The Silent Killer…(aka “Death by Meeting”)

Matt Eventoff

“If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings.” The meeting. One study estimates that executives spend close to 1Ž2 of their time, during working hours, in meetings. Numerous studies, with varying results, estimate over 10 million meetings occur – each day. another meeting. Portions originally in USA Today.

Conducting More Effective Meetings: 8 Steps

Matt Eventoff

“If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings.” The meeting. One study estimates that executives spend close to ½ of their time, during working hours, in meetings. Numerous studies, with varying results, estimate over 10 million meetings occur – each day. another meeting. For more information, please see this article from USA Today.

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How to Deliver Online Presentations During Remote Meetings

Presentation Guru

Remote meetings are arguably more frequent today than ever before. Back in the day you might have expected a remote meeting between board members, executive directors or people at the top of the organizational hierarchy.

Big Meeting Coming Up? Close the Slideshow; Pick Up the SlideDocs

Duarte Blog

Presentations have long been a staple in meetings. Does a presentation actually make a meeting better, or can it make the meeting experience worse? For internal meetings where the goal is to build consensus, consider turning off the projector.

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Your Company is Bleeding Cash, and You Can Stop It!

Matt Eventoff

“If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings.” The meeting. One study estimates that executives spend close to ½ of their time, during working hours, in meetings. Numerous studies, with varying results, estimate over 10 million meetings occur – each day. another meeting. For more information, please see this article from USA Today.

Email Etiquette meets I Love Lucy: Part 2

SpeakerSue Says...

Instead, readers scroll, thinking they’re clever enough to get the gist, and you’re lucky if they even notice your key points. My inbox reminds me of that classic I Love Lucy skit where Lucy and Ethel work on a chocolates assembly line.

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Take Your Meetings by Storm…Gamestorm, That Is

Duarte Blog

To get everyone on the same page about the pitfalls of poorly designed meetings, Sunni and Dave had attendees role play a typical meeting and assigned some roles (nay-sayers, “yes&# people, problem solvers and meeting disrupters) for added realism.

What’s wrong with virtual meetings?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

The realities of 21st century work life, especially post 2008, means many of us have more virtual meetings than face-to-face ones.    Of course, the purveyors of the high-tech equipment that makes these meetings possible tout the benefits – efficiency, speed, savings on travel, and so on.    Now that’s important because we want to know what people intend just as much we want to know what they’re saying – in fact, even more so. 

7 tips for speaking up in meetings

Speak Schmeak

Meetings. We even call them ourselves from time to time. And the worst thing about meetings? There seems to be an ingrained insecurity in many of us when it comes to speaking up at meetings. There are a lot of relevant tips there for speaking up in meetings.

Meet me in Las Vegas, October 9-10!

Speak Schmeak

What's the fastest, surest way to bore your audience to tears, destroy your own credibility, ruin any good points you have to make, and kill even the best presentation?

How to follow up your meeting, conference, or event

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

After my recent blogs on virtual meetings, Kristin Zurovitch, Director of Marketing at Sonic Foundry, a tech company in Madison, Wisconsin got in touch with me to suggest ways that you can follow up your meeting – whether virtual or face-to-face – to increase the likelihood that your event will be remembered, acted upon, and made generally worthwhile.   Maybe even choose a session for a tweet chat.

Five finds for speakers in work presentations & meetings

The Eloquent Woman

Your most frequent "public speaking" probably takes place in work-related settings, from videoconferencing to meetings and presentations. Even more quotable: TED's new quotes feature lets you find and share quotes from TED talks easily , a real boon whether you're looking for a quote to include in your own speech, writing a speech for someone else or just wanting to share a great thought. iPad for meetings: Inc.

Everybody can get better. Even the most experienced presenters can.

Communication Steroids

Even the most experienced presenters can learn new techniques that improve their skills. Even the greatest speakers, the most powerful orators, the most skilled motivators need to maintain their edge and keep their focus sharp. In the world of presenting: even coaches need a coach.

