Can you challenge the status quo at work?

Challenge the status quo

It’s not about rolling over and playing dead for the execs, but it does involve a bit of strategy and logic. Continue Reading

Business case: Personalize the arguments

Business Case

“No time, Lance! I’m building out my slide deck, baby! Check out these transitions!” Continue Reading

How to present better: Get excited

Written about this a bunch of times before, because I think it’s amazing how infrequently we discuss the idea of better, more effective presentations — especially when you consider that if you want to get an idea/point/concept across to someone,… Continue Reading

How to present better: Do your slides last

Personally hate PowerPoint and think it’s mostly totally worthless for presentations — and also think we get a lot of things wrong about presentations in general, including but not limited to: How we teach them How we focus them so… Continue Reading

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Stop chasing bullet points

Stop Chasing Bullet Points

Here’s what I mean by the headline: the idea of “chasing bullet points” means that, instead of doing actual work that moves forward the organizational purpose or the bottom line in some way, you’re looking for stats/numbers/some other concept that… Continue Reading

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Big Data: You need to actually be able to explain things to people. We forget that step.

Florence Nightingale Data Visualization

That right there is a data visualization Florence Nightingale did over 100 years ago; I found it in this post from Kellogg (Northwestern), which is an awesome article about visualizing data. I won’t go super deep into this — you… Continue Reading

How to be better at presentations and communications: A.I.M.

Audience Intent Message

If you really distill work — or, frankly, your entire life — down to a couple of core tenets, I would say one you might arrive at is “The ability to develop ideas and present them to others.” That’s the… Continue Reading

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Everyone needs to learn how to give presentations

Giving Presentations

Couple of stories before we get going on this post. 1. I went to graduate school (for business/organizational development) from 2012 to 2014. It was a little bit off-task, to be sure. In the first semester of the first year, we had… Continue Reading