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  • The 80/20 Rule Is Dead–and That’s Not A Good Thing (2 of 2)

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    ChuckKuglen
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:45 pm
    by Chuck Kuglen of The Henderson Group A tool from a company we’ve been watching of late (Accuvit) offers some interesting input about the “80-20” rule so often utilized by sales trainers. It’s related to anyone who uses the phone in their sales, business development, client contact, service, or post-consulting (well, most of us). First, a recent study suggests that the “80-20” rule, that you should get your customers to talk more than you (up to 80%) simplifies too much what we do and what we should try to do. And that this “rule” is rarely utilized in practice. The 80-20…
  • How to be a more confident – fire your fear of public speaking

    Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing
    Gavin Meikle
    15 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you have ever had an anxiety or panic attack at the thought of speaking in public, then you know how an emotional hijack feels. In this post, I’d like to share why it happens and how, by learning how to manage it, you can fire your fear of public speaking and become a more confident communicator. What is Emotional Hijack? It’s what happens when you perceive something as a danger, and you react instinctively without thinking. Emotional Hijack is controlled by a tiny structure deep in your brain called the Amygdala. When your brain detects a change in the world around you (a…
  • Why do most About Us pages look alike?

    JazzFactory.In Blog
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Have you read the About Us page in your corporate brochure or on your website? What does it say?The About Us page on your website and in your brochure is perhaps the place to use high sounding words which not many understand. It is either written by copy writers from advertising agencies or from people within the corporate communications department. To give you a taste of it, let us check the websites of 3 well known IT companies. I have hand picked some parts of their About Us page. Abused jargon marked in boldCompany 1XYZ helps customers do business better by leveraging our…
  • PowerPoint and the Rise of Emoji

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    Shay O'Donnell
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:17 am
    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 5 years, you’ll likely have seen the use of colourful icons punctuating texts, tweets, emails, adverts. It seems these little pictures are becoming a weighty force in how we communicate, with many sources (BBC, Telegraph, Guardian etc.) stating that emoji is ‘the fastest growing language’ in the UK. Why is this happening? What does it mean for language? And most importantly, what does it have to do with PowerPoint presentations?! Language as we know it is a highly complex concept that has been built on and developed over thousands of…
  • The seven speaking secrets of persuasive presenters – How to speak like a pro

    Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing
    Gavin Meikle
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:24 am
    Ace persuasive presenters are made not born. They have learned what it takes to conquer their fear of presenting, and now they love it! They have also learned how to create compelling speech content and how to present it in an engaging and persuasive way. In this post,  I’d like to share some practical tips that will help you become a better, more persuasive presenter.   They accept and utilise their nerves to improve their presentations I’ve yet to meet an excellent speaker who does not get a little nervous before a presentation. What make the best presenters different is that,…
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  • Hans Rosling: Upgrading our worldview via data visualization

    Garr
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:46 am
    Data and information are not inherently boring. The key is to select the appropriate (and accurate) data to support your message. Yet, it also matters how you bring the data alive, giving it context and meaning. One of the masters of displaying data in live talks is Swedish medical doctor and researcher, Hans Rosling, whom I've talked about often on this site and in my books (we were both keynoters at Tableau 2014 in Seattle as well; he's a wonderful man). His latest short presentation was posted this week and it's a great reminder of how to present a visualization in a simple, clear, and…
  • Contribution: the key to authenticity, engagement, & meaning

    Garr
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:59 am
    When I wrote the first edition of Presentation Zen back in 2007, I said that presentations are better when they are prepared and delivered in the spirit of truly wanting to make a difference and a belief in the power of sharing ideas. The secret to this spirit or approach is contribution. This is a key part of Presentation Zen. It's not about showing off. It's not about impressing. It's not about winning (or losing). I quoted the incredible Benjamin Zander who said this when speaking to a group of remarkably talented young musicians: “This is the moment — this is the most important moment…
  • When a bar chart can be misleading

    Garr
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:03 am
    Just because a chart is correct, it does not mean it's not misleading. Here's an example: Back in the USA, on March 12, US Senator Ted Cruz and NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden went head to head at a hearing on the President’s FY2016 budget request arguing as to what they thought NASA’s priorities are today. Sen. Cruz is known to be a climate-change skeptic and has often said that NASA should focus on space exploration and leave earth science to other agencies. Although Cruz and Bolden disagreed strongly, reports are that the hour-long meeting was nonetheless cordial. The interesting…
  • Scientifically Proven Ways to Persuade & Influence Others

    Garr
    2 Jun 2015 | 11:45 pm
    A good book I often recommend is: Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive by Dr. Robert B. Cialdini et al. I first read the book when it came out in 2008. The book is designed for professionals who are interested in becoming better at understanding how to persuade or influence others. The book may also help you understand why you decide to do the things you do. Even if you are a researcher or teacher or a medical doctor, and so on, and not a business person, it's still important to understand how people are (or can be) influenced and persuaded by your words and behaviors. Each…
  • In Memory of The Sushi Maestro, Shuichi Inoue

    Garr
    26 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    Shuichi Inoue, the "Sushi Maestro," gave a beautiful, heartfelt presentation at TEDxKyoto last year about his passion and dream to spread the innovative approach of his art to the world. Yesterday, tragically, Shuichi's life was cut short by a careless driver on a Japanese freeway. All of us in the TEDxKyoto community are in a state of shock right now. Both Shuichi and I presented in the same session at TEDxKyoto last Fall. I met him in the green room back stage. He was gracious, humble, and all smiles. Shuichi was the nicest guy you could ever meet. I can't believe he's gone.  I'm sorry…
 
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  • How to Improve On “Well-Rounded”

    Sunday Avery
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    A well-rounded presenter approaches the podium. They deliver key points, back those key points up with data, and don’t experience any major hiccups. Their slides look clean and professional, the flow of their talk makes sense, and everyone politely golf claps afterwards. Adjectives that could describe a well-rounded presenter fall somewhere along these lines: well-rehearsed, knowledgeable, clear, respectable, and enjoyable. The subtext of these descriptions may be tough to hear: the well-rounded presenter risks becoming forgettable. You don’t want to be remembered as clear, it’s by far…
  • The 5 Elements of Storytelling

    Jesse Farrar
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Our Story There once was a curious little boy who lived in a tiny village at the edge of the woods. One day, the boy’s mother fell ill, and the village healers told the boy and his father that there was no cure for her. The boy was distraught, and spent night and day trying to devise a way to help his mother. One night before bed, the boy’s father told him a story of a brave knight who searched the lands far and wide for a hidden, magical book. The book, the legends told, was a collection of recipes. But it was not a cookbook; in the hands of a worthy and learned man or woman, each one of…
  • Lessons from Liberators

    Sunday Avery
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you ask a person immediately after a presentation what the key points and call to action were, chances are they will remember. If you ask a person two months later and they still remember everything (and have even accomplished the call to action), then you know that the presenter was a Liberator. Liberators convince, change minds, and inspire others. They are speakers who have their eye on long-term goals, and never present mere short term “here’s how we’re doing” speeches. Sound like something you aspire to achieve? Here’s what sets them apart: They Compel The action they ask…
  • How To Set Up Your Chromecast For Presenting

    Jesse Farrar
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Earlier this week, we took a look at the top streaming sticks on the market and crowned Google’s Chromecast the undisputed Presentation Display Champion and a worthy successor to the tried-and-true HDMI cable setup. Assuming you agreed with our assessment (we are the presentation experts here, after all!) and are ready to take the $30 plunge, your next step will probably be trying to figure out how to use your new toy for your next public speaking outing. Well we’re here to help! Read on to find out how to set up your presentation on your brand new Google Chromecast. Initial Setup While…
  • The Best Streaming Stick For Presenters

    Jesse Farrar
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    We’ve covered presentation tech here on the Ethos3 blog before, but of course, the world of technology is ever-changing. In particular, the standard for the visual dimension of presentations seems to undergo as much flux as any electronics niche, since it is influenced mostly by the powerful consumer television market. For any demonstration small enough to not require a standalone projector, it seemed at one point that the HDMI cable would be the primary solution. Indeed, the various revisions to the HDMI standard have extended its usefulness, and due to strong consumer demand and industry…
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  • The 4 Hallmarks of a Good Editor

    Nancy Duarte
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:37 am
    Getting feedback is one of the most important steps in my creative process. As I’ve described in my books, one of my favorite ways to get feedback is to post my presentations and slidedocs on a wall and let a group of people I trust spend time critiquing them. Seeing the entire thing at once makes it easier for people to see the structure of the piece and offer advice on how I can sharpen my points and strengthen my metaphors. But as important as it is to get multiple perspectives and ideas early in the process, when it comes to refining and polishing, it’s hard to replace a good editor.
  • Just Breathe: Wellness Fest 2015

    Cindie Davis
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:31 am
    The Wellness Committee at Duarte is comprised of a variety of different roles from Designers and Project Managers to a Recruiter and HR. We were formed out of common love for health, wellness, work/life balance, and all things good for you. We are passionate about our company, our coworkers, and creating opportunities for them to be the best versions of themselves they can be. This year, our goal for the Second Annual Wellness Festival was to provide an event where our employees, the companies, and the community around us could meet with local businesses, ask questions, find new places,…
  • SF Design Week at Duarte!

    Dave Nguyen
    12 Jun 2015 | 3:50 pm
    In our front lobby, there’s a glass wall with titles etched into it. Words like designers, writers, creators, inventors, poets, makers, etc. This is just a sample of the talent that lives in our shop. As an Art Director here at Duarte, I’m lucky enough to work with all these incredible people on a daily basis. And on Tuesday, we opened up our shop to others in the creative community as part of SF Design Week (check out #sfdw2015 on Twitter for a behind-the-scenes look at the whole week!). It was an incredible turnout. For this event, our guests were greeted with beverages and guided…
  • Are You Brave Enough to be Vulnerable?

    Nancy Duarte
    29 May 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Sharing a story about yourself makes you vulnerable. Since stories are about transformation, telling a personal story requires you reveal a flaw, error, or a roadblock that was a difficult to overcome. Professionals are nervous to reveal their struggles at their place of work for fear it will open them up to judgment or criticism. Many of the clients who come into my shop shy away from using personal stories to illustrate their points, even though it’s one of the most powerful tools a presenter can use. They’ll say things like, “I don’t want the presentation to be all about me,”…
  • Elon Musk: Inside the Presentation that Sent Us Abuzz

    Nancy Duarte
    18 May 2015 | 10:17 am
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently sent the technology world buzzing and not just with the announcement of the new Tesla battery, but with, wait for it … a presentation. At least one experienced technology reporter hailed the 18-minute, matter-of-fact, TED-like monologue as “the best keynote I’ve ever seen,” above even Steve Jobs’ 2007 iPhone announcement. And while Musk’s delivery wasn’t perfect, he was himself, which when you’re in front of a crowd can be a challenge all on its own. And as someone who rarely delivers formal presentations, it’s obvious that he’s beginning to…
 
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  • Rule of Three

    Jennifer Lewis
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:08 am
    The Three Musketeers. Sex, drugs and rock n roll. The Star Wars trilogy. Ever notice that throughout literature, pop culture and film, three is a magic number? Beyoncé and her R&B group Destiny’s Child know this well. They started as a quartet but only hit it big as a trio. Three also shows up in religion: Father, Son and Holy Ghost; in politics: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; and in real estate: location, location, location. It works in business communications, too. A powerful writing technique dating back to Aristotle and his book Rhetoric, the rule of three groups…
  • Emotion Earns the Extra Mile

    Ben Decker
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:07 am
    For Father’s Day this year, my three boys joined forces and created a special homemade book filled with memories about what I meant to them. It was bound together with a little help from Mom, I presume. And they presented it to me while we were away on a family trip. Well, I blew it. This homemade gift, filled with all the love and personal notes about what I meant to my children, got left in the front passenger-side door of our white, rental suburban. Ten days later, I got a call from the rental car agency. The woman on the other line conveyed that she was absolutely not supposed to call…
  • The 5 White Lies about Communication

    Ben and Kelly Decker
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:03 am
    All too often, business communication sucks. Why? We’re not willing to look ourselves in the mirror when we’re not cutting it. We tell ourselves little white lies to make us feel like, “Hey, it’s not so bad.” But if you really want to be a better communicator, then it’s time to get real. Here are the 5 white lies about communication that we hear time and again: White Lie #1: If I say the words, people will get it. Does this sound familiar? You prepare a carefully scripted, bulleted presentation. You think, “If I make sure to get through this these points, they’ll get it.”…
  • Things that Need to Be Said

    Ben Decker
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:02 am
    “Oh, did you get your hair cut?” I say this all the time. In my mind, it’s clear as day that I’ve just given a compliment. But to the person listening, it leaves a lot of doubt and lingering questions. Does he like it? Does it look good? Did I go too short? Is the color too drastic? I’m guilty of forgetting to follow through with the actual compliment. “Did you get your hair cut? It looks great today!” is a completely different exchange. This happens to all of us all the time – in our personal lives and at work, when the stakes are low and when they are high. It’s an example…
  • How to Create a Wedding Toast Worth Celebrating

    Kelly Decker
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:16 am
    It’s June, and love is in the air. Now it’s your turn to step up – not to the altar – but to the microphone to give a toast to the just-married couple. From figuring out what you’ll say to how you’ll say it, it can be a bit overwhelming. Beyond booze, here’s how to deliver a memorable toast with confidence and style. Speak through Stories A toast is not the time for a private conversation! Paint a picture with your words to highlight the character of the couple. Use stories to frame what you’ve learned from your friendship with them versus getting lost in a series of inside…
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  • It's a marathon, not a sprint

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:04 am
    In May of this year, a long-time social media contact got in touch with me and scheduled a coaching consultation. She knew she needed coaching and was ready to roll. We spoke a couple of days later and put our first session on the calendar. She knew she was going to be busy, so we put our first session on the calendar a few weeks out.Weeks passed and our first session approached. We got on the phone, but she wasn't feeling well, so we rescheduled.The next week, she still wasn't feeling well, so we rescheduled.Eventually, she discovered that what she thought was a simple illness was something…
  • Thou shalt hide thy weirdness: Guest post by Jason Kotecki

    23 Jun 2015 | 10:23 am
    Jason is a non-caped crusader fighting against Adultitis. I've been a fan of his work for years, and when he offered me this post, I jumped at the chance to share his writing with you.If you've participated in my "Public Speaking for Awkward Dorks" program, you know that I'm already a big fan of weird. Enjoy Jason's post, and check out the link at the bottom to his new book!Thou Shalt Hide Thy WeirdnessOne day my four-year-old daughter Lucy was skimming down the sidewalk on her kick scooter. Normal. She was gripping the handlebar with one hand and holding an open umbrella with the other.
  • How is public speaking like dating?

