Can we make ourselves appear (authentically) smarter?

Presentations and meetings can cause cause anxiety. We worry about how our audience, whether strangers or colleagues, might perceive our intelligence and abilities. These fears are not baseless; how we communicate tells our audience whether we’re credible (or not). Even if we have compelling messages and well-designed slides, we won’t be persuasive if our voice, pacing and body…

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10 tips for better slide decks from TED

Today we’re sharing advice from TED’s Aaron Weyenberg, who creates such amazing slide decks that people ask for his autograph. Though all of the presentation tips are great, his first and last tips are especially useful: Think about your slides last when developing a presentation. Until you clarify your message and structure the narrative, it is not…

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Name that Font

I love fonts. Most have their own history.  (A great read on this is Just My Type by Simon Garfield). Throughout my career, they’ve given me an unjustifiable reason to procrastinate on a writing assignment. “What would it look like if I went with Bookman Old Style instead of Garamond?” Until about ten years ago I could…

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The Passive Aggressive Meeting

It’s Monday morning, which means millions of staff meetings are coming to order across Corporate America. The majority of presentations we make take place in internal meetings. When I work with clients on meetings, one of the biggest frustrations I hear about is the lack of clarity around decisions. Despite an agreed upon course of…

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