A CEO once asked me, "As an executive coach, what are the top mistakes you've
seen when business leaders give a presentation"? He was expecting just a few
insights, I'm sure. But once I got thinking about all the mess-ups I'd seen,
I just could not stop writing them down. What started as a Letterman "Top Ten
List" took on a life of its own.
So, for all you executives getting ready to present, here are 100 of the top
mistakes I've seen over the years.
100 Ways to Bore Your Audience
Don't have a story Show lots and lots of slides Don't have clear messages
Have plenty of bullets and lists Don't break your deck into sections or
"chapters" Have 100 disconnected slides Don't have an introduction that
"wows" people Read the slide word for word To make a point read the slide
twice Don't close with a strong and memorable ending Don't use examples Make
sure you use at least 1... (more)
New Media on Ulitzer
Today, CIOs are turned on, You Tubed-in and highly social. They use
Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
They blog and appear in videos and engage with their constituents via
collaborative technologies. Very hi tech but very low touch.
Advice to CIOs: Go Primitive
The question is: are we relying too much on technology to communicate our
messages and forgetting the human element? It might seem blasphemous to even
suggest not using technology to connect and communicate, but pull back for a
moment. Have you considered going primitive?
The Urban Dictionary explains g... (more)
Did you ever meet a big-wig from some ever-so-important, is on the cover of
Fast Company type of organization, who thinks his leadership is spot on? But
he never once asks a question about you, your company or what YOU do. He
hardly even listens to you. It's all about his blah, blah, blah. I call these
executives "Chimp CEOs." They're deaf, mute, and blind to anything that does
not relate to them. If you go to industry confabs a lot, you hear a lot of
this simian chatter.
Hardly an example of a leader who thinks like he or she belongs in the C
And in today's economy, it's ... (more)
CEOs in Technology on Ulitzer
The "C" word is getting a lot of press these days (you WERE thinking CEO,
It seems that every time someone gets appointed to a government post, they
get the title "czar." There are so many of these little crazy Ivans running
around in Washington that Senator McCain said Obama has, "more Czars than the
We have a drug czar, an energy czar, a border czar, a climate czar, a czar
for this and a czar for that. In a Wall Street Journal article, Laura Meckler
once wrote about the rising ascension of czars in the White House.
And it's... (more)
CEOs are known for flawless communication, right? We understand their ideas
and can execute on them. Well, maybe...it depends on the communication
vehicle they select.
When leaders speak or write, we have the chance to capture the flavor and
nuances of their communication: in depth insights. But with Twitter and text
messaging, some of that brilliance and subtly can get lost. Corporate mission
statements in 140 characters? Hmmm...maybe not a bad idea. But for critical
communications, perhaps social media is not the best choice.
In a wonderfully creative post, Jamie Quatro at Mcseee... (more)