Presenting in the Age of Aesthetics
June 17, 2014

by Dr. Carmen Simon “Would you rather be called ugly or boring?” That was the poll we conducted in partnership with Poll Everywhere a few weeks ago. Out of 190 business and academic professionals, 55% said they preferred to be called ugly, not boring. These are just descriptive statistics, not…

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The best kept secret of memorable presentations
March 6, 2014

As an executive coach, a question I receive often is: how do I make presentations memorable? One of the techniques I apply rigorously is the use of repetition as a memory magnet. Using repetition is no big surprise (the more often we see or hear something, the more likely it…

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How short of a presentation is too short?
February 11, 2014

A client sent us this question: “I have a quick question relating to your research on attention span.  I have a co-worker who wants to keep a meeting to no more than 10 – 15 minutes because he has heard that the attention span for adult learners is limited to…

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New year, same demands. (And how to avoid them).
January 8, 2014

New year? New resolutions? New you? Same demands? How many times did you hear this in 2013, or any year for that matter: “Hey, I sent you the slides, can you take a quick look at them and give me your comments?”  When did having a “quick look” at anything…

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Stop ahead, or ahead stop?
December 11, 2013

I’m often asked for some tips and tricks that can help presenters nail a presentation when they have little time to prepare.  Obviously, that’s never ideal, but in a pinch there is one activity that is rarely documented and yet in my opinion invaluable.  And no, it doesn’t involved recording…

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