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  • It's Not Either-Or: You Need Both Presence and Authenticity

    Susan's Blog - Inspire, Inform, Influence
    Susan Trivers
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    I get really annoyed with people who tell everyone they have a binary choice: when an expert adamantly tells you to pick one or the other of two conditions. There are very, very few times when you can have only one of the two. Most of life is about gradations of many choices. So it is with this question for speakers: which is better, to be authentic or to have presence? You need both to inspire, inform and influence your audiences. It doesn't matter what the topic or who the audience. Let's look at these two qualities. Authenticity What does it mean? Most audiences will say it means…
  • Converting PDF to PowerPoint

    Idea Transplant
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Until now, I did not notice this feature in the latest Adobe Acrobat XI: converting PDF files to PowerPoint. I tried it on a PDF file that had the look and feel of a typical PowerPoint presentation (boxes with big text) and the results were surprisingly good. Here and there, a slide needed a small manual correction (semitransparents, etc.), but hey, it worked. As expected, data charts do not come out in vanilla Excel format. Now, I guess that if you want to convert a file that does not have a typical PowerPoint look and feel, your results will be less good, but that is not the point, is it?
  • Robin Williams on the TED stage

    Presentation Zen
    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…
  • Your Introduction – Write Your Own!

    NO SWEAT Public Speaking!
    Fred E. Miller
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
     oYour Introduction: Write Your Own! The Introduction is an Integral Part of Your Presentation. The Introduction Sets the Stage for the Presenter. The Introduction is the Speaker’s Responsibility to write. The Introduction should be delivered by the Emcee as if They wrote it! The Introduction is NOT Your Bio! No One Cares: • Where you went to school. • How many kids you have. • The fact you collect stamps. The Introduction Answers Three Questions: • WHY this Subject? • WHY this Speaker? • WHY Now? The Introduction is NOT a time to be modest about your accomplishments. The…
  • The key to storytelling is not your perfection but your humanity

    Presentation Zen
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:24 pm
    The Irish Times has a good, short piece on The Moth, the not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The Moth started in George Dawes Green's living room in 1997, but soon the storytelling club founded by Green started hosting events in cafes and clubs throughout New York City. The name "The Moth" came from the idea that people are attracted to stories the way moths are attracted to a flame. From The Moth website: "Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the…
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    Presentation Zen

  • The key to storytelling is not your perfection but your humanity

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:24 pm
    The Irish Times has a good, short piece on The Moth, the not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The Moth started in George Dawes Green's living room in 1997, but soon the storytelling club founded by Green started hosting events in cafes and clubs throughout New York City. The name "The Moth" came from the idea that people are attracted to stories the way moths are attracted to a flame. From The Moth website: "Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the…
  • A Story of courage: Hiro Fujita on ending ALS (TEDxTokyo)

    24 Aug 2014 | 11:17 pm
    With all the attention the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is receiving this past week, it is a good time to share with you the most touching and most important presentation I saw at TEDxTokyo back in May of this year. The presentation was by a young Japanese man named Hiro Fujita. In November of 2010, Hiro was working happily as Planning Director at McCann Erickson in Tokyo when he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). His TEDxTokyo talk is his story and a moving call to action. Perhaps we throw around the word "inspiring" too much. But Hiro inspires me...and thousands of others. After…
  • 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…
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    Speak Schmeak

  • So many great learning opportunities -- Join me!

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    I've got several super cool projects going on this month and next, and I want to make sure you don't miss out!1. Bloom Your Online Relationships 30-Day ChallengeWe are slightly more than halfway through, but you can join at any time, and you'll still have access to all the activities and the Facebook discussion group.This is a challenge to focus on building relationships rather than list-building, fan-building, follower-building, and much of the stuff we spend time on when we're building online businesses.The daily challenges are fun, thought-provoking, and creative, and I've found a few that…
  • Drowning your audience? Try these 3 lifesavers.

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:21 pm
    I'm currently participating in the Bloom Your Online Relationships Challenge, a 30-day free program to encourage relationship-building with our online communities, and today's challenge dovetails perfectly with a post I've been wanting to write. (P.S. My offering in the BYOR challenge comes up on September 15, so make sure to sign up so you can get my tip!)Today's challenge is about "being incomplete," leaving out details so others can participate and fill in the gaps.And recently, I've had conversations with a couple of speakers who have a really hard time with this.The conversation usually…
  • How many goofs are in your presentation?

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    I met with a client recently who will be speaking at a prestigious conference in his industry. When we started working together, I discovered that we have a similar approach to audience engagement.He likes to make sure he has incorporated a couple of moments of humor into his presentations to shake up the audience and get them re-focused. He calls them "wake up" moments, or "goofs."As he shared each "goof" with me, I couldn't help thinking how so many speakers are obsessed with "professionalism" or being "taken seriously." At the expense of audience engagement, I might add.My client wants to…
  • 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…
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    NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

  • Your Introduction – Write Your Own!

    Fred E. Miller
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
     oYour Introduction: Write Your Own! The Introduction is an Integral Part of Your Presentation. The Introduction Sets the Stage for the Presenter. The Introduction is the Speaker’s Responsibility to write. The Introduction should be delivered by the Emcee as if They wrote it! The Introduction is NOT Your Bio! No One Cares: • Where you went to school. • How many kids you have. • The fact you collect stamps. The Introduction Answers Three Questions: • WHY this Subject? • WHY this Speaker? • WHY Now? The Introduction is NOT a time to be modest about your accomplishments. The…
  • The Fear of Public Speaking – The WHAT IFS?

    Fred E. Miller
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:25 am
    oThe WHAT IFS? Then there are the “WHAT IFS?” that give many the Fear of Public Speaking. WHAT IF?. . . WHAT IF? I’m not perfect. I’ve must be perfect, right? WHAT IF? The audience doesn’t like me? WHAT IF? The last speaker was really, really good and compared to them I Stink! The Biggest WHAT IF? many people have is: What topic could I talk about that would interest anyone? NONSENSE! Everyone has something of value to talk about! The Problem: You’re too close to yourself. Sometimes your knowledge base is so wide and deep. . . You don’t ‘Know…
  • The Fear of Public Speaking – WHY?

    Fred E. Miller
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:04 am
    0 WHY Not? 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 w-o-r-d, not a disease, and it can be lessened! It is a fear worth…
  • 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…
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    PowerPoint and Presenting Blog

  • Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Change Major and Minor Units of Value Axis

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:15 pm
    While learning about chart axes, you will come across two terms, Major and Minor units. These are the intervals at which the axis spaces itself -- as the name itself suggests, you can choose to space the axis at two levels: Major and Minor. By default, PowerPoint sets the Major and Minor units on its own -- many times, this may be exactly what you need. At other times, you may want to set your own intervals for the Major and Minor units for several reasons. Learn how to change the Major and Minor units of Value axis. Categories: charting, powerpoint_2010, tutorials
  • Should Charts be Animated?

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Charts are something that are often shared between Excel and PowerPoint - and while Excel gurus may look down at PowerPoint as far as charting is concerned, there indeed is one charting feature that is not doable as well in Excel – and that is animating charts. OK, an Excel guru somewhere may have said that it’s great that you cannot animate charts in Excel - after all many PowerPoint users do create a mess with animation anyway! Learn about the pros and cons of animating charts. Categories: charting, design, powerpoint, tutorials
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Reset Options for Videos

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Once you explore video editing options such as recoloring, corrections, preset video styles, video borders, video effects, resizing / flipping, etc. in PowerPoint 2013, your original video clip may appear to be entirely different from what you started with. The fact that you can make your videos look so different in PowerPoint 2013 with customizations galore can sometimes prove be a disadvantage, especially if you want to get rid of all customizations and get back to original state of your video clip. Fortunately, the Reset Design option is just what you need at this point of time! In this…
  • Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Tick Marks on Chart Axes

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Charts are a visual representation of data, and when seen on a PowerPoint slide from afar, you make out the value of a series by exploring where exactly it's placed vis-à-vis the axis. Of course, if your chart has data labels, then this is less of an issue -- however, typical charts have no data labels. For such a chart, you'll find that Tick Marks placed on the axis will help us get a better idea. Learn about the Major and Minor Tick Marks on Chart Axes in PowerPoint 2010. Categories: charting, powerpoint_2010, tutorials
  • Slice and Animate Pictures in PowerPoint

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    You can crop pictures in PowerPoint, and of course you can animate them. But as you may observe frequently in life, synergy yields results that exceed the mere sum of two or more initiatives. And that's true in a way for the technique we will explore on this page -- we call this Slice and Animate. The two techniques being used for this synergy are cropping pictures and adding animation. Learn how to slice and animate pictures in PowerPoint. Categories: animations, pictures, powerpoint, tutorials
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • Innovative Online Delivery Process

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Ordering a product online is often like a black box. You order. If you are lucky, you get an order confirmation with a tracking number. However you typically get very little visibility into the process. A more advanced order method is the one Dominos Pizza uses. You get to see where your pizza is in... The post Innovative Online Delivery Process appeared first on 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.
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    Max Atkinson's Blog

  • What if 'energised' Salmond wins???

    26 Aug 2014 | 3:51 am
    The Independent newspaper described Alex Salmond's performance in last night's leader's debate as 'energised' - which is surely bad news for Alistair Darling and the Labour Party.One of the big questions about the debate to me is why did David Cameron and the Tories allow an experienced former Labour cabinet minister lead the Better Together campaign - when the loss of Scotland, legally complicated though it would be, would mean that Labour might never again form the government of the residual UK. In fact, why are the Conseratives opposing Salmond & Co. at all, I wonder?Then there's the…
  • How to mark the 10th Anniversary of Lend Me Your Ears?

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Next month marks the 10th anniversary of this book of mine.Suggestions on how best to mark it - e.g. with another book based on this blog and/or what - will be very welcome.
  • Attendance allowance: a Blair/Brown-Lab-Lib-Con victory?

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Whether you voted Labour (and I didn't), Conservative (and I didn't) or Liberal Democrat, Labour's Attendance Allowance was a brilliant move that the Con/Lib Dem coalition has, in their own interests, preserved. The big question now is: which of them plans to boast the most about  it at the next election???
  • Topical cartoon???

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Yet again, this week's Private Eye contains some brilliant cartoons, of which this is one of many very different topical themes - keep up the good work, chaps!
  • Max Atkinson wonders whether the BBC is recommending that 4th July should also be a national holiday in the UK???

