Category Archives: C.O.D.E.™

Crack the C.O.D.E. When the Presentation Stakes are High

Over the past month I have been working with a team of executives as they prepare to launch a new and groundbreaking product . . . exciting news with high-stakes impact. How this message is presented can be a defining moment, influencing how this product … Continue reading

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SpeakerQuestion: How can I make sure our presentation skills training “sticks” ?

The benefit of presentation skills training is that it gives everyone a common language and understanding of what it takes to deliver an engaging presentation.  However, talking about presentation skills (as described in the C.O.D.E.™ process ) is one thing; … Continue reading

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SpeakerByte #33: Decode the C.O.D.E.™

The keys to an effective presentation are to Clarify, Organize, Develop, and then to Express & Engage — what I call the Presentation C.O.D.E.™ The first three keys stress the skills required to craft your content: clarifying your message, organizing … Continue reading

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SpeakerByte #28: Sync Up for Maximum Impact

The best presenters get everything working together — their words, body language and voice, as well as slides, props or other audiovisual support. When you and all aspects of your presentation are in sync, you’ll find that your audience not … Continue reading

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Bring the Backstory to the Forefront

Reveal the “Why” Behind These days, almost every company is scouring the balance sheet, looking for savings. The value of business meetings, for example, is seriously scrutinized and presenters are asking themselves: “How can I create a presentation that delivers … Continue reading

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Using “Glance & Grab™” to Perk Up Your PowerPoint

Make sure your presentation has a crystal clear overall theme or idea. Then make sure each slide also has a distinct central thought. Don’t forget to use visuals — again, think “glance and grab” and you’ll have your audience on the edge of their seats. Continue reading

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The “Curse” of Overthinking Your Presentation

Is it possible to over think what could be a career-defining presentation?… In a word, yes.
If you’re in the midst of preparing for your next presentation and suspect you might be over thinking it, try this quick test.

Are you…
• Obsessing rather than progressing?
• Feeling as if you’ve hit a wall?
• Frantically looking for that magic bullet to get back on track?

If you answered “yes” more than once, take a moment to step away (physically and mentally) and clear your head. Chances are, you’re falling victim to one of three common traps. Here they are, along with some tips for breaking free and ensuring that you’ll be confident, heard and inspiring when you step up to speak. Continue reading

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