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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The Power of Deliberate Practice

by Terry Gault Geoffrey Colvin Author of “Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else” speaks about Deliberate Practice.  He describes how the sales team of one medical device company adopted Deliberate Practice and shares the “unbelievably successful” results that they generated. YouTube / Geoff Colvin – via Iframely photo credit: woodleywonderworks

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Speaking Quickly is KILLING Your Power

by Terry Gault Ramit Sethi shares his view (which aligns with ours) about speaking too quickly: “You can almost guess how old someone is by how fast they talk.  It’s a HUGE red flag when you are trying to communicate and convey experience …”  He is the author of the NYT bestseller, “I Will Teach You To Be Rich” and studied technology/psychology at Stanford. You’ll see the before and after results.  After a little bit of...

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Presenting Makes You Smarter

by Terry Gault When I read this recent piece in Wired Magazine, I thought, “Yes!  That’s what I’ve been thinking for years!” The article makes the point that when people are called upon to present their reasoning to others, it actually improves their cognitive ability. “GOING FROM AN AUDIENCE OF ZERO TO AN AUDIENCE OF 10 IS SO BIG THAT IT’S ACTUALLY HUGER THAN GOING FROM 10 PEOPLE TO A MILLION. … a group of...

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10 Most Common Rookie Mistakes in Public Speaking

by Terry Gault Having coached clients on presentation skills since 1997, I’ve noticed some clear patterns in the behavior of inexperienced presenters. The list follows with detailed explanations below. I’ve included suggestions on how to be more effective. • Using small scale movements and gestures • Speaking with low energy • Playing it safe • Not preparing enough • Not practicing enough • Preparing too much material • Rushing • Data centric presentations • Avoiding...

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THG Sponsors TEDx Golden Gate Park

The Henderson Group (THG) is proud to sponsor TEDx Golden Gate Park on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 – The de Young Museum. In sponsoring this event, THG trained most of the TEDxGGP speakers in our Art of Presentation workshop.   Most TEDx events do not offer speaker training. This speaks to the level of commitment to excellence of the TEDxGGP curators (which includes our very own Summer Thommen … who rocks, BTW). This one day...

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Sophisticated influence skills a requirement for Project Managers

by Terry Gault Recently, I was having a conversation about with a client who happens to be a Project Manager.  Jeff Daniel is experienced in IT Business Strategy, Planning, and Management and graduated from the Executive Communicator course we co-deliver with ExecCatalyst, our partner. Jeff then followed up with an email that included the following: Typical Executive – PM Interaction: Project managers are supposed to have management responsibility delegated to them for a specific project....

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What the heck do I do with my hands?!?

by Terry Gault Try using broader gestures.  They draw the eye and project dynamism.  Develop a vocabulary of gestures.  They are both an effective and efficient way to communicate. An example where more dynamic gestures will fit is when you provide the audience with a list as in, “The first point that’s important is #1 …”  Often clients will use what I call the Small List.  Their elbows are close to their body and their...

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