    4 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    Explore the BBCLow graphicsAccessibility helpBBC NEWS CHANNELNews servicesYour news when you want it News Front PageWorldUKEnglandNorthern IrelandScotlandWalesBusinessPoliticsHealthEducationScience & EnvironmentTechnologyEntertainmentAlso in the news-----------------Video and Audio-----------------Have Your SayMagazineIn PicturesCountry ProfilesSpecial ReportsRELATED BBC SITESSPORTWEATHERCBBC NEWSROUNDON THIS DAYEDITORS' BLOGLast Updated: Friday, 30 July, 2004, 13:15 GMT 14:15 UK E-mail this to a friendPrintable versionThe art of public speaking... revealedIn the words of…
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    Professionally Speaking

  • Guest Posting: 18 Tips for Mastering Public Speaking, by Kyle Ingham

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Kyle Ingham is the founder of The Distilled Man, a website that helps men learn essential “gentlemanly” skills. Like knowing how to cook a perfect steak. How to mix a cocktail. Or how to give a toast. The Distilled Man is dedicated to giving guys a second chance to discover these lost “gentlemanly” arts. Click […]
  • Storytelling and presenting explained

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Following my recent post about graphic recording videos I’ve been amazed at the variety of entertaining and instructional material that’s out there in this format. Analytical Storytelling This video from Harrison Metal summarizes Barbara Minto’s pyramid structure for a talk designed to convince an analytic audience. It shows why presenting your ideas organized as a […]
  • Winston Churchill analyses the Scaffolding of Rhetoric

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    In 1897, while serving as a 22-year-old Army officer in India, Winston Churchill wrote an unpublished essay The Scaffolding of Rhetoric. It begins, with considerable prescience given Churchill’s later career, with an appreciation of the lasting power of public speaking: Of all the talents bestowed upon men, none is so precious as the gift of […]
  • Visual communication with Graphic Recordings

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    I’ve been impressed with a number of videos on YouTube that use hand-drawn images to convey complex information. One example from RSA Animate features Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft in the UK, who imagines what might be possible if more organizations embraced the full, empowering potential of technology and encouraged a truly open, […]
  • Guest Posting: Non-Verbal Techniques in a Large Group Forum, by Theresa Zagnoli

    4 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Theresa Zagnoli has 28 years of experience providing practical trial expertise and communication solutions as a jury consultant, communication expert and founding CEO of Zagnoli McEvoy Foley LLC in Chicago. She counsels attorneys, witnesses, and CEOs on how to be effectively public speakers in and out of the courtroom. ​​ Non-Verbal Techniques in a Large […]
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    Idea Transplant

  • Converting PDF to PowerPoint

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Until now, I did not notice this feature in the latest Adobe Acrobat XI: converting PDF files to PowerPoint. I tried it on a PDF file that had the look and feel of a typical PowerPoint presentation (boxes with big text) and the results were surprisingly good. Here and there, a slide needed a small manual correction (semitransparents, etc.), but hey, it worked. As expected, data charts do not come out in vanilla Excel format. Now, I guess that if you want to convert a file that does not have a typical PowerPoint look and feel, your results will be less good, but that is not the point, is it?
  • Reference points

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    In my twenties I saw many examples around me that created presentation habits I had to unlearn. Professors at university putting a copy of a syllabus page on an overhead projector. Politicians waffling on TV. Senior student organisation leaders giving very poor speeches. Pompous Microsoft Word memos being printed out and distributed in every employee's mailbox. Boring dinner speeches that everyone sat through politely and quietly. The world is changing and younger generations have videos of TED talks, Steve Jobs product launches, and other presentations to set new reference points. Still it…
  • Boring can be good

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Many entrepreneurs are great presenters who can energetically sell their idea/vision to a group of investors. That was meeting 1, and you are invited to meeting 2 with questions about the practicalities of your business, how you are going to approach the market, how are you going to charge for it, where are you going to invest the money you are raising in. Coming back with a slide deck that sells the vision (again) will not score you any (additional) points. There is also no reason to invest in (a professional presentation designer who designs a) a spectacular-looking slide deck that shows…
  • Hiding is not possible

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    Begin cryptic post... A potential client discovered that what they are trying to offer in the market is really something that is needed, but nobody wants to admit that they need it. (If we admit we do this, our share price will go down by 20%) You cannot talk about this directly. As a result, the sales pitch diluted and dumbed down. The result: no sales pitch. It is hard to hide a story, in order to tell a story. A possible solution: define the position of your company as something broader, and give 4 example applications of your technology. One of which is the one no one admits they need.
  • All the same

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    I have a number of clients in the IT security sector. My main challenge with them is to make them sound less similar to all other IT security companies in the world. IT security presentations or brochures usually follow this pattern: Scary, scary, scary reminder of awful security risks. The audience knows this already. The visual images are unpleasant to look at.  A relentless stream of marketing abbreviations and buzzwords that sound exactly the same as the ones the competition is using. I try to keep a positive mood in the presentation without using images of hackers wearing a…
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    Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

  • Dont be afraid of spicing up your corporate presentations

    Gavin Meikle
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Spice up your presentation Last night I was talking to a friend at my local Toastmasters public speaking club when he talked about his challenge to make his work presentations more engaging.   It transpired that he had recently received feedback that his delivery at work was “a bit flat” when giving a corporate presentation. “I’d love to be able to bring some of the lessons I am learning in Toastmasters, into the corporate world but I am worried that it would not go down well.” I knew, from having heard in speak  a number of times previously, that he had made…
  • A New Presentation Skills Infographic

    Gavin Meikle
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:36 am
    I was recently invited to take a look at a new presentation skills infographic. I am not normally a  fan of infographics. It’s not the premise behind them I dislike. I love the idea of distilling key facts or ideas from many sources and then presenting them in a visually appealing way. What I dislike is the way that they cram so much stuff into one enormously long image that doesn’t print out to any normal paper size. Why won’t somebody create an infographic that is paginated for printing – I like paper and I am sure I am not alone! That being said, If YOU like…
  • 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…
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    DiResta Communications Inc.

  • Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking, Part II

    DiResta Communications, Inc.
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:11 am
    Guest blogger Dr. Paul Jenkins works with organizations and individuals to establish and maintain habitual patterns of positive perception and focus that increase happiness, engagement, productivity, profit, and ultimate achievement of professional and personal life missions. Two things create – … Continue reading →
  • Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking, Part I

    DiResta Communications, Inc.
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    Guest blogger Dr. Paul Jenkins works with organizations and individuals to establish and maintain habitual patterns of positive perception and focus that increase happiness, engagement, productivity, profit, and ultimate achievement of professional and personal life missions. What is your greatest … Continue reading →
  • The Essence of Executive Presence

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Executive Presence is difficult to describe, but you know when you have it. And so it goes in the workplace. Clients call me to work on a leader’s “executive presence.” They’ll say the leader needs “polishing” or “gravitas,” but they … Continue reading →
  • You Talk Too Much: 3 Ways to Get Boring People to Stop Talking

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    We’ve all experienced it. You’re at a networking meeting or a social event and there’s that person who dominates the conversation and can’t stop talking. You wish they would direct the conversation toward you but it’s like a traffic jam … Continue reading →
  • 5 Presentation Mistakes When Pitching for Business

    14 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    Speaking is the new competitive advantage. What makes your product or service stand out in a sea of commodities is your presentation. Don’t lose out because of these presentation mistakes:   Rambling Elevator Speech. If you can’t say what you … Continue reading →
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  • Pet Peeve #5 – “Dumb Down”

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    by Terry Gault When I hear people using the phrase ”dumb down” as in “I need to dumb this topic down”, I wonder, “Do they really think their audience is dumb?  Or are they not smart enough to know how to simplify your message to suit the target audience?  In which, case who should ‘dumb’ be applied to here?” The phrase is insulting to the audience and it doesn’t say much for the user either.  The phrase signifies that the speaker isn’t approaching the matter with the right ‘frame’.  The frame they need instead of…
  • The Most Powerful Way to End a Presentation

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    There are many tips for delivering a great presentation, and while it is important to grab your audience at the beginning, what you do at the end can make all the difference in your presentation’s overall impact and success.  Check out these tips from Eric Holtzclaw at Inc. Getting rid of the “questions?” slide. To start, let’s talk about what you shouldn’t do. You shouldn’t end a presentation with a slide that asks “Questions?” Everyone does and there is nothing memorable about this approach. Ideally, you should take questions throughout the…
  • Tell a Meaningful Story With Data

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    by Terry Gault Periodically, I will be asked about how to effectively present data in ways that are meaningful for an audience.  The short answer to that question is, “Frame it in a story.” That doesn’t give our clients enough to know how to do that step-by-step.  The following piece from ThinkWithGoogle offers some excellent suggestions on how to present your data in a meaningful story. Most organizations recognize that being a successful, data-driven company requires skilled developers and analysts. Fewer grasp how to use data to tell a meaningful story that resonates…
  • Conflict Zones – Navigating Conflict with Clarity

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Erica Groschler of TPS Consulting When you hear “conflict” which of these statements ring true for you? a)      Oh no, conflict is bad b)      Conflict should be avoided c)      It’s better not to stir the pot d)      Someone did something wrong e)      Bring it on! Most of us are not comfortable engaging in conflict – whether at work or in our personal lives.  The messages we received while growing up shaped our thinking and core beliefs about conflict. These messages, (don’t rock the boat, conflict should be…
  • 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…
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    Public Speaking Library

  • It's transition time!

    Tim Wilson
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Fellow speaker,Professional presentation coach Phil Wakenel suggests you do one of two things when transitioning:Link - create a clear linking sentence or phrase that ties the ideas of what you finished saying with what you are about to say (e.g., "Once you have completed the first step of engagement, you need to do the second step...")Break - create a clear pause that breaks the audience's focus on what you were talking about and allows them to start wondering about what you will be talking about nextIn transition,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at:…
  • It's black and white

    Tim Wilson
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    Fellow speaker,Professional presentation coach Phil Wakenell suggests you always use black backgrounds in your slides for your speeches. This is because the more normal all white backgrounds glare, tire the audience eyes out over the course of your speech, and are a magnet for the audience's eyes (taking them away from you, the presenter). Using a black or very dark background is easier on the eyes and allows the audience to focus on you after they get the point of your slide. See how Apple uses black backgrounds in their speeches to get their point across while keeping their audience focused…
  • Let go and get good

    Tim Wilson
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Fellow speaker,Professional presentation coach Nancy Duarte suggests if you have difficulty in letting go of word clutter in your presentations you follow these three steps:Reduce - Go to one of your overly-wordy bullet-pointed slide and highlight the most important word per bullet pointRecord - Get an audio recording of you giving your speech and listen to it over and over again until you have absorbed your speech contentRepeat - Continue listening to your content, create flash cards, mind maps, or any other way you can think of to get your speech content into your headAbout the three…
  • Bullets don't kill presentations...

    Tim Wilson
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    Fellow speaker,Professional presentation coach Nancy Duarte suggests if you use bullets on your slides you make them headlines only. Think of each bullet as a headline for the subject you will talk in more detail about with your audience.Bulleted,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Three seconds

    Tim Wilson
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    Fellow speaker,Professional presentation coach Nancy Duarte suggests you use a "three second rule" for the slides in your speech. If your audience can't understand the point of your slide in three seconds, then the slide is too complicated. Think of your slide like a highway billboard which has to get its point across almost instantly to the audience before their attention shifts onto you and your speech.Seconding,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
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  • It’s the Little Stressors That Will Kill You

    Nick Morgan
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Recently I was busy in an airplane-hangar-sized room helping a couple of speakers get ready to speak to an audience of 10,000 people. That’s a daunting challenge for anyone, but the difference between the two people made for a quite different experience running up to the event. One was extroverted and the other introverted. As I […]
  • A Quick Tip for Introverted Speakers — and Extroverts Too

    Nick Morgan
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I often get asked about cultural differences in communications around the world, especially in terms of body language. What’s interesting is that the research of the last couple of decades has highlighted the similarities among peoples around the world more than it has found differences. So, for example, basic facial gestures turn out to be […]
  • Which Is Better – PowerPoint or a FlipChart?

    Nick Morgan
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m not a fan of PowerPoint (or any other slide software) – specifically the use of long bulleted lists as de facto speaker notes more for the benefit of the speaker than her audience. Those who have seen me speak will know that I am a big […]
  • How Much Should A Speaker Charge?

