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05/24/2016
John Colaruotolo

Presentations are the primary mode of communication for some of the brightest and best ideas in an organization. Yet, presentation-making is not something that comes...

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05/19/2016
Collective Next

Last week we delivered a presentation on creating powerful presentations (yes, very meta) at Gainsight Pulse 2016, a customer success conference in Oakland, California. Senior Principal Geoff Amidei and Art Director Bree Sanchez presented our unique point of view on how...

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04/05/2016
Marsha Dunn with Geoff Amidei

story storytelling narrative organizational change strategy strategic offsites presentations

Below is the fifth installment of our multi-part series entitled The Narrative Universe. In this series we explore how we humans construct our world—even our professional world—...

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11/03/2015
Kathy Clemons

TED Talks for Business
If you know me, you know I like to talk. I chat, I converse, I narrate, I think out loud, I process the world with words. It’s part of who I am. It makes me different – and it’s my strength. And you could say I’m a professional “talk-er,” as a significant part of my...

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04/04/2014
Jimmy Guterman

Every week, we distribute an internal email about what we’ve been reading. As you’d expect, the topics are quite diverse but almost all of them have some connection to our work here. Here, we share it with you as well (with references to some secret projects edited out). 

One magazine issue that’s getting dog-eared quickly around the office is the Businessweek double issue on...

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03/26/2014
Jimmy Guterman

We’re still decompressing from TED2014 here. We just noticed that one of our favorite talks from last week got posted today and we want to share. Ed Yong is a science writer and he offered a talk about parasites that was full of surprise, things that are not what they appear to be, and plenty of humor to support its story. In its way, it may be the strangest and most provocative talk we’ve ever seen about the limits of freedom. The funniest and the grossest, ...

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03/21/2014
Jimmy Guterman

For all the attention we pay to getting clients’ slides right for a talk, it’s worth noting that many of the most memorable talks at TED this week (so far) have come from people who have either used no slides (Zak Ebrahim, Jim Holt) or the most rudimentary accompaniment (Edward Snowden showed up inside a...

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03/11/2014
Kathy Clemons

I’m going to tell you the truth. We all know when you’re winging it. We know when you haven’t prepared. You may be quick on your feet, smart, improvisational, and creative. But we know when you didn’t do the work.

It’s obvious when you give a presentation that you haven’t rehearsed. Words sound different when you’ve had a chance to test them out, practice placing the emphasis here versus there, get a sense of how they hang together in the air instead of...

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04/04/2011
John Colaruotolo

We’ve all seen it before. You can’t quite put your finger on what the point of the presentation is. It looks like it was pieced together from many other presentations. It’s possible that the presenter has spent a lot of time (or not much time at all) putting together this presentation. In the end, it turns out to be a really long-winded, un-focused presentation, and we’re all glad when it gets to the end so we can move on.

You know what I’m talking about...

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