Turn Off That Cell Phone! Business Etiquette Still Counts

You’ve heard it too many times: the distracting, irritating, cell phone that rings or vibrates during the middle of a business presentation.

Smart phones and cell phones are wrecking havoc with business etiquette and manners. Their indiscriminate use is hurting business, and it could be your business if you’re not careful. …Read more…

Was That Me You Just Introduced?

If you’ve ever attended a conference, you’ve probably witnessed a keynoter being upstaged by his introducer who goes on…and on…and on.HeresJohnny

But nobody is squirming more uncomfortably than the speaker, who is listening to the equivalent of his premature obituary.

Approve Your Introduction

Speakers devote great attention to their keynote speeches or acceptance remarks — as well they should — but the first words on the stage come from someone else: the person introducing them. An introducer who is unprepared will …Read more…

Delivering a Winning Presentation – in an Elevator

"Is your elevator speech ready?"

Is your elevator speech ready?

We all know what an “elevator speech” is, right? It is the common expression for your personal business presentation when meeting someone for the first time. In reality, you wouldn’t corner someone in an elevator with your pitch.

Or would you? It depends on the circumstances.

I seized the moment with the new CEO of a company I had been working with while in the elevator at a conference in Las Vegas. …Read more…

Is it OK to Tell a Little White Lie?

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Lie and grow a Pinocchio nose

How often have you heard that a presentation, or a media interview, is no more than story telling? And that’s true. As a speaker, you’d grab your audience with an opening such as “Imagine that you are about to find a cure for cancer.”

That is sure to get everyone’s attention. But then if you go on to say that cancer has been eradicated, you’ve crossed the line into lying.

That is an egregious  example, but little white lies can turn into big ones and eventually …Read more…