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These posts help people who want to enhance their professionalism through Business Writing, Speeches and Presentations. Feel free to reach out to me if you need specific help or feedback.

“I loved the way he used PowerPoint”

The anti-PPT bandwagon doesn't have room for another rider. My only addition to the chorus is that a bad PPT-based presentation is like a bad dog -- blame the owner! PPT isn't inherently bad, but, like Rotweiller, can be placed in the wrong hands and do real damage. I'd really like to hear from you about a presentation that thrived WITH the visual support.

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Play Piano, Outrun Mean Dogs: All in your Brain

Turns out my parents could have saved the money they spent on a piano.  I could have learned to play almost as well in my imagination.

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Papal White Paper

Papal encyclicals don't normally hit my radar. But this summer, when the Vatican released what some called a papal white paper on economic globalization and ethics, I took note because of the subject and the fact that so many people ask me "What's a white paper?" Since so few white papers garner any publicity, I'm commenting on this one, released prior to the G8 meeting in Italy.

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When to Facebook, What to Facebook

With every new technology there are those who are already there, those who are in transition, and those who are defiant to it. Unfortunately time is not on your side, the new usually always beats out the old and even the most stoic convert eventually. Remember cell phones?

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Why Outsource Newsletters & Email Campaigns?

After June's speaking engagement, members of Charlotte Professional Saleswomen and Entrepreneurs (CPSE) have been in touch with questions about email and newsletter marketing.  Since we ran out of time in person, this post is fourth in the series of online follow-ups.

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Greenfinger?

"There are now 38 people in the world with $10b or more in private assets...theoretically, one of these people could reverse climate change all alone." Even a poor country like Bangladesh could afford to take unilateral action to reduce the chance their low-elevation coastal zones would wash away in global-warming-induced rising seas. Question: How to fund and coordinate efforts to stem global warming?

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Beware the Fart Joke

“Good smells, such as fresh bread, make people kinder and more likely to help a stranger; bad smells, like farts (the experimenters used fart spray from a novelty store), make people more judgmental. Keep this in mind when delivering that opening your presentation with a joke.

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Set the Hook

What's she talking about? "Women are faking it in bedrooms all over America. When my husband says, ‘Can you believe how much better this is?’ I say, ‘Yes, honey, it’s amazing,’ ” one woman told me. 'I really don’t see that much difference, but he’s so happy, I just pretend to'.” Answer: Hi-def TV.

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Global Defense Bonds?

What if we paid down our massive foreign debt by selling our portfolio of defense weapons to a global defense bond fund? I got the idea from a white paper published by the Prince's Rainforest Project, which I covered in the May blog.

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Straight Talk on Compensation

The Times' reporter said to "Check the legitimacy of planners’ credentials, and ask them to sign a fiduciary oath, promising to act in your best interests at all times. And read every word of every account statement. If you see something, say something. You should never be confused by jargon, strange numbers or anything else on your statements."

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