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MLK I Have A Dream - Duarte
01.15.2018  /  

Communicate Like MLK and Change the World

This post was updated January 15, 2018. Thanks to the proliferation and growth of social media and live video today, nearly everyone has a public platform that they can use to convey a message to a large audience. It’s possible to see more clearly than ever who can give a talk that moves people and […] Continue Reading

Message / Strategy / Video


01.11.2018  /  

How My Wife Created A Powerful Professional Poster

In 2017 I took 131 flights to lead 58 workshops. I spent close to 100 nights in hotels. Yes, it was exhausting, but also worth it because of the success stories I heard from clients. People don’t get smarter as the result of our workshops. They simply become better communicators.  I see our workshop attendees […] Continue Reading

Delivery / Design / Tips


Audience Needs
01.04.2018  /  

How to Really Craft Audience-Centric Presentations

There’s a saying, “people don’t care what you know until they know how much you care.” That’s excellent life-advice, and it can also help you when you’re trying to write an audience-centric presentation. If you put the effort into considering your audience (a.k.a. “care”) you can give people information that truly matters to them. If […] Continue Reading

Audience Engagement / Presentations / Tips


Dreamforce 2017 - The Learning Event of the Year
12.27.2017  /  

Dreamforce 2017: Ushering in the 4th Industrial Revolution

“Every industrial revolution is defined by trailblazers. We’re in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a wave of innovation and technology, radically transforming our economies, societies, and lives.” These words opened Salesforce’s Dreamforce 2017 as 171,000 live attendees and 10 million online viewers sat in awe taking in the video of trailblazers and the technologies they created […] Continue Reading

Event / Presentations / Strategy


11.27.2017  /  

How Communication Training Leads to Superstar Teams

I’ve spent much of my life working in sales. That’s meant lots of time flying or driving on the way to meet a client. Typically, we’d meet in conference rooms; if things went well, we’d do dinner. No matter what, we spent time face-to-face. If I made a meh first impression (it happens), I’d sometimes get […] Continue Reading

Presentations / Storytelling / Tips


Teradata Case Story
11.14.2017  /  

A Case Story: Teradata | The Edge of Next

Does the future live only in the greatest minds? That is the question posed at the opening of the Teradata PARTNERS Conference 2017, followed by cinematic and awe-inspiring images of technological advancements over times like Stonehenge, the Egyptian pyramids, and the Great Wall of China. Audience members were transported through the ages as thunder cracked, […] Continue Reading

Design / Event / Presentations / Technology


I survived #heweb keynote shirt
11.01.2017  /  

10 Ways to Interact With Audience Members While You Present

Presentation expert Clif Atkinson tells a great story about a 2009 education conference where two speakers got very different reactions from their audiences. The first speaker started off with interactive exercises, he was entertaining, and overall, he was a hit. The second speaker launched in with a more traditional powerpoint, and he… didn’t go over quite so well. […] Continue Reading

Audience Engagement / Delivery / Presentations / Strategy / Tips


10.31.2017  /  

The Right Story at the Right Time: Motivate Your Team When They’re In a Slump

It’s an all-too-common scenario: you’re looking at your numbers, and you’ve finally realized that your team just isn’t performing well. Marketing leads are down, sales numbers are off, and customer satisfaction scores are flagging, too. This time, it’s not just a fluke or a blip caused by some outside factor that you can’t control. You’ve […] Continue Reading

Presentations / Storytelling / Strategy


10.26.2017  /  

3 Speaking Skills That Will Help You Communicate Data

Have you ever had lunch with a genius? And I don’t mean just someone really smart, but someone who lives and breathes their profession and can explain its mysteries with both passion and skill to anyone, regardless of education. I’ve met many geniuses like this in my life, and those conversations are some of my […] Continue Reading

Audience Engagement / Delivery / Presentations


10.19.2017  /  

How to Display Data the Right Way in Presentations

It can be tricky to display data in presentations because different rules apply in different contexts. A sales director presenting financial projections to a group of field reps wouldn’t visualize her data the same way that a design consultant would in a written proposal to a potential client. So how do you make the right […] Continue Reading

Design / Strategy / Tips