    Nick Morgan
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    How much should you charge to give a speech? The question is complicated by a number of factors including perception, the market, your expertise, the audience, and your celebrity appeal. I’m going to approach the subject from the point of view of a speaker trying to gauge the marketplace and price to get bookings. Be advised […]
  • Hope For People With Autism: iPresentWell and AutismSees

    Nick Morgan
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Occasionally, a story comes along that’s so great I have to share it asap. Meet Danielle Feerst. She’s the CEO of AutismSees, a startup dedicated to creating technology – apps – to help people with autism make successful public presentations. She’s a rising junior at Tufts University. The first app is iPresentWell, and it’s in […]
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  • Famous Speech Friday: Indra Nooyi's "middle finger" speech

    Becky Ham
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:15 am
    Commencement speakers get a thumbs-up or thumbs-down depending on how well they can make a hidebound ceremony seem fresh and memorable. Indra Nooyi got a definite thumbs-down from some quarters when she offered up a 2005 commencement speech that included a starring role for, ahem, the middle finger.Nooyi, president and CFO of PepsiCo at the time, spoke at the Columbia University Business School graduation on the topic of global business. She was an inspired choice: born in India, in charge of PepsiCo's international strategy for nearly a decade, and consistently ranked among Forbes' most…
  • Instead of wincing, 10 things to look for on that video of your talk

    Denise Graveline
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:15 am
    (Editor's note: I've just finished coaching the speakers at TEDMED 2014, and promised many speakers that I'd republish this post, which originally appeared in 2010 and has been updated annually ever since. They'll be seeing video of their talks in the coming months, and wanted to know what to look for. Use this list to spot problems, see what you did right, and make improvements, based on your own video. If you've just spoken at a TED conference, you also may find useful my list of 9 things to do with the video of your TED talk. It was a special treat for me to coach alongside Peter…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    15 Sep 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:Frowny face? A study concludes that there are several near-universal facial expressions--good to know if you are presenting in another country.Meeting prep: This article on 3 ways to make your virtual meeting runs smoothly focuses on Google Hangouts, but the tips…
  • Famous Speech Friday: Sue Austin's "most mobile person" at TEDMED

    Denise Graveline
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    This morning, I'll be wrapping up a week of backstage speaker coaching at the TEDMED conference here in Washington. Last year at TEDMED 2013, British artist Sue Austin managed to bring the audience to silence before she ever got on stage. That's because a short film was shown the day before she spoke at the conference, featuring Austin's performance art: An underwater dive she took in a wheelchair off the coast of Egypt.The video of that dive is mesmerizing. Only later do you learn that Austin, who lost her mobility after an extended illness, is using a National Health Service…
  • From the vault: 7 paths to success for panelists

    Denise Graveline
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:15 am
    (Editor's note: Since this post appeared in 2009, my own views on panels have shifted quite a bit. I now advocate for panels without slides and technology, so the panel discussion can be a real discussion--and my own preference is to attend conferences with few or no panels. But into each speaker's life some panels will fall, so you may as well be prepared.) Speaking as part of a panel is a great opportunity to speak without the full responsibility for holding an audience's attention...a great way to break into speaking...and a real headache if you don't plan it right. To be a…
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    Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations

  • SP Tip # 78: Four Ways to Transform Your Presentation into a Conversation

    George Torok
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
     Four Ways to Transform your Presentation into a Conversation Which feels more inviting to you  "Let's talk" or "I'm going to deliver a speech"?Most of us don't want to hear another lecture or a pitch. But we are more inclined to participate in a conversation.Deliver your presentation like a conversation and your audience will feel more engaged and less like prisoners. Hence they will trust you more and listen better. Therefore they are more likely to remember and act on your message.What are the critical elements of a good conversation that you can use in your…
  • Steve Jobs handles an insult with grace

    George Torok
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Steve Jobs handled this insult and tough question well. Notice the long pause to think and demonstrate that he takes the question seriously. It would have been ineffective to answer quickly with a glib response.After he stated that the person was right, Jobs then talked about his approach that might be different from the standard.Nicely done Steve Presentation Tips on Twitter Presentation Skills Club on Facebook Executive Speech CoachBusiness presentation tips from George Torok, the Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok…
  • Superior Presentations Tip #77: What’s the purpose of your presentation?

    George Torok
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:07 am
    What’s the purpose of your presentation?Presentations fail when the presenter doesn’t understand the real purpose. Presenters have told me that their plan was to speak for 30 minutes, cover all the material or represent their company. Some confessed that their goal was to deliver their message, prove their point or receive a standing ovation. Executives and managers said that they needed to report the latest numbers, update the board or bring everyone up to date.Each of those is a poor description of the presentation purpose. Why? Because those are speaker focused. And if you define…
  • Questions about questions in your presentation

    George Torok
    30 May 2014 | 4:00 am
    NEXT Public Seminar June 24 in BurlingtonSign up now to take advantage of the early booking discount.Read the program outline for more imformationhttp://presentation-skills-seminars.comPresentation Tips on Twitter Presentation Skills Club on Facebook Executive Speech CoachBusiness presentation tips from George Torok, the Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com
  • SP Tip 76: Transform Boring Into Exciting

    George Torok
    29 May 2014 | 7:00 am
     How to transform boring material into an exciting presentationMy topic is boring so I can’t help but be boring. Have you heard a speaker utter that excuse? Have you used it?The evening before his presentation to a conference of entrepreneurs a speaker confessed to me that his presentation would be boring because it was a boring topic. He sighed that it wasn’t his fault.So I asked him, “What benefit can they hope to gain or what pain might they avoid by listening to your presentation?”“They’ll learn how to take advantage of some free business development programs that have…
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    Susan's Blog - Inspire, Inform, Influence

  • Diamonds are Forever and Don't Let Anyone Tell You Otherwise

    Susan Trivers
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    Women and a few men--150 in all--waited for the speaker to begin. It was something about diamonds, so it would probably be good, right? It turned out that the reference to diamonds was not about the jewels but about the shape and her message was to be sure we avoid letting our lives narrow to a point as we age. In my mind diamonds have lots of positive associations: jewelry, princesses, baseballs, engagement and wedding rings, lasting forever. So I was disappointed that this woman associated diamonds with this ominous message: if you're not watchful, you'll reach the width of the…
  • It's Not Either-Or: You Need Both Presence and Authenticity

    Susan Trivers
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    I get really annoyed with people who tell everyone they have a binary choice: when an expert adamantly tells you to pick one or the other of two conditions. There are very, very few times when you can have only one of the two. Most of life is about gradations of many choices. So it is with this question for speakers: which is better, to be authentic or to have presence? You need both to inspire, inform and influence your audiences. It doesn't matter what the topic or who the audience. Let's look at these two qualities. Authenticity What does it mean? Most audiences will say it means…
  • What's the Correct Profit Picture for Leaders and Owners?

    Susan Trivers
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    Your CFO and your accountant would describe profit as the difference between all revenue and all expenses. That's factually correct. It's also a HUGE mistake for you to think that's the right picture for you as a leader or business owner. There are three benefits of having a different picture of profits: 1) When you separate each line of business, or offerings (products and services) and evaluate them individually in terms of revenue minus costs, the disparate value of each one will be unmistakable. Why is this important? Because it then directs you to invest in the best and…
  • Is Your Iterative Approach a Cover for Failure Work?

    Susan Trivers
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    We all know that it's important to invest in improving, editing, polishing, finalizing or in some way taking a second look at our work. I expect this when I work with clients and you expect it as part of your work. What I see is that the "iterative approach" all too often morphs into a cover for the need to do failure work--that is, doing the same work over and over because it was so poorly done the first few times. While there are true uses for an iterative approach, too often the concept of iterations is applied inappropriately to other work. Using the iterative mindset as…
  • When is a Reservation Not a Reservation?

    Susan Trivers
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    When you reserve a car or a hotel room don't you expect that the car or room you reserved will be there for you when you show up? Seems reasonable. That's the point of a reservation. Takes the risk out of meeting your needs. Yet on one recent trip I had a reservation for a car and there was no car for me and I had a hotel reservation and there was no room for me. The responses to failing to fulfill their promises to me was widely different. The Thrifty rental car agent in Jackson, MS shrugged at my printed reservation form, said he had no conrol over this happening and there was…
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  • Apple (AAPL) Exploits Greatest PR Gimmick Ever

    TJ Walker
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    Apple (AAPL) just enacted the greatest PR Gimmick ever. As a media trainer, I am often critical of Apple because they violate almost every rule of good media relations. They don’t return phone calls from the media, they are notoriously secretive, they dissemble on the health of their former CEO, and they come across as arrogant in most of their dealing with the media. Most recently, they avoided the press while scandal was swirling around them regarding the celebrity photos on iphones being hacked. That little escapade of poor crisis communications cost Apple $30 billion in vaporized…
  • Emergency Speech Preparation – What to do if you have to give a speech tomorrow morning and you haven’t started preparing

    TJ Walker
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    Emergency Speech Preparation – What to do if you have to give a speech tomorrow morning and you haven’t started preparing We’ve all done it-procrastinated on a speech or presentation and now it is staring us in the face-it has to be given at 9 AM tomorrow morning. So other than panic, what do you do? This is a situation that my clients often face so I decided to create a very quick, easy 30 minute online presentation training course at Udemy.com and other online training platforms with the idea that someone could come into the course, watch video for thirty minutes but then…
  • New Technology Use Revolutionizes Communications Training | Media Training

    TJ Walker
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    The more some things change, like technology, the more some things stay the same, like most people’s desire to get certain types of trainings face-to-face. I’ve been conducting media and presentation training for 30 years and most of what I do is face-to face, which sends me to interesting places like Dubai and Delhi not infrequently. But face-to-face training is very expensive and can be inefficient, given travel costs and scheduling needs. Face-to-face training sessions also weren’t flexible enough to do a quick 15 minute rehearsal with a client before a media interview or…
  • College Students use Cell Phones 10 Hours per Day | Media Training

    TJ Walker
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:07 am
    A new study from Baylor University shows that college females are on their cell phones 10 hours a day, while college males are on 8 hours a day. This seems like an absurdly high number (does anyone smile at each other on the quad anymore?). I’m also not quite sure how you tally the hours up. If you are watching a football game for 3 hours and sending a text every ten minutes to a friend who is also watching the game, does that count as 3 hours on the cell phone or do you just add up the minutes texting? Nonetheless, younger people are spending a huge amount of time on mobile devices.
  • PR Firm Offers to Pay Media for Placements | Media Training

    TJ Walker
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
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    Public Speakers Blog

  • Professional Speakers: Starting Over

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    If you’ve struggled to get your professional speaking career off the ground, or you’re not happy with your current level of success in the business, don’t feel bad. You’re in the majority. This is a VERY tough business. While it’s possible to make it, it can be quite a challenge. Most of the 3,000 plus speakers who call our office every year for career advice are going down the wrong path, following the wrong people or promoting the wrong topic. Before I met great Bill Gove in 1996 and attended his keynote speech workshop, I was making the same mistakes. Luckily,…
  • 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]  
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    The Accidental Communicator

  • Panel Session Checklist

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    To make your next panel session go correctly, what you need is a checklistImage Credit I don’t know about you, but my life is ruled by checklists. What this means is that once I’ve done something once and figured out the steps that are involved in doing it, I’ll make a checklist so that the next time that I do it I won’t forget anything. As speakers there are times that we are asked to use our speaking skills host a panel session. Panels have a lot of moving parts associated with them and clearly this calls for a checklist… 6 Item That Must Be On Your Next Panel…
  • What Public Speakers Need To Know About Job Opportunities In The Federal Sector

