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Vocal Fry Is Killing Your Power

by Terry Gault of The Henderson Group Vocal fry is an issue that I run into often in my work. My take is that those who use it (typically females) are: Unknowingly undermining their power, authority and credibility, Unconsciously mimicking the behaviors of those around them in order to fit in. And there are plenty of people (actresses, celebrities, coworkers, etc.) in our purview that are modeling vocal fry. But just because something is ubiquitous,...

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April Art of Presentation Workshop with The Henderson Group

April 9-10, 2015 in San Francisco with Terry Gault Mastering Your Presentation Style Building rapport with an audience and moving them to action requires the ability to confidently present information that convinces and engages even the most skeptical customer. This intensive work educates and motivates participants to deliver high-impact presentations. Using interactive methods, rather than lectured instruction, participants cultivate a personal style – a style that gains the audience’s attention through confident composure and meaningful...

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The Secret Structure of Great Talks

Nancy Duarte, an American writer, speaker, and CEO has uncovered a remarkable ‘secret’. In Duarte’s study of the work of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey and other source material, she uncovered a presentation structure that she believes can make any presentation memorable, create emotional responses, and drive audiences to take action. She discovered that Steve Jobs presentation launching the first iPhone and Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech both use this structure. She...

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“Last moment” story shifts how client represents himself at major conference

by Terry Gault of The Henderson Group Nishanth Anil is a Bangalore-based Developer Evangelist at Xamarin, one our clients. Xamarin provides their customers with 3 capabilities for mobile software: Build: A platform for cross-platform mobile application development that delivers native apps and reuse of 70% of code. They promise: “Create native iOS, Android, Mac and Windows apps in C#. Xamarin apps look and feel native because they are.” Test: A cloud-based testing service to ensure...

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Upcoming Dates for 2015 Henderson Group Workshops

February 19-20, 2015 – Complete Communicator with Terry Gault San Francisco, CA. Over 95% of the workforce must interact with others in order to do their jobs, and communication skills are the number one factor affecting employee relationships with customers, superiors and colleagues. The Complete Communicator work combines communication techniques in an intense, highly individualized, skills development program. Employees learn to communicate effectively one-on-one, in small groups, standing before large audiences, and over the phone...

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Upcoming Workshop Schedule – San Francisco 2014

July 16-17 – Complete Communicator (one seat left!) with Terry Gault The Complete Communicator work combines communication techniques in an intense, highly individualized, skills development program. Employees learn to communicate effectively one-on-one, in small groups, and standing before large audiences.   August 22 – Super Storytelling with Terry Gault From that primitive stone-age tribe who sat around and listened to stories in their cave to today’s high tech sales force armed with the latest electronics,...

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Dual-purpose PowerPoint deck for presenting and a handout

by Terry Gault Yes, Virginia, there is a way to make a PowerPoint deck that works as a projected presentation AND a printed handout. This topic has come up in conversations with clients twice over the last month.  Guess it’s time to do a blog post. First, it’s important to understand that every PowerPoint slide has 2 parts to it. The image that will be projected on the screen – what is typically called “the...

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Upcoming Workshops in San Francisco – April, May, June 2014

Our work has to be experienced to truly understand its value.  We use these workshops as a way to introduce our work experientially to new prospective clients. With that in mind, we set aside a couple of  seats for the right candidates.   Art of Presentation: April 3-4, 2014 in San Francisco Complete Communicator: May 15-16, 2014 in San Francisco Super Storytelling: June 12, 2014 in San Francisco   How you represent yourself determines your...

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What Makes a Great Presentation?

Peter Arvai is Co-Founder and CEO of Prezi.  If you don’t already know this, good reader, we’re fans of Prezi and I’ve personally worked with Peter on a presentation he gave on a European tour in 2013. This is sound advice for anyone creating a presentation using visual media. What makes a great presentation? Is it the content, or the way it’s packaged? For most, it’s getting the right combination. The medium you choose should...

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All Great Stories Include The Same Characters

by Nicole Henderson If you’ve been through our training you may have heard us speak of Joseph Campbell’s monomyth.  This morning I ran across this clever video from Glove and Boots that explains his famous theory, The Hero’s Journey, via puppets and epic movie references: YouTube / Glove and Boots – via Iframely Enjoy! For more about storytelling in presentations, check out our blog post:  Facts Tell, Stories Sell

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