Join Greg at ATD International Conference & Expo!

May 18, 2016 in News, Posts for Buyers, Presentation, Talent Development, The Orderly Conversation

Are you heading to the ATD (Association for Talent Development) International Conference & Exposition May 22-25, 2016?

Join Greg Sunday, May 22 at 1:30 for The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined.

Give the Gift of Better Business Communication This Year

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:

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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

It’s Not That You Made a Mistake, It’s How You Recover

August 27, 2015 in Barbara Egel, Delivering Your Presentation, Delivery, Engaging Listeners, Managing the Orderly Conversation, Practice Does Not Make Perfect, Preparation, Presentation, The Orderly Conversation, Uncategorized

Recently, I had an opportunity to observe Greg coaching a very Type-A businessperson. In her one-on-one session, the question arose of how to deal with mistakes. During her in-class presentation delivery, she had experienced a brain blip and given an amount in thousands when she meant hundred-thousands. She had stopped, smiled, and said something like, “Well that would be a surprise, wouldn’t it?” corrected the number, and moved on. Greg complimented her on the save, saying, “Your professionalism comes out in your recovery from a flub, not in the fact that it happened.”

That is, the most effective business presenters are so engaged with their audiences and have constructed slides that work so well for them that if they trip over their tongues, get lost for a moment, or even say the opposite of what they really mean, they can recover smoothly and easily.

Well then how do you get to this point? One of the things we talk about a lot is the difference between speeches and presentations. Speeches are formal, scripted, read verbatim, and don’t involve audience interaction until the end (if then) with moderated Q&A. Business presentations are orderly conversations designed to move the work at hand forward. They also have different best practices for preparation: for speeches, you rehearse; for business presentations, you prepare and practice.

  • Rehearsal is designed to get you letter-perfect for your speech. You might think about where to pause, how to gesture, and what kinds of vocal inflection you want to use, like an actor preparing for a role.
  • Business presentations require you to . . .
    • Prepare your material in a way that it helps you engage and stay on track and helps your audience follow, learn, and understand.
    • Practice so you have a sense of the overall flow, adapt to who will be in the room, and get yourself comfortable with the goals of the presentation overall.

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A flub in a rehearsed speech is hard to recover from for all but the most experienced because a speech is inflexible and not designed for interruption, recap, or clarification. Therefore, a flub comes out looking like—a flub.

In a business presentation, you have prepared to be flexible—you know your stuff and you also know that you’ve created your materials to help you stay on track—so a flub is just one of the many things that can happen to which you respond in the moment, stay engaged with your audience, and move on. If it’s a big flub, they’ll smile with you and be impressed with your ability to recover and move on. If it’s a small thing, and most flubs are, they probably won’t notice at all.

If you find that you’ve said “accounts payable” when you mean “receivable” or Thailand when you meant Taiwan, correct and keep moving forward. Your audience will only remember that you were smooth in your self-correction, didn’t lose focus, and kept the whole room moving forward and making progress.

By Barbara Egel, Presentation Coach at Turpin Communication and editor of “The Orderly Conversation”

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/

Kindle and Nook Join The Orderly Conversation Family

June 29, 2015 in Dale Ludwig, Greg Owen-Boger, News, Talent Development, The Orderly Conversation

After receiving enthusiastic reviews from organizations such as The San Francisco Book Review, The Portland Book Kindle is hereReview, and Kirkus Reviews, authors Dale Ludwig and Greg Owen-Boger are delighted to be able to offer The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined on the Kindle and Nook platforms.

“We’ve been receiving inquiries from overseas, so having the Kindle and Nook versions available will make it a lot more convenient for readers in Europe, India, and Asia,” said Ludwig.

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:

The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined

The Orderly Conversation: A Field Guide

The Orderly Conversation is published by Granville Circle Press.

______________________________________________
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

$9.95 Add to cart

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.

 

Why Your “Default” Matters

April 16, 2015 in Author, Dale Ludwig, Delivery, Preparation, Presentation, Training, Video

When it comes to planning and delivering business presentations, we’ve found that individuals fall into two broad categories: (1) there are those who are comfortable with and rely on the preparation process and (2) there are others who are comfortable with and rely on the connection they establish with their audiences.

