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Connecting the Dots . . . .

The characteristics of experts revolve around the dynamic relationship among the core elements of knowledge, experience, problem-solving, talent, and context. In a featured article published in June 2012 on The EvoLLLution blog, Tom Mucciolo and Leila Jahangiri discuss how experts use a problem-solving ability of “connecting the dots” in order to show the relationships among what otherwise might be isolated bits of information.

Read the whole story: Elements of Expertise: Connecting the Dots . . . .

Diary of an Electronic Assessment

What do you like most and least in a speaker? The research findings point to 21 skills that audiences identified as characteristics of effectiveness. In a featured article published in April 2012 on The EvoLLLution blog, Tom Mucciolo and Leila Jahangiri describe their extensive study which led to the development of a series of interactive assessment tools that can be used for self-improvement.

Read the whole story: Diary of an Electronic Assessment

An Effective Collaboration

Can academia work hand-in-hand with business? The answer appears to be a resounding “YES!” In a featured article published in April 2012 on The EvoLLLution blog, Tom Mucciolo and Leila Jahangiri reflect on how their seemingly diverse backgrounds complemented one another to develop research aimed at helping teachers and presenters become more effective communicators.

Read the whole story: An Effective Collaboration

Um…Uh…Vocal Distractions

Fillers (um, uh, er, you know, right, etc.) are vocal distractions that interrupt the rhythm of speech and may reduce the effectiveness of the content. How many times have you found yourself unable to say just the right thing at the right time? In a featured article published in the January 2012 issue of the PresentationXpert newsletter, Tom Mucciolo and Leila Jahangiri share an excerpt from their recently published book, A Guide to Better Teaching.

Read the whole story: Eliminate Insidious Vocal Distractions in Speaking

Cultural Color Associations

It is interesting how a society makes psychological associations with colors based on appearances or cultural habits. Some of these associations shared in the United States include “red” being associated with danger and “green” being associated with money. While green is the color of U.S. currency, does “green” actually mean money? Read more… →

A Matter of Contrast

The paper-white display of your PC is not a distraction because you can look away whenever you want, or switch to a different program to alter your view of content. But when you watch a presentation, you are being asked to keep your attention fixed for a longer period, with no ability to change the display to the next image. To maintain attention, proper visual contrast is necessary in the design. Read more… →

A Guide to Better Teaching

A Guide to Better Teaching - Final CoverAfter six years of extensive research, Leila Jahangiri and Tom Mucciolo have collaborated on a comprehensive publication about teaching and presentation effectiveness.

A Guide to Better Teaching is a self-help book that provides a new teacher, an adjunct faculty, or a seasoned professor with a thorough understanding of what it takes to be an effective teacher. Several interactive assessment tools are also included to measure levels of effectiveness according to learner preferences.

Each chapter is filled with detailed explanations, relevant stories, and action-driven tables that help teachers understand and apply skills. This book aims to enhance teaching skills by offering critical perspectives, practical suggestions, and techniques for improvement.

When a TV Ad Goes Wrong

National Car Rental Commercial "Robin the Presenter"A television commercial touting the business skills of a rising young executive only serves to make her look less than professional.

First aired during the 2010 Super Bowl, National Car Rental sends the wrong corporate message to would-be presenters in a corporate world. Read more… →

Measuring Audience Feedback

The way you speak, look, and interact with an audience is compounded by how understandable your content is in relation to what you know. Audience evaluations that include these elements can now be linked to research data to measure a speaker’s effectiveness. The SPICE Model is helping speakers and organizations improve the seminar experience. READ MORE —>

Making Messages Matter

A more effective message is one that allows a presenter to “own” the content wholeheartedly, so that the delivery appears more natural. In a featured article published in the December 2010 PresentationXpert newsletter, Tom Mucciolo shares some ideas on ways to enhance content using stories, analogies, descriptive words and more.

Read the whole story:   7 Tips for More Compelling Presentation Messages