Never Speak with your Back to the Audience – One of Three Use-of-Powerpoint Suggestions

(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. … Read More Never Speak with your Back to the Audience – One of Three Use-of-Powerpoint Suggestions

Continually Innovate, Or Else – Hinting At TED’s True Value

What do we mean when we say that every company, every organization, needs to continually innovate? It means that every company and every organization needs to continually innovate!  Or, they will be left behind, and maybe even cease to exist. There is no alternative. This post is prompted by a question that I asked a… Read More Continually Innovate, Or Else – Hinting At TED’s True Value

In a “Keep Learning” World, TED is Custom Made for those Life-long Learners

Last Saturday, I had the privilege of attending TEDxSMU (thanks to a generous, unexpected gift from a First Friday Book Synopsis regular.  Thanks, Dan).  It was our “local” version of the TED conference, held each spring, and now viewed by millions (literally! millions!) of people online.  Click here – (a good place to start –… Read More In a “Keep Learning” World, TED is Custom Made for those Life-long Learners

Nancy Duarte: An interview by Bob Morris

Nancy Duarte has driven the vision and growth of Duarte for 20 years, building an internationally respected design firm, which has created over a quarter of a million presentations. She has helped shape the perceptions of many of the world’s leading brands and thought leaders. Nancy is the author of the best-selling and award winning book Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations, where her experience was… Read More Nancy Duarte: An interview by Bob Morris

Jason Fried May Sound Right, But I Think He Is Wrong – Meetings Are Not The Devil

I don’t know how to identify an “expert” all that easily these days. Is a person an expert because he/she has written a book?  Probably not.  But, when smart people disagree, how do we decide who knows enough to copy and emulate? Consider this:  is it good, or bad, to have meetings? In Verne Harnish’s… Read More Jason Fried May Sound Right, But I Think He Is Wrong – Meetings Are Not The Devil

“Collaboration is the Stuff of Growth” – Sir Ken Robinson on Changing Education Paradigms

I have read, and presented my synopsis of the Element:  How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Sir Ken Robinson.  I have blogged about him here.  I have watched the videos from his presentations at TED, Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity and Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! He’s a real champion of… Read More “Collaboration is the Stuff of Growth” – Sir Ken Robinson on Changing Education Paradigms

Face -To-Face Communication; Real Conversations – Everything Else Is A Choice with Lower Impact

(These thoughts were partly prompted by the video of Chris Anderson’s presentation How web video powers global innovation at TED, and this interview with him at beet.tv about the power of the spoken word: Video is a “Reinvention of the Spoken Word”). ——————- Reflections: Communication is not words, or images, or ideas – it is… Read More Face -To-Face Communication; Real Conversations – Everything Else Is A Choice with Lower Impact

“Together Effort” Really Does Trump “By Myself Effort” – Insight From Drucker, Tharp, Lennon/Mccartney, Eisner, and Anderson

Let’s talk about teamwork – or collaboration – or connections — or “together effort” instead of “by myself effort.” A lot seems to be cropping up on my own radar about this idea of “together work.” And it is true – we can do more than me.  We are smarter, more capable, more able to… Read More “Together Effort” Really Does Trump “By Myself Effort” – Insight From Drucker, Tharp, Lennon/Mccartney, Eisner, and Anderson

The First Friday Book Synopsis – a Blue Ocean Strategy in a World of Competing Book Clubs

The phrase “book club” is thrown around a lot.  And I am learning it has a number of different meanings. For example, there are two different “TED” book clubs.  One is for the people who attend the actual, original TED conference.  They each receive a stack of books periodically.  They are then left to their… Read More The First Friday Book Synopsis – a Blue Ocean Strategy in a World of Competing Book Clubs

A Set of PowerPoint Slides is NOT a “presentation” – a rant

It drives me crazy. People refer to a set of PowerPoint slides as “a presentation.”  “Can you send me your presentation?” people will ask. Are they crazy?! A presentation is – you know – a person presenting a speech, a talk…, standing up or sitting down and opening his/her mouth and speaking.  You know –… Read More A Set of PowerPoint Slides is NOT a “presentation” – a rant