    10 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    Have you ever been on a date?Did you enjoy it? Did you hate it? You've probably had both experiences!Did you ask the other person out? Did they ask you out? Maybe you've just kind of eased into it by saying "We should do something sometime." (I used that one on my hubby when we were still getting to know each other.)Did/do you find dating stressful? Scary? Uncomfortable? Nervewracking?Did/do you feel like you were on display? Being judged?There is an important purpose behind dating: You hope to find your soulmate, your life partner, or at least someone you enjoy being with for a while. Most…
  • Virtual networking: Open the circle

    10 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    As I've written here before, I can be shy at networking events. But I've trained myself to put out my hand and introduce myself to people even if I feel inside like I want to run away.If I'm going to go to the trouble to get out of my pajamas, put on makeup, and go to a live networking event, I might as well strike up conversations with strangers and try to make some connections.Virtual networking is no different (except that I can keep my pajamas on).When I attend a Twitter chat or Facebook networking event, I put out my virtual hand and I engage with people I don't know. How else am I going…
  • Is your audience suffering an engagement drought?

    6 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
    One solution to the drought: Succulents!On my walk today through one of Santa Barbara's more affluent neighborhoods, I made mental notes of all the ways the residents are dealing with California's historic drought.Before the governor instituted the recent mandatory order to reduce water usage, many Santa Barbarians turned a blind eye to damage the drought was causing. While many residents and businesses have used native landscaping for years, there are also still plenty of lush, green lawns.On my walk, I saw lots of green lawns. But I also saw brown lawns. And I saw lawns in the process of…
 
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  • Tired of Office Clichés? Try These!

    Figaro
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    Figaro just wrote this piece for the Man Guide, about the stupid expressions that make you look like an office tool. Our favorite part (if we do say so ourselves) comes at the end,when we suggest replacement clichés that aren’t even clichés yet. Call them proto-clichés. Air-kiss : Insincere praise, as in, “They totally air-kissed our presentation.” Anaerobic : An unsustainable pace. From sports, when a sprinting athlete goes into oxygen deprivation. Drop-set : Adding a few easy tasks to a hard one. From weightlifting, when you add a set…
  • Prosopopoiea: Pronounce It, Then Use It

    Figaro
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:25 am
    Pro-so-po-PEE-ah. OK, you can pronounce it. Every teacher of speech and rhetoric should use it in class. Why? For one thing, every rhetoric class used to consider this exercise essential to oratory. For another, it really works. Prosopopeia has students pretending to be great speakers from the present and past. You try to imitate the character and voice of a famous person, often in a novel setting. For example, have James Madison lecture the current Supreme Court on the Constitution. Or have different women in history argue why they should be on the $10 bill. The more dramatic students really…
  • Talk Your Way Out of a Traffic Ticket

    Figaro
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:35 am
    You may be interested in our sister site, ArgueLab, which has a post and fun video on how to get out of a ticket. The story might be familiar to you. You can find it here.  
  • Can Cicero Help You Snag a College or Job?

    Figaro
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:58 am
    Why, yes he can. In Thank You for Arguing, Jay shows how the Ciceronian outline can help you make a winning speech or presentation. That same outline can work for a job or college interview. It’s simple: Start with a good first impression, boosting your ethos—the audience’s impression of your character. Show you know the job and would be good at it, that you understand the company, and that you’d be a good fit. The same things work for a college, only they’re also looking for virtue, signs that you’re a good, mature person. Talk about…
  • The Art of Framing

    Figaro
    26 May 2015 | 4:20 am
    What does it mean to “frame” an issue? Is it like framing a picture of your sweet grandmother, the one where she’s smoking her favorite pipe? Yeah, kind of. To frame an issue means to put it in your own box, setting up the terms and context in a way that favors you. (To get the details about framing, see Thank You for Arguing, revised edition, page 123.) The most important tool of framing is redefinition, in which you redefine the terms of the argument. The tobacco industry did this neatly back in the 1970s, when it talked about the “controversy” over…
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  • Practice Makes. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    12 Jul 2015 | 7:45 pm
    o Perfect! Really? If only that were true! What if the material, and delivery you are practicing, isn’t correct? Practicing that over and over won’t result in you presenting a great talk. How about: “Perfect Practice will lead to a perfect presentation.” Good luck with that, also! The quote on the topic of practicing I prefer, and I can’t recall who said it first, is: “The road to perfection never ends.” Let’s start this discussion about Practice with the fact that a presentation has two components: Content and Delivery. Let’s continue with the premise your Content is in…
  • Seventeen Ways to Keep Your Audience Engaged!

    Fred E. Miller
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    0Listen or Read How! Those seated in your audience have a rather short attention span. Keeping them listening and absorbing your presentation is a worthy goal. They’ll never GET IT! if you don’t keep them engaged. There is a reason TED Talks are eighteen minutes. TED curator Chris Anderson explains the organization’s thinking this way: It (eighteen minutes) is long enough to be serious, and short enough to hold people’s attention. Your talk is probably longer than eighteen minutes, and keeping the audience mentally involved in your presentation can be challenging. Here are…
  • Fear of Public Speaking? Watch. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    1 Jun 2015 | 8:07 am
    0WHY the Fear of Public Speaking and Nuggets to Lessen It! This presentation was recently delivered at an e4e (Experts for Entrepreneurs) event. The short answer to WHY? the Fear of Public Speaking is – Why Not!  Think about it. Most of our conversations are one-on-one. Standing and speaking in front of many eyeballs takes us out of our comfort zone. That’s why we’re uncomfortable doing public speaking. There are, however, three reasons to definitely have a Fear of Public Speaking: If you don’t know what you’re talking about. You don’t know the…
  • The Ultimate Presentation Tip is. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    18 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    0There is no ‘Magic Pill’ for lessening the fear of public speaking and becoming a better speaker. My best tips for accomplishing these goals have always been: Practice! – Practice! – Practice! Speak! – Speak! – Speak! Many years ago, Ben Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States, said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”That statement remains true today. The learning is in the doing. You can do all the intellectualizing you want about becoming a great presenter: Watch videos, read books and articles,…
  • The Goal of Your Presentation is. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    5 May 2015 | 11:42 am
    The Same as ALL Communication: Verbal, Written, or Visual. 0You want the audience, as quickly as possible to – GET IT! (GET IT!: Completely understand the meaning of your message.) They may not agree with everything you say. They may not agree with anything. Unless they GET IT!, there can not be a discussion, or action, going forward. To accomplish this Goal, you, the speaker, must do three things. Educate The attendees should leave your venue knowing more than they did when arriving about your topic, lots more. Entertain We like to be entertained, don’t we! If you are entertaining…
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  • Xara Designer Pro X11: Indezine Review

    4 Aug 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Creating graphics is not a cakewalk, but that need not dissuade aspiring designers -- especially since many programs now include more intuitive and easy to use abilities that can allow anyone to create awesome quality graphics. Xara Designer Pro X11, the newest version of a well-known graphic program includes all the illustration, photo editing, DTP and web design features you may need. Explore Xara's Designer Pro X11, a program that has amazing graphics abilities. Categories: graphics, xara
  • Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Working with HSL Colors

    4 Aug 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Assuming someone has provided you with an HSL (Hue, Saturation, and Luminosity) value of a color, and asked you to add a rectangle of that color to a slide in PowerPoint 2010, then how do you proceed? Let's also explore another scenario. What if you have started with a color that's close enough to what you need, but it's not the exact one. Maybe you need it to be a little less saturated? Again, you will benefit by working with the HSL color model rather than the RGB model. Learn about how to work with HSL colors in PowerPoint 2010. Categories: color, powerpoint_2010, tutorials
  • PowerPoint and Presenting News: August 4, 2015

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    You've all seen matrix diagrams? Now look at another perspective and explore something similar in a fortune teller origami! You can then read an exclusive interview with Yury Uskov of iSpring who talks about direct YouTube export from PowerPoint. And Dave Paradi, PowerPoint MVP looks at the larger picture when he wonders why spreadsheets end up on slides? All PowerPoint users will enjoy learning more about the HSL color model with more detailed sections on both Luminosity and Saturation. We will explore Hue next week. And we have some retrospective stuff too -- PowerPoint 2003 for Windows…
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Working with HSL Colors

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Assuming someone has provided you with an HSL (Hue, Saturation, and Luminosity) value of a color, and asked you to add a rectangle of that color to a slide in PowerPoint 2013, then how do you proceed? Let's also explore another scenario. What if you have started with a color that's close enough to what you need, but it's not the exact one. Maybe you need it to be a little less saturated? Again, you will benefit by working with the HSL color model rather than the RGB model. Learn about how to work with HSL colors in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: color, powerpoint_2013, tutorials
  • PowerPoint Infographics: Bucket Diagrams with Money

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Bucket diagrams are so expressive, useful, and direct in the message they provide. Yes, these diagrams have everything to do with buckets and the money they contain. While the buckets themselves represent a source or destination, the money represents the financial liquidity. Buckets show items in distribution, they represent the flow of things or display collections of items. An empty bucket can indicate the capacity to which it can be filled. A bucket pouring money in another could represent the distribution. You can have buckets that are full, empty, or somewhat full. And you can move the…
 
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  • Sun on Sunday - Fabulous???

    26 Jul 2015 | 4:52 am
    Take a look at today's Fabulous magazine (Sun on Sunday) to see a picture and interview with Louise Atkinson, my daughter -in-law, about dealing with the death of her brother 4 years ago.LOUISE Atkinson, 36, a nurse, lives in Bridgwater, Somerset, with her husband Joe, 43, a teacher, and their children Stanley, six, and Connie, two”I will never forget my brother Ian’s trembling voice as he told me he’d tried to kill himself.It was May 2004 and Ian, then 28, had woken up on his bedroom floor after he’d attempted to hang himself.When I got off the phone, I couldn’t stop shaking.Even…
  • A PowerPoint 'weather bomb' presentation!!!

    9 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    What is a weather 'bomb'?A Met Office "be aware" warning is running for parts of Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.Parts of western Scotland are braced for strong winds and "unusually high" waves, while there have already been a string of road accidents amid snow and ice.But with newspapers predicting a UK weather 'bomb' for the second year running, what does the term actually mean?BBC weather's Peter Gibbs (above) explains:A Met Office "be aware" warning is running for parts of Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.Parts of western Scotland are braced for strong winds and "unusually…
  • Former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe dies today

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:43 am
         It was the first time I voted tactically, having always voted Labour until then. But, as is quite well          known, I have voted for the SDP and Liberal Democrats ever since.    Before the days of video tapes, let alone the internet, there's not much chance you'll see many    examples of him speaking - except on tonight's prime time news programmes.    And expect most of them to remind us of some scandalous and negative events in the life of an old    Etonian...I once heard Jeremy…
  • Michael Clarke's moving tribute to another cricketer's sudden death

    4 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    I'd recommend anyone interested in funeral orations -  or speech-making of any kind - to watch this splendid example by Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke (right) at the funeral of a colleague (who was hit on the head by a ball) Philip Hughes. The text can be read verbatim and in full below - and is a model of how to make a great speech on any occasion - not just at a funeral, but in business, politics or anywhere else.It will be interesting to see how many hits Clarke's tribute  eventually gets on YouTube.So far, the total number of YouTube  views is…
  • Speech of the year by the retiring Gordon Brown?

    2 Dec 2014 | 3:18 am
    After yesterday's post on the retirement of Gordon Brown, one of my sons reminded me of the brilliant speech the former PM had made on the night before the referendum on Scottish independence.I had seen it too and agree that it qualifies as speech of the year - even though Mr Brown was hardly the greatest orator the world has ever seen.What's more, it's had half a million views on YouTube!!!Say no more.
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    Professionally Speaking

  • Guest Posting – Fog City vs. The Big Smoke: what a year in San Francisco has taught me, by Felicity H. Barber

    Theboss
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Felicity H. Barber is a speechwriter, executive communications specialist and coach. She write speeches, advises business leaders on messaging and coaches people to deliver stellar presentations and pitches. Before moving to San Francisco from London she was an in-house speechwriter at Lloyd’s of London, the global insurer. She wrote speeches and prepared business executives for […]
  • Zen and the Art of Bicycle Riding

    Theboss
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:22 pm
    As the Tour de France peleton rolls through the Alps towards the final stage on the Champs Elysee this Sunday, it’s worth remembering there are other ways in which a bicycle can be ridden. It’s not all high-speed descents of Alpine passes and 100-mile dashes through the French countryside. Mark Harris is as far from […]
  • Guest Posting: How to demolish your fear of public speaking in 4 unconventional steps, by Philip Pape

    Theboss
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    Philip Pape is an author, software engineer, public speaker, and life-hacker who helps smart people obliterate obstacles to success. He shares specific strategies for helping you succeed through the unconventional art of confidence at HowToAttainSuccess.com. This post originally appeared on Philip’s blog and is posted here with his express permission. Follow Philip on Twitter: @philip_pape. […]
  • Book Review: The Speechwriter, by Barton Swaim

    Theboss
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:48 pm
    In a book that is in part the machinations of The Good Wife and in part the political farce of Yes Minister, Barton Swaim shares insights he gained into the life of a speechwriter during the second term of South Carolina governor Mark Sanford. The author of The Speechwriter does not dwell on the series […]
  • Guest Posting: I Could Never be a Speaker, by Alan Stevens

    Theboss
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:18 am
    This information was written by Alan Stevens, and originally appeared in “The MediaCoach”, his free weekly ezine, available at www.mediacoach.co.uk. I Could Never Be a Speaker I beg to differ. Everyone has the capacity to be a good speaker. I have worked with hundreds of nervous presenters, and never had a failure yet. The single […]
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  • Facebook is a bad way to read this blog

    Jan Schultink
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:55 pm
    If you are following this blog through facebook, there is a big change that you will have missed many posts. Since I am investing my funds in SlideMagic features and not yet in marketing, I cannot afford to buy facebook ads. The best way to follow the blog is via a good old RSS or email subscription. You can add yourself to the list here: subscribe.That email list is purely for blog updates, only people who opted in for SlideMagic product updates after registering for the app might get the occasional product update email.Art: Vincent van Gogh, Postman Joseph Roulin, 1889
  • Finding the bottleneck

    Jan Schultink
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:13 pm
    If you are struggling to get traction with your investor presentation, it is worthwhile to try to find out where the bottleneck is:Do investors understand what I am trying to do?Do investors understand that this is a big problem/opportunity?Do investors understand that someone can make a big business out of this?Do investors understand that I am the person who can make a big business out of this?These are slightly different questions than the ideas entrepreneurs often have:My slides do not look "slick" or professional enough, let's add some colourThe story flow is not completely right, let's…
  • Keeping things up to date

    Jan Schultink
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Some presentations contain a ton of data that needs to be updated all the time. Quarterly results, LP updates of VC/PE funds, the latest sales data. Updating the numbers is time consuming and errors can easily sneak in (especially problematic with presentations to investors).I do not recommend cutting and pasting Excel data into PowerPoint. You need serious PowerPoint skills to format the data correctly, and most spreadsheets are not build to present data, they are build to analyse it. Hence my approach of cutting the link between the spreadsheet and the presentation software, and creating a…
  • Windows 10 is great

    Jan Schultink
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:41 pm
    In an earlier post, I have already declared Microsoft to be cool again, and the release of Windows 10 this week proves the point.Microsoft products in the past looked like the inside of boring office cubicles that they were most used in. Fuzzy gradients, drop shadows, it all blended perfectly in the surroundings. That started to change with Windows 8. Windows 8 looked great but was hard to use for people that grew up with Windows since the mid 1990s. With Windows 10 Microsoft has got it right. A nice clean look, flat design, no gradients, monochrome app icons, fantastic. It looks better than…
  • The loooong Executive Summary on page 1

