Have a backup story ready; Issue #321 September 30, 2014

While I was working with an executive earlier this year on an important presentation she was delivering at a conference, I realized how important it is to have a backup story ready. If you are relying on a story to illustrate a key point in your presentation, this may...

Discernment; Issue #320 September 16, 2014

Discernment is defined as making wise decisions or judging well. In order to make wise decisions as a presenter, you have to ask the right questions. Too often, presenters don't ask key questions that help them determine the content and approach that will be most...

Jargon and Acronyms; Issue #319 September 2, 2014

For a number of years I have been advising participants in my workshops to minimize the use of jargon or acronyms in their presentations to audiences that will likely not know what those terms mean. I didn't fully realize how problematic these were until the results...

Paperless handouts; Issue #318 August 9, 2014

The proliferation of smartphones, tablets, and hybrid laptop/tablet devices in organizations has given presenters opportunities to move towards paperless handouts. A recent client experience had me re-examine methods that can work today. The attendees at this...