5 Steps to a Brilliant Keynote Presentation

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It is a rare occasion where, when a presenter asks for feedback on a presentation, I have no constructive suggestions to offer. This unusual situation occurred at the American Society for Training & Development's International Conference and Expo in Orlando last week. When the speaker is authentically excited about his message, it is almost impossible for the audience not to be caught up in that passion.

Corporate training-The never-ending course

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What do you think is the biggest problem in corporate training? But overall, I think that given a commitment to training and competent people in the Training Department, the biggest problem is implementation. Suppose a training course had a life after the course?

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Presenting Yourself: The Elevator Speech

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Recently I taught a class on presenting yourself and crafting your elevator speech to a group of immigrant and refugee women taking an entrepreneurial training course through Empowered Women International, where I am a Board member.

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Will Obama's speech tomorrow match up to Reagan's Westminster masterpiece in 1982?

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Not for the first time, he finds himself up for comparison with Ronald Reagan, whose speech to both houses of parliament in 1982 was a tour de force of the kind that earned him the title of 'the great communicator'. A] And, yes, voices have been raised protesting their sacrifice for lumps of rock and earth so far away. [B] B] [A] But those young men aren't fighting for mere real estate. [B] For months and months the world news media covered the fighting in El Salvador.

President Obama's speech at Westminster awarded a B-

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Taking rhetoric, content and delivery into account, I'd have given the original great communicator a straight A and a B- for his sucessor. And a similar verdict from Mark Mardell, the BBC's North American editor : 'It didn't quite work. The time for our leadership is now.

Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 20, 2013: If you are involved with policy regarding charter schools you need to read SRC member Joseph Dworetsky’s lucid analysis of their financial impact on school districts (and taxpayers).

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Keystone State Education Coalition: Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 20, 2013 : If you are involved with policy regarding charter schools you need to read SRC member Joseph Dworetsky’s lucid analysis of their financial impact on school districts (and taxpayers). I want to offer a couple of observations about one additional area that, to my mind (and I am speaking for myself and not on behalf of the SRC), is a fundamental part of the story.

Designing Choreographies for the New Economy of Attention

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For that matter, does distraction always detract from the learning that takes place in these environments? We do not take a position on the efficiency of new technologies for delivering educational content or their efficacy of competing for users’ time and attention.

On the death of Margaret Thatcher: notes on the evolution of charismatic woman

Max Atkinson

Nor had I ever voted for Margaret Thatcher at the time when I wrote the following (first posted on the blog 4 years ago). But, when Mrs Thatcher came to power in 1979 after winning the first of three UK general elections, there were no such obvious models for women.

THOUGHTS ON A CONFERENCE

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I spent most of last week at the American Society for Training and Development ( ASTD ) International Conference and Expo (8000+ attendees) here in Washington, DC at the very impressive Walter E. A month prior to the conference, they set up a LinkedIn group for conference speakers as a forum to ask questions and share ideas/best practices. This is also a great way to archive the 'in the moment' participant comments for future sharing or dissemination.

Can British Prime Ministers still learn from Aristotle and rhetoric?

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Aristotle is important to us as speakers because he is generally credited as developing the basics of rhetorical theory in his book, which is often translated into English as The Art of Rhetoric. As a note for anyone outside the U.K., Tory is the nickname for the Conservative Party.

Can British Prime Ministers still learn from Aristotle and rhetoric?

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Aristotle is important to us as speakers because he is generally credited as developing the basics of rhetorical theory in his book, which is often translated into English as The Art of Rhetoric. As a note for anyone outside the U.K., Tory is the nickname for the Conservative Party. It is a useful way for you to build to the end of a train of thought as Cameron does in this particular example. Can British Prime Ministers still learn from Aristotle and rhetoric?

"Pay It Forward" or "Pay It Yourself?"

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Growing demand for the education and training that college provides has helped propel millions into public institutions providing postsecondary education, which history predicts would lead to calls for a greater role in the provision of that education. In true “perfect storm” fashion, this transfer of responsibility has accelerated as educational requirements for stable employment continue to rise, and real family income slides downward.

Five Ways to Speak Like Obama | BNET

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Talk About the Audience’s Concerns Notice that when Obama addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time , he told our story before he told his own. He talked about our sleepless nights, for example, and the college admission that might have to be turned down because of a lack of financing. This is as true for business presentations as it is for political campaigns. We make a serious error if we mistake a complete argument for a persuasive one.