Five Indispensable Parts Of Your Next Presentation

If you haven’t been professionally trained in giving great presentations, you can still give professional presentations. Like Russian nesting dolls, great presentations have parts that fit together...but only in the right order.


For your next presentation, remember these indispensable parts.

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Topics: The Workplace

September 11, 2019

8 Things Employees Expect at Work

workforce.pngEditor’s Note: Chris Heinz, EnergyCAP’s Vice President for Human Resources, is this week’s blogger. He blogs regularly on topics like workplace engagement, strengths, and coaching at If you don’t want to miss his blog posts, you can subscribe here.

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October 3, 2017

The Ins and Outs of Campus Energy Data

A large number of facilities with widely varied uses—administration, classroom, laboratories, athletics, parking, medical, etc.a diverse group of occupants, long operating hours, multiple funding sources, and consistent growth combine to make energy management at a large public university a complex undertaking. Lalit Agarwal, Director of Facilities Systems at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), recently presented a webinar titled “The Ins and Outs of Campus Energy Data” to explain how UNL has integrated numerous systems—including EnergyCAP—and internal teams to establish a program that is successfully reducing energy consumption across campus, while maintaining occupant comfort.

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Topics: Energy Management- Client Savings- The Workplace

June 28, 2017

How We Hire the Right People


[Editor’s Note: Chris Heinz, EnergyCAP’s Vice President for Human Resources, is this week’s blogger. He brings valuable insights into the black box of corporate hiring procedures, and suggests a current methodology for maximizing value in the hiring process. Please read and consider sharing internally in your organization!]

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January 19, 2017

We're All in This Together

high_school_musical_troy_gabriella_2.jpgHigh School Musical, released by The Disney Channel in 2006, was a huge success, nationally and in my household. The musical, which introduced the world to now mega-stars Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Tisdale, 

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September 1, 2016

Using Negative Feedback to Your Advantage

ThinkstockPhotos-AA001298.jpgWe've all been in this situation before. Your supervisor asks you to step into her office, or your boss sets up an unexpected lunch meeting. All of the sudden, you're in an unwelcome feedback situation.

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January 29, 2016

Four Reasons I Close My Email While Working

ThinkstockPhotos-479981796I used to keep my email inbox open all the time while working. One monitor displayed my active project—a spreadsheet, document or web browser—while the other monitor displayed my inbox. This way I could stay on top of everything at the same time. I was king of the world.

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October 22, 2015

Reassurance is Futile … (Don't seek it)


Is the success of your work day based on approval? If so, author and speaker Seth Godin might nudge you in a different direction.

Godin, whose books on how ideas spread and how to be a change agent have become international bestsellers, 

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September 18, 2015

Emotional Courage Often Missing in the Workplace


Last week I attended a live presentation by bestselling author and TED talk speaker Dr. Brené Brown. Her 2010 Ted talk, “The power of vulnerability,” is one of the top five most viewed TED talks ever, with more than 21 million views. But last week she didn’t talk about vulnerability; instead she spoke about having emotional courage in the workplace.

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September 16, 2015

14 Quotes from the Global Leadership Summit

I attended the Global Leadership Summit a few weeks ago. In its 21st year, the live event was broadcast to more than 250,000 people in 120 countries.


The speakers were very encouraging and provided thought-provoking content about what it means to grow and excel as a leader.

Here are 14 quotes from the summit:

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August 27, 2015

What If Energy Management's Not Your Passion? The Difference Between Jobs, Careers, and Callings

Among our blog audience, there are readers who are absolutely head-over-heels-in love with managing energy. They think energy, they speak energy, and they have cute energy quotes in their email signatures. But not all of our blog readers are passionate about managing energy.


Can they still be successful in the energy management industry? Or is passion absolutely essential for energy managers?

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July 16, 2015

Time Management: Working in the Upper Left Quadrant

As an energy management professional, there are so many “urgent” demands on your time. But President Dwight D. Eisenhower stated, "What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important." This is a valuable perspective for an energy management professional! President_Eisenhower

Eisenhower is credited with developing a simple tool that can be used to ensure that important tasks are getting our time and attention. It has been called the Eisenhower matrix. We will introduce the tool in today’s blog, and share a couple of examples illustrating how you can use it.

