The Presentation Guild, the Salary Survey, and the State of the Presentation Biz

The Presentation Guild, the Salary Survey, and the State of the Presentation Biz

I joined the Presentation Guild just over a year ago, shortly after it began, because I wholeheartedly support its aims:  to further the professional development of the people who work in the world of presentations.  I did a blog post on the Guild at the time, outlining its basic goals.  Recently, I had a chance […]

Toastmasters’ New Venture in Online Education

Toastmasters’ New Venture in Online Education

I’m a long-time fan of Toastmasters and the work it does worldwide to promote public speaking and leadership.  And it’s been a while since I talked about the group.  A recent announcement caught my eye – Toastmasters was launching something called Pathways.  I had to know – what was it?  How was Toastmasters changing?  And […]

The Problem with Online Feedback, Part 2

The Problem with Online Feedback, Part 2

Last time I talked about the differences between explicit and implicit feedback, how implicit feedback is missing from the virtual world, and the resulting difficulties with feedback online. Lacking the unconscious stream of emotional information that we receive automatically from other people face-to-face, online communication and feedback are much less robust, much less compelling, and […]

The Virtual World Is an Emotional Desert

The Virtual World Is an Emotional Desert

When humans communicate face-to-face, we do so with little conscious effort, most of the time. Even when language is a barrier, we can quickly get the gist of the idea through body language, facial expression, the emotion conveyed. When we communicate at a distance, virtually, the effort involved is considerable and the opportunities for miscommunication […]