6 Steps for Effectively Connecting with Your Audience(s)

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Feb 12, 2018

You’ve probably heard the philosophical question “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” That same concept applies to communication. If you share a message with an audience and it doesn’t make sense to them or they aren’t able to connect with it, did they really hear what you had to say?

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Tags: Communication Skills, Presentation Skills

Oprah’s Speech Carries Many Key Lessons for Business Leaders

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Jan 24, 2018

Oprah’s powerful speech at the Golden Globes obviously grabbed media attention and praise over the past several weeks, including calls for the media mogul to run for president. Yet have you considered just how many lasting lessons her talk offers business leaders?

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Tags: Presentation Skills, Authenticity

Leaders: Take Presentations Seriously

Posted by David Grossman on Tue,May 31, 2016

DON’T: FEEL THAT YOUR ROLE DOESN’T REQUIRE YOU TO BE A STRONG PRESENTER

We often hear from leaders who aren’t convinced that good speaking skills really matter. They may be in an engineering or analytical role and feel that their contributions in those areas are more important than their ability to communicate to or capture an audience. Yet if you can’t reach your teams on an emotional level, you’ve failed at one of the most important roles as a leader.

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Tags: Presentation Skills

Presentation Lessons from a Pro

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,May 25, 2016

One of my favorite articles in Harvard Business Review is from Chris Anderson, curator of TED. It’s entitled “How to Give a Killer Presentation,” and it draws from 30 years of learnings since the first TED conference. TED speakers have run the gamut from political figures, musicians and TV celebrities to less familiar figures from academia and scientific circles. Yet Anderson is convinced—as I am—that giving a good talk is highly coachable. He writes, “In a matter of hours, a speaker’s content and delivery can be transformed from muddled to mesmerizing.”

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Tags: Communication Skills, Presentation Skills

What to Do (and Not to Do!) to Get Your Presentation Off on the Right Foot

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,May 23, 2016

DON’T: JUST TELL A JOKE AT THE START

I often hear leaders say they need to tell a joke to get the audience’s attention. I’m not sure who suggested this notion, but it’s not a helpful strategy for the majority of us. It’s risky. The problem is that the leader feels pressure to be funny and the joke often gets delivered in an awkward way.

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Tags: Presentation Skills

Connect With Your Audience to Make Your Presentation Memorable

Posted by David Grossman on Tue,May 17, 2016

DON’T: BE A STRANGER

If you fail to get to know anyone in the room before you present, you’ll have a much harder time connecting with the audience and what they need from you.

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Tags: Presentation Skills

Quick Tips: Key Pointers for Getting Your Presentation off to a Strong Start

Posted by David Grossman on Tue,May 10, 2016

If you’re like most people, public speaking probably isn’t your favorite thing to do – even if it is among staff and colleagues. But, getting off to a great start is easier than you might think.

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Tags: Presentation Skills

The Ultimate Way to Prepare For Any Presentation

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Apr 25, 2016

We’ve all been faced with this situation: you planned a presentation for thirty minutes and are now told, “We’re running late—can you do it in ten minutes?” It’s a common (and often dreaded) situation but doesn’t need to be. The next time you have a presentation, practice in three ways (note: the first step is to actually plan your presentation and then rehearse):

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Tags: Presentation Skills

Winning Presentations: Let’s Have a Conversation

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Apr 18, 2016

Let’s Have A Conversation.

One of the things I enjoy most about speaking engagements is the chance to connect with different groups of people and hear what’s on their minds. Beyond the work we do with our clients, these presentations and the corresponding dialogue help me stay close to the challenges and opportunities in business today. I’m always learning, and excited to hear about new and different strategies to help leaders and their organizations improve communication, engagement, and, subsequently, business results.

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Tags: Presentation Skills

10 Must-Do Tips for Persuasive Presentations

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Apr 11, 2016

Prepping for an important presentation?  As you’re purposefully planning, think about the following 10 criteria of a successful presentation. These are best practice strategies that can help you turn any presentation into a great conversation, and get what you want in record time:

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Tags: Presentation Skills

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