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Two Tips For Data-Heavy Business Presentations

If you listen close enough, data will talk to you. Yet, many data-heavy presentations deliver lots of information but little insight. The audience is inundated with many numbers and charts but the insight or “so what” is often missing. Here are two tips to make your next data-heavy presentation shine. Tip #1: Guide the eye …

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Secret of Dialogue in Presentations

Apply Shake-Shack’s Secret To Your Next Presentation

“Hospitality is a dialogue” – Danny Meyer I love Shake Shack. On several occasions, I have waited in long lines to savor the Smoke Shack burger and the Crinkle fries. How has Shake Shack thrived in the perilous fast-food industry? This weekend I discovered the secret; that can be applied to business presentations as well. …

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Combating Bias in Business Presentations

The Story Behind an Icon The Sydney Opera House, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, had its groundbreaking opening in 1959. Naturally, an undertaking of this magnitude would have been considered a great feat. But at 588 concrete pillars, 2,400 concrete ribs and 1,056,006 ceramic tile chevrons, attempting to finish within the …

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What Elvis Reminds Us About Technology Disruption

Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine” – Elvis Presley The corporate world romanticizes competition. Business-school students around the world carry copies of Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” in their back-packs. Battle metaphors are part of corporate lexicon. From “war-rooms” to “competitive battle-grounds”. From “war-games” to “strike when enemy is weak”. Teams obsess about …

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How Wabi-Sabi Amplifies Through Simplification

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” – Leonardo da Vinci Wabi-Sabi – a Japanese term – is a form of appreciation for the beauty of simplicity. It is an idea foreign to many westerners. Wabi means a lack of materialistic ‘wealth’ while feeling free from a need of worldly things. Sabi is defined by a feeling …

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What is George Clooney’s secret to “Effortless Cool”? Sprezzatura.

I have always loved George Clooney: from the doe-eyed Doug Ross in E.R to the smooth Danny Ocean in Ocean’s Eleven to the suave Ryan Bingham in Up in the Air. But, while he is visually appealing and a talented actor, it isn’t his looks or acting that make him stand out to me. It …

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