Managing Communication During Isolation

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Email me your number one professional communication challenge during isolation: gerry@sanduskygroup.com. Pretty good chance you didn’t think Spring would look like this. None of us did. But here we are. The immediate future looks wildly uncertain. And while I firmly believe we will get through this, I also believe we will step into a very different future than any of us anticipated at the start of the year. If we take a creative approach we can create success out of … Continue reading

Two Technology Tools to Avoid in Your Presentations

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You put a lot of work into your presentations. And technology should help to make your life and your presentations easier to prepare, to practice, and to perform. Should. But sometimes it doesn’t. And it really isn’t technology’s fault. It’s our fault. We all make the mistake of thinking all technology will make everything easier. Sometimes it just doesn’t work that way. There are a couple of technology tools you should avoid using when it comes to your presentations. In … Continue reading

How to Make Time Disappear in Your Next Presentation

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Your time becomes more valuable the busier you get. And there’s a pretty good chance you are busier now than you were three, five, or ten years ago. We all are. That includes nearly every person in the audience of your next presentation. Your audience doesn’t have any more time to waste than you do. And you are competing for your audience’s attention, a nearly constant fight against time and the myriad of things they can do with their limited … Continue reading

How to Standardize without Sanitizing your Powerpoint

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There’s a fine line—and sometimes no line at all—between Powerpoint that follow a standardized approach and Powerpoint that have no connection to each other in an organization. Too much standardization gets boring. No connection gets confusing. In the video above, I’ll help you and your organization find the sweet spot between lockstep rigid following of rules and presentations that are all over the map. It all comes down to following a few principles instead of following an endless list of … Continue reading

Tough Conversations are Presentations too

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Tough conversations challenge everyone. It’s human nature to want to avoid confrontation and difficult situations. But as managers, in order to really get the most out of your people, sometimes you have to have the courage to have the tough conversations. The topics can include underperforming employee, attendance issues, ethical issues, inconsistency, lack of dependability, lack of trust, and a long list that fall squarely in the tough conversation category. You don’t have to like having these conversations to be … Continue reading

Yes, You Really Do Have Time to Practice

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In the old town section of Barcelona, I was on a tour with my wife when I came across this opera singer who wanted to practice in front of a live audience. So she went to the busiest part of town and started practicing, started singing. You can even hear me talking to my wife at the front of the video. She was afraid I was going to fall to far behind our tour (which is why I didn’t shoot … Continue reading

How to Get a Low Energy Audience More Engaged

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It’s a presenter’s nightmare: a low energy audience. You’ve spent real time and effort in preparing your presentation. You brought your A-game to the front of the room. You are ready. And your audience looks they are auditioning for the role of zombies in a new sci-fi movie. Lifeless. It’s not an impossible situation. In this video, I will share a few tried and true strategies for how to get a low energy audience more engaged. It takes a little … Continue reading

There’s No “U” In Presentation–And That’s The Problem

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Presenters frequently ask me, “How do I make my presentation more engaging.” I usually point out that there’s no “U” in presentation and that’s the problem. By “U” of course I mean “You.” Putting a little bit of personal information in your presentation, a little bit of vulnerability. That increased the chance of an emotional connection with your audience. Influence starts with emotional connection, not intellectual capital. In this video, I’ll show you how to use a little bit of … Continue reading

Make Cell Phones an Ally, Not an Enemy in Presentations

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Audience members and cell phones literally go hand in hand. As a presenter, you can tell people all you want to put their phones away. You can ask then to turn them off.  But most people are now too attached to their mobile phones to do either. Fortunately, you don’t have to see cell phones as your enemy in a presentation. You can make them your ally and in the process increase audience engagement. In this video, I’ll show you … Continue reading

What Your Organization Can Learn from the NFL’s Bad Call and Worse Approach

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Yes, they got the call wrong. Yes, the officials mistake had a direct impact on the LA Rams going to the Super Bowl instead of the New Orleans Saints. And yes, everyone outside the NFL, wants to see replay rules changed. All of that still misses the bigger issue, an issue that can affect your business as easily as the football business. The issue of transparency. The referee in the NFC Championship game, was Bill Vinovich. He’s a good ref—or … Continue reading