Leadership Communication / 13 posts found

The Presentation Everyone Must Give

by Barbara
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  I was facilitating a meeting last week with a leadership team who was trying to advance their strategic plan that was stuck in a ditch, to the point where one of the employees asked her manager, "What plan?" The CEO said to the directors, "Please, I beg you, don't make a PowerPoint deck for our next meeting. I don't want to be 'sold' on your ideas like I'm the big whale you're trying to hook. Just give me an update on the four things we discussed today."  Such a clear and easy directive, and one we should all be ready to deliver on [...]

Clicking Ain’t Connecting: How to Up Your PowerPoint Game

by Barbara
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There's a very popular book written by Harold Stolovitch and Erica Keeps called Tellin' Ain't Training. I saw it on my bookshelf the other day and realized the same sentiment holds true for PowerPoint presentations: just because you are clicking through slides does not mean your message is landing with your audience, and it certainly doesn't mean you are connecting with them.  I just heard the fourth person in three weeks tell his or her staff to stop making decks for management meetings. Dare I even ask if corporate America is finally coming around to the fact that 100-slide decks are [...]

Advance Your Career With This One Skill

by Barbara
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And it has nothing to do with Social Media!  And it's not about your ability to manage others. Or perhaps you were thinking it's a technical skill, like being able to calculate EBITDA in your head. Still others may be sure it has something to do with strategic planning. Those are all great skills to have, but none of them are worth a shiny new bitcoin if you cannot get your point across; if you cannot communicate your message so that it arrives in the receiver's mind just as you intended. Stripped to its essence, communication is the response you get. Just look at all [...]