PowerPoint is not your enemy, Prezi will not save you

  Slideshows are a contentious issue. I often hear people complaining about PowerPoints. I also hear them talking excitedly about the latest presentation software that will make any slideshow a work of art.  When Prezi came along, it was like the annunciation of Slideshow Christ. But the Prezi presentations were no better than the PowerPoint presentations…

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Feel the Churn

One of the glories of the Internet is that we have access to an incredible store of talks by a huge range of speakers. Between social media sharing and search engines, exceptional, mind-shifting talks flit across our radar on a regular basis. This same access can make us feel that people out there are crafting…

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Say it out loud

Yes, you sound different when you speak than when you write. The carefully massaged sentence, paragraph, or turn of phrase is unlikely to come out of your mouth in the same way that it reads on paper. Writing, reading, and unscripted speaking are all different mental processes. You can create a consistency between your spoken…

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Heat waves and mindsets

It has been very, very hot in my hometown over the past week. People are hiding in their basements, seeking out air conditioned venues, and generally doing as little as possible.  Men, women, children, and animals alike are sticky, sweaty, itchy, and irritable. This is affecting not only how people are saying their message, but…

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Happy announcements!

A delightful change has happened in my household!  The change was anticipated but the timing was a bit unexpected. You see, I had planned on spending the next couple of weeks getting a huge amount of housework, cooking, and writing done so that I could be “ready” for when our lovely new baby arrived. Baby…

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