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  • 7 Ways to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking

    NO SWEAT Public Speaking!
    Fred E. Miller
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    o These Work! 7 Ways to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking #1. NEVER tell the Audience! Telling the Audience you have a Fear of Public Speaking is Negative Self-Talk. It could become a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy! #2. Arrive Early Meet& Greet! It is Amazing how much easier it is to speak to an audience where you have introduced yourself to attendees before the event! #3. Find a Friendly Face! Look for a person listening and learning from your presentation. You will get energy from those folks! #4. Have a Spare Tire (Better: Several Spare Tires) Backup Slides on a thumb drive in PPT,…
  • 145 TPS How to be More Likable

    The Public Speaker's Quick and Dirty Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Likable people are more successful in business and life. Learn how to increase your likability. Visit the website to read the full transcript: http://bit.ly/1utfE7S
  • TED: Eric Liu: Why ordinary people need to understand power - Eric Liu (2013)

    TEDTalks (video)
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Far too many Americans are illiterate in power — what it is, how it operates and why some people have it. As a result, those few who do understand power wield disproportionate influence over everyone else. “We need to make civics sexy again,” says civics educator Eric Liu. “As sexy as it was during the American Revolution or the Civil Rights Movement.”
  • Rehearsing your presentation? Pah! ;)

    The presentation skills blog...
    13 Jul 2014 | 12:43 am
    I don’t suppose the lovely Beyonce goes on stage without rehearsing… oh no… but there’s some interesting stuff about how […]
  • 7 things good communicators must not do

    Presentation Zen
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:35 am
    In this simple but informative TED Talk, Julian Treasure offers up seven things that effective communicators must exclude from speech. This list of seven is a kind of "bad habits to avoid" list. They are not the only elements that can derail effective communication, but it is a good list from which to start. "I call them seven sins somewhat tongue in cheek," Julian says in the comments section on the TED Website. "I am not saying these things are bad or wrong, simply that they tend to make it harder for people to listen, especially when they become habits." Yes, suggesting that one avoid…
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  • Robin Williams on the TED stage

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
    At the 2008 TED Conference held in California, the BBC's "The World Debate" set up a panel discussion to be broadcast worldwide from the TED stage. When they went live with the show there appeared to be a major technical problem followed by several moments of dead air. As my friend Patrick Newell recalled the incident to me today (Patrick was in the audience that day), someone in the back of the room started heckling and dropping f-bombs, wondering why they can't get the technology to work at a technology conference. At first the audience was stunned but then broke into uproarious laughter…
  • 7 things good communicators must not do

    9 Jul 2014 | 12:35 am
    In this simple but informative TED Talk, Julian Treasure offers up seven things that effective communicators must exclude from speech. This list of seven is a kind of "bad habits to avoid" list. They are not the only elements that can derail effective communication, but it is a good list from which to start. "I call them seven sins somewhat tongue in cheek," Julian says in the comments section on the TED Website. "I am not saying these things are bad or wrong, simply that they tend to make it harder for people to listen, especially when they become habits." Yes, suggesting that one avoid…
  • George Takei's bold story at TEDxKyoto

    21 Jun 2014 | 3:15 am
    George Takei knows how to tell a great story. In this case, a true story of his life. The famed Star Trek actor, activist, and social media star was in town recently to give a remarkable talk as part of a very special TEDxKyoto event. I was invited to watch the rehearsal just before the live event, so I arrived early and grabbed a front row seat. George did not give a speech in the traditional sense. There was no lectern, no notes, no teleprompter. George obviously was reciting the speech from memory—his live version was exactly the same as in the rehearsal—but the speech did not seem…
  • Story structure, simplicity, & hacking away at the unessential

    13 Jun 2014 | 7:42 am
    For a lot of us, the reality is not that we have too few ideas, it's that we have too many. This may not sound like a problem, but it becomes problematic when we get bogged down in analysis paralysis and feel unable to choose, and harder still to simplify. Reducing and simplifying in an honest way—a way that makes a message clear and memorable—is one of the hardest things for professionals to do. I am reminded of the old Bruce Lee saying: "It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential." This is one of the secrets to mastery in general, and hacking away is…
  • One man's creativity in an airport "all by myself"

    11 Jun 2014 | 5:28 am
    Have you ever found yourself alone in an airport with a lot of time to kill? For most of us this is a rather dismal experience. But for others, such alone time is a nice respite and a bit freedom to be creative and just see what happens. Last week, Richard Dunn, a lighting designer in corporate entertainment who is originally from Canada, was heading back to his current home in Georgia from Las Vegas. But after volunteering to get bumped off his 11:00pm flight home, he found himself with seven hours to kill before the next flight out at 6:00am the next day. So what to do? Many people would…
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    Decker Communications

  • Avoid Conference Call Hell

    Ben Decker
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
    Kudos to Tripp and Tyler and the folks at Leadercast for humanizing the Conference Call in Real Life. Even if you have already seen this video, it’s worth watching again because it will make you laugh: With just a few adjustments, you can make your next conference call more efficient. Here’s How: Create an action plan – and stick to it Most calls just share information. Instead, shift the focus to drive action. If the word “update” is in your agenda, take it out. Then, send your agenda and dial in/access information in advance. If you have materials to review during the call, send…
  • Crisis Communication: Power of Your Voice

    Kelly Decker
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:11 am
    While I was driving to work, I was listening to the morning news on the radio. During a report about the latest Ebola outbreak, I was shocked to hear a voice of calm – it was a doctor and scientist with great bedside manner. Check out the audio from this interview with Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. While the media and other experts are calling this the worst outbreak the world has ever seen, Dr. Schaffner’s calming words stood out. He’s confident, warm and likable. What a great example of the power of voice!
  • A PowerPoint Paradigm Shift

    Ben Decker
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:37 am
    Ever get into the rut of doing what you’ve always done because it’s comfortable – or because it’s the way it’s always been done? I’m talking about presentations – specifically the ones where you use PowerPoint. We were reminded of this when a client recently shared that he led a talk to 1,000 brand managers at Procter & Gamble with no slides. He was strangely terrified of the idea initially, yet he loved the outcome when it was done. Slides can be effective for speakers when they highlight key points. Nothing tells a trend story like a graph, and nothing illustrates the…
  • Coordinating Schedules? You Can Do Better.

    Ben Decker
    25 Jun 2014 | 1:02 am
    Ever have the experience where you get an email asking if you and another colleague are willing to talk, huddle, brainstorm or follow up on a new initiative? Contrast these two examples: “Can you meet for 30 minutes on Thursday between 9-11am to discuss the new initiative? If not, give me two other windows of time that work for you.” vs. “Can we get together to discuss this new initiative? Let me know a few times you are free.” When you see them one after another, it is certainly clear which is more actionable. As you know, one of the cornerstones of the Decker GridTM is an action…
  • Upspeak: Destroyer of Credibility

    Kelly Decker
    4 Jun 2014 | 1:27 am
    Invisible question marks – ending sentences on a higher pitch is a plague that has seeped from middle school girls into our business communications. Maybe even to yours. Taylor Mali’s Def Poetry Jam explains: I’ve witnessed upspeak at the highest levels of Fortune 100 companies, and I’ve heard it used as a reason to deny a promotion, a sale and an idea. Just this week on NPR, they did a special report about its impact on trust and credibility. As University of Glasgow psychologist Phil McAleer recently told NPR, “From the first word you hear a person speak, you start to form this…
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    DeFinis Communications Come Alive!

  • When Giving a Speech, It’s All About You!

    Angela DeFinis
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    A client suffering from a mild case of public speaking anxiety recently told me, “When I’m giving a presentation, I’m too concerned about what people think of me to act like ‘the leader.’ I don’t want to stand out or project the notion that I’m better than or more knowledgeable than other people in the room. I guess I just don’t want people to think it’s all about me.” I told her that I understood her discomfort, but as the head of her department, she was expected not only to assume the role of leader, but also to provide clear direction and information so others could…
  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Sales Team Focused on Improving their Presentation Skills

    Angela DeFinis
    6 Jun 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Last week I received a call from a sales manager whose team we worked with last year. He wanted a presentation skills “refresher” for his salespeople because their presentations were getting “sloppy” again. These were the same salespeople who did extremely well during our training class one year ago, but over the months they had gradually slid back into old habits. Granted, they were still “pretty good” in terms of their skills. But the manager wanted them to be great again. While this is certainly frustrating for the sales manager, it is understandable. After all, salespeople…
  • 7 Deadly Sins of Presentation Preparation

    Angela DeFinis
    28 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    Have you ever found yourself sitting in the center seat of a packed auditorium—hemmed in on both sides by people and laptops—listening to a keynote speaker who is supposed to be imparting knowledge and wisdom, but instead is droning on and on? You want to run, but you can’t. So you endure what seems like torture. You probably think this only happens in large university lecture halls, right? Not so. I’ve seen it at trade shows, association meetings, speaker forums, customer meetings, and yes, even at TED talks. One can only wonder what these speakers were thinking. How could they come…
  • Top Tech Tools to Build Audience Engagement

    Angela DeFinis
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:58 am
    Imagine knowing your audience members’ questions while you’re speaking and being able to address them on the spot, before the Q&A. Imagine getting a better “read” on what your listeners are thinking or understanding about your topic and not having to solely rely on their non-verbal cues, which may not always be accurate. Imagine having an audience truly engaged from your first word to your last, because you know without a doubt that you’re delivering the information they find most useful. The good news is that today’s technology tools can help you do that—while you’re…
  • Be a Powerful Presenter … Even “On the Fly”

    Angela DeFinis
    21 Mar 2014 | 3:51 am
    We all know that when it comes to public speaking, “practice makes perfect.” So if you want to bring the house down, you have to prepare your script or outline in advance and practice your delivery by rehearsing out loud. Only then can you rest assured that you’ll give a great speech. But what about those times when you have to speak on the fly, as in an interview situation where you are speaking “off the cuff,” on a panel when any question can come your way, when the camera is running and you’re put on the spot, or when you are in front of a hostile crowd? How do you organize…
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    Speak Schmeak

  • How can I help?

    13 Aug 2014 | 10:38 pm
    I had a different post planned for today, but then Robin Williams died, and I felt that I had something more important to share. So please forgive my diversion, and I hope you'll understand.Everyone says "Ask for help." I shared my feelings about that yesterday. Here's what I posted on Facebook:"It's not just about asking for help. Lots of people get help. Maybe their therapist isn't a good fit. Maybe they get tired of trying to find a good therapist. Maybe they go on meds but hate them and stop taking them. Maybe they even try different meds, but don't like the way they feel on the meds.
  • Apologies... and I'm back!

    7 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Wow, I can't believe I'm saying this, but I haven't written anything for Speak Schmeak in SIX WEEKS.So first, I owe my readers an apology. I know some of you have been loyal readers of this blog for years, and I hope I haven't let you down, but rather given you a nice vacation from reading about public speaking. :-)I hit a wall a while back, where I just didn't feel like writing. Maybe there were a couple of things behind it.1. Does anyone even care about what I write?2. Am I helping anyone with my writing?3. If I stopped writing, would it even matter?And I still don't know the answer to…
  • Invisibility works for superheroes -- not for speakers

    24 Jun 2014 | 4:13 pm
    How many times have you held yourself back from doing what you wanted to do because you didn't want to rock the boat? How many times have you held yourself back because "That's the way it's always been done?" How many times have you held yourself back for fear of embarrassment or being ostracized?In high school, did you join the club the "cool kids" were in rather than the one you wanted to join that wasn't so cool?In college, did you major in your parents' chosen subject instead of what you wanted to learn about?We're not in high school or college any more, but we still find ourselves…
  • My favorite easy conference networking tip

    30 May 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Here's a simple networking tip if you, like me, dread walking into rooms full of strangers. When I'm at a conference by myself, this tip is gold. Take a look. 
  • 9 ways to use props for maximum impact in your presentations

    16 May 2014 | 12:09 pm
    I discovered this fun challenge posted by Téa Silvestre Godfrey on Facebook, to use one of these 50 bizarre stock photos to inspire a blog post title. I couldn't resist. And then I decided to go a step further and actually write the blog post inspired by the image! Thank you, woman with watermelon and gun!Props can add humor to a presentation. They can suggest a bigger picture. They can bring shock value. And they can contribute subtext. The visual impact of a prop is its power -- your words are enhanced by props, and sometimes words are unnecessary when using props.Here are nine ways you…
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    NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

  • The Fear of Public Speaking – WHY?

    Fred E. Miller
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:04 am
    0 WHY Not? The Fear of Public Speaking – WHY? from NO SWEAT Public Speaking! Survey after survey lists The Fear of Public Speaking at the top of the ‘Fear List’ most people have. Some say they would rather die than stand in front of an audience and deliver a speech. This is unfortunate because it holds many back from reaching their potential. Up to seventy-five percent of the population, to one degree, or another, has this dread. There’s even a word for it – Glossophobia. Glosso from the Greek, meaning tongue, and Phobus, fear. Important to note here, is glossophobia is a…
  • 7 Ways to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking

    Fred E. Miller
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    o These Work! 7 Ways to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking #1. NEVER tell the Audience! Telling the Audience you have a Fear of Public Speaking is Negative Self-Talk. It could become a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy! #2. Arrive Early Meet& Greet! It is Amazing how much easier it is to speak to an audience where you have introduced yourself to attendees before the event! #3. Find a Friendly Face! Look for a person listening and learning from your presentation. You will get energy from those folks! #4. Have a Spare Tire (Better: Several Spare Tires) Backup Slides on a thumb drive in PPT,…
  • EVERYONE Needs a Great Elevator Speech!

    Fred E. Miller
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    OCraft Your Elevator Speech, Floor by Floor with – NO SWEAT! A Great Elevator Speech Clearly Tells the Audience: Who You Are! What You Do! A Great Elevator Speech Clearly Articulates this Information, Succinctly, and with an Impact. Possible Outcomes Know what you do and want to have a conversation now Know what you do, don’t want to have a conversation now but perhaps at a later date. Know what you do, might refer you! Clarity is Not an Option! The Elevator Speech starts simple. As Interest and time permit, it is expanded. First Floor. Describe who you are. “I’m…
  • 7 Presentation Tips to take your Presentation from BLAH to AH!

    Fred E. Miller
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    0 PowerPoint Design 24/7 Produced Fantastic Slides for these 7 Presentation Tips! 1.  Use Personal Stories to reinforce the points you make in the body of your presentation. Make three to five points per presentation. Because they are your stories, they’re easier to remember and tell. 2.  Write your own Introduction. It is not your bio. It should answer three questions. 1.  WHY this subject? 2.  WHY this speaker? 3.  WHY now? 3.  Remember the Law of Primacy and Recency. The audience best remembers the first and last things they see and hear. This is why you want a Strong…
  • Your Elevator Speech – ALL Floors!

    Fred E. Miller
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
     o ALL Floors of the Elevator Speech! Transcript Now it’s time to go up ALL the Floors. These are the floors I would deliver to an audience, a large audience, or more than one. Then we’re going to do the Eighth Floor. That’s the one we use if it’s a One-On-One situation. Follow me on each of these floors! We’re going to start on Floor One, go all the way up to Seven. I’m Fred Miller. I’m a Speaker, a Coach, and an Author. The title of my first book is “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations hire me because…
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    PowerPoint and Presenting Blog

  • Insert Video using Adobe Presenter

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Similar to inserting a SWF file, you can insert a video file into PowerPoint using Adobe Presenter. Now do remember that this Insert Video option is only for content that is going to be output by Adobe Presenter, and not for conventional PowerPoint slides. Also unlike SWF files, you cannot play videos inserted using Adobe Presenter typically using PowerPoint's Slide Show view. To preview such videos, you must use Adobe Presenter's Preview options. Explore how to insert video files using Adobe Presenter. Categories: add-in, adobe_presenter, powerpoint, tutorials
  • Irregular Shapes for PowerPoint: 03

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Perfect shapes and boxes everywhere, all neatly lined up! Yes, such arrangements look clean, but also monotonous! What if you could make all these shapes curved, slanted, and natural looking – they are hand-drawn? Won’t that look more organic? If you agree, then you will certainly love these new irregular shapes for PowerPoint. Download and use these shapes in your slides. Categories: graphics, powerpoint, presentation_samples, shapes
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Slide Transition Timings

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:45 pm
    In PowerPoint 2013 transition duration and transition timings are not the same. Transition time is the actual time that the slide stays active during a slide show before moving on to the next slide. Transition duration is the amount of time it takes to move between slides. Normally, during slide show, you can advance to the next slide by mouse click (or pressing the Enter key on your keyboard). Using transition timings on the other hand, you can set your slides to advance on their own instead, and display each slide for a specific amount of time that you decide. Learn how to set transition…
  • PowerPoint and Presenting News: August 19, 2014

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We begin with a checklist that will help create your new presentation. We also explore why it is a good idea to create your charts a little slower! Richard Michaels discusses George, his add-in for PowerPoint. PowerPoint 2013 users can learn about media actions for audio and video plus triggers, poster frames, video correction adjustments, video recoloring, and video styles. We also look at inserting SmartArt graphics. And finally, do not miss the new discussions and templates of this week! Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News. Categories: ezine, powerpoint
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Text Pane For SmartArt Graphics

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:15 pm
    We explored how to convert your normal bulleted text to a SmartArt graphic with just a click or two -- however, you'll soon discover that it is neither easy nor intuitive to edit, add, or delete text within a shape inside a SmartArt graphic. Fortunately, all the text edits can be easily performed within the convenient Text Pane of the SmartArt graphic. In this tutorial, we'll help you explore options for working within the Text Pane for SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2013. Learn about how the Text Pane can help you add text to your SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2013. Categories:…
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • Don’t Build Your Network, Nurture It

    6 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Over the years I have tried many methods for growing my business. I’ve hired internet marketing firms to implement direct marketing programs or improve my Search Engine Optimization (SEO). I’ve worked with PR firms who secured me key spots in national newspapers, magazines, and television. And I’ve ... The post Don’t Build Your Network, Nurture It appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Why Being Different Can Kill Your Business

    4 Aug 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Being different for the sake of being different is a losing proposition. So how do you stand out from the crowd? Find your true differentiator. In Atlantic City, New Jersey, a tourist destination known for its boardwalk and beach, you’ll find dozens of t-shirt shops, restaurants, massage parlo... The post Why Being Different Can Kill Your Business appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Welcome to Our New Website

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    On Friday July 11, 2014, we launched this new website. It has been 4 years since the last website refresh. We hope you like it and welcome any comments you may have! Stephen Shapiro... The post Welcome to Our New Website appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Certified Speaking Professional

    10 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    It is with great pleasure that I can formally announce that I was recently awarded the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation by the National Speakers Association (NSA). What is does the CSP designation mean? Established in 1980 by the National Speakers Association, CSP is the speaking pr... The post Certified Speaking Professional appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Even Dilbert Thinks Best Practices Are Stupid

    26 Jun 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Even Dilbert agrees that Best Practices Are Stupid…   Source: Dilbert.com... The post Even Dilbert Thinks Best Practices Are Stupid appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
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    Great Public Speaking

  • Lead Magnet Ideas For Self-Published Authors

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    Living in the information highway has made life easier for all of us. We transact things faster, meet people faster, we communicate faster and of course, we share our ideas and talents faster. A lot of people are taking advantage of the technology they have to make their lives better and more fun. The Internet has made the world smaller and denser in terms of making connections and forming social bonds. It is the perfect virtual social hangout and marketplace. You have no limits or hindrances when it comes to using the World Wide Web.Even the world of literature has taken use of this…
  • Market Your Services with Auto- Responders

    20 Jun 2014 | 9:37 am
    Auto responders are very important for your business growth. You can use auto responders to promote your products and services.The concept of an effective auto responder is this - you sign up for a newsletter or free merchandise on a website and after you have fully registered, a number of emails promoting other products will be mailed to your email address. This may last for a couple of days or even weeks. For public speakers, this is also one way of promoting yourself to people that have expressed interest in what you speak about. If you have a website, you can use auto responders to send…
  • How Does He Get So Many Speaking Gigs?

