Three Engaging Openings for Better Presentations

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Imagine a Steve Jobs keynote opening with “Hi, my name is Steve Jobs. The name of my company is Apple” Or Howard Schultz opening a presentation with “Hi, my name is Howard Schultz and I’m here to talk to you about Starbucks.” Boring and not very engaging. Yet, thousands of business presentations going on today […]

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Four Words Can Reframe Your Leadership

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Some time ago, I was managing a software development team working on a new product prototype. Several high-powered, potential customers would soon be witnessing the anticipated  demonstration. Everything was in place and would go without a hitch, or so I thought. The equipment was configured, tested, and ready. What could possibly go wrong? On the […]

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How One Story Can Move Your Vision Forward

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If you have been following the 7 Stories Leaders Must Learn to Tell Well series, you know how important it is to build trust before gaining the audience’s permission to share your vision. Wouldn’t it be unfortunate to finally get to that point just to lose the audience’s attention?  I see it happen all the […]

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One Smelly Rat Can Kill Trust In Your Organization

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Last year, while working in Miami, Florida, eight business colleagues and I decided to check out a posh restaurant after a client recommended it. When we arrived, we were immediately impressed with the ambiance and the friendly service. This is going to be fun, I thought. After a few minutes chatting and looking over the […]

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4 Ways to Show Your Team You Care

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Shaky employee morale is a sore spot at every level of the organization. It happens at the top as much as within the team. “I’m tired of my team’s level of effort and their attitude… They just don’t care,” shared a frustrated manager. “What exactly gives you the impression your team doesn’t care?” I ask. […]

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How to Inspire Trust with a See-Through Story

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“It”s a matter of time before everyone finds out I’m over my head… that I don’t really know what I’m doing!” Sounds familiar? The first time those words spilled out of my mouth, my mentor was in the room. With a single sentence, I was about to destroy her confidence that I could teach writing […]

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How First Impressions Recolor Your Brand’s Story

Personal brands. Corporate brands. Non-profit brands. What do they all have in common? They make a promise. It doesn’t matter whether that brand represents a church, a school, or a fortune 500 organization. Consider Starbucks. Whether you enter one in San Diego or San Francisco… whether you find one in a hotel lobby or a […]

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