Editorial

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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Nancy Duarte to Headline 2016 Presentation Summit

When the 2016 Presentation Summit convenes in Las Vegas this October, it will do so with one of the most recognized names and faces in the presentation community, as Nancy Duarte returns to the conference which she helped put on the map. “Nancy was with us for our inaugural event back in 2003,” recalls conference…

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Happy Accidents with Triggers

You never know what you might discover when you thought you were looking for something else. One of our more loyal Presentation Summit attendees, Mary Hampton, had a recent dilemma and she came to us in search of a solution. On a map of the United States, she prepared information boxes for states that were…

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PowerPoint 2016: A tale of adjectives

Modern journalism is replete with examples of misused and overhyped ajdectives, so I want to make it clear that I thought long and hard about the ones I am about to offer to sum up my thoughts about the new version of PowerPoint. Version 2016 of PowerPoint is wonderfully exciting in its promise for better…

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Guilty Pleasures

We turn the tables on one of the oldest scams in history… Reprinted from 2009 on Throw-Back Thursday… ALL OF YOU HAVE RECEIVED ONE, WE’RE SURE. The email with the subject of “Very Urgent Investment Transaction,” the entire letter in upper case, and the gist being the wealthy person who has died and left tens…

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The Circle of Life at the 2015 Presentation Summit

When you have held annual conferences as long as I have (first one in 1989), you encounter just about everything along the way. We have witnessed all of the following: Marriage proposals Various activities that lead to proposals Similar activities that lead to divorces Power outages plunging all of our ballrooms into darkness A double-booking…

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