Can Body Language Decide the Winner of A Presidential Debate?

When President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney square off in their second debate will body language make the difference?

By most accounts, Gov. Romney won the first round by delivering his key messages forcefully, smiling appropriately, looking directly at the President and using body language to signal that he felt totally in command. He was praised for giving a masterful presentation.

President Obama, on the other hand, was criticized for his lackluster performance. Even he acknowledged, euphemistically, that he had been “too polite.” He looked down at the podium, …Read more…

Presentation Lessons Learned From the Democratic National Convention

Just one week after the Republicans, the Democrats whooped it up for their convention speakers and their candidate for re-election, President Barack Obama. "Lessons Learned from the Democratic Presidential Convention"

They had the advantage of learning what worked for the GOP – and what didn’t work. As a result, the opening night speakers, in our non-partisan view, gave more polished and rousing presentations.

Do you agree? At the end of the post, we offer our final thoughts about lessons learned.

Julian Castro

Pros: The charismatic 37-year-old Mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro, was the first night’s keynote speaker. His twin brother, Joaquin, who is running for Congress in November, introduced him. …Read more…

What You Really Can Learn From Reality TV

Reality shows are fun to watch but they also offer an opportunity for you to improve your own presentation skills by watching how contestants perform during one of the most important moments of their lives.Shark Tank

In our last post, we discussed how to sharpen your presentation skills if you want to audition for popular reality shows. But you don’t have to become a contestant to get real-life business lessons from two reality shows that are designed for entertainment value. …Read more…

Why Storytelling is the Key to Understanding and Learning

By Judy Rosemarin, Founder, Sense-Able Strategies

Judy Rosemarin

When I was in 4th grade, Ms. Leigh was my teacher and while not the most attractive woman, weighing more than she should have, going bald with only a few remaining black hairs on her, the children loved her. To see her at first glance, you might have certain assumptions, but she was able to move you quickly beyond your biases because we knew she cared about us, and boy did she know how to tell a story!

Once Upon a Time

Back in our classroom, after recess, our energies still wildly high, she knew how to immediately settle us down and create a listening space. Miss Leigh would take her big ol’ self, …Read more…