Category Archives: Preparation

11 Steps to a Killer Presentation

 

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Noisli: A Simple, Effective Productivity Hack

Preparing a good speech or presentation takes time and focus, both of which are often in short supply these days. In this post, I’d like to offer you a suggestion that might help you with the latter. For the past … Continue reading

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The Preparation Payoff

One of my clients is the EPFL Innovation Park (EIP). Located on the campus of the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, EIP has provided start-up coaching and acceleration for more than 20 years. EIP has teamed up with several key players in the entrepreneurship … Continue reading

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Every time you have to give a speech or make a presentation, do this calculation

Here’s a practice to develop with regard to your public speaking. It’s something that I started doing many years ago. It’s a simple calculation that should take 30 seconds (or less if you use a calculator) but the result is always … Continue reading

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Where the streets have no name

For years, the phrase “where the streets have no name” has always brought to mind one of my favourite songs by the rock band U2. After today, however, it will remind me of something else as well. While listening to a discussion … Continue reading

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An important lesson from an unbelievable baseball game

As I begin this post, my body is in Geneva, Switzerland. My mind is in Warsaw, Poland as I am about to board a flight to speak at an event there. But my heart is in Toronto, Canada. I returned … Continue reading

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Fascinating Video: Bill Clinton Preparing for a 1993 Address to the Nation

A rare behind-the-scenes video just minutes before a presidential address to the nation. Continue reading

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Two lessons from a missed flight

In 2015, my wife and I went to Singapore and Thailand. Our oldest daughter was working at the National University of Singapore (NUS) for the summer and we flew out to visit her. It was a wonderful experience. But this … Continue reading

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The airport approach to public speaking

I am sitting in the Geneva airport as I write this post. I am on my way to Barcelona for a great week of teaching and learning with my good friends and fellow public speakers, Conor Neill, Florian Mueck, Tobias Rodrigues … Continue reading

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Design your presentation like Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso was not just a master of art; he was a master of human nature. Of all the things that we can learn from him, one of the most important is the power of simplicity.  “Art,” said Picasso, “is … Continue reading

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A Lesson from Germany’s World Cup Victory

An important lesson from the World Cup. Continue reading

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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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