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  • Emulating Apple’s Healthkit dual gradient design meme in Keynote – a video walkthrough for those wishing to learn more about Keynote

    Les Posen's Presentation Magic
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    We’re currently in the throes of Apple changing the look and feel of its operating systems. iOS 8 has just been released, revealing the influence of Apple Senior VP Jony Ive in bringing a flatter look. Yosemite is around the corner and it too will show a quite different feel from the desktop operating systems of the past few years. When Apple makes these large scale changes, it introduces design memes which are often copied. Witness the original Bondi Blue iMac of 1998, and how it changed not just Apple’s design standards, but that of many other technologies, bringing…
  • Professional Speakers Money Module

    Public Speakers Blog
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    As a professional speaker, do you devote any of your speech to talking about money? Most major speakers in the public market do. Watch this short video I taped in Manhattan after my latest appearance on FOX Business Network. I’ll look forward to your comments.
  • How Confident People achieve a Confident Mindset (In a Way Most People Don’t Know)

    Moving People to Action
    Conor Neill
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    How do some people remain poised and confident where others are reduced to nervous wrecks? I have been a student of the human condition for years.  It all started age 17 when I faced the tough life decision of what to do after school finished. I decided to study psychology at university.  There were three reasons: I loved maths but could see that the content was distantly remote from anything that dealt with a real life problem. My school teachers were pressuring me to continue my mathematical studies at university. I react extremely negatively in the presence of adult pressure. In reality,…
  • Alliteration Alert: It’s election time!

    The Presenters' Blog
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    by Peter Paskale How do you choose which candidate to vote for? I’ll bet you go into the booth, earnestly scratch your head, and muse: “Now which of these candidates do I most fervently disagree with? Ah – yes – this guy or gal – they really upset me! I’ll vote for them!” No? You don’t? Why in that case you must be voting for a candidate that you agree with! It sounds like you might even be voting for someone who agrees with your values! And that makes you, my friend, a Values Voter! And for many of us, this news will come as something of a surprise – not…
  • Another Great Presentation Skills Infographic

    Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing
    Gavin Meikle
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:40 am
    Despite having said in an earlier post that I am not a great fan of Infographics, I wanted to share a new presentation skills infographic that was sent to me by Clem Lepers. Entitled “9 Tips for an effective presentation“, it includes useful sections on… Know your audience Define your goals Craft a compelling message Create an outline Arrange slide elements Build a theme Use visual elements hook your audience quickly Measure effectiveness In conclusion, the advice contained in this infographic is generally sound although I have some reservations about the claim in point 7…
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    Presentation Zen

  • Bill Murray on storytelling

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:56 pm
    If you are any kind of fan of Bill Murray at all, then you will enjoy this interview he did with Howard Stern last week. Murray, who is famously hard to get a hold of, does not do a lot of interviews like this, so it was a rare treat. It's not a performance. This is just two guys talking, but there are some gems in there and even a few bits relevant for presenters and speakers of all types. You can listen to the audio here, but I highlight two of the more relevant points for presenters below. On story and storytellingAt 18:55 in the audo track above Howard asks Bill how it is that he makes…
  • Presenting a lunar eclipse

    8 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Last night we were treated to a lunar eclipse here in Nara, Japan (and elsewhere in the world, assuming you had clear skies). As it's the harvest season here with very much a feeling of Autumn in the air, the majestic orange tint of the moon seen just above the trees lining our house seemed very fitting to the season. As you know, a lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth and into its shadow or umbra. The orange Moon or "blood Moon" is really something to behold. But why does the Moon turn red/orange? It's a simple phenomenon and it's explained clearly and visually…
  • Communication lessons from Frank Sinatra, 1963

    2 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
    The legendary Frank Sinatra (1915–1998) can teach us a thing or two about engaging an audience. I stumbled upon this 1963 Playboy interview with Sinatra recently, and it's pure gold. "When I sing, I believe," says Sinatra. "I’m honest. If you want to get an audience with you, there’s only one way. You have to reach out to them with total honesty and humility." Whether we're talking about an entertainer or about life in general, you can't be indifferent, Frank says. People do not connect with indifference. "This isn’t a grandstand play on my part; I’ve discovered—and you can see it…
  • 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…
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    Speak Schmeak

  • Information doesn't excite your audience

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Photo Credit: Dan Harrelson via Compfight ccA client told me the other day that his wife says he never knows when to shut up. And he recognizes that this is a problem when he speaks.He told me he's afraid that if he doesn't give enough information, the audience won't be as excited as he is.Of course, this inspired me to create a teleseminar called "How to know when to shut up," and I'll keep you posted when that's ready!But for now, let's just address this issue of giving a ton of information so people will get excited.Do people get excited from information? Not really.What excites people is…
  • Want to be a better speaker? You have to take action.

