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Picture this: You’re at a conference, waiting to hear a speaker whose talk you’ve been looking forward to for months. As you sit down, you realize that he appears rattled and is gripping onto the lectern for dear life. He begins to talk, ever so slowly.
You wait a while to see if his talk improves but it becomes decidedly boring.[…] Continue Reading »
Conference panels can be dull and perfunctory, with everyone sticking to the script. At their worst, they can turn into lectures from on high. There was some of that at last week’s Milken Institute Global Conference, but there were many more genuine moments of clarity, insight and persuasive argument.
Many of the Global Conference’s panels are about solving problems — in areas including finance, health care and research, education, technology — and the policy implications that come with them.[…] Continue Reading »
You may be preparing for a quarterly review, analyst meeting or product launch. Perhaps you find yourself readying for that next big sales pitch, upcoming conference or trade show speech. As you prepare, stop and ask yourself:
“What is the value of this presentation to my listeners? Am I giving them what they need in a way they can easily understand?”
How you answer these questions may in fact determine how effective you are when you step up to speak.[…] Continue Reading »
I must confess to a guilty pleasure — I love the ABC show “Shark Tank,” which gives budding entrepreneurs a chance to realize their dreams with a business deal that could be worth millions.
Though “Shark Tank” is highly entertaining (although, at times, unnecessarily brutal), it’s also quite instructional when it comes to high-stakes presentations. With so much on the line, wannabe entrepreneurs must give the pitch of a lifetime — one that requires them to project confidence, credibility and conviction from start to finish.[…] Continue Reading »
Getting a presentation ready for prime time can sometimes be frustrating. Content is seldom an issue; organization is. So let me share some advice I received from a Jesuit speech teacher who learned it from Aristotle.
Simple, direct and memorable, Aristotle gives us a handy method to employ whenever you need to make a presentation, long or short, that you want people to remember.[…] Continue Reading »