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 …

Making Waves on WGN Radio’s Technori LIVE

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During the presentation skills workshops I regularly run, I always start with a video created by the U.S. Marine Corps. It’s one tough video. Helicopters and tanks, amphibious vehicles, big guns and smoke-filled explosions. And of course, strong, resilient Marines running towards the chaos. They run towards the craziness. I show this video because it’s an alarming but appropriate parallel to delivering …