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As an Internet/tech entrepreneur since 2005, I’ve founded multiple tech startups, written on various publications, and featured in dozens of interviews and podcasts. My writings blend commentary, research, and perspective on business strategies, leadership, enterprise communication, digital marketing trends and, at times, just my two cents as founder of multiple startups.

Verbal communication is absolutely essential, especially in a business environment.[…] Continue Reading »

Whether in conference rooms or as conference keynotes, we all have something to say. But if you’re overly focused on yourself, are a churning ball of nerves or simply lacking the tools to connect, according to communication and training pro Bill Hoogterp, you’re missing an opportunity to convey your message.

Hoogterp kicks off his public-speaking book “Your Perfect Presentation” with this nugget of wisdom: it’s not about you.[…] Continue Reading »

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 »