    9 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Which one of these sounds like you?>> You enjoy speaking, and you know you could make a bigger impact if you could just tweak your skills.>> You "get by" when giving presentations, but you know you're nowhere near the top of your game, and you need to step it up.>> You don't enjoy speaking at all, mostly because you don't really know how to create and prepare for a presentation, and thus have no confidence in your ability to pull it off.These three scenarios describe about 90% of my clients. I do have clients who are already good speakers, they enjoy speaking, and they have…
  • How do you like me now?

    7 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Playing around with a new look, just the reverse of the color scheme I've been using for 8 years.Change is hard, and this blog needs a serious design overhaul, but I think this is a step in the right direction.I also want it to look more like my website, as much as is possible with completely different design tools.What do you think? Please comment!
  • Is being emotional a positive in business?

    3 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Barbara Corcoran posted the following question on Twitter during last week's Shark Tank episode: "What do you think - is being emotional a positive in business?"Of course, as a speaker, my immediate answer was "Yes!" Then I pulled up the responses, and they were overwhelmingly negative:"No!""Negative.""Never.""Nope.""Can work both ways. Most of the time, it's not a good thing.""Was just saying 2 myself crying in business 2 me is such a turn off. No matter how moving.""I think it's good to be emotionally vested but not a good idea to let your emotions run the show.""No. emotions can make you…
  • 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…
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    The Daily Figure

  • Trope or Hypallage? You Decide!

    10 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    One of our Figaristas wrote us this question: I heard this on my local public radio station today. Is there a name for this type of infelicity?   …complained that the law unfairly lets recreational fishermen off the hook. Given that the news writer or person quoted was probably being intentional, we’d mark it down as an ironic trope. “Off the hook” is an idiom that, when applied to the literal hook, takes on the dual resonance of a pun. An unintended usage would be termed a hypallage, an unintended agreement or mishmash of words. If any offense has been…
  • Define Lines

    29 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    A reader of Thank You for Arguingwrote saying he had been tongue-tied during an argument over the minimum wage. “My opponent, whom I had only just met, claimed 7 million Americans would lose their jobs if we raised the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, while I said that number wasn’t supported by the data. We both claimed the same CBO study as our reference point, which made for a “yes it will/no it won’t” farce. Attempts to move the argument along kept being brought back to the fanciful job loss number. It wasn’t fun, or convincing, for anyone. And now…
  • Monkeys! Aliens! Naked Creationists!

    5 Feb 2014 | 12:59 pm
    We’ve just posted a set of fallacies on our sister site, ArgueLab.com. If you’re interested in following what Figaro is doing these days, that’s the place to go. Also follow @Jay Heinrichs on Twitter. Figaro is much, much more concise there.
  • Socrates Concludes that the Government Must Stay Closed!

    9 Oct 2013 | 6:27 am
    A shocking development: The philosopher has concluded that opening the government and raising the debt ceiling would be morally wrong. After interviewing Boehner, Reid, and Cruz (Obama has remained aloof so far), Socrates learned from Congressman Raoul Labrador that the gift of opening the government would actually damage Reid. Labrador’s words come from today’s Morning Edition on NPR. Socrates: Your name pleases me. It connotes a passion for returning thrown sticks and continuing resolutions. Labrador: I’d personally be willing to give the president a one-year CR, and a lot…
  • Socrates Interviews Ted Cruz

    8 Oct 2013 | 1:13 pm
    Our favorite Greek teacher has been wandering the Agora interviewing politicians about the government shutdown and impending default. This afternoon he ran into Senator Cruz, who for some reason thought he was speaking to Megyn Kelly. As usual, Cruz’s words are real, and Socrates’ ought to be. Socrates: You have said that ending Obamacare is essential to keeping the government open and paying its bills. I find this a fascinating relationship. But the Democrats tell me that the relationship is a false one. Cruz: Most Americans don’t care about politicians’ bickering.
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    NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

  • Part I: Be Seen as an EXPERT! Build a. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    0Three Legged EXPERT Stool! Picture This: You’ve sent out a resume, or, if you’re self-employed, a proposal. You get a call from the recipient and they say, “Bob, I’ve got your resume/proposal here, and it looks excellent. I’ve visited your web siteand that looks good, also. We’re interested, but I want to know more about you. How do I do that?” If you follow the steps this article suggests, you’ll pause, then with a bit of ‘Attitude,’ (Good Attitude!) respond, GOOGLE Me! That two word phrase,GOOGLE Me! when spoken with that ‘Good Attitude,’ says, “There’s a lot…
  • DELETE Distractions in Your Presentation. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    0Increase the Odds Your Audience GETS IT! Let’s start with two facts relevant to presentations: 1. The Goal of all Communication: Verbal, Written, or Visual is the same. We want the recipient(s), as quickly as possible to – GET IT! They may not agree with everything we say. They may not agree with anything. However, unless they GET IT! there cannot be a meaningful conversation going forward. 2. We cannot Multitask well! The research shows multitasking is not as efficient as focusing and working on a single task. When your audience is distracted from concentrating on your message,…
  • Audience Instructions: Better Audience = Better Speaker!