    13 May 2014 | 11:15 am
    Are you still looking for ways to grow as a professional speaker? I have a tip for you:SELL YOUR KNOWLEDGE!This is my overriding principle that came from years of hard knocks trying to get people to hire me to speak. I get more speaking engagements than I ever had before.I made a change that had a positive effect on my career.I quit trying to sell the hard knocks and began selling my knowledge.Once people start recognizing you in your industry booking speaking engagements will be a lot easier. I sold my knowledge with informational products in many different formats. There are…
  • How to Be a Professional Speaker - Tom Antion's Wake 'em Up Video System

    13 May 2014 | 8:56 am
    I want to help speakers turn into professional speakers!No-cost media marketing methods that get new clients to call you.Advanced database marketing techniques . . . you'll know just who to call and exactly when to call them.How to pre-sell products and educational materials so you don't have to schlep them with you, OR sell from the platform.How to use hi-tech electronic time savers that cost only $1.00 per month.Get your details HERE http://www.antion.com/speakervideo.htm
  • Content Tips for Professional Speakers

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    As a professional speaker, it is important for you to utilize social media to grow your brand. Social media is a great platform for speakers to spread their message and meet like minded people.You should know exactly why your brand is using social media and what goals you want to accomplish. Be as specific as possible in your approach so you can stay focus. Here are 3 types of social content mediums that help professional speakers grow their brand:Don't Neglect Your BlogSometimes entrepreneurs become confused and overwhelmed  on what topics they should blog about. Consider your keyword…
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    SpeakerSue » Blog

  • A False Positive When Selling

    Sue Hershkowitz-Coore
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    My client invited me to skype into her sales meeting.   “Wait until you hear what they think is a legitimate – a hot! – lead. It will make you sick,” she said.   And it did.   When a prospect says, “Sure, send me more info” that is not a HOT lead.   If you’re going to report at tomorrow’s sales meeting that you have a hot lead, that means that your questions have ensured that they have entered your sales funnel, that they are interested in creating additional ROI by working with you, and that you can help them to create…
  • Why you are likely selling the wrong thing

    Sue Hershkowitz-Coore
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    What matters to your customer?   It’s the only thing that matters.   I was lucky enough today to have a great convo with a DOSM who said she learned from a previous one. He told her that he lost a HUGE and important sale because he knew better than the client.   The client arrived for the site inspection with his Board President. The hotel was far removed from the city, an obstacle the team was always trying to manage/handle/overcome.   So her boss’s first words, after the appropriate thank you were: “I bet the trip from the city seemed like it took…
  • 4 reasons (and what you can do) to get business from your “friends”

    Sue Hershkowitz-Coore
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    One of my very best friends is an independent meeting planner who hires speakers for her clients. But I can’t remember the last time she hired me. And it’s my fault. Because of our friendship, I rarely talk business with her, provide talking points to help her sell me or help her defend my pricing to her clients. In fact, what I’m hearing more and more from buyers is the sentiment that they can no longer work with “friends” and relationships built over cocktails, dinner and time, but that they must choose the business option they can best defend. To be that…
  • One thing you Must do to Improve Sales

    Sue Hershkowitz-Coore
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:47 am
    It is so easy to improve sales and it has nothing to do with the officially designated sales team.   It has to do with the receptionist, reservationist, greeter.   Here is how a luxury hotel “operator” answered my call today: (Think blah.) “He…llo… This is Name of Hotel. (Think nasal, annoyed and very, very tired). How may I assist you?”   By the time she finished her “greeting,” I felt like I needed a nap.   But it gets worse (which probably comes as no surprise to you!). I get transferred to reservations, ask for a date and rate,…
  • What to say after “hello” – Prospect for Success!

    Sue Hershkowitz-Coore
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:46 pm
    A few months ago I read an article about how awful it would be if the right to use mobile phones on airplanes became a reality. The author’s reasoning was this: Only old people still use a phone as a talking device and a lot of them are hard of hearing. Could there be a worse combo on an airplane than having to listen to a conversation about convalescence?  Good for a laugh, I think the writer got it wrong. Though I admit that I have considered the phone an interruption to my day, I also know that there is nothing like a skype call when you can hear and see the other human being.
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    Professionally Speaking

  • Book Review: Hack Attack, by Nick Davies

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    Hack Attack, Nick Davies’s exhaustively researched exposé – subtitled “How the truth caught up with Rupert Murdoch” – details how the press baron and key members of his staff pulled the levers of power in British politics and business during the six years from 2008 to 2014. While denying and lying, they slipped in and […]
  • The Andrometer – how do you measure up?

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    Sir William Jones (1746 – 1794) a linguist and hyperpolyglot who knew 13 languages thoroughly and another 28 reasonably well, was an Oxford graduate and lawyer who moved to India where he studied Sanskrit. A recent article in Mental Floss notes that as a young man, while working as a tutor to English nobility, Jones […]
  • How to use Google auto-complete to generate content

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    If you are stuck for a rhetorical question to use as a speech opening, or just want to see what is a popular about a topic, you can use Google to ask: Why is [topic] so… before pressing ‘Enter’ Google will kick in with an ‘auto-complete’ algorithm that predicts what you are searching for, based […]
  • 45 years ago today, a speech never given

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    45 years ago today, on July 20 1969, Apollo 11 touched down on the surface of the Moon. In advance of the mission, anticipating the risks involved, White House speechwriter Bill Safire prepared a speech to be given by President Nixon if the lunar module was unable to return to Earth. Thankfully, this was a […]
  • A low-salt diet: CEO’s tone it down

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    In a recent study Bloomberg notes that CEO’s have toned down their “salty” language. The frequency of four-letter words used by captains of industry on analyst conference calls shows a measurable decline in the past 10 years: A kind of periodic table of salty words — the F-bomb, the blasphemous GD, the scatalogical S and […]
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    Idea Transplant

  • Mentioned in Forbes

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:48 am
    See an article on Forbes by Mark Fidelman with 20 tips to make better presentations. Due to the format of the article (an email interview with presentation design experts including me), the suggestions are slightly random, but useful nonetheless.
  • What software did you use?

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    That question is a big compliment for your PowerPoint presentation: you have succeeded in making your PowerPoint not look like PowerPoint. Here are some simple steps that can help you: No hierarchical bullet point texts (if you have to put three messages use 3 grey boxes with a short sentence) Switch the standard Microsoft Office font Calibri typeface for Arial (other exotic fonts will cause issues on tablets) Avoid the standard Office colours (blue, faded red, faded olive) and use your own colour palette, also in data charts No dirty gradients, drop shadows No heavy graphics and/or colours…
  • The new slides.com

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    Slides has updated its slide editor. It is another example of people moving away from 1990s drop down user interfaces. The UI is simple and looks great. It has very powerful capabilities to insert HTML code in it. Still - as with all presentation design software - the average user is likely to use it to create bullet point slides... Check out the demo here
  • 1st impression web page

    12 Aug 2014 | 6:50 pm
    For most companies, a web page is a store front, a shop window. It should look professional, give a basic sense of what you are about, and provide instructions how to get there/contact you. Sophisticated visual effects, carefully crafted strategy paragraphs, mission/vision statements, marketing buzzwords might be important to you, but not to the reader of your home page. Cut back the amount of content Ditch the sophisticated custom design for a good looking template (such as squarespace.com) Make sure the basics are up to date (address information, management bios, the "news" section) It is…
  • Upstream like a salmon

    9 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    A few days ago I saw a National Park Ranger present in this setting below: 200+ getting and eating their lunch, continuing their conversation, while the ranger used a microphone to top the noise level of the crowd, reading from a piece of paper. A bit like Alaska salmon swimming up river, or the jazz band that is ignored in the background of a cocktail party. A better approach: shorten the talk to focus it solely on the memorable facts: how big this National Park is, how powerful the 1964 earthquake/tsunami was and what permanent changes it made to the landscape. The philosophy behind the…
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    Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

  • Tips for impromptu speaking – learn to trust yourself

    Gavin Meikle
    2 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    I love it when readers leave comments and ask me to write about specific topics.  Recently someone said “Hey Gavin….This post helped me a lot. But I have a problem. I am really bad at extemporizing…..when given a topic I don’t know anything about… Would be really helpful if you could write a post on it.” Here’s my answer! Learn to trust your brain! Having coached hundreds of people on impromptu speaking, I know that the number one cause of this problem is a lack of trust in their own ability to come up with something meaningful to…
  • Becoming a Better Presenter with the Learning Cycle

    Gavin Meikle
    12 Mar 2014 | 7:14 am
    Tips for becoming a better presenter Every time we learn a new skill we go though a cycle of learning. Understanding this cycle can help us to learn better and learn faster.   In this article I’d like to apply this process to becoming a better presenter. Overview: There are four distinct phases to the learning process. I’ll outline them here first, and then look at each one in a little more detail. Unconscious incompetence I think of this phase as “ignorance is bliss”.  You don’t know what you don’t know. From here, ,mastering a new skill doesn’t…
  • Do You Know When To Listen, And When to Pitch?

    Gavin Meikle
    24 Feb 2014 | 3:40 am
    I find the Dragon’s Den TV programme presents an endless supply of pitching lessons.  Recently I was watching a replay of one episode, which featured a young guy called Joe Nelson pitching for investment in his They Fit, custom condom business.   It was a fascinating pitch which amazingly managed to avoid degenerating into schoolboy humour. Joe was clear, confident, and articulate, but he didn’t get the investment he needed. Why? Well,partly I feel it there were some real laws with his business model, but a lot of it was because of the the way he came across. Deborah Meaden…
  • Is this really the best presentation skills book you’ll read this year?

    Gavin Meikle
    21 Feb 2014 | 1:35 am
    I hope you can excuse a little piece of shameless self-promotion, but I am delighted to say that my new book, The Presenter’s Edge, is now available globally on Amazon Kindle. It’s the first in a series of bite-sized business books and, as its name suggests, tackles the thorny subject of presenting. Now of course I may be biased, but I think it’s one of the best presentation skills books ever. It covers what I consider to e the four main areas of public speaking, namely; Content; Structure; Delivery and Visual aids. Of course I realise that there are a myriad of books…
  • Presentation Slide Design – Stop Animations Spoiling Your Presentation

    Gavin Meikle
    28 Jan 2014 | 12:50 am
    PowerPoint, Keynote, and Skyrocket can create some great visual aids.  Sadly, many presenters have never been taught the principles of presentation slide design. In this post, I’d like to focus on one element of presentation slide design called animation.  Animation is  the ability to control how the words and images on your slide appear.  It allows you to show your information bit by bit, instead of  all-in-one-go.     Animation effects can be applied to text, charts and images. Presentation slide design – The benefits of animation It avoids swamping your audience…
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    TEDTalks (video)

  • TED: Aziza Chaouni: How I brought a river, and my city, back to life - Aziza Chaouni (2014)

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    The Fez River winds through the medina of Fez, Morocco—a mazelike medieval city that’s a World Heritage site. Once considered the “soul” of this celebrated city, the river succumbed to sewage and pollution, and in the 1950s was covered over bit by bit until nothing remained. TED Fellow Aziza Chaouni recounts her 20 year effort to restore this river to its former glory, and to transform her city in the process.
  • TED: Tim Berners-Lee: A Magna Carta for the web - Tim Berners-Lee (2014)

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web 25 years ago. So it’s worth a listen when he warns us: There’s a battle ahead. Eroding net neutrality, filter bubbles and centralizing corporate control all threaten the web’s wide-open spaces. It’s up to users to fight for the right to access and openness. The question is, What kind of Internet do we want?
  • TED: Clint Smith: The danger of silence - Clint Smith (2014)

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    "We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don't," says slam poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.
  • TED: Eric Liu: Why ordinary people need to understand power - Eric Liu (2013)

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Far too many Americans are illiterate in power — what it is, how it operates and why some people have it. As a result, those few who do understand power wield disproportionate influence over everyone else. “We need to make civics sexy again,” says civics educator Eric Liu. “As sexy as it was during the American Revolution or the Civil Rights Movement.”
  • TED: Dan Pacholke: How prisons can help inmates live meaningful lives - Dan Pacholke (2014)

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In the United States, the agencies that govern prisons are often called ‘Department of Corrections.’ And yet, their focus is on containing and controlling inmates. Dan Pacholke, Deputy Secretary for the Washington State Department of Corrections, shares a different vision: of prisons that provide humane living conditions as well as opportunities for meaningful work and learning.
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  • Can any topic be made compelling with good presentation skills?

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    by Terry Gault Well, there may be a topic that CANNOT be compelling with good presentation skills … but I don’t know what that might be. Here’s an example of one our clients who delivers a terrific and fun presentation on the topic of Fair Division. The Presenter: Mark Probst is a Software Engineer at Xamarin.  Xamarin provides a platform for mobile application development as well as a cloud-based testing service to ensure high quality application performance.  As they state on their site: We knew there had to be a better way to create apps.  We created Xamarin because…
  • Influence

    12 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
      Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Robert Graham of GrahamComm We got so many responses after our last newsletter about presenting to executives that I thought I’d throw a few more logs on the fire. There is obviously a lot of interest in learning to present Up, where time is short, questions are hard, patience is low and the stakes are high. Now I’m no Robert Cialdini (if you haven’t read his classic book Influence on this topic, stop reading this newsletter and start that book). One of the skills we help our clients develop in this workshop is Influence. Specifically,…
  • Simple Tricks to Immediately Boost Your Confidence

    5 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
      Here’s a great read about boosting your confidence. Skill takes time to build. Talent takes time to nurture. So if you want to perform better right now, there’s only one way: Feel more confident. Everyone’s been there. We don’t need research to confirm the more confident we feel the better we perform. Of course actually finding that dose of confidence, especially when we need it most, is the real trick. I’ve written about the best way to be more confident and ways to get a quick jolt of confidence. (As well as some ways to use body positions and gestures…
  • Do your sales opportunities have a single point of failure? Triangulate!

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Here’s a great read from Julie Thomas from Value Selling When a power outage occurs, entire infrastructures are knocked offline.  Communication becomes difficult,  businesses halt, and a difficult travel commute becomes near impossible. We wonder what the cause is: Is it the weather or is something more sinister taking place? It usually turns out to be a single point of failure. One small error that sets in motion a cascade of power outages across a huge region. Outages shouldn’t happen, but they do. How many of you have a single point of failure in your active pipeline?  Are…
  • Ditching Traditional Slides: Why One Presentation Expert Chose Prezi

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    by Terry Gault Five years ago, I attended a presentation night in downtown San Francisco. That evening, the women behind the then-viral blog MuniManners gave a presentation that brought the house down. One of those two women was Angelie Agarwal, who was soon to become Chief Evangelist for Prezi. Angelie met with me a couple of months later to give me one-on-one training with Prezi — a truly revolutionary presentation tool. At the time, I could see that Prezi offered a big—and welcome—paradigm shift away from PowerPoint. It was a significant departure from the linear and limiting…
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    Public Speaking Library

  • ...for a change

    Tim Wilson
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Fellow speaker,According to professional presentation coach Nancy Duarte, the best way to keep your audience's interest in your presentation is to use contrast to vary your slides from time to time. First, establish a pattern and then find a way to break that pattern to bring back attention to your slides.Contrasted,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Two ways to learn

    Tim Wilson
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    Fellow speaker,When you are speaking, keep in mind these contrasting audience learning styles:Social - learns through group experiencesSolitary - prefers to learn through their own, personal experiencesLearned,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Audience aware

    Tim Wilson
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    Fellow speaker,When you are speaking, keep in mind these different audience learning styles and work to have your speech use as many as possible:Visual - prefers to look at imagesAural - pays attention to what they hearLogical - wants a reasoned, well-thought out argumentVerbal - loves the sound of wordsPhysical - very aware of body movementsLearning all the time,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Unexpected questions

    Tim Wilson
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    Fellow speaker,When you are asked an unexpected question use these techniques:Pro/Con - give the advantages and disadvantagesPast, present, future - talk about what happened in the past, what's going on now, and what should happen in the futureStill Answering,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • How to answer questions

    Tim Wilson
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Fellow speaker,When you are asked an unexpected question use these techniques:Physical reactions - be very physical in your body movementsIn Media Res - give the things that happened before that led up to the resultWho What Where When How Why - answer these questionsAnswering,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
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    Public Words

  • Rookie Storytelling Mistakes

    Nick Morgan
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I blog often – and the world is in enthusiastic agreement – about the need to tell stories to get attention and be remembered. And I often talk about the five fundamental stories: the Quest that Hollywood knows so well, and the four others that are just as fundamental to our thinking: Stranger in a […]
  • Should a Speaker Tell Stories about her Speaking in her Speeches?

    Nick Morgan
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    Movies about movies rarely succeed, just as theatre about theatre usually falls flat. Industry insiders love them, and so they keep getting performed and filmed, but the general public doesn’t embrace them as a rule. Noises Off, which is my personal choice for the funniest movie of all time, a movie about a play about […]
  • The Happy Speaker

    Nick Morgan
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The professional speaking life takes a tough constitution. First of all, of course, it means travel, on today’s terms – which are not pleasant. Unless you’re going first class all the way, and even then, travel is stressful. You have to manage your health, and your time away from home, and your diet, and your […]
  • Which Is Better — A Humble Speaker or an Arrogant One?

