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  • It’s time for Dirty Rhetoric

    A hundred-thousand voices screaming into an electronic echo-chamber. Welcome to modern communications. Your idea must be heard, but how?

  • Mastering the Art of Expression: Breaking Bad Presentation Habits

    by Rick Enrico of SlideGenius.com for MakeaPowerfulPoint.com . Polished your presentation deck and script to a shine? Refining your body language can make a great difference, too. A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania states that 70% of non-verbal

  • Create Great Content for a time starved world

    In the last two years 90% of the world’s data was born.¹ Information overload has morphed into infobesity and information pollution. Dealing with this glut has become so stressful, that unplugging is the new vogue for vacations. We are all time

  • 5 Great Excel Chart Tutorials

    For data presentation, it’s the best of times and the worst of times. The best of times because you have more information, more insight, more data to present. The worst of times because sometimes those standard bar and line charts

  • Choosing Color

    The Internet went insane a few weeks ago. Over a dress. More specifically, the color of a dress. It caused more division than a year’s worth of calculus. The color of the dress was a gestalt optical illusion. I don’t

  • Rhetoric Made Easy

    The jingle that you can’t stop humming. The lyric bouncing around in your head. The line of dialogue that makes you gasp, laugh or cry. These words have a profound effect on us. Neuroscientists are researching why specific tunes bury

  • Pitching Elevators

    We’ve all heard of the elevator pitch. It’s probably the most important conversation you’ll ever have.* Whether you’re pitching your idea, product or company, you have to get it through to whomever you’re speaking to. And you’ve got no more

  • Visual Descriptions

    Einstein said that, “if you can’t explain it to a six-year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” That’s not easy. Short attention spans, limited knowledge of the subject matter, other things on their minds. That not only describes six-year olds,

  • Write Good with Hemingway App

    I write a lot, but have a love-hate relationship with my writing. There are moments when I love it, when words rush on to the page, everyone of them a gem, every thought captured and clear. Then I re-read it.

  • How A Dashboard Changes the Conversation

    Presenting data effectively changes the kinds of conversations that can happen inside organizations. Better presentations shape an improved culture of decision-making. Let me tell you about a recent example of this. Late 2012 I got a call from an evaluation

  • NSFW: How to avoid 12 confusing ways to present data

    Numbers are the universal language, but it’s not spoken well. How you present data and information bleeds into everything you do — and it’s far reaching. Changing the daily conversation and being clearer about your point will change the culture.

  • Numbers, Guts and Culture: How data visualization changes the conversation

    Numbers have power, if you have the courage to use them powerfully. Take these two stories from opposite ends of the 20th Century.  The first story is about a man in a steel mill.  The second is about the crash

  • What Type of Presenter Are You?

    I believe everyone has a great idea. Some, more than one. You may have one great idea a year, or a few every day, but whether that idea lives or dies depends on how well you present it. Let me repeat

  • One More Thing… Never Mind the Watch, How Was the Keynote?

    This week was big in Apple land.  Tim Cook’s keynote to announce the Apple Watch.  Let’s put aside the product punditry and how insanely great the product is, (the mainstream media, haters and fanboys will turn themselves into a tizzy over