Sigh, so you’ve spent all that time collecting your information, writing the report, making the slides and even created a great handout. Now how much of your presentation do you really think that your audience will remember 30 minutes after you are done, 1 hour later, 1 day later, how about at the end of … Read moreGet ‘Em To Understand, Get ‘Em To Remember
Ok, so you’ve got a big presentation coming up and you know that you want to make a difference and have the audience walk away with a good understanding of the complex info that you are going to present. What can you do to really make sure that you key points get hammered home? Setting … Read moreDifferences Count When You Are Presenting
So let’s talk turkey: no matter how complex or technical the information that you are trying to communicate is, nor what setting you are trying to communicate it in, just how can you go about getting what you have to say to “stick” in your audience’s minds? What can you say or do that is … Read moreHow To Connect With Your Audience
Greetings from Las Vegas! I’m currently attending a very large trade show that is put on by the giant storage company EMC. This year it’s being held in Las Vegas and so far I’m only down about $100 or so; however, the conference goes for another two days so I can financially hurt myself still … Read moreDo IT CEO’s Communicate Better Than Common Folk?
Most of the time when we are asked to give a presentation, we spend a lot of time working on WHAT we want to say. Unfortunately we really should be spending more time on HOW we say it. In order to do a better job of this, it would probably be a good idea if … Read moreThe Three Key Goals Of Any Presentation
Last week I was invited to sit in on two sets of presentations by junior members of a very large telecommunication firm’s IT department. They are part of a management training program and the program’s instructors asked me to visit because they had had some guest presenters who were *really* bad. The hope was that … Read moreConstructive Criticism: “How Can I Say This Nicely?”
Great technical skills are no substitute for poor communication skills. All too often some of your company’s best innovations and problem solving skills are locked up within your technical staff. They struggle to communicate their ideas using overloaded PowerPoint slides, rambling speeches, and confusing jargon. No matter if it’s the entry level programmer or the … Read moreWhat Did You Just Say?