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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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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Imagine being just two minutes into your presentation and someone in your audience announces, “Please stop, I’m bored.” Prize winners have 1 minute to present before being interrupted by an 8 year-old saying, “Please stop, I’m bored.” This is precisely what happens each year at the Ig Nobel’s ceremony at

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 It can feel like a “win” just to be able to get in front of busy decision-makers to present your product or solution today. But in sales, that’s just the beginning. In order to move prospects to take action, you need to do more than get an audience and talk

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Tired of fighting with a smartphone for your prospect’s attention during your sales presentation? Stop fighting and embrace it by using the power of real time polls to promote audience engagement and reinforce your message! The Power of Gamification Real-time polls come from the world of gamification — the use

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