    Fred E. Miller
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:53 am
    o Better Audience = Better Speaker  Audience Instructions: Better Audience = Better Speaker! Arrival Be at the venue well ahead of time. Find your seat and sit down. Arriving late is disruptive to the speaker and audience. For a Successful Presentation. There are specific things the Speaker must do. There are specific things the Audience should do. Meeting the Speaker before the Event. Makes a connection that helps them perform better and increase your take-away. Sit so your Whole Body faces the Speaker. Don’t sit with Arms Crossed. This closes you off to new ideas and the…
  • 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…
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    PowerPoint and Presenting Blog

  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 from Windows: Remove Background from Pictures

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Do you want to remove a sky, a wall, any backdrop, or something else in a photograph so that the slide background shows through within the removed parts of the picture? The Remove Background option may be just what you need to remove the background from an inserted picture. Learn how to remove a part of your picture to make a transparent background in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: pictures, powerpoint_2013, tutorials
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 from Windows: Format Tab for Audio Clips

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    When you insert an audio clip on your slide, you can see a sound icon that represents the audio clip. Of course, it rarely matters what the icon looks like if you have set your audio clip to play automatically. However, if you actually plan to click on this picture to play your audio clip -- then you might want to use another picture instead. Explore the Format tab for audio clips in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: powerpoint_2013, sounds, tutorials
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Advanced Audio Options

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    When you insert an audio clip into a PowerPoint slide, you can control its volume, set it to play looped, or even hide the audio icon. These are some of the advanced options available for any inserted audio clip in PowerPoint. Remember that these advanced options only exist so that you can use them when they are required, rather than using them just because they exist! Let us explore all these advanced audio options in PowerPoint 2013. Explore the advanced audio options in PowerPoint 2013 for looping, playing, rewinding, etc. Categories: powerpoint_2013, sounds, tutorials
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Trim Audio Clips

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Once you insert an audio clip into your presentation, you may find that it is too long, or there may be parts in the clip that you don't want the audiences to hear. Or maybe you just need a small bit to play -- like the sound of that trumpet blowing! Fortunately, PowerPoint's Trim Audio option can make this easy for you. Learn how to trim audio clips in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: powerpoint_2013, sounds, tutorials
  • Mike Parkinson at the Presentation Summit 2014

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tuesday's keynote at the Presentation Summit was delivered by Mike Parkinson of Billion Dollar Graphics. Mike's keynote topic was "Listen, Learn, Share, Succeed". He started with a video directed by Brock Mitchell of Shot at the Dark about a young man who had to decide to let his mother go, and live every moment of the remaining time he had with her. This awesome video was the beginning of a learning session. Mike explained that real stories are felt, not heard. He also emphasized that emotions bring change. He then asked people with children within the audience to raise hands. And then he…
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • Watch Personality Poker on USA Network

    18 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    This Wednesday, October 22, be sure to watch “Partners in Crimes” on USA Network at 11:30PM ET (check your local listings for your time). During this episode, you will see yours truly playing Personality Poker with Mario, Lou, and the office staff. Here’s the show description from ... The post Watch Personality Poker on USA Network appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Shapiro in Action

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    The post Shapiro in Action appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • SUCCESS Magazine Cover Story

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    In the October 2014 issue of SUCCESS Magazine, you will find a 3-page article by yours truly on “breakthrough thinking.” It is one of this month’s cover. Be sure to get your copy before the November issue replaces it!  ... The post SUCCESS Magazine Cover Story appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • My New Demo Video

    3 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    For those of you who have not had a chance to see me on stage, now you can see some highlights from several speeches in this 6 minute sizzle reel. Enjoy!  ... The post My New Demo Video appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • How to Fool Penn & Teller

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    One of my favorite TV shows is Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us.” Each week, aspiring magicians perform their best trick, hoping to fool P&T. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with famed duo in their Las Vegas show. As an amateur magician, I see if I can figure out how each trick was don... The post How to Fool Penn & Teller appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
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    The Extreme Presentation(tm) Method

  • Encyclopedia of Slide Layouts - Announcement

    Andrew Abela
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Good news! After three years of hard work, the Encyclopedia of Slide Layouts is finally ready for publication. One of the most common questions we get at our Extreme Presentation(tm) Workshops is "Can you show us some more examples of Conference room style slides?" Now our answer is "Yes," a whole book full of them.  The Encyclopedia of Slide Layouts presents 169 examples of Conference Room style slides, used with permission, from companies like the Corporate Executive Board, McKinsey & Co., and others. These are "real world" slides, right from the…
  • The Science of Presentation Impact

