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Creating Better Presentations with Web Design Principles

We live in an increasingly digital world. Which means that presentations aren’t just about spoken words any longer. They are multimedia and multimodal, meaning they incorporate different methods and means of communication. As I was doing some research on presentations in our current context, I happened across a list that is widely used in the web design world. It’s commonly referred to as Shneiderman’s 8 golden rules of interface...

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Working Criticism Into Your Presentations

Often I’m afraid to start writing an article or a presentation because I feel like I could encounter criticism. Or that I won’t be able to grasp the issue and all of its facets and perspectives fully. I mean, I could read nonstop for the next 25 years on some subjects and still never cover everything. This fear sometimes incapacitates me. I feel stuck. What if my audience brings up something I hadn’t considered? What if my words...

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5 Ways to Persuade Your Audience

You are building a case and you need to persuade your audience. Maybe it’s a sales pitch for your company. Or an email to your boss about why you deserve a promotion. Or a presentation to your coworkers on a new policy or procedure. You need a strong argument and winning content. But you are stuck staring at a blinking cursor. So where do you start? With Richard M. Weaver. Um, excuse me, who? Weaver was a former University of Chicago...

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The Best Advice Out There on Hand Gestures

What do I do with my hands when I present? As a public speaking coach for two decades now, I’ve heard this question a lot. So like a “Best Of” album from your favorite band, today I’ll be compiling some of the greatest hits when it comes to research on hand gestures. We’ll define what a gesture really is. Then, we’ll look at some scientific research that you can trust to guide you with what to do with your hands when you...

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Understanding Human Curiosity

We are all seeking answers to our questions. It’s what we call human curiosity. If you have parented or hung out with toddlers, you know they ask “why?” frequently. Why is the sky blue? Why does mommy have to leave for work? Why does peanut butter stick to the roof of my mouth? Why? Why? Why? If you haven’t had the amazing but sometimes frustrating experience of hanging out with a curious toddler, perhaps you can relate better...

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Identifying Your Core Values

I’m a sucker for self-assessments. The Enneagram. The Myers Briggs Type Indicator. The StrengthFinder/CliftonStrengths Test. I’ve taken them all. And I love talking about them to anyone who will listen. In fact, I have a sign in my kitchen with a quote from the Sleeping At Last Enneagram album which says, “To know and love ourselves and others well is the most difficult and meaningful work we’ll ever do.” For the most part,...

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Visualization: Imagine Your Way to A Better Presentation

“Imagine your way to a better presentation?” If you are thinking I’m crazy, I get it. That sounds fluffy and idealistic, right? But visualization, using your mind to imagine a certain scenario, isn’t just for athletes looking to improve their performance. Let me share some encouraging research with you which demonstrates how much control our brains have over our bodies. Visualization is a powerful practice with great potential...