Executing the Learning Conversation

photo of Greg Owen-Boger, VP of Turpin Communication

In this video, produced by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin’s VP, explains why training is a conversation, not a speech.   I was working with a subject matter expert recently and she came into the coaching session saying, “I know that what I’m doing in this three-hour onboarding program isn’t working.” She says, ” I do… Read more »

A New Definition of Success

Why a Performance Approach to Business Presentations Doesn’t Work Presentations should not be confused with speeches. Speeches are a type of performance. Presentations are a type of conversation. That’s why we’ve redefined them as “Orderly Conversations.” Unfortunately, many people, even industry experts, hang on to the idea that a presentation should be “performed,” that it… Read more »

Practice Makes Perfect… or not.

  A lot of people will tell you to “practice, practice, practice” because “practice makes perfect.” When it comes to presenting, this is some of the worst advice you can get or give. Practicing a presentation cannot possibly lead to perfection. Here’s why. Effective presentations are not speeches (which I suppose could be perfected). They… Read more »

Training and Presenting in a Virtual World: Turpin Communication’s Top 10 List of Best Practices (a Year in the Making)

As I look back at 2010 I realize that we spent a lot of time presenting and training in a virtual environment. We also produced a lot of training videos for ourselves, partners and clients. For better or worse, it looks like webinars, video conferences and online training videos aren’t going away any time soon,… Read more »

Common Presentation Challenges

In a LinkedIn discussion recently a question came up about the most common challenges facing business presenters. Many people claimed nervousness, lack of knowledge, unexpected questions, PowerPoint, sentence structure (?) and so on. These are challenges people face, for sure, but these simplistic responses fail to get to the heart of why presenting is so… Read more »