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How to be an unforgettable panelist panel pitch presentation quality Jul 26, 2022

You’ve been invited to speak as part of an industry panel. Good for you.

Here are six simple steps on how to be engaging, inspirational, and valuable to your audience.

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Five simple steps to better pitches and presentations pitch presentation Jul 18, 2022

The biggest mistake most presenters make is often the first one.

 

I coach, write and develop hundreds of presentations every year. The first step in that journey is a sit-down with the presenter or communications team. That conversation usually begins with the six most insidious words.

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Is your presentation...bad? audience content pitch presentation why Nov 02, 2021

 You might want to start with what your presentation is supposed to accomplish in the first place.

After a week in which I spent much of my time talking about the importance of tone, I’ve been struggling with a way to start this post.

Because there’s a far, farrrrrrr better...

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Simple Secrets for Smarter Tone Oct 27, 2021

Tone is a critical part of good communications — and it’s one many leaders don’t think about enough. Here’s how to check and improve your tone so that your messages get heard.

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React vs. Respond blog infographic react respond speak up get results Oct 20, 2021

Want to hold a better conversation? Win a pitch? Move an audience?

Don’t react — respond

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The Empathy Lie communication covid covid vaccine empathy vaccine Oct 12, 2021

It only works if you’re not selective about when you’re empathy. 

Here’s an honest question. 

What was your first reaction when you heard about someone who wasn’t all that interested in a COVID-19 vaccine?  

Were you angry? Were you confused? Did you...

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Can we start having some better conversations? audience blog chat conversations keynotes media pandemic questions social media speakup get results spouses stories story storytelling Sep 28, 2021

This is either going to be one of those posts that makes a difference to the world, or it’s going to tick you off entirely. 

I’ve been watching the conversations we’ve been having unfold over the past couple of years – media panels, keynotes, social media...

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More piñatas please. Aug 16, 2021

            “Scenarios” can give you a better understanding of the way someone thinks.

 When is a question not a question?

Good question.

And it’s one with a simple answer. A question is not a question…when...

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Question everything. Aug 09, 2021

How to build a brilliant career by asking three types of questions.

Want to instantly build a career that sets you apart from the crowd?

Be the person who asks the best questions.

One of the biggest challenges we have when it comes to communications is the fact that we tend to go on autopilot. If...

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Write visually. Jul 12, 2021

Before you read, you scan – and knowing that can revolutionize the way you create any kind of content.

 

Article at a glance.

  • Audiences don’t read, they scan
  • Build a UI for your content
  • Use visual writing tools like gist summaries and white space

 

This isn’t...

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A case of Mistaken Identity. Jul 04, 2021

Why your storytelling might not actually be storytelling.

It happens almost every time I coach someone.

We’re chatting through ways to make their presentation more engaging, and storytelling invariably comes up.

“Oh – I have a great story I can use here.” To which I respond,...

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