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10 Presentation Tips

by Regina Clark - on Wednesday, August 17, 2011
10 Presentation Tips

Business presentations do not have to be boring! As a matter of fact, most content is not boring, it’s the speaker who is boring. Usually speakers are boring because they don’t know how to have fun when standing in front of an audience. If the speaker is boring, the audience will definitely be bored. If the speaker has some fun, the audience will be engaged and retain the information that the speaker is communicating. Having fun is definitely the way to go. Here are a few ways to add some fun or spice to your business presentations. 

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Google Builds Better Bosses

by Regina Clark - on Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Google Builds Better Bosses

This past Sunday (3/13/2011) The NY Time published an article about Google building better bosses.  In 2009, Google launched Project Oxygen, the objective was to review thousands of pieces of data and figure out what it takes to be a great manager at Google. I am so excited about this list because it is based on real data, not just assumptions.  Here is the list in order of importance: 

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Leading Others During Turbulent Times

by Regina Clark - on Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Leading Others During Turbulent Times

Telling Ain’t Training

by Regina Clark - on Friday, September 10, 2010
Telling Ain’t Training

There is a huge difference between facilitating, presenting and training yet business people are constantly mixing up these approaches. Facilitation and presentation are both skills that can be learned by anyone. Being able to train others takes skill, talent, patience, care, resilience and a strong desire to help people learn. 

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Communication takes two: a sender and a reciever

by Regina Clark - on Friday, August 27, 2010
Communication takes two: a sender and a reciever

Communication is a two-part process. One person sends a message and the other person receives the message and hopefully understands the meaning. I just came back from a coaching session with a senior executive. She was describing to me how frustrated she was because a few of her direct reports were not reading her email messages. Her primary method of communicating to a staff of 50+ is by email. Many of her email messages include critical, time sensitive information.  I suggested including a read receipt when the email is sent, the senior executive didn’t like this option. She said it would fill her email box with too many emails.  

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Adults learn when they are inspired!

by Regina Clark - on Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Adults learn when they are inspired!

I spent last week with a group of brilliant engineers who were unfortunately misguided in their attempt to design a training program which was going to be rolled out to more than 9000 employees. Instead of identifying learning objectives and planning interactive exercises, the engineers decided to develop more than 150 PowerPoint slides with leader’s notes. The plan was to “lecture” until all of the slides were seen by the audience. The plan didn’t work and now the engineers are revising the training. It doesn’t matter how smart you are, there comes a time when we all need help. Please ask for help BEFORE you spend countless hours designing hundreds of PowerPoint slides. 

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