    Jan Schultink
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:31 pm
    The 14 bullet points with they key messages you want to give in a presentation is not a summary slide, it is the entire presentation.Those 14 points are not messages, they are pieces of content, story elements. A presentation usually has 2-3 big points that qualify as messagesNobody can remember 14 thingsIf you cram 14 points on a summary page, you have to write them down in a way that is too short, too generic, too vague (= not interesting)If you discuss 14 points on a summary page, you have to spend too much time on each of them to explain thingsWhat to do? Use the summary page to set the…
 
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    Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

  • The seven speaking secrets of persuasive presenters – How to speak like a pro

    Gavin Meikle
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:24 am
    Ace persuasive presenters are made not born. They have learned what it takes to conquer their fear of presenting, and now they love it! They have also learned how to create compelling speech content and how to present it in an engaging and persuasive way. In this post,  I’d like to share some practical tips that will help you become a better, more persuasive presenter.   They accept and utilise their nerves to improve their presentations I’ve yet to meet an excellent speaker who does not get a little nervous before a presentation. What make the best presenters different is that,…
  • Presentation Handouts – DO’s and DON’T’s

    Gavin Meikle
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:33 pm
    As a presentation skills trainer and public speaking coach, I often get asked about how best to use handouts during a presentation. In this post, I’d like to share my responses to the most common questions my students ask on the topic of presentation handouts.   Should I give out presentation handouts, before my talk so that my audience can take notes on it while I speak? Pros: Some people (a minority in my experience) feel reassured when they have the notes beforehand. Some people will tell you that they like to have a copy of the slides so that they can take notes as you go. In a…
  • How to be a more confident – fire your fear of public speaking

    Gavin Meikle
    15 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you have ever had an anxiety or panic attack at the thought of speaking in public, then you know how an emotional hijack feels. In this post, I’d like to share why it happens and how, by learning how to manage it, you can fire your fear of public speaking and become a more confident communicator. What is Emotional Hijack? It’s what happens when you perceive something as a danger, and you react instinctively without thinking. Emotional Hijack is controlled by a tiny structure deep in your brain called the Amygdala. When your brain detects a change in the world around you (a…
  • How to be more confident – dismiss your demons

    Gavin Meikle
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:53 am
    Public speaking can certainly be daunting.  When faced with such an opportunity, it is tempting to give in to the words of our inner demons who tell us to say “I can’t” or “I won’t”. Recently I had the pleasure of working with a group of young adults who were coming to the end of a12 week Prince’s Trust Programme. They have been through a lot and had clearly learned much about themselves as they prepared to go back out into the world to seek further training or employment.   Now,  they were facing their shortest but perhaps the biggest challenge.
  • How to be more confident – develop inverse paranoia

    Gavin Meikle
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:42 am
    Learning how to be more confident is the key that opens up a whole world of opportunities, but how do you do it?   This post is the first in a series that will show you how.  I’m starting with mindset because I believe it is one of the fundamental building blocks for confidence and self-esteem.  As Mr Tweedy, the hapless farmer from the  film chicken run says, “It’s all in your head”. Confident people “suffer” from a  wonderful condition called inverse paranoia. Everyone knows what paranoia is right?  “Paranoia is an irrational fear that the…
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    Humor Power

  • New Contest — The Big But

    John Kinde
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:32 am
    Here is our new August joke contest. New contests are announced on the first of the month. Our next contest is on September 1, 2015. This month’s theme is The Big But.  The jokes will explore how a misplaced BUT can mix up the intended meaning of a sentence. Here are three examples: She looked like a super model…but she had a nice personality. The dish looked like a picture from a gourmet magazine…but it tasted amazingly good. The plane arrived eight hours late…but all our luggage was stolen. See what twists you can weave into a sentence by putting a BUT into the mix.
  • Joke Contest Results — Sounds Like

    John Kinde
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:28 am
    It’s time for the results of our July joke contest. The feedback from our readers was that it was one of our most difficult contests. The theme of the contest was:  Sounds Like New contests are announced on the first of the month. Look for the next contest on August 1, 2015 Here are the top entries. ** FIRST PLACE ** The sound of my son’s set of drums falling over a cliff:  Bah dump bump. Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Illinios ** SECOND PLACE ** The sound of cashing my paycheck:  Clinkety clink. Sandy Kampner, Evergreen Park, Illinois ** THIRD PLACE ** A costume malfunction on TV:…
  • Top Ten List

    John Kinde
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:35 am
    I miss David Letterman and his Top Ten Lists. If he were still making his nightly appearances, we would probably see something funnier than this: Ten Things We’re Waiting for Trump to Say “I didn’t say anything about John McCain. The creature on my head is a ventriloquist.” “What I said was that McCain liked to serve greek sandwiches and that doesn’t make him a Gyro.” “I called John McCain to tell him I was joking. He said that he prefers jokes that weren’t shot down.” “I may not have been in the military, but I have…
  • Political Humor

    John Kinde
    19 Jul 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Trump in the spotlight. His statement about McCain: “He was a hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” Trump’s problems were - that he let his feud with McCain get the best of him, - that he was trying too hard to be funny, - that he was speaking before thinking, - that he was ignoring the fact that when you get shot down, it’s less a case of wrong-place at the wrong-time, and it’s more a case of having volunteered to be in a place of danger. - that he shot himself in the foot, which does not make him a hero. Advice to politicians:…
  • PowerHouse Pros Roast

    John Kinde
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    Our PowerHouse Pros Toastmasters Roast was about two weeks ago. The edited video is now ready! Special thanks to Philip Dahlheimer for his video expertise in shooting and editing the program. The final edited program  runs one hour.   So bring you popcorn. Carolyn Pelletier was a wonderful Roast Master. And our Roasters hit the mark: George Gilbert, Bill Parker, Melanie Hope, Ryan Mulligan, Jens Norgaard, Karen Lewison, Bobby Williams, Al Jensen, Beverly Rideout, Greg Bruce, Linda Evans, and Scott Pritchard.  It’s an honor to have such a great group of friends.   Thank you for a…
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    The PowerPoint Blog

  • Oh the many ways to advance a slide

    TLC Creative
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Everyone knows a few ways to advance to the next slide. Everyone seems to use different options (none are wrong). Here is a quick list of the 7 most common slide advance options.   – Troy @ TLC The post Oh the many ways to advance a slide appeared first on The PowerPoint Blog.
  • Introducing Office UserVoice!

    TLC Creative
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Microsoft is (finally) taking the input of its user more seriously, and not just their large enterprise customers (where the lead IS contact was the input person) and the MVP teams. This is for their entire user base! Microsoft has partnered with an external company to “engage with customers about new features and ideas.” UserVoice is something I am very excited about. – Covers all platforms; Windows (Desktop & Mobile), Mac, iOS, Android, and the Web – Separate pages for each Office app; PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Outlook, OneNote, Sway – Goal is to gather end…
  • What Computer Should I Get – my opinion on specs

    TLC Creative
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    All the way in 2006 I posted about computer specs, and my recommendations (read it here). 9 years later those specs are comical by today’s standards. Of the 20+ computers here, not one is in line with those dated specifications – none are that wimpy. Here is an updated list of specs I look for in new design computers. Note: this is all about Windows computers, Macs are a separate conversation. One thing remains the same since 2006 “get the biggest, fastest, and most powerful”. I need to also highlight that the computer specs are only 1 part of the solution, and they…
  • Find and Replace Double Spaces in a Presentation

    TLC Creative
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Presentations are the creation of many people copy/pasting content into a single slide deck. One of the common content edits is extra spaces in sentences. Here is a quick and easy method for removing them. On the Home ribbon, select ‘Replace’ on the far right. Under “Find what:” hit the space bar 2x. Then under “Replace with:” hit the space bar 1x. Click “Replace all” PPT will find all instances of double spaces and replace with a single space with 1 click! It searches the Notes section as well as slides, but certainly very helpful in catching the ones hiding in slide content.
  • Awesome Screenshot.com – online screen capture app

    TLC Creative
    17 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    All of the designers at TLC use Snagit for screen shot needs; it is installed on every computer we have. Windows and Mac OS both have built in screen capture options that are cute and nice, but not robust. We recently found Awesome Screenshot.com which is a great online screen share, and edit, app. something we can use when working on guest computer. Awesome Screenshot is free for 30 images and 1 project folder. The premium option (currently $8.99 promo, regularly $11.99 year) has unlimited image captures and project folders. The Chrome browser is the only one that supports the add-in, but…
 
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    DiResta Communications Inc.

  • The GPS Girl’s Top 10 Directions for Vocal Health for Public Speakers

    DianeDiResta
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:36 am
    I’m honored to have  Karen Jacobsen – The GPS Girl® – as my guest blogger. Read her top 10 tips for having a healthy voice. Whether you are a professional speaker or a business professional your voice is a key … Continue reading →
  • Press Release: Diane DiResta Earns the Certified Speaking Professional® Designation

    DiResta Communications, Inc.
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:14 am
    For Immediate Release Diane DiResta Received the CSP Designation at NSA Conference, Influence 2015, in Washington, D.C. (July 18, 2015)—Diane DiResta, Founder and CEO of DiResta Communications, Inc., a New York City consultancy serving business leaders who deliver high stakes … Continue reading →
  • Public Speaking Challenge: Can You Give A Speech In 6 Seconds?

    DianeDiResta
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:40 am
    What if this happened to you? You prepare a presentation, and then the public speaker before you uses up all the time. What if you only had 6 seconds? Would you give a presentation or would you pick up your … Continue reading →
  • Press Release: Women in Consumer Electronics Hires Diane DiResta as a Public Speaker

    DianeDiResta
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:57 pm
    For immediate release Fireside Chat – Confidence Trumps Competence New York (June 23, 2015) — Diane DiResta was hired to give a fireside chat at the Women in Consumer Electronics conference at the Rubin Museum in New York City. The … Continue reading →
  • Public Speaking Bloopers

    DiResta Communications, Inc.
    2 Jun 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Are you a perfectionist? Get over it. It’s killing your presentation. In every speech and presentation class, I tell the audience that I don’t allow perfection – for two reasons: You can’t achieve perfection on earth so why frustrate yourself? Even … Continue reading →
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    Life Speaks

  • Malasakit

    Jef Menguin
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:52 am
    Malasakit is one Filipino trait that I hope the world will practice. Malasakit is your ability to feel the pain of others. The nearest English word is compassion. When you have malasakit, you will care for others. You will care for the environment. You will care for the future. You will care even for those whom you do not know. The opposite of excellence is not mediocrity. It is the absence of malasakit, or indifference. When one has malasakit, he cannot help but give his best. He will make better his best because he cares. He will show his best because he owns the impact of his actions to…
  • Last Chance

    Jef Menguin
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:12 am
    It was a song I listened to when I was in high school. Last Chance was written by a seminarian. And this song inspired me to enter a Catholic seminary and study for priesthood. The song taught me that I will not live forever and that this could be my last day, my last chance to show my love — to God and to people around me. What if this is my last day? What if this is my last chance? I do not remember the lyrics anymore. I do not remember who wrote it. But I will never forget its message. Last Chance serve as a constant reminder that I in everyday, I must give my love and whatever I can…
  • I am not afraid to die…but not now.

    Jef Menguin
    19 Jul 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Five people died that day. At around 1pm, barely two hours after the bus I was riding left Manila for Banawe, an explosion woke me up. I initially thought that the sound came from the glass windows. Before we left from Manila, the bus driver reminded us to cover the glass windows with curtains. There were reports of drug addicts throwing stones at bus windows. I looked for my companions. They were crying. They were on the floor with heads bowed down. Then I heard another explosion. That’s from a gun. And the man who was standing right in front of me declared that a hold up. He told us…
  • Work Under Pressure

    Jef Menguin
    18 Jul 2015 | 6:46 am
    I am reading Life Is Not A Stress Rehearsal by Loretta LaRoche. It is a good read. It reminds us that we only need to listen to our inner grandmother. For your grandmother knows how to handle stress. Stress management is a modern day invention. This is why companies offer stress management seminars to employees to increase productivity. In my workshops, encourage participants to identify the real enemy. Stress is champion’s friend. Stress is necessary to be truly alive. Stress must be celebrated. Of course, not everyone really believe at once. This is why I tell stories of stressful…
  • A child changes almost everything.

    Jef Menguin
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:02 pm
    That’s true for me and JC. A friend said that I am still “the stubborn classmate” she knew when we were in high school. I always stick with my decisions. I don’t care what people say. I just do what I think is right. But no longer today. I cannot simply argue just to make a point, to make people suffer and teach them lessons. I can no longer throw caution to the wind. With JC around, I know that every action has consequences. Every action I will make has an impact on his future. Today, I act not just for myself but also for my baby boy. Intelligent people can easy…
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    TEDTalks (video)

  • Yuval Noah Harari: What explains the rise of humans?

    24 Jul 2015 | 8:16 am
    Seventy thousand years ago, our human ancestors were insignificant animals, just minding their own business in a corner of Africa with all the other animals. But now, few would disagree that humans dominate planet Earth; we've spread to every continent, and our actions determine the fate of other animals (and possibly Earth itself). How did we get from there to here? Historian Yuval Noah Harari suggests a surprising reason for the rise of humanity.
  • eL Seed: Street art with a message of hope and peace

    23 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    What does this gorgeous street art say? It's Arabic poetry, inspired by bold graffiti and placed where a message of hope and peace can do the most good. In this quietly passionate talk, artist and TED Fellow eL Seed describes his ambition: to create art so beautiful it needs no translation.
  • John Green: The nerd's guide to learning everything online

    22 Jul 2015 | 8:14 am
    Some of us learn best in the classroom, and some of us ... well, we don't. But we still love to learn -- we just need to find the way that works for us. In this charming, personal talk, author John Green shares the community of learning that he found in online video.
  • Alaa Murabit: What my religion really says about women

    21 Jul 2015 | 8:32 am
    Strong faith is a core part of Alaa Murabit's identity -- but when she moved from Canada to Libya as a young woman, she was surprised how the tenets of Islam were used to severely limit women's rights, independence and ability to lead. She wondered: Was this really religious doctrine? With humor, passion and a refreshingly rebellious spirt, she shares how she found examples of female leaders across the history of her faith — and how she speaks up for women using verses from the Koran.
  • Jon Ronson: When online shaming spirals out of control

    20 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    Twitter gives a voice to the voiceless, a way to speak up and hit back at perceived injustice. But sometimes, says Jon Ronson, things go too far. In a jaw-dropping story of how one un-funny tweet ruined a woman's life and career, Ronson shows how online commenters can end up behaving like a baying mob -- and says it's time to rethink how we interact online.
 
