A Conference Rant

blogginThe toughest job in business these days? Conference organizer, if you ask me. Meeting the diverse expectations of anywhere from 100 to 1,000 attendees is nearly impossible, and is, at the least, a thankful task. Successful conferences balance three types of speaker presentations: Education, Inspiration, and Instigation.

How To Quantipulate Using Graphics

To refresh your memory, quantipulation is: The art and act of using unverifiable math and statistics to convince people of what you believe to be true. Examples of quantipulation abound in marketing and politics. Today, I’ll show you how to quantipulate with graphics, using a real-life example pulled from a very reputable firm’s blog. In…

I Hate SlideShare

I hate SlideShare. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the company or the site. In fact, I think the site does a pretty good job of what it does, and I certainly don’t begrudge the company’s right to make an honest, ethical business out of what it does.  But as a self-professed psuedopsycho…

How Not To Give A Presentation

Regular readers of this blog know that I have a strong interest in developing my presentation skills, and from time to time like to share things I’ve learned about giving good presentations. If you have seven minutes to spare, please watch the following video. It’s a great example of what not to do when presenting.…

Why You Don't Write So Good

Seth Godin writes: “The reason business writing is horrible is that people are afraid. Afraid to say what they mean, because they might be criticized for it. Orwell was on the right track. Just say it. Say it clearly. Say it now. Say it without fear of being criticized and say it without being boring.…

The World’s Worst — Or Best — Powerpoint Slide?

Gizmodo ran an article titled Behold, the World’s Worst PowerPoint Slide. As Gizmodo wrote:  “It often seems like every PowerPoint slide is the worst, but here lies what projector company InFocus deems history’s most heinous. I’m inclined to agree. It’s almost brilliant in its horror. Diabolical. The arrows. The colors. This is Satan’s face.” Here’s the…