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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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On overcoming the absent minded professor syndrome...
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People come to presentations, hoping to be bored. 
“I can bore you to death with a couple hundred PowerPoint slides for the next hour, or we can have a discussion and make this fun and interactive,” said the speaker. Seriously. Those were the first words out of his mouth. The audience of around 50 just sat there, including me.
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Last month, I encountered many people who were shockingly bad at answering simple, direct questions. Awareness is key -- you might be secretly driving people nuts with non-responsive answers.
As an intelligent business person, you might think you are excellent at answering simple, direct questions. But are you? Take this easy, 5-question quiz to find out: 1. A venture capitalist asks how much your new service costs. You: A: Explain how you and your team arrived at the various price ...
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The biggest problem I tend to encounter is that what's perceived as a simple question does not have a simple answer. Or not a simple answer that conveys the understanding the querier requires. Or sometimes not a simple answer combined with certainty.

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Be prepared. 
I hope you never experience a crisis. But when you do, be prepared. Introducing Crisis Communication Fundamentals, my latest online course. It's available now in the Lynda.com content library. Crisis Communication Fundamentals I felt inspired to write this course because I've watched people ...
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Are you involved in crisis communication ... without even knowing it? Here's how to tell—and why you need to know. http://bit.ly/1RnZaaZ 
I worked in crisis communication for years before I knew that's what it was called. In the 1980s, I worked on AIDS-in-the-Workplace policy and training. In the '90s, I spent two years researching a report with the actual phrase “A Community Crisis” in it. A training program to prevent executives ...
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Let's get rid of the 'thank you' slide, once and for all. 
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Which two little words can kill your confidence? 
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Enjoying a woody weekend...
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It involves a woodpecker and coyote poop. 
For decades, I would take an almost-daily walk near my old office. My office was located in an old-growth forest. I would walk on a sidewalk that cut though the forest; a pleasant walkway at the top of a steep, woodsy ravine.One day, something new caught my eye. Someone had crawled down into the depths of the gully to place a red sign on a tree. The bright red spot caught my eye and raised my curiosity.The sign, as seen from the sidewalkSquinting...
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Going down blind alleys. Running up against all kinds of dodgy characters...
Just for fun: read this post as if you were a 1940's film noir detective voice over actor. A lovely Saturday morning: the house was cool, the coffee hot. I popped open my notebook computer with the cockeyed plan to sift through a backlog of LinkedIn invitations. I noticed there were over 300 requests sitting in there.How did I let these mooks get so backed up?It's easy. When I get a request from someone I don't know, I don't even hit "Ignore". In...
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be prepared, but don't be paranoid.
We apparently decided that between terror attacks, school shootings, and street crime, we'd better just bury the needle on the security side.
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Writer, Speaker, Educator.
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  • Grand Valley State University
    Adjunct Instructor, 2009 - present
  • aimWest
    Membership Chair, 2009 - present
  • Laura Bergells, LLC
    Writer, Speaker, 1999 - present
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More than PowerPoint: I blog about the art + creativity of presentation.
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Author of Public Speaking Fundamentals.
Now available on the Lynda.com Training Library
http://bit.ly/publicspeakingfundamentals 
Education
  • Michigan State University
    Telecommunications + Sociology, 1981 - 1985
  • Grand Valley State University
    Public Administration, 1986 - 1989
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Bergs, Bergie, Maniactive, Bo