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.

Create handouts for data-heavy decision meetings

PowerPoint Tips

One of the most common uses of PowerPoint is to present data that will be used to make a decision at a meeting. Some of the important issues in a meeting like this are to: Tailor the presentation to the audience’s level of expertise.

The flipped meeting

PowerPoint Tips

One use she mentioned was for pre-meeting reading. What is the flipped meeting? Could this approach be used for in-house meetings? Let’s think how we could flip that meeting. This would be distributed in advance of the meeting.

Meetings are Presentations Too

Professionally Speaking...

In a classically funny John Cleese video entitled Meetings, Bloody Meetings , Cleese's wife says to him, "Why can't you do your work while you're at work?" I have to go to meetings.". Yet meetings are a fact of business life. What outcomes are expected from the meeting?

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.

5 Steps to Greater Influence in Meetings (PSSST)

Kate's Voice

One of my clients, who is determinedly on track for a promotion in a fast-paced corporate environment asked me, “How can I insert myself more into conversations and meetings?” Was he asking about how to overcome shyness or how to get invited to the right meetings?

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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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Extreme meeting report

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The National Speakers Association of Northern California March Meeting Saturday’s meeting of the Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association was one of the most valuable and informative meetings I have attended in the last five years.

16 Ways to Make Your Case at Meetings

Presentation Guru

What’s the best way to prepare for an argument or debate? Keeping an open mind and preparing for different points of view can help tremendously when you’re getting ready to present your case.

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Pop Culture Meets Jurisprudence

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Call it pop culture meets jurisprudence. Of course, it was Melissa McCarthy's simulation of Sean Spicer which stole the show last Saturday on SNL. One wonders if the real Spicer will ever be able to cut back to one slice of gum per day.

On women & speaking up in meetings: Lessons after JLaw's essay

The Eloquent Woman

It's great that actor Jennifer Lawrence got us thinking again about women and how they (mostly don't) speak up in meetings. This prompted a lot of discussion, as well as an Alexandra Petri article in the Washington Post, Famous quotes, the way a woman would have to say them in a meeting.

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Ideas for the weekly team meeting

The Presenter's Blog

What to talk about at the weekly team meeting? Yet again it’s that darned team meeting, and yet again, as the person chairing it, you’ve got no idea what to talk about. Let’s just present the weekly team meeting with the same agenda as last week. by Peter Watts.

Share presentations online to create instant meetings

PowerPoint Tips

Online meetings are more and more common these days. You can use these meetings to sell, discuss, and collaborate. Often, you’ll want to show some PowerPoint slides during the meeting. Then you can start or schedule a meeting. There is an online meeting option.

Make the most of your meetings

Kuhnke Communication

Networking with a difference Make the most of your meetings Posted by: Kuhnke Communication on: March 22, 2011 In: Body Language | Communication | Confidence | Executive Presence | Public Speaking Comment!

SXSW | Meet us in Austin!

Duarte Blog

If you’ll be there, we want to meet you. If you’re going to be at SXSW from March 8-12, we’d love to meet you, hear the story behind your experience and share it with the world, and share intel on where the best food is. So, send us a shout out, and let’s meet.

Meeting Report: Nancy Duarte discusses presentation excellence with Silicon Valley Speechwriters

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Nancy Duarte was the guest speaker at Monday’s meeting of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable. Duarte is the well-known author of slide:ology and Resonate and the founder and CEO of Duarte, Inc.

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Do your company's meetings and offsites need a code of conduct?

The Eloquent Woman

In the recently released "Holder report" recommendations prepared by Covington & Burling for Uber about its corporate culture and needed changes , there was buried a recommendation that women speakers should know about: Codes of conduct should apply to both in-house meetings and offsite meetings.

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Email Etiquette meets I Love Lucy: Part 2

SpeakerSue Says...

My inbox reminds me of that classic I Love Lucy skit where Lucy and Ethel work on a chocolates assembly line. Their task is to wrap each chocolate as it comes off the line. The line starts slowly enough and then as they seem to get the hang of it, speeds up and up and up.

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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.

Meeting Report: Silicon Valley Speechwriters hear about the Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Carmine Gallo was the featured speaker at today’s meeting of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable. Gallo is the author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience Gallo is a communications coach for the world’s most admired brands.

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7 tips for speaking up in meetings

Speak Schmeak

Meetings. 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. You have valuable ideas to contribute to the meeting.

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.    But habit dictates that meetings are usually scheduled in hour-long segments.    That’s impossible in a virtual meeting.

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? Use PowerPoint. At least, that’s what a lot of people used to say, but not anymore.

Criticizing and undermining: How do you respond in a meeting?

The Eloquent Woman

One of our regular readers recently asked for a refresh on "meeting behavior--particularly subtly undermining behaviors." She went on to describe being undermined after pointing out a gendered interaction in a meeting, and wanted advice on how to handle it.

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Measuring who's talking: Men or women? A tool for your next meeting

The Eloquent Woman

Freely available on , side-by-side timers let you keep track of who dominates the conversation, be it in a meeting, a panel discussion, or a conference. We all owe Cathy Deng thanks for coming up with this simple tool that measures who's talking more: men or women?

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.  

How to Conduct a Virtual Meeting

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Virtual meetings are both a necessity in these straitened times -- and a curse.    Once you cut out the visual elements of meeting face-to-face, the interpersonal bandwidth shrinks from fast to dial-up.    But there are ways to make virtual meetings more productive.    Today, I'm linking to a blog I did yesterday for on making virtual meetings a little more useful. 

How to Save a Doomed Meeting

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

For my blog today, I'm pointing to a piece I just posted on, on how to save a doomed meeting.    Enjoy!    [link]. Body Language (non-verbal communication

Will you meet me on the East Coast this September?

Speak Schmeak

Here I come! Have you been wanting to take advantage of my training or coaching services but find the distance to be a barrier? Well, now's your chance! I'm attending a three-day workshop in Portsmouth, NH from September 12-14.

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Meeting Report: Cisco Social Media Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

For the rest of this week I’ll be attending the Ragan Communications Conference Social Media Best Practices for Communicators hosted by Cisco Systems. The event kicks off on Wednesday when I plan to attend the Pre-Conference Workshop on Corporate Video given by Deanna Govoni and Alex Romano. This workshop will discuss how to think differently [.]. Social Media

How to Conduct a Successful Virtual Meeting - 5 Quick Tips

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

For my blog today I'm pointing to a recent article in Success magazine on virtual meetings.    In it, I offer 5 tips for a successful meeting.    Enjoy!    [link]. Audience Interaction

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. iPad for meetings: Inc. rounded up five ways to spruce up a lousy meeting using an iPad -- although you should remember they're not magical if the meeting's truly bad.

Meet 4 writers/authors on the Blog Hop

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Welcome to my blog hop where you will learn a little more about me and three other writers and authors. Freelance Writing - General blog hop freelanc writers Paul Lima

Meeting Dad

The Communication Blog

Here's an interesting little piece on meeting your date's Dad. Much of it, as you'll see, is communication related and would probably spark an interesting class discussion on the dos and don'ts, mistakes and successes, of meeting a date's parents. meeting Dad meeting someonelink].

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

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Distressed Barnes & Noble has appointed Demos Parneros as chief executive officers. That's the 5th one of those in 4 years, notes The Wall Street Journal. It's not that brick and mortar bookstores can't survive in the second decade of the 21st century.

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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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. It is the final impression to you will leave your audience with. Last week we went over three ways to effectively end a speech. So what are other effective ways to close a speech or presentation? Here are three more of my favorites: 1.