    Nick Morgan
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Should a speaker be humble or – its opposite? Let’s call it ‘arrogant’? ‘Conceited’? ‘Egotistical’? Or the more neutral ‘assertive’? It takes some confidence to stand up in front of an audience and share your ideas, your passions, your point of view. And in fact, in my coaching, I spend a good deal of time […]
  • How to handle hecklers and loudmouths

    Nick Morgan
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    We’ve all been there as a speaker, watching (and listening) with a fast-sinking heart as some loudmouth begins asking a question and goes on forever, long after you’ve realized that there is no question in there, just an opinion that won’t stop.  Or worse, you’ve got the heckler who won’t stop throwing in a cantankerous […]
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    The Eloquent Woman

  • Even famous speakers are made, not born: 4 examples

    Denise Graveline
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:15 am
    British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. President Bill Clinton. Lady Bird Johnson, a First Lady of the United States. Susan Cain, TED speaker. All seasoned, famous speakers who've reached millions with their oratory--the kind you'd call a "natural born speaker."But this quartet of famous speakers were all made, not born, that way. They started out as reluctant or over-enthusiastic speakers, had trouble getting a word out or even more difficulty reining themselves in--or remembering what they really wanted to say. And (you knew this was coming) they all turned around their speaking fortunes…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    18 Aug 2014 | 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:Respond, don't react: Useful advice here about how to handle negative feedback.Signal alert: When you start a sentence with "But," you're sending a signal that may not be intentional. Find out the trouble with 'buts.'Speak up, London! Empowering women through the…
  • Famous Speech Friday: Angelina Jolie on sexual violence in conflict

    Denise Graveline
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:45 am
    She's better known for her acting roles, but it's her position as a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees that puts Angelina Jolie in public speaking roles again and again. In London in June, she opened the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, speaking to the delegates from 100 countries to encourage them as they began deliberations. Jolie is no stranger to the work, having served for a decade as a UN goodwill ambassador, traveling to dozens of countries to visit displaced people, and contributing $5 million herself to the issue.Recently, rape in war…
  • "So you liked my talk? Now what?" 8 ways to make the most of a speaking gig

    Denise Graveline
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
    You killed that keynote, iced the Ignite! talk, took the TEDx audience by storm. The applause is over, you got lots of affirming comments, and maybe even a few more invitations to speak. But if you thought all the work that goes into your speech ends when you walk off stage and take off your mic, think again. To make the most of each speaking gig and get better invitations to speak in the future, here are the steps you should take after your speech or presentation is over:Look at and share the video: You don't have to like it. You just have to do it. Here's why: There's no better…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    11 Aug 2014 | 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:Don't fix, mix: Stop fixing women to act like men looks instead at different gender styles and how to best put them to use.First, to the table: Harvard's Program on Negotiation takes a hard look at barriers to women getting to the table to negotiate.More on…
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    Susan's Blog - Inspire, Inform, Influence

  • The First Person Your Language Affects is You

    Susan Trivers
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    What's the difference in your actual day when you get up in the morning and say "I'm looking forward to the value I'm going to provide today" compared to when you start out by saying "Ugh, it's going to be a terrible, long day"? Youi'll be right either way. What you say to yourself pretty much ensures that you'll have the outcome you talk about. So since we agree that how you talk to yourself has a big impact on your life, let's talk about what one specific phrase does to you. The phrase is "I'm so busy." Every time you say…
  • Do You Have the Correct Mindset for Success?

    Susan Trivers
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    An up-and-coming business woman is working with me to enhance her speaking. When I asked her why she feels the need to do this now she said that she wants to be ready for her NEXT promotion. She has the mindset for success that I wish more people had. A mindset for success is about what you think about yourself and how you get yourself ready for the future even if the path ahead will take a year or two. Having a mindset for success means you get objective input from an expert who has no agenda other than helping you succeed. If you don't have a mindset for success, you have the…
  • Is Your Speech About Tomorrow?

    Susan Trivers
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    What can you do yesterday? Last month? Last year? Nothing. Every minute that has passed is a minute you can no longer do anything about or in. Your audience knows this too, and that's why they want to hear from you about tomorrow. I'm not talking about talking about change, a topic too often burdened with heavy wieghts. I'm simply reminding you that when you speak to inspire, inform and influence, your focus has to be on tomorrow. Our strategy is such and such and here's how we're going to achieve it next week, next month and next year. Our customers are spending…
  • Inspire, Inform, Influence in that Order

    Susan Trivers
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Inspiration is the moment when your listener experiences a vision of a new action, value or behavior that will make his or her life better. It comes from within the person, indeed from deep within. Inspiration cannot be imposed from outside. Speakers who wish to change people's lives for the better need to generate inspiration deep inside their audience members at the very beginning of their speech. There are many instances in our lives when a vision causes us to then take the next step to becoming informed by learning the facts or experiencing the thing before us. Beautifully…
  • How to Brag without Being a Braggart

    Susan Trivers
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    No one likes a braggart: the person who always one-ups you, uses the first person pronoun incessantly and takes credit for everything. I've worked with many people who are so afraid of being perceived as a braggart that they never want to talk favorably about themselves. There are 2 simple ways to get your talents and successes across without being labeled a braggart: 1) Stories. Stories have 5 elements: main character, crisis, obstacles to overcoming the crisis, steps taken and resolution. Surely you can write a short 5-sentence story about a time when you were the main character, faced…
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    Public Speakers Blog

  • Professional Speakers: Study History

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    Professional speakers, at the highest level, are seen as thought leaders. That means we need to be one step ahead of our audiences in as many areas as possible. The lessons that can be drawn from history is a great place to start, and the more you know about history, the better. Watch this short video (2:10) I taped at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia, which was home to one of the most significant battles of the Civil War. I’ll look forward to your comments. Watch on YouTube [See post to watch Flash video]  
  • The Most Famous Speaker Nobody Remembers

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    He was a powerhouse on the platform. He was a thought leader. When he spoke hundreds and sometimes thousands of people gathered to hear his message. He altered the course of America, and he did it all through his amazing skills as a public speaker. Can you guess who this forgotten hero is? Watch this short video I taped yesterday in one of America’s most famous graveyards. Watch on YouTube [See post to watch Flash video]  
  • Professional Speaking Career Opportunity

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    I’m searching for my next professional speaker apprentice. If you believe you have what it takes to be my next platform rock star, visit www.speakersapprentice.com [See post to watch Flash video]
  • Speaker Marketing Training July 12, 2014

    30 Jun 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Join me on Saturday, July 12, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan (40 miles outside Detroit) for my presentation to the Michigan Chapter of the National Speakers Association. Watch this short video for details. You can purchase tickets at www.nsamichigan.org/steve_seibold/ [See post to watch Flash video]  
  • What’s the Purpose of Your Speech?

    20 Jun 2014 | 2:51 pm
    This is one of the most important questions you must answer as a professional speaker, because it will determine what you can charge and who will pay. Watch this short video I taped after speaking in Tallahassee, Florida, and I’ll look forward to your comments. Watch on YouTube [See post to watch Flash video]
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    Speechworks: Atlanta Communication Experts | Public Speaking Specialists

  • Why Do We Fear Public Speaking?

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    Why Do We Fear Public Speaking? I have a friend who fears airplanes. Ask him why and he’ll say, “If we were meant to fly, God would have given us wings.”  When people ask me why people fear public speaking, I have a similar response.  “If we were meant to give speeches, God would have embedded microphones on our lapels.” Let me explain.  There has been a great deal of research into the causes of “glossophobia”, the fear of public speaking.  But none of the research has been particularly conclusive. Some psychologists trace extreme cases of stage fright to…
  • The Five Stories Credible Leaders Tell: New Speechworks White Paper

    2 Mar 2013 | 3:07 am
    The Five Stories Credible Leaders Tell:  New Speechworks White Paper The best leaders build credibility with stories.  In particular, they share examples of the times in their lives when their character and skills were formed through personal experience. These narratives illustrate to the listener what they can expect of a leader as well as what a leader will most likely expect of them. People remember stories long after they forget the policy book and the vision statement on the wall. There are five stories you should be able to deliver that will build your credibility as a leader.
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    The Accidental Communicator

  • The Secret To Delivering A Great Speech: Keep It Simple!

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    To deliver a great speech what you need is a simple planImage Credit Let’s face it, creating and delivering a memorable speech requires a great deal of effort. It sure seems as though if we’re going to take the time to do this, we may as well try to make the greatest impact possible. Although you may have read books or seen people talking about how to give a great speech and they made it seem like there were complicated formulas that you needed to follow, it turns out that what you need to do is actually quite simple. The Secret To A Simple Speech If we’re going to talk…
  • What Music Can Teach Public Speakers About Connecting With Audiences

    12 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Music can show a public speaker how to connect with an audienceImage Credit What came first: music or the spoken word? I’d say that it would be tough call but they probably both showed up at about the same time. What this means is that we’ve been living with music for at least as long as we’ve been talking. We all know about the importance of public speaking, but music has its own special ability to connect with each and every one of us. As public speakers we would like to be able to tap into the power of music. What we’d like to be able to do is to discover how music…
  • How To Use PowerPoint To Create Intrigue In Your Next Presentation

    5 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Intrigue is what will capture your audience’s attentionImage Credit One of the challenges of any presentation is that we want to be able to both capture and hold our audience’s attention while we are speaking. If your speech is 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or even longer this can be a real challenge. The good news is that your PowerPoint (or Keynote) slides can help you if you know how to add a bit of intrigue to your presentation… The Problem – Solution Structure Just about every speech that we give is delivered for a reason. No matter if you are trying to convey some information,…
  • 4 Ways To Plan An Effective Speech

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Planning is what you have to do before you give an effective speechImage Credit We all share the same goal: we’d like to be able to deliver a great speech. However, in order to do that, a number of different things have to come together at the same time for us. These include such things as having a good speech, having a receptive audience, and just a little bit of luck. I can’t do anything about that luck thing, but I think that I’ve got a few suggestions that will help with everything else. 4 Tips For Creating An Effective Speech Yes, we’d all like to be able to sit…
  • 6 Tips For Making PowerPoint Work With Your Next Speech, Not Against It

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Your speech should not be fighting against your PowerPoint slides Image Credit How many times have you been asked to give a speech and the way that you got ready for it was to sit down and create a whole bunch of PowerPoint (or Keynote) slides? Yep, I’ve done the same thing. Hopefully we all know that a speech is really so much more than just a bunch of slides. However, the slides that we use can help to make our speech that much more effective. How can we create slides that will help, not hinder, our next speech? 6 Tips For Making Better Slides It is possible to give a speech without…
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • In a stew over inversions

    George F. Will
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Barack Obama, presiding over an unusually dismal post-recession economy, might make matters worse with a distracting crusade against the minor and sensible business practice called “inversion,” more about which anon. So, consider his credentials as an economic thinker. Read full article >>
  • Use of force against Islamic State could create a new void

    George F. Will
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    This far into the human story, only the historically uninstructed are startled by what they think are new permutations of evil. So, when Russia sliced Crimea off Ukraine, Secretary of State John F. Kerry was nonplussed: “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th-century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext.” If, however, Vladimir Putin is out of step with the march of progress, where exactly on history’s inevitably ascending path (as progressives like Kerry evidently think) does Kerry, our innocent abroad, locate the Islamic State? Read full…
  • Nature’s terror weapon

    George F. Will
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Although the Ebola virus might remain mostly confined to West Africa, it has infected the Western imagination. This eruption of uncontrolled nature into what developed nations consider serene modernity is more disturbing to the emotional serenity of multitudes than it is threatening to their physical health. Read full article >>
  • Richard Nixon’s long shadow

    George F. Will
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:50 pm
    At about 5:15 p.m. on June 17, 1971, in the Oval Office, the president ordered a crime: “I want it implemented on a thievery basis. Goddamn it, get in and get those files. Blow the safe and get it.” The burglary he demanded was not the one that would occur exactly one year later at the Democratic National Committee’s office in the Watergate complex. Richard Nixon was ordering a break-in at the Brookings Institution, a think tank, to seize material concerning U.S. diplomacy regarding North Vietnam during the closing weeks of the 1968 presidential campaign. Read full article >>
  • Sherrod Brown is the odd man out with Democrats

    George F. Will
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    If Ohio’s senior senator were named Sharon Brown instead of Sherrod Brown, progressives would have a plausible political pin-up and a serious alternative to the tawdry boredom of Hillary Clinton’s joyless plod toward her party’s presidential nomination. Drop one of Brown’s consonants and change another and a vowel, and we might be spared the infatuation of what Howard Dean called “the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party” for Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Read full article >>
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    The Public Speaker's Quick and Dirty Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills

  • 261 TPS Don't Make These Email Mistakes!

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Have you ever gotten an email that made you want to lose your cool? The Public Speaker explains how to maintain professionalism and avoid embarrassing email exchanges that can get you into hot water. Visit the website to read the full transcript: http://bit.ly/1t37TS4
  • 145 TPS How to be More Likable

    7 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Likable people are more successful in business and life. Learn how to increase your likability. Visit the website to read the full transcript: http://bit.ly/1utfE7S
  • 182 TPS 4 Tips to Persuade Like a Pro

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    You don't have to be a politician to use the art of persuasion. Learn how to develop your personal influence to get people to see your point of view and do what you want. Read the full transcript: http://bit.ly/UZrcAj
  • 260 TPS Choosing The Right Environment for Negotiations

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    How much thought do you put in creating the right environment for a negotiation? The Public Speaker explains how the best choices can have a psychological and emotional impact. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/UxZdHI
  • 259 TPS Do You Apologize Too Much?

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Do women apologize too much? Do you often say "sorry" without thinking? Inspired by Pantene's "Not Sorry" commercial, The Public Speaker takes a deeper look at the "sorry" state of apologies. Visit the website to read the full transcript and leave a comment: http://bit.ly/1kV3Dj7
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  • Obama’s Rhetorical Gaffe: “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff”

    Jerry Weissman
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    Even Barack Obama’s sternest critics admit that he possesses considerable talent as a speaker, but when, in an off-the-record session at the end of his trip to Asia in May, he reportedly described his foreign policy as “Don’t do stupid stuff”… Read more about Obama’s blunders on Forbes.   The post Obama’s Rhetorical Gaffe: “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” appeared first on Power Presentations - The Art and Science of Powerful Presentations.
  • Vacation for Your Brain

    Jerry Weissman
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    Timed for these dog days of summer, the weekend edition of the New York Times ran an article by Dr. Daniel J. Levitin, in which he promotes the virtues of allowing ourselves to “hit the reset button” in our brains… Read more about why your brain needs a vacation on Forbes. The post Vacation for Your Brain appeared first on Power Presentations - The Art and Science of Powerful Presentations.
  • Another Humorous View on the Fear of Public Speaking

    Jerry Weissman
    17 Jun 2014 | 1:24 pm
    First there was Mark Twain, who said, “There are two types of speakers: Those who get nervous and those who are liars.” Then there was Jerry Seinfeld, who said, “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” Now there is Joe Queenan, the resident satirist of the Wall Street Journal, whose self-deprecating description of his own fearsome experience was the subject of his…
  • Powerful Persuasive Presentations Interview

    Tanya Fruehe
    12 May 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Jerry was recently featured on an episode of Jonathan Li’s Powerful Persuasive Presentations podcast series. Listen to learn some of Jerry’s methods on how to grab your audience’s attention using the Less is More approach. Jerry also provides some basic slide design techniques that can be applied to any PowerPoint Presentation. The post Powerful Persuasive Presentations Interview appeared first on Power Presentations - The Art and Science of Powerful Presentations.
  • “Me Thinks the Lady Doth Screech Too Much”

    Tanya Fruehe
    5 May 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Among Meryl Streep’s many successful roles was her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the UK, in the film The Iron lady. A key portion of the film depicted the early stage of Ms. Thatcher’s career. Her critics called her high-pitched voice career limiting. This is still a challenge faced by many women today, in their efforts to succeed in their own careers. But fortunately it is a limitation that can be easily fixed with help from a vocal coach. Women, by nature have short vocal cords which produce high pitched sounds. In The Iron Lady, Ms. Streep sets about to…
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  • Unrequited Love President Obama

    Don Frankel
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:37 am
    It has become apparent that some people just love President Obama and we all need to understand this regardless of our political persuasion.  I mean if you love someone and they are lambasted in the media like every day and from all sides, well it’s just got to hurt.  I can remember Mrs. George H.W. Bush or Barbara Bush as we all know her, lamenting the treatment that her son then President George W. Bush got.  I think that made us all rethink it for a moment not that anyone wasn’t dumping all over the guy five minutes later.  Just that everyone paused for a moment, as who cannot…

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    BRYCE ON POLITICS - Certainly not just conservatives. (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. I recently attended a viewing of the movie “America,” featuring Dinesh D’Souza who co-produced “2016: Obama’s America,” a film describing the president’s way of thinking by examining his personal background and the people he met and worked with along the way. The controversial film was released in 2012 just prior to the presidential election. D’Souza is an Indian-born American who has become a…
  • What Tim Bryce Doesn’t Want You to Read

    Richard Cahill
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    As I revealed in my post, Censorship Thrives at SWI, Tim Bryce has a habit of deleting my comments and at least one other contributor’s on his posts. This is what I said I would do if he continued to delete my comments. Here’s my last one, on his “Lame Duck” ramblings, which Bryce, apparently having no answer for it, deleted. If you have trouble following it, you’ll have to read the Bryce post yourself. I’m sorry about that. If you’re so concerned about our lame duck President, which is obvious from the rest of your post that you are not, why not…
  • Man of Steel Discovered To Be Illegal Alien

    Richard Cahill
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Nice tights, people. Now let’s see some green cards. Now that illegal juveniles are no longer flocking in vast numbers to our southern border under the mistaken assumption that the United States likes brown kids and wants to help them, it is time to point the cop flashlight of fate into the dark corners where other illegal aliens lurk. I’m not talking about raiding some poorly-lit factory saturated with dangerous chemicals, or hitting a boring barrio and checking ID’s. I’m talking about taking action against illegals living brazenly and openly in our country, often…
  • Ottawa Home Care Services for Your Loved Ones

    Sumeet Khanna
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:47 am
    The only persons whom you can trust are the parents. Parents act like pillars of power whether it’s a financial, social or personal problem. They spend a major part looking after you in order to fulfill all your demands. As they get old, they need to be looked after by you. You may try to take full care of them yourself, but your personal commitments hold back your time and you are unable to assign more time for them. You are left between two options, either take the assistance of elderly home care services or send them to an old age home. Old age home An old age home is sending your…
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    Speaking Pro Central