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    One of the responsibilities that we have as public speakers is to share information with others about where they can find good jobs — jobs that require speaking skills and others. As kids go back to college this fall, it’s the perfect time to open their eyes to the job opportunities in the federal sector. We all know how hard it is now to find a good job after graduation, yet the federal workforce is in need of bright, young lawyers, engineers, scientists, enforcement officers, and more! Check out the National Treasury Employee’s Union (NTEU) president’s tips on how to help…
  • Panel Sessions: 3 Ways To Keep Them On Track

    9 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Setting up a successful panel session requires planning on your partImage Credit Public speaking takes on many different forms. One of the most challenging types of public speaking that we may be called on is to manage a panel session. Panel sessions are a great way to get experts on some topic together in a single place so that they can share their different views on a given topic. However, because of the dynamic nature of this type of public speaking, things can get out of hand very quickly during the actual panel session if you aren’t careful… 3 Ways To Keep A Panel Session From…
  • A 9 Step Cheatsheet for Becoming a Public Speaking Expert

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Cheatsheet for Becoming a Public Speaking Expert Infographic Team, Joe Shervell heads an infographic design team that is based in London. One of the things that he does quite well is to take a lot of information and transform it into an easy to understand image. His latest creation has to do with the skills that we all need in order to become better public speakers. Joe has boiled down content that he’s collected from dozens of books and blog posts, as well as tips from professional public speakers. I personally think that he’s done a great job — his infographic provides a…
  • Panel Sessions: 3 Ways To Make Them Successful Before They Start

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Setting up a successful panel session requires planning on your partImage Credit Public speaking takes on many different forms. One of the most challenging types of public speaking that we may be called on is to manage a panel session. Panel sessions are a great way to get experts on some topic together in a single place so that they can share their different views on a given topic. However, because of the dynamic nature of this type of public speaking, things can get out of hand very quickly if you aren’t careful… 3 Ways To Set Up A Successful Panel Session As with all such things in…
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Cashing in on voting

    George F. Will
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    The pursuit of perfection is usually foredoomed, but the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, which has a latitudinarian understanding of ethical behavior, has a perfectly awful idea. It is urging the City Council to consider ways of paying — starchier ethicists might call it bribing — people to vote. Read full article >>
  • Obama is defying the Constitution on war

    George F. Will
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:09 pm
    The United States last declared war many wars ago, on June 5, 1942, when, to clarify legal ambiguities during a world conflagration, it declared war on Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Today’s issue is not whether to declare war but only whether the president should even seek congressional authorization for the protracted use of force against the Islamic State. Read full article >>
  • George Will: Scotland’s epic vote on independence from the United Kingdom

    George F. Will
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Tucking into a dish of Scottish haggis is not a task for the fainthearted. There are various haggis recipes, but basically it is sheep’s pluck — the heart, lungs and liver — cooked together, then mixed with suet and oatmeal and boiled in a sheep’s stomach, then served, sometimes drenched with Scotch. People who pour whisky on oatmeal are not shrinking violets. Remember this on Thursday when Scotland votes on independence from the United Kingdom. Read full article >>
  • George Will: Senate Democrats’ extremism on display

    George F. Will
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Since Barry Goldwater, in accepting the Republicans’ 1964 presidential nomination, said, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” Democrats have been decrying Republican “extremism.” Actually, although there is abundant foolishness and unseemliness in U.S. politics, real extremism — measures or movements that menace the Constitution’s architecture of ordered liberty — is rare. This week, however, extremism stained the Senate. Read full article >>
  • Has NATO lost its will as well as its muscle?

    George F. Will
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Speaking on Aug. 29 — at a fundraiser, of course — Barack Obama applied to a platitude the varnish of smartphone sociology, producing this intellectual sunburst: “The truth of the matter is, is that the world has always been messy. In part, we’re just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through.” So, if 14th-century Europeans had had Facebook and Twitter, they would have noticed how really disagreeable the Hundred Years’ War was. Read full article >>
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    Power Presentations

  • The Alibaba Juggernaut

    Jerry Weissman
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    Although the tidal wave of public, media, and investor interest in the Alibaba IPO will most likely make it unnecessary, the company did not leave any stone unturned in their quest for premium pricing; particularly in the production of their presentation for netroadshow.com and retailroadshow.com. Read my entire blog post on Forbes. The post The Alibaba Juggernaut appeared first on Power Presentations - The Art and Science of Powerful Presentations.
  • Obama and ISIS: To Act or Not to Act

    Jerry Weissman
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    Last month, The Atlantic columnist Jeffery Goldberg set off a wave of criticism of President Obama by reporting about an interview with his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in which she “said about Obama’s slogan: ‘Great nations need organizing principles, and “Don’t do stupid stuff” is not an organizing principle.’” Yesterday, in anticipation of Mr. Obama’s prime time address to the nation about ISIS, Mr. Goldberg called him  “the greatest terrorist hunter in the history of the presidency,” referring to his take downs of Osama Bin Laden, the al-Shabab leader…
  • Repeat After Me: Posture is Everything.

    Tanya Fruehe
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    Different people have different methods to prepare themselves for an important presentation. Some run around the block, some take a nap under the podium, some tell themselves, “you go girl,” and some even down a class of wine before taking the stage.  A new way to prepare for an important presentation is to follow the advice of Amy Cuddy, social psychologist and professor at Harvard Business School, and Power Pose. Cuddy began noticing that MBA students who regularly participated in classroom discussions displayed completely different body language from students who participated less.
  • Keep Negativity Out of Q&A: Obama and “We Don’t have a Strategy Yet”

    Jerry Weissman
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    Yesterday, after Barack Obama held a press briefing to address the tumultuous events taking place in the Middle East, NBC’s Chuck Todd asked him, “Do you need Congress’s approval to go into Syria?”  The president replied: You know, I have consulted with Congress throughout this process. I am confident that as commander in chief I have the authorities to engage in the acts that we are conducting currently. As our strategy develops, we will continue to consult with Congress, and I do think that it’ll be important for Congress to weigh in and we’re — that our consultations with…
  • To Golf or Not to Golf…

    Jerry Weissman
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    In light of turmoil in Syria and the funeral of Michael Brown, critics are harping on President Obama’s planned vacation to Martha’s Vineyard.  Should Obama forgo summer vacation and rush back to the White House?  Hash it out with me on today’s post on Forbes. The post To Golf or Not to Golf… appeared first on Power Presentations - The Art and Science of Powerful Presentations.
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    Blog - Princeton Public Speaking

  • Public Speaking Experts – Demosthenes

    8 Sep 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Public speaking expert is a title that carries tremendous weight.  Demosthenes, public speaking expert of the 4th century BC, is one of the legendary Greek orators. Some of his most famous (and my favorite) addresses of his relate to his opposition to King Phillip II of Macedon. Although he passed away in 322 BC, Demosthenes is relevant to 21st century orators because of his dedication to practice and preparation. Demosthenes’ dream was to be a great orator, but he had speech impediments.  He was ridiculed early and often for his deficiencies, but he never quit.   Here are just a few of…
  • Rock Your Next Interview: Public Speaking Dallas to Dubai

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:49 pm
    First, public speaking in Dallas is as important as public speaking in Dubai or public speaking in Djibouti. Location doesn’t matter. Interviews are a given in life, interviews certainly qualify as public speaking events, and how you communicate in that interview is crucial.  Whether interviewing or speaking in Dallas or Dubai, or anywhere else in the world, every person is going to have an interview. You are often the preeminent expert in the topic of the interview – YOU!  There is no one on the planet that knows you better than you know yourself.  That does not mean you don’t…
  • Public Speaking “Fight or Flight” – Acute Stress Response

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    “The only thing we have to fear is… fear itself.”     - President Franklin D. Roosevelt Sweating. Rapid heart rate. Dry mouth. Faster breathing. The “jitters.” Most of us have experienced some, or all of these prior to speaking or presenting publicly. Whether in Princeton or Phuket, Dallas for Dubai, anxiety surrounding public speaking is nothing new. Every presenter has a rush of adrenaline prior to presenting. Having worked with thousands of speakers, I can attest to this. This angst seems to be independent of position or job title. Nervous energy…
  • 12 Tips to Overcome Public Speaking Jitters

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    “I know they are watching me tremble and sweat! “Can they see me shake?” “I get so blotchy when I am nervous and I know that the audience can tell!” I hear these questions and statements on a regular basis. Fear and anxiety before speaking publicly is nearly universal – it targets all of us, at different times and to varying degrees. Most individuals experience some degree of anxiety and/or nervousness prior to presenting. Two of the greatest orators of the past two centuries, Sir Winston Churchill and President Abraham Lincoln, were both reported to have some…
  • How To Close A Speech That Brings Your Audience To Their Feet

    18 Mar 2014 | 9:40 am
    You’ve engaged your audience from the beginning of your presentation. They nodded as you delivered your message. Their eyes were locked as you wove through a carefully crafted medley of stories, anecdotes and analogies, all supporting your message. There’s no question; the majority of your audience agrees with what you’re saying. Empowered, the time has come to bring your speech to a close, at which point you exclaim: “In conclusion, I appreciate the time you spent listening about __________. Thank you.” …and then nothing happens. Everyone quietly claps, or just nods, and…
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  • Presentation Myths

    Kathy Reiffenstein
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Of the various titles I’ve held in my career, myth-buster actually hasn’t been one of them. Yet when I teach the Association for Talent Development's (ATD) Presentation Skills Certificate program and other presentation courses and workshops, I find myself “busting” a lot of myths about presentation practices. So many businesspeople who are tasked with making presentations, even at senior levels, have never had any formal training in how to engage an audience, manage anxiety and get a message across effectively. It’s no wonder presentation myths are so prevalent.Some of the common…
  • 5 Ways To Make A Bigger Impact At Meetings

    Kathy Reiffenstein
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:39 pm
    I doubt you've ever heard anyone say they wished they had more meetings to attend. Most of us complain frequently about how unproductive meetings are and how they interfere with getting our job done. In addition to being time-wasters, meetings can be political mine fields, organizationally speaking. Whose side should we take in a disagreement? When should we speak our mind? When would silence be the better choice? How should we ensure that others know the contributions we make? When would it be more savvy to let others take the credit? From a communications perspective, here are 5 ways to…
  • Once Upon A Data Point: Using Stories To Make Your Facts More Memorable

    Kathy Reiffenstein
    30 May 2014 | 2:53 pm
    If you're familiar with the character of Sherlock Holmes -- whether from literature, the BBC's production starring Benedict Cumberbatch or the CBS series, Elementary -- you know that Sherlock is a data junkie. The facts and evidence he collects about a crime are fodder for the story he weaves to communicate his uncannily accurate conclusions. He gives meaning to the assorted bits of data he's collected. Too frequently we presenters dump mounds of data and analytics on our audience without enough thought as to how we want them to interpret what the data means. We would be well-served to adopt…
  • Your Visual Package: What The Audience Sees

    Kathy Reiffenstein
    29 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
    The brilliance of your message is only part of what an audience will focus on during your presentation. The other part is you. Specifically, the visual package you present. Your audience brings a holistic perspective to your presentation. So what they see --as well as what they hear -- contributes significantly to how engaged they are and how they evaluate the time spent with you. Let's look at the components of your visual package and examine how your audience interprets some of the things they might see. EYE CONTACT What They See: You're looking at your slides or your notes instead of at…
  • Use Contrast in Your Presentation For Better Memorability

    Kathy Reiffenstein
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:24 am
    We humans love contrast. We employ it in decorating [current hot trend: purple and green]; in fashion [current hot trend: Placid Blue and Hemlock Green with a dash of Radiant Orchid]; in story [long time trend: good vs. evil]; and even in decision making [long time trend: pros and cons].The reason contrast is so universal is because it highlights and creates memorability. Aren’t you more likely to remember a stunningly decorated room in purple and green than one in all grey? [OK, maybe that’s a female thing]. Contrast implies difference and difference is more memorable than sameness. We…
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  • ”The Mask”

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:59 pm
    The mask is off discarded among things of no value. The earth takes it up – the soil dismantles it and takes and to it’s grave. Uselesss and without purpose-it  no longer obscures the shining light that Always lived beneath the grief. The soil will now bury it and neutralize what was an illusion. A dysfunction of time and terror.
  • Ebola Fast Facts

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    Not up for reading lengthy reports about Ebola, but also don’t want to live needlessly in fear? There are a lot of myths and half truths about Ebola, and it’s important to separate 100 percent fact from partial fiction. It’s crucial for your own peace of mind and health, especially if you’re considering traveling to an area with an outbreak. Consider this your cheat sheet. Don’t let fear of Ebola stop you from booking that African safari you’ve been dreaming of. Know that Ebola has been recorded in humans since 1976 (it’s not new), starting in Central Africa and southern Sudan.