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    speakfearlessly.net

  • The 80/20 Rule Is Dead–and That’s Not A Good Thing (2 of 2)

    ChuckKuglen
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:45 pm
    by Chuck Kuglen of The Henderson Group A tool from a company we’ve been watching of late (Accuvit) offers some interesting input about the “80-20” rule so often utilized by sales trainers. It’s related to anyone who uses the phone in their sales, business development, client contact, service, or post-consulting (well, most of us). First, a recent study suggests that the “80-20” rule, that you should get your customers to talk more than you (up to 80%) simplifies too much what we do and what we should try to do. And that this “rule” is rarely utilized in practice. The 80-20…
  • Using Prezi to Remarkable Effect

    terrygault
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:36 pm
    by Terry Gault of The Henderson Group Hannah Fry, who delivers a very amusing, charming and useful TED Talk on “The mathematics of love”, used Prezi to remarkable effect in illustrating her talk titled:”Top Three Mathematically Verifiable Tips for Finding Love.” One point she makes that would give singletons who, like me are not considered inherently ‘hot’, hope: Being attractive does not directly correlate to getting dates and being known as ‘ugly’ by some can even work in your favor.   You can view her Prezi only, if you like, here:…
  • 7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People

    Nicole
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:08 pm
    People with high emotional intelligence tend to do better at work. So what habits do they have that set them apart? It has increasingly become accepted that emotional intelligence is an important factor in our success and happiness, not only at work, but in our relationships and all areas of our lives. So what sets emotionally intelligent people apart? Here are seven habits that people with high EI have: 1. They Focus on the Positive While not ignoring the bad news, emotionally intelligent people have made a conscious decision to not spend a lot of time and energy focusing on problems.
  • Decision Fatigue Is Compromising Your Effectiveness!

    terrygault
    13 Jul 2015 | 12:04 pm
    by Terry Gault of The Henderson Group It turns out that you are FAR more likely to make good decisions (or even make them at all) early in the day and just after lunch. I came across this piece recently but it was published in The New York Times Magazine back in August 2011. The piece opens with a story about 3 Israeli prisoners with similar situations who were appearing before a parole board. The study reveals that: “Prisoners who appeared early in the morning received parole about 70 percent of the time, while those who appeared late in the day were paroled less than 10 percent of the…
  • Every Presentation Ever: Communication FAIL

    Nicole
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:50 am
    Ever feel like your communication fails? Check out some of the Henderson Group’s video tips and techniques after this fun video created by Tripp and Tyler.              
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    Public Speaking Library

  • Sweaty palms

    Tim Wilson
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:42 am
    Fellow speaker,Joe Shervell of London Speaker Bureau suggests if you have body issues (e.g., excessive sweating) you identify the biggest issue and practice in a way that triggers that body issue so you can face it and move on.Facing it,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Working with a net

    Tim Wilson
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    Fellow speaker,Joe Shervell of London Speaker Bureau suggests if you have technical problems you acknowledge them and move on. Be prepared to work without the technology if you need to.Non-technologically,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Just wait a moment...

    Tim Wilson
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    Fellow speaker,If you lose track of your speech onstage you wait it out, taking the time to remember what you have to say.Waiting,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Outward bound

    Tim Wilson
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:33 am
    Fellow speaker,Joe Shervell of London Speaker Bureau suggests if you feel self-doubt you focus outward on the audience and their needs, turning the attention from yourself.Outwardly,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Take it easy...

    Tim Wilson
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    Fellow speaker,If you feel you speak too quickly you record your speech and listen to the voice speed afterward. Remind yourself before going onstage to talk slower, record, and review for progress.Slowing down,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
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  • Credibility Statements

    Simon
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:23 am
    I’ve been travelling far and wide up and down the country, and I’m so very glad for the bluetooth in my car to keep me educated and entertained as I travel. Way down in the […]
  • Presentation Genius is here – for me, at least!

    Simon
    13 Jul 2015 | 11:58 pm
    Well, I’ve got my copy! ;) I must admit I’m remarkably proud of it… even just flipping through it again I found there was stuff in their I’d forgotten I’d included but smiled about ‘cos […]
  • End of a presenter’s year

    Simon
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:42 am
    Okay, okay, so July isn’t really the end of the year… but I founded this company at a certain time of year, so it’s the end of my financial year coming up. And – like […]
  • A client’s pitch presentation!

    Simon
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:47 am
    I’ve been working on some pretty high-power pitch presentations with clients recently. Normally we work by training people in how to make their own presentations, because that’s better value for money for them – it […]
  • Someone else’s presentation courses ;)

    Simon
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:26 am
    Bit of a brief blog post this week – sorry; we’ve been absolutely flat out with the big charity cycle stuff we did over the weekend… it still hurts to walk and personally I can’t […]
 
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    Public Words

  • How To Boost Your Memory – And Your Audience’s

    Nick Morgan
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    First the bad news. Yoga does not significantly boost your memory. Very good for you in many ways – I practice it (a little, not enough) and recommend it to all and sundry – but not a memory booster. You’re waiting for some good news. It is this: you can boost memory significantly by engaging in proprioceptive activities. Why is that good news, for speakers? Because you can, by extension, boost your... Read More
  • A Simple Body Language Trick to Increase Your Audience’s Trust in You

    Nick Morgan
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:13 am
    I’ve written occasionally about the power of mirroring to create trust in human interaction. The reason is relatively straightforward – we are more inclined to trust people who look and feel similar to us, and that is precisely what you do when you mirror someone. Recent studies show that mirroring makes a sales pitch 20 percent more effective, and that in salary negotiations you can get up to 1/3 more by mirroring... Read More
  • How to Increase the Persuasiveness of Your Speaking

    Nick Morgan
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:58 am
    I was struck recently by a set of research studies that reinforced the importance of touch in persuasion. Touching people (in a safe place such as the upper arm) causes them to leave bigger tips, return lost money, provide help to strangers, sign petitions, and assign higher status to the person doing the touching. Touching someone twice increased the effects. That got me thinking about how the importance of touch might apply... Read More
  • Ten Questions Public Speakers Should Ask Themselves Before They Speak

    Nick Morgan
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:28 am
    My favorite quote about public speaking is “the only reason to give a speech is to change the world.” I began my first book, Working the Room, with it — and it got re-titled in honor of the quote as Give Your Speech, Change the World. It does not come from President Kennedy, as many have thought. The origin is uncertain. I was thinking once again about this quotation when I ran... Read More
  • Why Can’t I Leave my Body Language to Chance?

    Nick Morgan
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
      Regular readers of this blog (and my book Power Cues) will know that I’m an advocate for a version of mindfulness that involves first learning to monitor your own body language, then others’ and then controlling your body language in order to control the conversation you’re having with other people, whether it’s a meeting, or a presentation, or even a simple one-on-one chat. But why should you do that work? It’s... Read More
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    We Need A Speech

  • Challenging Conventional Wisdom: On The Best Way To Learn How To Write A Speech

    colin842_0
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    Conventional wisdom and many books on the topic suggest you learn how to write good speeches by reading good speeches. Well, I’m sorry, but that is not very helpful advice. If you are into “genre analysis” — may god in her infinite wisdom bless your poor depraved soul – then by all means — read away. And, certainly silently reading a good speech won’t necessarily rot your brain. But it won’t teach you much about what good speechifying is all …
  • Writing Across Age, Gender, Race and Culture

    colin842_0
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:02 am
    As I watched President Obama’s moving eulogy at the funeral of Senator Clementa Pinckney in Charleston in late June – and his equally remarkable speech in Selma some months earlier – I once again began thinking about the challenges of finding the “voice” of our speakers when we don’t share their age, gender, race, or culture. Can a 25-year-old write for a 60-year-old senior executive? Would a female scientist making a speech on the challenges of women in the sciences …
  • Three Potentially Fatal Mistakes Freelance Writers Often Make

    colin842_0
    17 Jul 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Having been in the freelance writing game for over 20 years, I have made just about every business mistake in the book. And those mistakes have cost me clients and money. If you are a one-person company providing writing services to clients – either online or in person – here are three big time mistakes that you want to avoid. The first is not picking up the damn phone when it rings. I know this goes against the advice of …
  • The Power of Speech to Change Minds

    colin842_0
    11 Jul 2015 | 8:37 am
    During the waning hours of debate in the South Carolina legislature to remove the Confederate flag from flying over State House grounds, certain Republican lawmakers threw up a flurry of last-minute amendments to delay passage of the bill. Then Representative Jenny Horne – a Republican – stood up and put the obstructionists in their place once and for all. And the bill was passed. The power of speech indeed!    …
  • It’s About The Audience…always

    colin842_0
    26 May 2015 | 2:58 pm
    The form and function of any speech you work on should primarily be driven by the texture of the event and the needs of the audience, and not by the political or corporate needs of the speaker to deliver a favourite message. And, this is almost always a very hard sell to your speaker. As speechwriters, we always do our clients a good turn if we get them to speak to the needs of the audience rather than their own.…
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    The Eloquent Woman

  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:15 am
    Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But you won't miss a thing, since I'm summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog for all readers to see. Here's what I shared in the week just past:Keeping score: The news isn't good but at least people are tracking whether women speakers are included. Here, Healthcare conferences still a sad place for diversity shares the dismal news.Size matters, but not the way you think: There is no such thing as a small stage…
  • Famous Speech Friday: Countess Markievicz on 1909's ideal free woman

    Denise Graveline
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:45 am
    Countess Markievicz, an Irishwoman born Constance Gore-Booth, made a lifetime out of defying description. A woman of privilege, she worked as a political activist and suffragette. She was at home in ball gowns and in what was then considered men's attire. She fought for Irish independence, taking part in the 1916 Easter Rising and held in prison afterward, the only woman held in solitary confinement. She was sentenced to death, but spared the firing squad; after that, she left Ireland, only to be re-arrested on her return.From her jail cell in 1918, she would become the first woman elected to…
  • Talk About the Talk: @drlucyrogers's space debris talk at InspireFest

    Denise Graveline
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:15 am
    (Editor's Note: Talk About the Talk is a series in which speakers I've worked with share their experiences preparing and delivering major talks. Dr. Lucy Rogers and I met at the speechwriting conferences I attend in the UK and Europe, and as you'll read below, she participated in my workshop on What goes into a TED-quality talk earlier this year. In one of our exercises, I asked participants to pair up and share their ideas for TED-style talks, then learn what their partner thought and how he or she would suggest adjusting it--a great technique to help you see what your audience might want.
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:16 am
    Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But you won't miss a thing, since I'm summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog for all readers to see. Here's what I shared in the week just past:Conference redux: Here's a short video from my favorite conference, the UK Speechwriters Guild session in April, where I led a workshop on TED-quality talks. Next, the group goes to Berlin in October.Off-key: If you don't think women have problems in public…
  • Famous Speech Friday: Stav Shaffir and "What is a Zionist?"

    Becky Ham
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:45 am
    In February, The Eloquent Woman participated in a webinar about public speaking fears, including the fear that some women have about putting themselves out there with a speech containing strong opinions. These nerves can silence women and give away their power before they even open their mouths--and there's too much of that going on already. Member of the Israeli Knesset (MK) Stav Shaffir recently offered a great reminder of what we might miss if we keep quiet rather than challenge authority or voice an unpopular opinion. Her blast of a speech in the Knesset in January got her removed from…
 
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    Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency

  • How to Improve On “Well-Rounded”

    Sunday Avery
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    A well-rounded presenter approaches the podium. They deliver key points, back those key points up with data, and don’t experience any major hiccups. Their slides look clean and professional, the flow of their talk makes sense, and everyone politely golf claps afterwards. Adjectives that could describe a well-rounded presenter fall somewhere along these lines: well-rehearsed, knowledgeable, clear, respectable, and enjoyable. The subtext of these descriptions may be tough to hear: the well-rounded presenter risks becoming forgettable. You don’t want to be remembered as clear, it’s by far…
  • The 5 Elements of Storytelling

    Jesse Farrar
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Our Story There once was a curious little boy who lived in a tiny village at the edge of the woods. One day, the boy’s mother fell ill, and the village healers told the boy and his father that there was no cure for her. The boy was distraught, and spent night and day trying to devise a way to help his mother. One night before bed, the boy’s father told him a story of a brave knight who searched the lands far and wide for a hidden, magical book. The book, the legends told, was a collection of recipes. But it was not a cookbook; in the hands of a worthy and learned man or woman, each one of…
  • Lessons from Liberators

    Sunday Avery
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you ask a person immediately after a presentation what the key points and call to action were, chances are they will remember. If you ask a person two months later and they still remember everything (and have even accomplished the call to action), then you know that the presenter was a Liberator. Liberators convince, change minds, and inspire others. They are speakers who have their eye on long-term goals, and never present mere short term “here’s how we’re doing” speeches. Sound like something you aspire to achieve? Here’s what sets them apart: They Compel The action they ask…
  • How To Set Up Your Chromecast For Presenting

    Jesse Farrar
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Earlier this week, we took a look at the top streaming sticks on the market and crowned Google’s Chromecast the undisputed Presentation Display Champion and a worthy successor to the tried-and-true HDMI cable setup. Assuming you agreed with our assessment (we are the presentation experts here, after all!) and are ready to take the $30 plunge, your next step will probably be trying to figure out how to use your new toy for your next public speaking outing. Well we’re here to help! Read on to find out how to set up your presentation on your brand new Google Chromecast. Initial Setup While…
  • The Best Streaming Stick For Presenters

    Jesse Farrar
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    We’ve covered presentation tech here on the Ethos3 blog before, but of course, the world of technology is ever-changing. In particular, the standard for the visual dimension of presentations seems to undergo as much flux as any electronics niche, since it is influenced mostly by the powerful consumer television market. For any demonstration small enough to not require a standalone projector, it seemed at one point that the HDMI cable would be the primary solution. Indeed, the various revisions to the HDMI standard have extended its usefulness, and due to strong consumer demand and industry…
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    The Accidental Communicator

  • Learn To Speak Like Your Audience

    drjim
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    The more you sound like your audience, the better they’ll like your speechImage Credit: Duncan Hull You can attend all of the fancy speaking classes that you want, but there is a very good chance that they are not going to teach you what you really need to know. The reason that they won’t is because despite the importance of public speaking, they don’t know what you are really looking for. However, I do. What you want most as a pubic speaker is for your next audience to fall in love with you. To treasure your every word. To not only understand what you are saying, but also…
  • How Public Speakers Can Minimize Their Accent

    drjim
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Don’t let your accent hold back your pubic speaking Image Credit: Satish Krishnamurthy I just happen to speak English. I’d like to be able to tell you that I speak it very well; however, that’s really up to other people to decide. What I can tell you is that it is the only language that I speak fluently and it’s the language that I’ve always spoken. This provides me with an unfair advantage over many other speakers – they have accents that can distract an audience when they are speaking in English. What can they do in order to become more effective speakers? It…
  • All The World’s A Stage – You Just Have To Know How To Use It

    drjim
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    When you are on stage, do you know how to use it?Image Credit: Chris Smart When we give a speech we may not always be on a stage. However, we always have a space that has been given to us to use as our own during the speech. All too often we see speakers doing things that they should not be doing – pacing, circling, hanging out in one corner or another. A stage (or speaking area) is a fantastic tool for speakers that helps to boost the importance of public speaking, but how are we supposed to use it? As A Way To Show Action For someone who does a lot of talking, there sure seems to be a lot…
  • From The Mouths Of Babes…

    drjim
    14 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Even experienced speakers can learn from newbies…Even experienced speakers can learn from newbies… As public speakers who have been doing this for awhile, it can be easy to get lost in the details. We spend our time trying to work more humor into our speeches as we create them, we carefully study our body language in order to determine what we’ll telling our audience, and we practice making eye contact with our audience all because we understand the importance of public speaking. However, could it be that one of the best ways to become better would be to watch a speaker who…
  • Public Speakers Want To Know How To Be Funny

    drjim
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    If you can make your audience laugh with you, then you’ll be rememberedImage Credit: Neil Moralee If there is anything that we would like to happen during our next speech then it is to be remembered. How to go about making that happen is something that we spend a great deal of time trying to figure out. We know about the importance of public speaking and so we use fancy words, we bring interesting props, we do all sorts of things that we think will help both us and our message to stick in our audience’s mind after we are done speaking. However, it turns out that there is one thing…
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Planned Parenthood and the barbarity of America

