Avoiding Death by PowerPoint: The Four "Essential E's" of Dynamic Speaking
Are you tired of delivering presentations that fall flat? Do you dream of captivating your audience and earning a reputation as a thought-leader in your field? The truth is that effective communication is not just about what you say, but how you say it. A recent UCLA study found that a whopping 93% of our communication comes from nonverbal cues and tone of voice, with only 7% of the message relying on the actual content. This means that the time spent perfecting your delivery can be far more valuable than the hours spent developing great content. Yet, so often we see speakers droning on, reading their notes, and failing to connect with their audience. Watching paint dry is more interesting! Are you ready to break the mold, capture the attention of your listeners, and leave them wanting more?

At this session, you'll discover how to become a dynamic speaker that can revolutionize your communication style. With the four "Essential E's" of dynamic speaking, you'll be able to engage your audience, build credibility, and avoid the dreaded "Death by PowerPoint." But first, we'll take a quick look at the three personalities you want to avoid at all costs. Through this interactive session, you'll find out how to harness the power of nonverbal communication, connect with your audience on a deeper level, and make your message truly memorable. By the end of the session, you'll be equipped with practical tools and techniques to make a lasting impact in your presentations, and beyond. Your communication has the power to change someone's life, so let's make it count! Don't miss this opportunity to revolutionize your speaking style and become the thought-leader you were meant to be!
The participant/attendee will…
  • Explore and define techniques for improving delivery of presentation
  • Determine the most efficient way to adapt, adopt, or be adept
  • Identify and examine four desired outcomes (the “Essential E’s”) for one’s audience
  • Discover three undesirable personalities and resolve not to emulate them
Bringing Data to L.I.F.E. and Life to Data
What does it mean to bring data to life? Does data take on a “LIFE” of its own, or does it have to be nurtured, prodded, refined, pushed, and pulled along the way? The challenge lies in turning raw data into valuable insights that drive action, innovation, and transformation. Marketing and customer experience expert Jay Baer once said, “We are surrounded by data, but starved for insight.” Although it has been said that exabytes of new information are generated on a daily basis, how much of that data is actually meaningful? Does volume necessarily translate into value? What vision can we bring to bridge this gap? We must go beyond the surface level, proactively push the boundaries of what’s possible, and actively breathe LIFE into data to unlock its true potential.

The untapped potential of data is costing businesses a staggering $5.2 million in revenue, according to a recent study of over 500 IT decision-makers in the US and UK. But the value of data is not in the numbers alone - it's in the business decisions they inspire. In this session, we will explore the four L.I.F.E. pillars of relevant data that will give your data meaning and impact. We'll blend left-brain logic with right-brain creativity to unlock powerful insights, drawing inspiration from a stunning example of data visualization ingenuity from the 1850s. But it's not just about answering the questions you know - it's about exploring the questions you don't know, turning obstacles into opportunities, and bringing data to life in a way that transforms your business. Are you ready to tap into the full potential of your data and drive real change in your organization? Find out how to turn obstacles into opportunities as you bring data to L.I.F.E. and life to data. Your journey starts here.
The participant/attendee will…
  • Identify and evaluate the four L.I.F.E. pillars of relevant data
  • Determine the importance of blending left-brain logic and right-brain ideas
  • Recognize the value of answering known and exploring unknown questions
  • Evaluate the knowledge acquired for effective communication of key insights
Driving Decisions with Data: Delight or Disaster?
Albert Einstein's famous words, "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts," offer a profound insight into the value of data. While the origin of this quote may be debatable, its message resonates with the challenges of the modern era. According to recent studies, the amount of data created in a single minute in 2021 far surpassed the amount of data created during Einstein's entire life. The question then arises: how can we harness all this data to make better decisions? To that point, in a 2018 Forrester survey of more than a thousand US companies, 91% of them said that data-driven decision-making was important to their business, while only 57% said they actually used data to make decisions in their business. In a world where data is abundant, should we not be using it to its full potential? This disparity calls for a critical evaluation of how we approach decision-making and challenges us to consider the implications of not leveraging data to its fullest extent.