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    BRYCE ON LIFE - Do not despair, try writing a list of the positive things in life instead. (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. I was having a cigar with a good friend recently where we were lamenting about the state of affairs in our government, business, and the country in general. It’s easy to be negative when events do not turn out as you expect them. However, I made the observation people tend to overlook the blessings in their lives, those events, however large or trifle, somehow had a profound effect on our lives. I…
  • Managing Your Tech and Communication Expenses

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    Businesses can quickly leak money if they don’t accurately track and audit their expenses on a regular basis. Your company’s departments might spend more money than they need on replacing or repairing hardware. Or they might lose track of software licenses purchased, and buy too many. Ultimately, your company should have a firm grasp on its communications and technology budgets. Here are some tools that can help you take control over your organization’s spending. Device Inventory Do you have stable counts of your tech inventory? Your IT department should be able to track the…
  • Jesus vs. Rocky

    Richard Cahill
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    A boy in Pennsylvania has been charged with “desecration of a venerated object” because he climbed up on a statue of a kneeling Jesus and pretended the statue was fellating him, had a picture taken of the simulated act and posted it on his Facebook page. He is facing a possible maximum of two years behind bars for this. I was keenly unaware of this law when I was growing up in Pennsylvania, otherwise I would never have claimed to my auto insurance agent that I regularly washed my car in Holy Water and deserved a discount for that, but the authorities there take it seriously. A…
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  • Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA - Perfect Timing for Re-Branding

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:22 pm
    'Sooner than later, the dog fight will come to Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Along with so many other academic institutions it will be fighting for survival as consumers and those picking up the tab (e.g. parents) question the Return on Investment (ROI) of going to any college  and, more specifically, to that one.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Apple (AAPL) Exploits Greatest PR Gimmick Ever

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    'Apple (AAPL) just enacted the greatest PR Gimmick ever. As a media trainer, I am often critical of Apple because they violate almost every rule of good media relations. Most recently, they avoided the press while scandal was swirling around them regarding the celebrity photos on iphones being hacked. How much? That’s a dedicated customer!Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Leadership Communications - Plenty Of Assignments With Those Over-39

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    'The meme, at least in some circles, is shifting toward Winter's Coming in Startupville. Here is a piece of that covered in Tech Crunch. However, we in Leadership Communications now know this: Those market segments involved in startups and established companies heavily involved in developing digital solutions are relatively small. Exciting, yes.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Those Bad Guys - How To Describe Them Right

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    'Hmmmm. What's the difference between the psychopath who shoots up a school and a psychotic who mows down politicos at a town meeting? Communications pros have to get that right. With so much tragic violence around the world, readers demand more detailed information and a ton of insight about the bad guys. " The author is Dean A.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Famous Speech Friday: Indra Nooyi's "middle finger" speech

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:15 am
    'Commencement speakers get a thumbs-up or thumbs-down depending on how well they can make a hidebound ceremony seem fresh and memorable. Indra Nooyi got a definite thumbs-down from some quarters when she offered up a 2005 commencement speech that included a starring role for, ahem, the middle finger. Nooyi dubbed the U.S. famous speechesBrought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
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  • Speaking with integrity

    Ellen Finkelstein
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:02 pm
    A few days ago, I bought an expensive product, because it promised to help me promote my products in a new way and with some automation. I thought that the concept was good — and I still do. But once I got the product, I started reading the instructions. They included creating “fake” Google accounts, including making up a name and choosing a profile picture from the Internet. It recommended deleting cookies in your browser before changing from one account to another so that Google didn’t know you had multiple accounts. Then you had to use that fake identify to create…
  • Place an open circle around something to emphasize it: Creating open shapes

    Ellen Finkelstein
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Would you like to create shapes like this in PowerPoint? I like them because they look informal, hand drawn. They don’t come with PowerPoint, but you can easily create them using the Bézier Curve (Edit Points) feature. This feature is not well known because it isn’t on the ribbon. You do everything with the right-click menu. In this short video, I show you how to create these shapes. Here are the steps to create an open circle: Draw an oval. On the Format tab, choose Shape Fill, No Fill. Right-click on the outline and choose Edit Points. Right-click the top point and choose Open…
  • Your presentation deserves the same respect as your website and brochures!

    Ellen Finkelstein
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    A story. Recently, I went to an Internet Marketing conference and met the owner of a company that sells high-end products for marketers. The company bought a sponsorship table (which I’m sure was expensive) and had nicely-designed brochures laid out on the table, along with a monitor displaying the software. The owner ran a session about the value of their tools for pre-selecting potential customers who might be likely to buy a product. During the session, she discussed the sales process, starting with getting leads and ending with the sales conversation. She asked the audience,…
  • 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…
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  • Send me 5 slides

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:18 am
    My friend works in a consumer goods company and he reports to the CEO. Yesterday my friend called me. He was frustrated. He wanted to send an important proposal to his boss and he had worked on this project for more than a week. When he asked his boss for some time to discuss the matter he was asked "Send me 5 slides."CEOs are busy and so is everyone. Whether you are sending a sponsorship proposal to a company or a CV (resume) to a prospective employer, everyone is busy. The recipient does not share the same love for your PPT as you do. Hence it becomes important to condense your hours of…
  • 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…
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  • Winning Anyway in Kuala Lumpur - A Look Back

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:57 pm
    I've been back for about 8 days - and I've had a chance to more fully digest the 2014 Toastmasters Convention, and specifically, this year's World Championship of Public Speaking. Here's the rundown:FIRST - the results - I didn't place in my semi. I came up fourth in the order, and two of the first three had similar themes to mine - enough so I actually mentioned it in my own speech. My humor fell flat - whether a cultural aspect, the late hour after a day of contests, poor timing on my part, sameness - I don't know for sure - I just know the strength of this speech simply WASN'T there on…
  • 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…
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  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 188) – Aristotle

    John Zimmer
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) Greek Philosopher “[I]t is not enough to know what we ought to say; we must also say it as we ought … It is, essentially, a matter of the right management of the voice to express the various emotions—of speaking loudly, softly, or between the two; of high, low, or intermediate pitch; of the various rhythms that suit various subjects. These are the three things—volume of sound, modulation of pitch, and rhythm—that a speaker bears in mind.” — AristotleFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers
  • A Speech for the Boys of Summer

    John Zimmer
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:03 pm
    The Little League Baseball World Series is currently underway in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. I have not been following the competition closely, but yesterday I came across this story on ESPN. The team of Cumberland (from Rhode Island) lost 8-7 against Chicago and was eliminated from the tournament. The kids from Cumberland were, understandably, gutted. But their coach, Dave Belisle, gathered them together to deliver a final speech. The moment was captured on camera. It was a great speech for many reasons. Here are five of them. 1.  It was a difficult moment for the team, but Belisle still…
  • 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
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    Interruption Management

  • Some Interruptions are Worthwhile

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    In a few days, we will "celebrate" Labor Day, a day for acknowledging the American Labor movement. We've homogenized our holidays, however..Instead of letting many of the holidays fall as they would, scattered throughout the days of the week, we now force fit them into Mondays or Fridays so that we can enjoy long weekends. No more Lincoln's Birthday, no more Washington's birthday, we now have President's Day, and too many citizens have no idea which presidents we're even honoring.Labor day has become a shopping day. For many, Memorial Day has no meaning other than that which TV viewers might…
  • Shred Away

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    I recommend using an office shredder when you have to discard papers that might contain otherwise sensitive information, such as credit card numbers, login data, or addresses of key clients that you would not want to fall into the hands of someone else.One of the great benefits of shredding is that it's psychologically satisfying to see your papers completely stripped lengthwise, so that no one could possibly put them back together. You can also use the shredded paper as packing material for any objects that you're mailing. In that respect, you’re taking care of the environment as well by…
  • Interrupted Sleep is no Fun

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    Go to bed when you're tired, not when you think you ought to. Let your body talk to you. It'll tell you when it's tired. The problem you've had in the past is that you have ignored the messages.Once a week, get to bed by 9:00 p.m. Your body will thank you. Let yourself sleep for nine, ten hours, whatever it takes. Allow yourself at least one weeknight in which getting sleep is your only objective. If you're kept awake by your spouse's snoring, or you're the one snoring, you need help. Get a snore control device like those available from airline shopper magazines. A small device attaches to…
  • Alternate Tasks for High Productivity

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
  • One Thing at a Time!

