Support Your Data by Telling the Story Behind the Numbers

By Joey Asher Category: Content Everyone that uses data knows how easy it is to twist numbers to reach a biased conclusion. So how can you make people believe your data? How about telling the story of how your data was compiled? Here is an excerpt from a presentation by a client that wanted to [...]

Public Speaking Advice from Mister Rogers

Category: Tips from Celebrities “We speak with more than our mouths. We listen with more than our ears.” On May 22nd, Rhode Islanders will celebrate Neighbor Day. It’s no coincidence that the date happens to fall on the anniversary of the premiere of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood back in 1967. Much more than just a loveable [...]

Simplify Your Data-Driven Message with Three Key Points

Category: Content Data-driven messages can be complex. They can ramble through spreadsheets. Worse, they can fail to make points. But you can eliminate these issues by focusing your message on three key points. Picking three things to focus on isn’t hard. Just ask yourself, “What are the three things that my listeners must remember?” [...]

To Win a Pitch, Show How Much You Care

Category: Voice Energy There’s a saying among sales people that goes, “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” But when you’re one of two or three firms delivering a presentation for a big project, I don’t think it’s quite right. I think it should read, “In a [...]

How to Give a Great Webinar

By Joey Asher Category: Content Leo Tolstoy began his masterpiece “Anna Karenina” with the sentence “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Here’s my twist on that great opening line: “All lousy webinars are alike; each good webinar is good by following a few principles.” Lousy webinars are [...]

For a Great Presentations, Practice this Rule

Guy Kawasaki is a technology guru and venture capitalist who listens to a lot of presentations from entrepreneurs seeking money for start-up ventures.  The overwhelming majority of the presentations he hears are, as he says, “crap.” And so he demands that all presentations at his business, Garage Technology Ventures, follow what he calls the “10/20/30 [...]

“Three Q” Method Creates A Simple Presentation that Audiences Will Love!

By Joey Asher Category: Q&A Most presentations are complicated messes.  Listeners wonder “What are the key points?”, “Why should I care?”, “Why is this so complicated?” and “Do we have to look at that many slides?” Complicated presentations are so unnecessary. There is a fast approach to creating simple presentations that connect with the needs [...]

How to Inject Humor in Your Presentations

Several years ago, an accountant came into my office for help with a speech. His voice was so soft that I had trouble hearing him. He also never smiled and had trouble with eye contact. I was thinking, “This is going to be a challenge.” Then he said, “I’d like to learn how to [...]

Are You a Better Speaker than a Fifth Grader?

Joey Asher President of Speechworks, a selling and communication skills coaching company in Atlanta. He has worked with hundreds of business people helping them learn how to communicate in a way that connects with clients. His new book 15 Minutes Including Q&A: a Plan to Save the World from Lousy Presentations” is [...]

Keys to Speaking About Data from The Home Depot’s CFO

Joey Asher President of Speechworks, a selling and communication skills coaching company in Atlanta. He has worked with hundreds of business people helping them learn how to communicate in a way that connects with clients. His new book 15 Minutes Including Q&A: a Plan to Save the World from Lousy Presentations” is [...]

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