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When You Speak is it all a Blur?

One of our most successful and funniest clients simply hates public speaking. As the founder of a booming enterprise, he travels all over the world, presenting cutting-edge, breakthrough ideas (he's a little bit famous). And he dreads public speaking. In the first session, he named one specific goal that stood ...

The Most Important Visual in Your Presentation is You

During a recent coaching session, a successful CEO was watching himself on playback speaking to 2,000 people who came to hear his big ideas. While there was a lot of listening, laughing and interaction, one bad habit stood out: he repeatedly undermined his performance by looking at and directing remarks to the screen. When ...

The Promise and Peril of The Comfort Zone

The Bells and Whistles of Presentations

Do you have a preferred slide advancer for your presentation? Have you ever considered that question? Inspired by a conversation with my business partner, I contacted two experienced A/V principals, Mike Hennessy of Resonate Video and Joe Rogers of Visionaries Events to talk shop about the bells and whistles of speaker ...

Memorizing is for Passwords – Not Presentations

The Chief Marketing Officer was half-way through her perfectly memorized presentation to the sales team when it hit her:  no one was listening. All that time spent memorizing her speech so she could avoid a brain freeze, and look what she got: boredom. Does this sound familiar?  Putting way too much pressure on ...

ZZZZZZzzzzzz…Your Introduction is Booorrrrring

It's hard to argue with people who claim that the human attention span has shrunk to an all-time low. Depending on who you listen to, it now hovers somewhere between eight seconds and 21 minutes.  And since we don't like to cite statistics we can't back up (even if they appear in the New York Times), what we can say is ...

What’s the Enemy of Engagement?

During a recent practice session, a speaker said to me, “I know you're going to yell at me, but I just have to move anyway!”  That statement is funny for two reasons. First, I never yell. And second, it’s a scientific fact that movement stimulates the brain and helps memory. It's why we recommend lots of walks while ...