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    What is the fastest, most efficient way you can handle all the things competing for your attention? Prioritize them, and then handle them one at a time. It sounds simple enough, but this goes against the grain of society, which "says" do many things at once to be more efficient.You see this every day: someone jogging down the road listening to an Ipod or somebody doing work or reading while eating lunch. People double up activities, as if somehow that is going to make things easier, better, more rewarding, or longer lasting.Consider some of the greatest people in history: George Washington,…
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  • The Top 20 Posts on Moving People to Action 2013-2014

    Conor Neill
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    Title Views 17 Daily personal habits for a fulfilling life – my earliest “went viral” post;  this was a long reflection on the first 35 years of my life 16,719 Three Examples of Ice-Breaker Speeches – simple – three ways to introduce yourself 14,257 Amazon Staff Meetings: “No Powerpoint” – Jeff Bezos doesn’t like powerpoint – easy for presenter, hard for audience 13,822 “Be water, my friend” Bruce Lee – what did Bruce mean? 8,698 Geert Hofstede: the 6 Dimensions of National Culture – why are Germans, French,…
  • For Productivity: Stop Doing These 9 Things

    Conor Neill
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:19 am
    Stop Doing Stuff that Doesn’t Serve 168 hours in a week.  24 hours in a day.  I haven’t done the math to work out how many in a year or a lifetime, but however large the number, it is still finite.  It is limited.  We get so much, and no more.  This leaves you with a choice.  My friend Verne Harnish is fond of saying “we can do anything we want, but not everything”.  He is in great company: “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” Warren Buffett “What…
  • The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People

    Conor Neill
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:41 am
    This post was originally published on Alternet and it is written by coaching guru Cloe Madanes. The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People Coach Cloe Madanes Most of us claim we want to be happy—to have meaningful lives, enjoy ourselves, experience fulfillment, and share love and friendship with other people and maybe other species, like dogs, cats, birds, and whatnot. Strangely enough, however, some people act as if they just want to be miserable, and they succeed remarkably at inviting misery into their lives, even though they get little apparent benefit from it, since being miserable…
  • Leaders Open Doors, Bill Treasurer

    Conor Neill
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Simplifying Leadership I am sharing a new book and a short video by a friend of mine, Bill Treasurer.  The book is called “Leaders Open Doors” and is a short, simple answer to the question: what do great leaders do for those around them?   I first met Bill over 20 years ago on an Accenture (then Andersen Consulting) training program in Chicago.  We were put on the same team and enjoyed the fun and challenges of 2 weeks of intense, sleep deprived, project work. Since then, Bill has become a well known speaker and author.  Bill is the author of Courage Goes to Work, an…
  • A 9 Step Cheatsheet for Becoming a Public Speaking Expert

    Conor Neill
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    What does it take to be a great public speaker? London Speaker Bureau has put it all together on a pretty page.  From content to delivery, from startings to endings and from logos to ethos to pathos, its all here in this infographic. The London Speaker Bureau represent and work with some of the most influential people in the world, from politicians and economists to thought leaders and entrepreneurs.  Between them, they cover a vast range of topics, from management and finance to technology, education, innovation and the environment If you’ve ever wanted a beautiful poster size…
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  • Show, don’t tell to be an effective speaker

    9 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    As we’ve learned in the previous blogs, the basics of how to be a great presenter–or rock star speaker–never go out of style. Need proof?  We’re reviewing the techniques of a Brooklyn preacher in the 1850s named Henry Ward Beecher.  In his day, he was arguably the most famous man in America. Show, Don’t Tell “He was theatrical, using his whole body to communicate the whole range of human emotion, with dramatic gestures and subtle facial expressions. Audiences were startled by his imitation of a sailor taking a pinch of chewing tobacco and wiping his hands…
  • Charles, Abbott Capital

    7 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    You’ve made a tremendous contribution to our organization. Each individual is a better communicator and a more effective professional.
  • Keith, Arrow Electronics

    7 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Sims Wyeth’s approach was outstanding. The information was not only well thought out and easy to understand, but easy to incorporate into one’s style.
  • Marie, William H. Sadlier, Inc.

    7 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    I have been a public speaker for more than 15 years-and Sims Wyeth still taught me how to do a better presentation!
  • More ways to be a rock star speaker

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:11 am
    We’re looking at ways you can pump up the “AWESOME” of your presentations.  Surprisingly, we’re not scrutinizing the communication techniques of Steve Jobs–we’re looking at a guy from the 1850s named Henry Ward Beecher. It isn’t crazy.  Beecher was 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. Plus, it proves that the basics you need to be a great communicator never go out of style. The basics you need to be a great communicator never go out of style. @simswyethClick To…
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  • Lean Leadership Awards

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:08 am
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    9 Sep 2014 | 2:46 am
  • Robin Williams

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:04 am
    A true genius in comedic field who was able to deliver stunning dramatic performances to brilliantly draw many laudations plus accolades throughout his burgeoning career.  He hailed from a well-to-do family; Robin was born the only child of a former model of French descent named Laura McLaurin and Robert Fitzgerald Williams, a Ford Motor Company senior executive, on July 21, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois. Most of his early life was spent in different places due to his father’s occupation. Once he grew up he was granted a scholarship to the famed Juilliard School in New York City for the…

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:04 am
    ‘……From a Clerk to King  of Five-Star Hotel Culture…’ Rai Bahadur Mohan Singh Oberoi – the grand veteran of the hospitality trade founded India’s first and best multinational even before most of us knew what MNCs were all about. In 1922, leaving behind his wife and daughter, the 22-years –old Mohan Singh arrived in the glittering summer capital of the Raj. He wrote an exam for the post of lower division clerk in the PWD Department. The examiner failed him. Without realizing it, the department had lost one of the most enterprising men of Modern India. Shattered by the result,…
  • When Children use Abusive language

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:04 am
    If your child curses at you, what you need to understand is that they’re trying to hurt you, throw you off balance, or suck you into a fight. Families should have clear rules about cursing. There shouldn’t be any discussion about it when it happens. There’s a difference between kids cursing in general or cursing at you or another family member, and calling you rude names. But either way, families need to establish rules around it. Often kids curse because they’re frustrated or angry about being asked to do something that’s hard for them or that they find boring, or maybe they’d…
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    American Speaker

  • Presentation tactics for webinars

    Columbia Books, LLC
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    These days, public speakers are turning to webinars in place of in-person presentations. And why not? That technology is cheaper and more convenient than traveling on-site to give presentations. That said, because of the format, you risk losing your audience’s attention more quickly than in an in-person presentation. People aren’t likely to be rude to your face, but if they are joining in from another location, there’s not much keeping them from checking their email, working on assignments—or even dozing off. Follow these tips to make your next webinar presentation an engaging one:…
  • Quick tip: Stop dwelling on mistakes

    Columbia Books, LLC
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    Stop dwelling on your occasional misstep and focus instead on your success as a speaker. Photocopy your certificates of achievement, copies of positive evaluations from previous speeches and testimonials from clients and friends. Pull together everything that makes you feel good about yourself as a speaker. Use that material to create a book of your speaking successes, and refer to it when you need inspiration before you take the stage. —Adapted from “How to Write and Deliver an Outstanding Speech,” www.speakingandmarketingtips.com.
  • How to clarify technical information

    Columbia Books, LLC
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    Overcome the perils of confusing and losing your audience when presenting complicated concepts. Excessive information and details can baffle the audience, while oversimplifying ideas loses your point and patronizes listeners. Strike a balance and keep your audience engaged by following these guidelines: Define terms and acronyms to lay the proper groundwork. Present the conclusion first, not the evidence. Then provide just enough proof to support your findings. Break down concepts into smaller, more easily understood parts, and explain each one. Demonstrate your product or procedure while…
  • Wow audience members—after your presentation

    Columbia Books, LLC
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    If you want to make a lasting impression on your audience, stay in character even after you have delivered your closing statement. Do the following: Hold yourself accountable for your words. Stick around to answer questions, address concerns, pose for pictures or simply chat with audience members. If you don’t run and hide immediately following your presentation, you’ll show that you stand behind your words—enough so to face any negativity that might be headed your way. Keep your performer face on. During those minutes following your presentation, maintain the professionalism you…
  • 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?
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  • Presentations and Twitter

    Jessica Pyne
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    The way we present is changing. The rise in the number of presenters actively publicising their presentations on Twitter has led to a huge wave of responses – some good, some bad. While there are associated risks, many presenters love the ease with which they can spread their ideas through the web.Many presentations now are designed to be ‘tweetable’, in order to reach broader audiences, and increase awareness of both the presentation ideas, and the presenter himself. When this is done correctly, Twitter can be used to truly make presentations go viral.However, if you are…
  • Visual Aids Gone Wrong

    Jessica Pyne
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Presenters are beginning to realise that their presentations don’t have to be boring, and it is inspiring to see that people are moving away from bullet points to more engaging visuals. Audiences are now demanding more, and presenters are rising to meet this.Unfortunately however, a large number of presenters feel that the small improvements they have made to their slides are sufficient, failing to realise that there is so much more that can be done with them. And so we see the same mistakes made time and time again – without the presenters realising that they’re doing…
  • Seven Aspects of Highly Effective Presentations

    Jessica Pyne
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Be ProactiveThere’s another way. Presentations don’t have to consist of six bullet points to a slide for thirty slides. Just because everybody else reads from their slides, it doesn’t mean that you have to. Delivering a presentation can be fun for the audience, and the presenter.Be proactive about becoming a better presenter. Presentation skills are essential in today’s business world. Set out to become a better presenter by reading about effective presentations, watching and copying interesting presenters, and identifying and replacing bad habits. It will help your…
  • Grow/Shrink Animations – PowerPoint 2007

    Jessica Pyne
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Grow/shrink animations in PowerPoint can be used to increase or decrease the size of an object during a slide show, which can be put to a number of different uses. Grow animations can be used to emphasise one company outperforming another, or to show changes of growth in bar charts.This Grow/Shrink animations PowerPoint tutorial demonstrates how to use grow/shrink animations and offers examples for some of the applications, with tips to maximise the animation’s impact.
  • PowerPoint 2010 Slide Transitions

    Jessica Pyne
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    This PowerPoint tutorial focuses on the way PowerPoint 2010 allows presenters to transition between slides during presentations. Featuring new, more graphically exciting transition effects, PowerPoint 2010 offers presenters a number of interesting ways to cleverly transition between slides, including full slide transitions and content only transitions.This PowerPoint 2010 Slide Transitions tutorial demonstrates the new ways presenters can transition between slides.
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    Jim Harvey's Presentation Skills Advice

  • Free Prezi Template – September

    Lesley Barringer
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    This month’s template is full of energy and colour to help you create an inspiring Prezi presentation. The elements work well together, as you can see here, but can also be adapted to your particular message. For example, if you have a number of ideas that need exploring further, use a lightbulb for each idea, and then the connecting wires and ‘boxes’ to highlight issues relevant to the idea. Finish with a large box/battery for your summary. All our templates are designed with the 3 Act Speech Structure in mind, to help you create a well organised, structured and…
  • 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…
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    The Presenters' Blog

  • Spice speech

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    Peter: Over the years, I’ve killed my throat. Or toughened it up – it all depends on your perspective. You see the thing is – I love spice. Whether it’s black pepper, cayenne pepper, or chilli pepper, I’ll incorporate it into recipes in some of the most surprising, and occasionally inappropriate ways. Just ask anybody that I’ve ever made hot chocolate for. Over the years though, my taste buds have toughened up to the constant flow of tobasco. It now takes fairly incredible amounts for it to register on me. I’ve developed a tolerance. In a similar way,…
  • Oxymoron – the birthplace of brilliant

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Jeanine McDonnell, daughter of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, says that her mother has a “mild obsession” with another man. Mild lives in detergent adverts. Obsession gets draped around designer perfume. Put the two words together however and you get something that’s… well… kind of interesting. It’s refined and yet ever so slightly dirty. It’s an oxymoron, and in politics, oxymorons get a bad wrap. Politicians will cry “oxymoron” in the same way that English footballers cry “foul” – usually as a cheap way to distract the referee.  The president, for…
  • Five architect’s jewels for your next presentation

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    by Peter Paskale Dramatic business presentations don’t require drama. They’re better off without it. Drama is showy and blowy and overstated. It instantly puts the audience on their guard. Award-winning Canadian architect Sanjit Manku recently described a project that he’d undertaken on behalf of the French jeweller and perfumer Van Cleef & Arpels. His description pulls us gently into a lost-world of couture and design. We start to believe that we’re actually there, amongst a  glamorous global elite. Manku, as you’ll see in the video, uses two tools to achieve this. One of them…
  • 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…
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    Jazz Presentation

  • Aware Of Amazon Cloud Pricing

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    AMAZON WEB SERVICES  Amazon Web Services is a collection of remote computing services that together make up a cloud computing platform, offered over the Internet by Amazon.com. The most central and well-known of these services are Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3.   AMAZON EC2         Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is  [ Read More ]
  • Introduction To Cloud Computing

