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Personal and Business Storytelling are NOT the same

These days, there’s a big push to embrace “storytelling” in business communications. Companies are hiring acting coaches and improv troupes to help liven up their dry, monotone communications. Kudos ... Continue reading

TPC Contributes to Training Industry: How to Flex Your Story to Multiple Audiences

It happens to the best of us: Mid-presentation, we suddenly notice something both unnerving and terrifying: vacant, bored, or – heaven forbid – hostile faces in our audience. We might try to talk ... Continue reading

The Key Ingredient to Communicating Your Ideas Successfully

Think back. Do you remember much from the last presentation you attended? Proposal you read? Virtual meeting you dialed into? If not, don’t panic…you’re not alone. Most of us don’t remember a whole ... Continue reading

Data Visualization vs. Storytelling with Data: What’s the Difference?

We’re addicted to data. It helps us find golden revenue opportunities. It helps us slash project costs. Whatever path we seek or decision we are trying to make, we rely on data to get there. But ... Continue reading

The Key Ingredient to a 23-Million-View TED Talk

Many of us are secret (or not so secret!) procrastinators. This is surely what drew interest in this popular TED talk by Tim Urban. But 23 MILLION views?! Even if many people identify strongly with ... Continue reading

The Top 7 Ways to Investigate Your Audience

One of the most difficult chasms presenters must cross is understanding their audience’s mindset. When you get people in a room (or in front of a screen), you want to make the conversation about ... Continue reading

How to Not FREAK OUT When Your Audience Looks Bored

Your presentation is starting out great. You’ve got highly-visual slides, the technology is functioning, the crowd is paying attention… well wait, they were paying attention. Now you’re noticing – ... Continue reading

The Best Presenters Do THIS with Their Audience

Recently, we explored a key skill in corporate storytelling – how to build a presentation that addresses the needs of multiple stakeholders (rule of thumb: three different stakeholders? Three ... Continue reading

One Huge Presentation Mistake Even Expert Storytellers Make

Taking steps to understand your audience usually puts you on a promising path for a memorable presentation, right? But what if our careful preparation is still not enough? What if we still miss that ... Continue reading

TPC Contributes to Training Industry Magazine: 3 Simple Data Visualization Tricks that Turn Your Numbers into Narratives

Ask any executive what their biggest frustrations are and, invariably, they will answer, “long-winded, unfocused presentations that pack in too much data.” Modern institutions – from major ... Continue reading

Business Storytelling Decoded in This 3-Part Video Series

Let’s face it: Business storytelling is one of the greatest ways to amplify the meaning of your facts and figures and inspire your audience to act. No wonder it's all the rage in the business ... Continue reading

The Single Fastest Way to Gain Executive Presence

Executive presence… you’ve either got it or you don’t, right? ...we beg to differ. Whether you are a data guru or a budding manager, anyone can “own the room”, navigate difficult questions, and come ... Continue reading

On-Demand Storytelling for Teams

Everyone knows that investing in the right professional skills increases your odds at career advancement. Who doesn’t want that? But for most of us, finding the time for additional training is a ... Continue reading

Purpose, Technology, and Data Drive Talent Development--Three Key Takeaways from ATD ICE 2018

After an exhilarating four days in San Diego at the 2018 Association for Talent Development International Conference and Expo, the TPC team was buzzing. ATD pulled out all the stops for their 75th ... Continue reading

The Ultimate Guide to Corporate Storytelling

What is corporate storytelling, and why is it so valuable? Corporate storytelling is, well, just what it sounds like…telling stories at work. But let’s face it, most of us don’t know how or where to ... Continue reading

Webinar: How to Connect with Executives Through Story | Watch Now

You’ve got minimal time with big decision-makers. They’ve got competing priorities. Want to make your time count? Learn to create a strong, story-filled narrative they’ll easily grasp, remember, and ... Continue reading

How TPC Built a Culture of Authenticity in an Age Clouded by Aesthetics

Since a young age, we were all asked the infamous question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As a child, your answer was likely a firefighter, princess, astronaut, doctor or Superman. We ... Continue reading

Want to be a Rockstar Corporate Trainer at TPC?

