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April 2017

The most important characteristic of a successful piece of writing

April 24, 2017 | Writing

Some tips that will help you improve your slide design

April 17, 2017 | Presentations

Beware of the ‘echo effect’ when using quotations

April 10, 2017 | Writing

Six considerations for preparing an effective presentation


March 2017

9 writing tips for lawyers that apply to us all

March 27, 2017 | Writing

Public speaking and the effort to find your ‘voice’

Have an offensive (rather than defensive) mindset when presenting

How your organization can benefit from a writing center

March 06, 2017 | Writing

February 2017

Choppy prose — and the most common writing mistakes you don’t want to make

February 28, 2017 | Writing

Free online storytelling lessons offered by the masters at Pixar


January 2017

Beware of including too many characters, proper names and numbers in your writing

January 30, 2017 | Writing

Jerry Seinfeld on pre- and post-performance routines

January 24, 2017 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Getting the ‘you and I’ versus ‘you and me’ grammar correct

What research says about being charisma during public presentations

January 09, 2017 | Presentations, Verbal communication

The five things every writer should know about the life of a pencil

January 03, 2017 | Writing

December 2016

The only three things you need to know about body language

December 28, 2016 | Presentations, Verbal communication

September 2016

How to build the writing habit

September 26, 2016 | Writing

The biggest mistake PowerPoint presenters make with their audiences

September 20, 2016 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Help your readers by using transitions

September 12, 2016 | Writing

Two keys to hitting your peak as a public speaker

September 07, 2016 | Presentations, Verbal communication

August 2016

A public speaking lesson from Clinton and Trump — stop SHOUTING!

August 31, 2016 | Presentations, Verbal communication

8 steps for mastering your elevator pitch


July 2016

If you gave your company a personality, what would it be?


June 2016

A lesson in headline writing from the New York Times

June 22, 2016 | Writing

Chris Anderson of TED Talks on the first rule of public speaking


May 2016

Take the stage, make your mistakes and play it through

Write in technicolor by using similes and metaphors

May 24, 2016 | Writing

Adding images to boost audience recall

An exclamation point about punctuation

May 09, 2016 | Writing

April 2016

The key to reducing stage fright


March 2016

The macho slogan that cleaned up the State of Texas

March 14, 2016 | Marketing, Social Media, Writing

The cumulative impact of writing in active voice

March 07, 2016 | Writing

February 2016

Why we speak and write in clichés

The flesh and blood of successful presentations

February 24, 2016 | Presentations, Verbal communication

34 words of timeless writing advice from newspaper legend Joseph Pulitzer

February 08, 2016 | Writing

Presentations are more powerful when using stories rather than statistics

February 02, 2016 | Presentations, Verbal communication

January 2016

The right word choice makes all the difference

January 26, 2016 | Writing

Patti Smith on taking the stage with authenticity

January 18, 2016 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Why all writing should be conversational — at least to start

January 12, 2016 | Writing

Successfully moderating panel discussions – tip #15

January 04, 2016 | Presentations, Verbal communication

December 2015

A three-step method for critiquing your writing without destroying your confidence

December 28, 2015 | Writing

The actress Judi Dench and a lesson about stretching oneself on stage

December 24, 2015 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Focus on word affinity to add harmony to your writing

December 14, 2015 | Writing

Successfully moderating panel discussions – tip #14

December 07, 2015 | Presentations, Verbal communication

November 2015

A lesson in writing speeches from ex-President Bill Clinton

November 30, 2015 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Patti Smith and the physicality of writing

November 24, 2015 | Writing

Senator Ted Cruz and the power of pausing during our presentations

November 16, 2015 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Writers — find the right word by building your vocabulary