  • Elizabeth Vargas - One of Us

    17 Aug 2014 | 4:21 pm
    'Alcoholism has been called "an equal opportunity disease." " That is, it finds its victims in all parts of planet earth, economic classes, ethnic groups, races, and genders. However, it seems to prey more aggressively on high achievers like Robin Williams - and Elizabeth Vargas. Here is that coverage. For 21 years I was alcohol-free.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Presentations - No, Baby Boomers, Silent Generation, You Can't Get By w/o Visuals

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    'Even amazing content won't cut it in a presentation in 2014 if it is delivered naked. Visuals are required. They are the mandated way of dress-up.    They could be simple stick figures on a green/white/black board. They can be fancy PowerPoint slides. They can be material from erudite sources scanned and shown. This one did not. Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Impeccable Diction – Dylan Thomas Reading Fern Hill

    17 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    'Diction is articulation of consonant sounds. Consonants make speech clear, crisp and intelligible. am so grateful to Arthur Lessac of The Lessac Institute for the training in diction he gave me. realize that my speech is very easy for listeners to understand because of the Lessac Method I know and teach. Not many […].Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Sharing Economy - Uncertain Ride for Workers

    17 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    'They are called "microearners," reports Natasha Singer in The New York Times. They are the contingent workers in the Sharing Economy. They depend on assignments from the Ubers and TaskRabbits.  Here is Singer's coverage of this growing phenomenon.  This can hurt GDP growth. have a few clients on retainer. sold my house.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Making a Speech - Listen Before, During, After

    17 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    'The greats in public speaking were and are aggressive listeners. When Abraham Lincoln was learning the influence game, he watched human beings, right down to the most minute facial gesture. That became one source of his effectiveness as a game-changer. His edge in that was that, born poor, he could do that observing unnoticed. Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
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  • Think including a TED talk video can enhance your Powerpoint or Keynote presentation? Think again and think like a magician

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Last month, June 2014, I was part of a nationwide travelling convention intended to bring high school teachers up to date with the field of Positive Psychology and what it can offer students. This year its organisers wanted to pay particular attention to the place of Technologies in mental health, and so I was tapped to offer a series of talks as well as presentation skills workshops. The talks were part of a seminar featuring how to best understand how current and imminent technologies have a role to play in mental health in schools. The presentation skills effort was a one hour talk,…
  • Why Academic conferences need to change, and why Powerpoint is a dead technology walking

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    I’ve been travelling around Australia giving workshops to teachers about presentation skills as well as technologies and mental health. Few teachers have ever heard of Apple’s Keynote presentation software, as I discovered when many came up to me after my presentations to ask how I did what I did – the why was pretty obvious! I’ve also in the meantime been asked to become part of my professional society’s organising committee for its 50th anniversary conference in Queensland in 2015. I was part of the organising conference for its 25th anniversary where I was…
  • The moment I lost my cool presenting on Keynote at Macworld this year (and why)

    5 May 2014 | 6:32 am
    Many who attend my Presentation Magic workshops are often in for a surprise. Some come along hoping to learn more about the mechanics of Keynote or Powerpoint; some to overcome their performance anxiety, and others because they’ve been before and want to know what new goodies I may have to share in an updated workshop. In truth, I cover a lot of these bases, except the one about the mechanics of Powerpoint, but then again there is no shortage of coaches for getting better at working through all that Powerpoint has to offer. But as I frequently mention, all that sage Powerpoint advice…
  • And the Apple love for Keynote and its users keeps coming…

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Just arrived in Sydney to be greeted by some positive comments about yesterday’s post about Keynote’s improved presenter display. While onboard UA839 for the 14 hour flight, I cracked open my MacBook Air with Mavericks 10.9.2 to play with some movies with transparencies I want to use for upcoming training workshops in Canberra. In a previous post last year lamenting the lost features which didn’t make the transition to Keynote 6.0, I mentioned alpha channel movies which appeared with their black, rather than transparent backgrounds. But onboard, it now seems this challenge…
  • Finally, Apple shows Keynote users more love: a significant point update includes the most requested Presenter display feature – real time viewing

    1 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    On April 1, 2014 – just a few days after I had presented on Keynote 6 at Macworld in San Francisco – Apple produced significant updates for its three versions of Keynote – MacOS, iOS and iCloud. In addition to new builds, a topic I will explore when I get back to Australia (I’m currently in LAX waiting my overnight flight), and some other features, its Presenter display has undergone a major improvement. It’s one that pushes Keynote 5 (and before) further into history, and hopefully is a forecaster of more significant changes to come. Below is a video I created…
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    JCK - Jewelry Industry News, Trends, and Analysis

  • De Beers Now Valuing, Buying Diamond Trade-Ins

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:38 am
    The new De Beers is many things: a miner, marketer, retailer, and brand owner. Now it also may become a secondhand diamond dealer.The gem giant has launched the International Institute of Diamond Valuation (IIDV), a New York City–based lab meant to handle off-the-street diamond buying for retailers.“All the research we have done indicates that the consumer experience with secondhand diamonds isn’t that good at the moment,” says De Beers spokesperson Lynette Gould. The gem giant has created the International Institute of Diamond Valuation, a lab meant to handle…
  • AGS Offers Los Angeles Take-In Window

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    The American Gem Society Laboratories will open a take-in window at the Brink’s office in Los Angeles. The window opens Aug. 29. The lab will offer free shipping and insurance for Los Angeles take-in window clients through Oct. 31.On Aug. 28, at 1:30 p.m., lab executive director Peter Yantzer and AGS director of membership Ash Shah will give a presentation at the Diamond Club West Coast’s monthly lunch. The American Gem Society Laboratories will open a take-in window at the Brink’s office in Los Angeles. JCK Staff read more
  • Blue Nile Creates Arabic-Language Site

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    Blue Nile will debut an Arabic-language version of its site, so United Arab Emirates consumers can shop in their native language.The e-tailer has sold in the UAE since 2011, with most orders available in three days.The company has also hired Arabic-speaking customer-service representatives.Blue Nile currently has sites in seven different languages, including English, French, Spanish, Japanese, and traditional and simplified Chinese. Blue Nile will debut an Arabic-language version of its site, so United Arab Emirates consumers can shop in their native language. JCK…
  • Erica Bello Wins the 9th Annual Halstead Grant

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Forty-year-old jewelry supplier Halstead has announced the winner of its 9th annual Halstead Grant competition, which recognizes artists who excel in both design and business preparation. The silver jewelry artist hails from Rochester, N.Y., and will receive $5,000 in cash and $1,000 in jewelry supplies, among other prizes. E-newsletter Date:  Tue, 2014-08-19 JCK Staff read more
  • Etsy Debuts Wholesale Division

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Online craft site Etsy is now wholesaling selected products to retailers—and jewelry is the biggest category. Online craft site Etsy is now wholesaling selected products to retailers—and jewelry is the biggest category. JCK Staff read more
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  • 2 ways to collaborate with others on your presentations-Part II

    Ellen Finkelstein
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Part I of this series covers the Comments and Compare features. A second way to collaborate online is to post your presentation on Office Online (previously called Office Web Apps). The online version of PowerPoint is missing many of the features of the desktop version but for simple edits, it’s quite capable. The trick is to start on your computer, using the desktop version of PowerPoint and then move to the online version. Office Online allows synchronous editing, which means that you can both work on a presentation at the same time and instantly — well, almost instantly —…
  • 2 ways to collaborate with others on your presentations-Part I

    Ellen Finkelstein
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Many presentations are collaborative efforts and you may have discovered that putting your comments in an email and attaching the latest version of the PowerPoint file gets confusing fast. Here are some problems with that method: There are multiple versions of the file all over the place It’s hard to know who has the latest version It’s hard to know which edits are approved and which aren’t Some people open the file from within the email (you should always save it to your computer first), make changes, and then can’t find the file If you’ve been in collaboration…
  • Easily sync lyrics with a music video in PowerPoint

    Ellen Finkelstein
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    This is a guest blog post from Larry First. The bio he sent me: An “experienced” (newly retired) geek from Alabama. The instructions discuss how to sync lyrics with a music video, but you could use it to transcribe the text of a tutorial as well. When presenting a music video where the vocals (message) are occasionally not perfectly intelligible, you might want to give viewers the advantage of KNOWING the words.  This method is bookmark-less and trigger-less, but it works like a charm! Here are the steps. 1. Insert the video In a new PowerPoint presentation, right-click and…
  • Moving the axis labels when a PowerPoint chart/graph has both positive and negative values

    Ellen Finkelstein
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    For her PhD dissertation, my friend, Leslee Goldstein, did research teaching the Transcendental Meditation technique to Ugandan women who were part of an NGO (non-governmental organization) program that taught them skills to help them support themselves, such as sewing.  These women had been subjected to a huge amount of stress in their lives and this stress made progress difficult. She did 3 pre- and post-tests that are commonly used in this situation and got great results. But when she created the chart in PowerPoint, she had a problem. As you can see, by default PowerPoint puts the…
  • Rotate objects precisely

    Ellen Finkelstein
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    PowerPoint makes simple object rotations very easy. If you don’t need to be precise You can use an object’s rotation handle to drag an object around its middle. When you like what you see, release the mouse button and you’re done. If you need a common angle If you need more precision than eyeballing it, you can use several tools that let you quickly get common angles: To rotate to 15° increments, press the Shift key while you drag with the rotation handle. In this way, you can reotate to 0, 15, 30, 45, 90 degrees — and so on. That is often enough. For a 90° rotation,…
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  • 16:9 or 4:3? The presenter’s dilemma

    Alessandra Cimatti
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:38 am
    Presentations are slowly moving to a 16:9 aspect ratio, the same ratio as modern television sets and recent computer screens. PowerPoint 2013 already defaults to a 16:9 format. Many company PowerPoint templates already exist both in 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios. Internal presentations are more likely to be 4:3, but in official external events the aspect ratio is almost always the widescreen 16:9 format.  It is not just a matter of the aspect ratio used in your presentation, the projector also has to support a widescreen format and not all do.  If you are thinkiing of changing the internal…
  • Closing comments due to spam attacks

    Alessandra Cimatti
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Hundreds of spam comments this month, so I am closing comments and trackbacks on many posts.
  • Presentation trends: Slideshare Zeitgeist 2013

    Alessandra Cimatti
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:42 pm
    I had not looked at presentation trends for a while, and decided to look in SlideShare to see if a Zeitgeist presentation was posted for last year.  And I found it.  Here it is: I am glad to see that presentations around the world are improving with less text and more visuals. If you want to see previous Zeitgeist presentations, take a look at this older post:  The spirit of 2010 p.s. Zeitgeist is a German word meaning “the spirit of the time; general trend of thought or feeling characteristic of a particular period of time”, as stated in the definition on…
  • Top 100 Presentation Resources

    Alessandra Cimatti
    15 Jun 2014 | 1:40 am
    Prezi recently published a list of the top 100 presentation resources, and I was chosen to be included in the list with my recent post on handing questions and answer sessions like a pro.  I am honoured to be in the company of some of the best in the presentation industry, such as Duarte, Idea Transplant and RexiMedia. I have read about the many improvements that the Prezi presentation platform has rolled out recently and I will investigate the product further when I have some free time.  First, though, I want to go through the list myself and see what resources I have missed. I think you…
  • Choose the right seminar room for your presentation

    Alessandra Cimatti
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    When you are arranging a seminar in an external location, such as a hotel, be aware of room size, layout and lighting because these aspects can make a difference. It’s one thing to see a room well lit, with no people in the room, no projector, no speaker, no presentation. Only on the day of the event, when the presentation starts, will you see the problems. A long and narrow room, like the one in the photograph, with lights dimmed and a hidden presenter is not a good setup. People in the back will have a hard time following the event because of heads blocking the view, no view of the…
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  • Emaze: A New Alternative to PowerPoint & Prezi

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    Emaze is a new online technology which allows you to create presentations. It is simple to use and it will surely enhance the looks of your presentation dramatically. This is how the site works:Sign UpChoose a templateAdd a ready-made slideType your content, add images and videosYou're readyShare it with the worldBefore getting into details, let me share what I feel is the real benefit of using Emaze. It allows you to make visually good looking presentations quickly. You choose a template and then you add ready-made slides. You have a slide to add quote, one with a timeline, one with a…
  • Presentain: An Amazing Tool for Modern Presenters

    11 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Presentain is a great tool for presenters. Check out this 2 minute video and then the interview with Mark Thomas. Presentain Overview from Presentain on Vimeo.Vivek: What is Presentain? How does it work?Mark: Presentain is a great interactive presentation tool that helps speakers engage their audiences more effectively. Here’s how it works: Speaker goes to Presentain.com to sign up and upload his presentation so it sits in the cloud and is always available to him where he presents. Then he downloads an iOS or Android app that serves as his smart remote to control the slides during…
  • Photograph Tip: Rule of Thirds

    8 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    In my last post I talked about head room and lead room. In this post, let us talk about a very interesting rule.The Rule of ThirdsThis tip will help you take photographs. To understand this rule, imagine that the photograph is divided into 9 equal parts.This rule states that the 4 intersection points are the 'power points'. The subject when placed around these areas becomes 'powerful'.While taking this photograph, if the cameraman had placed the soldier in the middle of the photo, the photo would not look so good.When you are taking this photo, place the soldier along the Line A or Line…
  • Photograph Tip: Rules of Head Room & Lead Room

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Today I will talk about two rules for taking good photographs. It will also help you choose good images for your PPTs. I came across these in this useful book on film making.1. Head Room RuleThe space between the head and the top border (in an image). Here is an example:In this image, the head room is almost zero. The hairs have got marginally cut. Let us look at another image:The head room is very small in this image. The Head Room Rule states that the head room in your photo should be minimal. This is important if you want to capture emotions properly. A larger head room will make the face…
  • Create professional looking charts in 6 steps

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    I came across this nice looking chart in an article I read on a website.Normally, our charts in PowerPoint don't look so cool. They have the default blue and maroon color. How do we make this kind of chart easily in PowerPoint?Watch this slide deck and follow the 6 simple steps. Difficulty in viewing? Click here to see it on slideshare. Create professional looking charts in 6 steps from Vivek Singh
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    Speak & Deliver - A Public Speaking Blog For the Speaking Public

  • Speak & Deliver in Kuala Lumpur

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    I've been busy - a bit too busy, perhaps - getting ready for the semi-finals of the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking in Kuala Lumpur on August 21.Lots of practices, lots of fundraising, all on top of regular life with six kids.In about 11 hours, I'll be on a plane out of Denver headed toward Tokyo, before switching planes to head to KL, where I'll arrive at 4 am Tuesday.Thursday night, at 7 or so, my contest will start, and by 9, I'll know if I'm headed back to the Finals Saturday morning as a contestant or an observer.I've been in this position before. Seven times…
  • Speak Up For Your Business - by Michelle Mazur - Book 22 of 52 in 52

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Yet another book not on my list, but just released, and directed straight at those who read Speak & Deliver!Speak Up for Your Business comes with an inherent promise - that you can take the skills within and improve your business, either your own business, or the business of your career. It's a tough promise to make, and tougher still to fulfill.Broken into four parts, Mazur covers 'Speaking Up for Your Business Mindset', 'Crafting Your Transformational Talk', 'Speak Your Story', and 'Showtime'. Before diving in, however, she provides an introduction that prepares us for what's to come,…
  • Instant Influence by Michael Pantalon - Book 21 of 52 in 52

    2 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    I wonder if the person who recommended I read Instant Influence really wanted me to read the Robert Cialdini classic 'Influence', which was turned into an audio program called 'Instant Influence'?Regardless, this is what I picked up, and I'm glad I did. The most important part of speaking is persuasion, being able to influence the audience towards your ideas, solutions, strategies, etc. One of my favorite books in this genre is Dave Lakhani's 'Persuasion - The Art of Getting What You Want', and persuasion is one of the core concepts discussed in any sales books, be it 'Ziglar on Selling' or…
  • The Imposter Syndrome

    1 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    "I haven't succeeded enough...""I'm not a financial success...""I have too many problems...""I've never been the head of a (team, company, country, non-virtual universe)...""I'm too (young, old, whatever)...""Who would want to listen to ME?"Have you ever said the above? Or a version of the above? I know I have. And sometimes I still do. I hear it from clients all the time. Not just some clients - almost ALL my clients, regardless of what they want to speak about.It's usually followed by a discussion centering around 'what if my clients or my audience find out who I really am, and what I…
  • What's It Going to be Like in Malaysia? An Interview with Loghandran Krishnasamy

    30 Jun 2014 | 9:12 am
    As I prepare for competing at the 2014 Toastmasters International Convention for the coveted title of World Champion of Public Speaking, I thought I better get the lay of the land a bit. This is the first convention outside of the North American continent, and it's all the way on the other side of the world! (At least, MY world)In 2008, I competed with Loghandran Krishnasamy, who ended up taking 2nd in the world - and it just so happens he lives in Kuala Lumpur. I figured, hey, why not give him a call and find out what I need to be aware of, from the weather to the food to the culture to the…
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    Manner of Speaking

  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 187) – Robin Williams

    John Zimmer
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Robin Williams (1951 – 2014) American Actor, Comedian and Producer “You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” — Robin Williams Photo courtesy of Eva Rinaldi / FlickrFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers
  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 186) – Francis de Sales

    John Zimmer
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:39 am
    Francis de Sales (1567 – 1622) Bishop of Geneva, Saint in the Catholic Church “Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.” — Francis (François) de SalesFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers
  • “The Power of Public Speaking”: An Interview

    John Zimmer
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    Dukascopy Bank is a Swiss online bank that provides trading services, particularly in the foreign exchange marketplace. One of its subsidiaries, Dukascopy TV, broadcasts taped and live shows about business matters on the Internet. Recently, Dukascopy invited me to stop by their studio and give a short interview on “The Power of Public Speaking”. Here’s the result: Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 185) – Phil Mickelson

    John Zimmer
    2 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    #452275560 / gettyimages.com Phil Mickelson – American Professional Golfer “It has been a lot of work. I still feel as though there is a lot of value in the proper preparation.” — Phil MickelsonFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers
  • Design your presentation like Pablo Picasso

    John Zimmer
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Pablo Picasso was not just a master of art; he was a master of human nature. Of all the things that we can learn from him, one of the most important is the power of simplicity.  “Art,” said Picasso, “is the elimination of the unnecessary.” And he actively practiced what he preached. Perhaps the finest example of his artistic and philosophical approach can be seen in his series entitled, simply, Bull. From 5 December 1945 to 17 January 1946, Picasso worked on 11 lithographs, the images of which can be seen in the slideshow below. (Hover the mouse over the image and…
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    Interruption Management

  • Aspire to Leadership

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    Crack the Leadership Code: Lead with Confidence, Inspire Performance and Make a DifferenceHosted by Dr. Michelle PizerThe 21-day event is FREE. Click here to reserve your seat. www.cracktheleadershipcode.comWe hear all the time about the suffering of employees, but what about the silent suffering of leaders? The truth is, leadership can be lonely – and we need a place to reflect and learn. That’s why I’m speaking at Dr. Michelle Pizer’s special summit, along with 20 other leadership experts. Dr. Michelle Pizer is an executive coach and organizational psychologist bringing credibility…
  • Too Many Distractions

    26 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    We are surrounded by far too many choices and distractions. For example, in supermarkets there are double the items now as compared to 20 years ago. In a few more years there will be even more items; how can we effectively handle such an onslaught?No matter how many items the supermarket stocks, you can continue to buy what you have always bought and tune out much of the distraction. However, even that could get a little tedious since everyone likes to try new things.I recommend exploring one new area – in the meats, fruits, cheeses, frozen foods, whatever – each trip to the supermarket.
  • Mental Stimulation vs Languishing

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Society views the mental stimulation provided by grade school necessary for the normal development of children. After high school, though, we view mental exercise differently. It's widely understood that to be successful in a material sense, some sort of further education – whether collegiate or trade-oriented – is necessary, but other kinds of mental stimulation are generally seen as optional and somewhat unnecessary. Films, books, television, and music are all designed to be as entertaining as possible – not to be as educational or as conducive to personal growth as possible. These…
  • Derive Answers From Within

    2 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Years back, I had immersed myself in a sea of self-help books and audios to the point that I had no time left in the day for myself. Practicing ten minutes of this person's technique and 30 minutes of that would literally not even allow time to eat. Why is it that we so often continue seek answers from others when, if we relied on our inherent abilities (to handle most things) that would be the shortest destination to our goal?
  • Key Talent for Consistency

    2 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    News you can use: In her blog, Grow Your Key Talent, prolific author and speaker Rebecca Morgan lays down a challenge to achieving interruption-free, consistent business performance:"You say you don’t have any budget for professional development? Do you have budget for recruitment costs and training your key staff’s replacements? How about the loss of productivity when these folks leave and there’s no one with the same skills to fill their spot?""Wouldn’t it be cheaper to find some ways to keep them learning without spending a bundle? If you’d like a list of 10 inexpensive ways to…
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    Moving People to Action

  • Dan Ariely: What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work?

