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I recently returned from a whirlwind vacation that included visiting three of the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. As much as I tried to “go off the grid,” forget about work and enjoy the surroundings, my mind remained on autopilot, constantly scanning for outstanding presenters. I wasn’t let down; in fact I had a couple of terrific tour guides who created what I like to call “breakthrough moments” where they truly connected with their audience.[…] Continue Reading »

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One of the most challenging assignments as a speaker is making a presentation to a group of people with varying levels of knowledge, different perspectives or mixed expectations. When crafting and delivering your message, it’s your job to focus on the needs of your audience, and that can be a bit tricky when the needs of each listener are not the same.[…] Continue Reading »

One of your principal duties as a leader will be to deliver speeches. Learn how to develop your presentation so that it conveys your message as well as your convictions and your style.

You can sum up what it takes to develop and present your presentation with with one word: preparation. The more prepared you are, the greater your odds of success.[…] Continue Reading »

The late Maya Angelou once said. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” It turns out that science can explain her observation.

In the book “Brain Rules,” molecular biologist John Medina says, “When the brain detects an emotionally charged event, the amygdala releases dopamine into the system.[…] Continue Reading »

All of us love a good story. So my advice to leaders is to make good use of them.

Good stories can do three things: inform, involve and inspire. Good stories give use hope in times of trouble.

A leader picks the right story at the right time to drive her point home, leaving no doubt about the importance of an initiative and its effect on the organization.[…] Continue Reading »