We call these categories Default Approaches. “Writers” prefer the preparation process. “Improvisers” thrive with a live audience.

Default ApproachNeither Default is better than the other. As the graphic above shows, each has strengths and weaknesses. For example:

  • Writers thrive with organization and preparation. They are naturally thorough, careful, detailed and accurate, which are good traits to have. However, left unchecked, they can be inflexible and too strict once the presentation starts. They feel as if their plan is a good one and it should not be altered. Writers are often uncomfortable with the idea of having to answer questions.
  • Improvisers thrive with the connection they have with listeners. They are spontaneous, responsive, and unafraid to make last-minute changes. Again, good traits to have. However, left unchecked, they talk in circles and confuse their listeners. Improvisers feel they can trust themselves to manage whatever situation they find themselves in. Unfortunately, they often lose focus, say too much, and run out of time.

The idea that everyone responds differently—in a very fundamental way—to the process of presenting explains why a one-size-fits-all approach to presentation training isn’t helpful. Recommendations made for one person will not necessarily work for someone else.

Watch Dale Ludwig, Turpin Communication’s Founder and the co-author of The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined, as he goes into more detail.

Writers

Improvisers

What do you think? Are you a Writer or an Improviser?

Read the book, The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined, to learn more. Available now at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Itasca Books and this website.

Being a Good Conversationalist May or May Not Lead to Effective Presentations

April 7, 2015 in Author, Dale Ludwig, Delivery, Presentation, The Orderly Conversation, Video

Ever wonder why your excellent conversation skills don’t necessarily translate to delivering effective presentations?

Watch this video to find out why.

Many presenters like their presentations to include lively dialogue. If you’re one of them, you see the value in letting people have their say and you don’t mind hopping from topic to topic. That’s a good thing. Comfort with that level of spontaneity is a strength not everybody has.

Unfortunately, your ability to improvise may be getting in the way of your success as a presenter. Because you thrive on the connection you have with your audience, you’re spontaneous, responsive, and unafraid to make last minute changes. If you rely too much on these strengths though, you might be making your audience work too hard.

To make the process easy and efficient, you need a good plan and you need to trust the plan to keep you on track. Otherwise, you risk confusing your audience. That’s not to say you shouldn’t improvise, it just needs to be done within a framework. We call that Adapting to your Default Approach.

Read the book, The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined, to learn more. Available now at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Itasca Books and this website.

Another 5-Star Review for “The Orderly Conversation” at Portland Book Review

April 1, 2015 in Book Reviews, News, The Orderly Conversation, Uncategorized

Review originally posted at the Portland Book Review

The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined by Dale Ludwig and Greg Owen-Boger

Portland Book Review

 

 

 

Approaching presentations as conversations leads to more engagement, which is necessary to successfully keep business moving forward. Authors Ludwig and Owen-Boger walk the reader through the steps in planning and delivering the ordered conversation following the structure of their training workshops. From getting engaged to framing the conversation, from presenting the information to managing interactions, seasoned and new presenters alike will benefit from this relevant and organized text. Some long-standing presentation rules are debunked as performance tactics, while valuable techniques such as pausing, eye contact, and directing attention are discussed and validated. Through the experience of eight workshop participants, the authors effectively show readers differing personalities and various presentation scenarios then present the adaptations each participant makes to achieve an ordered conversation. If, for example, one’s default presentation approach is to improvise, the tendency to be long-winded and get off track lends importance to using framing slides and prompts to stay focused. If one’s default approach is to script the entire presentation and practice to perfection, one risks performing and disengaging from the conversation.

Included in this text is a self-assessment to assist the reader in determining their default approach. Readers will likely recognize themselves in one or more of the workshop participants. Ever get nervous when presenting? The authors share how to manage that nervousness. Prefer to put the slides together, than to actually present them? That’s addressed. Have trouble figuring out where to start with visual aids? Authors Ludwig and Owen-Boger lead readers through four steps in defining the content and structuring the framing slides for a presentation. While readers won’t have the benefit of the videotaping and playback of presentations that workshop participants do within this book, it would be possible to follow this prescriptive and answer the questions shared to further improve presentation skills. The Orderly Conversation is a must-read for anyone looking to hone their presentation skills.

Reviewed by Lisa Ard