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Jun2018

The Speech is Dead. Long Live the Interactive Presentation.

June 2018|Content, Other|

By Joey Asher Category: Content, Other My rabbi gave a nice sermon recently. As I listened, I couldn’t help thinking about how strange it is these days to hear an actual speech. It seems out of place -- in a world of text messages, cat videos on YouTube, and iPhone-addled attention spans -- to hear someone lecture for 30 minutes to silent listeners. There was a time when people attended lectures as a form of entertainment, like going to see [...]

May2018

Public Speaking 3.0. Connecting with Audiences in the Internet-Era

May 2018|Networking|

By Joey Asher Category: Networking The last 50 years in public speaking have been the JFK/Ronald Reagan era. The next 50 will be the YouTube/Talk Radio /iPhone era. Indeed, to be a great speaker today, you must learn to connect with listeners who have been conditioned by the modern media. Ancient Greeks to YouTube The Ancient Greeks gave us Public speaking 1.0: public speaking as grand oratory. Indeed, for centuries audiences weren’t conditioned by television and were happy to listen [...]

May2018

What to Do About Smartphones During a Presentation

May 2018|Other, Uncategorized|

By Joey Asher Category: Other “When I’m leading a meeting, I find that people spend a lot of time typing emails. What is your strategy for dealing with the iPhone problem?” “When I’m leading a conference call, I know that there are people listening in who aren’t paying attention. They’re surfing the internet, writing memos, making their own phone calls. Are there tricks for making people pay closer attention?” “People look at their laptop and iPads during my presentations. Is [...]

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