Graduation season is here once again, and that means long commencement ceremonies and speeches. Although you and I may never have to deliver a commencement speech, we thought that Admiral William H. McRaven’s commencement address at the University of Texas … READ MORE
It’s Monday morning. You’ve successfully navigated a busy family weekend, fought through rush hour traffic, and managed to get to your meeting on time. You can finally relax with and enjoy your cup of coffee… Then you realize your boss … READ MORE
We’ve all witnessed the high-impact, visually stimulating, and engaging Steve Jobs’ presentations of years past. Steve Jobs’ world-famous product release presentations are still influencing presenters who want to exude the “It” factor when presenting and who covet their audience’s undivided … READ MORE
Which statement below are you most likely to remember?
“Many children die by accidental drowning every day.”
“A classroom of children accidentally drowns every day.”
If you are like most, the second statement creates a visual image in your mind … READ MORE
Simplicity is the secret ingredient that delights and engages audiences. Many educated and intelligent presenters find this difficult to accept. Yet even Aristotle acknowledged that the best persuaders use common, everyday language. In this age of “data pollution,” audiences relish … READ MORE
Unlike murder mysteries or action-packed movie thrillers, technical presentations delivered orally should start with the conclusion.
Why? Readers of published data can skim back and forth between pages when they need to assimilate information. Not so in an oral presentation. … READ MORE
Can you imagine a John Grisham novel beginning with, “Hi, my name is John Grisham. The name of my book is The Firm”? Or Bruce Springsteen starting a concert with, “I’m Bruce Springsteen, and tonight I thought I’d sing you … READ MORE