Last week, I was approached by a Fortune 25 company to train 15 interns for their final presentation before a business unit Vice President and his leadership team. High-Stakes Presentation This presentation is high-stakes for both the company and the interns. The Company Concerns: Did we choose the right interns … Continue reading
Recently, I called a repairman to fix a squeaky refrigerator door. We have one of those fancy, stainless steel, blah-blah-blah models. Every time the door would open, it would make a loud, squeaky noise. Unintended consequences (side benefit): It was two weeks before there was an available appointment; I scheduled … Continue reading
In Part 1 & part 2 of this post, we revealed thirteen (13) common business presentation mistakes that could sidetrack your business presentations. If you haven’t read this series from the beginning, I highly recommend you stop here, and go back to Part 1 HERE. Below are the final seven: … Continue reading
Interview by Kate McClare, ACS, ALB Photos by John Schneyer, DTM Professional speaker, coach and leadership consultant Ed Tate won the World Championship of Public Speaking in 2000 — his first attempt. His clients include Darren Tay, the 2016 World Champion. Tate shared advice (and lots of great stories) in … Continue reading
In Part One of this post, (found here), we revealed six common business presentation mistakes that could sidetrack your business presentations: Presenting Abstract Ideas (without specific examples). Simply put, your ideas live in the clouds and never visit earth. For your audience to relate to abstract concepts, match with specific, … Continue reading
Over the past fifteen years, I’ve coached thousands of executives, leaders and corporate employees on how to make their business presentations memorable. Over the years, I’ve regularly run across the same presentation mistakes. Are you making these mistakes in your business presentations?
On Saturday, August 20, 2016, my coaching client, Darren Tay, won the Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking. http://www.businessinsider.com/toastmasters-public-speaking-champion-darren-tay-2016-8/#-1 For the unfamiliar, it is a yearlong contest with over 30,000 contestants. Darren was the last one standing. Think of it as “America’s Got Talent” for public speaking. Not bad. … Continue reading
Do your business presentations carry Crutch-Cargo? Worse! Do you have a case of Crutch-Cargo and don’t know it? But your colleagues, customers, and prospects know you have a bad case of Crutch-Cargo! How is this damaging your career? Business? Reputation? What is Crutch-Cargo? Crutch-Cargo can be unnecessary words, phrases, or … Continue reading
Two speakers I admire for their pithiness are Patricia Fripp and Craig Valentine. In fact, Craig has named pithiness – A Foundational Phrase. A foundational phrase is 10 words or less that encapsulates your topic. For example, “Don’t get ready! Stay Ready!” Valentine and Fripp come up with these short, … Continue reading
Today is National Selfie Day! Who knew? I’m sure Kim Kardashian has plans. I want to share with you a 2-Step-Selfie-Strategy that will make you a better presenter. Ready? Here it is!