Barnes & Noble - Meet You at Starbucks, I Just Ordered the Best-Seller Used from Amazon.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There has even been the option of ordering used books. I didn't even buy Peter Thiel's iconic "Zero to One." Distressed Barnes & Noble has appointed Demos Parneros as chief executive officers.

How to Fix What's Wrong with Virtual Meetings

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

In an earlier blog, I identified 5 problems with online meetings.    What can you do to put the life back into that sometime blessing, sometime curse of the modern world, virtual meetings?    Accept the less-than-perfect nature of virtual meetings. Don’t try to make virtual meetings into something they’re not, or try to make them carry freight they can’t.    Do the less important things via virtual meetings whenever possible.

Take charge of that meeting: 8 ways to make sense of Robert's Rules of Order

The Eloquent Woman

If you''re going to chair meetings or rise to a high post in your professional society, you''re likely to run up against Robert''s Rules of Order. it''s the most widely used authority on parliamentary procedure--and many a meeting chair has struggled to follow those rules.

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5 Ways To Make A Bigger Impact At Meetings

Professionally Speaking...

I doubt you''ve ever heard anyone say they wished they had more meetings to attend. Most of us complain frequently about how unproductive meetings are and how they interfere with getting our job done. Think about how you want to show up at the meeting -- advocate?

Introductory Meeting with an Investor. What do you say? « TJWALKER.

TJ Walker Interactive

Warren Buffett Speaking to Kids » Introductory Meeting with an Investor. When you meet with an investor for the first time, even before a pitch, make sure you look confident and capable so that he or she will want to come to that pitch meeting.

How To End A Speech or Presentation, Pt. II

Matt Eventoff

Whether taking a company public, introducing a new product to market, delivering a new lecture or simply leading a team meeting, the conclusion is crucial to the success of any presentation. Contrast – One of my favorites, and is even more effective when tied directly in to the call to action. “We can have _, or we can have.

Communication requires presence: Why I won't have a meeting with you while driving

Speak Schmeak

But let me share why you'll rarely have a conversation with me while I'm driving—especially a business meeting.

How to Meet With and Speak to Your CEO

Executive Speech Coach

Guest Post by Dan McCarthy Most employees NEVER get to have a meeting with the CEO of their company. Talk to others that know the CEO, and have had meetings with him/her. Yes, you are meeting with the high ranking person in your company. If you’re not, you have no reason to be at the meeting. Imagine a 12-16 hour day where you are in back-to-back meetings ALL day, every day. Each meeting has a vastly different topic.

Industry Execs Meet Social Media: Five Reasons Your Firm Needs A Social Media Strategy

Communication Steroids

Fifth, yes, even you can build brand, communicate with prospective clients, and serve existing accounts more effectively with it. Don’t, even for a moment, think you can ignore social media because you are a captain of manufacturing.

There's more to a novel name than meets the eye and ear

Max Atkinson

Think what it feels like when you're the only child on the promenade with nothing whatsoever to choose from - I'd even have settled for 'Maxie', but that was never there either - while everyone else could chose pretty much anything they liked with 'David', 'Michael' or 'Richard' printed on it.

Toastmasters Saturday: The New Year That Almost Wasn't

Speak and Deliver

As I drove up to the auto dealership our club meets at last night, it was eerily quiet. Same for McDonalds, even though it had a private meeting room (the only one I''ve ever seen in a McDs, actually). Four items to consider at your next Officer Meeting: 1.

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7 tips for speaking up in meetings

Speak Schmeak

Meetings. We even call them ourselves from time to time. And the worst thing about meetings? There seems to be an ingrained insecurity in many of us when it comes to speaking up at meetings. There are a lot of relevant tips there for speaking up in meetings.

Meet me in Las Vegas, October 9-10!

Speak Schmeak

What's the fastest, surest way to bore your audience to tears, destroy your own credibility, ruin any good points you have to make, and kill even the best presentation?

Headline about Chuck Todd on the Drudge Report “TODD TURNS ORANGE ON ‘MEET’… – Media Training

TJ Walker Interactive

Yesterday was Chuck Todd’s debut as the host of NBC’s meet the Press (unfortunately I missed it). But even though everyone knows most men wear makeup on TV, it seems like an extreme step for men to wear a bronzer, thus commentators feel embolden to talk about it and mock the male for doing so. Todd is popular with he press and got mostly favorable reviews. However, the biggest media insider website of them all, The Drudge Report, mocked Todd for looking orange.

