Improve your public-speaking skills by taking inspiration from Global Ignite Week, which requires speakers to convey their ideas in no more than 5 minutes and 20 slides, Laurie Ruettimann writes. This approach would be particularly valuable for conference keynotes, she adds: "You could attend a conference with Jesus, Buddha and Krishna on a panel -- moderated by Anderson Cooper -- and no one would pay attention for more than eight minutes."

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