Category Archives: Preparation

A Lesson from Andre Agassi

I recently finished Open, Andre Agassi’s autobiography. It is a terrific book and is one of the best autobiographies that I have ever read. I highly recommend it. The title of the book could not be more appropriate, both for … Continue reading

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A Groundhog Day Public Speaking Lesson

Happy Groundhog Day! For those of you unfamiliar with the occasion, it is a quirky little celebration observed in Canada and the United States on the 2nd of February. According to legend, if the groundhog (see picture) wakes up and … Continue reading

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Five Lessons from Michael Bay’s “Meltdown”

Michael Bay is an American film producer and director. He is best known for big budget action-packed, blow-’em-up movies like Armageddon, The Rock, Pearl Harbor and Transformers. A couple of days ago, Bay spoke—briefly—at the International Consumer Electronics Show in … Continue reading

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Five Lessons in a Jar of Jam

Last week I was in Oxford, England. What a fantastic little city! Wonderful architecture and jam-packed with history. Speaking of jam … I spent one day strolling around the University of Oxford campus with my daughter. At one point, we … Continue reading

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How to Design a Presentation like Apple

Emily Stewart recently brought my attention to a short animated video that she and her team produced for OnlineMBA that illustrates some of the key values that Steve Jobs and his team espoused when designing products for Apple. The video is clever … Continue reading

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When Things Go Wrong: Ten Presentation Lessons from Apollo 13

OK. The day of the big presentation has arrived. You’ve prepared, you know your material and you’ve arrived at the venue early to get set up. You check the room and everything looks fine. The stage is ready, the sound … Continue reading

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