Why do people love the positive-attitude presenter?

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We have different feelings about that guy. Who’s that guy? Oh, you know that guy. He’s that presenter that’s very pumped up in front of his audience. He’s idiotically happy, and demands that you act that that way, too. HE: Good morning! AUDIENCE: Mmm. HE: I can’t hear you! Gooood MORNING! Let me hear you …

How are you using improv skills to build credibility?

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True story: I haven’t formally interviewed for a job since 1999. So when a local university called to ask if I could conduct a training session about interviewing skills, I politely declined. I haven’t interviewed for a real job since 1999. I don’t feel qualified to speak to a modern audience about interviewing for a …

When was the last time you flipped someone the bird?

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Earlier this week, I showed this image of an adorable baby during a body language training segment. I asked the class, “Is this baby angry?” The class smirked. Sure, the baby’s flipping the bird, but the infant’s not angry. A baby has no idea that showing the middle finger might be an obscene or angry …

I can haz mad communication skillz…

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If you say you have excellent communication skills, you’re demonstrating that you don’t. Communication skills are self evident, not self described. Yet many hiring managers persistently write “strong communication skills” as a requirement in job descriptions. Sadly, savvy job hunters must include the vile term “excellent communication skills” in their résumés …or risk being rejected by …

Three vital presentation lessons learned…from a walk in the woods

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For close to two decades, I take an almost-daily walk near my office. It helps the creative process to get out and clear my head. My office is located in an old forest. A creek runs through it, creating a sizable gully. I’ve seen deer, coyotes, rabbits, and all sorts of birds on my constitutional. …

How else will mobile phones ruin your life?

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I’ve owned a cell phone since 1999. I even had a bag phone circa 1995. Over 80% of American adults now use some kind of mobile phone. In my experience, I see cell phones as a tool that helps us avoid making plans and sticking to them. Cell phones give people an excuse to be …

The most passive-aggressive phrase in social media

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Ding ding ding! We have a winner for THE MOST passive-aggressive phrase used in Facebook and Twitter posts. Coming in at number one: “some people…”. As in posting “Some people tear down everything positive we try to do for our community” instead of “Cindy habitually encourages people to think critically before jumping on dubious social …

Steal This Press Conference!

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Actually, the title of this post should be: “If you don’t like the news, why not go out and make your own?” The above question is a quote from “Steal This Book“, a social instruction guide written by Abbie Hoffman in the 1970’s. Hoffman was a master at getting free publicity for his causes in …

Top 3 Ways Presenters Can Make Sex Boring

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Let’s imagine that you’re asked to give a presentation about sex. Really! Your audience of adult coworkers are eagerly anticipating the fascinating insights you’re going to share with them in your one-hour presentation. I’m seriously asking you to imagine this. Go ahead. Giggle, blush, scoff —  but ask yourself: How might you prepare? What might …