    Andrew Abela
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Belatedly, I link to a well written summary of my keynote speech at last year's annual PMRG conference:  As market researchers, we know that enhancing the efficiency of our research insights and taking a leadership role in organizational decision making is critical to our function’s future success. That’s why PMRG brought Andrew Abela, PhD, Dean and Associate Professor of Marketing at the Catholic University of America and presentation design consultant to leading corporations, to the stage at the 2013 ANC. In what was widely hailed as the conference’s most exciting…
  • Coming Up for Air

    Andrew Abela
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Hi all.  I've let the Extreme Presentation blog go quiet for a while, but I'm back now and wanted to let you know what's been happening. My new "day job" as dean of the new School of Business & Economics at The Catholic University of America has been consuming a ton of time, but it's a good cause and I'm enjoying it tremendously. The other thing that's been taking up a bunch of time is working with my collaborator and co-author, Paul Radich, to finally get The Encyclopedia of Slide Layouts published.  The Encyclopedia  uses the…
  • 20 Jun 2013 | 11:32 am

    Andrew Abela
    20 Jun 2013 | 11:32 am
    Our first ever Extreme Presentation workshop that is open to the public! In conjunction with PMRG, the premiere global community for healthcare marketing research professionals, we will be offering the day long Extreme Presentation workshop on October 23 in Jersey City, immediately after the 2013 PMRG Institute.  All are welcome. Capacity is limited. Details here. I look forward to meeting you there. 
  • Microsoft's new design ethos

    Andrew Abela
    20 Jun 2013 | 9:28 am
    Microsoft Corporation was one of my earliest clients for the Extreme Presentation workshop, and continues to be one of my largest; I continue to teach the workshop in Redmond three or four times per year, including most recently on Tuesday of this week.  I have been delighted to observe at Microsoft a growing concern with design, the recent history of which is described in Modern Design at Microsoft, an excellent article by Steve Clayton.  Clayton notes that he "...started from the very place I bet you are right now — disbelief that Microsoft is leading the way on…
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    Max Atkinson's Blog

  • Promotion or demotion at Sky News?

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    I've blogged previously about Adam Boulton's tendency to 'um', 'er', pause and otherwise hesitate far more than is to be expected from the Politics Editor of a major 24 hr news channel - not to mention other blogs elsewhere on the hazards faced by speakers who rely too much on teleprompters.But Adam's problem seems to have been solved more or less completely in recent days - by the simple device of turning him into a news reader rather than an interviewee who answers questions put to him by one of the more regular news readers - who rarely serve as news reporters out in the field.Whether…
  • Mr Miliband's style of delivery gets into the headlines

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:11 am
    I've blogged before about politicians - including President Obama and Ed Miliband -  using teleprompters, reading from scripts, speaking without scripts, pretending not to have a script, modelling management guru walkabouts, etc.In his leader's speech yesterday, Mr Miliband excelled himself by forgetting some crucial lines from the script he had tried to remember. Although his last two efforts to memorise scripts more or less verbatim were hailed by the media as great successes, the last thing you want is for journalists and their editors to concentrate on how you said something rather…
  • 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???
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    Professionally Speaking

  • Professional Speaking Association

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    In a couple of weeks time I’ll be in the UK visiting family and I’ve been invited to address the North West Region of the Professional Speaking Association (PSA) which is the UK equivalent of the National Speakers Association. Since I grew up in North West England, this is a return to my roots. On […]
  • Essential tools for visual communications

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:58 pm
    This is the second of a two-part report on the September 27th meeting of Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association. On Saturday we heard from two communications experts: Speechwriter Pete Weissman and visual thinking expert David Sibbet. This posting is a summary of David’s material. David Sibbet is President and founder of The […]
  • Speechwriting secrets for professional speakers

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    This is the first of a two-part report on the September 27th meeting of Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association. On Saturday we heard from two communications experts: Speechwriter Pete Weissman and visual thinking expert David Sibbet. This posting is a summary of Pete’s material. Award-winning speechwriter Pete Weissman revealed how he helps […]
  • How to Prepare and Present Powerful Presentations, with Patricia Fripp

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Hall of Fame keynote speaker and executive speech coach Patricia Fripp spoke to the members of the NSA Northern California Chapter Speakers Academy on Saturday. Fripp is the founder of our Chapter and a leading authority in the world of professional speaking. Her entertaining and informative morning session touched on many aspects of her own […]
  • 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 […]
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    Idea Transplant

  • Humour in presentations

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Jokes can be great ice breakers in presentations. Jokes can also be incredibly awkward when introduced in the wrong meeting, at the wrong time, with an audience who is not ready for them. Here is my advice: do not hardwire risky jokes into your slides, but rather, keep the option to tell them verbally. If the mood is right, go for it, if the audience vibe is not right, you can bail out at the very last moment. Borat bathing suit slides cannot be unseen, even when double clicked really quickly...
  • The basics

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here is a checklist of basic PowerPoint design skills. If you master these, you are all set to designing great business presentations: Program your company colours in the theme Set default shapes and lines to fit your company colours Delete all slides in a template master until you have just the title page and an empty page left Know how to add text to boxes Know how to make compositions of text boxes (including aligning and distributing them) Know how to crop images (instead of stretching them) Know how to make basic bar and column charts in your company colours No need to learn anything…
  • My facebook page: 2% reach

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:49 am
    Facebook is a poor alternative to RSS. Because I am not buying ads, blog posts on the Idea Transplant page reach around 2% of likers. Twitter, RSS, email, are better ways to stay up to date.
  • This is what I always say...

