10 Big Ideas from BRIEF

Learn to communicate in a clear and concise way. Master the art and science of brevity. If you can’t capture people’s attention and deliver your message with brevity, you’ll lose them.

By March 18, 2014 10 Comments Read More →

The Power of Three for Effective Communication

“Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.” — Jim Rohn The secret of effective communication is The Power of 3. We find things easier to follow when we can break it down and remember three key things.

By March 16, 2014 Leave a comment Read More →

The Elusive 600: Your Spare Mental Bandwidth

You have mental capacity for 750 words per minute. People speak at about 150 words per minute. That leaves 600 extra words per minute. That’s the Elusive 600.

By March 15, 2014 Leave a comment Read More →

Stories that Move Mountains: Storytelling and Visual Design for Persuasive Presentations (Book Review)

Stories that Move Mountains: Storytelling and Visual Design for Persuasive Presentations, by Martin Sykes, A. Nicklas Malik, and Mark D. West, introduces the CAST system for creating visual stories. It’s a powerful book about how to improve your presentation skills using storytelling and visuals.

By February 2, 2013 1 Comments Read More →

It’s the Synthesis

Synthesis is a powerful way to distill information. You can boil down ideas and communicate the key take away. You can take a few ideas and combine them to form something new. Victor Cheng teaches us a formula we can use for synthesis. According to Cheng, Synthesis enables us to communicate in a way that is “concise, integrates detailed analysis of the big picture, and is action-oriented.”

By November 10, 2012 4 Comments Read More →