    Conor Neill
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Conor Neill:We have a “naive” view about what motivates people at work: money. Yet, we can find example after example where the most driven people are not working for the monetary reward, but for something deeper. Dan Ariely describes some aspects that make work feel “meaningful” to us (and we will work harder and longer without money). Originally posted on Human Chess: What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn’t just money. But it’s not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of…
  • 3 biggest objections to overcome when Selling

    Conor Neill
    9 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    There are 3 objections that must be overcome to get somebody to buy: 1. why buy anything 2. why buy from me 3. why buy now Why buy anything? The first objection is showing that not taking action is not a viable option. The problem must be made explicit and brought to the full attention of the man with the money. Why buy from me? So, pain is clear. I want a cure. Now, I need to know that you truly understand my situation and that your motives as a salesman are about helping me, not helping yourself to the commission. Why buy now? My MacBook Pro has been dying for the last 2 years. It has been…
  • 7 Steps to the Perfect Story

    Conor Neill
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:18 am
    Stories are Predictable “We think of stories as a wildly creative art form but within that creativity and that diversity there is a lot of conformity. Stories are very predictable. No matter where you go in the world, no matter how different people seem, no matter how hard their lives are, people tell stories, universally, and universally the stories are more or less like ours: the same basic human obsessions, and the same basic structure. The structure comes down to: stories have a character, the character has a predicament or a problem—they’re always problem-focused—and the…
  • The Causes of The Great War

    Conor Neill
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:21 am
    The First World War began in 1914. Today marks the day that Britain and Northern Ireland entered the war. Royal Irish Rifles in a communications trench, first day on the Somme, 1916. Over 9 million soldiers died in the 4 years until 11 November 1918.  Total direct casualties were over 37 million (source). My great grandfather Sidney was in the trenches in the Great War.  He never spoke of his experiences. The causes of the war are complex. The trigger for the war was the assassination of the Crown Prince of the Austro-Hungarian empire, Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo by a Serbian nationalist.
  • Sales: What is your Painful Problem to Solve?

    Conor Neill
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    What is your painful problem to solve? Sales is not about describing your product, your process or your friends. It is about explaining to the buyer a problem that they have, and giving them a glimpse of a world where that problem has gone away. What would it feel like to live in a world where that problem has gone away? What would it feel like to have your boss think you are a top performer? What would it feel like to have your kids proud of you? What would it feel like to see your body looking fit? What would it feel like to take your t-shirt off at the beach with pride? What is your…
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  • How to be a rock star speaker

    12 Aug 2014 | 4:10 am
    When Steve Jobs got into high gear as a speaker, many people reported that he seemed to have a reality-distortion field around him. No matter how unrealistic his claims at any given moment, people said they couldn’t help being mesmerized: his enthusiasm could suspend their disbelief. In the 1850s, there was another spellbinder not unlike Jobs–a guy named Henry Ward Beecher, a rock star of a preacher whose church in Brooklyn seated 2,800. In the 1850s, he was arguably the most famous man in America. Contemporaries attributed his extraordinary appeal to five traits. Each of these…
  • Capture Attention–4 Ways to Get Through to Your Listeners

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    Every speaker struggles with a balance:  A talk needs to be brief enough and interesting enough to ensure an audience will hear it, but it also needs to contain all of the information that the audience needs to know. Use our pointers to gain “neck down” attention as you keep your presentation lively and informative. Keep it interactive. Social scientists have demonstrated that an interactive audience is more easily persuaded than a passive one. In many circumstances, the give and take between speaker and audience breaks through the reticence and reserve of listeners, encouraging…
  • More Ways to Capture Attention

    15 Jul 2014 | 3:11 am
    In this series of posts, we’re looking at ways to capture attention and keep it. I make a distinction between “neck up” attention and “neck down” attention.  The former is when the listener has to make an effort to pay attention. The latter is the kind we’re going for here:  when the listener is riveted to the speaker. Keep it moving. Not just in terms of pace, but in terms of development. Make sure that every new bit of information you provide builds on what came before. We lose interest in movies when nothing is happening, or novels that stop while the…
  • Ways Great Speakers Capture Attention

    1 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    In my mind, there are two kinds of attention: neck down, and neck up. Neck-up attention is when the listener has to make an effort to pay attention. Neck-down attention is when the listener is riveted to the speaker: she can’t help but pay attention. Please note that, in our language of English, attention is paid because attention is a valuable currency. When listeners pay attention, they are rewarding you with arguably the most valuable currency in the world. Here are techniques that are guaranteed to earn you more attention without losing any of your professional credibility. Start…
  • Find a Sense of Truth to be Persuasive

    17 Jun 2014 | 10:55 am
    Another way to be a highly persuasive speaker is to be “real.”  Your audience will find you more trustworthy, and so they will be more willing to hear–and agree with–your point of view. To do this, understand what you are saying, and believe in it.  If you don’t believe in a part of your talk, find another way to say it or present it so that you do believe in it.  In other words: Find a sense of truth.  Most people think that acting is about pretending, being someone else, and being a good faker. Actually, it’s all about finding and demonstrating a…
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    Refuse to be Boring

  • Presenting During the Unplanned - A National Day of Mourning

    Joe Pops
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:03 am
    On July 23rd 2014 at 4:00 p.m. the remains of victims of the Malaysian Airline Flight 17 disaster began arriving in Eindhoven in the Netherlands.  It is suspected that the flight was shot down by a surface to air missile while flying over the Ukraine. The majority of the victims were from the Netherlands, many from the Eindhoven area.  At that time, that day, I was in the middle of giving a presentation design workshop in Eindhoven.  The day of the workshop I got a ride with Leon (the host and organizer) to the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven (the High Tech Campus is sometimes called the…
  • Want to make a video? Why not use PowerPoint?

    Joe Pops
    15 Jun 2014 | 5:08 pm
    PowerPoint has a variety of applications. In addition to designing slides for presentations I have used it to make promotional posters and to design logos and buttons for the animal welfare groups that I am involved with (see Life by PowerPoint). I have also started creating videos.  You can insert music to link to your slides (for the  examples below I used music from iStockPhoto.com).  For me, the biggest challanges in making videos with Powerpoint are telling my story in just a couple of minutes (I recommend you keep you videos to 2-3 minutes), and having the music timed just…
  • Thank you for not presenting!

    Joe Pops
    4 May 2014 | 6:58 pm
    I believe many organizations “over present”; not every piece of information needs to be passed on via a presentation.  Here are 3 questions to ask yourself when deciding whether or not a presentation is needed: Does someone need to explain the information for context, or is it pretty straight forward? Does your audience need the information to make an immediate decision? This may require you leading a discussion more than doing a presentation. Are you trying to persuade someone to do something, or are you selling an idea/concept that needs to be approved? If your answer to any of these…
  • Solving my “Death by PowerPoint” mystery

    Joe Pops
    1 Feb 2014 | 5:40 pm
    It was always a bit of a mystery to me as to why people continue to produce and deliver “Death by PowerPoint” type presentations.  There are so many resources available on how and why to change your presentation style from bulleted list PowerPoint slides to something more innovative.  Yet “Death by PowerPoint” persists in most organizations, one day I had the proverbial ah-hah moment. I was at our cottage on the south shore of Nova Scotia; I do a lot of my presentation and other design work there.  Looking for inspiration on a project I was working on, I scrolled through Twitter…
  • Life by PowerPoint

    Joe Pops
    17 Aug 2013 | 5:08 pm
    My study of presentation design began in 2007.  The first books I read were Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds and Slide:ology by Nancy Duarte.  Both these books focused on slide design, so, to apply what I was learning I began to re-work the slides I use in my corporate presentations. This led me to discover the many capabilities of PowerPoint. (I believe that most people use the templates provided and do not have the time or opportunity to explore the vast array of options available to them.)  I discovered that PowerPoint is such a useful/powerful tool that I began to use it to do posters…
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    Think Link


    Dr. Promod Batra
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Do you ever try to think of ways of reducing stress? May be you don’t. Well, if it is so you are in the company of many, many people! Why not change it – even now – and use your think time to reduce stress? What is think time? Well, when you have nothing  active to do like when travelling, before going to sleep, when getting  up, when getting ready, in between tasks, and son on. Personally, I find it a good way of reducing my stress. This is how I do it. Mentally, I list down what is crowding my mind. Sometimes I write it down. Then I make mental calculations to see more clearly…
  • Kidney Diseases

    6 Aug 2014 | 11:51 pm
  • DeWitt Wallace – Reader’s Digest

    6 Aug 2014 | 11:50 pm
    A seed of the Spirit of Entrepreneurship can grow in any mental soil, irrespective of family background, education, knowledge, resources or any other advantage. The seed requires soil, moisture and nurturing and can grow into a tall tree (Giant Redwood – 112 meters high) or into a tiny tree (Bonsai tree – look just like normal trees – But do not grow because  people trim their roots to stop them from growing any bigger). Reader’s Digest is a typical entrepreneurial story of success of a mental seed growing into a very large tree (Giant Redwood!). The originality of an idea, a…
  • Jagdish N. Sheth

    6 Aug 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Jagdish N. Sheth (born 1938) is the Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing at the Goizueta Business School of Emory University. He is an internationally recognizedbusiness consultant whose client list includes AT&T, BellSouth, Ford, GE, Motorola, Square D, Whirlpool and Sprint. He also an educator, the winner of many awards and honors, and a member of the American Psychological Association. He is the founder of the Center for Relationship Management at Emory University and Center for Telecommunications Management at University of Southern California. He was a…
  • Negotiating with Kids

    6 Aug 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Does it seem like every time you tell your child “No,” it turns into a tug-of-war? Many parents find themselves in a negotiation with their children when they are met with any kind of resistance. Negotiating is an important life skill. By definition, it means coming to an agreement through discussion. It’s about finding a middle or common ground. But negotiation can also mean toget overoraroundsomething Discussions with your child that take placeafteryou’ve given your decision are not negotiations!What’s happening in those cases is that your child is negotiatingaroundyou. They are…
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    Presentation Dynamics

  • Making the RIGHT Charts and Graphs

    R. L. Howser
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:11 pm
    “You fuckin’ people baffle me. Spend all your money on these fancy fuckin’ books, you surround yourselves with ‘em, and they’re the wrong fucking books – Matt Damon, in “Good Will Hunting” That’s how I feel about charts, graphs and spreadsheets. This is an Analytical Spreadsheet So many speakers fill their presentation PowerPoint slides with charts, graphs and spreadsheets, they surround themselves with them, and they’re the wrong charts, graphs and spreadsheets. Charts, graphs and spreadsheets are a wonderful way to visualize data. Organizing the…
  • Steve Jobs was no LeBron James

    R. L. Howser
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    Watching LeBron James play basketball is amazing. His rare combination of height, strength and athleticism has allowed him to dominate the league as no one has since the heyday of Michael Jordan. It’s inspiring to know that you are watching one of the best who has ever played the game. I have a similar feeling when I watch Steve Jobs speak. I have seen every presentation of his that I can find on YouTube. As a business communicator, I know I’m watching an all-time great. I often show my students video clips of Jobs to demonstrate his masterful stage presence, his deceptively simple style…
  • Your Message Dictates the Architecture

    R. L. Howser
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    “The title dictates the architecture of the song – Broadway lyricist, Sammy Cahn Drawing by CSondi I talk a lot about the importance of your message. If you don’t know what you want your audience to remember – if you can’t sum it up in one clear, memorable sentence  -  they won’t be able to remember it either. You might as well not even have bothered them. But if you have created that crisp, catchy, memorable statement that perfectly encapsulates your strongest pitch or argument, you are more than half way home. You do, however, still have work to do. Your message might be…
  • The Hardest Part of Teaching ……… and Speaking

    R. L. Howser
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Someone asked me the other day, “What is the hardest part of teaching?” My initial reaction was that it’s managing, grading and recording the students’ assignments and tests. It’s not my strongest suit, but I do try to be careful, because a trivial error can cause major problems for both student and teacher. It’s not really hard though. It just takes an obnoxious amount of time and attention. Care and feeding of the administration is certainly one of the most annoying parts of the job. But as long as I show up for class every day, turn in my paperwork on time and cause no more…
  • You Decide

    R. L. Howser
    21 Mar 2014 | 1:44 am
    It’s that time of year again and as I get ready for my annual assault on the Toastmasters International Speech Contest, I find myself thinking a lot about last year’s winner. Unfortunately, it wasn’t me. My friend, Naoki Tamura, was the 2013 Toastmasters Japan Champion of Public Speaking. His speech, titled “You Decide”, was not only good enough to win the championship contest, it also taught me several important lessons about how to construct and deliver a powerful and memorable message. A Toastmasters speech is far too often, in Shakespeare’s words, “A tale told by an…
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    Digital Coach

  • Podcast Interview: The Elephant in the Training Room – Accelerating Presentation Training Impact 10x

    jim@distinction-services.com (Distinction Communication, Inc.)
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
      _________________________ Let’s talk about the elephant in the training room. You bring in a presentation skills trainer… your team makes excellent progress during the day – then... Podcasts from Distinction Communication
  • Make Us Better Presenters! (with a Seminar)

    jim@distinction-services.com (Distinction Communication, Inc.)
    27 Jun 2014 | 1:47 pm
      On the surface, this request doesn’t sound too unreasonable…. Probably because so many training organizations today are still working with budgets cut back in 2008.   (Training is... Podcasts from Distinction Communication
  • Did Death by PowerPoint Become a Reality at GM?

    jim@distinction-services.com (Distinction Communication, Inc.)
    13 Jun 2014 | 1:15 pm
    PowerPoint gets blamed for a lot of things these days… tedium, eye strain, mind-numbing boredom, maybe even a case of mild indigestion after lunch.  But a recent review of GM’s internal... Podcasts from Distinction Communication
  • 2014 Survey results are in! What we learned from you…

    jim@distinction-services.com (Distinction Communication, Inc.)
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    By Amy Wolff – Distinction Communication   What are the biggest pet peeves when people observe a communicator? What abuses of PowerPoint are the most irritating? You spoke. We listened. Every... Podcasts from Distinction Communication
  • Lessons from the Shark Tank

    jim@distinction-services.com (Distinction Communication, Inc.)
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:49 pm
    So here’s the setting… Standing in the wings, a nervous entrepreneur has an idea.  And it’s not that they’re just looking at it as a quick path to personal wealth, but it also... Podcasts from Distinction Communication
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    American Speaker

  • Draft a more engaging speech

    Columbia Books, LLC
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Giving an effective presentation depends largely upon how well you know your audience. As you write your speech, ask these questions: Who are they? Are you speaking to younger or older people or a mix? If you’re dealing with a mixture of ages and backgrounds, speak directly to certain parts of your audience at times. Example: “Some of you folks born before 1980 may remember …” What do they know? What kind of knowledge do your attendees have? Are they well-versed in your topic? Do they have the needed background details? Will you need to simplify your message? Why should they care?
  • Invite the audience to speak first

    Columbia Books, LLC
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Engage your listeners by having them speak first. Pose a question for them to answer before you launch into your remarks. You can even display it on the screen as they enter the room, to start them thinking and talking with the people around them. Then invite the audience to share their thoughts, concerns or experiences by answering the question in front of the group. That immediately involves them in what you have to say, building their interest. Throughout your presentation, refer back to their comments to show that you listened to them and that what you have to say is relevant to their…
  • Market your speaking skills

    Columbia Books, LLC
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    Public speaking skills are highly sought after by organizations. If you are a talented presenter, it is a great skill to list on a resume—even if you aren’t a professional speaker. If you are a professional speaker, you should be getting the word out about your skill. Here are some great tips to market yourself: Publicize your availability. People may not know that you are interested in speaking. Mention to your boss that you’d be open to offering customer demonstrations or to training a new group of employees. If you are a professional speaker, create a website advertising your…
  • Add images for impact

    Columbia Books, LLC
    4 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    Don’t rely on words alone when you want people to pay attention to your message. Pictures increase the likelihood that they will read, understand and act on your instructions. A study that compared different forms of instructions given to emergency room patients shows the powerful impact pictures have. One set of patients received written instructions only, and another set received the same instructions accompanied by cartoon drawings. The people who received instructions with images: Were more likely to read the instructions, 98% compared to 79% who received only text. Understood better.
  • 3 tips for using on-stage technology

    Columbia Books, LLC
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:03 am
    The performance of on-stage technology is notoriously finicky. Even low-tech presentations can be undone by poor- or nonperforming technology. Use these 3 tips to help ensure your next presentation is tech-stress free: Use your own power cables and adapters. Everyone has a story about scrambling to find the right display adapter 10 minutes before going on stage. Don’t assume the venue has the cables you need. Bring your own, and for good measure, bring a backup set as well. Plan for an offline presentation. If you are relying on wireless connectivity to demo a product or show a video,…
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  • How Can I Control my Nerves when Presenting?