Kevin Campbell is more than a Master Trainer at TPC. He’s a master at generating true behavior change in employees at some of the world’s top brands. In the well-functioning machine that is TPC, ... Continue reading

We’re Hiring! Workshop Facilitators, Corporate Trainers and Executive Coaches

Do you have a passion for helping talented business professionals grow in their roles? Do you have a high-tech background combined with executive coaching experience, and a strong, authentic, ... Continue reading

2018 Calendar of Events

You don’t have to be Steve Jobs to give insightful, powerful, memorable presentations. You just need to improve your visual storytelling skills. TPC partnered with the Association for Talent ... Continue reading

Claiming Our Seat at the Table: One Woman’s Story of Business Empowerment

Featured originally on WebEx.com - Republished with permission. As of January of this year, there are an estimated 11.6 million women-owned businesses just in the United States alone. This is an ... Continue reading

Using the Power of Color in Presentations

So much has been written on the psychology of color and using it in presentations to incite emotion and convey ideas. When expressing ideas visually in a presentation with shapes and graphics, we ... Continue reading

TPC to Speak at ATD International Conference: "Turn Numbers Into Narratives Through Data Visualization"

 We live in a data-driven world. But we don’t spend huge amounts of time and money collecting data just for fun. We look for numbers to answer crucial questions and guide us in nearly every decision ... Continue reading

Webinar: Using Data Visualization to Tell Your Story

Looking for the best way to present data? We've made it easy. TPC Co-founder and data storytelling expert Janine Kurnoff demonstrates some of her favorite data presentation techniques in this ... Continue reading

Podcast: The Power of Storytelling (Featured on Brandon Hall HCMx Radio)

TPC co-founder and storytelling evangelist Janine Kurnoff joins the Brandon Hall Group podcast to discuss the power of storytelling in business and how every single one of us has the ability to ... Continue reading

Sure, Borrow Slides…but Beware of the “Frankendeck”!

You’re busy. We know. But before you pull in slides from your boss’s deck or grab those charts from the marketing guy, ask yourself: Am I offering a clear storyline with an agenda, or am I just ... Continue reading

How to Build a Culture of Learners

How did you actually learn to drive a car? Was it the Drivers Ed classroom, or when you actually buckled up, turned on the engine, and pressed the accelerator?  We apply this same logic to our ... Continue reading

Calling Out Your Key Data: Part 3 of TPC’s Data Visualization Series

Throwing a bunch of tables and charts into a presentation doesn’t make for great data visualization – just ask your boss. :-) Nobody wants to sit through slide after slide of numbers jammed on ... Continue reading

Write Headlines that Report the News: Part 2 of our Data Visualization Series

We all know that telling a story with our data is what gives it meaning. But sometimes, it's difficult to know how much data to include. We have a simple way to determine what’s worth including…can ... Continue reading

Your Data Needs a Story: Part 1 of our Data Visualization Video Series

Let’s address the elephant in the room: We’ve all witnessed presentations by well-meaning data gatherers -- who offer charts and tables galore -- but fail to distill their numbers into a clear, ... Continue reading

TPC Contributes to Forbes.com: 4 Simple Ways To Make Data Easier To Understand

Are you a data nerd? Do you love ‘mining the numbers’ for deeper meaning and trends? Then you’re in the right place. The amount of data that companies need to process and analyze in order to gain ... Continue reading

5 Tips for Nailing an Executive Presentation [INFOGRAPHIC]

When it comes to presenting to executives, we know this for sure: more data is not necessarily better. Unfortunately, most of us have learned this the hard way. We’ve struggled to make distracted, ... Continue reading

Got Data? Here's How to Give It Meaning [VIDEO]

We spend an incredible amount of time and money collecting data.  That’s because data justifies nearly every business decision we make. But too often, we overwhelm customers, prospects ... Continue reading

Webinar: How to Tell Visual Stories Virtually

Neuroscience tells us that two powerful tools — storytelling and visuals — capture attention and drive people to action. The best storytellers do this because they remember one important fact: people ... Continue reading

TPC Contributes to Forbes.com: For High Stakes Email, You Need A Killer Subject Line

For a startup, reaching investors, board members, key partners and business reporters is essential to your success. But most business people get over 100 emails a day — and at least 30% of that is ... Continue reading

