Your Presentation is Too Dang Long

By Joey Asher Category: Content There's a political party in New York called, "The Rent is Too D*** High." I think there should be another party called “Your Presentation is Too Dang Long.” With that in mind, one of the best things you can do to make your presentation more exciting is to shorten it. So what [...]

What Would the Gettysburg Address Look Like in PowerPoint?

“Hi. I’m Abe Lincoln. My first slide lays out a timeline for our nation. As you can see reading from left to right, it really all started four score and seven years ago. . . .” Of course that wouldn’t have done at all. But if there is any doubt that there is a growing [...]

Should You Memorize Your Entire Presentation?

By Joey Asher Category: Nerves We are asked this question a lot. And, the answer is no. But, you should practice your presentation so much that you can say it almost the same way every time. That’s not the same as memorization. Let us explain. If you just memorize your presentation, then you’re going to deliver [...]

Six Rules for Successful Team Presentations

Category: Other One of the things that many owners say when they’re interviewing design and construction teams is  “We’re looking for the best team.” So the question is: how can you come across as a great team during a 30-45 minute presentation? In watching hundreds of these shortlist interviews over the past few decades, we’ve [...]

How to Make Statistics Sing

Many years ago, one of our coaches took a statistics course at a local community college. His professor had such a heavy French accent that he literally could only understand about a third of the words he said. He learned everything from reading the textbook. Most presenters that use a lot of statistics don’t do [...]

Best Way to Use a Quote? Don’t Put it on Your Slide: Just Say It!

Category: Content A client recently sent over a deck of slides for a big presentation on leadership. The first slide was a quote from Jack Welch, the former GE Chairman. “My main job was developing talent. I was a gardener providing water and other nourishment to our top 750 people. Of course, I had to pull [...]

If You’re Looking For a Classy Insult, Try These

Category: Other ‘Tis the Season for good cheer and goodwill.  So if you’re going to deliver an insult, make it classy and witty. There are plenty of websites (many of them quite raunchy so be careful), dedicated to insults.  Here is a list of clever, clean, and witty insults. "He has all the virtues [...]

Lessons in Persuasion, Communication and Leadership from Capt. James T. Kirk

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 [...]

Asking for Small Commitments in a Sales Presentation Can Pay Off with Big Orders

By Joey Asher Category: Sales Call it the small commitment paradox. You’ll make more sales if you ask for less at the end of your sales pitches. That’s right. Asking for less yields more, according to a study detailed in Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive, a book by Noah J. Goldstein, Steve [...]

If You Want to Improve Your Hand Gestures, Consider Focusing on Your Facial Energy

The face bone is connected to the wrist bone. That’s right. Very often, when our clients are having trouble improving their hand gestures, we’ll focus on their facial energy. That’s because if you improve facial energy, the gestures will often improve. “What do I do with my hands?” is a question we get from a [...]

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