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:23 am
    ...when I put up this slide [that says something else...] Solution: change that old slide to have it say what you want it to say!
  • VC body language

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Last week, I sat in the same seat many of my clients sit in: the one facing a VC. I had a couple of meetings in the valley to test initial appetite for my “PowerPoint killer” web app. The body language in these meetings was very interesting. In all these meetings you could clearly see when people where excited, agree with you, do not agree with you, listen to you, are not listening to you because they are thinking about something else (probably the next question), already got what you want to say. Read the signals and use them to steer the conversation in your meeting. But this might be…
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    Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

  • Another Great Presentation Skills Infographic

    Gavin Meikle
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:40 am
    Despite having said in an earlier post that I am not a great fan of Infographics, I wanted to share a new presentation skills infographic that was sent to me by Clem Lepers. Entitled “9 Tips for an effective presentation“, it includes useful sections on… Know your audience Define your goals Craft a compelling message Create an outline Arrange slide elements Build a theme Use visual elements hook your audience quickly Measure effectiveness In conclusion, the advice contained in this infographic is generally sound although I have some reservations about the claim in point 7…
  • 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…
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    DiResta Communications Inc.

  • The Secret to Public Speaking Confidence

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Dream Big, Execute Small. That was the headline I saw in a recent article. It was addressed to entrepreneurs but it made me think of how true this is for public speakers. You have the dream of one day being … Continue reading →
  • This is Your Brain on Silence

    8 Oct 2014 | 4:44 pm
    The Power is in the Pause. I say that all the time to my audience but I don’t think they believe it. Well, now scientific research proves that silence has benefits to the brain. According to an article in Nautilus … Continue reading →
  • Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking, Part II

    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

    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 →
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    TEDTalks (video)

  • TED: Susan Etlinger: What do we do with all this big data? - Susan Etlinger (2014)

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Does a set of data make you feel more comfortable? More successful? Then your interpretation of it is likely wrong. In a surprisingly moving talk, Susan Etlinger explains why, as we receive more and more data, we need to deepen our critical thinking skills. Because it's hard to move beyond counting things to really understanding them.
  • TED: Kitra Cahana: My father, locked in his body but soaring free - Kitra Cahana (2014)

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    In 2011 Ronnie Cahana suffered a severe stroke that left him with locked-in syndrome: completely paralyzed except for his eyes. While this might shatter a normal person’s mental state, Cahana found peace in “dimming down the external chatter,” and “fell in love with life and body anew.” In a somber, emotional talk, his daughter Kitra shares how she documented her father's spiritual experience, as he helped guide others even in a state of seeming helplessness.
  • TED: Melissa Fleming: Let’s help refugees thrive, not just survive - Melissa Fleming (2014)

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    50 million people in the world today have been forcefully displaced from their home — a level not seen since WWII. Right now, more than 3 million Syrian refugees are seeking shelter in neighboring countries. In Lebanon, half of these refugees are children; only 20% are in school. Melissa Fleming of the UN's refugee agency calls on all of us to make sure that refugee camps are healing places where people can develop the skills they’ll need to rebuild their hometowns.
  • TED: Jorge Soto: The future of early cancer detection? - Jorge Soto (2014)

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Along with a crew of technologists and scientists, Jorge Soto is developing a simple, noninvasive, open-source test that looks for early signs of multiple forms of cancer. Onstage at TEDGlobal 2014, he demonstrates a working prototype of the mobile platform for the first time.
  • TED: Myriam Sidibe: The simple power of hand-washing - Myriam Sidibe (2014)

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    Myriam Sidibe is a warrior in the fight against childhood disease. Her weapon of choice? A bar of soap. For cost-effective prevention against sickness, it’s hard to beat soapy hand-washing, which cuts down risk of pneumonia, diarrhea, cholera and worse. Sidibe, a public-health expert, makes a smart case for public-private partnerships to promote clean hands — and local, sustainable entrepreneurship.
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  • The Biggest Mistakes I See on Resumes, and How to Correct Them

    14 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    by Chuck Kuglen Google is pretty smart as a company. But as companies go, they too have a lot of morons working there. Let’s not take them too seriously as they begin to get into virtually every aspect of our lives. A “very” well qualified friend recently told me, for example, that one of their “People leaders” told him they did not want him to meet his hiring manager early in the hiring process. They said it might “taint” the initial overviews he’d already passed! He laughed at that.  They were all about 20-something and this guy was one of the most critical Finance…
  • What The Heck Should I Do with My Hands?

