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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 […]

What Obama’s Charleston eulogy can teach you about presentation styles

It’s hard living in Washington DC without becoming a bit of a political junkie. OK, a stark-raving mad, all-consuming political junkie. I love news, I love politics, and thanks to today’s 24-hour media cycle there is always something to watch and critique. I watch all the usual suspects­ – CNN, MSNBC, FOX. And as you’d […]

Adapt or Die: The Endurance [Swipe File]

[The Swipe File is a collection of images, stories, jokes, and other resources to use in your next presentation.] THE IDEA YOU WANT TO LAND: “ADAPT OR DIE” A lot of communications in business and sales are about “adaptation.” Often success — and even survival — depends on our ability adjust in the moment to new information […]

Make your presentations better by “playing the enemy”

There’s a long-standing military tradition of having a team of people “play the enemy.” The idea being to get a deeper insight on what they might do. “If I were going to attack me… how would I do it?…” It always interesting to look at an issue from the other side of the fence, so let’s play […]

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