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…

Reports of PowerPoint’s Death are Greatly Exaggerated*

It’s been a joke for sometime to get up after a boring presentation and tell someone you experienced “death by PowerPoint”. But don’t think PowerPoint is going away anytime soon as a presentation format, despite what you read or hear.

In an earlier post we discussed the logistics of preparing for a presentation. In this post, you will find tips on how to create a PowerPoint presentation that will have people on their feet – applauding you and not heading for the door.

The Growth of Webinars

PowerPoint has no doubt grown in usage because of the huge popularity of webinars – for web-based seminars – and the rebirth of virtual meetings via Zoom and the like. Many presenters who are procrastinators find PowerPoint presentations easier to create last-minute than old-fashioned slides that required more work and a longer lead time. …Read more…

Was the Podium at Your Presentation Too Tall or Were You Too Short?

Anyone who saw the 2007 video of Queen Elizabeth being greeted by President George H. Bush will never forget that when the Queen stepped to the lectern to speak all you could see was her royal hat.

No one remembers what she said, but they remember her bobbing bonnet. It was a huge embarrassment for the president’s staff. They forgot to place a step-up box at the podium after the tall president spoke so the Queen’s face would be visible when it was her turn to speak.

The following day she addressed Congress and got a big laugh and a standing ovation with her opening line, “I do hope you can see me today.” …Read more…

Labor Day is Coming: Is it Time to Gear Up for the Busy Fall Season?

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Shift Into High Gear

Labor Day is coming and it’s back to school for millions of school children … be it virtual, in-class or hybrid. But this national holiday also signals the unofficial end of summer, when companies shift into high gear to meet their revenue targets for the year. But will that be the case with pandemic in the air and many still working from home?

Many people get the blues but you can avoid the post-summer slump by getting yourself ready for a not as usual busy fall season.

Getting Ready

What does getting ready entail?

First, start thinking about how you’re presenting yourself in every aspect …Read more…