Podcast: How to Plan Your Presentations for Effective Results (Featured on "Business of Story")

Ready to directly confront your fears and anxieties about presentations? Good. Because the Presentation Company Founder, Janine Kurnoff, joins the Business of Story Podcast to lay out the ingredients ... Continue reading

This Presentation Hack Will Save Your Team Hundreds of Hours Per Year

“I didn’t know if I wanted to cry or laugh knowing how many wasted hours I’ve spent designing decks,” is a line your CFO does not want to hear! Unfortunately, whether people admit it or not, this is ... Continue reading

TPC Contributes to Forbes.com: 3 Things Your Company Needs To Know About Storytelling

Remember the last time you were stuck in a business presentation with endless bullets, heavy data, and text-filled slides? Last week? Yesterday? Right now? Business meetings are notoriously boring, ... Continue reading

The Common Language of Sales and Marketing? Storytelling.

Ah, sales and marketing. They go together like peas and carrots. Macaroni and cheese. Peanut butter and jelly. First, the talented marketers gather clever insights, data, and case studies to create ... Continue reading

TPC Contributes to Inc.com: Want Your Boss to Love Your Big Idea? Follow This Advice

Maybe you've got a new initiative that needs funding, you're trying to close a deal that will skyrocket Q4 revenues, or you're just trying to keep the boss (or your boss's boss) awake during a ... Continue reading

Fall 2016 Calendar of Events

Looking to improve your storytelling skills? Look no further. TPC will be speaking at SIX online and in-person events over the next few months! Check out the calendar and registration information ... Continue reading

TPC Receives Prestigious Brandon Hall “Excellence in Learning” Award

Corporate Storytelling Workshops Clinched Bronze Prize for “Best Results of a Learning Program”  The Presentation Company, which provides visual storytelling training for some of the world’s most ... Continue reading

Brain Science, Emotions and Leadership Training for Everyone: Takeaways from the 2016 ATD International Conference & Expo

I’ve had just over a week to absorb all of the rich and eye-opening knowledge shared by thought leaders at the ATD International Conference and Expo in Denver, and I’m still filled with awe at how ... Continue reading

3 Instant Ways to Give Your Data More Meaning

If you’ve ever had to present data, you’ve undoubtedly wondered about what visuals to use. Beyond making your data look great, you want it to be easily editable and, most importantly, actually MEAN ... Continue reading

Tired of Countless Hours in PowerPoint? We Feel Your Pain (And We Can Help.)

Can you imagine buying clothes that are stylish, but have no buttons, zippers or pockets? This is how most people attempt to build presentations: beautiful to look at, but a functional nightmare. ... Continue reading

Avoid this Font. Trust us.

Picture this: The CEO of your company has asked you to whip up a deck for his upcoming keynote. You fire up your Mac and weave visionary statements, startling facts, and elegant charts all into an ... Continue reading

How to Avoid the Stock Photo Cliché

Most of us have received the memo: dazzling visuals can punch up your presentation. And thanks to stock photo sites like shutterstock.com, istockphoto.com and Getty Images, there are an unlimited ... Continue reading

Standard vs. Widescreen PowerPoint Templates: The Guide to Designing for Any Display

Chances are, your company has at least two templates that you build presentations in: one standard template and one widescreen template. Do you ever wonder why there are two, or get confused about ... Continue reading

How to Use Storytelling in Sales Presentations

Selling products and services is no longer about showing up with your slides and simply responding to client’s needs. Today, we know that top sales people approach their customers by providing them ... Continue reading

Cut Your Presentation-Building Time in Half with Corporate PowerPoint Templates

Want to build visual, story-driven presentations quickly? Get ahold of great plug-and-play corporate presentation templates.  Yeah, yeah, yeah… you’ve heard it before. Presentations that tell a story ... Continue reading

How to Present Your Ideas Like an Architectural Masterpiece

Do all great presenters have professional copywriters and graphic artists at their disposal? The reality is… no. And they don’t all possess some rare skill that allows them to instantly whip up ... Continue reading

How to Give Great Presentations…When You’re Not There

Chances are, you’re probably emailing your proposals, executive summaries, or strategy reviews much more often than presenting them live. And if you’re worried this hampers many of your great ideas ... Continue reading

Want to Save Time in PowerPoint? Meet the F4 Button.

