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How do you convince employees to embrace a new vision?

It's often challenging to find a way to connect others to what you see. Often they don't relate to your vision or believe it will work. Telling a story can help you get everyone on board. At his 2006 annual meeting, our client, Keith Tomlinson, Division President of Pulte Homes of MN, wanted his employees…
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Tip Card Library

Tip Card Master Page Tip Card Name Link 15 Ways to Reduce Presentation Anxiety http://www.spokenimpact.com/wp-content/uploads/reduce_anxiety.pdf Accepting an Award http://www.spokenimpact.com/wp-content/uploads/accepting_award.pdf Beyond Information to Insight https://spokenimpact.com/wp-content/uploads/Beyond-Information-to-Insight-Tip-Card-Sheet-Spoken-Impact.pdf Business Storytelling http://www.spokenimpact.com/wp-content/uploads/business_storytelling.pdf Captivate Your Audience with your Training http://www.spokenimpact.com/wp-content/uploads/captivate_audience.pdf Common PowerPoint Mistakes http://www.spokenimpact.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpoint.pdf Emotional Connection http://www.spokenimpact.com/wp-content/uploads/emotional_connection.pdf Engagement  http://www.spokenimpact.com/wp-content/uploads/engagement.pdf Entertainment http://www.spokenimpact.com/wp-content/uploads/entertainment.pdf Examples http://www.spokenimpact.com/wp-content/uploads/example.pdf Facilitating a Meeting http://www.spokenimpact.com/wp-content/uploads/facilitation.pdf Funnel Communications http://www.spokenimpact.com/wp-content/uploads/funnel_communications.pdf Get…
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Your Presentation Template Makes The Difference Between Dull And Dynamic

A few key questions can help you develop a PowerPoint template that is of the same high caliber as your other marketing materials. Why would you settle for less with your image and brand? [wp_colorbox_media url="#inline_content" type="inline" hyperlink="Click here to view our Terms & Conditions"] Terms and Conditions Business Edge Speaking Groups: Cancellation/Change Policy  If…
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Clip Art…You have Options.

When PowerPoint was first introduced in the late 1980s, clip art was helpful in breaking up text heavy slides, or adding color to a presentation. But it's our opinion that we've outgrown clipart. Today's presentation visuals command more sophisticated images. There are many resources for free or low-cost photos; we'll share some of those at…
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A Picture…Worth a 1,000 (less) Words

How many times have you sat through a presentation and at the end of that presentation thought to yourself, "Well I wish they would've just sent me a memo. I could've read that myself and it would’ve taken much less time."? One of the toxic PowerPoint habits we've fallen into is using too many text-heavy,…
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Let’s Get Visual

I often hear from PowerPoint users that they know their presentations don’t look that great. They realize they’ve fallen into the "dull and boring" category, but they don’t know where to start to change their presentation. We're going to share some ideas in this article to spark your creativity and help those of you who…
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Take the next step toward more creative slides

If you think your ability to create PowerPoint slides that go beyond bullet points is limited by the tools in PowerPoint, this article is for you! Just by going the next step and using the tools available right in PowerPoint, you can help make the graphical elements on your slides go from blah to ahhhh.…
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It’s all in the colors you choose (and use)

I'm going to guess that most of us have watched someone give a PowerPoint presentation and had to squint our eyes or lean forward in our chairs because we were having trouble READING what was being projected. If this hasn't happened to you, well, you're lucky to be an exception! Often times we can give…
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Customize your presentation’s color scheme

It's simple to do, and will help make you work more efficiently. Choosing the colors to use in your presentation is really the challenging part! We covered that in our last newsletter. Now that you've done the hard work, make sure you set up your presentation so the colors you've chosen to be your default…
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Does your PowerPoint need a facelift? Or maybe an extreme makeover?

Does your PowerPoint need a facelift? Or maybe an extreme makeover? I speak with people every day about presentations. I meet them at networking events and luncheons, at business presentations and professional association meetings, and often the conversation turns to what we "do." So when I mention we help people become polished and confident public…
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