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Posted 5/23/15 at 3:27 PM | Mike Stickler

Is your presentation style BORING? By Mike Stickler

In this very competitive funding environment your presentations must engage the audience. Here are some tips to make it memorable.

Get down from the stage, walk among the crowd and rather than ask, say "Let's dig into some questions." In development circles, it's known as the assumptive close. Assume there WILL be questions. And if the audience doesn't start asking, the speaker should be ready with questions to ask audience members. You have a room filled with marketplace leaders just waiting to chime in with their opinions.

Here are a few more ways to dial-up the interaction at conference learning sessions:

· Audience Polls

With smartphones everywhere, there are plenty of affordable (and even free) audience polling options where participants can text in their responses. In seconds, you have a colorful pie chart or bar graph with real-time data. Dealing with a low-tech crowd? Try my Red-Yellow-Green low-tech polling solution.

· Purposeful Table Discussion
 Don't do the "go talk amongst yourselves" stuff. Pose one intriguing question, clearly and succinctly. Then let participants discuss possibilities at their table. PS: you should not be drinking water and reviewing the slide deck. Go mingle in the crowd and listen in on these discussions. Even better have your team do the same . You're sure to catch something worth sharing when you reconvene.

· Cast Your Audience as a Main Character in a Story
 What if your speaker told a story where the audience took on the role of one of the main characters? Then, stopping just short of the exciting climax, launch a "what would you do?" table discussion.

· Make a Game of It
 There's nothing like a little friendly competition to get your audience involved. How about a learning scavenger hunt? A poster contest? Or maybe you'll pose questions throughout your presentation, collect responses via Twitter, and those who advance through the qualifying rounds make it to the finals on stage. [break]

Today's audience wants to roll up their sleeves and dig into learning content WITH you. Passive learning is out. Participatory learning is in. We need to find more ways to get them involved, interacting with each other, and at the center of it all. Your have more engagement and greater understanding of your vision. FULL POST

Posted 5/20/15 at 1:37 AM | Sylvie Simms

Teen Driving Safety

As a parent, it can be a scary proposition when your teenager reaches driving age. Making sure that he or she is safe behind the wheel at all times is your top priority. In order to teach your teen driving safety, it is necessary to share statistics surrounding teen drivers, as well as tips for minimizing distractions and navigating situations.

Posted 5/15/15 at 4:21 AM | Sylvie Simms

Who Is James Kessinger

You’ve seen his work, but you may not know the backstory behind one of America’s most successful artists and innovators. James Kessinger got started in the business world in 1966 after returning home from Vietnam and earning two U.S. patents for electronics testing and measurement. Shortly after, he founded Kessinger Industries and began manufacturing electronics for the Department of Defense.

Posted 5/14/15 at 6:48 AM | Sylvie Simms

5 Best Practices for Technical Translation

Find more information about the 5 best practices for seeking technical translation services.

Posted 5/12/15 at 6:13 AM | Sylvie Simms

How to Change a Tire in 10 Steps

We’ve all been in the same situation before. You head out on a road trip, or even a quick drive to the store, when all of a sudden you know something is not right. As you pull to the side of the road you discover a flat tire. What are you to do? The first instinct you have may be to panic as you figure out what to do. Instead of having to wait and eventually pay for a tow truck to come, learning how to change a tire on your own can save you a ton of hassle in the future. Take a look at this infographic for instructions.

Posted 5/9/15 at 6:15 AM | Rochelle Ceira

8 Most Common Mistakes That Exceptional Leaders Need To Steer Clear From

Leaders are human beings, but they are not at all expected to make mistakes when it comes to management at workplace.Mistakes do teach a lesson and good learning opportunities but wouldn’t it be much better if you avoid them in the first place? Save yourself the trouble, and take a look at the following common mistakes to avoid and become an exceptional leader:

1. Offering No Reward System Or Praise For The Employees
Employees follow orders and work very hard every single day. What will demotivate them more if they are not praised or rewarded for their determination and dedication at workplace? Leaders must recognize the effort employees put in to their work and appreciate them well. A reward system not only improves the morale and loyalty but also the performance and productivity of the team members.

2. Punishing Employees On Good Performance
The biggest mistake any leader could make is using the guise of promotion or advancement to increase the work load without offering any financial compensation. This is not the right way to treat your most loyal and productive employees. As a result, even the best team loses its faith in the organization. An ideal leader must address to the longer hours or excess load and help them manage it well. FULL POST

Posted 5/8/15 at 4:31 AM | Sylvie Simms

7 Most Popular Vehicle Body Types

As you begin to make your list of potential cars to buy, it is important to first decide what kind of car will best suit your needs. Do you need a lot of storage space in the trunk? What about room for the kids? Are you looking for an affordable car that can get you to and from work each day? When you answer these questions, you will be able to key in on the type of vehicle body that is perfect for your needs.

Posted 4/24/15 at 6:45 AM | Sylvie Simms

ADA Compliance for Outdoor Events

Because event planners must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), outdoor gatherings such as street festivals, fairs, music events,

regattas, air shows, sports tournaments, parades, marathons, and political rallies must be accessible to people with disabilities.

This handy guide offers a brief overview of how the ADA guidelines will affect many aspects of your next event.
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Posted 4/24/15 at 12:26 AM | Sylvie Simms

DDoS Attack Stats Today | State of the Internet Infographic

This helpful infographic offers an easy-to-understand visual summary of the costs associated with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, including average data center downtime and the top consequences of DDoS attacks. Barriers to DDoS protection and the scariest security threats are also highlighted. View the infographic to learn more about the costly nature of these malicious attacks, and then download the white paper by the Ponemon Institute, The Cost of Denial-of-Service Attacks, at <>.

Posted 4/23/15 at 11:12 AM | Brian Wallace

You May Have Already Been Hacked

If you think you've never been hacked, you may just be unaware of your seurity problems. Learn more about data breaches from this infographic.

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