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You Have the Floor: How to Present Ideas with Confidence

by / ⠀Career Advice Entrepreneurship / April 28, 2014

  You have a million ideas stirring around in your head, right? The world is teeming with inspiration, and you’re constantly scrawling new projects on cocktail napkins at the bourbon bar, on the “notes” page of your pocket planner or, heck, even on the back of your hand. But how many of these ideas actually make it to the ears of someone important – that is, someone other…

Rock On Stage & Be Remembered

by / ⠀Startup Advice / May 4, 2013

Have you ever listened to a presentation and thought “Wow! This is really awesome”? I can raise my hand to that. But I have also attended many presentations that are so boring that I wished I’d left the room. How can a CEO give such a terrible presentation? That’s the question I often ask myself. Your goal as a CEO should be to enter the stage, rock it…

The Pitfalls of PowerPoint

by / ⠀Startup Advice / February 3, 2013

We’ve all been subjected to presentations that bombard us with an endless stream of PowerPoint slides or other forms of visual “aids.” We read a screen covered with wordy bullet points and dense text, only to forget most of it by the time we leave the room. Visual aids such as PowerPoint, Keynote, and Prezi can add flavor to your presentation – or they can suck the life…

5 Ways Make Your Presentations Pitch Perfect

by / ⠀Startup Advice / December 24, 2012

Sooner or later every entrepreneur will have to do a presentation to an audience. It comes with the job description. Whether its to a potential investor, client, or an influential group of your peers. You will have to do this. I have been doing this for several years now. During 2012 I presented at the SXSW HatchPitch competition (we came third out of 87), the Dublin Web Summit,…

How to create a KILLER presentation

by / ⠀Startup Advice / December 8, 2012

Putting together a great presentation isn’t necessarily easy. It takes time to develop a stellar concept, find the right words, and follow the red thread. As much as public speaking is a skill that can be acquired & improved through practice, the right presentation material is not a skill. Here are some simple (unspoken) rules & insightful tips; the type that can make your next presentation a true success!…

Shred Your Notes (and Other Lessons on Public Speaking)

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / May 8, 2012

Many people get jitters before a big speech; it’s such a common fear that some avoid it altogether. Jerry Seinfeld once joked that Americans feared public speaking more than death, which meant that the average person at a funeral would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy. While we’re above ground, however, public speaking can do us a lot more help than harm. No matter your…

Stop Pitching! It’s’ NOT Genuine

by / ⠀Funding Startup Advice / February 17, 2012

I’m really sick of these startup pitches. Their businesses are usually miles apart, but listening to their pitches make them sound all the same. It’s so damn generic! “So… how do we solve this?” “With out us…users…would be lost…” “We help grow online communities…to reach their full, potential” “This is a $500…million dollar market…If we reach…10% of this market, we’ll be successful” “Our Team consists of myself…I have…

Giving a Winning Presentation

by / ⠀Startup Advice / September 28, 2011

Giving a presentation can be one of the toughest things for many people to do while others seemingly kill it and blow the audience away. Recently MSN’s Business on Main published an article about giving a winning presentation. The article focuses on the popular TED talks and the rules behind giving a TED talk. TED has grown from a local conference to a movement around the world delivering…

5 Simple Ways to Step Up Your Presentation Game

by / ⠀Startup Advice / June 9, 2011

We have all been through it. The horror of listening to a 145-slide presentation, stuck on full screen, with literally no indication when the last slide will come. You ask yourself, “Is there no light to the end of the tunnel?” Most likely, not anytime soon. But most often, it is not the presentation that is off-key, but the presenter. The visual aid is only an extension of…

A Breakdown of 5 Fundamental Presentation Skills

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / May 13, 2011

It’s almost unfair when you think about those rare individuals who stroll through presentations as though it wasn’t even a challenge.  But as many of us know, experienced or otherwise, presenting to a group of people is no walk in the park.  In fact, for some people, it’s daunting. Whether you’re a CEO or a fresh-out-of-uni office recruit, presentation skills are essential for business or personal success.  The…

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