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    by Terry Gault This question often comes up in my conversations with clients. Speaking in front of a group of people, it’s easy to feel exposed and self-conscious—which tends to exacerbate any anxiety we may feel about how we represent ourselves or how we feel about the strength of our content. The main goal is learning to be self-aware (so that we know how we are representing ourselves) and can make choices in the moment. Here are some tips I recommend about what to do with your hands while on stage: 1. Bigger Is better. Try using broader gestures. They draw the eye and project dynamism.
  • Dealing With A Distracted Audience

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Tim Cigelske Don’t be put off by those who text or tweet when you speak. It’s not easy speaking to an audience of people who appear to be distracted by their cell phones, or are clattering away on their laptops or burying their heads in their iPads. We have all been to conferences where people seemed to pay more attention to their electronic devices than to the live person on the podium. As smartphones connect people to their busy lives, this phenomenon will only become more common. It is tempting to address this issue by trying to ban cell…
  • Ummm… What Did You Say?

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Kimberly Davis of  Onstage Leadership Oh my gosh.  Night-before-last I did the parent-thing that I swore I’d never do.  My kiddo was talking a million miles an hour and I was….well yes, I was on Facebook…and according to witness testimony, I was nodding and smiling and responding to what he was telling me.  Ten minutes later my kiddo came back into the room and made reference to what he had said earlier and I turned to my husband and said, “Did he just say he was  performing a piano solo in the camp show?”  My husband said,…
  • 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…
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    Public Speaking Library

  • Be a dragonfly

    Tim Wilson
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Fellow speaker,Stanford professor Jennifer Aaker suggests you can make change happen by using the "Dragonfly Effect" (four "wings" working together to take you anywhere you want to go):Focus - focus in on one thingAttention - get your audience's attentionEngaging - make a personal connection with your audienceAction - get your audience's attentionNoticing,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.comTwitter: @PblcSpkngLibr
  • How to get noticed

    Tim Wilson
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Fellow speaker,Designer Nancy Duarte suggests you can get noticed for your speech if you are:Personal - show the audience some personal challenges  you have hadPolar - be on the "opposite pole" from those around youPassionate - speak about things you really really believe inNoticing,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.comTwitter: @PblcSpkngLibr
  • Making an outline

    Tim Wilson
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Fellow speaker,World Champion Darren LaCroix suggests you use a speech outline when creating your speech:Opening (related to your speech premise)Body (with your speech points)Call to ActionCloseUsing this method provides you with a guide as you create your speech.Outlining,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.comTwitter: @PblcSpkngLibr
  • Balancing your speaking

    Tim Wilson
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Fellow speaker,You can use Ed Tate's system to figure out how balanced your speeches are. First look through your speech and label it in terms of:Speaker timeSpeaker and audience taking notes (fill in the blanks) timeSpeaker and audience doing activity timeSee how balanced your speech is in terms of (1), (2), and (3) time. For example, if you have a lot of 1s and very few 3s, then you need to add in more audience activities (3s) into your speech.Labeling,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.comTwitter: @PblcSpkngLibr
  • Modeling a story

    Tim Wilson
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Fellow speaker,Kate Lutz has a simple story model you can use when creating stories (in the order they are introduced into the story):PeoplePlaceAction (focus mostly on this)ResolutionStoried,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.comTwitter: @PblcSpkngLibr
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    Speak to Lead

  • During the Break - WGN news anchors entertain

    Lou Hampton
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    I've taken a long break from posting - 11 months. But, to quote Hillary Clinton in Iowa, "Im Baa-aack!" So, before I get to insights from my hiatus, here is a chance to see two WGN anchors during their two...
  • Gettysburg Address - A Tweetable & Powerpoint-enhanced Speech

    Lou Hampton
    19 Nov 2013 | 1:35 pm
    Yes, dear readers, today is the sesquicentennial of Abraham Lincoln delivering his "Gettysburg Address." Although Lincoln's prognostication of the impact of his address (The world with little note, nor long remember what we say here...) was clearly off, the Address...
  • March is International Listening Awareness Month - DC Event

    Lou Hampton
    12 Mar 2013 | 8:15 pm
    This is International Listening Awareness Month, a time to focus on using the power of listening to make our lives, our communities, and our nations better. As part of the awareness campaign, I am presenting a free workshop in Washington...
  • Lindsey Graham Charts His Course Against Rand Paul; Loses on Points & Style

    Lou Hampton
    7 Mar 2013 | 8:58 pm
    No visual is better than a stupid visual, unless you want to help your boss look dumb. Quick background in the event you weren't clued to C-Spam today. 1. Rand Paul ended a 13-hour filibuster to draw attention to potential...
  • Is Pres. Obama's manipulation of media coverage a threat to liberty?

