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October 30, 2018

Look, there is a lot going on right now. We all have a lot of responsibilities and worries. There is so much to talk about!

This is why, before writing a presentation, you first have to decide what’s truly important.

Did you know that the word “decide” comes from the Lat...

October 26, 2018

Sometimes I forget to follow my own advice.

Just two days ago, while presenting to a group of post-doctoral students at Columbia University, I opened with“I’m just so excited to be here.” 

As soon as the words came of my mouth, I wanted to start over. That's because open...

October 17, 2018

Sadly, rudeness is on the rise. The old saying, “If you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all” almost seems quaint today. Mean spirited comments are everywhere. How should a presenter or speaker deal with a rude question during Q & A?

As I begin to answer this qu...

October 11, 2018

When you pitch something, a product or life changing idea, it’s crystal clear that you are selling. You know it and your audience knows it. 

But what about presentations that are intended to be informative? Nothing is being "sold" in the classic sense. What if you have...

October 3, 2018

One of the most common questions I get asked is “How do I stop saying “um” during a presentation?” 

Most of us use fillers like “um” and “ah.” They serve to buy time while we figure out what to say, and how to say it.  It’s a habit that many of us developed long ago.

"Um...

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