    Jessica Pyne
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is the first question we get from a lot of presenters. The vast majority of speakers and presenters suffer from nerves (we’re only human, after all!), and believe that this nervousness negatively impacts their performance. But we always over-estimate the extent to which our audience notices our nerves. And minor pauses and slip-ups that seem painfully obvious to us will largely go overlooked by the audience.So the first thing, as difficult as it may be, is to stop caring so much. You’re not going to say everything 100% perfectly. Even seasoned presenters never do that. What is…
  • How long should I spend talking about each slide?

    Jessica Pyne
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    Many presenters ask us this. But like so many other things to do with presentations, it completely varies depending on the slide, the allotted time, and the presentation content itself.Some slides will only take a few seconds to get through, and others will take much longer than you’d expect. Quotation slides look like they’re going to be really quick, but explaining the situation and relationship can take longer than you think. Whereas some slides, whilst being a completely new slide technically in the deck, will have been split purely for animation purposes and so will only take a few…
  • What Gestures Should I Use?

    Jessica Pyne
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    Many presenters ask what gestures they should use and how they can use body language to persuade their audience of their proposal.But actually, the key thing to remember with gestures is: Don’t overthink them too much.Gestures work far better when they’re natural, and in keeping with the presentation. Exaggerated theatrical gestures are not only unnecessary and impractical, but they can actually leave a presenter looking a little bit ridiculous. And if there’s one thing that can harm a presenter’s credibility, it’s the audience thinking he or she looks ridiculous.So what type of…
  • Presenting to a New Audience

    Jessica Pyne
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    Presenting to a New AudienceIt can be daunting, if you’re used to delivering to the same audience frequently, to suddenly be told you’ve got to present to an entirely new one. You’re used to your audience; they may even be your own internal team. You know what they want, you know what they expect, and you know how to get them to do what you want them to do. You’re all comfortable with the situation, and everyone gets something positive out of the presentation. But what do you do if you’re suddenly asked to present to a completely different audience? Maybe you’ve moved teams; maybe…
  • How can I prepare a presentation at the last minute?

    Jessica Pyne
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:03 am
    I’ve been asked to deliver a presentation tomorrow – what should I do?In an ideal world, you’d always be given plenty of time to prepare, and able to dedicate the recommended weeks to finalising messaging and visualisation. But everybody knows that this isn’t always the case. So what do you do if you’ve had a presentation dropped on you last minute?First, check the timing and arrangements. Don’t assume that you have an hour slot. If you’re at a conference, what’s the overall topic? What’s the keynote? Who’s before you and after you? All of these things can impact the way…
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    Tudor Girba's blog

  • My award on National TV

    Tudor Girba
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Last week, I was at ECOOP in Uppsala to receive the Dahl-Nygaard Junior Award. On that occasion, I had the distinct pleasure of giving a keynote on Software Environmentalism. I do not know about others, but for me it was as emotional and exciting as I thought it would be.Afterwards, I gave an interview over the phone for a piece of news that appeared on National TV (in Romanian). It was the first time I gave an interview over the phone, and again it proved to become an educating experience. The main thing I learnt is that the more concise you are, the better chances you have to be quoted in…
  • Keynote at ECOOP 2014 on Software Environmentalism

    Tudor Girba
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    At the end of July I will have the pleasure of giving a keynote at ECOOP. This is a rare treat, and I intend to enjoy it fully. To make it more exciting, at least for me, I will adventure in wild territories and coin the idea of software environmentalism.Here is the teaser abstract:Software systems get larger and larger, and they are being created at an ever increasing rate. While this might appear to be great, we are facing a significant long run problem as we need to assess and recycle them.In fact, the problem is already here: Engineers spend as much as half of the effort on understanding…
  • Talk at NDC Oslo 2014 on Pharo: playing with live objects

    Tudor Girba
    27 May 2014 | 12:26 am
    On June 4, I will give a talk at NDC Oslo about Pharo: Playing with live objects.Pharo is the cool new kid on the object-oriented languages arena. It is Smalltalk-inspired. It is dynamic. It comes with a live programming environment in which objects are at the center. And, it is tiny.But, most of all, it makes serious programming fun by challenging almost everything that got to be popular.For example, imagine an enviroment in which you can extend Object, modify the compiler, customize object the inspector, or even build your own the domain-specific debugger. And, you do not even have to stop…
  • My award in the Romanian news: lessons learnt

    Tudor Girba
    24 May 2014 | 4:28 pm
    While on holidays in Romania, an old friend, Bogdan Bacila, convinced me to give an interview for the Digi 24 TV station about the Dahl-Nygaard Junior Award that I received this year. This resulted in a piece of news that was broadcasted at the national level, and it was later picked by other news aggregators like Yahoo for Romania.It was the first time I talked in front of a camera about what I do and that in itself was an educating experience. But, the most interesting part was to observe how messages get picked and how they get transformed.The interview itself took some 1 hour during which…
  • Pharo 3.0

    Tudor Girba
    17 May 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Dear World,Pharo, the programming language, live IDE and core library has a new release!The past year seemed short as we got busy building more than usual. Many things have changed in Pharo. Here are the highlights: The new modular Opal compiler is now the default compiler used in the system. The Athens vector graphics canvas is now integrated and it supports Cairo rendering on all platforms. Many tools have been rewritten using Spec, a new framework for building user interfaces. Versionner and Kommiter are two of the new development tools. RPackage, a new package mechanism got enhanced with…
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    Jim Harvey's Presentation Skills Advice

  • Do you really connect with an audience?

    Jim Harvey
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:38 am
    I was working with some brilliant Grads at a global investment bank last week. Paolo was as handsome, charismatic and imposing a 22 year old as you’re ever likely to meet. He was a technically skilled speaker- He had a point, he wrote clear text for speech, his articulation in English was excellent, he looked confident, but what was wrong? He didn’t really connect with the people in the room. The audience gave him some tough feedback saying that it was as if he was speaking to an invisible audience, not to them, performing, speaking a little too loudly for the room we were in.  He was…
  • Free Prezi Template – August

    Lesley Barringer
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    I really like this Prezi Template, as it’s flexible and can be used for meetings, mind-mapping and agendas, as well as a presentation. It is quite informal and lends itself well to the ‘hand-written’ fonts in Prezi. There are areas to use in portrait or landscape layouts, and the blue ‘stickers’ work well as information points, tips and snappy pieces of information in your message. To make a flow-chart, simply add the arrows where you need them. All our templates are designed with the 3 Act Speech Structure in mind, to help you create a well organised,…
  • What can good presenters improve? Adding that final polish

    Jim Harvey
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    I’ve been working with a set of really skilled and experienced presenters for the past few months.  The executives had a set of massively important strategy presentations to give to their Global CEO and his executive team. Their Company realises that even the most experienced and skilful sometimes need a little support in really challenging circumstances, and these were those.  My role was to help them make the most of their experience and make maximum impact when presenting to their boss’s, boss’s, boss’s, boss’s boss.  Most of the presenters were keen to get…
  • Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen

    Lesley Barringer
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    In Julian Treasure’s TED Talk, ‘How to speak so that people want to listen’, he takes us through: What we say – How 7 Deadly Sins can affect the content as we speak, and how to make positive changes How we say it – How we use our voices to convey meaning, feeling and emphasis His use of visuals to support his message, is worth a look. He demonstrates that you don’t need all your speech on show to the audience, just relevant images and a few words to reinforce your spoken points. Julian’s relaxed style, experience and examples, make for an…
  • The golden first few minutes of a presentation – start really well

    Jim Harvey
    6 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Remember that the first 2 minutes of a presentation – when you’re probably at your most nervous are also are the point at which you have the audience’s fullest attention, experienced presenters and salespeople learn how to use this ‘golden time’ to full effect, because they know that when all else is forgotten, the audience can’t help but remember the first bit. I don’t  generally recommend fully scripted presentations unless you absolutely have to for  regulatory or legal requirements, but I would recommend getting your start  down to a perfect tee.
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    Akash Karia

  • 3 Compelling Reasons to Promote Your Business with Public Speaking

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Guest post by Michelle Mazur. You’ve probably heard that one of the best ways to promote and grow your business is through public speaking. When you speak about your business, you’re instantly an expert. You get to tell your business story and use your personality to make your business stand out. Public speaking is an essential marketing tool. Are you using it to it’s full potential? As an entrepreneur you’ve got a head start on many speakers because your message is in your business. In fact there are 3 compelling reason to speak up for your business today. 1. You’ve got a deep…
  • [FREE 287 page Kindle Book: How to Give a TED Talk]

    13 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    Grab my two-in-one book bundle at no cost, today only (July 13)! The book bundle contains my two #1 bestsellers, “How to Deliver a Great TED Talk” and “How to Design TED Worthy Presentation Slides”   Get the books FREE here: US ==> http://www.amzn.to/1joo1h1 UK ==> http://www.amzn.to/U1vztV RAVE REVIEWS:: What People are Saying “World class speaking tips that you can start using today”  Michael Davis, Certified World Class Speaking Coach “Maybe one of the clearest books on presentations I’ve ever read”  Javier, Amazon.com…
  • What Anthony Robbins Taught Me About Creating Breakthroughs in Your Life

    10 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Anthony Robbins says that to create a breakthrough in any area of your life, you need to master your: 1. State What’s your emotional state? If you master how to control your emotional state, you can change your life. What influences your state? Your self talk! So take control of your self-talk!   2. Strategies What strategies are you using to achieve the results you want? Change your strategy and you’ll change your results.   3. Stories Click the image What story are you telling yourself? Your story can either make you or break you. So today, I want you to ask…
  • How to Give Feedback Without Offending Anyone

    7 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Kanye West really doesn’t know how to give proper feedback. [Check this video here for more info]. Here are three tips to stop you from  having a “Kanye-moment”: Don’t Hate, Appreciate! Before you start criticizing a proposal, remember that people have worked very hard on the idea that you are just about to rip apart. If you immediately start off with criticism, then you will be met with a lot of defensiveness. Instead, start off by appreciating and acknowledging something that you like. Say at least two nice things. Every proposal (or person) has at least two nice things that you…
  • Don’t write the perfect speech!

    7 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    Nothing is perfect. Don’t write the perfect speech. Please. The moment you believe that you’ve written the perfect speech, it means that you have no more to learn. You have no new insights that you can gain. And that’s a little sad, don’t you think? Also, don’t aim for trying to write the perfect speech. Why? Because aiming for the perfect will always result in disappointment. You can never gain perfect. Perfect is elusive. Perfect results in “paralysis-by-analysis”. This doesn’t mean that you should do a sloppy job with your speech. Or with anything for that matter. Do the…
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    The Presenters' Blog

  • How to handle an ambush? With respect

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    In fairness to Representative King, he was trapped. Two determined DREAMers, Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas, had him cornered – completely hemmed-in, half-way through a hamburger.     It was a political ambush, and in deciding to stand and fight, King had lost before he’d even started. The whole idea of a political ambush is that it’s lose-lose for the ambushed. You either try to justify your opinions in an unjustifiable context, or you high-tail it out of there. King’s dining companion, Senator Rand Paul, very astutely did just that. Correctly identifying the…
  • The Straw Man Fallacy

    7 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    by Peter Paskale As the big bad wolf will gladly confirm, it’s way easier to blow-down a house of straw. And so it is with arguments. An argument made of straw is easier to demolish than one that’s made of stone. Why would anybody therefore want to build themselves such a poor and flimsy straw-bale argument? Precisely because they want to blow it down. All by themselves. It’s such an accepted strategy within communications that is even has a name – The Straw-Man Fallacy, and it’s why NRA commentator Dom Raso is claiming gun rights should be extended to blind people. Mr Raso is…
  • Janet Yellen’s Double-Bluff of Darkness

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    by Peter Watts Paskale Speaking slowly and clearly is the best way to help someone to understand you, right? Wrong. Speaking slowly and clearly, and especially speaking slowly and clearly in a monotone, is the best way to throw someone’s concentration off. And that’s the technique Federal Reserve Chairman, Janet Yellen used this week when attempting to throw Senator Elizabeth Warren off-balance during a financial hearing. What the Fed Chairman was attempting to bury was the fact that the Federal Reserve is struggling in its duty to audit the disaster-contingency plans of major banks,…
  • When the right words create the wrong message

    3 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    by Peter Watts Paskale Addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition, Governor Chris Christie accidentally dropped a geographic f-bomb that left him apologizing to the gathering’s sponsor, leading GOP cash donor, Sheldon Adelson. And all that poor Governor Christie had done, was to use a perfectly correct term. What went wrong? How is it there are times in public speaking when using the correct words can be fatal to your message? The political goal of speaking at an RJC event is a simple one: Impress your pro-Israeli credentials on Sheldon Adelson, and the event held at Adelson’s Venetian…
  • Immigration reform: Nancy’s hurling lemons – here’s how John can make lemonade

    25 Mar 2014 | 11:19 am
    by Peter Watts Paskale When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Speaker John Boehner might want to remember that advice when Nancy Pelosi unveils her discharge petition for the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill at a press conference tomorrow morning. Immigration reform is a difficult topic for John Boehner’s caucus in the House. That’s exactly why Nancy Pelosi is so dramatically raising it and is also precisely why Mr. Boehner wishes that she wouldn’t. It’s not all bad news for Boehner though. There are specific communication measures that he can take to escape from…
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    Creating Communication

  • Professional Communication and Presentation Class Mini Discussion

    Alex Rister
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    This week, four amazing artists presented their Mini Discussion presentation.  Here was the prompt: Garr Reynolds says an ineffective slide is a slideument and Nancy Duarte says we should be creating “digital scenery” instead.  Explain the difference between an ineffective slide and an effective one based on these two slide design experts.  Use one outside source, and create an activity to help the class internalize your lesson. As they were presenting, my students animated their speech using the whiteboard and a few markers.  After they finished, I asked them if I could…
  • Clearly Influential Podcast

    Alex Rister
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    A few weeks ago, I got the incredible opportunity to chat with Sandy Donovan for her podcast Clearly Influential.  Check out the interview here.   The research project I reference in the podcast was actually just accepted to the Florida Communication Association this afternoon.  I am excited to present this research to colleagues also interested in online pedagogy in order to learn how to resonate with students as an online teacher and how to create a stronger learning community online. I highly recommend Sandy’s podcast series.  To learn more, follow her on Twitter here.  You…
  • Ethos3’s 13 Inspiring Quotes About Design

    Alex Rister
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Source What is your favorite quote about design?
  • Professional Communication and Presentation Class Commandments

    Alex Rister
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Today, a really strong team of students put together and presented a “Mini Discussion” about the TED Commandments, why these presentation rules are important, and how those rules apply to all presenters. To conclude their presentation, the group asked us to think about our own class commandments for Professional Communication and Presentation.  Here are my favorite 5 of the 10: Thou shalt respect the audience. Thou shalt “get naked” with delivery. Thou shalt interact. Thou shalt not rely on PowerPoint slides. Thou shalt always be prepared. Some of the commandments we…
  • Infographic: The Aroma of Books

    Alex Rister
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Since I’ve been spending so much time with my nose in library books, “Very Good” quality used Amazon.com books, and academic journals, this infographic hit me at the perfect time! Source Have you learned anything new and interesting from an infographic this week?
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    The Reluctant Speakers Club » Blog

  • Inspiring Content Choices for Speaking and More – Podcast 18

    Eamonn O'Brien
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:40 am
    Figuring out what content you’ll use versus lose when preparing a speech, a blog, or other business communication can be a tricky business.It can be a challenge to sift through myriad information and ideas you could share with your target audiences and only choose stuff that’ll likely bring them to the edges of their seats, wanting to know more.And here’s a certainty, if you hit any audience with too much information, messages that aren’t clear, or content that’s off point……You’ll have an uphill struggle to win their attention and inspire them…
  • How to Extend the Power of Your Stories Beyond the Podium – Podcast 17

    Eamonn O'Brien
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:57 am
    They can make us laugh, they can make us cry, and, well told, they can change our perceptions of reality.Stories are one of the most powerful tools available to each of us to connect with others at an emotional level, to share meaning, and to create memories that last.And if you’ve read many of my previous posts, you’ll likely have heard me say, time and again, that it’s difficult to becoming a truly inspiring speaker if you don’t embrace and enhance you storytelling skills.But what about other communications you may use to promote your business – advertisements, direct mail,…
  • Do Your Communication Skills Need a Makeover? Podcast 16

    Eamonn O'Brien
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    Isn’t technology great? It can make your life simpler in so many ways. But here’s an exception: business communication.Time was that leaders merely had to pay attention to offline communications, in house and outward facing. And that was hardly a walk in the park.But things communication has become even more complicated these days, as we now have to consider where and how online communications and personal brands need to be brought into the mix. And to make matters trickier still, marrying or combining online and offline messages or voices is far from plain sailing.Of course, that’s not…
  • How Come ‘Because I Said so’ Doesn’t Work Any More? – Podcast 15

    Eamonn O'Brien
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    Sometimes it’s obvious immediately and other times it can take a while before the cracks begin to show. And it’s especially prevalent in SMEs as they begin to grow.Disconnects between bosses and employees, however they arise, can be a serious drag – on productivity, on morale, and even on the bottom line.And leaving communication issues unchecked is never a good plan.All of which is why I’m delighted to share an interview with SME business coach, Mary Corbett completed at a recent Professional Speaking Association event in Dublin.Tips for Businesses of Any Size to…
  • How’s Your Attitude?

    Eamonn O'Brien
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    Warning: If it looks like you’d rather be somewhere else when you give a speech, you’re likely heading for miserable results. I admit it. I think I need a coffee to start each and every day.Once I have a cup of Joe in my hand, I feel ready to pay attention and officially switch my thinking cap on.And while I’m really fortunate to work right beside many places where I can easily get my fix, I only rate 2 of these – where they each serve ‘great’ coffee.As I was walking out the door to get ‘some good stuff’ one morning last week, someone asked me:“So Eamonn,…
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    Art Of Change Blog

  • Coexist? In this still primitive world? Is that even possible?

