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November 23, 2015 in Dale Ludwig, Greg Owen-Boger, News, Posts for Buyers, The Orderly Conversation

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Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what others have put in writing:

Where was this book when I was starting out?!?”
Pamela Meyer, Ph.D., Author, “From Workplace to Playspace: Innovating, Learning and Changing for Dynamic Engagement”

“I’m buying several copies for my colleagues.”
Nick Rosa, Managing Director, Sandbox Industries

“Spread the word, gentlemen. If I had my way, your text would be required reading in every business school in the land.”
Robert Lane, Director, Aspire Communications

“I wish I’d had this book earlier in my career.”
Blaine Rada, “America’s Greatest Thinker,” The Great American Think-Off

“You will use what you learn in The Orderly Conversation in the office, at home, and really anywhere the stakes are high and you need to get business done.”
Antonia Fico, Director, Performance Solutions, US Cellular

1 Website, 2 Interviews in India about The Orderly Conversation

October 18, 2015 in Dale Ludwig, Greg Owen-Boger, News, Posts for Buyers, The Orderly Conversation, Training, Uncategorized

indezine-logoThe Orderly Conversation is getting around. This time it’s in India where an online publication, Indezine, has interviewed co-authors Dale Ludwig and Greg Owen-Boger about the book and the writing process they followed.

We’d like to thank Geetesh Bajaj, editor at Indezine, for his insightful questions.

GeeteshGeetesh: Compared to other presenters’ books, The Orderly Conversation is a book that’s not so much about a sequential series of improvement steps one needs to take. Rather, your book is filled with your personal experiences — and it is these experiences that are valuable since they help others overcome so many problems. Can you share some thoughts about this observation?

dale_ludwig_hi-res_colorDale: You’re right, The Orderly Conversation grew out of our experience working with many different presenters with many different challenges. Over the years, we realized that there is no single path for improvement appropriate for everyone. “Rules” of delivery, for example, only work when the right “rule” is used to fill a very personal need. And everyone’s “rules” are slightly different.
Read the rest of Dale’s answer.

greg_owen_boger_300Greg: Over 40-plus combined years, Dale and I have worked with people from many different industries and at all levels within their organizations. There is one common theme among them. Through their business communications, they are attempting to get business done; they need to be clear and persuasive so that their listeners buy, agree, align, or learn. This also means that they need to create the conditions for a fruitful and efficient dialogue to take place.

Often the first objective (that of achieving the goal) is missed because of failure on the speaker’s part to manage the give-and-take process. We believe that this happens because business people are using the wrong set of tools to do that work.
Read the rest of Greg’s answer.

Geetesh: How did this book evolve – and what roles did you and your co-author play in its creation?

Dale: When I started writing, I was going to be the sole author. After I had written a few chapters, I showed them to Greg. (He and I have been delivering workshops together for about 20 years.) Greg’s response to the chapters was that they were theoretically sound, but did not focus enough on the practical application of the theory. To solve that problem, we decided we would share the writing responsibilities in a unique way. Greg would write about a fictional group of business presenters going through one of our workshops (people with very typical problems and strengths).
Read the rest of Dale’s answer.

Greg: Originally, I wasn’t going to contribute to the book at all. However, after reading an early draft, I suggested to Dale that it was lacking practical application. In other words, the theory was rock solid, but I doubted whether readers would be able to apply Dale’s recommendations to the variety of situations they face at work. I’m a huge fan of Patrick Lencioni’s book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, in which he uses character and story to bring his leadership concepts to life. We decided to do the same, and since I have a background in theatre and storytelling, it made sense for me to take on this new concept and weave narrative into the text.

To do that, we created eight fictional, yet very real characters.
Read the rest of Greg’s answer.

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Let’s Get Serious About Live Instructor-led Training

September 8, 2015 in Author, Dale Ludwig, News, Posts for Buyers, Talent Development, The Orderly Conversation, Training

Dale Ludwig, Founder of Turpin Communication and Co-author of The Orderly Conversation was just published in Training Industry Magazine.

Training Industry Magazine article by Dale Ludwig

Here’s an excerpt.

Let’s Get Serious About Live Instructor-led Training

With so many modes of training delivery available to learning and development (L&D) professionals – online, blended, synchronous, asynchronous, mobile – it’s common to ask whether a traditional face-to-face workshop is necessary to meet the needs of the business. In many cases, it’s not. When it is, though, we have a responsibility to make this mode of delivery worth the investment in time and resources.

To that end, training professionals spend a lot of time thinking about the needs of adult learners. What some of them do not fully take into account, though, is that the adults with whom they work are not merely “adults.” They are Busy People at Work.

Busy People Work - Turpin CommunicationThese learners have unique perspectives and specific needs. Unlike adults in non-business learning environments, they view training as a job responsibility, important for their work and their advancement, and are very busy. Time spent in training is time away from their regular responsibilities. Understanding and empathy for this type of learner must be the driving forces behind training design and delivery. When they are, trainers earn the trust and good will of their learners. Without trust and good will, learners check out of the process.