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:06 am
          CLOUD COMPUTING                  “Cloud computing is a general term   for computing services delivered over the Internet, as opposed to computing services hosted inside your own network; on your own premises” Cloud computing offers you to reduce the cost, because users don’t have to worry about  [ Read More ]
  • Top 10 Business PowerPoint Template Sites

    25 Sep 2012 | 10:32 pm
    In this blog we will cover Top 10 Business PowerPoint Template sites.  document. A business (also known as enterprise or firm) is an organization engaged in the trade of goods, services, or both to consumers. Businesses are predominant in capitalist economies, where most of them are privately owned and administered to earn profit to increase  [ Read More ]
  • Top 12 IT PowerPoint Presentation Template Sites

    22 Aug 2012 | 11:24 pm
    In this article we will provide you a list of 12 excellent IT PowerPoint template sites.  to download this article as a pdf document Information Technology (IT) is the branch of engineering that deals with the use of computers and telecommunications to store retrieve and transmit information. The acquisition, processing, storage and dissemination of vocal,  [ Read More ]
  • Top 10 Earth Day PowerPoint Template Sites

    23 Jun 2012 | 5:08 am
    Using Earth Day PowerPoint template to create awareness among people can be done in very easy way. Earth day is celebrated each year on April 22. It is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated among 175 countries. Earth day is a festival celebrated by many people around the globe. Many  [ Read More ]
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    The Reluctant Speakers Club » Blog

  • Uncover Digital Communication Strategies That’ll Deliver Results – Podcast 19

    Eamonn O'Brien
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    Is your voice being found and heard in the digital communication channels where your prospective customers congregate? Are you putting the right kinds of messages out there and are your stories winning you the kinds of results you crave? How do you know if you’re doing a good job or if you’re missing out in ways you may not realise?In an era where more than 9 out of 10 business purchase decisions involve online search – no business can afford to ignore online presence. Most everyone needs a Digital marketing communication strategy.But there’s a snag. The science of figuring how the…
  • 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…
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    Dr. Michelle Mazur

  • 7 Strategies to Write a Speech with Ease

    Michelle Mazur
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    Question: What’s the hardest part of writing your speech? The results of this informal poll from LinkedIn revealed the biggest block to writing a speech is (drumroll please): Starting Apparently, it’s more attractive to scrub a toilet bowl then to write your presentation. It’s easy to sit down in front of the computer, stare at the pulsating cursor while “what the heck should I talk about?” runs through your head on repeat like the Games of Thrones theme song. Let’s make it a whole lot easier to get your speech started! Use these 7 strategies to write your…
  • Constructively Delivering Feedback

    Michelle Mazur
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    My #1 job when I’m working with my speech design clients is to give them feedback on their message. My role is to be a passionate advocate for their audience so my clients create a message that matters. Every once in awhile, a message comes across my desk and I think: Oy vey! This needs to a major overhaul. I go about my work making their message better so that their audience takes action (and buys). But where I get nervous – is delivering the feedback. No matter how great the constructive criticism if delivered poorly doesn’t improve it destroys – destroys morale,…
  • 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…
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    Speak Up For Success

  • Public Speaking Tip 59: At the End of Your Speech, Stick Your Landing

    9 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    In many activities, what you do at the very end counts — a lot! That’s why symphonies often end with a big, crashing chord, and world-class gymnasts, skaters, and competitive dancers finish their routines with bold, triumphant poses. To Leave a Big Impression and Make Your Speech Memorable, Stick Your Landing Sam Mikulak at 2014 US Nationals (photo by Keith Srakocic/AP) What does it mean to stick your landing when you’ve just made a speech? It means ending on a strong, definitive note instead of letting your voice, your words, or your point wind down to a whisper. It means…
  • Public Speaking Tip 58: For a Confident and Successful Presentation, Stand, Settle, Smile, Speak

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Have you ever seen a public speaker stride up to the podium and start talking before they’ve even looked at the audience? (Or worse, start talking on their way to the stage?) This is the equivalent of announcing that you just want to get your speech over with. And — funny thing — your audience is likely to feel the same way! Get Off on the Right Foot I’m a big fan of the Rule of 3. So when a four-step process grabs my attention, each one of those steps has to count big time. In the case of “Stand, Settle, Smile, Speak,” they do! Together, and performed in…
  • Public Speaking Tip 57: How to Develop Executive Presence

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:29 pm
    What Is Executive Presence? “Executive Presence” — a phrase that has caught on with business leaders and professors — is the quality (or more accurately, the constellation of qualities) that signalsyour capabilities to others. As Sylvia Ann Hewlett notes in Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success,it is not enough to have top-level capabilities. In order to succeed, you must behave, speak, and carry yourself in a way that lets other people know you have them. You must, in other words, look and act like your industry’s and company’s…
  • Public Speaking Tip 56: When You Disagree with Someone, Rebut Their Ideas, Not Them

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    If you’re sick of “political speech” that sounds like it’s coming from first graders, you’ll understand how glad I was to see Jerry Mouch’s masterful missive to House Speaker John Boehner  in the Cleveland Enquirer. Read what Mouch wroteand then I’ll comment on why it works so well: OPEN LETTER TO JOHN BOEHNER (in response to op-ed “Obama is trampling the Constitution”) John, I consider you a friend of mine. We’ve known one another for well over 50 years. Our parents knew each other, were friends and neighbors in Reading.
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Even on the Supreme Court, Simple Speech Is Powerful

    1 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In 2012, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was named one of the U.S.’s Top 10 Woman by Glamour Magazine — not for her couture, though she dresses beautifully, but because, as journalist Dahlia Lithwick says, “The America we live in has Justice Ginsburg’s fingerprints all over it.” In this brief excerpt from the PBS / AOL series “Makers,” Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks with humor and understated eloquence about her experience as a pioneering woman lawyer. Notice the simplicity of her statements, and the power they pack: If a woman this brilliant (#1 in her Harvard Law…
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  • 2 Outstanding Business Storytelling Videos

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:52 pm
    1. Summary of the Minto Pyramid Principle by Harrison Metal   2. Summary of Robert McKee’s Storytelling Principles by Harrison Metal    
  • Toastmasters Podcast: How To Deliver A TED Talk

    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. Click to listen
  • Book Review: Screenwriting – The Sequence Approach (Paul Joseph Gulino)

    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.” The book explores the following four tools used to build anticipation and or tension:  Telegraphing/Pointing/Advertising: Common examples are appointments and deadlines as well as preparations (ex: packing a…
  • McKinsey Presentation Tips – Gene Zelazny at Wharton

    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 I accomplish my objective. 2. Nervousness is natural and should be viewed as a sign of respect for your audience.  Accept that you will make mistakes.   I. Define the situation A. Objective: Why are you presenting? What do you reasonably hope to accomplish?
  • Presentation SuperSummit: How to Deliver a TED Talk (Interview)

    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/  
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    Make a Powerful Point

  • One More Thing… Never Mind the Watch, How Was the Keynote?

    Gavin McMahon
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    This week was big in Apple land.  Tim Cook’s keynote to announce the Apple Watch.  Let’s put aside the product punditry and how insanely great the product is, (the mainstream media, haters and fanboys will turn themselves into a tizzy over the Digital Crown and the force-sensing) and look at the keynote itself. Apple keynotes have been called “Stevenote”s in the past, driven by the idea that Jobsian magic packaged the product announcement and did wonders for Apple’s shareholders. How did Tim Cook do? Was it a performance worthy of a name? A “Timnote”, or a “Cooknote”?
  • 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…
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  • Especially Powerful Story

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:39 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyPeople sometimes ask me:  What books do you read? They ask this question for assorted reasons. Either to shut me up from my latest soliloquy on product differentiation . . . or as a casual pleasantry . . . or perhaps to discover what kinds of presentation books that I read (given that I’ve written […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Dilbert on Business Presentations

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Stanley K. RidgleyFor more of Dilbert on Business Presentations, see Scott Adams’s especially powerful site here!Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Malcolm X Presentation Technique

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyLike snapping a towel to skin, you want to sting your audience in a good way, and no better way to do it than with a Malcolm X presentation technique. Make it sit up straight, snap their heads in your direction. You can do this several ways, and it’s up to you what you choose, […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Business Presentation Passion

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Stanley K. RidgleyIn our battle to fight through the white noise of life to communicate with others, we often ignore the most powerful of weapons at our disposal – Business Presentation Passion. Passion, Emotion, Brio, Energy Sure, we pay occasional homage to emotion and to “passion.” But more often than not, it’s only lip service. You don’t really believe this […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business 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
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  • Improve your Training Presentations

    Hannah Brownlow
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    Training presentations done well can impart information that stays with you for a considerable amount of time. The same can be said about poor training presentations, but for all the wrong reasons. The good news is that all it takes is a few key techniques and people will end up taking much more away from your courses than the free pens and paper. In a previous life I dabbled in the murky world of teaching English as a foreign language. I like to think my students learnt a great deal about things like the Saxon genitive and the subjunctive, but I too came away having learnt a great deal…
  • 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,…
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    Pivotal Public Speaking

  • For when you really have to get your point across…

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Thank You for Arguing is your master class in the art of persuasion, taught by professors ranging from Bart Simpson to Winston Churchill. The time-tested secrets this book discloses include Cicero’s three-step strategy for moving an audience to action—as well as Honest Abe’s Shameless Trick of lowering an audience’s expectations by pretending to be unpolished. [...]
  • [Quotation about public speaking] Commencement speakers

    13 Sep 2014 | 1:08 am
    “A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that ‘individuality’ is the key to success.” — Robert Orben
  • [Quick Public Speaking Tip] Does your audience know how competent you are?

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Your credibility will be built on how your audience perceives your competence, your character and your charisma. Let’s look at that first element of credibility – competence. To be seen as credible you need to be seen as competent. Obviously you need to know your material, and know it very well. Know it so that [...]
  • [Inspiration] Focus

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:51 am
    “Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets.” Nido Qubein
  • I have a dream

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:14 pm
    If you live in America, today is the anniversary of that speech. On 28th August, 1963, Martin Luther King spoke to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. I have a dream. He had not intended to use that line – [...]
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    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence

  • Communication Hierarchy: Identifying how and when to reach out

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí Communication Hierarchy: Identifying how and when to reach out And now, I may surprise some of you…. I prefer texting over phone calls. WHAT?! From a communication specialist, that’s sacrilege!  Give me a moment to present my case before you decide to burn me at the stake. I have a hierarchy of communication method preferences … as do you. We all have our stated [...] The post Communication Hierarchy: Identifying how and when to reach out appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • The Controversy Over Emojis

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí The Controversy Over Emojis There are many emoji haters out there. To be honest, I don’t understand why. I love emojis! I wish there were more emoji options. Say, let’s get rid of the smiling poo and add more facial expressions. … Oh, who am I kidding, keep the smiling poo. People who don’t like – or look down [...] The post The Controversy Over Emojis appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • Texting Rules: Not as Simple as You Might Think

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí Texting Rules: Not as Simple as You Might Think It seems as though everyone has their own texting pet peeves. The other night, I was talking to a woman who despises getting a reply text that just says, “k.” Some of my friends hate texting entirely. They would prefer a phone call – you know, like the olden days. Other friends complain about people who [...] The post Texting Rules: Not as Simple as You Might Think appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • Your Pressure Meeting Power Plan: How to prepare for critical moments

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí Your Pressure Meeting Power Plan: How to prepare for critical moments This is it. Everything you’ve worked for comes down to this one meeting. All of the phone calls, emails, marketing and preparation boils down to this question: Can you be influential in this one moment? No matter who you are, no matter how many times you have done it, nervousness creeps in. The best of [...] The post Your Pressure Meeting Power Plan: How to prepare for critical moments appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • Proof You’re On the Path to Influence (or Not): Conversational Signs Your Influence Is Working

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí Proof You’re On the Path to Influence (or Not): Conversational Signs Your Influence Is Working In a previous post, I talked about the difference between communicating and influencing. Influence means that a goal is attached to your conversation. While you are in the conversation, you look for evidence to gauge if you’re being influential or not. I’d say that the process of actively looking for evidence – the Observe section [...] The post Proof You’re On the Path to Influence (or Not): Conversational Signs Your Influence…
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    Donald Jenkins NowDonald Jenkins Now | “Empower, connect, and create confidence in others by providing entertainment with a message of belief”

  • Truth or Dare?

