Posts Tagged: presentations

The Cure for Corporate Speak

The Cure for Corporate Speak bluefeet blog post by Lilli Cloud

Corporate speak is so last century.

From formal conference presentations to corporate staff meetings, jargon and formality are dying a slow death. It’s about time. After all, we’re only human. It would be great if we’d just talk to one another.

Harvard Business Review researched this with corporate leaders. Separately, Alan Alda, in his program Stony Brook University, is teaching scientists how to speak in plain English.

Some call this dumbing down. We say it’s smartening up.

So stick with your smart-sounding talk if you want, but the big money is on those who can actually make a connection.

The Cure for Corporate Speak bluefeet blog post by Lilli CloudThe Cure for Corporate Speak bluefeet blog post by Lilli CloudThe Cure for Corporate Speak bluefeet blog post by Lilli Cloud

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Everything Won’t Get You Anywhere

bluefeet blog post by Lilli Cloud House of Blues NAMM

 

There’s always too much to say, always. The problem is, that means there’s also too much to read.

Every business wants to be sure that people know what it offers, how it’s different and what you can expect from it. But so often we lead with the head when the way to a sale starts with the heart. Read the Rest

Presenting Silence

Presenting Silence - bluefeet blog

 

One of the most exciting moments for me as a presentation coach happened at last year’s Conscious Capitalism conference. One of the presenters stopped talking – and let us read a slide.

Each of his previous slides was very visual – bold image, few words – and he used them to punctuate, rather than script, what he was saying. An excellent approach. Read the Rest

The Power of the Pause

 

“Go ahead … make my day.”  – Dirty Harry, Sudden Impact

“I am … the danger.”  – Walter White in Breaking Bad

“Louis … I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”  – Rick Blaine, Casablanca

“Bond … James Bond.”  – Need I say more?

Great lines, delivered by great actors, but made all the more powerful by the ever-so-slight … pause. Read the Rest

Where to Start Your Presentation

Where to Start Your Presentation bluefeet blog post by Lilli Cloud

“Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” – Gene Fowler, journalist, author, dramatist

Starting with a blank page or screen is never easy, but with bluefeet, you don’t have to. Read the Rest