Let’s talk dress codes

As summer begins (finally) to wind to a close, we all get a break from the heat. But if like me, you live somewhere where the summer sun still beats down, you may be inclined to think that the last thing you want to wear is a business suit. These days, everyone seems to be...
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What goes into a strong conclusion?

Your conclusion should be as simple as your introduction. Summarize your three main points Make a reference to and/or utilize the attention-getting device you used in your introduction One effective way to provide closure — with solid impact — is to refer to the...
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3 last PowerPoint mistakes to avoid

Final words on PowerPoint — the visual aid I wish we could live without. Check previous blogposts in this series for some help in how to have a less-awful PowerPoint experience. But even after you’ve gotten the right attitude about not using your slides in place of an...
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How to deliver a less awful PP presentation

If you have been tuned in you’ve got some tips on get the most from the text and the graphics on your PowerPoint slide, even though I’m no fan of PowerPoint. But now that you’ve got some slides that are hopefully not-awful, here are considerations about how to...
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A less awful PP slide: Graphics and lists

Okay, only two more posts to go about PowerPoint slides, which means only two more times for me to start out by saying you really should try to wean yourself off of PowerPoint. I think PowerPoint is just plain evil. But I also see how a lot of people consider it a necessary evil....
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A less awful PP slide: Text comes first

Remember, I’m coming to you as the person who really, really wishes that speakers would dispense with PowerPoint slides altogether. I think this supposed tool has ruined a lot of good speeches. BUT, since I also understand that I’m in the minority with this viewpoint,...
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Avoid 2 major PowerPoint blunders

Just to reiterate an earlier point, my humble opinion is that PowerPoint is from the devil. But I know that not everyone, or even a majority of people, are going to take my advice and ditch it. It is too ubiquitous to simply toss it on the ash heap. And, in all honesty, it can be...
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What to wear, what not to wear

Going in front of people to make a presentation means asking them to give up their time and attention. If you want to increase your chances of success, you’ll start by turning your attention to how you present yourself. And even if these seem like more casual times, trust...
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Hit the ground running

When I teach coach clients and speak at seminars, one of my jobs is to help people re-frame their thinking about presentations.  Most people who aren’t trained in public speaking skills focus the bulk of their time on creating and honing the body of their presentation and they...
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Stick the landing!

How do you deliver the conclusion of your presentation? It’s understandable to want to coast across the finish line, especially if you feel like your speech and your speaking performance were on point. But successful speakers know that you can undo all of that work if you...
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