How to Give a Great Webinar

Content, Visual Aids

Leo Tolstoy began his masterpiece “Anna Karenina” with the sentence “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Here’s my twist on that famous opening line: “All lousy webinars are alike; each good webinar is good by following a few principles”. Lousy webinars are an unfortunate fact of our … Read More

What Would the Gettysburg Address Look Like in PowerPoint?

Visual Aids

Watch the recorded webinar “Top Five Mistakes People Make with PowerPoint” “Hi. I’m Abe Lincoln. My first slide lays out a timeline for our nation. As you can see reading from left to right, it really all started four score and seven years ago. . . .” Of course that wouldn’t have done at all. … Read More

What I Learned from Vomiting and Fainting in Front of My Class

Nerves

Watch the recorded webinar “Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking!” As a public speaking coach, nervous speakers regularly tell me “I think I’m going to pass out” or “I’m feeling sick to my stomach.” And while they never do faint or vomit, I have wondered what would happened if they did. Well I don’t need … Read More

Checklist for a Winning New Business Presentation

Practice, Sales

Watch the recorded webinar “How to Separate Yourself from the Competition with a Presentation” How do I communicate in a way that is credible and assertive but that I can still be myself? I recently read surgeon and journalist Atul Gawande’s bestseller “The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right.” It’s about the amazing power … Read More

Help Your Stories with a Healthy Helping of Schmaltz

Content, Other, Practice

Watch the recorded webinar “Discussion with Expert on Managing Virtual Teams” I was helping a client with a story he planned to tell as part of his presentation. “You know what this story needs?” I said. “This story needs some schmaltz.” He gave me a confused look. “You don’t know what schmaltz is?” I said. … Read More

Leadership Communication for Women

Other, Practice

Watch the recorded webinar “Online Leadership Presence for Women” How do I communicate in a way that is credible and assertive but that I can still be myself? We hear that a lot from women as they try to grow their careers. They want to come across as professional. But they don’t want to lose … Read More

How to Improve Your PowerPoint Presentation?

Practice

There’s an actual political party in Switzerland called The Anti-PowerPoint Party. Don’t believe me? Then check out this website. I don’t bring this up because I hate PowerPoint. It’s a fine piece of software for creating visuals to illustrate a presentation. But I do think that we need to rethink how we use the presentation … Read More