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6 tips for handling a remote when presenting

If you use slides in your presentations, whether PowerPoint, Keynote or some other software, you must become comfortable using a remote to advance those slides. The alternatives are not great: 1.  Standing by the computer the entire presentation and advancing … Continue reading

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In the footsteps of Aristotle

In May 2018, I visited Athen, Greece to speak at a conference. While there, I had the opportunity to visit the Acropolis and see the Parthenon. With the Parthenon as an amazing backdrop, I made a short video on Aristotle’s … Continue reading

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Important News About Data Protection

If you’re wondering why you have recently received a raft of emails from different companies, organizations and sites about data protection, there is a reason: a new European law on data protection. What is the GDPR? On 25 May 2018, … Continue reading

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3,000,000 visits

In May 2009, I wrote my first post on this blog. Almost nine years to the day later, I have received my 3,000,000th visit. My sincere thanks to everyone who has stopped by. I am glad that so many have … Continue reading

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Simplicity is the key to brilliance

Don’t take my word for it. Just ask … Aristotle  Frédéric Chopin  Chip and Dan Heath  Steve Jobs  Bruce Lee  Charles Mingus  Pablo Picasso  Dieter Rams  Ken Segall  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry  Robin Sharma  Simplicity isn’t simple. It takes thought and … Continue reading

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What happens when a speaker pauses for a few seconds?

First, let’s talk about what doesn’t happen. The audience does not think that you’ve forgotten something. The audience does not hear your heart beating. The audience does not think that you are stupid. The audience does not think that you … Continue reading

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Break the Internet

In just days, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote to end net neutrality—breaking the fundamental principle of the open Internet. If you are concerned, and do not want your ability to surf the Internet to be held hostage by your Internet … Continue reading

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Huge mistake at the Oscars and the lessons to learn

Good grief! I didn’t think that I would be writing another post of this nature so soon after the huge mistake that was made at the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant, but here we are. Again. In case you missed it, … Continue reading

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2,000,000 visits!

I have just returned to Geneva from a speaking engagement at the Toastmasters International Convention in Washington, D.C. (More about that in a future post.) At some point during the eight-hour flight across the Atlantic Ocean, this blog hit another … Continue reading

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RHETORIC. The app is here!

My friend and business partner, Florian Mueck and I are thrilled to announce the launch of the app for Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™. It has been an incredible journey. A few years ago, we looked for board games specifically designed … Continue reading

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Launch of Presentation Guru!

In his blog post today, 1 June 2016, Seth Godin wrote: [R]eading more blogs is one of the best ways to become smarter, more effective and more engaged in what’s going on. The last great online bargain.  Good blogs aren’t … Continue reading

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Powerful Sentence Structure for Your Speech

Here is a little gem of advice from writer Gary Provost. (The highlighting is mine.) Vary Sentence Length This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. … Continue reading

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