Five Presentation Mistakes Everyone Makes - Nancy Duarte by Nancy Duarte | 2:00 PM December 12, 2012 We all know what it’s like to sit through a bad presentation. We can easily spot the flaws — too long, too boring, indecipherable, what have you — when we watch others speak. The thing is, when we take the stage ourselves, many of us fall into the same traps. Here are five of the most common, along with some tips on how to avoid them. 1. To unearth the emotional appeal of your ideas, ask yourself a series of “why” questions. 2. 3. 4. 5. This is the seventh and final post in Nancy Duarte’s blog series on creating and delivering presentations, based on tips from her new book, the HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations. Read the other posts here: Post #1: How to Present to Senior Executives Post #2: Create a Presentation Your Audience Will Care About Post #3: Do Your Slides Pass the Glance Test Post #4: Structure Your Presentation Like a Story Post #5: Disarm Your Audience When You Present Post #6: Authentic Presentations Take Practice
Science Toy Box | Because science is fun and full of surprises. Follow me @braveneutrino With the support of my wonderful Team, Working Lunch is underway. After 1 week of operation, I can say that it has potential. To anyone reading this, I would really appreciate your feedback as I work to fine tune this idea to help me create an atmosphere where redos and retakes are not seen by students (an me) a punishment, but an opportunity. (Send me a Tweet @braveneutrino if commenting on the blog isn’t working or is a pain in the neck!) Setting the Stage – Why Now? This week marks the first week of the second semester for my 7th and 8th graders. My TeamI work with three dedicated educators who fully support giving students what they need to succeed. Why Working Lunch? How it Went I assigned between 8 and 10 students to Working lunch each day. I decided that we would take Friday off. Analysis: Twenty assignments were finished. The attitude of the students was interesting. Here’s What I’m Wondering What do I need to change? Like this: Like Loading...
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WELSTech Twitter for Professional Development: Ultra Beginner Edition, Part 2 Written by Mark Brumley Beyond the Basics In the post Twitter for Professional Development: Ultra Beginner Edition, I offered a simple way to demonstrate the power of Twitter to teachers. If you are introducing Twitter to your colleagues, I highly recommend following that model. Sharing The next step is for teachers to share what they learn. A zillion possibilities exist to share content including a shared Google doc, Evernote notebook and, of course, the faculty room bulletin board. With newbies, I suggest using Diigo. Login to Diigo and create a new group. Social Bookmarking Now the most difficult part by far; explain social bookmarking to your teachers and have them create Diigo accounts. Okay, that’s the hard part…now for the fun. I’m not going to lie; this is an exhausting professional development session.
Five Questions You Must Ask Your Team Measuring employee engagement is essential for companies that want to perform at their peak. But let's be clear about one thing: Measurement doesn't cause engagement. Top-down solutions may produce clarity, but they don't inspire buy-in or practicality. Many companies use Gallup's Q12 employee engagement survey to measure engagement at the workgroup level, which gives them insight into where engagement is strong and where it can improve. One proven strategy to increase engagement is action planning, a process that managers and their teams use to make plans and take action based on their Q12 results. These are reasonable questions. That's why so many well-meaning managers jump right in to interpreting numbers from a report, often choosing areas of focus without involving their teams or considering business outcomes. Top-down solutions may produce clarity, but they don't inspire buy-in or practicality. Engagement is a process Making engagement happen isn't just a manager's responsibility.
0403 | Daniel Pink Daniel Pink is the author of the New York Times Bestseller To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others. In this interview, we talk about the new ABCs of influencing others, the power of attunement for leaders, and why we are all in sales now. Listen below or subscribe via iTunes. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook just for trying it at www.audibletrial.com/lead. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Enjoy This? Sign-up for the podcast newsletter and get updated when new content is ready.
Five Ways Teachers Can Use Technology to Help Students The Huffington Post By: Darrell M. West and Joshua Bleiberg Thomas Edison once said, "Books will soon be obsolete in the public schools...our school system will be completely changed inside of ten years." Advances in information technology have revolutionized how people communicate and learn in nearly every aspect of modern life except for education. Technology has failed to transform our schools because the education governance system insulates them from the disruptions that technology creates in other organizations. To overcome these obstacles, we must persuade teachers that technology will empower them and help their students learn. Schools must use technology that empowers teachers. Teachers should treat the adoption of technology as part of lesson planning. Teachers should not fear open-source technologies. Use online education portfolios to evaluate students. Teachers should embrace the Common Core State Standards.