Module 4 Presentation Slides

Here is the most current set of my slides from the Masters Certificate in Adult Training & Development Module 4 – High Impact Presentations. Most of the edits are cosmetic, but I made some more significant changes to the section on audience characteristics to simplify the process and take the most direct and shortest path from setting the purpose to setting objectives. We ran this in the most recent module, and it seems to have worked quite well!

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How to craft an unforgettable presentation

…(from Forbes…) Neuroscience is finally starting to crack the twin processes of remembering and forgetting – with important implications for public speakers.

Important because, as I’ve talked about before, audiences forget more than they remember – a whole lot more – and the process of public speaking is a poor way to present information. At least, information that you want your audience to remember. The numbers vary from one study to another, but audiences forget anywhere from 70 to 90 percent of what they hear in a typical speech.

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The Pope And Donald Trump – Contrasting The Body Language Of Two Powerful Men

From Forbes Leadership…”Those interested in the study of body language had a fascinating opportunity this week to study two completely different approaches to power through non-verbal communication: the Pope and Donald Trump. The Pope, as all the world must know, was visiting the US for the first time, and Mr. Trump was all over the media, as per usual, but on “60 Minutes” for the first time on Sunday.” Click here to read the full article.

What to do when the work stops being fun

“Maybe you have artist’s block. Maybe you’re burned out. Or maybe you’re just sick of dealing with the grind. But whatever it is, your energy and will to go on are depleted, and the joy you first felt has been completely sucked out. No matter how much we enjoy our work, we all deal with these things from time to time.Read more…

This article, posted not he Creative Market website, is well worth the read.

4 Types of Productivity Styles

It’s been a while. I came across this just now. It struck me as having some loose resemblance to learning style preferences, and describes apps and more traditional tools (like pen and paper) that might appeal to each style. Click here for the page, and I’d also suggest checking out the 99U site overall, as there seems to be a fair amount of content oriented toward us creative types.

Illustration by Oscar Ramos Orozco.

Why you should be intentional

“Sometimes when I work with clients, there’s a moment when the full implications of what I’m asking from them in terms of intentionality become clear. Wait, you mean that I’m responsible for my body language from the moment I walk out on stage until the end of the presentation? Or, you mean I have to be conscious of my body language for the entire meeting?”

An interesting Forbes article about intentionality and in particular, how it relates to body language. Click here to read it.

Secure your WordPress site

At this point, I’m mostly using WordPress to run my business and personal sites. I also used it to build several clients’ sites. WordPress has become the most popular content management site and, things being as they are, it’s also become the most popular for hackers to try to crack. If you’re running your site on WordPress (or considering it) you need to make sure your site is secure and as immune as possible to this. Click here for a link to a helpful article about action you can take to keep your site safe.

How to find your voice as a speaker

Here’a a link to an article in Forbes that provides some tips for finding your unique voice as a speaker. There’s also a brief gallery at the end of the article that has some interesting points. Click here for the article. The video at the beginning didn’t do much for me (those waving hands!) but there was an interesting reference to an upcoming eLearning course I plan to try.

The only technique to learn something new

I came across this article by James Altucher just now on BoingBoing. It’s a quick and clever read about what you need to do to learn something new. A key point seems to be that it’s important to do something you love, and in doing so, treat it like you love it. Click here to read it, and I’d suggest you also subscribe to BoingBoing, as they have interesting content.

There’s a good message here for us as trainers, I think, in looking at how we structure our training to help people learn something new.


Feedback on feedback

One of the first skills I learned as a workshop participant was how to effectively provide interpersonal feedback. We practiced it during our presentations, and applied it back on the job as part of the performance management process. As a trainer, I’ve focused most of my career on performance management, presentation skills and trainer training. Feedback has been a key component of that training. I usually introduce the concept pretty early in any session I lead.

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Pyramids – a consensus activity

ConsensusHere’s an activity I’ve used to help individuals and groups clarify their purpose or mission. Basically, participants define a term (a single sentence works best) and then work together in progressively larger groups to reach consensus on their definition, which again should be a single sentence. For example, they might answer the question “Why does this group exist?” or “What is our goal as a team?” and then work through the process to reach consensus as a whole group. read more…

360° Feedback: Strategies for Success


360° feedback has been used in organizations for many years to measure various aspects of performance – skills, styles, and competencies – from a variety of individual/group perspectives. These usually include the participant, who self-assesses, his/her manager(s), direct reports, peers, and internal/external customers (the respondents). read more…

Dealing with Conflict

ConflictOne definition of conflict describes it as an expressed struggle between two interdependent parties who perceive they have incompatible goals, scarce resources, and interference from others in achieving their goals. This handout identifies ways to deal with conflict.