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Topics: Energy Management- The Workplace

December 2, 2014

Visiting the World Trade Center Memorial

Today we take a moment to reflect on the event that changed us 13 years ago.

I visited the 9/11 Memorial.

After walking through security like I was boarding a plane, I entered the courtyard. I arrived in a group, but broke off on my own. I felt I should walk this memorial alone.world_trade_center_memorial_thumb

Two great pools of water sat in the courtyard. Water poured down one level, creating soft walls. Then it poured down a second level and into a hole, the bottom unseen.

Each pool is where the buildings belonged, those buildings now crumbled and gone.

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September 11, 2014

5 Tips for Making Great Energy Management Presentations

As an energy management professional, you may have to give a presentation with slides to an audience. A lot may be riding on the quality of your presentation. Perhaps you have to prove return on investment for an upcoming purchase, share the results of an energy efficiency project, or enlist coworkers for an energy conservation initiative. 488852553

Whatever your purpose is, chances are you haven’t been trained in creating great presentations. Unfortunately in most organizations, high-stakes presentations receive low-stakes preparations. But your idea is too valuable to fumble, so why not take some professional advice from presentation experts Nancy Duarte and Dan Roam.

Here are five tips for creating great presentations.

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August 22, 2014

Energy Management HELP WANTED

The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) is hiring for a position in energy management. We thought we'd post a portion of the complete employment description. The job requires, "working knowledge of utility management software such as EnergyCAP."


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August 15, 2014

Creative Thinking in Business

Note: This is a guest post by Kate Forsyth of Minol USA, an EnergyCAP user.

Albert Einstein said “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Yet so much of our approach to education and work is steeped in learning the right answer or correct processes. It’s important to note that great innovators are the people who didn’t say “No” to seemingly impossible ideas. Instead, they opened their minds to the “What if” question and then worked on how to make it happen.461877619

For example, the Wright Brothers made bicycles before they created the first airplane that figuratively and literally became the runway to the future. How did two brothers go from making simple, two wheel vehicles to flying?

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July 29, 2014

5 Tips for Using Email Better

There’s no question that email has dramatically changed the workplace. Communication that previously required personal contacts by phone or in person can now be settled efficiently through instant correspondence. It’s hard to imagine life without it. In business, email has become a tool we simply cannot live without.


But just because we CAN email doesn’t mean we SHOULD email. Like all tools, email should be used when it makes sense. We’ve probably all heard stories of email blunders, some simply embarrassing to the sender, but some with serious consequences, like losing a job or a friend. And we are all aware of the time burden that email imposes with its in-your-face presence!

To help you avoid email perils, here are five tips for using email better.

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July 17, 2014

Energy Manager Tip #3 for Achieving Buy-In

Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, has been our guide for this short series on Achieving Buy-In, and this final installment specifically addresses those power relationships where you are seeking to get subordinates “on board” with a new direction.


Carnegie makes his point with a story about fasting:

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July 2, 2014

Why Trials Are Good For You

Someone recently asked me what forces have helped me mature. That is, what factors were responsible for my personal growth? Although several causes came to mind eventually, my first thought surprised me—it was trials.

According to Webster’s, a trial is, “a test of the quality, value, or usefulness of something.” Usually we like to avoid trials because trials are painful. When we propose a personal or professional development plan, we don’t propose the deliberate inclusion of trials. When trials come, we want to walk the other way.78377900

But trials can be powerful forces for good in your life.

Here are five ways that trials can benefit you:

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June 19, 2014

Energy Manager Tip #1 for Achieving Buy-in

You devised the most brilliant energy management initiative in history. But your utillity accounting clerk was not buying it. When you pointed out the logical fallacies in his argument, he misread the tone of your email.

Before you knew it, the facilities director was copied on the correspondence, and the plans for a vital software implementation for your initiative were scrapped.


You might have felt like President Lincoln did, in this story from Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Win Friends and Influence People:

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June 17, 2014

Do Introverts or Do Extroverts Make Better Energy Managers?

I recently watched a powerful TED Talk by self-identified introvert Susan Cain. She believes that our culture rewards extroverts and ignores introverts, and consequently, our culture misses out on the benefits that introverts bring. This got me thinking about extroversion and introversion in the workplace.


Do introverts or do extroverts make better energy managers?

