I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you:
Executive Toughness: The Mental-Training Program to Increase Your Leadership Performance
The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well
Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield
Leadership: The Power of Emotional Intelligence: Selected Writings
a fine line: how design strategies are shaping the future of business
Resonant Leadership: Inspiring Others Through Emotional Intelligence (CD)
Terry Leahy (Tesco) in “The Corner Office”
The New York Times
Whole Foods CEO John Mackey‘s advice for entrepreneurs
THE NORMAL WELL-TEMPERED MIND: A Conversation with Daniel C. Dennett
with John Brockman
Kevin Cashman: An interview by Bob Morris
Simon Pont: An interview by Bob Morris
“Why the Publishing Industry Isn’t Doomed: Readers’ Control In the Future of Reading”
“How To Make Your Employees Happier”
“Five of Steve Jobs’s Biggest Mistakes”
“The Narcissistic Leader: Not as Good as He (Or You) May Think”
“Leadership lessons from the Royal Navy”
Andrew St. George
The McKinsey Quarterly
“10 Creative Block Breakers That Actually Work”
Susan K. Perry
“Several of the Major Business Challenges to Be Faced in 2013″
Gerard J. Tellis
“Preparing for a new era of work”
Susan Lund, James Manyika, and Sree Ramaswamy
The McKinsey Quarterly
“My Favorite Quotations About Women: Part 2″
“This Explains Everything: 192 Thinkers on the Most Elegant Theory of How the World Works”
“Who says it’s a man’s world?”
from Who Says It’s a Man’s World?
“The 5 rules of happy employees”
from It’s Always Personal
“How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries”
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Do kids these days have short attention spans, or does the world just move too slowly to accommodate their energy and creativity? Gabe Zichermann suggests that today’s video games are making children smarter – and we should all embrace gamification.
Click here to check out a TED program during which he explains how games make kids smarter.
Here is a TEDx Talk that is a follow-up to another event TED had on August about video games. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.
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Gabe Zicherman was the chair of the Gamification Summit 9/15-16/12 NYC (GSummit) where top thought leaders in this burgeoning industry gather to share knowledge and insight. Gabe Zichermann is an entrepreneur and author whose work centers on gamification–and the power of games to help engage people and build strong organizations and communities. In 2010, he chaired the Gamification summit, a conference dedicated to gamification and “engagement mechanics.” An avid blogger on the subject, he co-authored two books with Christopher Cunningham: Game-Based Marketing and Gamification by Design: Implementing Game Mechanics in Web and Mobile Apps in which he examines the innovative trend of using game mechanics to engage and build a customer base.
A resident of NYC, Gabe is a board member of StartOut.org, advisor to a number of startups and Facilitator for the Founder Institute in Manhattan. For more information about Gabe and gamification, visit the Gamification Blog at http://gamification.com.
(First, a confession. I’m not much of a fan of Powerpoint. I seldom use it (actually, I prefer Keynote), and when I do, it is mostly images, and mostly to introduce my speech/presentation. So, take this as criticism from one who is not a fan).
Here is the deal. You should speak to your audience. So look your audience members in the eye. Eyeball to eyeball. You are not speaking to a projection screen, you are speaking to people. So look at the people – eyes front at all times!, toward your audience members. They, and they alone, are your audience.
Have you watched any TED talks? The speakers always look in the direction of their audience. Yes, they have a pretty big budget, with multiple monitors in front of the speakers. But the principle is crystal clear – eyes front!
Recently, I saw again what I have seen too many times to mention. A speaker was presenting a report to a room full of folks. For practically the entire time, he stood facing the screen, with his back to his audience, reading the slides at times almost word for word.
So – here are your communication tips of the day, for when you speak with PowerPoint or Keynote slides.
#1 — Never speak with your back to the audience. Not one word. Look at your audience at all times, and not, not ever!, at the screen.
#2 — Never have a chart or graph on a PowerPoint slide that is too small for the audience to read easily. If you just have to have it on the screen, even if it is too small to read, make sure your audience members have a copy in their own hands that they can read clearly and easily.
#3 – Darken the screen when you want your audience to pay more attention to you directly. Do this frequently throughout your presentation. In other words, be in control of the eyeball direction of your audience members. When you want them looking at the screen, then have a slide on the screen. When you want them looking at you, darken the screen.
All of this should remind you that PowerPoint slides are not the presentation. They are presentation aids. You are presenting your presentation. So look your audience members in the eye, speak directly to them, every minute, every word of your presentation.
(And, read my earlier blog post, A Set of PowerPoint Slides is NOT a “presentation” – a rant)