Presentations

Make Your Presentations Pop. Think Like A Screenwriter!

Share List SGMB_URL = "http://carollempert.com/wp-content/plugins/social-media-builder/"; jQuery(".dropdownWrapper").hide(); Last week I met with a young manager who was frustrated by the success of a colleague: I don’t understand how she gets buy-in to the exact same ideas I try to pitch. Somehow when she explains it everyone jumps on board. I wasn’t surprised to hear this. His colleague is a phenomenal storyteller. Often the difference between a recommendation that is embraced—and one that isn’t—is the way in which it is communicated. Communicate with [...]

Coping with Stage Fright

Share List SGMB_URL = "http://carollempert.com/wp-content/plugins/social-media-builder/"; jQuery(".dropdownWrapper").hide(); Last week I shared a post on the fact that Even Starts Get Stage Fright. Afterward I received dozens of requests for more tips on handling presentation nerves. Plus, a few folks sent me tricks of their own. It’s a rich topic, so here we go: Smile! Smiling is a simple, but powerful way to manage nerves, reduce stress, and look more confident. Wonderfully, research from Penn State University found a forced smile is equally [...]

Even Stars Get Stage Fright

Share List SGMB_URL = "http://carollempert.com/wp-content/plugins/social-media-builder/"; jQuery(".dropdownWrapper").hide(); My husband has discovered Pandora, an online streaming radio station. Being the curious sort, he wondered if he could use the app to build a stand-up comedy station instead of just a traditional music station and it turns out—you can. Every night for about 30 minutes before we go to bed we listen to the greats; Louis C.K., Eddie Izzard, and of course, Jerry Seinfeld. Last night I found myself actually LOLing at one [...]

Strategic Storytelling

Share List SGMB_URL = "http://carollempert.com/wp-content/plugins/social-media-builder/"; jQuery(".dropdownWrapper").hide(); In the summer of 2010 the now retired General Stanley A. McChrystal was Commander of the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. One day, during an important briefing in Kabul, he was shown the following PowerPoint slide: It was meant to represent the most current Military strategy. Upon seeing the slide General McChrystal interrupted the briefing and said: “When we understand that slide, we’ll have won the war.” The room erupted in laughter. This is a [...]