Annette Ferrara on Laughing, Being Vulnerable, and Telling a Great Story

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Our team likes to keep up on current events, like the Cubs making it to the World Series (still freaking out inside) and obviously what’s going on in the world of presentations and communication. We were so delighted to have come across an amazing Harvard Business Review article – Your Presentation Needs a Punchline. We did a little digging and found …

Phil Nguyen on Simplicity and the Pink Flamingo

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Chances are, you deleted countless emails from your inbox today from email lists you regret signing up for. I’m also willing to bet it’s because the message is too complicated, or the content just isn’t relevant. Simplicity is key to communicating effectively, and nobody does this better in emails than Phil Nguyen of the Daily Water Cooler. The DWC is a …

Ann “Dude” Handley Shares Advice on Fear & Marketing

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I had the fortunate opportunity to interview the one and only Ann Handley a while back for our old podcast, Maximizing Opportunity—which we’re pivoting into our new podcast called Making Waves coming in November (more on that next week). Ann Handley is one of my most favorite people, not only because she is a rockstar at what she does, but because she lovingly calls …

Presentation Resources with Joe Pulizzi of Content Marketing Institute Gather Up Some Great Ingredients

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In this episode of Maximizing Opportunity, Brian and Derek chat about presentation resources they use at SquarePlanet. Their guest, Joe Pulizzi—Founder of Content Marketing Institute, shares his insight on how those resources can help to craft meaningful stories, and ultimately bring your presentation to the next level. For more on Presentation Resources, be sure to watch: Orange – Lesson 6: Presentation Resources  

Nick Haas of Orbit Media Studios on Design Not creative? Bularchy!

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Making your presentation look good can be quite the task! You say you’re not creative? Bularchy! There are several ways to enhance your presentation with design. Join Brian and Derek as they discuss how to approach setting up your next presentation. Derek shares his number one tip for presenters, which is not what you’d expect. Find out the story behind one of Derek’s …

Sam Parker of GiveMore.com on Avoiding Selfishness Consider Other's Perspectives

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In this episode of Maximizing Opportunity, Brian and Derek take on one of the most common mistakes people make when communicating: being selfish. As natural as selfishness is, people often forget that truly connecting with their audience means going beyond your own interests and approaching things from their audience’s perspective. Our guest this time around is Sam Parker, author of …

How to Master LinkedIn with Robbie Abed Connect + Engage With Your Tribe

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This episode of Maximizing Opportunity tackles one of the fastest growing social networking sites around: LinkedIn. From building professional networks to sharing and curating content, Brian and Derek explore how LinkedIn can help both individuals and businesses reach new audiences and build meaningful relationships.  Our guest is author, speaker, and emerging LinkedIn guru Robbie Abed. Robbie is the Director of …

Improving Productivity With Rand Stagen of the Stagen Academy Get More Done + Become a More Effective Leader

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Ultimately, productivity means getting the job done in a passionate, clutter-free manner. In this episode of Maximizing Opportunity, Brian and Derek talk about the fundamental practices, tools, and mindsets that will both increase your own productivity and make you a more conscious leader. Joining us is a man well versed on this topic: Rand Stagen of the Stagen Academy in …