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Produce Powerful Presentations (Collection) by Jerry Weissman

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44. Presentation Advice from Actress Tovah Feldshuh: Concentration Creates Communication

Rudyard Kipling wrote his classic poem “If ...” to commemorate a war hero in the Boer War of 1899–1902. The poem, which begins with “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs ...” and ends eight stanzas later with “Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,”F44.1 is a paean to concentration.

A Wall Street Journal story about rude behavior from audiences at Broadway shows provides a modern example in the theater. The story describes the all-too-common discourtesies of mobile phone ringing and loud talking. But the worst incident was at a performance of Irena’s Vow, a serious drama about the Holocaust, where a “man walked in late and ...

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