Entries by Alexandra Rufatto-Perry

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What a Group of 7th Grade Girls Can Teach You About Business Storytelling.

The Five Ps of Your Business Story My daughter and about 40 other tween and teenage girls participated in local STEM event a week or so ago.   Lured in by swag bags and brownies the girls were highly encouraged to stay for the remainder of the program; a keynote, panel and group activity.  I’m […]

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Three Things You Can Do Right Now to Make Your Webinars Memorable and Engaging

Tell the truth. How many times have you sat through an online webinar, half listening, half responding to emails you’ve put off in your inbox? None? Really? Scrolling through social media then? (I’m joking…mostly.) Webinars are everywhere.  They’re easily accessible time and cost-effective. They’re a fantastic tool for continuing education, mass dissemination of information, lead […]

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Are You Overthinking Giving Feedback? One question to ask yourself when you’re debating whether or not you should “say something?”

I needed to give some feedback to a good friend and colleague. She was frustrated about the way a few collaborative projects had turned out.  She’s an incredible person, consistently supporting others.  More often than not, though,  she’s highlighting someone else’s work in conversations. That’s a good thing to do… and it means she’s missing […]

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Your Details Are Wasting Dollars. How to avoid getting yourself and your listeners lost when you talk.

“I want to make sure I hit every detail, you know, so they know that I know what I’m talking about.” “I like to know all the details, so I want them to know all the details.” “But what if I miss something?” Sound familiar? Is this you? Yes?  OK, let’s chat for a moment. […]

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The Easiest Way to Avoid a Technology Disaster When You Present.

You have the BEST EVER (insert techy thing here) for your presentation. Perhaps it’s a…GIF riddled powerpoint with fancy transitions, musical segway, dancing cat video, 3-D display of “fancy new” product… maybe even a robot. There’s NO WAY you can do your presentation without it. It has to be there. (I can see your face […]

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Wealth is the Word for 2019. W​ha​t I’m Choosing to Focus on in My Life and Business in the New Year and Why you​ Should too.

Ok, maybe it’s not the word of 2019; I don’t wield that much influence (yet), but it’s definitely my word for 2019. If you haven’t heard about choosing a word for the year, let me explain how this works. The idea is to pick a single word to focus on instead of making a resolution. […]

10 Ways to Avoid Holiday Drama by Using These Public Speaking Tips

What does Christmas look like at the Practically Speaking household?  Well…let’s see there’s: Four sets of parents, five kids (explained more here), one new kid-in-law to be, an eighty-pound dog who thinks he’s a kid, siblings, nieces, and nephews.   Serving with Grit Into Grace and church outreach programs.  Delivering presents to families in need.  Countless trays […]

When Not if

You know enough about me by now to know that I believe in thepower of words. I’m constantly thinking about words, how we use them, what impact they have. I believe our words have the powerto change the world. As I’m sitting here writing this, I can’t escape two words,  “when”and “if”. Yesterday, tragedy hit my hometown. Like […]