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Toastmasters Friday: Order! Order!

Speak and Deliver

Shaking hands, not leaving the lectern, clapping after almost anybody utters an intelligent sentence.and that doesn't even touch the Roger's Rules of Order that we work to adhere to throughout each and every meeting. Are Toastmasters meetings too structured, too rigid in their rules?

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Face Time - Still Gives the Edge, Even in Digital Era

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Even in consulting, though, face time still counts. That happens through Skype, the face time feature on iPhone and all sorts of video gadgets for meetings. Face time always mattered a lot. In a digital era, that hasn't changed, at least not very much.

Toastmasters Friday: There Are No Minor Roles

Speak and Deliver

I hate the term "Minor Roles" in Toastmaster meetings. While the amount of speaking time given to each person will vary from club to club, all should get a chance to at least give a report during the General Evaluation of the meeting. Feeling Small?

How to Speak & Offend: Pt. II of IV - It's Our Job to Offend!

Speak and Deliver

It looks like I succeeded in not really offending anyone in Part I - but I certainly got a fair amount of feedback, including many more ways people felt offended by speakers - which I will include in Part IV - How to Speak & Offend EVEN MORE.

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Toastmasters Friday: How Smooth is Your Choreography?

Speak and Deliver

All of these concepts are important in speaking and, interestingly enough, are also important in our Toastmaster meetings. Part of the club's goals were to hold better meetings. In Toastmasters, only one person controls the meeting at a time.

Want to sell more? Consider the shape of the table you meet around…

SpeakerSue Says...

” They undertook their study with vigor and looked at typical factors like age, gender, ethnicity and even jury directions and the food the jurors ate. Could the shape of the table impact your ability to sell? As always, my friend, Kare Anderson has written another brilliant article called, 5 Ways Storytelling Can Boost Participation and Performance. The story quickly is this: A federal judge tasked a college class to “research ways to improve the jury deliberation process.”

East Meets West: From Big Apple to Bay Area

Duarte Blog

A group of Duartians (yes, that’s what we call ourselves) attended the event to meet other creatives in the community and exchange ideas on the ever-changing landscape for design.

The Communication Blog: Impolite Questions, What Are They?

The Communication Blog

We all know an impolite question when we meet one. beautifully portrayed in the classic film Marty where the Bronx butcher is asked this by a customer with the added note that even his younger brother got married. 2.15.2011 Impolite Questions, What Are They? They’re easy to recognize when you’re the person asked the questions; not so easy to recognize when you’re the one asking the questions.

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Dilbert on speaking up in meetings

The Eloquent Woman

Getting told she needs to speak up more in meetings. Tags: women and public speaking speaking up in meetings If you're a regular Dilbert reader, you know Alice might just be the most outspoken woman in this fictional workplace. Her reward?

checklist: works in meetings, too

The Eloquent Woman

Instead, it is the perfect preparation for nearly every client meeting, negotiation and court appearance.Before your next high-stakes meeting, answer each question, first replacing "Audience" with Client, Judge or even Opposing Counsel. Tags: women and public speaking hat tips speaking up in meetings

All the President's Men - Even Son-in-Law Jared Kushner in the Soup

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Sources such as experts on "Meet the Press" have been predicting a massive shake-up among The President's Men.  It What did "they" expect?

Ruth Ginsberg on speaking up in meetings

The Eloquent Woman

Ever wonder whether more famous women manage to avoid the pitfalls women face when they speak up in meetings ? In this USA Today interview , Ruth Bader Ginsburg gives a rare insight into the inner workings of the Supreme Court, focusing on whether women are heard in meetings.

Even Gs know the rules of public speaking

Speak Schmeak

On a recent episode of From Gs to Gents , one contestant proved that even Gs know not to apologize during an introduction. After meeting with a stylist in Beverly Hills, the Gs are tested on their new fashion knowledge.