November 09, 2015 | Writing

Successfully moderating panel discussions – tip #13 video

November 02, 2015 | Presentations, Verbal communication

October 2015

Novelist James Hynes on the writer’s creed to SHOW DON’T TELL

October 19, 2015 | Writing

Communication lessons from Ronald Reagan and Mitt Romney

October 12, 2015 | Presentations, Verbal communication

The mental distinction between reading books and watching movies

October 05, 2015 | Writing

September 2015

Successfully moderating panel discussions – tip #12 video

September 21, 2015 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Anne Lamott on those horrible first drafts that all writers produce

September 07, 2015 | Writing

August 2015

How to successfully moderate panel discussions   tip #11

August 31, 2015 | Presentations, Verbal communication

The phrase presenters use that kills Shark Tank deals

August 24, 2015 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Christopher Hitchens and the most valuable advice any writer can receive

August 17, 2015 | Writing

How to successfully moderate panel discussions — tip #10

August 11, 2015 | Presentations, Verbal communication

July 2015

3 things that matter to the audiences we address

Truly good writers are hard to find — here are two reasons why

July 14, 2015 | Writing

June 2015

How to successfully moderate panel discussions — tip #9

Peggy Noonan, Jeb Bush and a lesson in body language

The multimillion-dollar typo and the importance of strong writing skills

June 13, 2015 | Marketing, Writing

May 2015

How to successfully moderate panel discussions — tip #8


April 2015

Smart marketers are cashing in big on this big word

How to successfully moderate panel discussions — tip #7

A stand-up public speaking lesson from a stand-up comic

The key to successful networking at business events

How to successfully moderate panel discussions — tip #6 of 15


March 2015

What infomercials teach us about persuasion – in three simple steps

How to successfully moderate panel discussions — tip #5 of 15


February 2015

Learning, idea and performance orientations

February 19, 2015 | Presentations, Verbal communication

How writing skills can make — or break — our careers

February 16, 2015 | Writing

How to successfully moderate panel discussions — tip #4 of 15

February 02, 2015 | Presentations, Verbal communication

January 2015

Five tips that will improve your PowerPoint presentations

January 19, 2015 | Presentations, Verbal communication

How to successfully moderate panel discussions — tip #3 of 15

January 13, 2015 | Presentations, Verbal communication

10 rules from Elmore Leonard for improving your writing

January 11, 2015 | Writing

How to successfully moderate a panel discussion — tip #2

January 07, 2015 | Presentations, Verbal communication

How poor writing sinks our careers

January 03, 2015 | Writing

December 2014

How to successfully moderate panel discussions — tip #1 of 15

December 27, 2014 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Five important PowerPoint presentation tips

December 23, 2014 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Pixar on storytelling — 20 principles that will make you a better storyteller

December 21, 2014 | Presentations, Writing

Tip number 15 for moderating panel discussions

December 16, 2014 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Julia Cameron warns us about the ‘dangerous’ writing instructor

December 14, 2014 | Writing

Tip number 14 for moderating panel discussions

December 09, 2014 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Using text without bullets in PowerPoint

December 07, 2014 | Presentations, Verbal communication

People-focused communication: A writing lesson from Don Hewitt and 60 Minutes

December 03, 2014 | Writing

20 storytelling principles from Pixar


November 2014

Use a design theme or format when creating a PowerPoint presentation

November 30, 2014 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Four components to a great PowerPoint presentation

Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules for writing

November 18, 2014 | Writing

Tip number 13 for moderating panel discussions

Why long writing is more effective than short writing when marketing

November 12, 2014 | Marketing, Writing

Why long writing is more effective than short writing when marketing

November 12, 2014 | Marketing, Writing

Why long writing is more effective than short writing when marketing

November 12, 2014 | Marketing, Writing

Making your communication more influential by writing from the readers’ point of view

November 10, 2014 | Writing

October 2014

Tip number 12 for moderating panel discussions

October 18, 2014 | Presentations, Verbal communication

How to make meaningful eye contact when presenting to audiences

October 16, 2014 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Tip number 11 for moderating panel discussions

October 14, 2014 | Presentations, Verbal communication

A writing exercise for building good sentences

October 13, 2014 | Writing
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