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Laura Bergells
Works at Grand Valley State University
Attended Michigan State University
Lives in Grand Rapids, MI
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The unhappy great blue heron squawks and barks at me.
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Disavowed.
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I hate when that happens. 
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What a lovely, not-so-big home...
One of the Midwest’s first LEED Platinum homes enhances a historic neighborhood.
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Days like today end too soon.
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An organization I work with did a study for internal use only. One of the facts that came out of years of research ran counter to one man's opinion. 

"I'm not going to change my approach based on data," he said. "My years of experience tell me you're wrong on that one."
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The Sorry Ass

A guy broke a glass in my house. An accident, it slipped between his fingers, fell to the floor and smashed into a zillion pieces.

He got a broom, cleaned up the mess and apologized about five times while he was tidying. It's okay, I told him. It was an accident.

"I'm so sorry," he said.

"Listen to me," I said. "I accepted your apology. Now you're annoying me. If you apologize one more time, I'm going to ask you to leave."

"You're right," he said. "I'm sorry."

He had to go.

"But I said I was sorry!"

Exactly. Once was enough. And I gave you a warning. I don't want your sorry ass in my house.

What makes people over-apologize like this? Don't they know how annoying they are?
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I don't want to continually reassure you that everything is OK, because now it's not.

You crossed a line with your over-apologizing. It's like you couldn't even hear me when I accepted your apology the first time. Instead, you proved you only want constant reassurances.

You don't pay attention. So you'll create more accidents, so that you can farm people for their reassurances.

Get out of my house, now. I mean it.
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Good morning to you, too!
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6 reasons why business presenters need to act like rock stars...
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Come back! Come back! Don't set yet!
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Education
  • Michigan State University
    Telecommunications + Sociology, 1981 - 1985
  • Grand Valley State University
    Public Administration, 1986 - 1989
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Gender
Female
Other names
Bergs, Bergie, Maniactive, Bo
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Tagline
More than PowerPoint: I blog about the art + creativity of presentation.
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All About Presentation
Laura's blog about presenting

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Author of Public Speaking Fundamentals.
Now available on the Lynda.com Training Library
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Work
Occupation
Writer, Speaker, Educator.
Employment
  • Grand Valley State University
    Adjunct Instructor, 2009 - present
  • aimWest
    Membership Chair, 2009 - present
  • Laura Bergells, LLC
    Writer, Speaker, 1999 - present
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Currently
Grand Rapids, MI