    George F. Will
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Executives of Planned Parenthood’s federally subsidized meat markets — your tax dollars at work — lack the courage of their convictions. They should drop the pretense of conducting a complex moral calculus about the organs they harvest from the babies they kill. Read full article >>
  • With Iran deal, Obama makes bad history

    George F. Will
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:44 pm
    It came two days after the announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet little mention was made on July 16 of the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, near Alamogordo, N.M. The anniversary underscored that the agreement attempts to thwart proliferation of technology seven decades old. Read full article >>
  • The 110 year-old case that still inspires Supreme Court debates

    George F. Will
    10 Jul 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Today’s most interesting debate about governance concerns a 110-year-old Supreme Court decision. Two participants in this debate are the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and a justice on the Supreme Court of Texas. The latter is trouncing the former. Read full article >>
  • Greek crisis a reminder that the European Union was a terrible idea to begin with

    George F. Will
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:20 pm
    When Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras decided to call a referendum on a bailout offer from Greece’s creditors — an offer that expired before Sunday’s referendum — he informed the Greek nation in a televised speech. At 1 a.m.Read full article >>
  • The wrinkle in the Affordable Care Act decision

    George F. Will
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:23 pm
    “What chumps!” — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., June 29, 2015Roberts’s intellectual complexity does not prevent him from expressing himself pithily, as he did with those words when dissenting in a case from Arizona. Joined by Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr., Roberts’s dissent should somewhat mollify conservatives who are dismayed about his interpretive ingenuity four days earlier in writing the opinion that saved the Affordable Care Act. Furthermore, they, including this columnist, may have missed a wrinkle in Roberts’s ACA opinion that will serve…
 
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    Speak Without Interruption

  • How to overcome the fear of public speaking in business

    William Taylor
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Public speaking is, without doubt, one of the scariest things that most people will need to undertake. If you are one of the people whose stomach does back flips when asked to undertake a speech you are not alone. It is estimated three quarters of the people in the world are afraid of public [...]
  • AC biased against women?

    Moggy
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:38 am
    That’s today’s headline. Well, ladies, before we get up in arms, let’s stop and consider. Back in the century when I was teaching in junior high, I could sense what the temperature was doing without going to look at the wall thermometer. When the boys in my classroom became increasingly restless, I knew that [...]
  • Dentists vs. Lions

    Richard Cahill
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:27 am
    In this world riddled through with conflict and injustice, the most hated person in it is suddenly a dentist from Minnesota. Rising far above the competition of cruel dictators, mass murderers, government sanctioned torturers, ISIS, Boko Haram, cop killers, killer cops and all the other evildoers running amuck even as this is being [...]
  • The Plane! The Plane! Redux

    Don Frankel
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:59 am
    Australian officials believe that the debris found floating in the Indian Ocean is from flight MH370.  The Malaysian plane that disappeared on March 14, 2014.  If so, we can put to rest two theories; one that a small black hole swallowed up the plane and two that the Aliens got the plane. The small [...]
  • LEGISLATING POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

    timbryce
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    BRYCE ON POLITICS – Will the latest round of political correctness change our attitudes? (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. In June, the American people were peppered with a powerful dose of political correctness (PC). Following the shootings in [...]
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    Speaking Pro Central

  • Guest Posting – Fog City vs. The Big Smoke: what a year in San Francisco has taught me, by Felicity H. Barber

    4 Aug 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Felicity H. Barber is a speechwriter, executive communications specialist and coach. She write speeches, advises business leaders on messaging and coaches people to deliver stellar presentations and pitches. Before moving to San Francisco from London she was an in-house speechwriter at Lloyd’s of London, the global insurer.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Donald Trump, Sarah Palin - Rhetorical Bomb-Throwing Makes Friends, Influences People

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:28 pm
    What Donald Trump and Sarah Palin have in common is their agility in tossing rhetorical bonds. It has served to win them friends (as well as enemies) and influence people. Also, it has been a bonding force between the two. Several years late but Palin could land up as the Vice President of the United States. My hunch is: no guts. Don't say this.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • "Inauthentic" Remains Kiss Of Death In Public Speaking - Hillary Clinton Errs On Side Of Too Much Caution

    4 Aug 2015 | 7:42 am
    The holy grail politicos in Campaign 2016 go in search of is: How to present themselves as "authentic." " Donald Trump seems to come by that naturally. He can't be other than The Donald. And, no matter how Hillary Clinton keeps readjusting her persona and restarting her campaign, she can't pull off "authentic.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Huma Abedin - Husband Michael Weiner Might Come In Handy, After All

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:18 pm
    If Clinton Inc. ends as a political powerhouse, one of its loyalists, Human Abedin, could be forced to rebrand. Fortunately her husband, Michael Weiner , now works at public relations firm MWW. Currently, a shadow has been cast over Abedin's reputation. Politics is dirty business. Shouldn't Clinton have known better? Perception is reality.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Human Abedin Investigated - Will Husband Michael Weiner Of MWW Ride To Rebranding Rescue

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:13 pm
    If Clinton Inc. ends as a political powerhouse, one of its loyalists, Human Abedin, could be forced to rebrand. Fortunately her husband, Michael Weiner , now works at public relations firm MWW. Currently, a shadow has been cast over Abedin's reputation. Politics is dirty business. Shouldn't Clinton have known better? Perception is reality.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
 
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    PowerPoint Tips Blog

  • Quickly create a grid of tiled images

    Ellen Finkelstein
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Can you imagine creating this slide in under 5 minutes? Well, you can. Using SmartArt picture layouts Few people use or even know about the SmartArt picture layouts. They help you lay out multiple images in a preset pattern. They even crop the images for you! But you can change the cropping if you want. You can use them for: Photos of a panel of speakers. See my post “Introduce a panel of speakers“ A visual menu to the rest of the presentation. See my post “Create a tile menu with hyperlinks to slides.” An array of product images You can probably think of more uses.
  • The why of presentations–getting results

    Ellen Finkelstein
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:21 pm
    To get the best results from a presentation, you need to think about the “why.” Why are you doing the presentation? If someone else assigned it to you, why? What is the goal of the presentation? There are lots of possible goals. Often, I see other presentation skills trainers make blanket statements that I know don’t apply in every situation. For example, they might say that you should always stand up or not use PowerPoint. How you write, design and deliver your presentation should depend on 4 things: Context: What is the reason for the presentation (the why)? Audience:…
  • Save PowerPoint customizations for the Quick Access Toolbar and ribbon

    Ellen Finkelstein
    14 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Do you customize the Quick Access Toolbar? (The QAT is that row of icons above or below the ribbon.) How about the ribbon? If not, you should because you’ll work faster. I explain how to customize the Quick Access Toolbar in “Work Faster in PowerPoint.” And I explain how to customize the ribbon in “Customize the PowerPoint interface.” Not only can you save PowerPoint customizations, but you can go back and forth between customization settings! Use multiple configurations Do you do PowerPoint training like I do? If so, you might want to show the default settings…
  • Create a numbered list with shapes

    Ellen Finkelstein
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    I recently saw an interesting slide that had a unique numbered list and I thought I’d show you how to create a numbered list with shapes. It’s hard to get numbered lists that have a graphic look to them because SmartArt doesn’t do numbers. Of course, it isn’t nearly as automated as SmartArt, so it requires some fiddling even after you create it, but I think you’ll like it. You can create a shape like this in more than one way, but here’s one way: Insert a short rectangle that will contain the numbered circle. The height should be enough to fit 2 rows of…
  • PowerPoint on an Android phone

    Ellen Finkelstein
    27 Jun 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Microsoft recently made PowerPoint (and Word and Excel) available as an Android phone app. It’s my understanding that the same app works on Android tablets as well. Your experience with the menus and options will adapt with the size of your screen. You can go to the Google Play Store to download the app. There’s a little slide show on the top that you can watch. PowerPoint on an Android phone–is that crazy or great? The app is free. When you install it, you’ll be asked to log in. You don’t HAVE to log in, but if you do, it will remember things like recent…
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    JazzFactory.In Blog

  • Why do most About Us pages look alike?

    4 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Have you read the About Us page in your corporate brochure or on your website? What does it say?The About Us page on your website and in your brochure is perhaps the place to use high sounding words which not many understand. It is either written by copy writers from advertising agencies or from people within the corporate communications department. To give you a taste of it, let us check the websites of 3 well known IT companies. I have hand picked some parts of their About Us page. Abused jargon marked in boldCompany 1XYZ helps customers do business better by leveraging our…
  • Save time, change the default font in PowerPoint

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    ProblemThe default font in MS PowerPoint is Calibri but you want to use Arial in your presentation. You insert a new text box on slide 1. You click on the box and change the font to Arial. Now you insert a text box on slide 2. You change the font again. You have a 20 slide presentation and you do not want to do this stupid task 20 times. What do you do?SolutionYou change the default font for this presentation to Arial. Follow these simple steps:View tab --> Slide Master --> Fonts --> Choose Arial. Bingo! You have saved a lot of time. This change means all the default fonts…
  • 1 statement that will change the way you present

    31 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Show them, don't tell them.When making a presentation, we make lots of arguments and points. We talk about falling sales, competitors becoming aggressive, changing market dynamics and about our innovations.The problem - most of the time we only tell them, never show it to them.In our heads, we know what we are talking and why. But what about our audience? They are only listening and sometimes they do not even believe it. Take an example from a discussion I had with a client recently.Client: "We are an innovative company. We constantly do product innovation."Vivek (that's me): "Every company…
  • The simplest way to remove bullet points from your presentation

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Bullet points are considered a bad thing in today's times. Steve Jobs never used it. Most TED speakers don't use as well. If you have a slide with 4 or 5 bullet points and you want to make the slide visual and professional looking, what should you do? There are many ways of removing bullet points. The simplest way is to use icons. Here is the usual PowerPoint slide:Here is the modified slide. The bullet points have been replaced with icons and text. Looks so much better. As much as possible, refrain from using bullet points. Try using icons. Icons are cool.
  • 7 ways to ensure less people Sleep in your Presentation

    20 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    What makes people sleep during presentations? They are bored. They don't find anything new and exciting. The presenter is lifeless (devoid of passion). They just had lunch and its cozy in this boardroom. They've had a long day at office. Yawn...Here are few things you can do to ensure fewer people sleep when you present.1. Keep it short - Long presentations induce sleepWhen people know they are attending a short presentation, their likelihood of sleeping is less. As per molecular biologist John Medina, our attention span is only 10 minutes. Since most presentations cannot end…
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    Manner of Speaking

  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 203) – Daniel Gilbert

    John Zimmer
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
    “Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished.” — Daniel Gilbert Photo courtesy of Daniel Gilbert Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers, Stories and Storytelling
  • Two lessons from a missed flight

    John Zimmer
    19 Jul 2015 | 8:22 pm
    I am writing this post on the last day of a great trip to Singapore and Thailand. My wife and I came here to visit our oldest daughter who is working at the National University of Singapore (NUS) for the summer. It has been … Continue reading →
  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 202) – Michael H. Mescon

    John Zimmer
    14 Jul 2015 | 12:58 am
    “The best way to conquer stage fright is to know what you are talking about.” — Michael H. MesconFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger and little victories

    John Zimmer
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    I am currently in the middle of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography, Total Recall. It is a fascinating read that offers great insights into the focus, drive and work ethic of the man. Schwarzenegger is not perfect, and he has made his share of mistakes, … Continue reading →
  • A brain hack for your next presentation

    John Zimmer
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    The brain is a fascinating organ, the most complex in a person’s body. As much as we have learned about the brain in recent decades, there are still so many things that we do not yet understand. I have been … Continue reading →
 
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    Interruption Management

  • Disruptive and Harmful: Loud Noise

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:49 am
    The health effects of sound could, literally, echo through our bodies. A study in the Journal of Occupational Health took nighttime readings on workers who were exposed to loud sounds during the day. The workers' sleep quality was poor, their nighttime heart rates never dropped as low as those of people not exposed to noise, and their cortisol levels were still elevated the following morning.
  • Red Tape Interrupts

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:49 am
     At 20 large U.S. banks, the cost of complying with U.S. laws and regulations grew far faster than profit growth, an industry survey found. Given this reality, each of us needs to build greater "administration" time and effort into our plans. Society inherently grows more complex and disrupts our productivity all the time. Our challenge is to harness that complexity and convert it to a competitive advantage.
  • Human Evolution, Interrupted

    8 Jul 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Here are excerpts from James Gardner's review of: The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, by Ray Kurzweil, published by the Viking Press:             1) On the fusion of human and machine intelligence: In the post-Singularity era, techno-futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts, there will be no distinction between human beings and their technologies. As we merge with our machines, we will become something more than merely human.             2) The Borg-like hybrid…
  • More Email, Lower IQ

    8 Jul 2015 | 12:14 pm
    “Workers distracted by phone calls, e-mails, and text messages suffer a greater loss of IQ than a person smoking marijuana, a 2005 British study suggested. The constant interruptions reduce productivity and leave people feeling tired and lethargic, according to a survey carried out by TNS Research and commissioned by Hewlett Packard.” The survey of 1,100 Britons showed:* A majority of three people check their electronic messages out of office hours and when on holiday* Half of all workers respond to an e-mail within 60 minutes of receiving one* One in five will break off from a business…
  • Interruptions in Health Care!

