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Speaker's Digest                       November 2017 
In this Issue:
  • One More Helping, One More Surge of Energy
  • End of Year Budget Planning
  • A Lesson on Storytelling and PowerPoint—from a Microsoft Exec
  • What Spell-Check Cant Always Catch

While last week’s Thanksgiving feast is still firm in your memory banks, take a moment to recall the moist turkey, the delicious stuffing, the potatoes and gravy, cranberries, pies, and all those other traditional carbohydrates that graced so many of our tables. Let’s make that memory into a learning moment…

In our seminars, we sometimes talk about the Thanksgiving meal, specifically the moment where you reach that contented feeling of being full, to the point where you can’t possibly eat another bite. Then, dessert is served, so you loosen your belt a notch (or two), take a few deep breaths, and go for that piece of pumpkin or pecan pie, probably with a dollop or two of whipped cream.

Finding just a bit more room for that pie is like finding one more surge of energy to wrap up a presentation. It’s hard work to speak to an audience, especially when you are working on your gestures, movement, and connection with your listeners. It can be downright exhausting to get through it. Yet the end comes, and you need a final surge of energy to summarize your message and SELL IT.

So, when you get toward the end of your next presentation, imagine that you’re back at the Thanksgiving table making room for one final helping. Pause, take a few deep breaths, take a sip of water, and let that surge help you take on your conclusion like you take on those last few bites. But without the calories!

We sometimes have clients who come to us with “use-it-or-lose-it” funds—budget dollars that have to be used before the end of a fiscal or calendar year. We’re happy to help!

If you find yourself with a need to come up with a productive way to use up training or development funds, let EMS Communications help you devise a solution that fits. Similarly, if you need to budget for next year’s training needs, we can help you determine how to budget for the leadership coaching, presentation training, and seminars that we provide. We greatly look forward to working with you!

Give us a call at (847) 504-0108, or send us an email and we’ll follow up with you.


In case you missed them, here are the articles we posted on our blog in November:

A Lesson on Storytelling and PowerPoint—from a Microsoft Exec

As a speaker, do you lose the attention of your audience when presenting because they are reading your slides instead of looking at you? We ran into an interesting article in Inc. about a Microsoft VP who has a reputation for telling personal stories. His audiences find him passionate and engaging, and that his slides help them understand his message.
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 What Spell-Check Can’t Always Catch 

Since perception plays such a huge role in communications these days, don’t let yourself get tripped up by using the wrong word, or by leaving a big typo in your slides that spell-check didn’t catch. Here are a few of the mistakes that we tend to hear and see people use over and over. We also invite you to share the grammar issues that show up on your radar!

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Enjoy your holiday season.

You’ll hear from us once more before the New Year—please continue to check our website for new blog articles!



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