If you don’t know who Edward Tufte is, then you really should. He is a Professor Emeritus at Yale University and his specialty is teaching people how to present data using information graphics. He is truly an expert on the best way to present complex information. A long time I was scanning the web when … Read moreCommunication Skills From The Master: Edward Tufte
In the world of information technology, we actually have it pretty good. We don’t work around spinning industrial machinery nor do we operate fork-lifts or work out in the hot sun. More or less everyone remains fairly healthy and we generally don’t get injured on the job. That being said, we do live in the … Read morePersuasive Speech Time: How To Deal With Unspeakable Subjects
You might think that you have the most amazing information to share with your audience; however, if you don’t structure your speech correctly, your message will never “stick” with them. As we’ve already talked about, you need to have a strong opening and closing in order to get your message across. Here’s 10 tips to … Read moreQuick Hit: Top 10 Tips To Remember When Writing A Speech
Whenever we are called on to give a speech or write a report, we almost always focus on what we’d like to say in the middle of the delivery of our material. What’s interesting is that no matter if we are speaking the words or writing them, it’s the way that we start and the … Read moreI Say Hello, You Say Goodbye…
How many times has this happened: you’ve got an important message to get across, you work hard to put together the best presentation that you can, you practice-practice-practice, and then when you finally deliver your piece de resistance you can clearly see that some folks in the audience are getting it while others have tuned … Read moreHow To Get Your Message To Stick w/ Everyone!
Although giving presentations is only one way that we communicate, we sure seem to do a lot of them. We’ve talked about how to create great presentations that work. Additionally, there are many talented folks out there who have spent a lot of time thinking about how your slides should look so that your presentation … Read moreLearning How To Present Better From Others
Thanks to millions of years of evolution, we are all pretty good at recognizing situations in which we are called on to compete. Our communication skills are tuned to allow us to make ourselves heard in these situations and to get our point across. Which is why we all seem to do such a poor … Read moreWelcome To The Passive Aggressive Games!
So you’ve been given the chance to talk to the big people. Or maybe to important customers. Or maybe just to a group of new hires, it doesn’t really matter — you can blow any of these opportunities if you aren’t aware of what your body is saying. In fact, in certain circumstances, if you … Read moreI Hear Your Body Talking…
Well, at least I sure would like to be able to give a speech like he does. Just in case anyone has been living under a rock for the past week or so, Steve Jobs rolled out the next version of the iPhone at the WWDC 2008 conference. Steve, as always, did a great job … Read moreI Want To Be Just Like Steve Jobs
IM is horrible. Long live IM. Perhaps depending on when you were born, we all have different views of the value of Instant Messaging (IM). If you’ve ever worked as a part of a widely distributed team, then like me you probably realize that it’s anincredibly valuable tool — if used correctly. It turns out … Read moreIM Etiquette: R U Good At It?