Three Transparently Phony Ways to Appear Less Confident

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Confidence. Somehow, this word became virtuous in the 1980’s. It remained a positive trait — until fairly recently. Confidence men, we called them in the 1930’s and 40’s. Over time, we shortened this to “Con Men” or “Cons”. Overly charming, smooth. Hucksters. Yech. Cons transmit that they are absolutely positive in their correctness. Who trusts …

The Creepiest PowerPoint Design Trend of 2009

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architecture.revolutionary.relationships.re-contextualize. Those were four words on four slides in a 15 minute PowerPoint presentation I witnessed last month. The remaining 700 slides in the presentation each had one word on them, as well. OK, I’m exaggerating. There couldn’t have been 700 slides in that presentation. But it seemed like it. In the presentation I saw, …

Stop! In the Name of Acronyms!

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“Stop! Police!” That’s what I’d yell if I was a police officer chasing a suspect. And apparently, I’d be wrong. photo credit: stevendepolo A buddy was watching a crime drama a while ago. I came in late. As I settled on the couch, a police officer was chasing a suspect. “Stop! NYPD!” shouted the policeman. …

Your PowerPoint Is Not Your Presentation

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“May I have a copy of your PowerPoint presentation?” asks an audience member. “What for?” I ask. “So that I can look at it later.” “Is there something I said that isn’t clear? Do we need to go back?” I ask. “No, no. Great presentation. I just want a hard copy.” “Well, no,” I answer. …

Which PowerPoint Presentation Would You Prefer?

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Today’s PowerPoint presentation question is inspired by a Molson Canadian Bottle Label. Answer HonestlyWould You Prefer… A hum-drum speaker using a scrumptious looking PowerPoint presentation? – OR – A scintillating speaker using a visually so-so PowerPoint design? Well, beer drinkers and others — what’s your answer? PS — In case (hah! case!) you have no …