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This Week in Insights: Week of August 17

ON THE COMMUNICATION SKILLS BLOG: Tim Pollard shares how to slim down your presentation…and still have all the detail you could ever need. FROM OUR TWITTER AND LINKEDIN FEEDS PR pro, entrepreneur, author, and keynote speaker Peter Shankman tells you how to send an email and guarantee it will be read The One Trait That […]

How to Slim Down Your Presentation. Or, Having Your Appendix IN

I was sympathizing with some sales guys at one of our workshops recently. They were showing me some sales collateral that Marketing had created for them – and this was the old joke… that wasn’t, and isn’t, funny: It was an unbelievably dense deck. A bewildering quantity of material. It was the kind of deck that […]

This Week in Insights: Week of August 10

ON THE COMMUNICATION SKILLS BLOG: Thinking of banning PowerPoint (or any slides) at your company? Eli Murphy discusses why banning PowerPoint doesn’t solve the real problem.   FROM OUR TWITTER AND LINKEDIN FEEDS Scientists now combine light and sound to reveal the brain 15 meeting etiquette rules every professional needs to know [infographic] For the #SwipeFile: […]

Switzerland…. Not so neutral on PowerPoint

Leave it to the Swiss…. There is an organization there advocating for a referendum prohibiting the use of PowerPoint during presentations. And they claim to be the 8th largest political party in Switzerland. Seriously. This puts them right behind the Evangelical Peoples Party (and given the anti-PowerPoint rhetoric on their site, I would argue they […]

This Week in Insights: Week of August 3

On the Communication Skills Blog: Tim Pollard reveals the beating heart of sales messaging. From Our Twitter and LinkedIn Feeds Can imagination be measured? A mathematical algorithm for discovering new things The 12 cognitive biases that prevent you from being rational [An old, but good, list]. 3 Lessons IBM’s Watson can teach us about our brains’ biases […]

The Beating Heart of Sales Messaging

Despite our best intentions, almost all presentations tend to revolve around the priorities and interests of the presenter. There are many reasons why this happens, but the deepest root is the natural self-orientation that sits firmly at the core of the human psyche. We are most interested in ourselves and we struggle to see the […]

This Week in Insights: Week of July 27

“This Week in Insights” is our weekly recap of interesting and useful posts, articles, links, and other resources. On The Communication Skills Blog: Eli Murphy gives an easy way to remember anyone’s name. From our Twitter and LinkedIn Feeds: Making Learning Visible: Doodling Helps Memories Stick 4 Stealable Ways Great Public Speakers Make Sure You Remember […]

The easiest way to remember names…and any presentation

Has this happened to you? You’re at a cocktail party and are introduced to someone for the first time. You have a brief but interesting conversation…only to realize later that you have no idea what the person’s name is? Or maybe you’re in a business meeting: there are a few new faces at the table, […]

Maserati, Jaguar, and one key to presentation design

Lorenzo Ramaciotti is the Head of Design for Maserati, the Italian luxury sports car manufacturer. This guy REALLY knows design. I was reading an article about him recently in which he said that the heart of Italian design is “simplicity and proportion.” That last word really caught my eye. Proportion. Even though I hadn’t thought about […]

The power of demonstration: Joe Smith’s “How to use one paper towel” [DeconstrucTED]

In our “DeconstrucTED” series, we look at some of our favorite TED and TED-style talks. We deconstruct them to demonstrate how we all can be more effective communicators in our own right. Joe Smith’s TED talk on “How to use one paper towel,” is one of Tamsen Webster’s favorites. In only 4-1/2 minutes, Joe forever […]

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