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 …

Man Seeking Answers, Also Sandwiches: An Appeal to Simplicity in Communication

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FOUR. $4 HAPPY HOUR. EVERY HOUR! If this makes immediate sense to you, you’re a more gifted mind reader than I.   To my fellow Chicagoans, this might be a familiar sight: the beloved Cheesie’s Pub & Grub on Belmont Avenue in the Northside’s Lakeview neighborhood. I had just exited the Red Line’s Belmont station and was walking down the sidewalk, when my …

Mondegreens, Pizza, and Pie Charts: 3 Ways to be a Better Presenter by Leaving Nothing to Interpretation

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As Mick Jagger once famously sang, “I’ll never leave your pizza burning.” You see, not only was Jagger committed to bringing rock and roll to America in the 60’s and 70’s, but he clearly also believed in the power of kitchen timers during The Rolling Stones’ frozen pizza adventures… …only that’s not what Mick Jagger really sings. As most probably …