“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. ” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
More on Gratitude and Appreciation: http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/yourdailyspiritualstimulus/2009/04/gratitude-and-appreciation-whats-the-difference.html
A perennial dilemma of sorts happens when you’re choosing between Presentations’ Handouts and PowerPoint Presentations. Especially at the conferences.
Handouts might be easier to handle – literally – once you’ve printed them out.
On the other hand, nothing can beat the elegance of a silver screen well-crafted slides.
What I call here Takahashi-Lessig method, is actually two separate methods, called Takahashi method and Lessig method. Why do I kind of “blend” them? Because the idea behind the both is similar – do not overburden your slides. It’s not even a “one idea per slide” approach, rather, it’s one or two word(s). And a (very) large font size.
Both Masayoshi Takahashi and Lawrence Lessig techniques convey the same message of “less is more.”
But not even fanciest infographics can substitute for the person giving a speech. Because words and figures would mean little without the presenter’s charisma, his or her ability to persuade, convince, and, eventually, win over an audience.
Example? A really good one: Dick Clarence Hardt talk on Identity 2.0
More great stuff here: http://www.duarte.com/blog/
The salad fork and the soup spoon. The wine glass and the water glass. The napkin in your lap.
All the rules and rituals of proper etiquette will certainly serve you well. Such knowledge is admittedly in short supply at present.
More important, though, are manners, as it takes very little learning to master them, but a great deal more diligence to practice them consistently.
You may know the protocols, but without sincerity, your elegant exercises will fall short.
With manners that spring from common courtesy, you may not know it all, but you will be forgiven by those who can see that you endeavor to extend kindness to all.
Manners are a mindset. Adopt that first. Open a door for someone. Offer your place in line.
Smile. Be interested. Listen.
Then study etiquette.
This amazing video comes with a transcript!
The term “icebreaker” comes from special ships called “icebreakers” (укр. криголами) that break up ice in the arctic regions. And just as these ships make it easier for other ships to navigate, conversational ice breakers are little tricks (you might call them “openers” or “interest devices”) that help you do just that: break the ice, relax, have fun, and start communicating!