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  • Blog Post: Get Some Meat In Your Presentation - Adding Content!

    I had an executive I worked with for some time who used to tell me to never to do a content-free presentation. This confused me, what could content-free mean? After a little back and forth with the exec I finally figured out what she meant. She meant to make sure to include real world, concrete proof...
  • Blog Post: How to Visualize a Great Presentation - Part Three

    When we left off, with the presenter having by now figured out the background info on what the presentation is about, what the audience needs, what the presenter needs, and what type of presentation they are doing (Pitching, Organizing, or Teaching). In Part Three today, we go through the remaining...
  • Blog Post: BAM! Your Modern Presentation Method Cubicle Poster Has Arrived!

    All right, people have been asking me all week, do you have a single slide that shows what the Modern Presentation Method is? So here it. The five steps are outlined (Visualize, Storyboard, Build, Rehearse, and Execute), if the method varies by presenter experience level (101, 201, 301) I call out how...
  • Blog Post: How to Visualize a Great Presentation - Part One

    Let's dive into the Modern Presentation Method (MPM) and cover how to Visualize a great presentation. I'm going to do it in three posts. This one, the first, introduces Visualization and covers the first three steps. The second post will be about something I like to call the Presentation Spectrum, which...
  • Blog Post: How to Visualize a Great Presentation - Part Two: The Presentation Spectrum

    Today, we'll cover the second part of Visualization which is how the presenter decides what type of presentation they are giving. Have you ever sat through a presentation and wondered, what's the point? Felt as though the basic premise of the presentation is flawed and poorly thought out? One of the...
  • Blog Post: Visualization Checklist

    Whew, I know that was a lot of content. But, Visualization does not have to take much time. To help you walk through it, here is a simple checklist that I fill out anytime I have a presentation to do. It is simple and walks you through each of the Visualization steps. It also includes a sample...
  • Blog Post: Telling It Like It Is: Using Real World Stories in Your Presentation

    There is an old saying I like that goes: Nothing succeeds like success. I love the notion that current success can help breed future success. This idea is the underpinning of why a good presenter always uses real world examples in a presentation. Good examples help convince people that you...