Leadership Lessons from Kevin Plank

UnderArmour CEO Kevin Plank sitting in a chair

Recently I had the chance to moderate leadership session with UnderArmour CEO Kevin Plank. It was billed as a “fireside chat” at the Baltimore Ravens annual sponsor summit. For an hour I had a conversation with Kevin and folded audience questions into the dialogue. Kevin was more than generous with his time and his insights on leadership in general and his journey in particular. The leadership lessons Plank has learned from growing UnderArmour from start-up in his grandmother’s basement to … Continue reading

Get Your Audience to Shift from Wanting to Needing Your Presentation

Presenter in front of a wall of post it notes giving a presentation the audience needs to hear.

Everyone you know has problems. Everyone you present to has problems. And everyone you present to is looking for solutions.  That’s where you come in. Their Problems = Your Opportunity One fast and effective way to connect with your audience is to position your presentation as a solution to the audience’s problem or problems. Use your understanding of the audience’s problem or problems to establish a report. But the bulk of your content should help your audience move from problem … Continue reading

The Most Important Presentation You’ll Ever Give

Woman smiling while folding her arms and presenting herself

You don’t always know when you have to give your most important presentation. That’s what makes it so tricky. Throughout the course of your life and your career you will make a lot of important presentations. Some will seem similar, others wildly different. In some you’ll have the front of the room to yourself. In others you will share the platform with someone else or even a team of people.  Some of your presentations will raise awareness, some will raise … Continue reading