How do we bridge this gap? What do KPIs have to do with ROI? How can we move from being in “data denial” to being data driven? Why should we care about leveraging data to its fullest potential? These are the pressing questions that need answers in today's world, and this session is ready to deliver. The four V's of Big Data offer a relevant framework for understanding the magnitude of the data we are dealing with, but what about the cognitive biases that often stand in our way? We'll explore three types of biases and how they can impede progress and innovation. Are qualitative and quantitative data really opposing forces, or can they work together for greater insight? Let’s capitalize on five best practices for driving business decisions with data, including how to LOOK, LINK, LISTEN, LEVERAGE, and LEARN. Discover how these practices can be a delight instead of a disaster, and ultimately, transform the way you think about data-driven decision-making.
The participant/attendee will…
  • Recognize how to leverage both qualitative data and quantitative data in driving business decision-making
  • Identify the three types of cognitive biases in big data and how they’re the enemy of opportunity 
  • Define the five best practices for driving business decisions with data along with the key words for each one (look, link, listen, leverage, and learn)
Facilitating Innovation in a Post-COVID19 World (Cultivating a Climate for Paradigm Shift)
If there's one thing the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us, it's that the status quo is no longer acceptable. As Machiavelli once allegedly said, "I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it." Now that the pandemic is mostly in our rearview mirror, it's high time to leave behind outdated ways of thinking and embrace innovation like never before. But how can we do this without sacrificing quality and security? That's where the three key words (Recognize, Resolve, and Respond) come in.

Join us for a transformative session on how to shift your paradigm, facilitate innovation, and become a catalyst for change rather than an antagonist. Discover the three types of flexibility in leadership and work/life balance needed to make it happen in the aftermath of COVID-19. This isn't just about adapting to the new normal - it's about taking charge and creating a better future. You don't want to be remembered as someone who refused to change or adapt. It's time to break the cycle of insanity - doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Don't be a part of the problem; be part of the solution. This session is your chance to gain valuable insights and learn how to be a change-maker in your industry.

COVID-19 has shown us that personal space and hygiene are important, but there's so much more to be learned from this global crisis. Join us and discover how to recognize the need for change, resolve to take action, and respond with innovative solutions. Don't miss this opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge you need to lead in the post-COVID world.
The participant/attendee will…
  • Effectively recognize major characteristics and effects of change in the light of COVID-19
  • Efficiently resolve to take ownership of change by balancing two qualities and using three types of flexibility 
  • Enthusiastically demonstrate three appropriate response-types to embracing change and facilitating innovation
Leveraging Brains and Beauty for Effective Data Storytelling
Are you tired of creating beautiful graphs that only serve as decoration? Do you want to take your data visualizations to the next level and turn them into a powerful decision-making tool? Don't settle for flashy concepts that have no practical use; learn how to combine beauty with brains and make your data actionable with effective data storytelling.

Join us to identify ways of turning your data into a cohesive strategy for the short and long term. Explore the five "Stages of the Spectrum" and learn how to exploit both internal and external ideas to drive decisions with data. You'll see firsthand the difference between impact and influence, and how to make sure your data has a real effect on your business.

American mathematician John Tukey once said, "The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see." Let us show you how to capitalize on those unexpected insights and turn them into a competitive advantage. You'll discover how to catch the right blend of art and science, as you go from concept to reality, making sure your ideas become a reality, not just fluff.  In this session, you'll gain the skills and knowledge to create visualizations that drive decision-making and business outcomes. Don't settle for pretty pictures without impact; join us to uncover how to blend creativity with analytical thinking, thus leveraging art and science to make your data work for you.
The participant/attendee will…
  • Identify and recognize the five stages of the visualization spectrum
  • Determine how to leverage these steps into a cohesive visualization strategy
  • Differentiate between impact/influence and how that plays into making data actionable
  • Ascertain how the four-step iterative implementation cycle works: Deploy, Discover, Discern, Develop


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