Posts Tagged: presentation coaching

Hold the Handouts

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Mindful Meetings Part I

I was standing at the front of a room full of board members, doing my best to hold their attention with my dazzling facilitation when one of the members jumps up to take a phone call – in the room. Read the Rest

Two Books Every Speaker Needs

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Thought leadership is a product demo of your brain, and one of the best ways to share it is speaking at conferences.

Two new books will help you do just that: Read the Rest

Presenting Silence

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One of the most exciting moments for me as a presentation coach happened at last year’s Conscious Capitalism conference. One of the presenters stopped talking – and let us read a slide.

Each of his previous slides was very visual – bold image, few words – and he used them to punctuate, rather than script, what he was saying. An excellent approach. Read the Rest

The Power of the Pause


“Go ahead … make my day.”  – Dirty Harry, Sudden Impact

“I am … the danger.”  – Walter White in Breaking Bad

“Louis … I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”  – Rick Blaine, Casablanca

“Bond … James Bond.”  – Need I say more?

Great lines, delivered by great actors, but made all the more powerful by the ever-so-slight … pause. Read the Rest

Where to Start Your Presentation

Where to Start Your Presentation bluefeet blog post by Lilli Cloud

“Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” – Gene Fowler, journalist, author, dramatist

Starting with a blank page or screen is never easy, but with bluefeet, you don’t have to. Read the Rest

Good Enough for the NFL

Good Enough for the NFL bluefeet blog post by Lilli Cloud

Her husband, a former NFL player, had her on the phone until the minute she left the hotel room for the big interview. And it was big – a panel of 18 people, a small audience, really.

He had her on her toes, jumping up and down, pumping her fists in the air. Doing all the things the NFL players do before they take the field. She was gearing up for the big game, and that hotel room door was her tunnel.

She aced it. Perhaps in no small part due to the change in her body chemistry that he had guided her through. Read the Rest

Horshacks and Hecklers


“I’m sorry I can’t fight the battle of wits with you mister, but I never fight an unarmed man.”

This was the quick comeback from a vaudeville performer at a family show I saw when I was about 12. Unlike most comedians, this would certainly pass the bleep test, but it’s still not appropriate for business. Read the Rest

Personal Brand-Building for Introverts

I just started reading Quiet, by Susan Cain, and realized with some discomfort that I, as a personal branding expert and presentation coach, am part of our cultural drive towards extroversion.

We weren’t always this way, favoring or even requiring people to be extroverts. The author describes a cultural shift around the turn of the 20th Century from the Culture of Character to the Culture of Personality. A mass movement from farms to cities, from agriculture to industry, drove this change. Rather than working with neighbors, people were now working with strangers. Read the Rest