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May 13, 2014

Top Job Qualifications for Top-Notch Energy Managers

hiringEnergyManagerEnergy Managers—Do you know what your (future) employer is looking for?

The energy management field is changing, so we thought we’d survey the current job openings to see what is expected of current applicants. Read on for some expected and unexpected results.

1: Energy efficiency expertise is still a core competency.

Just about every employer directly stated or implied in the job description that the successful candidate would demonstrate personal competence in tracking, analyzing, and reducing energy use. And for about half of the job openings, the employer required Certified Energy Manager (CEM) professional certification (or equivalent) of job applicants.

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April 16, 2014

My Massage With Al Pacino: 5 Steps to Worry-Free Living

alPacinoA few years ago, my family went on vacation to a resort hotel that offered massages. My wife said I should get one, so I made an appointment.

“Your massage will be with Al Pacino,” the scheduler said.

“With whom?” I asked.

“With Al Pacino.”

“That’s who I thought you said.”

My heart skipped a beat. A massage with The Godfather? This was not the vacation I had signed up for. My mind tripped into WORRY mode. What had I gotten myself into? I was on pins and needles waiting for my appointment.

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January 31, 2014

Mars or Bust: The Power of Prioritizing

marsI heard a fascinating segment on National Public Radio last Sunday. It started with an audio clip of Carl Sagan, which piqued my interest since I knew that Sagan had died years ago. “I don't know why you're on Mars,” the dead man intoned. “But whatever the reason for going to Mars is, I'm glad you're there and I wish I was with you.” After the recording ended, the NPR news story continued with comments from a number of people who were busily planning to make the vision of a manned Martian visit a reality.

The breadth of that vision was inspiring, and the story reminded me, just three short weeks past the unofficial deadline for New Year’s Resolutions, of the power of prioritizing. And it got me wondering how many visions we sacrifice when we choose poorly.

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January 21, 2014

Why Telling Stories Is Better Than Telling Facts

Which version makes a bigger impact?

  • City receives $623,000.
  • Part-time energy manager helps her near-bankrupt city to receive $623,000.

The first version tells the facts—a city received $623,000. The facts are correct, measurable…and pretty boring. But the second version tells a story.

  • There’s a challenge—the city is near-bankrupt.
  • There’s a hero—the part-time energy manager.
  • There’s a victory—the city received $623,000.
  • There’s drama—you mean she was only part-time? However did she do it?

The elements of this story create intrigue. You want to learn more.


So to make a big impact at work, either in proposing a new project to your boss, getting buy-in from your coworkers, or influencing your audience, try telling a story rather than just telling facts.

Presenting facts can be easier than telling a story—a quick Internet search can provide endless facts—but that doesn’t mean facts are the best option.

Telling stories is better than telling facts because:

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January 10, 2014

5 Ways to Stop Thinking About Work At Home

How often has it happened that your spouse, partner, friend, or child was talking with you when all of a sudden, you realized you didn’t hear a word they said? You were thinking about work instead.

You left the office, but the office didn’t leave you. To help you protect your personal time, here are five ways to stop thinking about work at home:


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January 3, 2014

6 Ways to Save on Energy Costs at Your Small Business

In honor of Small Business Saturday, we are pleased to offer a blog post by small business owner Jake Butler. Butler enjoys discussing topics including green living, small business, and money savings.

If you're running a small business, you know how important saving money is. Some of the more tried and true methods include cutting your real estate costs, office supply expenses, and IT support. One of the less exploited means, however, is reducing your utility bill through energy management.

According to ENERGY STAR, small businesses spend over $60 billion per year on energy, so if reducing that expense is not on your agenda, it should be. Without reducing costs, your business is likely to struggle to maintain healthy and consistent profits.


Here's how to reduce your energy expenses and improve your overall chances of success, starting today. 

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December 3, 2013

The One Commodity We're Always Trading

We talk a lot about commodities—oil, water, natural gas. But what about time?

Time is the one commodity we’re always trading, whether we realize it or not.

So why do we spend so much time on tedious tasks rather than projects that move us forward?

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November 12, 2013

How to Transition Between Tasks at Work

If you’re like me, you may often slide between job tasks instead of moving purposefully from one to the next.

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September 17, 2013

How to Make Your Own Fireworks (At Work)

It’s almost July 4, which means fireworks.

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July 3, 2013

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