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What would you do if the presentation content you prepared suddenly became inappropriate or irrelevant minutes before you’re scheduled to speak? That’s exactly what happened to Brad L., a project manager and civil engineer:

“I recently presented at a daylong engineering conference. I prepared and knew the material well enough to present in my sleep. However, as I listened to each of the speakers preceding me, I became increasingly anxious as I realized that 75% of my presentation was being covered by others.[…] Continue Reading »

There’s something extraordinary about TED. This nonprofit foundation has touched millions around the world with inspirational talks, spreading ideas that invite listeners to see the world in a new or different way. Chances are, you’ve been deeply affected by at least one TED talk. Try to imagine what it’s like to actually participate in a TEDx event.[…] Continue Reading »

When you want your message to be heard, making it relevant is the key to getting your listeners’ attention. That’s because the on-demand world we live in today has trained us to hone in on what’s customized to our needs, wants and desires and to basically ignore what’s not. We are constantly surfing, picking and choosing.

  • Recording our favorite shows to view them commercial-free
  • Performing triage on our emails
  • Scouring the Internet looking for something
  • Customizing a playlist of our best-loved music

In her book “Getting a Squirrel to Focus,” Dr.[…] Continue Reading »

Each month, When Growth Stalls examines why businesses and brands struggle and how they can overcome their obstacles and resume growth. Steve McKee is the president of McKee Wallwork + Co., an advertising agency that specializes in working with stalled, stuck and stale brands. The company was recognized by Advertising Age as 2015 Southwest Small Agency of the Year.[…] Continue Reading »

When you step up to speak, you hope what you have to say makes an impact on your audience, right?

That goal can sometimes lure you into giving a presentation that has the opposite effect: leaving listeners shell-shocked, overwhelmed, and unable to recall anything you said. That happens when you ask them to “drink from the fire hose,” and drown your audience with too much information.[…] Continue Reading »