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How marijuana reform could repair, reclaim and restore communities | Khadijah Tribble

The war on drugs in the United States undid much of the progress of the Civil Rights Movement -- and today, it continues to derail millions within marginalized communities with arrests, convictions and incarcerations for marijuana possession. As more states move to legalize cannabis, social entrepreneur and activist Khadijah Tribble calls for equitable reform that centers on the casualties of the war and its insidious policies and paves a path toward restorative justice. [Author: [email protected]
Tags: United States, Higher Education, Civil rights movement, Speaking, Khadijah Tribble


One Simple Email Tweak Which Revived 16% of Inactive Members (and why this matters)

In my new book, Build Your Community, I write a lot about the advanced engagement skills we need in the new era of community building. Here’s a story that didn’t make the cut, but illustrates why understanding psychology at a more advanced level is so important for this new era. I had a client which was sending automated emails to members when they had been inactive for over a year. The emails, written by another consultant, read: Subject: We’ve missed you in [community]! Hello, this is [name], ...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities


How to find meaning after loss | David Kessler

You may be familiar with the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. After decades of research and his own experience with tragic loss, grief expert David Kessler ventured beyond that classic framework and sought a sixth, crucial stage: meaning. He shares practical wisdom and strategies for anyone seeking to honor a loved one's memory and move through life in light of personal loss. (This conversation, hosted by TED curator Cloe Shasha Brooks, is part of TED's...
Tags: Ted, Higher Education, Speaking, David Kessler, Cloe Shasha Brooks


Using brands in presentations

It is usually hard to find good images of products made by well known brands that are of high quality, not obstructed by advertising copy and free of copyrights. Free photo site Unsplash is trying to change that by building up a revenue model where photographers post (and get paid for) posting images with brands in it. (Curated for quality by Unsplash and endorsed by the brand in question). This is very useful for presentation designers. Looking for a nice Harley-Davidson motorcycle? Here you go...
Tags: Images, Design, Advertising, Harley Davidson, Speaking, Unsplash


Learn Your Community Benchmarks (what does good look like?)

A great reason to buy my new book is to get access to community industry benchmarks. One major difference between experienced community professionals and relative newcomers is their knowledge of benchmarks (or ratios). If you know your benchmarks, you can tell if you’re above or below average. You know what’s realistic. You can set reasonable targets and achieve them. Most importantly, you can avoid being held accountable to entirely unrealistic targets. For example, if you have 1m customers, do...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities


PowerPoint cap in a coalition agreement

On page 41 of the coalition agreement of the new Israeli government, some restrictions are put on PowerPoint presentations:10 pages maximum36 point font minimum20 minutes maximumPresentations are not a substitute for reading material I think the last point is crucial: the...
Tags: Israel, Culture, Powerpoint, Speaking


3 Ways to Engage Your Audience

I love presentations that make an impact. You remember what has been shared. You have actionable takeaways. And, if you are lucky, you exit the Zoom meeting or conference feeling inspired. Those are the good ones. The common framework that exists among these impactful presentations, is an engaging speaker. They are confident, well-prepared, but more importantly they are wise with their word usage and that’s what we tackle today. So, how do you become a more engaging speaker? It’s starts with how...
Tags: Engagement, Public Speaking, Audience, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Audience Engagement


How to be a professional troublemaker | Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Disrupting the status quo can be scary, but sometimes it's necessary to make the world a fairer place. Reclaiming what it means to be a troublemaker, author Luvvie Ajayi Jones shares three questions to ask yourself when tackling fear and standing up for what you believe in -- and urges all of us to speak up in ways that honor ourselves and others. (This conversation, hosted by TED current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers, was part of an exclusive TED Membership event. Visit ted.com/mem...
Tags: Higher Education, Speaking, Whitney Pennington Rodgers, Luvvie Ajayi Jones


Keeping the suspense

The award ceremony of a piano competition builds up to the climax of announcing the #1. But keeping the suspense is not always right. In investor pitches, keeping your audience guessing what it is you actually do, is not a smart thing to do (previous post). The other day I came across another situation where it did not really work. Email invitation: important org update during the weekly update call. So everyone expects the announcement of a promotion or departure of someone senior. Leave the a...
Tags: Story, Speaking, Malcolm Lightbody


Speakers Have To Understand The Speaking & Listening Link

The way that you speak affects how your audience listens Image Credit: larkery As speakers we spend a great deal of time worrying about the importance of public speaking and what we are going to be saying the next time that we give a speech. We think about our topic. We mull over the words that we’ll use. Finally, we lay out the sequence that we want to use in order to share our thoughts with our audience. This is a lot of work. However, it turns out that we may be missing a key part...
Tags: Communication, Values, Change, Culture, Language, Speaker, Listen, Speech, Unique, Presentation, Filters, Circle, Hear, Speaking, Beliefs, Toastmasters


