Using Transition Phrases to Keep Your Audience Engaged in Your Presentation

You’ve worked hard at making your presentation convincing with key messages and pictures. Let’s be honest, however. Even the most interested audience will wander off mentally at least once during your presentation.

Many won’t be able to fight the compulsion to take a look at their smart phones. So how should you keep your audience included and involved in the discussion? …Read more…

Do Integrity and Trust Still Count for Anything?

Not to be cynical, but the recent past hasn’t been so encouraging if you still believe that trust and integrity count in this world.

Not so long ago, CNN released the contents of the late Lybian Ambassador Christopher Stevens’ personal journal, after reportedly assuring his family that it wouldn’t. Commenting on the CNN brouhaha, a spokesperson for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was quoted as telling a reporter to f–k off.

Integrity vs Trust

Do Integrity and Trust Count?

The photo of a topless Duchess of Cambridge sun bathing on a private vacation was another media shocker. After the photo appeared in a French magazine, other media took the attitude “they printed it so why can’t we?” So the image is going viral in other countries (but not the U.K.) and so far as we know not the U.S. …Read more…

A Presentation is Not About You

"Give your listeners a roadmap"

Give your listeners a roadmap

A presentation is about your audience. Some speakers are too quick with the “I” word. Remember, it’s not about you. Throughout the presentation, your goal is to keep moving your audience to the desired action you want them to take.

In a previous post, we described the importance of preparation and audience analysis. In this article, we’ll discuss how you can take command of the room. …Read more…

Is That You in the YouTube Video — Drunk at the Holiday Party?!

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Oh, no. Your worst fears have come true. You had too much to drink at your company’s holiday party and you ended up on the floor. A “friend” captured the embarrassing incident on his smart phone and thought it would be funny to post it to YouTube and tweet the link to his Twitter followers.

Now the video is getting hundreds of views. Your boss and clients are furious to see you smashed and making nasty comments about them. You’ve damaged your reputation and personal brand.

That image of you on the floor will live on in perpetuity. Very likely there is someone …Read more…