Theodore.May

Theodore.May

Theodore May has over 25 years experience as a senior level executive in Fortune 500 and start up entertainment, digital media, and tech, focused on business strategy and new product development. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School with extensive professional experience in live performance as a member of AEA and AFTRA in New York City and regional theatre.

His areas of expertise include the development of new products in broadcast, internet service, and mobile app categories managing and/or working with system architects, engineers, developers, designers, PM's, CTOs, and CIOs, etc.

His business offers an innovative program in presentation skills and technique to companies, university business schools (MBA and MS programs in the Management of Technology), and individuals, with a special focus on executives in tech.

See more of Theodore May's Internal Communications Strategies for Business at www.theodoremay.com.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Theodore May and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Articles by Theodore.May

3 important things about online presentations
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3 important things about online presentations

Online presentations have unique requirements for success. Here are three important things to keep in mind as you prepare and deliver a presentation online.
March 23, 2020
How to embrace speaking in public
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How to embrace speaking in public

Afraid of public speaking? Here's an easy way to get started at any age. Speak up. Speak out. Tell us what you see.
November 1, 2019
What about Toastmasters?
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What about Toastmasters?

If Toastmasters provides you with a space and ready audience for the regular practice of the basic tenets of business presentation, great. But remember why you are there.
September 30, 2019
Everything is improv!
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Everything is improv!

Creativity, innovation and disruption rule business today. So, the idea of incorporating improvisation – or improv as it’s popularly known – as a potential engine for creativity into tech organizations makes sense.
May 20, 2019
What about TED Talks?
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What about TED Talks?

It used to be everyone wanted to be a rock star. These days, everyone wants to give a TED Talk. But in everyday business we don’t need rock stars, we just need to be able to develop and deliver good ideas, presented with energy and conviction. Let’s get back to where we once belonged.
January 18, 2019
Managing media for your company’s presentations
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Managing media for your company’s presentations

Slide management is not simply managing the order in which your slides are presented (although that’s paramount.) It also addresses the way in which companies or departments can share the creative content they generate for all of their presentations more broadly throughout their organizations.
December 11, 2018
What’s so funny about a business presentation?
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What’s so funny about a business presentation?

Lots of executives want their business presentations to be funny or entertaining. They seem enamored of the old vaudeville saw, “Always leave them laughing.” That’s funny.
July 19, 2018
Your first 60 seconds
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Your first 60 seconds

The first 60 seconds are critical to the success of any business presentation.
November 14, 2017
Do you speak body language?
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Do you speak body language?

Why are we so concerned with body language today? How important is body language to a successful business presentation?
August 25, 2017
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Stop making speeches

Should you memorize a speech when you have to give a business presentation? No. You are giving a business presentation, not a speech. Save the speech for after dinner.
May 19, 2017
Don’t let speaking with an accent interrupt your presentation
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Don’t let speaking with an accent interrupt your presentation

Some tech managers in the U.S. are concerned about speaking with an overly robust accent.Those who perceive speaking English with an accent as a weakness may feel self-conscious or lack self-confidence. They may shy away from giving presentations altogether. That can be a loss for the presenter and audiences alike. Does anything need to be done and is there anything you can do?
November 7, 2016
Questions after your presentation signal success
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Questions after your presentation signal success

Many presenters are relieved when there are no questions during or after their presentation. But no questions is rarely a good sign. Good and even difficult questions are what you want as a presenter.
July 11, 2016
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Read your PowerPoint slides!

Coaching and advice for anyone who is called upon to deliver a business presentation. Is there anyone who has not heard, "Don't read your PowerPoint slides to the audience during a presentation"? We think this means we are not supposed to even look at our slides for fear of temptation.
June 9, 2016
Overcoming presentation nerves
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Overcoming presentation nerves

One of the top concerns tech managers have when called upon to give a business presentation is "nerves." Is that a problem?
April 29, 2016
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Leaving ah… um… and uh… behind

It's easy to get lost when you are focused more on how you want to say something than what it is that needs to be said.
March 25, 2016
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The 4 slides you need

How many slides should you include in your presentation deck? Have too many PowerPoint slides? Introducing a new technology solution requires 4 basic image slides.
February 29, 2016
Behold the monster!
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Behold the monster!

Any presentation on new technology requires a strong supporting narrative. Without a compelling narrative, each audience member is likely to invent one of their own and those narratives can take on a dark tone, making it more difficult for you to receive a warm reception.
February 12, 2016
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Reaching an audience

The ability to reach an audience can make the difference between delivering a presentation and delivering a great presentation. Knowing your audience and how to meet their specific needs goes a long way to overcoming any fear you may have of the audience and failing to reach them.
January 25, 2016
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What are we afraid of?

The ability to deliver a great business presentation: to present yourself, your work, analysis, ideas, and recommendations to groups of fellow managers and decision makers, has always been important to individual success. As we continue to transition to an information and technology based economy – where STEM talent is increasingly launching transformative companies or being promoted into higher levels of management in larger organizations – the ability to present well becomes critically important to the success not only of the individual, but to a project, a team, and the company as well.
January 11, 2016