Buy ‘Build Your Community’ This Week And Get Access To The Community Skills Accelerator

Buy ‘Build Your Community’ This Week And Get Access To The Community Skills Accelerator Why should you buy my new book, Build Your Community, this week? Well, if mastering community skills isn’t urgent enough for you, I’m going to add an additional bonus. The first 100 people who purchase the book will also get access to our community skills accelerator. This was a tool that lets you benchmark your current skill level today and then develop a roadmap to improve your skills. Many of our clients...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities


5 Techniques to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking

If you’re like most people, public speaking is not high on your list of priorities. The thought of such an act makes you want to run away and hide. However, your success at selling yourself and—for business owners and executives—your products or services, depends largely on your ability to give an engaging, convincing presentation. Whether […] The post 5 Techniques to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking appeared first on Suasive.
Tags: Speaking


The Storytelling Format That Works Every Time

What would our lives look like if all forms of storytelling were taken away? There would be no trips to the movies with friends. No bedtime stories read aloud to giggling children. Art and music would change drastically if not disappear altogether. Conversations shared over a meal or a cup of coffee would fall silent. Family histories passed down at sweltering summertime reunions would be lost. It is hard to imagine our human experience apart from stories. They help us organize thought and ident...
Tags: Organization, Story, Body, Tennessee, Dolly Parton, Storytelling, Laos, Plot, Conclusion, Narrative, Speaking, Content Development, Gardner, Finley, South Central LA, Jad Abumrad


My New Book Launches Today (it’s about these community skills)

My new book, Build Your Community, launches today. I hope you will consider buying it. It’s an urgent book about developing incredible community skills. We all know there’s a big difference between having an average or great designer, manager, salesperson on your team. …well there’s also a big difference between having average and great community managers on your team too. Put bluntly, great community professionals are game-changers. Great community professionals are more persuasive, have natura...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities


The spontaneous speech

Here in Israel we had an eventful swearing in of a new government yesterday. The “swearing in” was preceded by a lot of swearing, heckling, and screaming. One of the members of parliament tossed his prepared speech and instead delivered a spontaneous one on the spot, denouncing the behavior of some of his colleagues.In the world of presentations, many probably have observed this. You work for months on a document/presentation, think carefully about every slide, and then, when put on the spot wit...
Tags: Israel, Story, Speaking, Steve Johnson


Why act now? | Kristen Bell + Giant Ant

A brief answer to one of the key questions about climate change: Why act now? (Written by Myles Allen, David Biello and George Zaidan) [Author: [email protected] (TED)]
Tags: Higher Education, Speaking, Kristen Bell Giant Ant, Myles Allen David Biello, George Zaidan


Why is 1.5 degrees such a big deal? | Kristen Bell + Giant Ant

A brief answer to one of the key questions about climate change: Why is 1.5 degrees such a big deal? (Written by Myles Allen, David Biello and George Zaidan) [Author: [email protected] (TED)]
Tags: Higher Education, Speaking, Kristen Bell Giant Ant, Myles Allen David Biello, George Zaidan


Where does all the carbon we release go? | Kristen Bell + Giant Ant

A brief answer to one of the key questions about climate change: Where does all the carbon we release go? (Written by Myles Allen, David Biello and George Zaidan) [Author: [email protected] (TED)]
Tags: Higher Education, Speaking, Kristen Bell Giant Ant, Myles Allen David Biello, George Zaidan


What is net-zero? | Kristen Bell + Giant Ant

A brief answer to one of the key questions about climate change: What is net-zero? (Written by Myles Allen, David Biello and George Zaidan) [Author: [email protected] (TED)]
Tags: Higher Education, Speaking, Kristen Bell Giant Ant, Myles Allen David Biello, George Zaidan


Why is the world warming up? | Kristen Bell + Giant Ant

A brief answer to one of the key questions about climate change: Why is the world warming up? (Written by Myles Allen, David Biello and George Zaidan) [Author: [email protected] (TED)]
Tags: Higher Education, Speaking, Kristen Bell Giant Ant, Myles Allen David Biello, George Zaidan


A queer journey from shame to self-love | Crystal Rasmussen

If you've sanded down your edges to fit in, it's time to bring them back -- there's power, value and beauty there, says Crystal Rasmussen. With candor and humility, Rasmussen shares their experience navigating shame, how it manifests in ourselves and the world and the ways drag revealed a path toward self-love and acceptance. A talk for anyone struggling with becoming exactly who they're meant to be -- and a reminder that it's rarely easy but always worth it. [Author: [email protected] (TED)]
Tags: Higher Education, Speaking, Rasmussen, Crystal Rasmussen


