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Harvard Business Review OnPoint

Summer 2019

Harvard Business Review OnPoint makes it fast and easy to put HBR’s ideas to work. Handpicked by HBR’s editors to bring readers the most relevant ideas and insight on a single business topic, these collections include full-text articles, summaries of key points, and suggestions for further reading, plus content selected from hbr.org.

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nail your next presentation

You have 10 minutes to speak. You’ll be up onstage—or in front of a camera, or sitting with important investors—and everyone will be looking at you. It’s the perfect opportunity to share your story, make your pitch, and dazzle everyone with the idea you’ve been working on for months. How do you make the most of it without letting your nerves hijack the show?Begin by developing your presentation: Identify the story you want to tell, craft its structure, and turn your data into persuasive charts. In “How to Give a Killer Presentation,” Chris Anderson describes how the team at TED helps speakers frame their stories, free themselves from dependence on notes and teleprompters, and use multimedia-like slides and video effectively. Also reflect on whether your deck helps or hurts you:…

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harvard business review onpoint

EDITOR IN CHIEF Adi IgnatiusEDITOR, HBR Amy BernsteinEDITOR, HBR.ORG Maureen HochEDITORIAL DIRECTOR Sarah CliffeDEPUTY EDITOR, HBR.ORG Walter FrickCREATIVE DIRECTOR John KorpicsEDITORIAL DIRECTOR, HBR PRESS Melinda MerinoEXECUTIVE EDITOR Ania G. WieckowskiSENIOR EDITORS Laura Amico Alison Beard Scott Berinato David Champion Paris Eben Harrell Jeff Kehoe Scott LaPierre Toby Lester Daniel McGinn Gardiner Morse Curt Nickisch Steven Prokesch Vasundhara SawhneyMANAGING EDITOR, HBR PRESS Allison PeterSENIOR ASSOCIATE EDITORS Courtney Cashman Susan Francis Gretchen Gavett Dave Lievens Nicole TorresASSOCIATE EDITORS Paige Cohen Kevin Evers Erica TruxlerSENIOR ASSOCIATE/ARTICLES EDITOR Amy MeekerARTICLES EDITORS Christina Bortz Susan Donovan Martha Lee SpauldingASSISTANT EDITORS Riddhi Kalsi JM OlejarzEDITORIAL COORDINATOR Alicyn ZallSTAFF ASSISTANT Christine C. JackCONTRIBUTING EDITORS Karen Dillon Amy Gallo Jane Heifetz John Landry Andrew O’Connell Anand P. RamanDESIGN DIRECTORS Stephani Finks HBR Press Susannah Haesche HBR Marta Kusztra…

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how to give a killer presentation

A LITTLE MORE THAN a year ago, on a trip to Nairobi, Kenya, some colleagues and I met a 12-year-old Masai boy named Richard Turere, who told us a fascinating story. His family raises livestock on the edge of a vast national park, and one of the biggest challenges is protecting the animals from lions—especially at night. Richard had noticed that placing lamps in a field didn’t deter lion attacks, but when he walked the field with a torch, the lions stayed away. From a young age, he’d been interested in electronics, teaching himself by, for example, taking apart his parents’ radio. He used that experience to devise a system of lights that would turn on and off in sequence—using solar panels, a car battery, and a motorcycle indicator box—and…

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visualizations that really work

NOT LONG AGO, the ability to create smart data visualizations, or dataviz, was a nice-to-have skill. For the most part, it benefited design- and data-minded managers who made a deliberate decision to invest in acquiring it. That’s changed. Now visual communication is a must-have skill for all managers, because more and more often, it’s the only way to make sense of the work they do.Data is the primary force behind this shift. Decision making increasingly relies on data, which comes at us with such overwhelming velocity, and in such volume, that we can’t comprehend it without some layer of abstraction, such as a visual one. A typical example: At Boeing the managers of the Osprey program need to improve the efficiency of the aircraft’s takeoffs and landings. But each time…

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how to give a stellar presentation

SPEAKING IN front of a group—no matter how big or small—can be stressful. Preparation is key, whether it’s your first time or your hundredth. From creating your slides to wrapping up your talk, what should you do to give a presentation that people will remember?What the Experts SayPublic speaking often tops the list of people’s fears. “When all eyes are on you, you feel exposed,” says Nick Morgan, the president and founder of Public Words and author of Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact (Harvard Business Review Press, 2014).“This classically leads to feelings of shame and embarrassment.” In other words, fear of humiliation is at the root of our performance anxiety.Another problem: “Speakers often set a standard of perfection for themselves…

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the art of the elevator pitch

LONG BEFORE your favorite movie made it to a theater near you, it was presented in a pitch meeting. Hollywood screenwriters typically get three to five minutes to propose an idea, but it takes only around 45 seconds for producers to know if they want to invest. Specifically, producers are listening for a logline: one or two sentences that explain what the movie is about. If there is no logline, more often than not, there is no sale.A winning pitch starts with a winning logline—a valuable lesson for innovators in any field. The best innovations offer novel solutions to challenging problems. But without the support of investors, even the best ideas might never get off the ground. To influence the people who can turn your idea into a reality, you…