagues and clients to embrace the new. ‘Tis also the season for distracted audiences. (In truth, this season is eternal.) That means your presentation needs more than clear, organized points. You need to grab [...]

Unspoken Loudspeakers are drowning out your message

By |2021-09-30T14:55:38+00:00September 30, 2021|Categories: Creative Confidence, Everyday Communication, Presenting, Storytelling, Visual Communication, Writing|

“What you do speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you are saying.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Shhhh! I’m trying to hear you. I really am. I know you’ve put serious thought into those words you’re trying to share right now. Whether your message is written or spoken, I know you want me to “get” what you’re [...]

Persuasion: the teeter-totter of business communication

By |2021-08-31T15:33:48+00:00August 31, 2021|Categories: Creativity, Everyday Communication, Learning, Presenting, Storytelling, Visual Communication, Writing|

As a kid on the playground, one of my favorite attractions was the teeter-totter. Maybe you called it a seesaw. A teeter-totter is a dangerous apparatus, not to be shared with anyone but a friend you can trust to keep the thing in balance. I still recall the pain and humiliation of thudding to the ground [...]

Is it smart or shameful to manufacture Q&A?

By |2021-01-29T21:33:16+00:00January 29, 2021|Categories: Creative Confidence, Presenting|

Dear Corporate Poet & Cutter of C.R.A.P.: After all these months of practice, we’re finally pretty comfortable with virtual meetings. Everyone has figured out how to join a call on almost any platform, most have full command of the mute button, and only a handful are still reluctant to turn on the camera. In small groups, [...]

No joke: serious questions for smart storytellers

By |2020-02-16T17:20:31+00:00January 29, 2020|Categories: Presenting, Storytelling|

Ann, Barb, and Chuck walk into a meeting room. Sounds like the start of a joke, right? Actually, it’s the start of a storytelling project. These three managers have been designated “storytellers” for an event their company is hosting next month. A crowd of their peers will come from around the world, pour into a massive [...]

Tigger and Eeyore walk into a room …

By |2020-05-12T15:44:36+00:00November 27, 2019|Categories: Creativity, Presenting, Storytelling|

Anyone who’s been in a Story Mode workshop will attest: Jill Pollack and I do not play it safe. We seldom use PowerPoint. We crack jokes and tell stories. We get everyone on their feet, talking to us and to each other—usually within the first five minutes. We invite people to play games, draw, and be downright [...]

All form and no substance makes your story a waste of time

By |2019-02-27T17:01:01+00:00February 27, 2019|Categories: Creativity, Presenting, Storytelling|

While I was stewing about what to write for this month’s post, “Every TED Talk Ever” entered my line of sight. Care to watch it without spoilers? Go ahead. You can meet me in the next paragraph in five-and-a-half minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9advgMBbdo&feature=youtu.be   Hilarious! At least it was to me. I’m forever pushing clients to bust out [...]

No one’s asking you to be weird. Just don’t be boring.

By |2019-01-31T22:47:27+00:00January 31, 2019|Categories: Creativity, Presenting, Storytelling|

I want my presentation to be engaging and memorable. I want the audience to remember me and my message. I want to be amazing! Sound familiar? Sure. Who doesn’t want to be a killer presenter? But what if the following also rings a bell? I’m talking about serious business issues, and I need to be taken seriously. [...]

Cut to the chase: how to stop rambling and turn talk into action

By |2018-07-31T14:20:48+00:00July 31, 2018|Categories: Everyday Communication, Presenting|

I was coaching a rising star the other day. A professional with amazing ideas, strong leadership abilities, and excellent presentation and storytelling skills. What did she need from me? “I want to improve my executive presence,” she said. “What would that look like?” I asked. She talked for awhile and eventually articulated something like this: “Presenting [...]

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This Is A Custom Widget

This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.