Category: Thoughts

  • Curveball Questions

    Do you know that time during a meeting, workshop, interview, or other interaction when a question comes up that catches you off guard and/or disrupts the flow, causes a hot flash, and momentarily stops the storytelling rhythm and flow? Yeah, the classic gotcha, curveball, trick, rhetorical question. I used to hate this; it was a…

  • The 5 Slide Rule™

    The 5 Slide Rule™ (of thumb) for planning and over-prepping for storytelling success. This is a people, process, and tools article to help anyone who needs another way to get ready potentially. What this ‘rule’ is not What the 5 Slide Rule is: Beginnings Middles and Ends. When story-making, folks often struggle with’ setting the…

  • Macro to micro views

    Macro to micro views

    Paint a picture. Zoom in and out. 30,000 feet down to street view and back. Come with me; this is a story. Some of what folks struggle with in telling a story is the story is too high level or over indexes on details. As it happens, this is an attempt to break down the…

  • Strategic Benign Neglect

    SBN (Strategic Benign Neglect) is one of the most potent techniques in life, not just in presentations and meetings. The idea is simple and powerful. Do you need to answer every question? Do you need to address everything that comes to you in any form? No. Moreover, you can acknowledge, advance, table, and defer. Acknowledging…

  • Poise, Presence, Posture

    The three ‘Ps’ can be even more challenging for folks than the content development inside the 5 Slide Rule™ rubric. As in other posts, I will attempt to break down these concepts and how they work for me as I develop a presentation process as a coping mechanism to deal with my own agoraphobia issues.

  • How much time do you have?
  • Why have slides at all?

    Why have slides at all, especially on Monday after a Super Bowl, bolsters this idea? One of the premises of the 5 Slide Rule™ (of thumb) is first to ask if you need any slides; that does not mean you don’t need content. I wouldn’t say I like slides. NASA even attributed PowerPoint contributed to…

  • The Book Slide

    The Book Slide

    What it is, Why is it 2008, I faced a life-changing event and asked my dad for advice. He suggested keeping myself busy and focused by reading, running, or getting a dog. So, I downloaded the Audible app and listened to audiobooks while running, which helped me get through tough times. During my job at…

  • Takeaways

    Takeaways

    Reflecting on personal mistakes and lessons learned, the writer acknowledges their initial hubris, arrogance, and lack of humility. Admitting ignorance led to continuous learning, while dependence on team collaboration resulted in leadership growth. Emphasizing humility, they advocate for the power of asking “How can I help?” to foster successful outcomes and team responsibility. (ai generated…

  • My five questions to understand and learn.

    My five questions to understand and learn.

    These five questions, designed to understand how humans think, behave, and operate in the world, can be utilized in interviews or other interactions. The sequencing and follow-ups of these questions provide valuable insights into fear, our perceptions of concepts, the best and worst parts of our jobs, alignment with roles, and essential actions for companies.…