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:31 pm
    I saw an image today, a picture of an Israeli kid and an arab kid walking side by side, as if lost in a deep connection and conversation, and I thought I might muse out loud about it here on my blog.    The caption is “Coexist, or we won’t exist anymore.” Coexist Is that possible?  I don’t know.  I can’t see how the world works out. I don’t know why it will, or when. I see the same evidence that you see, most of which points to or predicts the opposite.  I’m not going to explain the current condition away.  I will not commit to the idea that…
  • Drug Addled Kids, Guns and School Shootings

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    10 Jun 2014 | 1:03 pm
    This morning, I read about another teen shooter at a school in my state.  My immediate reaction was “Drug addled kids with guns, what a combination!”   A friend on FB noticed this and asked “Where’d you find that info?” I’m in the middle of work on a huge project, for a speech I’m giving this summer (about the history of medicine and the creation in the US of a medical monopoly in the 20th century that marginalized patient health and natural approaches, made criminals out of natural health practitioners in order to reduce competition and raise fees,…
  • Dr. K’s Social Stream

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    14 May 2014 | 12:32 pm
  • Letter to the Editor of the Medford Mail Tribune, GMO Truth

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    6 May 2014 | 4:07 pm
    A week ago Sunday, the Medford Mail Tribune (Oregon) printed an editorial in which they claimed that the science is in on GMOs.  Representing the bearded ones (editorial board) of the Tribune, they encouraged readers to vote against a local initiative that protects family farmers from contamination and catastrophic crop loss.  That happened. Remember when China refused a shipment of GMO contaminated wheat some months ago?  That cost many Oregon farmers the season.   With the help and encouragement ofmy wife, here is a letter I wrote in response.  It was printed on Sunday, May 10,…
  • Why Net Neutrality Matters

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    4 May 2014 | 9:48 am
    Today, one of my online friends responded to an article I linked to about the soon to be lost net neutrality.  Here’s how I responded when she said this: To me, Net Neutrality is similar to insisting that EVERYONE gets a trophy. Gosh, that’s a surprise.  I don’t get it.   I do get that net neutrality is a complicated issue, for sure.   But net neutrality has nothing to do with giving booby prizes (trophies) to all the losers so they don’t feel bad about the winners. Instead it’s about keeping a level playing field so this engine of connection and commerce…
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    Dr. Michelle Mazur

  • 3 Steps to Turn Your Ideas into Sales

    Michelle Mazur
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Three a.m. is a magical time. It’s a time that my cat wakes me up because he’s hungry, BUT… It’s also the time when I  come up with my best ideas. Great ideas for my business. Ideas for my clients. Ideas about getting a cat that doesn’t wake me up because he’s hungry. As entrepreneurs, I’m sure you’ve had this experience. The 3 a.m. inspiration hits and you know this idea can change your business. How do you take that idea to sales? Step #1: Write it down – seriously do it! Yes, I realize that this is the piece of advice that everyone tells you to do. It’s also the…
  • Why It’s Awesome to Feel Like a Fraud

    Michelle Mazur
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    My sophomore year of college, my roommate dragged me to a psychic fair. Now I’m a little woo – but a psychic fair was a bit too woo for me back in those days. Roomie was raving about this psychic she saw. “Life changing,” she said. “Must go,” she said. “Will rock my world,” she said. Eye roll, I did (when she wasn’t looking). I sat down across from an older woman doing her best Stevie Nicks impression. She took my hand, studied my palm, and she spoke my future: “You’re going to pursue higher education. I see you getting a Ph.D.” I…
  • 7 Reasons to Jump-Start Your Speaking Career Today

    Michelle Mazur
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    It’s your time. Your time to shine. Your time to stop lingering in the shadows and step onto a bigger stage with your message. No more watching your competition get the spotlight meanwhile you’re seething with frustration (and a dash of envy) wondering “Why isn’t it me?” Because it can be you. In fact, it will be you. It’s time to stop putting off writing that signature talk that you want to be known for. It’s time to get that darn video opt-in done. Book that date for your webinar to tell the world about your freaking awesome program. It’s time…
  • Speakers Stop Vomiting Info on Your Audience!

    Michelle Mazur
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Right before the start of World Domination Summit (still BEST conference name ever!) – I attended Jonathan Fields’ RevolutionU Academy. Jonathan Fields who is known for the Good Life Project is an amazing mind. His work on RevolutionU is truly revolutionary. Fields is taking knowledge from business, marketing, and advertising and combining it with academic research on political revolutions, social movements, and social change. Cool stuff that has the potential to be business changing. I love the concept. Naturally, I was really excited to hear him speak in a three hour workshop about his…
  • 12 Most Down-to-Earth Ways to Build Relationships Through Public Speaking

    Michelle Mazur
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    What is the best way to find new clients, network and build new relationships? Public speaking. I once told a colleague this and she looked at me as if I was insane. She asked, “Build relationships? How can that be? There are so many people in the audience. How is that possible?” Building relationships is not about selling the audience a product or service, but showing that you, the speaker, have the audience’s best interest in mind and you want them to succeed. Here are 12 most effective ways to build connections using public speaking that will build your business and your network. 1.
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  • Toastmasters Podcast: How To Deliver A TED Talk

    Jeremey Donovan
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    I recently had the opportunity to do an interview with Bo Bennett, co-host of the Toastmasters Podcast. Click the image to access the free audio.
  • Book Review: Screenwriting – The Sequence Approach (Paul Joseph Gulino)

    Jeremey Donovan
    21 May 2014 | 8:56 am
    The premise of this book is that big films are made up of little films called sequences, each lasting 8 to 15 minutes. Each sequence consists of three parts: setup/beginning/situation, development/rising action/complication, and partial resolution.  Each partial resolution creates anticipation as it “opens up new issues, which in turn become the subject of subsequent sequences.” […]
  • McKinsey Presentation Tips – Gene Zelazny at Wharton

    Jeremey Donovan
    20 May 2014 | 11:41 am
    In the Spring of 2001, McKinsey presentation guru Gene Zelazny shared public speaking insights gleaned over his forty-plus year career (video at bottom of post).  Here, I have summarized his very well structured tips:   Prologue: 1. The only thing that matters at the end of your presentation is the answer to the question: Did […]
  • Presentation SuperSummit: How to Deliver a TED Talk (Interview)

    Jeremey Donovan
    12 May 2014 | 9:05 am
    Here is a link to my session at  Marco Montemagno’s Presentation Super Summit.  I believe you will need to complete a registration form, but it is worth it for free access to all past talks as well as 19 public speaking experts including: Nick Morgan, Oren Klaff, and Scott Schwertly. http://supersummit.co/video-archive/deliver-ted-talk-jeremey-donovan-autho-deliver-ted-talk/  
  • Alternatives to TED Talks in 2014

    Jeremey Donovan
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    I’m a huge fan of TED Talks.  However, TED is not the only game in town for watching great speakers with great ideas.  Here are some other free options: 1. 99u Comment: I attend this excellent conference every year. It is nearly identical to TED and even features many of the same speakers.  Compared to […]
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    Make a Powerful Point

  • How to Present Like A Boss: Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn

    Gavin McMahon
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    “How to Present Like a Boss” is a six-part series profiling top business executives who have a knack for presenting. Throughout the series, I will break down each executive’s presenter type, and what their strengths and weaknesses are in front of an audience. First up is Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, whose presenter type is a Counselor.     A bestubbled man, dressed in his trademark dark suit and open neck shirt, strides up and down the stage. Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, is about to do something that we all do from time to time—give a presentation. CEOs typically…
  • The Only 8 Ways to Start Your Presentation

    Gavin McMahon
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    “You will live seven and a half minutes longer than you would have otherwise, just because you watched this talk.” This was the claim that video game designer Jane McGonigal presented to the crowd during her June 2012 TED talk. As the camera panned over the (very educated) members of the audience, their faces showed universal skepticism: was this lady serious? There was something else interesting about that crowd. Despite their doubtful visages, everyone in the audience was drawn in by McGonigal’s words. No one was checking their email, talking to their neighbor, or looking at the…
  • “The British are coming.” And Other Things Revere Didn’t Say

    Gavin McMahon
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Listen my children and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere The American celebration of independence seems an appropriate time to ponder the opening line of, “Paul Revere’s Ride”. According to Longfellow, Revere raised the alarm and became a hero of the Revolutionary War. Unfortunately, this isn’t true. It’s true that he made the ride, but his role has been exaggerated. The most glaring inconsistencies between the poem and the historical record are that Revere was not the only rider that night, nor did he make it all the way to Concord, but was captured and then let go…
  • Is PowerPoint’s Reign Over? Meet 9 Heirs to the Throne

    Gavin McMahon
    25 Jun 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Last month, Microsoft Office tool PowerPoint celebrated its 24th birthday, continuing its dominant run as the unquestioned King of the Presentation World. Despite a quarter-century defined by minimal improvements and denunciation by critics, PowerPoint has surprisingly retained its seat on the Bullet Point Throne, a reality the next wave of presentation tools is gunning to alter. PowerPoint’s main challengers are looking to fill the gaps left open by their lumbering predecessor. Below we’ll look at the best and worst qualities of nine upstarts, based on their performance in five…
  • What We’ve Got Here Is A Failure To Communicate

    Gavin McMahon
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:09 pm
    If we were left bleeding in a ditch like Cool Hand Luke, and were succinctly notified — what we’ve got here is a failure to communicate — we might all get a little better at communicating. There’s nothing like a painful lesson but, usually, that doesn’t happen. Most often, when communication breaks down, nothing happens. There is no message, just missage. Hitting the mark, getting through, clearing the clutter and getting got, that’s the business of a leader. Conversations are the business of a leader. And developing the skill of artful conversations — whether selling,…
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    Business School Presentations

  • Business Case Competitions Worldwide!

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Stanley K. RidgleyI often judge presentations in business case competitions, and I never fail to be impressed at the high caliber of students competing. Versed in the intricacies of wealth-building and savvy in the ways of Wall Street, the next generation of business leaders is well-armed for the competitive battles of tomorrow. And case competitions are the way to […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Case Competitions Test Your Mettle

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyThe business case competition puts you in front of Corporate America in naked competition against the best students from other schools. No hiding behind a resume. No fast-talking a good game. No “national rankings.” Just pure performance that puts you in the arena under lots of pressure. Business Case Competition as Crucible In case competitions,  […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • OCCUPY . . . the Command Presentation Position!

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    2 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyWhen you deliver a presentation, one of the most important factors that figures into the success of your talk is whether you take the command presentation position. Don’t follow the example of most afterdinner speakers or professors, who hide behind the lectern, shuffling notes, looking down, gripping the edges of the podium with white-knuckled fervor. […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Learn Rocket Science Presentations (in your Spare Time)!

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyYOU Can Deliver a Rocket Science Presentation in 8 Easy Steps! 10 Tips to Become a Nuclear Physics God! 3 Tips for Winning Your Next Court Case! Great Doctors are Natural Born . . . It’s talent, not study! 5 Easy Steps to Powerful Presentations! Pernicious Myths . . . Two pernicious myths pervade the landscape of business presentations, and these […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • How to Stop Your Presentation

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Stanley K. RidgleyEvery person needs a life-preserver at some point in his speaking career, and one of the most important is how to stop your presentation. Here I reveal the best way to . . . stop. Yes . . . stop your presentation. Stop Your Presentation Now I’ve tossed this rescue device out many times to […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
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  • 5 Ways Moving House Can Make Your Presentations Better

    Hannah Brownlow
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:41 am
    I moved house at the weekend. It was a cacophony of boxes, trips up and down the motorway, and flat pack furniture. Though at times chaotic, everything happened as it needed to, nothing got broken, nothing was forgotten (well nothing that mattered), and as I sat on my new sofa I decided that the whole process had been a success. Presentations are much the same. Coordinating a house move and prepping presentations aren’t often compared. Part of the reason is that people don’t give the same importance to both tasks. Moving house is widely accepted as the most stressful thing a person can do…
  • PowerPoint Is Better Than Photoshop

    Vincent Thompson
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
    I’ve been using PowerPoint for a long time, a long time… Throughout my PowerPoint journey I’ve found a tonne of functions in the presentation tool that match (and sometimes even beat) Photoshop. Don’t believe me? Read on… As I write this I think to myself how many graphic designers will be glancing over this blog post thinking, “yeah right, whatever”. It’s a common experience I’ve become accustomed to over the years of being a presentation designer. All over the world there are people that scoff at even the thought of using PowerPoint…
  • Techniques of Accelerated Learning

    Hannah Brownlow
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Haven’t you always wanted to be the person who can say at dinner parties that they spend their weekends wrestling sharks before going to do some casual conversational French over wine tasting, and then topping off it all off by whittling a scale model of the Eiffel Tower whilst watching Countryfile!? Here’s how… I’m the kind of person that gets bored really easily: soul-destroying, bone-crunching, teeth-grinding boredom. But… I love learning new things; I have a whole pile of projects that I’ve started with the very best intentions that lie around my home like wounded soldiers of…
  • How To Export Your Presentations In HD

    Tom White
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:40 am
    You’ve spent all that time and effort creating a beautiful self-running presentation that rivals Martin Scorsese’s best efforts. Your masterpiece is  now ready for a full HD release, unfortunately the export to video option in PowerPoint doesn’t quite cut the mustard. How can we get the sparkling HD our video presentation demands? I like to think of myself as a modest man; a strikingly handsome man with a rapier sharp wit, strong quadriceps, and a chiseled jawline but modest nonetheless. However, even I, possessed as I am with a heaving sackful of modesty have, at times,…
  • Preparing for a Presentation Voiceover – Tips for Professional Results

    John Bevan
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    At some point, most of us will be required to record ourselves speaking, whether it’s recording a podcast, adding voice-over to a presentation, or creating an on-demand webinar. Like most people, you probably don’t enjoy hearing yourself speaking on ‘tape’, but here are a few ways to make sure that everyone else will. The kit Most new desktops and laptops (in fact virtually everything you might carry away from a large electrical retailer) are bundled with a ‘goodie’-bag of peripherals that will almost certainly contain a headset with microphone. The best…
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    Pivotal Public Speaking

  • [Quotation about public speaking] Mr. Churchill on after-dinner speeches

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:59 pm
    “There are two things that are more difficult than making an after-dinner speech: climbing a wall which is leaning toward you and kissing a girl who is leaning away from you.” — Winston Churchill Ah Mr. Churchill! He created resonance with the audience, knowing that most find speeches difficult, intrigued them with the mention of [...]
  • 5 Places you can use Story to Grow your Business (besides public speaking)

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:36 am
    This is a blog about public speaking … and yet … Right now, under the banner of a business called Pivotal Public Speaking, I am teaching small business owners about story – story for speakers? … not altogether … If you are speaking to grow your business, then story is vital. It gives you credibility. [...]
  • [Quick public speaking tip] Switch audience attention to the words you choose

    16 Aug 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Your speech flows along. It makes sense. Your audience is listening, watching, presumably absorbed. Keep them that way. A speech that flows along like that will get boring before long unless you introduce something that brings your audience’s comfort up short. Today’s quick tip is one little device that will interrupt the normal communication process [...]
  • [Inspiration] Missing your share of happiness?

    10 Aug 2014 | 11:52 pm
    “Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.” William Feather
  • 5 Easy ways to find “catchy content” that will have you remembered, repeated and getting results.

    6 Aug 2014 | 5:41 pm
    So you have a subject for your speech. One word, maybe. What now? You know what you want to achieve with this presentation but you’re stuck, trying to find powerful ideas and material that will give your subject life. Yes? Where will you find the stimulus to develop your ideas? The answers could just be [...]
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    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence

  • How to Deal with Squirrels at a Networking Event

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí How to Deal with Squirrels at a Networking Event I had a very typical LA moment the other day – even though I’m sure a similar scene plays out around the world.  I was at a conference for entrepreneurs. A wide variety of companies were represented – chiropractic practices, beauty companies, life coaches, and so on.  The first presentation was a panel of marketing [...] The post How to Deal with Squirrels at a Networking Event appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • Effective Communication the Artist’s Way

    6 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí Effective Communication the Artist’s Way I can’t draw. Never have been able to. The best thing I can manifest on paper is a smiley face. Because of my complete lack of ability in this area, it makes perfect sense that I am astonished by people in the visual arts. Making something look like what they see in the real world [...] The post Effective Communication the Artist’s Way appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • “Oops! I Said the Wrong Thing. Now What?”

    26 Jun 2014 | 8:53 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí “Oops! I Said the Wrong Thing. Now What?” None of us are immune to accidentally saying the wrong thing. We might have good intentions, but we unfortunately chose the wrong words. When your in a leadership position, the ramifications of saying the wrong thing are even greater. That’s why I wrote this article for Entrepreneur.com – Correcting Leadership Communication Mishaps I want to [...] The post “Oops! I Said the Wrong Thing. Now What?” appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • Traveling Through Influential Communication

    11 Jun 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí Traveling Through Influential Communication When people are first introduced to this world of influential communication, they naturally feel overwhelmed at first. There are many moving pieces – body language, techniques, profiling, strategies, etc.  It’s like opening up a watch and seeing all the gears at once for the first time. Which gear does what? What happens first? What connects [...] The post Traveling Through Influential Communication appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • Resisting Confidence

    13 May 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí Resisting Confidence   Okay, let’s face it. I’m not really known for being demure or meek. In fact, I’m pretty sure that neither of those adjectives have ever been used to describe me. In my line of work – speaking, coaching, and training – my outgoing and confident nature certainly serves me well. However, that doesn’t mean [...] The post Resisting Confidence appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
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    Donald Jenkins Now

  • Kip Moore and Westin Davis “Dirt Road”

    Donald Jenkins
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Westin stops by to play his single with Kip Moore!   The post Kip Moore and Westin Davis “Dirt Road” appeared first on Donald Jenkins Now.
  • Westin Davis: “Loser”

    Donald Jenkins
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Westin Davis doesn’t chase the radio with this powerful new song of his called “Loser”   The post Westin Davis: “Loser” appeared first on Donald Jenkins Now.
  • Confession

    Donald Jenkins
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
        Have you ever asked a 6 year old boy or girl who’s their favorite superhero? Or ask them to tell you about their “Favorite” anything at the time, then just sat back to watch and listen? It’s awesome! … Continue reading → The post Confession appeared first on Donald Jenkins Now.
  • Westin Davis: Enough to be Dangerous

    Donald Jenkins
    23 Jun 2014 | 11:25 am
        Westin Davis knocking it out of the park again! The post Westin Davis: Enough to be Dangerous appeared first on Donald Jenkins Now.
  • Westin Davis: “One Her”

    Donald Jenkins
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:59 am
    Had a lot of request to upload this song to youtube.  Great song by Westin Davis called “One Her”   The post Westin Davis: “One Her” appeared first on Donald Jenkins Now.
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    The Brain Alchemist

  • Five benefits of using multimedia to build your expert brand in academia and beyond

    8 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    Photo credit: Irina Drigalenko   Our Bookphoria team has just returned from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where we were honored to be part of the STARTALK program. We delivered our presentation on the use of multimedia for academics so that they could build their expert brands to be both in and on demand. Because of the economic situation and development of technology, more and more academics need to find new ways to promote their courses and programs. Some start information businesses or consulting practices as full-time or part-time options. All academics need to enhance their…
  • Go the distance for your audience

    3 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Last fall, I began practicing Krav Maga, a self-defense system originally developed for the military in Israel. One of the concepts we learn to evaluate in Krav Maga is distance. Ideally, you want to be far enough from a threat to escape and avoid confrontation altogether. When it is not possible or safe, the worst place to be is often mid-range because that’s where you will feel the most impact from an attack. To defend and counter attack effectively, Krav Maga teaches to close the gap between you and your opponent to neutralize the attack and gain control of the opponent. Moving closer to…
  • Do you have a 10X mindset?

