Be creative to find your pot of gold

I just wrapped up a Win Your Presentation workshop with a leading brand. The audience was a very dynamic group of business professionals. Like any workshop facilitator I handed out my evaluation form at the end of the session. But when you run under the flag of “Refuse to be Boring” you can’t let the last interaction with the audience be a boring form. So, I took a risk.   My form does have the typical workshop evaluation questions, but I “closed” with something a little creative. I asked the audience to answer the final question in crayon. I asked a group of corporate business professionals to colour the answer… Read More

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When 10 x 1 = 1. How do you rate experience?

Many years ago I worked with Dr Archie Yeo. He was the program director for our radiography (x-ray technologist) training school. One of the things we did together was interview people for entry into our program. Dr Yeo was an interesting guy. A moustached, pipe smoking, radiologist/ philosopher. At the end of one of our interview days, we chatted about what different interview criteria meant. He talked about his theory on experience. For example, he said if a person has 10 years of experience, do they have 10 years of experience or 10 x 1 year of experience? He said that some people didn’t seem to learn anything new after… Read More

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The remarkable reason why so many presentations are boring.

I climbed to the summit of Mount Stupid on October 15th 2007. At the time I was attending a course on presentation design/delivery sponsored by IBM. I was looking for some “tips” to improve my presentations. But I didn’t believe that the course would offer much. After all, I had been presenting for years. I was very confident I was a good presenter. And yet, by the end of the first day of that course, I fell into the Valley of Despair (see below). I realized, even after all the years of experience, I knew almost nothing about giving presentations. I was a living breathing example of the Dunning Kruger… Read More

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