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When bad things happen to good presentations
Inc.
As frequent speakers and company evangelists, we often end up giving presentations in less than ideal situations. But you still have to go through with it. Here are five "rules for the road," so you're prepared in case things start to go awry.
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The golden rules of creating thoughtful thought leadership
Fast Company
Firms large and small want to be thought leaders. Thought leadership extends from strategic differentiation, a proof point, a demonstration of differentiation. Amid the cacophony of corporate voices, those found to be additive to the dialogue, rather than distracting, can be considered thought leaders. Given our complex world, there are many things that need to be considered, so providing true thought leadership can be as valuable to a brand as the products or services it sells.
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Reinventing, reimagining and rethinking traditional conferences
Midcourse Corrections
Activism, advocacy, associations, boardrooms, battlefields, churches, education, faith groups, governments, media, nonprofits, philanthropy, retail, technology and work are all being reinvented. We are rethinking and reimagining all of our traditional institutions. This includes the meetings industry's traditional conference. Our conferences are being reinvented by people who don't follow the accepted practices and unspoken rules. They are moving meetings' cheese.
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Why clearly communicating purpose is the most important leadership skill
Fast Company
There are so many characteristics of great leaders. Different circumstances demand different leadership styles. But if those you lead don't understand what you believe in, what your goals are — and what you personally are willing to do to help get there — then they will never be able to maximize their collective potential.

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Lessons from the world's most captivating presenters
HubSpot Blog
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?

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Avoiding those presentation disasters
American Express OPEN Forum
Journalist and entrepreneur Mitch Racliffe said, "A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history — with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila." Even when you haven't made any mistakes, the unexpected can, and usually will, occur at the most inopportune time.

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Boost engagement on your LinkedIn company page
Social Media Examiner
Are you leveraging your LinkedIn Company Page as best you can? In a recent LinkedIn study, 50 percent of current company followers stated they are more likely to purchase products and services from a business they engage with on LinkedIn. This means that an active LinkedIn presence could help your business. And you'll likely want to improve engagement on LinkedIn.
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Is it time to kick-start your meetings?
One+ Magazine
In future of meetings research, the concept of delegate-driven content and co-creation of conferences is a constant theme. It fits with the drive toward peer-to-peer communications. The impact of this trend is that businesses, to some extent, give up control.
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Interrupting people: The key to better conversations
American Express OPEN Forum
Listening is overrated. Most of us want to be good listeners. We are often told it is one of the most important skills that any of us can have. People confide in good listeners. They are trusted more often. Yet here is a question that we usually never ask: What does a good listener actually do?
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Making a last minute tech decision for your event? Why social is important
Busy Event
While there are a number of factors important to making a technology decision for your event — especially at the last minute — the following are the three "socially impactful" questions that you should ask yourself when looking at a new event management technology and our reasons why these are incredibly important factors in making a last minute decision.
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Why you need to change your public speaking style
Forbes
Stage acting in the Victorian period would seem bizarrely and hilariously stylized to us today. Some of the gestures survived today in the language of mime, but otherwise they've been forgotten. Public speaking has undergone the same evolution at the top echelons, but the word hasn't trickled down to many public speakers yet, even professional ones. The result is that speaking habits that were acceptable in the last quarter of the 20th Century now seem overly formal and stagey to us today.
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Overcoming pet peeves: How planners and suppliers can become better partners
MeetingsNet
Planners and suppliers come from two different planets — planners are from Saturn — hard to reach and protected — while suppliers are from Venus, "all about love — love me, love my property," joked Shawna Suckow, CMP, founder, Senior Planners Industry Network, during a session at the recent Religious Conference Management Association's Emerge 2013 Conference in Minneapolis. But the disconnect that exists between the two worlds can sometimes be bridged by understanding those differences.
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35 quotes to transform yourself into a leader
LinkedIn
Leadership is a tricky thing. Is it innate or learned? Who needs it the most? What traits define a strong leader? The fact of the matter is that everyone needs leadership. Entrepreneurs and business leaders of all industries must have sound leadership abilities. Even if you have a strong team driving your business forward, it won't get you anywhere without the proper leadership, guidance and principles.
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