Top Ten Presentation Trends for 2017 The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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In 2016, I crafted my first, and now annual, list of presentation trends; the styles and approaches in live communications that I expected to take shape over the next 365 days. Now, I’m no Nostradamus—but my predictions ended up being closer than even I could have expected. We’re talking everything from social media guru Gary Vaynerchuk’s shameless cursing to a …

Use These Two Simple Techniques to Improve Sales Learn to Simplify Your Message and Connect With People

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I recently heard the story of a man named V.K. Krishna Menon, the Minister of Defence for India in the 1950s. In 1957, he gave a speech at the UN to defend India’s position on Kashmir. It lasted eight hours. No joke. It holds a Guinness World Record. Menon actually collapsed from exhaustion partway through this marathon address and had …

The Plot Thickens: What’s Next for Storytelling and Technology Lessons from a Chicago Ideas Week Event: Part 1

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“Storytelling is not just the ones we make up. It’s not fiction. It’s everything happening all around us.” That’s what RYOT’s Gabe Lifton told a packed Edlis Neeson Theater as part of Chicago Ideas Week’s Future of Storytelling keynote event a few weeks back. If there weren’t 10 rows of attendees between me and the stage, I might have rushed it to …

SquarePlanet is Making Waves With a New Podcast Launching November 3, 2016 at 8am Central

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The Old Our former podcast, Maximizing Opportunity, was a decent show with impressive guests—but it was also our very first attempt at a podcast. We had a lot to learn about producing a monthly show, so this time around we’re applying our learned lessons to an upgraded program we’re calling The Making Waves Podcast. Don’t worry, Maximizing Opportunity is still available for you to go back and …

Code Orange: Stop Bombing Pitches and Start Telling Us What You Believe!

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This is a Code Orange, because I’m FRUSTRATED! I’m kind of sick and tired of what’s going on. At SquarePlanet, we meet all kinds of people doing all kinds of pitches. We’ve got people on Shark Tank… We’ve got all these startups… We’ve got these C_Os of big organizations… Everyone’s always pitching something. They come in here very excited, willing to share their …

Glossophobia: 3 Ways to Erase Your Fear of Public Speaking

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Public speakers, like others who perform well under pressure, didn’t get that way overnight. I saw this over and over again in two decades as an agent to elite athletes, coaches and broadcasters. I watched them perform as I represented them, and no one can deliver under pressure if fear gets in the way. Yet fear is pervasive. According to …

3 Ways to Boost Your Presentation With a Smartphone

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Between daily experiences, online articles, social media posts and the news on television—there’s certainly no shortage of stories. But still, businesses continue to present overwhelming facts and figures to encourage people to make important decisions. I call bushleague! As communicators, it’s up to us to pay attention to what’s happening around us and draw parallels to our ideas. This encourages people to make …

Want to Win Friends and Influence People? Learn to Listen

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One of my favorite examples of “simple but not easy” is the skill of listening. So simple. Sooo not easy. I used to think that great communicators were inspirational speakers. They used more than words – they expressed passion with their bodies, they mastered volume, pace, intonation and eye contact to own a room; they moved me with their presence. …