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Reality Check: Be a Powerful Presenter

Don't fall for misconceptions that can undermine your presentations.

We were finally in the home stretch leading up to TEDxPortland. One of our speakers' TED Talk was well-scripted—he had refined transitions, stories, and clarity of ideas. The slide deck was stunning, thanks to the support of a local graphic design wizard. But despite the great messaging and beautiful visuals, we had a glaring problem: his delivery.


He wasn't a bad speaker; he was simply uncoached. Although he

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