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:16 am
    In an article titled Sidetracks on the Safety Express, Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP convincingly makes the case for doing one thing at a time and avoiding multi-tasking if at all possible.Three Excerpts: "...the risk of any medication error increases 12.7% with each interruption, and the risk of a harmful medication error is doubled when nurses are interrupted four times during a single drug administration and tripled when they’re interrupted six times. Thus, distractions and interruptions have major consequences in health care.""Distractions and interruptions include anything that…
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    Moving People to Action

  • Guilt and Mistakes

    Conor Neill
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:46 am
    The basic freedom we have in life is the freedom to make mistakes.  If we can’t make (reasonable) mistakes and learn from them, what freedom do we really have? “The first time it is an accident, the second time it is a decision.” My girlfriend likes to say: “The first time it is an accident, the second time it is a decision.” My daughter is 8.  She is starting to develop the ability to be guilty about something, and expresses anxieties about the world like never before.  I assume this is a normal part of the growing up.  She has a powerful creative…
  • Teaching with Creative Indifference (or Impartiality)

    Conor Neill
    13 Jul 2015 | 3:08 am
    Creative Indifference My daughter checking the roses in my parent’s garden A good gardener creates the conditions for growth of a garden, but cannot force the flowers to grow in an exact way.  The good gardener creates the conditions and accepts what arises. The bad gardener fights what arises.  The bad gardener hacks and chops and fights against the natural growth of nature. The good gardener changes the conditions and different plant shapes and varieties arise. In each case the attitude of the gardener is “Interesting!  I wouldn’t have expected that.”  Creative…
  • Warren Buffett: “We Need Inspirational Leaders”

    Conor Neill
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:48 am
    “passion brings out an enthusiasm and a dedication in others” Warren Buffett Warren Buffett speaking in Italy recently Summary of his words on Inspirational Leaders “In the really great managers the common quality they have (in addition to intelligence, energy and integrity) is a passion for what they do. They are not doing it for the money. At least three quarters of the managers we have at Berkshire Hathaway are independently wealthy.  They do not need to go to work in the morning.  They go there because they they love what they’re doing.  It is creative.  I…
  • When You Lead There Is No Such Thing As A Trivial Act

    Conor Neill
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:28 am
    The title of this post came from a summary of a talk by Pat Murray. As a leader, people watch every single act.  If you are in a bad mood and act out of that bad mood, people think that is who you are.  Words are generally ignored, we watch what you allow to happen. As parents this is even more difficult.  If you say “do this and you will not get dessert” and then give them dessert anyway (because you are tired and do not want the fight) you have taught the children a lesson:  Your rules are flexible and negotiable.  It is hard to trust someone whose rules are flexible and…
  • How I Stopped Email Overload

    Conor Neill
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:37 am
    “Inbox zero?” I haven’t seen anything near zero for a decade. I think email is a hugely useful tool, and also a massive black hole that can suck up my time and energy.  I haven’t tried to manage email for the last few years on the view that almost nothing of great value ever arrives or is achieved purely through email.  Anything important for me is achieved by getting face to face with the key person. I have found a simple email idea that is working for me.  It is not complex – which was often the failure of the “Getting Things Done” type systems…
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    SIMS WYETH & CO. Executive Speech Coach for Healthcare, Financial Services, and Consulting.

  • 6 Surprising “Don’ts” for Leaders

    sims
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    Breaking the rules doesn’t always mean that you’re breaking bad. Sometimes it pays to do the opposite and forego common sense. Great leaders don’t always act serious. It’s easier to persuade and influence others if you’re fun to listen to. Great leaders spice up any serious review of the issues with stories of their own experience. This reveals expertise in the challenge at hand. Stories from leaders give employees a glimpse into who they are–and people crave intimacy with a speaker. Stories are the best tools to put people at ease, link current issues to…
  • 21 Paradoxes of Presenting

    sims
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:02 am
    Isn’t there enough to do when you’re preparing for a presentation? Besides the obvious, you’ve got to navigate the delicate balances below: Be brief, but take your time. Be yourself, but fill the room. Be confident, but show your vulnerability. Relax, but use your nerves. Demonstrate your expertise, but speak their language–not yours. Appeal to their self-interest, but don’t pander. Make a strong case for your point of view, but provide fair balance. Be passionate, but don’t lose your cool. Stand up for your ideas, but make sure you’re still viewed as a team…
  • Make Data Sing–Learn from Hans Rosling’s TED Talk

    sims
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:59 am
    I like to see people use data effectively–to make complex information clear and compelling. And, I like to help people plan out this data and incorporate it into a talk. It’s not easy to do, but in the hands of researcher Hans Rosling, it’s deceivingly simple. In this TED talk, watch how he compares households of varying income levels worldwide. As they say on the TED Talks site, “In Hans Rosling’s hands, data sings. Global trends in health and economics come to vivid life. And the big picture of global development—with some surprisingly good news—snaps into…
  • Nix Nerves Before You Speak Infographic

    sims
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:04 am
    Here’s a handy infographic to share with anyone who suffers from stage fright before a presentation or talk. It describes 3 counter-intuitive ways you can tame fear or nerves before you speak. Download this infographic.Embed Our Infographic On Your Site!Image Widthpx<img src="http://www.simswyeth.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/3-ways-to-stop-stage-fright.pdf" alt="Nix Nerves Before You Speak Infographic - An Infographic from SIMS WYETH &amp; CO. Executive Speech Coach for Healthcare, Financial Services, and Consulting." width="100%"…
  • What Eliza Doolittle, Margaret Thatcher, and Daisy Buchanan Can Teach You About Voice and Power

    sims
    2 Jun 2015 | 9:45 am
    Does your sound determine your success? In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway is impressed when Gatsby nails the mysterious quality in Daisy’s voice: “She’s got an indiscreet voice,” I remarked. “It’s full of——” I hesitated. “Her voice is full of money,” he said suddenly. That was it. I’d never understood before. It was full of money—that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals’ song of it. . . . high in a white palace the king’s daughter, the golden girl. . . . Maybe it’s true that the super-rich…
 
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    John Sadowsky - Leadership & Storytelling

  • Exceptional people of influence do not have extraordinary pasts

    John
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    Exceptional people of influence do not have extraordinary pasts. What they do have is an extraordinary ability to learn from and to use the lessons of their pasts.  As we wrote last time, one of the great myths about those who emerge as leaders in any field is that they have something extraordinary in their past, an event or circumstance that has somehow forged them, transformed them, and prepared them for noteworthy leadership roles. In truth, it is not so much that their background or history has transformed them; it is that they have transformed themselves. Some would argue that a…
  • Why reflection is vital to learning and growth

    John
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Throughout my life, I have heard the age-old saying that “experience is the best teacher”. Through my coaching of leaders and my own life experience, though, I have come to believe that this popular adage is not true. So, for my work and in own my life, I have adapted it. I say that experience is the best teacher only if reflection sits alongside it.  Learning is not about doing; learning is about reflecting on doing. In order to develop and grow, people must learn to process their experience in ways that allow them to understand its significance and its lessons. Otherwise,…
  • Reflecting about reflection

    John
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    This week, a quick thought on a subject I have been meaning to write about for some time. About 6 months ago, I read an article in the Financial Times entitled “Scheduling time to think at work is a brainless idea”. It was an opinion piece by columnist Lucy Kellaway, concerning a suggestion by AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong that employees dedicate 10 percent of their time at work to “thinking”. Ms. Kellaway opines that the idea is silly. One should not think 10 percent of the time on the job, she says, but rather 100 percent of the time. As she states: “If it is deemed highly…
  • What should a corporation or organization stand for?

    John
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    Rereading David Packard’s radical views from the 1940s about what a corporation should be caused me to reflect on how much all this has changed in our time, and how far the business world has come.  By way of reminder, we wrote on June 11 about Packard’s frustration with the narrow perspective of his fellow business leaders. His was indeed a rare voice in the 1940s and 1950s, perhaps even an early proponent of what we have come to call corporate social responsibility.   Packard argued on various occasions with Stanford professor Paul Holden, one of the most respected management…
  • Truth versus authenticity in organizational storytelling

    John
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:07 am
    Writing about Hewlett-Packard these past weeks, I was reminded of research I did on corporate stories of identity when I was a doctoral student in England. One of my most interesting findings at that time had to do with the role of truth and that of authenticity in organizational storytelling.  Here is the distinction I have come to make: In companies with strong cultures and institutional narratives that support them, authenticity is far more important than truth. For definitional purposes, I call a story “authentic” if it is representative of the organization’s values, and…
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    Think Link

  • Steps to keep you cool in Hot Summer

    admin
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:19 am
  • Johanna Quaas

    Think Inc Team
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
      Johanna Quaas (née Johanna Geißler; born November 20, 1925 in Hohenmölsen) is a German gymnast. She started gymnastics at an early age and appeared in her first competition in 1934. After completion of school she worked in the obligatory social year (Pflichtjahr). In 1945 she finished her job training as gymnastics coach in Stuttgart. Afterwards she moved to Weißenfels, where she started to train handball as gymnastics was banned by the Allied Control Council. In 1947 this ban was removed and she started again with gymnastics. In 1950 she started to study at University of…
  • LEARN DON’T BLAME

    Vijay Batra
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    The more we learn, the more we will earn, the more we blame, the more lame we will become. Those who take responsibility and see their own weakness as it relates to the problem are most likely to grow and accomplish in life. On the other hand another individual confronted by the same great pressures of life fails to take responsibility and instead blames others, does not grow or accomplish in life as a result. Learning from past experiences and also learning as we go along to accomplish something is an essential quality. We are born with instincts that are there to help us survive. Instincts…
  • 8 Secrets of Confident Kids

    Think Inc Team
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    Many researchers say that it’s more important to help kids feel competent than confident. Here are the most effective ways to help your child become happy, self-assured, and successful. Consider Your Compliments Of course, young kids need plenty of encouragement, whether they’re learning to crawl, throw a ball, or draw a circle. But your child can get so accustomed to hearing “Good job!” that he may have a hard time realizing when his accomplishments are really worth celebrating. He’ll also sense when you’re exaggerating and may start ignoring your…
  • Would you like to be smarter, more confident, kinder, more resilient under stress, and more successful?

    admin
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
      Stop fearing stress. A couple of years ago, health psychologist Kelly McGonigal made a disturbing discovery. For years she’d been warning people that stress kills. And it does, new research showed–but only if you expect it to. People who experienced a lot of stress and believed that stress was harmful were indeed much likelier to die than those who experienced little stress. But those who experienced great stress but believed it wasn’t harming them were in no more danger than the stress-free. Recognize your own optimism. How do I know that you’re an optimist?
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    Digital Coach

  • 2 Things You Can’t Teach a Speaker and How Fawn Weaver Nailed Them for TEDxPortland

    jim@distinction-services.com (Distinction Communication, Inc.)
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:51 am
      There are some things you can’t teach in the field of public speaking (which I hate to admit but it’s true).   Passion and commitment.   I can’t make people... Podcasts from Distinction Communication
  • The High Cost of Being Average

    jim@distinction-services.com (Distinction Communication, Inc.)
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:54 am
    Most people bristle at that word… average. Maybe because you’ve learned over time to dread that attribute in others during presentations and meetings. Or at a very personal level, maybe... Podcasts from Distinction Communication
  • Behinds the Scenes at TEDxPortland with Speaker Karen Gaffney

    jim@distinction-services.com (Distinction Communication, Inc.)
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    My role as speaker coach and the moment I’ll remember forever     Adrenaline coursed through my veins as I snuck behind the heavy red velvet curtain, weaved my way down the hallway past the... Podcasts from Distinction Communication
  • Every time you present… a lifetime of baggage comes with you

    jim@distinction-services.com (Distinction Communication, Inc.)
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    Recently I had an opportunity to do some personal presentation skills coaching with Michael. That’s not his real name but his story could be your’s, your manager’s or maybe even... Podcasts from Distinction Communication
  • 3 Ways Our Bodies Rebel When We Get Nervous

    jim@distinction-services.com (Distinction Communication, Inc.)
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Blog by Amy Wolff   Science was my least favorite subject in school. I loathed it.   Now I have a career in the communication field and to my disdain, I’ve found science to be the backbone... Podcasts from Distinction Communication
 
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    Tudor Girba's blog

  • .Net Rocks! interview on Moose, humane assessment, Pharo, GT and related things

    Tudor Girba
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:21 pm
    A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of chatting with Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell on a .Net Rocks! interview.We started from Moose and then we diverged into the issue of too prevalent code reading and how humane assessment addresses this part. We eventually also touched the Pharo live programming environment and the Glamorous Toolkit.But, the experience was unique. I found both Carl and Richard to be great listeners, and I felt they helped me bring the message out. I could have done a better job, but it was certainly an interesting experience. For example, I truly love how they…
  • New 'storytelling in a technical world’ course

    Tudor Girba
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Our technical world is governed by facts. Specifications and technical details are kings and Excel files are their palace. This overexposure to facts makes us perceive the world in quantifiable and typically linear terms. Yet, this way of looking at the world makes us forget that the goal of our job is not to fulfill technical requests as fast as possible. Our job is to produce value.Over the past years I got to experience first hand the negative impact of Excel-driven software development, and by the looks of things, it seems I am not alone. Indeed, while arithmetic can be easy and can fit…
  • New 'Steering agile architecture' course

    Tudor Girba
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Humane assessment is a versatile and generic method. That is both a strength and a weakness. The strength is that it can be applied in many situations. The weakness is that it is perceived to be too distant from concrete scenarios that development teams face.To bridge the perception gap, I have started to look since a couple of years for classes of problems that are concrete enough to be directly applicable. The first one is that of steering agile architecture for which I designed a 2-day course.The concept of architecture started to regain traction recently. For example, two new industrial…
  • Talk on "Steering agile architecture" at Agile Breakfast Luzern on July 16, 2015

    Tudor Girba
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
    On July 16, I will give a talk at Agile Breakfast Luzern on Steering agile architecture. Here is the abstract:"Emerge your architecture" goes the agile mantra. That’s great. Developers get empowered and fluffy papers make room for real code structure. But, how do you ensure the cohesiveness of the result?Testing, pair programming and code reviewing are the proposed means to approach this problem. However, testing is only concerned with the functional side of a system, and thus, it is not able to capture structural contracts. Pair programming and reviewing work well in the small, but they do…
  • Video of my talk at NDC Oslo 2015 on "Don't demo facts. Demo stories!"

