Rethink Your Business Presentation

We’ve all heard the expression “death by PowerPoint”.

We’ve all experienced the pain of sitting through yet another bullet-intensive presentation.

It’s time to rethink the business presentation.

It’s time to build your next presentation around the concept of “visual storytelling”.

Here’s how Google is changing the presentation game.


Seven Business Rebel Beliefs

Croixstone is proud to represent an exclusive group of highly-experienced business mavericks who enjoy tackling industry challenges. Our group of rebel talent, also known as “constructive non-conformists,” understands the importance of questioning the status quo and has the people skills to work with others to advance ideas for change. Recently, Inc. ran an article titled “7 Beliefs Business Rebels Hold That Disrupts Their Competition.”  S.C. Gwynne, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Pass, explained the seven beliefs as follows:

  1. Play Simple. A winning team doesn’t necessarily rely on complicated “plays” or on the quantity of them. Instead, insist on keeping your playbook simple. Simplicity is memorable.
  2. Redefine Boundaries. Don’t accept the conditions in which you work as a given. If you need to move the lines on the playing field, then do it.
  3. Redefine Expectations. Evaluate the “rules” that everyone follows and find leverage points to pivot away from tradition and create new expectations.
  4. Believe in Greatness. No matter your track record or the obstacles in your way believe that great outcomes are possible. People perform to the expectation levels you set.
  5. Look to the Past to Change the Future. While rebels defy conventional wisdom, they also study the past to learn trends and patterns that can change the future.
  6. Be Persistent. Steadfast in their resolve, rebels internalize their purpose. This helps them to stay persistent despite the temptation to back down or dial back their ambition.
  7. Believe in People. A business is nothing without the commitment and resolve of its people. Invest heavily in your talent.

Do you hold these same beliefs?  If yes, reach out to Patti Weber, our Chief Experience Officer, at pweber@croixstone.consulting!


Books That May Change Your Life
Did you know that one of the core habits that highly successful people have in common is reading?  Socio-economist Randall Bell spent 25 years studying success and found that, “Those who read seven or more books per year are more than 122 percent more likely to be millionaires as opposed to those who never read or only read one to three [books].”  Reading is not only a great source of knowledge and inspiration, but reading reduces stress and feeds your imagination.
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Billionaire Warren Buffett has been known for saying that a single book, The Intelligent Investor, written by Benjamin Graham changed his life.  In Buffett’s 2013 annual letter to shareholders he stated, “Of all the investments I ever made, buying Ben’s book was the best.”  Now, Buffett spends up to 80% of his day reading.  Billionaire Richard Branson once stated that the book that changed his life was Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. “I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from the book. I’ve never really wanted to grow up and I’ve always wanted to fly!”
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Maybe one of the books from the below links may change your life!
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Check out 24 books successful people read here.
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Learn about 9 books Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett think you should read here.
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Looking for a great business book?  Check out the latest Financial Times & McKinsey‘s book list for 2017 here.
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Finally, here are 13 must-read books on success according to the Young Entrepreneur Council.
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Here’s to your next great book!