    Lou Hampton
    19 Feb 2013 | 8:51 pm
    In 1786 Thomas Jefferson wrote: "Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost." In a recent Politco article, Obama the puppet master, Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen write: "President Barack Obama...
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    Public Words

  • How To Review Your Own Videos

    Nick Morgan
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    One of the wonders of the digital age is that video for speakers is now relatively cheap, easy, and of high quality. To be sure, there is still enormous art involved in getting good video for that speakers’ sizzle reel or for your website. But to get video for the purposes of review is no […]
  • The Difference Between Liberal and Conservative Audiences

    Nick Morgan
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Most countries have a political spectrum that divides along conservative v liberal lines. In the US, it’s the Republicans v the Democrats; in the UK, it’s the Tories v the Laborites; in Game of Thrones, it’s King’s Landing v Winterfell, and so on. Now, some recent research helps us understand what underlies the differences between […]
  • Perfectionism and Public Speaking

    Nick Morgan
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Is it good to be a perfectionist? Perfectionists would say yes, of course; it leads to better results in work and life. The psychologists say it leads to misery, and a higher risk of suicide. A specialist in the field, Professor Gordon Flett of York University, has written a book on the subject, and a […]
  • Why Do We Make Audiences Sit in the Dark?

    Nick Morgan
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    Why turn down the lights? What follows is a rant. If you’re not in the mood, skip this post. You’re standing in the wings. You’re a speaker about to speak to an audience of 1,000 souls at a conference with all the bells and whistles that technology and a good staging company can provide: IMAG […]
  • The Toughest Speaking Gig of All

    Nick Morgan
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    I usually write about the challenges of professional and executive speaking, but there’s one speaking gig that presents difficulties even most pros don’t have to face: preaching. Preachers face the same audience (mostly) week after week, year after year, and have to somehow persuade them to listen afresh every Sunday. Even assuming you get a […]
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    We Need A Speech

  • Jerry Seinfeld Takes Down Advertising While Receiving An Advertising Award

    9 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    You don’t see many speeches where the speaker dumps all over the organization and the people associated with it while receiving an award from said organization. I am guessing he won’t be invited back. …
  • Isabelle Allende “Tales of Passion”

    24 Jun 2014 | 12:24 pm
    There is a reason that this speech from the wonderful Isabelle Allende has almost 3 million views. …
  • 5 Tips For Speeding Up The Speech Writing Process

    23 Jun 2014 | 10:53 am
    I am always looking for ways to shorten the “process time” when working on speeches. Here are five that I find helpful. I don’t know about you, but I am the world’s worst proofreader when it comes to proofing my …
  • Are Speechwriters Contributing To Social Incivility?

    19 Jun 2014 | 6:13 pm
    At the recent World Conference of the Professional Speechwriters Association held in May in New York City Georgetown University writing teacher and speechwriter Mike Long gave a great speech under the title “Are Speechwriters Contributing To Social Incivility?” Very thought …
  • In Praise of Boring Bloated Non-Committal (BBNC) Speeches

    16 Jun 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Well not in praise of exactly…. I wish I could tell you that every speech I have written was incisive, insightful, funny, memorable, quotable and all-in-all had the audience crying out to my client “don’t stop now….please do go on …
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    The Eloquent Woman

  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    20 Oct 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:Survey says: A new survey says that 70 percent of employed Americans who give presentations see it as a critical skill.Underling or underminer? When women manage men who don't respect women sheds light on a problem in the tech industry, but I've seen it in many…
  • 8 famous speeches by young women in The Eloquent Woman Index

    Denise Graveline
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:45 am
    They ranged in age from 12 to 25 when they gave these famous speeches, but each of these young women had enough impact to make it into The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women. From causes like education and the environment to personal revelations and skilled storytelling, these young women are speakers to watch. In each post, you'll find video, text and tips you can take from their outstanding speeches:Severn Suzuki's 1992 UN Earth Summit speech happened when she was just 12 years old, making her the youngest speaker in the Index. She cuts right to the point, schooling her elders…
  • Why "but all my slides are pictures" isn't a smart public speaking strategy

    Denise Graveline
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    When I'm coaching executives who are using slides in their presentations, I feel as if I've heard every excuse in the book. Most of them are designed to justify an enormous number of slides--often, too many to get through in one sitting. But of late, one excuse seems to recur with frequency, and I think it's a dangerous one: "But all my slides are pictures." And no, these speakers aren't photographers for National Geographic.I'm not a fan of all-or-nothing solutions in general, and when it comes to presentations, it's rare that they work. But what bothers me is the subtext I can hear behind…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    13 Oct 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:Speaking up, part one: Journalist Amanda Bennett gives a whole new meaning to "lean in" in this piece about how men talk over women and what you should do about that.Speaking up, part two: It's the 50th anniversary of Lady Bird Johnson's whistlestop speaking…
  • Famous Speech Friday: Kerry Washington on the risk of public speaking