    Tudor Girba
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:28 pm
    The talk I gave at NDC Oslo 2015 on Don’t demo facts. Demo stories! is now available online.
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    Jim Harvey's Presentation Skills Advice

  • FREE Prezi Template – August

    Lesley Barringer
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Circles work well as visuals in many ways. This goes for in Prezi too! When using circles in Prezi, be wary of using circular frames, as they cut down the amount of available presentation space, and limit how you can display your content. For more detail on the circular frame question, read our blog post Should you use circular frames in Prezi? We all recommend using rectangular frames. Tip: Experiment with where you position your frames on the graphic. Sometimes it’s good to focus right in on your content and not see any of the surrounding image, or distractions; other times it…
  • Great presenter? Try this little-known hack for added subtlety and impact

    Jim Harvey
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:33 am
    Lend me your ears and your eyebrows You might laugh at this.  I hope that you do. It’s a brilliant introduction to the importance of facial expression – in this case, the eyebrows, to a presenter. Stay with me, it’ll be worth it. In a previous post I shared some fascinating academic insight on the importance of facial expressiveness in being understood by international audiences, and any audience really. Expressiveness is that subtle mix of physical, verbal and facial expression that adds emphasis, power and believability to a speaker in front of an audience. Facial…
  • Books don’t change people – but your presentation just might

    Rosie Hoyland
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    How often do you hear that a book has changed someone’s life? Chances are, it hasn’t. It will have been one particular section that made you stop in your tracks, and think… Or even just one little turn of phrase that resonated and remains with you long after you finished reading the book. A few words that just hit the nail on the head and summed up a feeling, instinct, yearning, opinion that you have harboured for such a long time, and there it is before you in black and white, positively singing off the page to you. And why do you remember it even now?  Because it was…
  • FREE Prezi Template – July

    Lesley Barringer
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:50 am
    Prezi can be a fantastic tool for organising your ideas and presenting them in a memorable and engaging way. Our July template is a simple, but effective, graphic to help you to do just that! The template works well, whether you are running a meeting, or delivering a more formal presentation. Using an image of people and speech bubbles, gives an immediate sense of conversation and interactivity, which fits well with the Prezi format and features. As always, organise your content into relevant sections, keeping text to a minimum. For support on structuring your presentation, you can read our…
  • Want to be a brilliant speaker? Try this

    Jim Harvey
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:25 pm
    My 13-year-old son asked me to let him show me his football skills the other day. I was delighted, because until that point, he’d shown no interest at all in the sports that I’ve adored since I was his age. We went down to the local park, and I passed the ball to him to get us started, and he sent it arcing gently back to me with one of those kicking foot behind the standing foot Brazilian, beach soccer style kicks that we all ‘wowed’ at during the last world cup. I was amazed. I had no idea he was capable of such a high-level technique and I told him how cool it was.
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    The Reluctant Speakers Club » Blog

  • Is There an Art to Creating Stories That Engage? Joel Comm Speaks – Podcast 54

    Eamonn O'Brien
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:09 pm
    From winning attention to causing those who hear you to sit at the edges of their seats, willing you on to share what happens next, stories have always been a ticket to audience engagement.But what does it take to create stories that engage audiences online as well as offline? And for these to be told again when your audiences are amongst their work colleagues, friends, and even family?The good news is that it’s not critical to have spectacular, spine tingling, or ‘life and death-esque’ raw material to create or tell winning stories in business……the ordinary,…
  • Need to Lead Change? Is it Better to Use Sweet Talking or Tough Love? – Podcast 53

    Eamonn O'Brien
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:56 am
    Denise Morrison, the CEO of Campbell Soup said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal last year: “You can either lead change or be a victim of it. And it’s so more fun to lead it. And we look at that as a challenge and an opportunity”It’s hard to argue with fact.Regardless of your industry or what your organisation does, if you continue to do things as you’ve always done them, there’s a good chance you’ll not even get the same results you did in the past……You run the risk that your business will be left behind as others pass you…
  • When East Meets West, What’s a Speaker to Do? Podcast 52

    Eamonn O'Brien
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:13 am
    Even for accomplished speakers, engaging and influencing international audiences can present significant challenges. And nowhere is this truer than when Western world speakers address Asian business audiences.If speaking to audiences in the Asia region like China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, India, Taiwan, or others, it’s not enough be heard and understood……You have to pay great attention to cultural differences, which go beyond mere language, to win audiences over.And forget about adopting a one size fits all approach to your communication. You’ll need to change your…
  • Want Audiences to Get More From Your Speeches? Let’s Talk Personality – Podcast 51

    Eamonn O'Brien
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:05 am
    Speakers – what impressions do audiences form about you and your personality when you share ideas from the podium?Do they see the ‘real you’ or do you hold back a bit by playing things more safely – perhaps giving the impression that you want to be seen as more serious, buttoned up, or part of the pack versus fun or different?And does it matter? Do audiences pay attention to personality and does it influence whether/how they engage with you and your impact as a speaker?The short answer is yes, on all counts.As the acclaimed leadership writer John Maxwell’s put it so…
  • 9 Simple Ideas to Bat Your Change Management Blues Away – Podcast 50

    Eamonn O'Brien
    5 Jun 2015 | 7:56 am
    Have you every wondered why ‘change management’ is such a stumbling block for organisations of all sizes, in every industry, and around the globe?Especially since most everyone knows, at least in their hearts, that it’s hard to make progress in any endeavour without change.After all, most are familiar with variations of the old adages: “If you keep doing things the same way you’ve always done, you can’t expect different or better results” or “you can’t create an omelette without breaking eggs”.And yet, what happens when material changes are proposed in business?As…
 
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    Dr. Michelle Mazur - Speech Coach

  • Public Speaking Pet Peeve: Writing a speech like a blog post

    Michelle Mazur
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    How do you feel about math? Was it the subject you loved more than playing outside on the swings? Or did math make you squinch up your nose like your mom was trying to shove brussel sprouts down your throat? I love math (getting a Ph.D. makes you have mad respect for the numbers). I wish other speakers loved math as much as I did. Especially when the math is simple like dividing the total amount of time you have for a presentation by the number of points you want to make in your speech. Simple math is the best math and all speakers should be doing it because of one trend I’ve noticed in the…
  • Public Speaking Pet Peeve: Blowing the Close

    Michelle Mazur
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Were you ever a fan of the TV show Lost? I never got into it, but my husband loved that show. He was addicted and couldn’t wait to find out how it was going end. How were all the storylines going to weave in together? After he watched the series finale, he was totally pissed. The ending was lame. He said to me “Well, there’s 6 years of my life I can’t get back.” Have you noticed that no one ever talks about the pilots of TV shows, but everyone talks about the endings of shows? People are still obsessed with the fate of Tony Soprano. The final scenes of 6 Feet Under haunt me still.
  • Public Speaking Pet Peeve: Crappy Introductions

    Michelle Mazur
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    I watched a boat load of television in the 80’s and it taught me one very important thing. “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Whoa! That’s sage advice, right? Wherever did I learn it? Oprah? Phil Donahue? The Smurfs? Nope. Dandruff shampoo taught me one of the biggest lessons a public speaker could ever learn. Thanks Head & Shoulders! Unfortunately, I think far too many speakers missed that 30-second commercial because most speakers are making a lousy first impression. And since there’s no way in heck, you want to be “most speakers” read on for my…
  • Public Speaking Pet Peeve: Selling from the Stage

    Michelle Mazur
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Every time I go to an event, I have to shut off the part of my brain that I use with my clients. My job at a workshop is not to critique the speaker, but to experience and be present. I’d be lying to you if I said that this was easy. That I didn’t have a continually tell my brain to “shut your pie hole and let me enjoy.” But with some encouragement my brain quiets, and I’m able to take away what I need to from the speaker, be present at the event, and enjoy myself. But then there are a few (ok…five) pet peeves that tick me off to the point of distraction because they are…
  • Is your presentation missing this vital ingredient?

    Michelle Mazur
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    There’s an urge in most of us to improve. It’s the reason no matter how much you nail your presentation – there’s that little nagging voice say “Oh, but I think this could be better…” Now some may say that voice is your negative nellie creeping in, but in my always humble opinion, I believe it’s your intuition telling you that in order to achieve what you want to achieve, reach more people, serve more people with your ideas and have a bigger impact on the world – you must improve! Most speakers hear the voice but don’t heed it. Instead they give the same speech…
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    Business School Presentations

  • The Presentation Paradox

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Stanley K. Ridgley The presentation paradox afflicts many people: “I want to give an especially powerful presentation . . . but I don’t like to be the center of attention.” This is the presentation paradox for more people than you might imagine. In fact, you may be one of them. You dream of delivering a powerful business presentation.  […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Especially Powerful Business Presentations

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:29 am
    Stanley K. Ridgley Here is the key to delivering especially powerful business presentations. If you already feel reasonably confident, competent, and thoroughly satisfied with your presenting skills, then excellent! I congratulate you and suggest that you pass Business School Presenting along to a buddy who might profit from it. But if you are like most of the 1.3 million English-speaking business […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Especially Powerful Presentation Visuals

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Stanley K. Ridgley Microsoft’s PowerPoint software has gotten a bum rap as insufficient for your presentation visuals. This unfair reputation springs from the thousands of ugly presentations given every day from folks who don’t know how to use it. And yet, PowerPoint is a brilliant tool. But any tool – say, a hammer or saw – can contribute […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Crafting Your Presentation Conclusion

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:27 am
    Stanley K. Ridgley Let’s toss out a life preserver on how to conclude a presentation.  Because everyone needs a life-preserver at some point in a speaking career. I’ve tossed this rescue device out many times to students in trouble during a business presentation. At times, even the finest presenters get themselves in trouble.  Having this rescue device near to hand […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Zombies of Bad Presentation Advice

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    6 Jun 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Stanley K. Ridgley Over the years, I’ve learned that the zombies of bad presentation advice never die. We can’t eradicate bad presentation advice completely, because these zombies are impervious to every remedy known to 21st century civilization. When Armageddon finally comes, cockroaches and bad advice zombies will be the only survivors. But let’s give it a shot anyway. Zombies of Bad Presentation Advice The process of […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
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    BrightCarbon

  • PowerPoint and the Rise of Emoji

    Shay O'Donnell
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:17 am
    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 5 years, you’ll likely have seen the use of colourful icons punctuating texts, tweets, emails, adverts. It seems these little pictures are becoming a weighty force in how we communicate, with many sources (BBC, Telegraph, Guardian etc.) stating that emoji is ‘the fastest growing language’ in the UK. Why is this happening? What does it mean for language? And most importantly, what does it have to do with PowerPoint presentations?! Language as we know it is a highly complex concept that has been built on and developed over thousands of…
  • 5 Reasons PowerPoint Crashes

    Hannah Brownlow
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:03 am
    Blue can be quite a calming colour – a beautiful blue sky or the soft blue of the sea. But one blue that none of us find relaxing is the Blue Screen of Death, a privilege afforded to those of a Windows persuasion when their computers or laptops decide that they can’t face life any longer and the motherboard returns to the mothership. It’s a clear example of when technology gets the better of us and the universe sees our ugly side. There are many more instances we can all bring to mind where this happens, and if you use PowerPoint a lot, chances are you’ll have your fair share of…
  • Body Language Lessons for Presenters

    Kieran Chadha
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:18 am
    You’re on message, but is your body language? I’m not a body language expert, but I have sat through enough presentations, coached enough nervous presenters and trained enough sales reps to know when body language works and when it doesn’t. I’m a firm believer that no one means to give out negative signals when they present – no one intentionally looks hostile or lazy; no one means to come across as overfamiliar or timid. The truth is that on the list of things to address when preparing for a presentation, body language comes pretty far down. Getting the message right, the content,…
  • Three Ways to Use Color to Make More Effective Presentations

    Amy Singh
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:36 am
    I’m no designer, but I have had my fair share of painting classes and they’ve affected the way I think about color and in turn, the way I think about making slides. Color theory is one of the foundational concepts in fine arts, but it also has great relevance in many other areas, including presentations. One of the first things you think about when making a slide for a presentation is how to get the audience to pay attention to the visuals that you are using and understand the message behind your slide. By using color to your advantage, you can strengthen the message of your slide and in…
  • Tips for Tongue-tied Presenters

    Kieran Chadha
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:23 am
    As with many things in life, when you’re presenting, getting started is often the most challenging part. Often, once people get into the flow on a particular slide, they are fine. But starting off strongly, pulling together the first few words or phrases once you’ve clicked on to a blank new slide is typically something that people struggle with. Here are a few handy tips to keep up your sleeve for those mind-blank moments. There’s pressure in the moment. You’re opening on a given slide needs to do a number of things: You need to effectively frame the point you’re going to make;…
 
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  • How to Create Your Influential Team

    Sharí
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:33 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí How to Create Your Influential Team What does an Influential Team look like? As you probably know, my work and the writings of this blog are all about closing the gap between the world’s best influencers and entrepreneurial leaders. And, there has been one key element that I have yet to share with you - one thing that the best influencers [...] The post How to Create Your Influential Team appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • What Good People Can Learn from Con-Artists: Bringing the Dark Arts of Influence into the Light

    Sharí
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:37 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí What Good People Can Learn from Con-Artists: Bringing the Dark Arts of Influence into the Light Why are we so drawn to the con-artists in film and television? The true story of Catch Me If You Can had us in awe at Frank Abignale’s ability to become anyone - from an airline pilot, to a doctor, to a lawyer. And who didn’t fall in love with Robert Redford and Paul Newman [...] The post What Good People Can Learn from Con-Artists: Bringing the Dark Arts of Influence into the Light appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • How to Be Influential: A Discussion

    Sharí
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí How to Be Influential: A Discussion I'm so happy to share this interview I did with Dr. Isaac Jones from Superhuman Entrepreneur on how to be influential. We talk about EVERYTHING - body language, observational skills, elicitation, influential techniques, and so much more! You can check out the interview on his page with the show notes and other download options, or listen in [...] The post How to Be Influential: A Discussion appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • Networking at Events Like James Bond: Look, Listen, Leverage

    Sharí
    9 Jun 2015 | 9:15 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí Networking at Events Like James Bond: Look, Listen, Leverage In the overpopulated digital space, conferences are proving to be the place for real and lasting business connections. We are wired to be a part of a tribe. Facebook and social media are movie screen substitutes for connections, but nothing can replace looking someone in the eye, shaking their hand, and breathing the same air. And since [...] The post Networking at Events Like James Bond: Look, Listen, Leverage appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • Unexpected Qualities of an Influencer

    Sharí
    2 Jun 2015 | 10:21 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí Unexpected Qualities of an Influencer What comes to mind when you think of a conversational influencer? Someone like a CIA agent or a con-artist? Does the image of that person in your mind have more shadows surrounding them? Perhaps they are lurking in the corner of a dark alley and you can only see their shadowed profile. How would you [...] The post Unexpected Qualities of an Influencer appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
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  • Ten Bad Habits That Will Ruin Any Presentation

    Ashish Arora
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:50 am
    The impact of a great speech can be jeopardized by bad presentation skills. Habits developed since pre-school days can stay with you and undermine you to your audience. Here are 10 of the most common bad habits to avoid: Bad Habit No. 1: Failing to put your remarks in context Suppose you are listening to […] The post Ten Bad Habits That Will Ruin Any Presentation appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • Don’t Be a Slouch: The Importance of Nonverbal Communication

    Ashish Arora
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:28 am
    When I was in elementary school, the teacher asked one of my classmates a question. He shrugged. “I don’t understand that,” she told him. “You have to tell me in words what you mean.” Obviously, she was telling a fib. According to a number of studies, nonverbal communication makes up more than half of what […] The post Don’t Be a Slouch: The Importance of Nonverbal Communication appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • The Most Actionable Presentation Delivery Tips

    Ashish Arora
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:47 am
    A speaker can have the most prepared, well thought out talk. But, if the presentation of the talk, falls flat, the message won’t get across. Here are some tips to make sure that your material is presented as well as it’s written. Before the Talk Before you ever arrive at the venue, practice your talk. […] The post The Most Actionable Presentation Delivery Tips appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • Six Simple Tips for a Great Presentation

    Ashish Arora
    9 Jul 2015 | 6:37 am
    When a friend’s daughter became angry with her parents, her response was always the same: “Well, forget you.” Though I’m sure she never realized it, this was great advice for a person giving a presentation. Forget you! It’s like when you’re really interested in doing something and you’re totally focused in on it. Worries and […] The post Six Simple Tips for a Great Presentation appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • Slides: Great Support for Your Speech