    11 Jun 2014 | 11:21 am
    Last April, our Bookphoria team had the honor of attending the National Association of Experts, Writers and Speakers EXPY® Awards in New York City. It was a powerful two-day event of education, networking with leading business experts, as well as the recognition of our achievements. We got to learn from the best minds in business: the world-renowned Strategic Coach Dan Sullivan, best-selling author and guru of personal and professional development Brian Tracy, businessman, motivational speaker and President of High Point University Nido Qubein, as well as Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington.
  • World Class Speaking in Action

    22 May 2014 | 8:13 am
    “If you want to thrive as a speaker, read this book.” ~ Les Brown I am excited to announce the release of a fantastic new book, “World Class Speaking in Action.” Taking Craig Valentine’s World Class Speaking Coach Certification program and learning directly from a World Champion of Public Speaking for Toastmasters International was one of the best decisions I made to improve my skills as a presenter and propel my speaking business. Now, Craig Valentine, Mitch Meyerson and 50  certified World Class Speaking Coaches came together to share their best speaking practices in…
  • Game on: 5 Ways to Boost Learning through Play

    28 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    We don’t play enough. Play is so much more than just having fun. Play changes our neurobiology and is essential to our neurological growth and development, well-being and creativity. Play allows children to build complex, skilled, responsive, socially adept and cognitively flexible brains. Play has also been identified as one of the primal emotional systems of animals. Adults can benefit from play as a way to boost creativity, imagination, and social agility. Learning through play is both engaging and effective. Here are five ways to boost learning through play: 1. Play can relax the brain…
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    PresentationLoad Blog

  • Lead your business to success with the Business Model Canvas

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:32 am
    Even the best business ideas only work with the right business model. The more sophisticated and targeted, the greater the chance of success. Be clever: Create from the beginning a Business Model Canvas in PowerPoint. Learn now what you should watch out for! The Business Model Canvas was developed in 2004 by Dr. Alexander Osterwalder and Prof. Yves Pigneur. Meanwhile, it has established itself as a practical analysis tool, because the canvas is for any business the appropriate way to show business models and is easy to understand. Why you need a structural plan for your business model The…
  • Product Canvas: Product Development Made Easy

    Alexander Bodenseh
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    With a Canvas Product all relevant information of a planning process can be clearly presented on one page. Thereby, it is possible to each of the product development stakeholders at any time, to obtain information about the current status of the planning process.   The Product Canvas is developed by Roman Pichler method from the “agile project management”. As basic idea behind the agile project management is the assumption that the planning process in the modern working environment cannot be set in stone and the continuous adaptation of the original plan is inevitable. A product…
  • Use the Blue Ocean Strategy to Create Uncontested Market Space

    Stephanie John
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Two thirds of ocean life is still undiscovered until this present day. By using the analogy of the wide undiscovered ocean, the Blue Ocean Strategy refers to the idea that most parts of the market are undisclosed and uncontested. A new market can be created by merging old and new ideas. Use the Blue Ocean Strategy to discover the next blue ocean that will be your key to success. What is BOS? Origin & Definition W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, Professors of Business and Management at INSEAD, developed the Blue Ocean Strategy in 2005. To illustrate the basic principle, the metaphor of the…
  • The Short Presentation – Tips & Tricks

    Stephanie John
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    Whether you are at a meeting, a conference or present results of an important project – short presentations are an omnipresent part of any professional life. Crucial for a successful performance is a good and sophisticated preparation. To help you preparing, the following article will provide with some suggestions. Two Types of Short Presentations Short presentations distinguish two different types: the impromptu speech, which is spontaneous and unplanned, and a regular short presentation, which usually includes some preparation time. Because the success of an impromptu speech is more a…
  • Pecha Kucha – Presentation Art in Pictures

    Stephanie John
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:49 am
    Pecha Kucha is an expression that will pass your way when you are interested in presentation techniques. You may doubt that something that sounds like an Indian curry dish can be an extraordinary technique to deliver a very special performance. Let us provide you with some facts about Pecha Kucha that can improve your own very personal performance. The Invention of Pecha Kucha First of all, Pecha Kucha is not Indian at all. Pecha Kucha originated in the Japanese culture and is an onomatopoeic term. It shall be associated with the noise that is produced when many people talk at the same time.
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    Tweak Your Slides

  • A Vision of the Future for Teachers and Leaders

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    If you are a faithful Tweak Your Slides reader, you know that one of my favorite people is Pamela Slim, guru, author, and TED speaker. Slim advises those who want to “escape cubicle nation”and those who wish to connect the disparate threads of experience to help create a cohesive and impacting body of work, and helps them find a way to take success and their future into their own hand. Upon first studying works like Escape from Cubicle Nation and Body of Work, it seems that Slim’s focus is on experienced workers, those who have been in the workforce for years and are looking…
  • Slides Don’t Matter

    2 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    At least not as much as we think… June marked my last month teaching the current campus iteration of PCP. In July, Alex Rister will be tackling the new iteration on campus; and in August, the new online course launches. The focus of the reboots as I’ve discussed before is on helping students develop a personal and professional brand. The courses minimizes the focus on visual design and slides and places more emphasis on process, strong content, and natural delivery. Why this shift? Well, frankly, it’s because slides don’t matter. That’s right–this is me,…
  • What’s really wrong with Comic Sans?

    12 Jun 2014 | 7:12 am
    Photo Credit: eanur0 via Compfight cc   The short answer is nothing and everything. The long answer is still nothing and everything, but let’s explore why. Comic Sans, which was created by Vincent Connare was never meant to be used in the regular system of fonts available on a Windows PC (Source). It was created to solve an incongruity Connare noticed while he was working on Microsoft Bob, the interface designed to make the computer-using experience more palatable to novice computer users (Source). Connare noticed that while the interface was a cartoon, the characters’ text…
  • Story differentiates your body of work

    5 Jun 2014 | 8:02 am
    In today’s world of work, which is characterized by abundance, instability, and ingenuity, professionals have to find ways to differentiate themselves from the many others out there who possess the same or similar skills. How does one rise to the top of a mountain of great communicators, strong work ethics, and innovative, effective, responsible workers (these words all come from LinkedIn’s top ten most overused buzzwords of 2013)? In oder to differentiate yourself and maximize your competitive advantage, you have to tell your story. Pamela Slim, author of Body of Work: Finding…
  • What are your talents?

    4 Jun 2014 | 9:17 am
    Two months ago, a student introduced me to one of the most useful resources for developing a professional brand and persona. During a class break, the student pulled up a site called talentoday.com. I saw the student answering a series of questions, then studying a visualization and set of descriptors. All it took was a peek to realize that this could be a wonderful brainstorming and content-building exercise for developing a personal brand. Talent Today is a free service whose goal is to help users determine their professional personalities, strengths, weaknesses, and motivators. The site is…
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    SketchBubble Official Blog

  • Picking the Perfect PowerPoint Template – Choose, Fill, Apply

    Ashish Arora
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:24 pm
    You are mentally prepared for that crucial presentation. You have your text ready. It is well-researched, thorough, structured and organized, interspersed with anecdotes and interesting titbits, and yet, it is just that – a lot of text. Since not many of us are masters at oratory, it can be very tough to keep an audience […] The post Picking the Perfect PowerPoint Template – Choose, Fill, Apply appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • 5 Tips to Create a Great Sales Presentation

    Ashish Arora
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Imagine the time when you have got all the executives together to listen to you and you have gathered complete information along with material related to the product you are selling. Now the most important part is that you have to convert all that information into a logical and interesting presentation that gives a clear […] The post 5 Tips to Create a Great Sales Presentation appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • How to Not Get Nervous During a Presentation?

    Ashish Arora
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    Whether it’s a hall full of audience or just a few colleagues in the offices’ conference room, giving a presentation makes you nervous. This is a normal process which happens to everybody addressing any number of listeners, if not, than either you are over confident or not care at all about what your audience thinks […] The post How to Not Get Nervous During a Presentation? appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • 20 Best Things on Internet to Help You Become a Presentation Design Hero

    Ashish Arora
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:43 pm
    None of us knows of a certain defined way to create perfect presentation and design what is actually desired. We all are just trying to find out new ways to become a presentation hero in our own hard working way. We follow tips from experts and go for a tried and tested formula even when […] The post 20 Best Things on Internet to Help You Become a Presentation Design Hero appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • 5 Mistakes to Avoid in a Presentation

    Ashish Arora
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:48 pm
    It doesn’t matter whether your presentation is a killer if the presenter kills it completely by making some miserably common mistakes while presenting it. You might be that enthusiastic person who wants to be the voice of either the company you work for or for your own business but it takes more than enthusiasm, a […] The post 5 Mistakes to Avoid in a Presentation appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
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    audience blog

  • Key tips on keeping your nerves in check

    8 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    Being nervous during a presentation is a-ok, it’s even good for you! But you shouldn’t let your nerves get in the way of delivering the perfect pitch. Some key tips on keeping your nerves in check (in no particular order). 1. Arrive early The ‘Just in time’-principle doesn’t apply to you. Be early and check everything out. The hosts, the equipment, the room, the audience, your slide deck. Everything. 2. Find a friend (or bring one) If you arrived early, you should have ample opportunity to get to know some people in the audience. These people can be your hold when the crowd is a…
  • Statistics in public speaking: how to get them across?

    1 Aug 2014 | 4:19 am
    Numbers and statistics can have a powerful impact on your listeners. But just as often, they have no impact at all. Some tips on how to get the most out of your number crunching. Embedding numbers into your speech Don’t expect your audience to just understand naked numbers without context. A number like ’ten thousand people’ or ‘sixteen light years’ doesn’t say anything in and of itself, provide context to make it meaningful. Compare A comparison will help in creating more meaning, giving people an idea of how large or small a number is compared to a number they know. For example…
  • 3 steps for a persuasive speech

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    There are many types of speeches, but one thing most have in common is that we want to convince the audience. We want to persuade them to see things our way, to take action or refrain from action. Here are the three building blocks of a persuasive speech. Point out the problem Find an issue that is relevant to your audience (and preferably yourself too), and start dissecting. Try to get to the core of the issue: what is the underlying problem. Be specific, don’t talk in general terms, and don’t take a problem that’s too big or hard to tackle. Convince your audience that this problem is…
  • Four types of negative persons you don't want to be during a presentation

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:40 am
    There are many forms of negativity, and all of them will be deprecating to your speech or presentation. We discuss some forms of negativity, and how to turn it around. Four types of Negative people The hater Some people tend to be negative all of the time, focussing on the bad side: everything that could go wrong, the holes in the plan, the way they ‘just don’t like it’, etcetera.  Try to avoid being that person. Of course you can be critical, and challenging, but not negative. If you spot a weak point, offer a way to better it, offer a possible solution. If you can’t think of a…
  • How to stop running away and embrace your presentation design

    11 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Admittedly, the title is a bit cryptic. It seems to us, and we’re not alone in this, that since a few years, most self-proclaimed presentation (design) gurus are telling us what not to do. Don’t use bullet points, don’t use more than 20 slides, don’t talk for more than 15 minutes, don’t do this, don’t do that. But what do we do? The story so far Garr Reynolds, of Presentation Zen fame, and others have done a great job combatting ‘Death by Powerpoint’. They were right, of course, in pointing out the horrors and errors of our ways. We were collectively killing the art of…
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    Nuts & Bolts Speed Training

  • How to Make the Overlapping Part of a Venn Diagram in PowerPoint 2007, 2010 and 2013

    Nuts & Bolts
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    Have you ever seen a PowerPoint presentation with the middle portion of a Venn diagram formatted in a different color, and wondered how they pulled it off? Yes, you could simply add a transparency to the overlapping circles, creating a “hazy” effect in the middle…but what if you want to freely format that middle piece, […] The post How to Make the Overlapping Part of a Venn Diagram in PowerPoint 2007, 2010 and 2013 appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • Create Your Own Type of PowerPoint Animation, the Intentional False Animation

    Nuts & Bolts
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:43 am
    Most people have heard of and used PowerPoint animations in their presentations. However, here at Nuts & Bolts Speed Training, we almost never use the ready-made animations found in the Insert tab. Why? Because animations don’t show up when you print your deck, and more often than not, they’re distracting. Instead, we create our own […] The post Create Your Own Type of PowerPoint Animation, the Intentional False Animation appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • 4 Things Most People Don’t Know They Can Do In PowerPoint

    Nuts & Bolts
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:41 am
    PowerPoint is a massive program with lots of capabilities built in, and there will always be things that not everyone knows about. Here are 4 awesome tricks we’ve found that 99% of people don’t know they can do in PowerPoint: #1: Break a table #2: Break SmartArt #3: Break up a list of bullets #4: […] The post 4 Things Most People Don’t Know They Can Do In PowerPoint appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • How to Stop Minor Issues From Derailing Your PowerPoint Productivity

    Taylor Croonquist
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:36 am
    Has your train of thought ever been derailed by something so simple as inserting a symbol? Here’s what happened to me. I was smack in the middle of writing a great pitch and building an awesome PowerPoint presentation. My creative engine was at full throttle, when suddenly everything ground to a screeching halt…I needed to […] The post How to Stop Minor Issues From Derailing Your PowerPoint Productivity appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • Part 3: Highlight Your Point Visually, Otherwise it’s Just Numbers

    Nuts & Bolts
    1 Jun 2014 | 1:40 pm
    This is Part 3 of the “How to Make Your PowerPoint Presentations Awesome” mini-series, designed to give you concrete tips, tricks, and examples that you can immediately use to ‘awesome-ify’ your presentations! Have you ever looked at a PowerPoint slide and had NO IDEA what the point of the slide was? Or even worse, maybe […] The post Part 3: Highlight Your Point Visually, Otherwise it’s Just Numbers appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
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  • A Simple Speech Framework That Will Work for Anyone

    Shane Purnell
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    A Speech Formula So Easy a Nine Year Old Used It For His TEDx Talk From the moment Tobias Otting strode onto stage, introduced himself and declared,  I have a voice I was wondering would he be able to “pull it off” Would he be able to give a great speech? As it turns out he did and here’s why.…Read more →
  • Five Stories Types For Your Speech

    Shane Purnell
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    According to communications coach, author and speaker, Dr. Nick Morgan there are 5 basic story types you can use in your speeches. The Quest- This is the Hero’s Journey I talked about in a past post. It’s a story of living an everyday life until there is a call to a great adventure to right a wrong or defeat an…Read more →
  • Five Formatting Tips to Make Your Blog Post More Readable

    Shane Purnell
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
     Whether you write long blog posts or short blog posts, there is something else you need to consider.   There’s a skirmish that’s been happening in the blogging world over the last two years. In one camp are the Long Posters. They state that for SEO and authority you need to write long, detailed blog posts that  demonstrate your knowledge…Read more →
  • Ummm. Stop Using Filler Words

    Shane Purnell
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    Filler words, also known as vocalized pauses, are words we insert into our communication to give us time to gather our thoughts and signal there is more to come. The problem with filler words  is they’re usually distracting to your audience and make us look less credible. Below is a list of  filler words you may be using; some are obvious,…Read more →
  • Two Good Reasons To Record Your Speech: Part 2

    Shane Purnell
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:49 am
    In Part 1 of this 2 part post I made the argument that recording your speech and reviewing it is like reviewing game film for an athlete. You get better when you analyze your results and make changes based on what you learn. Here’s the link to part 1.   In this post I provide the 2nd good reason to…Read more →
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    La Fabbrica della Realtà

  • Congratulations, when it comes to presentations you are already part of a 1% elite group

    14 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Congratulations! By reading this article you already demonstrate that your are part of an elite!  You belong to a lucky bunch, a restricted club. You are be the 1%. Why? Because you know that there are steps you can take to become a better presenter. Because you feel for your fellow audience members: you would hate to bore them. But the idea of growing, of developing your skills is equally important to you. You want to become better at something and you want to do it for the long term. Do you know why you are even luckier? Because 99% of the people are not working on their presenting skills…
  • How to handle minor presentation glitches like a pro

    7 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    “Beauty” is said to be “in the eye of the beholder”. This also applies the other way around. When we make mistakes, we can clearly see the “ugly” things we do or say even when nobody else noticed them. I am not a very confident public speaker. Not originally, at least. I’m an introvert and I had to coach myself into gaining confidence. And I am still struggling with  common issues like speaking too quickly or draaaaagggiiiiiinnnnggg the vowels when I feel insecure. During presentations everybody makes mistakes. My internal judge is quick to point…
  • The one secret to successful presentations that everybody knows and… forgets

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Every time I am walking or cycling I think that cars go too fast and are terribly dangerous. Every time I am driving a car I think that pedestrians and bicycles are too slow and get in my way. Same person: two conflicting world views that are simply based on context. If I walk I see the cars in a certain way, and from the vantage point of the steering wheel I stop identifying as a pedestrian and see the world in a completely different manner. This role reversal happens all the time in presentations. When we are in the audience we are fully capable of seeing the flaws in the presentation that…
  • 6 unexpected presentation tips you can learn from the 2014 Fifa World Cup

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    We have had our eyes collectively glued to screens large and small following the World Cup this summer. I was watching too, but since I really don’t enjoy soccer, I was seeing something else. Now that the the dust has settled and the winner are home with their prize, I can reveal to you what the World Cup can teach us about… making better presentations. Let’s start from how the victory was recorded by the press, TV and websites for history to come. #452130610 / gettyimages.com Unfortunately this is all a lie. I saw another World Cup, and so did you. Let’s analyse these…
  • 3 presentation tips you can learn from rude taxi drivers

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    Rome. Love it or leave it. I left it a few years ago, but I still love it deeply. Even with all its contradictions it can be a great place to be. As long as you don’t need to move around too much. You see: walking, strolling with a gelato is the perfect thing to do in Rome. But recently I was there on business. And this means I was zipping back and forth on a taxi to various appointments. If you had a first hand experience of Rome’s taxis you already know that the drivers here are far from polite. Here’s three tales from the eternal city that tell us that powerful principles…
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