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Lessons from the world's most captivating presenters
Steve Jobs, Scott Harrison and Gary Vaynerchuck are three of the world's most captivating communicators. Their ability to influence, entertain and inspire an audience is incredible. And yet, their presentation styles are totally different. What, if anything, do they have in common? What can we learn from them to improve our own presentation skills? In a word: plenty.
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Associations mixed on landmark copyright decision
Recently, when the Supreme Court decided that first-sale doctrine applies to internationally made goods, several associations pointed out ramifications for members and consumers, both negative and positive. Associations may or may not like the outcome, but everyone agrees: The Supreme Court decided one of the most important copyright cases in decades earlier this past week.
Have smoother sailing on the road with e-travel helpers
Travelers can travel with less paper now that there are a number of websites and apps that will act as personal assistants. From TripIt to Hipmunk to Google Calendar, travelers have a number of ways to stay on course when they're in unknown cities or countries, either for business or pleasure.
Aligning conference schedules with neuroscience to avoid the attendee overwhelm epidemic
Too many conferences foster attendee information overload. The plethora of presenters pushing information at warp speeds cause fragmented attention, overburden brains and data excess. It's a silent epidemic that cause stagnate mental engagement. And our conference schedules stretch attendees in ways that may have bigger implications than just unhealthy eating. They cause mental disconnection.
What do a Guinness World Recorder holder, Emmy Award-winning journalist, former NBA star and a regular FOX Business contributor have in common? They'll be presenting at the 2013 NSA Convention in Philadelphia, Pa., July 27-30. Get your sneak peek here. All speakers welcome.
The No.1 mistake entrepreneurs make
Successful entrepreneurs focus exclusively on efforts that matter and are able to tune out the rest. People who focus succeed. It's that simple. Focusing is not a natural exercise for many entrepreneurs. More ideas may pop into your brain during your morning shower than many people get in a month, for example. So in order to focus, you need to build your "focus" muscle and train your brain to focus and stay focused.
5 ways to get more productive today
There might be some productivity-minded part of you that scoffs at the whole idea of reading about how to be more productive. After all, why would you read about doing when you could do? Well, you can tell that part of you to stop being so addicted to being right and acknowledge that you can work smarter, not just harder. And when you can tap a multitude of perspectives of how to work smarter, you can get extremely productive.
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The 30 minute meeting
Meetings are a necessary evil to keep communications moving in any business and continue striving for growth. But do meetings really have to be long to get the job done? Do they really need to last an hour or more? Do you find that meetings become just a forum for people to provide a status of their to-do lists to justify themselves?
The ideal praise-to-criticism ratio
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Which is more effective in improving team performance: using positive feedback to let people know when they're doing well, or offering constructive comments to help them when they're off track? New research suggests that this is a trick question. The answer, as one might intuitively expect, is that both are important. But the real question is — in what proportion?
Nobody really cares about your brand
You may spend most of your waking hours thinking about your brand and its category, as well as the facts and figures that make your product superior to the competitors, but your target audience really couldn't pay less attention. This is a hard pill to swallow, considering how much time, energy and effort you put into the products and services that you're trying to sell. But, if you're going to be really successful, one of the most important realizations you can make is this: People don't care about your brand nearly as much as you do.
Speaking disasters you will experience and what to do about them
If you give speeches more than once a year, you will experience speaking catastrophes. The following are seven that have all happened to many speakers and their clients, and will almost certainly happen to you and what to do about them.
A few tech habits every computer user needs
Behavioral experts say that one of the best ways to drop a bad habit is to replace it with a new good habit. If you have a computer that constantly acts up, you probably need to develop a few good tech habits. Don't worry. Giving up bad tech habits is a lot easier than trying to abstain from ice cream. These five good tech habits will save you money and make you much more productive.
Introverts and extroverts: Balancing interactivity in your presentation
Every audience has its mix of introverts and extroverts, which means every audience has a group of people who like to think and process everything you say, and a group of people who want to interact and engage with everything you say. For the content portions of a presentation, the difference between the two audience segments is somewhat inconsequential. But if you keep things within a normal range of explanation, storytelling and tempo, both groups will probably track just fine.
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