    Ashish Arora
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:46 pm
          Supplementary material can add a great deal to a speech. This is particularly true when you use slides in a PowerPoint presentation – not at all difficult to set up and certainly easy to use. Remember, however, that the slides are not the speech. They merely support it. Look at it this […] The post Slides: Great Support for Your Speech appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
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  • What Presenters can learn from Ira Glass

    pieterb
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:52 pm
    Great stories happen to those who can tell them. - Ira Glass Know how to tell stories good, and even the most banal of things can be told like it was the biggest adventure. Be the presentation You know exactly what you want to say, you’ve worked hours designing a great looking presentation, you’ve practiced until you could practice no more and still you end up being nothing more than a talking head. Your audience is disinterested and remote, even though your jokes are good and your delivery is excellent. What you’re missing is: passion. Great speakers are passionate The key to giving a…
  • What Presenters can learn from Ralph Waldo Emerson

    pieterb
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:19 am
    All great speakers were bad speakers at first. - Ralph Waldo Emmerson Despite all the talk about how talented and gifted some people are, truth is: they’ve invested a lot of time and energy in becoming better. They’ve aimed high, and didn’t let a setback stop them from reaching for their goal. There’s no such thing as talent Ok, this heading might be a bit over the top, but different studies have shown that people tend to overestimate the impact of talent. There is such a thing a talent, but it’s not nearly as important as most of us think. It gives you a little head start, at best.
  • What Presenters can learn from Julius Caesar

    pieterb
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:14 am
    Experience is the teacher of all things. - Julius Caesar Julius Caesar was an experienced emperor, leader, general, politician and commander. But he was also a very wise man, who left us many intelligent quotes, still relevant in today’s world. Can you practice enough? Yes, you can. You can even practice too much. But you’re probably still far away from that point the moment you start thinking you’ve practiced enough. Creating a new presentation is estimated at taking 90 hours. A third of that should be spent on practicing. That’s thirty hours. We told you you weren’t even close…
  • What presenters can learn from Shakespeare

    pieterb
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:26 am
    Have more than you show, speak less than you know. - William Shakespeare, Othello Shakespeare has a lot of great lessons to teach about storytelling. As one of the founders of modern storytelling and story design, William Shakespeare has left us a lot of interesting quotes about how to build, adapt and prune a story to its optimum. What do you know? If you’re asked to do a presentation on a subject, chances are great it’s because you know a lot about that subject. Maybe you’re the leading expert in your field, maybe you’re just the guy or girl who happens to know the most about the…
  • Why your answer is not what you expected it to be

    pieterb
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:47 am
    At the end of a speech or presentation, you’ll most likely invite the public to a short Q&A. Be aware though that some questions can contain pitfalls to lure you into saying things you might not mean! Be aware of these and learn to spot them, whether they’re coming from your audience, or from yourself. Pregnant questions A common way to go wrong is asking ‘pregnant questions’. These are questions that already contain the answer. For example: “Was it Jack who did that?” already contains the answer Jack. In this case, the solution is simple: “Who did that?” But there are…
 
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  • PGS 20 | Ryan Hanley – Author of Content Content Warfare Part 1

    Shane Purnell
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:34 pm
      Ryan Hanley Tells How to Conduct and Win Content Warfare In Part 1 of this 2 part interview,  I talk with author, speaker and  podcaster Ryan Hanley. Ryan wrote the “go to book” on content marketing for solopreneurs and small businesses. Content Warfare How to Find Your Audience,  Tell Your Story and Win the Battle for Online Attention  is more than a book on tactics. It’s  the “Why” of Content Marketing. I highly recommend the book, but if you… The post PGS 20 | Ryan Hanley – Author of Content Content Warfare Part 1 appeared first on…
  • 3 Ps of Podcasting – WordCamp Fayetteville

    Shane Purnell
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Presentation Notes from WordCamp Fayetteville 2015 If you’re reading this, you likely saw this talk at WordCamp Fayetteville 2015. If so, please leave a comment in the comment section below and let me know what you thought. The most difficult part of giving this presentation on podcasting was having to leave out so much great information. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to cover all the resources and techniques I wanted to share so this post is my attempt to make up for… The post 3 Ps of Podcasting – WordCamp Fayetteville appeared first on Platform Giant | Build…
  • Episode 19 | Dr. Michelle Mazur, Rebel Speaker

    Shane Purnell
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Dr. Michelle Mazur- The Rebel Speaker Dr. Michelle Mazur is the CEO of Communication Rebel and author of Speak Up for your Business. She’s best known for delivering audacious breakthroughs for speakers who want to be in a Class of One. Her work as a Fascination Advisor has helped her clients make memorable impressions, rise above the competition, and be able to charge more for their speaking. She’s larger than life and willing to break with convention to help her clients get… The post Episode 19 | Dr. Michelle Mazur, Rebel Speaker appeared first on Platform Giant | Build…
  • Build a Platform. Don’t Be a Human Switch

    Shane Purnell
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:52 am
    I once saw a t-shirt that read ” Go Away or I’ll replace you with a small shell script” A shell script is a computer program designed to be run by the Unix shell, a command line interpreter.  Typical operations performed by shell scripts include file manipulation, program execution, and printing text.   Sure, it’s nerd humor. You may not get it, but as an IT veteran I see it happen  in my industry.  The very nature of information technology lends… The post Build a Platform. Don’t Be a Human Switch appeared first on Platform Giant | Build Your…
  • Episode 18 How to Handle a Heckler

    spurnell
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Hecklers Recently I sat through a presentation where an audience member was so enthusiastic about the presentation it became a disruption. After thinking about her actions I realized she was not trying to help the speaker, she was trying to take over his presentation. Was it jealousy or was she a jerk?  Either way it came across as heckling. This led me to ask: How Do You Handle a Heckler? In this episode of the Platform Giant Show We take… The post Episode 18 How to Handle a Heckler appeared first on Platform Giant | Build Your Platform.
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  • 3 Tips to Destroy the Presenter’s No.1 Enemy – Waffling

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:35 am
    Reading slides, reciting bullet points, fidgeting and incessant ‘umming’ and ‘erring’ are amongst the top bad habits we see each week in our presentation skills workshops and coaching sessions. The number 1 spot though is always proudly taken by the same menace - waffling. If you haven’t come across the term before, waffling in a presentation is to speak excessively about something trivial without adding to your overall message. Sound familiar? It’s painful enough having to experience it in the audience but just imagine how destructive it can be to the…
  • The Secret to a Truly Memorable Presentation – PURPOSE

    26 Jul 2015 | 2:22 am
    ‘I want you to think back to the very last presentation you attended and tell me the one thing you remember from it’. We ask that question during each of our presentation skills workshops and sadly it’s extremely rare that any of the delegates say they remember anything of note.  The most common response is that ‘it was boring’. The secret ingredient to ensure that your presentation is remembered long after it’s given is PURPOSE. Primacy Effect That’s just a fancy term for saying that when you are presented with a list of information and…
  • 8 Presentation Tips for Donald Trump

    19 Jul 2015 | 3:40 am
    I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a sales pitch where the pitcher calls the president ‘incompetent’, the competition ‘stupid’ and then insults his business partners. Until now that is. That’s exactly what Donald Trump did during his rambling speech at the Phoenix Convention Centre last week. With an audience of thousands and the prospect of reaching countless more, I can’t help feeling that Mr Trump missed a golden opportunity to rally supporters through solutions and optimism. Instead he chose the path of despair. A mindless game of rhetoric…
  • So Much for Public Speakers to Learn from President Obama’s Eulogy for Reverend Pinckney

    12 Jul 2015 | 5:36 am
    I’ve never made any secret of the fact that President Obama stands out for me as one of the most gifted orators in the world today. Politics aside, my interests lie with the manner in which he delivers his message and the success this brings. I’m pretty certain that he could even speak about the most mundane topic imaginable in a way most people would hang on to his every word and ‘get it’. On the 26th June 2015 thousands of mourners witnessed arguably one of the most powerful and poignant eulogies ever delivered as President Obama spoke for 37 minutes at funeral of…
  • Michael Gove’s first public speech – 3 Lessons we can learn from him

    4 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Michael Gove, the newly appointed Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, gave his first public speech at the Legatum Institute in London last month and if you’re about to give an important speech yourself it’s worth learning from Mr Grove exactly what not to do. Whether you’re the CEO, a senior Politician or a project manager, giving your first public speech is not for the feint-hearted and will always present a formidable challenge. Whenever anyone speaks in public it’s a given that their absolute priority is to look good, speak with impact and make a…
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  • Design Principles: Choosing The Right Mode

    Chris Davidson
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    In this fifth post in a new series, we take a look a closer look the fifth design principle, as researched by Prof RE Mayer, J Sweller et al.This principle is to all about choosing the best mode for communicating your message. Generally speaking people prefer to listen to a well-illustrated presentation than read an explanation – even if both use similar illustrations.Presentation slides should be used as a visual aid for the audience (and not the presenter's script). The audience will naturally attempt to read text-heavy slides - and if they're reading, they can't be…
  • How a Bottle of Wine Can Help Your Public Speaking!

    Chris Davidson
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    This is possibly the only time you will be told that uncorking that bottle of wine may improve your public speaking. The suggestion goes as far as uncorking the bottle - not drinking its contents. Leave that for after you've sat down.Good speakers need to be both heard and understood. Being heard is a question of volume and being understood concerns articulation - and a wine bottle cork (or similar sized object) can help you with the latter.The key to being understood is clear enunciation of consonants and pronouncing vowel sounds for long enough so that people’s ears can…
  • Design Principles: Temporal contiguity

    Chris Davidson
    28 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The third in a series of seven In this third post in a new series, we take a look a closer look the third design principle, as researched by Prof RE Mayer, J Sweller et al. This principle says that close synchronicity between what you say (narration) and what you show (supporting graphics) helps audience members remember your message.Avoid the temptation of cramming large amounts of information onto your slides. Slides containing large amounts of information force audience members to choose between digesting the slide or listening to to you.
  • PowerPoint to HD Video

    Chris Davidson
    7 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    There is an increasing demand for good, HD video. Converting your PowerPoint presentations into HD video is reasonably straight forward. That said, many people are often left feeling frustrated with their results.There are two basic approaches:PowerPoint's native HD video creation capability ('Send & Save')The 'MK Video' macro If you're new to converting your slides to video try the first approach - it's easy to use. If you want to render a higher definition video, use the second approach. Both approaches are outlined below.Before You StartPreparing…
  • Design Principles: Spacial Contiguity

    Chris Davidson
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:27 am
    The second in a series of seven In this second post in a new series, we take a look a closer look the second design principle, as researched by Prof RE Mayer, J Sweller et al. This principle, known as Spacial Contiguity, simply says that words and illustrations relating to one another are better understood if positioned close together. If, for example, you're annotating a group photograph in your presentation, position names as close to the people to whom they belong. Annotate charts clearly, so people can resolve an image and its associated explanation easily.
 
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  • Benefits of Being in a Niche Directory

    Julie Austin
    19 Jul 2015 | 7:03 pm
    A niche directory listing is one of the most effective and least expensive ways to get targeted traffic from the exact customers you’re trying to reach. Search engines put a lot of weight on topic related backlinks, and being listed in a high ranking niche site, which is monitored by humans, is invaluable. Here are some of the benefits of being in a niche directory: Keyword focused, quality, one way link – Link building is one of the most powerful things you can do to to drive traffic to your website. But not all links are equal in the eyes of the search engines. A good quality,…
  • How to Handle a Heckler

    Julie Austin
    21 Jun 2015 | 6:08 pm
    The first job I had when I moved to L.A. was being a bartender at the comedy club The Laugh Factory. As I stood behind the safety of the bar I remember thinking “I’m glad I’m not the one having to deal with hecklers”. But now that I work as a speaker I’m getting a little taste of what it feels like. Though speakers don’t get heckled nearly as much as comedians do, it still happens, and it’s a good idea to be prepared if it does. I asked comedians and speakers how to handle a heckler: “There’s a guaranteed way to avoid heckling in the…
  • How Heavy is a Microphone?

    Julie Austin
    31 May 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Remember when we used to say “women doctors” or “women attorneys”? So why do we still say “women speakers”? In looking up male dominated jobs, I found truck drivers, train conductors, airline pilots, and race car drivers. Are you seeing a pattern here? All involve driving large, heavy vehicles. But there’s no reason women can’t do any of those. I work in 3 male dominated industries, manufacturing, inventing, and public speaking. Yes, public speaking is considered a male dominated industry. Yet it involves no large machinery or heavy lifting. So…
  • Interview With a Speakers Bureau – Speaker Book

    Julie Austin
    10 May 2015 | 9:23 am
    The speaking industry is global, which expands a speaker’s opportunities beyond their own country. International speaking can be quite lucrative, and at some point in your career you might want to think about taking that leap. But every country has their own culture, and written or unwritten rules every public speaker needs to know about. Anthony “Ant” Williams has a unique perspective on the speaking industry, as both a speaker and a speaker bureau owner. If you think being a public speaker is scary and competitive, read on to see how Ant got his start: Can you give us…
  • Are There Two Different Sides of the Speaking Industry?

    Julie Austin
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Are there two different sides of the speaking industry? If you ask two different people to give you the definition of a professional speaker you may get two different answers. I always assumed it was someone who gets paid to speak. But the answer is a little more complicated than that. So I asked three professionals in different areas of the speaking industry for their thoughts on it. Cathleen Fillmore runs the speaker bureau Speakers Gold and has been in the speaking industry for many years. Here is her answer to that question: “As a bureau owner, I’ve had great experience with all…
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  • How to find your strong points

    Madison Singer
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:07 am
    Self-knowledge is a superpower, which gives you an opportunity to rule your life. It defines who you are. It is impossible to make your life better without this knowledge.  The correct estimation of abilities and skills helps to find your calling. If you did not find your passion, it would harass you on the back burner of your mind. It could begin with the subtle feeling of discontent and sense of alarm. However, your neglected attitude threatens to modify into depression and discontentedness of life. For this reason, it is important to find your strong points. There is a new approach to the…
  • Stupid things that men make to get women’s attention

    Madison Singer
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:32 am
    Some men make stupid and crazy things to get the attention of fair sex. Their delusions spur them on dump acts that often horrify women. Every lady has the experience of awkward rush acts that made her uncomfortable. Furthermore, every woman could make a chart of these stupid methods of cozying up to her. There are some examples of the most popular mistakes, which men made. Not understanding a hint. It is one of the most irritating things that men do. They seem selfish and arrogant when they misunderstand women’s signals.  It could be sensation but when women say “No”,  they mean it.
  • Fashion icon : Kate Middleton

    Madison Singer
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:12 am
    Kate Middleton became a sensation in the world of fashion. All her style choices are discussed by press and public. Thanks to singular beauty and unbeatable taste, her wedding dress, her evening wardrobe and even street style outfit do not indwell millions of women indifferent. She has exceptional ability to combine haute couture and street fashion. Princess has millions of fans and imitators. Her milestone dresses left mark in history of fashion. Sapphire blue dress by Issa helped the star of Kate Middleton to get on the style Olympus. She wore it during the announcement of her engagement…
  • How to keep motivation for exercise at home

    Madison Singer
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:21 am
    Motivation is a magical thing that rules our life. It is a source of our inspiration and strength. Everybody wants to have this treasure because our success depends on it. However, the majority of people lose it before they get a goal. This is such a common tendency that motivated people have become an exception from the rule.  That is why we decided to propose you some tips, which could help you to change your lifestyle and lead a better life. There is an interesting advice to prepare yourself for doing sport. Cold shower therapy could convince you that sport is not the hardest thing in the…
  • Tokyo : travel tips

    Madison Singer
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:47 am
    The capital of Japan is one of the most populated urban areas in the world. This location is a place of habitat for 37 million of people. Tokyo is a city, which seems to freeze in time in magnificent gardens and ancient temples. On the other hand, this locomotive pulls civilization in the future. Visiting Tokyo, you have an opportunity to touch the heroic history, to become acquainted with the authentic culture and to see breathtaking technologies. In XVI century, it was a small castle town Edo, which became political center only in 1603 thanks to maintaining of the feudal government of…
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