Developing PowerPoint decks takes time… but probably less time than you’re spending now. Let’s fix that. We’ll start with all those functions that need to be repeated over and over. You know - ... Continue reading

A Tale of Two Presenters

On any random day, you will find two people, working for the same company, eagerly presenting their product updates, project reviews, and strategy pitches. They certainly look similar -- with high ... Continue reading

TPC Contributes to Forbes.com: Your Data Needs a Story

   Think of the last time you were in a presentation that was loaded up with charts and tables. Do you remember the key points? Did the data surprise, shock, or create any kind of emotion in you? ... Continue reading

TPC Featured on Forbes.com: Visually Selling Your Ideas

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM FORBES.COM    Kate Harrison, Contributor PowerPoint is the second most popular communication tool after email. Yet there is huge variation in how effectively ... Continue reading

Secret to Presenting To Executives? Let 'Em *Think* They Have Control...(Video)

You’re getting ready to present a great idea... supported by a whole bunch of data... to the boss… What could go wrong? A lot. Bosses are human: they will remember 10% of what they hear, 20% of what ... Continue reading

3 Uber-simple Visual Layouts to Make a Boring PowerPoint More Engaging (Video)

It’s no secret — it’s the visuals that get your message heard and retained. Pictures are processed 60 thousand times faster than text. Here are three common visual layouts that work to catapult your ... Continue reading

Daren Lewis, Director of Content and Strategy

Communicator, Designer, Craftsman Definition of success: I measure my success by the success of the people I love and work alongside. The goal is to make a multiplicative impact. I build the content ... Continue reading

Excuse Me Sir, You Dropped Your Data…

Masterful WebEx Presentations - Part 3 Your WebEx presentation was meticulously planned. Flawlessly delivered. Your audience vigorously interacted with you – and with each other. Time to pack up and ... Continue reading

Four Delivery Tips for Virtual Meetings That All Webex Stars Know

Masterful WebEx presentations – Part 2. In Part 1 of our series on Masterful WebEx presentations, you learned about interactive tools that lock in audience engagement, how to build slide - decks for ... Continue reading

Reduce your laundry bill. Sweat-free virtual presentations with great planning and design.

  PART 1: Masterful WebEx Presentations: Planning and Design   Most agree. It’s crazy-scary making virtual presentations to a large, unknown audience. Hell, it’s scary presenting to a small, known ... Continue reading

6 Ways to Protect Your Corporate Brand with a Bullet-Proof PowerPoint Template

Can you imagine buying clothes that are stylish, but have no buttons, zippers or pockets? This is how many companies attempt to build corporate PowerPoint templates: beautiful to look at but, ... Continue reading

5 Commandments for Presenting Data in PowerPoint

Bar charts. Line charts. Pie charts. We long to nestle our data in these colorful displays in hopes of breathing great meaning into our numbers. But too often, bad chart choices and misuse of our own ... Continue reading

Presenting Data More Powerfully with 3 Easy Tips

#1 Make your slide title a news headline Every journalist knows that if your headline doesn’t reflect your story’s juice, readers will surely overlook your article.  Well, the same principal applies ... Continue reading

PowerPoint: Widescreen | How to Design for Different Displays

We build a lot of custom PowerPoint templates for Fortune 500 customers and often we’re asked to create two versions: a standard template (4:3 aspect ratio) and a widescreen template (16:9 aspect ... Continue reading

Preventing Distorted PowerPoint Presentations on Your iPad

Have you noticed when you open a PowerPoint presentation on your iPad that animations are lost, fonts go missing and graphics look distorted? To avoid this headache (and embarrassment), download ... Continue reading

3 Tips for Better PowerPoint Charts

Why use the Insert Chart feature in PowerPoint versus pasting Excel charts into a PowerPoint slide? What's the benefit? Well, if you're trying to manage file size, want to maintain confidentiality of ... Continue reading

TPC Contributes to Forbes.com: What Do Unforgettable Emails Do? They Tell A Story

Here’s the bitter truth: Your 800-word opus on the status of your upcoming product launch looks like a horrifying avalanche of words on your boss’s computer screen. She clicked out of it immediately, ... Continue reading

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