I once made a sandwich, responded to an email, and let the dog out – all while “watching” a virtual presentation.  I’m not proud.  And I’m not alone. InterCall, the world’s largest conference call company found that audiences are engaged in a number of activities while on conference calls.  For

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I’m a big fan of Ted Talks. A good Ted Talk can entertain, inspire, or expose you to new ideas and perspectives.  And as a presenter, there are lots of great lessons to take away from Ted Talks.  But make no mistake, a sales presentation is not a Ted Talk.

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Thanks to the impeachment hearings, “pizzazz” has gotten a lot of media exposure lately.  Political analysts on one side claim the legal proceedings lacked the “pizzazz” necessary to hold the public’s attention.  The other side claims the facts speak for themselves, pizzazz completely unnecessary. I’m not going to weigh in

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I love snack size foods.  They’re cute, they’re portable, and they create the illusion that I’m eating lighter.   I say “illusion,” because I usually end up eating more than the equivalent of a full-size portion – especially if it’s a candy bar! Snack size foods have exploded in the last

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Conversational Presentations vs.Traditional from Julie Hansen on Vimeo. I often get asked “What’s the difference between conversational presentations and more traditional presentations?” Traditional presentations are probably what most of us are familiar with.  They typically involve going through a slide deck in a linear way with limited audience participation.  While this

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Many experts recommend opening your presentation or demo with a funny story, joke, quote, or prop. And why not? Humor can engage your audience, add welcome lightness to a heavy subject, and increase audience recall. Yup, humor can be a great opener….when it works.  And when it doesn’t? Few things

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