 

The article goes on to discuss five key concepts for designing and delivering training for Busy People at Work.

  1. Make it a conversation.
  2. Plan to succeed on two levels.
  3. Frame the conversation.
  4. Be engaged and responsive.
  5. Don’t let activities destroy good will.

Read the full article, found on page 21, here.

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iBook at iTunes Joins The Orderly Conversation Family

July 27, 2015 in Dale Ludwig, Greg Owen-Boger, Managing the Orderly Conversation, Talent Development, The Orderly Conversation

The Orderly Conversation is available at iTunes in the  iBookstoreAuthors Dale Ludwig and Greg Owen-Boger are happy to announce that The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined is now available at the iTunes bookstore.

About The Orderly Conversation®

The Orderly Conversation is a groundbreaking resource for business presenters.

It offers a new approach to the getting-business-done presentations you deliver—an approach that’s tailored to be appropriate for the real world of business and practical for every type of presenter and presentation.

The business presentations you deliver are not static or one-way. They are an exchange of information that has much more in common with informal conversations than formal speeches. They require a preparation process that looks ahead to the conversation that will take place and a delivery process that is flexible and responsive.

Our goal with this book is to call out many traditional assumptions about what it takes to succeed and replace them with something better.

The complete Orderly Conversation family includes:

Kindle is hereThe Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined

The Orderly Conversation: A Field Guide

The Orderly Conversation is published by Granville Circle Press.

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ABOUT GRANVILLE CIRCLE PRESS

Granville Circle Press (Minneapolis) publishes works in the communication arts, including Living Proof: Telling Your Story to Make a Difference, selected by Kirkus Reviews “Best of 2012.” info@granvillecirclepress.com. The Orderly Conversation, ISBN 978-0-9838703-2-6 $21.95

ABOUT TURPIN COMMUNICATION

Turpin Communication (Chicago) was founded in 1992 to provide the best presentation and facilitation skills training available anywhere. Since then, it has helped business presenters in a broad range of industries and organizations focus on the skills and techniques that help them succeed. Authors Dale Ludwig and Greg Owen-Boger are available for media interviews, keynote addresses, and speaking at conferences and corporate meetings. http://theorderlyconversation.com/wordpress/speaking/

Webinar Recording from PresentationXpert

June 23, 2015 in Delivery, Facilitation, Greg Owen-Boger, Meetings, News, Preparation, Presentation, The Orderly Conversation, Video, Virtual

PresentationXpertGreg Owen-Boger, Turpin Communication’s VP and Dale Ludwig’s co-author, was invited to talk about The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined as part of the PresentationXpert Webinar Wednesday series.

There were a lot of great questions asked during the session, and it’s becoming abundantly clear that there’s a huge need in the business world to improve efficiency and effectiveness of presentations, meetings, and training sessions.

Here’s what a few people had to say after the webinar:

“Amazing … I cannot thank you enough for the amazing and professional job you did in today’s webinar.”
Sharyn Fitzpatrick, Webinar Chick, Marcom Gurus

“Nice to see a pro in action.”
Dave Zielinski, Editor, PresentationXpert

View the recording from the June 17, 2015 webinar hosted by PresentationXpert.


About the Book

The Orderly Conversation is a groundbreaking resource for business presenters.

It offers a new approach to the getting-business-done presentations you deliver – an approach that’s more appropriate for the real world of business and more practical for every type of presenter and presentation.

The business presentations you deliver are not static or one-way. They are an exchange of information that have much more in common with informal conversations than formal speeches. They require a preparation process that looks ahead to the conversation that will take place and a delivery process that is flexible and responsive.

The authors’ goal with this book is to call out many traditional assumptions about what it takes to succeed and replace them with something better.

Introducing a Just-in-Time Resource for Developing Your Next Business Presentation

June 2, 2015 in Dale Ludwig, Greg Owen-Boger, Meetings, News, Preparation, Presentation, The Orderly Conversation

Has this ever happened to you? You have to give a presentation, but you’re not sure how to start putting it all together?

Wonder no more.

TOC_FieldGuide_Cover_ShadowIntroducing a just-in-time tool to help you get started. It’s a pocket-sized (5.5” x 3”) job aid that we’re calling The Orderly Conversation: A Field Guide. It includes an overview of Turpin Communication’s guiding principles for business presentations and bite-sized nuggets to help you . . .

  • Frame your presentations appropriately for a specific group of people at a specific moment in time
  • Develop slides that are effective AND easy to deliver
  • Engage your listeners in a genuine Orderly Conversation®
  • Direct your audience’s focus to and from your visual aid
  • Manage questions and facilitate discussions
  • Get business done

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The Orderly Conversation: A Field Guide is written by Dale Ludwig and Greg Owen-Boger, the authors of the original book, The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined.

Bulk orders available at a discount. Contact engage@theorderlyconversation.com for more information.