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Monday, December 19, 2016

Create Your Emergency Presentation Kit

Written by Ira Koretsky
All too often, I have witnessed less than successful presentations due to unplanned problems and issues. Most, if not all, of the impact from an unplanned circumstance, can be minimized or eliminated with your own emergency presentation kit. Here are some pre-event suggestions to ensure your presentation goes smoothly. In next week's tip, I’ll cover some suggestions for you when you arrive on-site.   EMERGENCY PRESENTATION KIT - Bring a flash drive with your presentation, workbook, video, and audio files. Test it from the flash drive- Print your presentation with your delivery notes- Bring a six-foot USB extension cord. You…
Friday, November 11, 2016

Happy Veterans Day 2016

Written by Ira Koretsky
Wishing all of the active duty service members and veterans a happy and healthy Veterans Day. It all started in college in ROTC. Great experiences that then lead me to active duty in the US Army. I spent five excellent years supporting military health.
Thank you to Mr. Vera and Mr. Canada from the USAID OSDBU Office for inviting me to keynote at the third annual USAID Veterans International Small Business Opportunities Conference (VISBOC) yesterday. I very much enjoyed spending the day with fellow veterans across all of the services. (Of course, I poked a little fun at them as well) My topic was "Awaken the Storytelling Giant in You." Description: What if the right story inspired government offiicals (both USAID and international), prime contractors, partners, and country managers to invite you to hear your ideas and your company's capabilities? What if the right…
I'm back! Back to kickoff the 2016 Business EXCELerator Series for Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. I had honor of kicking off the 2015 series, with my elevator speech program. MCCC is an awesome organization that I'm proud to be a member of for years. They do so much for the community... My topic is "Executive Storytelling:  How Leaders Use Stories to Engage, Persuade, and Inspire." Brief Description:  Learn how to turn your personal experiences into powerful workplace stories that engage and inspire your stakeholders. Follow a proven framework complemented by practical training aides to develop your high-impact stories that…
I’m often asked, "When it comes to deciding what story to tell, where do I start?” Great stories are those that touch people, that touch people with a personal experience shared in a memorable workplace message. When you are thinking about the next strategic presentation, board meeting, report, etc. where a story will help advance your agenda (when won't it?), think about experience moments. These are times in your life where you gained new insights and where you changed because of these new insights. These insights should be profound such that they still affect your thinking and actions today. Then…
The English language has hundreds of figures of speech to help you improve the effectiveness of your communications. Anaphora is an excellent example of repetition. Look at the examples below. Find ways for you to experiment by including this figure of speech in your written, spoken, and online communications. As always, test your use of language. Is it engaging, persuasive, and memorable? If not, (ruthlessly) revise.   - Definition:   A word or phrase is repeated at the beginning of a successive phrase, clause, or sentence, two or more times- Pronunciation:  ah-NAF-oh-rah- Also Known As:  Epanaphora, Iteratio, Relatio, and Repetitio- Etymology: …
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