For example…What can happen when your example isn’t real?

In January of this year I attended a large corporate conference. At this event I heard one of the best inspirational speakers I have ever experienced (more on that later) as well as some less than inspirational (boring) presentations. Conferences are like that. One presentation had an interesting “for example” moment. I am normally a big fan of using examples during presentations, but this time it bothered me. It took me awhile to figure it out what wasn’t right…and then it finally hit me. The example wasn’t real. The speaker used a “for example” situation that was hypothetical. It was made up to support the point he was making, but… Read More

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The 90-second pitch

“That depends on the length of the speech. If it is a ten-minute speech it takes me all of two weeks to prepare it; if it is a half-hour speech it takes me a week; if I can talk as long as I want to it requires no preparation at all. I am ready now.”   Woodrow Wilson 1918 I received an email asking if I would do our marketing department a favour – they asked me to say a few words at our largest trade show, held annually in Chicago Illinois.  I expected that I would do a best practise story with colleagues, BUT it got really interesting when… Read More

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Presenting during the unplanned – a national day of mourning

On July 23rd 2014 at 4:00 p.m. the remains of victims of the Malaysian  Airline Flight 17 disaster began arriving in Eindhoven in the Netherlands.  It is suspected that the flight was shot down by a surface to air missile while flying over the Ukraine. The majority of the victims were from the Netherlands, many from the Eindhoven area.  At that time, that day, I was in the middle of giving a presentation design workshop in Eindhoven. The day of the workshop I got a ride with Leon (the host and organizer) to the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven (the High Tech Campus is sometimes called the Silicon Valley of… Read More

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