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Speakers who stand behind a podium glued to the floor, reading from slides and addressing a less than enthusiastic audience are so last century. It’s 2013, and successful speakers need to be aware that audiences have changed — drastically! They are better informed, crave connection and expect to be actively engaged in the “conversation.”
Today, a great presenter is authentically present and ready to connect with their audience.[…] Continue Reading »
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 »
Do you freeze up every time you have to communicate your ideas to people in positions of power? Do you clam up at meetings because you’re afraid of saying the wrong thing?