Expose Yourself

PersonalCommunication Techniques

We all need the freedom to be ourselves.

I want to thank Deborah Ivanoff for her great article on not feeling like a fraud. I had personal experience with this technique in my next meeting with a new associate. Thanks to the insights Deborah shared, I was able to relax and stop worrying about how I came across. Instead of being critical of my partner, I opened up and gave space for our conversation to flourish. Everyone should read this.

Memorial Day Heroes Deserve Honor

Memorial Day

What goes wrong when nations fail their heroes?
Was it the blind command?
What of their noble cause?
What of the blood they shared?

Today the world owes all those who died for freedom a debt.
Exorbitant in its price, rivaled by our inability to pay.
We too easily forget that something worth dying for,
Must certainly be worth living for.

And beyond the mortal world of prophets and lies;
Truth breeds wisdom that can not be ignored.
Will you and I die with the cost un-repaid?
Or can we live with our hearts full of sharing of those who went before?

– D. Iliff

Death By PowerPoint

My Slide Is Really Important

You have all heard, seen, and been put to sleep by this phenom. To keep your audience’s interest try this:

  1. Before Writing Anything, Focus On “What’s In It For Them”
  2. Set Expectations – Open With An Overview Of  Your Presentation
  3. Limit Key Messages to Three
  4. Don’t Speak Jargon and DON’T READ YOUR SLIDES!
  5. End With A Clear Call To Action – What’s In It For Them
For some more great tips and a well written article read
Samantha White’s Death By PowerPoint