    Donald Jenkins
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Would you be willing to say, “Yes” and mean it before you ever heard the question? You probably have, but it was put to you in a different way… Truth or Dare?  Chose one, and you were agreeing to do it before you knew the question or task.  Of course the older you get, the […] The post Truth or Dare? appeared first on Donald Jenkins Now.
  • The DTR – Fear

    Donald Jenkins
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    How fear can and will control your life until you define the relationship Anyone who has ever been in a relationship knows about the DTR. It is that moment when you realize that you’re not sure where the other person, or maybe even you personally, stand in terms of the relationship that you’ve been building. […] The post The DTR – Fear appeared first on Donald Jenkins Now.
  • Westin Davis: “I Killed A Man”

    Donald Jenkins
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    There is no secret about my boy’s past demons.  Westin writes and sings another unbelievable song about him killing the devil inside. The post Westin Davis: “I Killed A Man” appeared first on Donald Jenkins Now.
  • Confession

    Donald Jenkins
    15 Aug 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! Immediately they take a deep breath to unleash this elaborate story filled with excitement to […] The post Confession appeared first on 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.
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    IMP | Minneapolis, MN

  • Personal Message from Anne Warfield

    Anne Warfield
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:01 pm
      Wow! Here it’s almost Fall and I am sending my first born off to college and the others are preparing for back to school. To me, it is funny, to think that we spend all these years putting knowledge in to children’s brains and less time helping them build better pathways to deal with […] The post Personal Message from Anne Warfield appeared first on IMP | Minneapolis, MN.
  • PRESS RELEASE – Anne Warfield Receives Best in Class Speaker at PCMA

    Anne Warfield
    28 May 2014 | 7:27 am
    Congratulations Anne! Your content and presentation of the session, “Strategic Negotiations: Bring Your Ethics, Integrity and High Character to the Bargaining Table” at the 2014 PCMA Convening Leaders in Boston was very well received and received great feedback – earning you the title of Best in Class! We would like to extend to you the […] The post PRESS RELEASE – Anne Warfield Receives Best in Class Speaker at PCMA appeared first on IMP | Minneapolis, MN.
  • Successful Team Communication

    Anne Warfield
    14 Mar 2014 | 11:28 am
    Learn to Communicate Clearly so You Say the Right Thing at the Right Time Every Time! Have you ever wished you always knew just what to say? Ever wished your entire team executed under high trust? Successful Communication starts with Outcome Thinking® – a brain based communication strategy created by Anne Warfield. Strategic communication is […] The post Successful Team Communication appeared first on IMP | Minneapolis, MN.
  • Leadership Development : Would you hire yourself tomorrow?

    Anne Warfield
    14 Jan 2014 | 8:06 am
    Would you hire yourself today? Watch Now as Anne shares how, no matter the position, we’re all leaders. She’ll share several key strengths you’ll need to exhibit. The post Leadership Development : Would you hire yourself tomorrow? appeared first on IMP | Minneapolis, MN.
  • How Can 1 Hour Dramatically IMPact Business?

    Anne Warfield
    10 Dec 2013 | 9:53 pm
    How can One Hour Dramatically IMPact Business? Watch Now… as Anne shares how, as a leader, you can help your team increase productivity and save time. “I want Anne to share with me..” Get a personalized Video Blog that answers YOUR burning questions! While other companies make generic video blogs, we want to get to […] The post How Can 1 Hour Dramatically IMPact Business? appeared first on IMP | Minneapolis, MN.
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    PresentationLoad Blog

  • How to optimize your profit margin using a value chain analysis

    Alexander Bodenseh
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:25 am
    Especially with complex production processes, it often comes to inefficiencies. A value chain analysis helps you to identify and eliminate them. Learn how to create a value chain and how to proceed in the subsequent analysis, in this article. What is a value chain? A value chain is a method for strategic analyses of manufacturing processes for a product or service developed by Michael E. Porter. It reveals which proportions of individual development departments contribute to the profit margin. In addition, a value chain analysis reveals weaknesses in the production process. By eliminating…
  • For Entrepreneurs: How to Found a Successful Startup

    Alexander Bodenseh
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:25 am
    Startup companies aregenerally newly created companies based on innovative business ideas with high growth potential.Every year numerous new startups are founded, following the dream to become the next Twitter, Skype or Instagram.The majority however fails; many do not even survive the first year. But many mistakes that lead to failing can be easily avoided. From Idea to Business Plan – What you should consider To avoid a similar fate of your business startup, you should consider your business model and research the markets in advance. A business plan offers both yourself as well as…
  • 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…
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    SketchBubble Official Blog

  • Begin with a Bang – Tips on Starting your Presentation

    Ashish Arora
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    Agonizing over how to begin that presentation with a bang? Well, yes, you do need to have an opening that will put you firmly in the pilot’s seat to helm the presentation effectively. You need to command attention in order to build engagement. How do you go about doing that? You need to be, smart, well-prepared […] The post Begin with a Bang – Tips on Starting your Presentation appeared first on 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.
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    audience blog

  • Humour in public speaking (Part 2)

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:36 am
    This is a continuation of last week’s article on humour in public speaking.  In case you’ve missed it, you can find part one here.  5. Study your material There are few things more awkward than a presenter just stopping in the middle of a sentence and going ‘Errr…’ It’s like watching a robot get unplugged in the middle of a chore. That is why you have to know your material, and the only way for that to happen is if you practice. Hard. 6. Don’t doubt yourself (too much) Unless you have a very exotic flavour of humour, chances are there’ll be at least some in your audience…
  • Humour in public speaking (Part 1)

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:09 am
    A great way of increasing the impact of your delivery and message is the use of humour. Some of us are natural born funny people, for the rest of us it just comes down to hard work. 0. A note of caution First, a note of caution. Keep in mind that you were asked to present something, and that you’re here to deliver a message. You’re not a stand-up comedian (or a sitting comedian for that matter). Be funny, but don’t let it dominate your delivery. Also, for some occasions, humour might be inappropriate. 1. The beginning Beginning your speech with a funny is always a good idea. It breaks…
  • 10 Tips for speech delivery

    5 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    Today we serve you with a short infographic, detailing 10 tips for speech delivery. Please rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 No votes yet Nederlands
  • Swear words in presentations: f*** yeah or h*** no?

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:55 am
    Using swear words is a delicate subject, in life in general and even more so for public events like presentations. Can you? Would you? Should you? A look at the pros and cons. [Note: This article is about swear words, not profanity. Swear words are dirty words that usually refer to some bodily function or product, copulation, etc. Profanity has to do with deities and/or the supernatural.] Arguments contra It might alienate your audience Whether or not you yourself think curse words are mighty fine, some people certainly frown upon them. Regardless of how great your presentation is, curse…
  • 8 Basic Story Types for Presentations

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    There are a lot of stories, with different structures, beginnings, endings and middles. Some stories are good, some are bad, some are lukewarm. We’ve attempted to classify stories into eight types and see how they can work in presentations. 1. The Underdog A classic tale of a small man (or woman) taking the fight to a much larger foe, and impossibly winning it. A favourite among non-profits such as consumer organisations and environmental groups. Is a favourite with the public and can really work, but avoid overdoing it and looking like a braggart. 2. The Start-over A story of reinventing…
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    Nuts & Bolts Speed Training

  • How To Quickly Turn A List Of Bullet Points Into Slides In PowerPoint

    Nuts & Bolts
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    If you find that one of the most time-consuming parts of creating a PowerPoint presentation is knocking out the framework, or taking your pages of notes and turning them into slides, then I have good news for you! PowerPoint has an ‘Outline View’ that allows you to view your presentation – as the name suggests […] The post How To Quickly Turn A List Of Bullet Points Into Slides In PowerPoint appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • How To Add Slide Numbers in PowerPoint Presentations So That They Show Up Correctly

    Nuts & Bolts
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    If you’ve ever gone through the motions of adding page numbers, a.k.a. slide numbers, to your PowerPoint presentation, only to find that they do not show up correctly (or they don’t show up at all), fear not, you are not alone! Slide numbers are not only extremely annoying, but they can even make you start […] The post How To Add Slide Numbers in PowerPoint Presentations So That They Show Up Correctly appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • How to View Two PowerPoint Presentations at the Same Time

    Nuts & Bolts
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    Have you ever wanted to view two PowerPoint presentations at the same time on a single monitor? Maybe you needed to: Present translations of a PowerPoint presentation in ‘Presentation Mode’ on a single screen for multiple audiences View two (or more) PowerPoint presentations side-by-side in ‘Presentation Mode’ to compare them View a PowerPoint presentation on […] The post How to View Two PowerPoint Presentations at the Same Time appeared first on 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.
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  • Remember Offline Relationships When Building an Online Reputation

    Shane Purnell
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
    I’ve never been more convinced that who we are offline is merging with who we are online. I  also believe that building an online platform is going to be critical to personal and business success over the next 10 years. With the increasing use of personal search as a research tool and  the increasing use of bios […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
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  • Presentation tips from the pros: Gary Vaynerchuk @garyvee on storytelling

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    What I’m going to invite you to do here requires a bit of time. Maybe more time than the average blog post. Bear with me because there might also be a great advantage in it for you. A lot of presentations tips along the way and a special bonus at the end. What I want to do is analyze a great talk with you. I want to study it with you and understand what we can learn from it. How much time should you set aside? Well you will need to watch the talk first and then read the post. The talk is 16 minutes long and this blog post takes 7 minutes to read. It’s a lot to ask in…
  • When does your next presentation really begin?

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Presentation Hero has just begun its journey. We’ve reached 100 subscribers! (Actually it’s already over 130).  In email marketing terms this number may seem small, even irrelevant, but what I see is something different, it’s a beginning. In February this conversation did not exist. The idea of saving the world from bad presentations was still in the closed quarters of my hard drive and you, well, were undisturbed by yet another training product.   This beginning is like the beginning of any presentation.  Let me explain: right now I am sending…
  • The 16 questions you must answer when you prepare a talk or a presentation

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    A guide for entrepreneurs and freelancers In a summit with another 100 speakers it’s hard to get noticed. You need to stand out in a world where conferences are multiplying like crazy, time slots are becoming increasingly short and programs are more and more crammed with talks. Occasionally you see a unicorn, a great presenter, with a great story and powerful visuals. Oftentimes you linger in the gray zone of the competent, well informed, content rich, but not so good presenters. Two approaches In my opinion there are just two ways of approaching a presentation. You could do your…
  • 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…
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