Who and What Really Matters?

Imagine you’re sitting in a conference room and the speaker arrives at the podium holding a huge stack of papers and immediately starts showing endless power point slides. Each slide is dense with so many bullet points, sentences and graphs—you can barely take any of it in. It’s a barrage of information.

Be Different. Be Visual. Show Emotion

I recently saw a speech that stayed with me and moved me. I’ve told many people about this speech because it did everything we believe at Own the Room makes a great speech.
The speaker used a visual image—a photograph—as part of her talk. It was a moving photograph, the kind that stays with you long after you’ve seen it.

It Could Be Magic

Recently, we did a training for a group of women investment managers at a large financial service company in Zurich. Each woman came prepared with a short presentation they were working on, which we filmed when they first arrived in the morning. Then we did a full day training, the same one that we do all over the world for companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, MTV, universities and non-profits.

Make Your Meeting Count

What would you do with an extra hour in your day? I’m guessing your answer wasn’t, “I’d love to spend it in a meeting.” All of us have many important things vying for our time. That’s one reason it can feel so frustrating when our time gets eaten up in required meetings – especially meetings that weren’t productive, or that we shouldn’t have been in, in the first place.

Feedback: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Here at Own The Room, we say that feedback is a gift. During our communication skills training, we encourage everyone to not only ask for feedback on their presentations but to demand it. Insights from others are important because they can help us see elements of our communication style – verbal and nonverbal – that we cannot always see.

Does a bullet really hit?

Think about that when you use bullets in your presentations. Rather than using too many of them, target them carefully. Even better, why not try to win without shooting.

How to be a better speaker or panelist at South by Southwest

So you made it to the big time. You landed a speaking slot at South by Southwest (SXSW), the annual conglomerate of interactive media, music, and film conferences. They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and there aren’t too many stages bigger than this event in Austin. So you’d better bring your A-game.

How to Convey Complex Concepts

Daniel was brilliant. A data analyst at a rapidly growing startup, he had swiftly proven himself to be a keen thinker who could quickly find patterns amidst rows of data. There was just one problem.