10 staff meeting ideas that keep employees alert and engaged

An effective staff meeting needs two things: an objective and a receptive audience. A room of laser-focused individuals eager to achieve can move mountains. Sadly, most staff meetings are filled with people who’d rather move back to their desks. Why the apathy? The answer lies in understanding how your coworkers are feeling. There are countless… continue reading »

8 ways to use interactive images in a presentation

Interactive images are a great way to capture and present audience feedback in one place. The images can be maps, charts, smile sheets – anything you like. The audience clicks anywhere on the image, and a green pin plots their response. Below are examples of how you can use interactive images in your own presentations…. continue reading »

Emotional visuals can help or hurt your presentation

Recalling the plot of a really boring movie takes some serious mental gymnastics. Why is it so tough? Chances are it’s because you didn’t care about the (bland) characters and their (dull) problems. In other words, you weren’t emotionally invested in the movie. While researching neuroscience-based studies for my book, Impossible to Ignore, I noticed… continue reading »

A better Q&A starts by ditching the questions slide

An effective PowerPoint presentation is complementary. It enhances what the speaker is saying by summarizing information, giving additional details, or visualizing what’s being discussed. Ask yourself, which of those does a “Thank you!” or “Questions?” slide accomplish? It’s a missed opportunity. There are better alternatives that drive home the key points of your presentation and… continue reading »

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Rethink town hall meetings as two-way conversations

Employees are disengaged. They’ve checked out. They’re ambivalent towards their employers. Gallup calls it a crisis. Thought leaders such as Josh Bersin say the issue “is becoming one of the biggest competitive differentiators in business.” Research from McKinsey shows that organizations that are good at motivating employees are 60% more likely to be in the… continue reading »

7 interactive ideas for squashing boring PowerPoint

An interactive PowerPoint is a memorable PowerPoint. It makes the audience sit up and take notice, without letting them slip into idle relaxation. A relaxed audience is a forgetful audience. You want an audience that’s awake, alert, and excited to learn. To do that, you need to borrow a term from Hollywood and add more… continue reading »