10 Tips to make you a better presenter

I hope you enjoyed reading the series, “Can you present?”   If not, you can read first one here, second here, and the finally entry here. 10 Tips on presenting: Always rehearse your pitch. Know how much time you have for your presentation, practice giving it in within that timeframe. On the big day, bring…

Part III: Can You Present?

I’ve waited until now to post the final part of this series for a couple of reasons, but mainly I didn’t want to get to the conclusion too fast. There is something to be said for remaining in the ‘swirl’ of things for a period of time. The chaos, the uneasiness, and the general feeling…

Stay tuned for part III: Can You Present?

Many have emailed me asking for Part III of my series on presentation skills. Don’t worry, I will be posting it soon…wait for it. Trust me, you will like the wrap up!  Until then, please check out my friend, Scott Halford, and his company, Complete Intelligence. Chapa, signing off

Part II: Can You Present?

Some people are so uncomfortable with public speaking, just the thought of having to face an audience starts the body to perspire, the throat to dry, and vision begin to narrow.  As The CTE, I am extremely comfortable in these environments, but it was not always the case.  Those who know me would never believe…

Part I: Can You Present?

As The CTE, I’m asked this question often, “can you present?” Why, yes I can.  I can present tomorrow, next week, next month, even later on today if my calendar is free. It is what I do, I present, I deliver, I execute.  Yes, if you are asked to present, you should be able to…

Saying it, doesn’t make it fact

As many of you know, I spend a lot of time reading articles, blogs, research work, vendor collateral, etc.  I mean, I spend a lot of time and any time I see a quantitative statement, such as “14% of the world’s population prefers the color purple”, without a source given I question its validity.  Just…

Brand Marketing: Does it matter?

Companies live and die by its brand, if the buying community has a “bad taste in its mouth” for a certain brand, you can be assured down revenues will quickly follow.  This is why so much time, effort and money is spent on creating a brand and why protecting the value of that brand is…

Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

How the idea for this blog came about This past weekend my daughter asked, “who invented toast?”  So having a little Cliff Clavin in me, I made up a story of how toast was invented by a gentleman called the Toastmaster General.  When she responded, “really?” I quickly said no but I’m sure it can be found…

Word of the year: why we need to choose wisely

WORD! It is Friday and here is my non-technical blog that I promised. I read this article last night in the airport, “Stop using these 16 terms to describe yourself” – it was interesting and while yes it has outlined some over used words it really wouldn’t detract me from someone who is looking for…

Data Protection OF a Service

Today I read Jason Buffington’s blog entitled, “How do you backup SaaS?  I’d like to know” and was intrigued to see what response he has received from this very inquisitive blog post.  Much to my chagrin, none were publicly posted.  This, I thought was a great blog entry asking the very same questions I asked…

Thinking BIG, going BIG and using Rag week for inspiration

Web definitions Rag Week: a week at British universities during which side-shows and processions of floats are organized to raise money for charities. wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn First off, read this -> Seven pieces of advice for an epic Rag week. Second, know that this Friday blog has nothing to do with technology – well sort of.  Rather, this has…