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21 Unprofessional Presentation Habits

  What’s the point in giving a presentation if you appear incompetent? Here are some deadly habits you need to avoid. There is little in business life more dreadful than a bad presentation. When someone doesn’t have it together, the pain is excruciating. Often you feel bad for the person presenting, and at the same time you feel resentful because they stole your time and offended your intelligence. The scary part is that many people...

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The Magic of the Long Snapper

Somehow, Men’s Journal magazine keeps showing up at my home.  My father-in-law, Bob, somehow ended up with a subscription.  In any case, I’ve enjoyed many of the articles but few as much as the one referenced here. The piece tells the remarkable story of Jon Dorenbos, the long snapper of the Philadelphia Eagles.  This position may be the least well known in all of football.  However, if a long snapper does his job poorly, entire...

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Toastmasters Crowns 2015 World Champion of Public Speaking

Mohammed Qahtani rises above 30,000 participants to win world’s largest speech contest YouTube / Toastmasters – via Iframely It’s worth mentioning some of the techniques that we preach that he exemplifies. He opens with a terrific hook.  He pulls out a cigarette (a prop) and starts to light it.  He causes an emotional response in the audience without saying a word.  His non-verbal expression communicates paragraphs before he finally utters the word, “What?!” He uses...

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September Art of Prezi Workshop with The Henderson Group

We have a couple of seats left for the Sept. 22-23 Art of Prezi in San Francisco.  We’re also beginning to fill upcoming Art of Prezi workshops.  Please contact Chuck at 415-292-7587 or send us a message at the bottom of this post for more information or to reserve a seat. Art of Prezi with Terry Gault and Summer Thommen in San Francisco, CA. Prezi is quickly becoming the preferred alternative to stale and tedious...

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How to Take Your Presentation to the Next Level

Intro by Terry Gault of The Henderson Group Another blog post on storytelling?!? You bet! Because storytelling is a topic that never gets old, in our estimation. The only point they make in this piece from Inc.com that needs some clarification is bullet 1: “Ask permission before telling a story.” I am not convinced that this is necessary. Asking for permission can backfire in certain settings. If you ask permission (“Can I tell you a...

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Sympathy vs. Empathy: Which helps build connection?

by Terry Gault of The Henderson Group The Henderson Group delivers several workshops focused on creating dialogues with customers, partners, co-workers, family and friends. Complete Communicator Mastering TeleSales Consultative Communication Consultative Selling In all of them, the distinction between Empathy and Sympathy is important.  One helps build connection, rapport and trust.  The other creates disconnect and, possibly, resentment. This 2:53 video by Brene Brown reveals which works … and which doesn’t. photo credit: Sean MacEntee

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Art of Prezi: Sept. 2015 Workshop

Art of Prezi with Terry Gault in San Francisco, CA. Prezi is quickly becoming the preferred alternative to stale and tedious slide-based presentation media. Why? Because Prezi empowers users to seamlessly combine text, visuals, audio and video into a communication media that is more powerful, memorable, and dynamic than slides. In addition, Prezi’s unique capability for users to employ movement, spacial relationship, and ‘big picture’ storytelling in a way that makes the message far more...

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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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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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