Should You Use Profanity in Your Presentations and Media Interviews?

OFFENSIVE LANGUAGEIn addressing financial analysts, Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, made headlines when he uttered a profanity in describing the firm’s legal issues.

He used a fairly mild swear word when he said the company needs to be “…careful to “stop stepping in dog****, which we do now and then.” …Read more…

Your Skype Presentations Can be More Polished With the Newest Gadgets

When Skype was introduced to the world a little over ten years ago, the technology was somewhat unreliable.skype-and-google-hangout Fast forward, and today you can conduct Skype video conferencing that looks and sounds professional. But it still requires work on the part of the participants.

Invest in the Best Equipment

It’s possible to conduct a Skype call on a laptop or desktop, but …Read more…

Optimize Your Presentations for SlideShare and Social Media Networks

If you’ve ever wished that you could extend the lifespan of a presentationslideshare_logowith that you spent hours creating, the good news is that by using social media you can insure that all your presentations will have a life beyond their initial audience.

In the “olden” days you would likely provide a copy of the presentation with a press release to the news media and leave handouts at the back of the room summarizing your key messages for …Read more…

Presentations and Media Interviews are Easy – When You Know How

If you have not have visited the Newman Group’s website lately, then you’ve missed new videos in which Joyce Newman describes what we do and our approach to our specialties: presentation and media training.

We are pleased by the positive feedback to this blog, which we began last fall. Our readers tell us they particularly enjoyed our series on presentation training and our series on crisis communications training.

If you missed these posts, or want a refresher on the techniques of giving a presentation and managing the media during a crisis, the titles and links to the posts are below.

Presentation Training


In these three posts, we discuss preparing for a presentation, giving a presentation, and following up after the presentation:
The Presentation Begins When You Book the Date
The Presentation is Not About You
A Presentation Doesn’t End After the Applause

Media Training for Crisis Communications


These posts describe how to manage an Instant Crisis, an Act of God, and a Brewing Crisis:
Effective Crisis Management Means Sweating the Small Stuff
Crisis Communications When an Act of God Strikes
How a Manicurist Nicked a Finger and Started a Crisis

Blogs That Entertained and Informed

We had some fun with these posts while providing tips on etiquette, what to do when you flub a presentation, where to sit in a meeting, and why your personal image is so important:
Are You Using the Wrong Fork? A Business Primer on Table Manners and Etiquette
Don’t Faint When you Flub a Presentation – Laugh at Yourself
How to Stand Out by Where You Sit Down
Are you Sabotaging Your Presentations With an Out-of-Date Image?

We welcome your comments and also suggestions for topics that you would like us to write about in 2012. See you then.