2 Strategies for Presenting During Adversity

Flipping the script, making lemonade out of lemons, finding the silver lining. Whatever you call it, it’s an important skill to have. All of us have been in situations where we have to find the good amidst things that are less than ideal. If you have to give a presentation under adversity, you are going to need some strategies to come out ahead. Let’s look at two examples from former American presidents who showed us how it can be done. From Ronald Reagan we’ll discover how to respond creatively...
Tags: Reagan, Ronald Reagan, John F Kennedy, Opposition, Jfk, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Adversity, Flipping The Script, Difficult Cirumstances, Presenting When Its Tough, Rice University During


Free webinar June 24: How to be a successful workplace happiness consultant

More and more workplaces are realizing that workplace happiness matters – A LOT. They know that happy employees do better work, get sick less often and stay with the company longer. Simply put, they’ve seen that happy companies make more money. And a lot of these companies are looking for some help to become better workplaces, which has created a market for workplace happiness consultants, speakers and facilitators. I have been in that field for 17 years working with clients like LEGO, IKEA, IB...
Tags: Careers, Pfizer, Speaking, Happy At Work, Heartcount, LEGO IKEA IBM Microsoft


Aggression

If you dig deeper behind most acts of aggression you usually find fear. Fear of not being enough. Fear of not being considered part of the group. Fear of not feeling important. Fear of being overlooked. Fear of being overtaken by a competitor. Fear of losing standing. Fear of experiencing physical/emotional pain. One way to resolve acts of aggression within a community is to remove the symptom (the act or the person). The problem is this increases the antagonist’s level of aggression towards you...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities


You Have A Persuasion Problem, Not A Knowledge Problem

Do you need to convince or persuade people to participate in (or support) your community? A typical mistake is to try and convince people by finding the ‘right facts’. This typically means identifying the benefits from an authoritative source and sending them to the recipient. But facts aren’t persuasive. If they were, we would all be eating healthier and taking steps to prevent global warming. The (sad) reality is if we’re resistant to the idea, we dismiss or disagree with the facts. I’ve known...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities


The "business side"

There is a strong divide between “tech people” and “business people” in startups. Usually people start in “tech” and then move on to “business”. Tech people usually do not want to get into anything “business” and/or pretend not to understand “business”.Maybe all of this goes back to high school / university where the introvert technology student never was accepted in the extrovert world of fraternities. Later on their careers they were just amazed by all these people that knew all these importan...
Tags: Delivery, Speaking


Making Your Presentation an Immersive Experience

A presentation occurs during a set time frame. It has a beginning and an ending. This might be comforting to think about if you are nervous about it. But all presenters want our words to have impact outside of our presentations. In order to do that, we have to think about the presentation less like an event and more like an immersive experience. Today we’ll take some cues from film director James Cameron and apply them to the world of presenting. Lessons from Avatar In his book The Art of Imme...
Tags: Experience, Avatar, Cameron, Event, James Cameron, Immersion, Speaking, Rose, Immersive, Sensory, Presentation Hacks, Multimodal, Multimedia Presentation, The Art Of Immersion, Immersion Frank Rose


An actual presentation as a template

Most companies have some sort of corporate PowerPoint presentation template sitting on the file system. It consists of a title page, some trackers, some bullet point layouts, some picture slides. The template probably looks ago, but as soon as employees start to use it, this is no longer the case.Why? Most templates are designed as an afterthought, after the logo, web site, letterhead and business card have been approvedPowerPoint templates are created by designers who understand graphics design...
Tags: Templates, Layout, Speaking


Strategy, Experience, And Launching New Communities

Visible recently launched their community. You can see what it : There doesn’t seem to be much of a strategy guiding this community. The community doesn’t have a unique name, the listed benefits (questions, tips/tricks, knowing fellow visible members) doesn’t match what most members want (saving money by finding parties to join), the use of accepted solutions in many posts feels off, there’s no clear journey for newcomers etc…etc… It’s also not the most enticing experience. There is no activi...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities


How to support yourself (and others) through grief | Nina Westbrook

In big and small ways, we all experience loss: whether it's the passing of a loved one, the close of a career or even the end of a dream. Explaining how to process many types of sorrow, marriage and family therapist Nina Westbrook highlights the importance of grief as a natural emotion and a powerful lens to help you imagine new futures -- and shares ways to support yourself and others through difficult times. (This conversation, hosted by TED curator Cloe Shasha Brooks, is part of TED's "How to...
Tags: Ted, Higher Education, Speaking, Cloe Shasha Brooks, Nina Westbrook