existential presenting

Existential Presenting: showing your underwear

No. I don’t want you to imagine the audience naked. Nor do I recommend you show your underwear when presenting! But if you are inauthentic as a leader and presenter, it’s as embarrassing and obvious to your team and audience as if you were showing your spiderman underwear on stage. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying: Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying. -Ralph Waldo Emerson The power of your influence and impact as a leader...

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Presentation Anxiety? Bring It On!

The night before an important presentation you have trouble sleeping. Your mind is racing. You’ve prepared, but you just can’t help feeling anxious. Your thoughts run in rapid succession: What if I forget what I want to say? What if they don’t get it? What if the presentation doesn’t work? What if they don’t like what I have to say? I wonder if I can just call and cancel? Then you wake up after a restless night and your stomach is...

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Welcome Conflict with Attitude in Existential Presenting

“Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.”  ~William James Whether it’s a new topic, different than usual audience, or sticky situation we all try to avoid being challenged in our presentations and meetings. The team member that challenges your assumptions; the audience member that is competing for attention; the more experienced professional; or even the teacher can confront you and the ideas...

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