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The Seventh Rule: Make Your Presentation

Steve Gladis HRD Press PDF




When you commit to speak to a particular group, you will need to decide on what type of delivery method you should best employ: extemporaneous or manuscript speech delivery.

Let’s take a moment to define both and then look at each in more depth.

The Extemporaneous Speech

The extemporaneous speech is often misunderstood for impromptu speech (often called “winging it”). There is a vast difference between the (prepared) extemporaneous speech and off-the-cuff impromptu remarks. First, to be a good extemporaneous speaker requires hours of practice for a particular speech, even for the most accomplished speaker. Extemporaneous speakers work from keyword notes and speaking outlines, not full-text drafts. Impromptu speakers, on the other hand, work by the seat of their pants. While this technique can be developed for those rare occasions on which you might get called upon to speak without any preparation, it’s far better to concentrate your efforts on developing planned, extemporaneous speeches.

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09: Controlling to Sharing

Grant Leboff Kogan Page ePub

The creation of the internet and the world wide web, combined with advances in technology, presents both individuals and companies with unprecedented opportunities. At the same time, however, one could argue that the landscape is more competitive than it has ever been, as many barriers to market have come down and therefore there are more entities trying to compete.

For example, there were 1,186,900 registered companies in the United Kingdom in 1990–91.1 By 2012–13, this had nearly trebled to 3,044,710.2 Similarly, in the United States, registered companies grew by over a million from 6,319,300 in 19923 to 7,396,628 in 2010.4 However, this is only a small part of the story. With the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the rise of India and China, the Western industrial economies now find themselves competing with literally billions of extra people. As technology increasingly renders geographical boundaries irrelevant for many purchases, this competition becomes even more fervent. Of course, the same facts also present companies with fresh and exciting opportunities. These territories provide Western industrialized countries with new markets in which to expand, as growing businesses and an emerging middle class look to purchase goods and services. In this global market, however, it is the very nature of competition and the way you respond to it that has really changed.

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CH 11 The Impact of the Islamic State if Iraq and Syria's Campaign on Yezidi Religious Structures and Pigrimage Practices

Leppakari, M. CABI PDF


The Impact of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s Campaign on Yezidi Religious Structures and Pilgrimage Practices

Ibrahim Al-Marashi*

California State University, San Marcos, USA


The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the summer of 2014 disrupted the faith and pilgrimage practices of Iraq’s historically vulnerable minority communities. ISIS has created a homogenous neo-Salafi space through ‘religious cleansing’ of persons and physical structures, antiquity sites related to the pre-­

Islamic past, and religious structures used by minority and ‘heterodox communities’. The expulsion of Iraqi Christian Chaldeans from Mosul, the extermination and enslavement of Yezidi communities and the destruction of both communities’ religious structures, sites of local religious pilgrimage, is justified by the doctrinal beliefs of ISIS, but also serves a secular goal of consolidating recently conquered land. Expelling heterodox communities in the name of the faith eliminates potential ‘fifth columns’. ISIS’ allegations of Yezidis as ‘devil worshippers’ and the images of the destruction of their sites also gains approval of ISIS’ inner core of supporters. The choreographed and mediated destruction of these sites concurrently generates coverage by international media, communicating ISIS’ deliberate rejection of the Western liberal state and normative notions of protecting minority rights. The dismantling of the Iraqi–Syrian border and the expulsion of the minority communities that straddled both sides of the border serves in ISIS’ view to rectify the borders of the Arab world drawn by such Western states after

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Brad Edmondson Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

The Gulf Was So Wide

When Perry Odak became the CEO of Ben & Jerrys, the media crowed that the peaceniks had hired a leader from a company that made guns. They also said that Perry was a down-to-earth guy from a Hudson Valley farm who had worked his way through Cornell by milking cows. They got the facts right, but they buried the lead.

Perry was a turnaround specialist. He was the man Fred Miller had suggested in the days following Bob Hollands resignation, and he did what he was hired to do. Starting in January 1997, he executed a plan that worked brilliantly for shareholders. The companys financial condition began improving shortly after he arrived. He brought focus and skillful planning to every aspect of the operation, and he gave the social mission the resources it needed to keep moving ahead. But that isnt all he did.

Perrys career had followed a pattern. He had spun off companies for sale when he worked at Atari in the 1980s. In the 1990s, as a management consultant, he helped a holding company cut its debt by selling fifteen companies in just nine months. He even merged two dairy companies just two years before he arrived at Ben & Jerrys. The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, said Pierre Ferrari, who joined the board of Ben & Jerrys in 1997. Perry took on organizations that had run into some kind of trouble, turned them around, and then sold them. He approached everything with that kind of attitude. You know, every problem is a nail if youre a hammer.

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Christina Baldwin Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

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