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If you’re practicing a speech or presentation out loud, and something happens or you make a mistake, keep going.

In the real world, you can’t go back to the beginning and start over. Be tenacious – keep going and adjust mid-presentation to whatever the problem is.

Once you get to the end, think about how well you managed the problem and how you might do better next time.

On the big day, if there’s a distraction or problem or you skip an entire section, you’ll be less likely to panic – instead of practicing only under ideal conditions, you’ll have dealt with adverse conditions before.

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What impression does your organization make when someone calls?

February 12, 2014

Allen Berger of Berger Business Advisors asks the question “What impression does your organization make when someone calls?” in his insightful blog post. His entire post provides guidance around the following: When someone calls your office, you want the caller to think – “This is a company I want to do business with.” When was […]

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New website (though isn’t going away)

February 11, 2014

Dear subscribers and clients, A bit of news: As announced earlier, ExplainIt Studios is out of the animated video biz. We’re still happy to create concepts and lean scripts that are engaging and get your message across (ideally in less than one minute), but animation so time-consuming and specialized you can be served better elsewhere.* […]

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Need an Animated Video for your Business? Drive80

July 24, 2013

That’s right, Drive80 Don’t drive 80 miles per hour. I mean the animated video company Drive80, located in Morristown, NJ. This is NOT a paid or affiliate deal, just a suggestion that you consider Mike Doyle’s company when you need an animated video. Website: Video:

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What Can You Do in Seven Seconds…

July 2, 2013

Vine ( is a mobile app owned by Twitter that enables its users to create and post video clips and share or embed them on social networks. The maximum length per video is 7 seconds. Here’s a Vine video I made a short while ago: It’s fun and I’m sure there will be lots of […]

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Mark Gavagan Wins the Toastmasters International District 83 Evaluation Championship!

May 20, 2013

I’m generally not one to broadcast personal accomplishments, but as a speech and presentation consultant, winning this championship* is an important professional credential. *Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization with more than 280,000 worldwide members who are devoted to actively improving their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. District 83 is comprised of 160+ […]

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SBA lending by geographic location RE: Hurricane Sandy rebuilding

March 12, 2013

Amazing interactive graphic from Pro Publica showing SBA lending by geographic location RE: Hurricane Sandy rebuilding. Brilliant!

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The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs (by Carmine Gallo)

February 25, 2013

The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs – Carmine Gallo from Carmine Gallo

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A simple plan…

December 20, 2012

1. Devote several uncluttered hours to finding the right words or images that succinctly and beautifully encapsulate your most important message. 2. Practice relentlessly to refine your delivery (in whatever format) so it’s perfect – engaging, effective and memorable. 3. Listen to and be heard by relevant audiences.

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