The Happy Presenter

Most of us are not happy presenters.

Consider the complications: the drill of assembling our ideas, putting them in order, finding that, nope, they’re out of order, rearranging them, developing slides, exhausting our eyes as we create clever little graphics, only to find that they are way too busy, or not interesting enough, or the headlines need fixing. Or, worse yet, deciding not to use slides.

And then the attempts to get the whole damn thing up on it’s hind legs. How ...

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You Don’t Need a Personality Transplant

I believe that scientific medical presentations need to be more dramatic. After all, doctors are talking about life and death. Yet many doctors speak like test pilots: flat as a mashed potato sandwich.

It’s the culture of intrepidness, as if all medical professionals were Steady Eddies who stuff fear and face cold, hard facts with hardly a hiccup.

I recognize the need for distance and reserve in the professions, but the content of medical presentations can be structured ...

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Free Trait Agreements with Yourself

Every now and then a client says they don’t want me to change who they are.  

The implication is that any “stage” behaviors I recommend that are outside their comfort zone will make them feel artificial and, therefore, less effective.

I understand how they feel, so I try to focus them on the logic of their content. I do this because passion is grounded in logic, and passion is often what they’re lacking.

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20 Quotes that Make You Realize the World Doesn’t Make Sense

Want to get your rose-colored glasses blown off your nose?

Daniel Kahneman is an Israeli-American psychologist notable for his work on the psychology of judgment and decision-making, as well as behavioral economics. He was awarded the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. He is the author of Thinking Fast and Slow.

Listen to his perspective. Whether you agree or disagree, it’s fascinating to consider:

  1. “A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity ...
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80/20 Rule for Public Speaking

Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923) was an Italian economist who noticed that 80 percent of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the people, and that 20% of the peapods in his garden produced 80% of the peas.  He invented the 80/20 rule, more formally known as the Pareto Principle.

It’s now a common rule of thumb that many real systems have approximately this intermediate imbalance:  80% of profits come from 20% of customers, 80% of your results come from 20% ...

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Break out of your shell and make an omelet

When we are anxious as presenters, we grow eggshells around us. Invisible eggshells. And we live inside them, a little scrunched up, worried about what’s outside those dangerously thin walls.

At these times, remember these words:

“Omelets are not made without breaking eggs.”
–Robespierre

“You CAN make an omelet without breaking eggs. It’s just a really bad omelet.”
–Steven Colbert

So go ahead–make an omelet. Break the eggshell.

Stand up straight: your head will pop out and everyone will see your face and pay attention. ...

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