Editorial

Carmen Simon headlines the 2017 Presentation Summit

The 2017 Presentation Summit will kick off Monday morning, Sep 25, with one of its most popular speakers of all time, as Dr. Carmen Simon delivers the conference’s opening keynote address. The noted neuroscientist and author of the newly-acclaimed Impossible to Ignore, Dr. Simon will speak on “The Fiction of Storytelling,” and will challenge conference…

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The Summit and the Guild: Match Made in Heaven?

Attend the conference, join the Guild for free Two organizations with arguably the most passion for the presentation experience are joining forces, as the longest-running conference for the industry, the Presentation Summit, and the Presentation Guild, the newest voice for the community, announced a strategic partnership for 2017. The benefits to the end-user community are…

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Are Protesters like Presenters?

If so, they are failing I grew up near Stanford University in the 1960s and I remember my mother taking me on campus for protests and marches against our country’s involvement in the Vietnam War. She likes to tell the story of one late-October gathering in which the chant of “Peace now” gradually morphed into…

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When Your Mariah Moment Happens

Did you hear the one about how powerful Mariah Carey’s voice is? You can hear her sing even when her mouth is not open. As you can imagine, there is no shortage of jokes about the singer’s epic fail on New Year’s Eve. Several have no doubt graced your Facebook or Twitter feed, you’ve seen…

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What You Can Learn from the Jewish Holidays

I start with a few provisos. First, I recognize that a high percentage of my readership subscribes to a faith other than Judaism or subscribes to no faith at all. Second, the Jewish High Holidays — marked by Rosh Hashanah (the new year) and then 10 days later Yom Kippur (day of atonement) — are…

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Is it Unfair to Call Hillary Clinton Shrill?

Of all of the lasting images and sound bites from the Democratic National Convention and from Secretary Clinton’s historic acceptance speech, it does seem a bit out of proportion to read and hear so much about her vocal pattern. But is it sexist? Is it unfair? No it is not. Let me state right at…

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The Warriors, Kevin Durant, and You

The Curse of Expectation Having been a long-suffering follower of the Golden State Warriors when they were terrible for over 20 years, it is with unreserved glee that I revel in last year’s championship, this year’s record-breaking season, and the recent acquisition of superstar Kevin Durant. But you don’t have to be a Warriors fan,…

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Don’t Say That!

Six Things Presenters Should Never Say The digital world is littered with articles with titles similar to this one. A Google search turns up 750,000 of them. And most of them offer good advice, albeit a bit redundant. Just about all of them warn against calling attention to your having run out of time, asking…

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Dr. Carmen Simon is “Impossible to Ignore”

Summit Regular Completes “All-Girl” Band in Las Vegas One of the most popular speakers ever at the Presentation Summit returns this year to deliver the Wednesday morning keynote: “Made You Look: How visual cues pave the way for powerful action.” Dr. Simon completes a conference first: all three keynote speeches in 2016 will be delivered…

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Sunni Brown Joins the 2016 Presentation Summit team

Which would you rather be grouped into: the 100 most creative people in business or the 10 most creative people on Twitter. If you are Sunni Brown, you are in both of those camps, and she will be bringing all of that creativity to the Presentation Summit this year, as the Tuesday morning keynote speaker.…

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