    Denise Graveline
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:45 am
    No one who watches her intrigues in Scandal would be surprised to hear that actress Kerry Washington gave a speech about a speech she didn't give. Earlier this year, she used the occasion of accepting an award at the Women In Film Los Angeles Crystal + Lucy Awards to talk about the risk of public speaking, and why she--and other women--often turn down speaking gigs. This, at a ceremony where she was described as "fearless" and "bold."In Washington's case, it wasn't just a speaking gig, it was the chance to speak at TEDxWomen. She used the invitation phone call from conference…
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    Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations

  • Presenting with Power: Planning and Preparing Presentations

    George Torok
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    Presenting with Power: Planning and Preparing Presentations from Studio B Productions, Inc. 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 www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com
  • 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
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    Susan's Blog - Inspire, Inform, Influence

  • What Justifies a Decision?

    Susan Trivers
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    The manager of the Washington Nationals, Matt Williams, was being questioned by a reporter. The number one question was "Would you do things differently in the National League Division Series playoff games if you had them to do over?" Matt answered with a firm "NO." I assume the reporter gave him a quizzical look that prompted him to continue: "The only reason you're asking the question is because we lost those games. If we had won, you wouldn't be asking if I had second thoughts." When you are in a leadership role and your decisions are being…
  • Do You Agree: Innovation is a Very Strange Thing

    Susan Trivers
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    Innovation is a huge goal these days. To innovate is to win. To innovate is to become a thought leader. To innovate is to crush or obliterate the competition. I believe that innovation is the only path to the highest possible profit margins and to creating Exceptional products and services. Yet everyone thinks it's hard to innovate. Peter Thiel, the former CEO of PayPal and the first outsider to invest in Facebook, spoke to the Washington Post for an interview on Oct. 12, 2014. He said "Innovation is a very strange thing because it's so hard to know what to learn about or how…
  • I Feel Sorry for Your Audiences If...

    Susan Trivers
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    ....you misunderstand Albert Mehrabian. I feel sorry for your audiences if you believe the single worst speaking and communication myth perpetuated in modern times: that 93% of your message is communicated non-verbally. The Myth This no-good, very bad, harmful and wasteful myth developed out of one experiment that Mehrabian did in 1971. He had an experimenter read single words to college students with different tones and different facial expressions and then asked them what the speaker really meant. From this narrow and limited experiment he offered a conclusion that when words said one thing…
  • The Sky is the Limit

    Susan Trivers
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    The long-time business owner said to me: “We had over $100K in revenue one month this summer. I didn’t think we had that much capacity!” Are you surprised by your capacity? Do you even know what it is? And if you did know it, how would you use that knowledge? If this business attained that $100K every month it would add $300K in revenue every year. That’s a 33% increase in revenues. What business wouldn’t like a 33% revenue increase in one year? I think there are two important ways to look at capacity: What is your business’s maximum capacity? Why is that the maximum? What can you…
  • 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…
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  • Melissa Fleming: Let’s help refugees thrive, not just survive

    TJ Walker
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
  • Mitt Romney Wants a Video Camera on Him at all Times if He Runs for President Again | Media Training

    TJ Walker
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Interesting story in the New York times about Mitt Romney thinking about running for President again. He suggests that he would ask his handlers to point a video camera on him at all times so that he wouldn’t say dumb things. He also says that his infamous 47% comments were really about him just voicing the concerns of someone in the audience, essentially expressing empathy. Unfortunately, in politics you are often judged by who you target for sharing your empathy. *** Mike Pence for President? The Republican Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, isn’t a name you frequently hear…
  • A New Jersey Restaurant is Paying customers Not to Use Cell Phone

    TJ Walker
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    Hats off to  The Station restaurant in Bernardsville, New Jersey, for giving customers a 5% discount for NOT using a cell phone during dinner. Apparently management and waiters were tired of seeing customers hunched over phones, ignoring the waiters, the food, and dinner companions. The restaurant claims it wants to encourage conversation with family members–sounds like a good idea to me. Plus, the restaurant pulled a PR coup. The story has generated coverage on CBS and numerous other outlets. Hey, I am guilty myself of occasionally using a cell phone in front of other people, but it…
  • Political Candidate Media and Public Speaking Training

    TJ Walker
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    I have a new online training course posted on Udemy that is specifically for political candidates. It’s going to be offered for no charge for another few days. Please take a look if you or anyone you know is running for office or thinking of running for office. TJ Here is all the info (or you can click here) Political Candidate Media and Public Speaking Training Everything a political candidate needs to know about giving speeches and speaking to the media during a campaign 421 students enrolled You will learn how to speak to voters through speeches, presentations, debates and media…
  • Emergency Media Training: Facing a Reporter Within 2 Hours

    TJ Walker
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:27 am
    FYI, as a reader of this blog, you can receive free access to this course by clicking here. Emergency Media Training: Facing a Reporter Within 2 Hours This course will quickly teach you how to look your best on camera, prepare a message, develop a strategy for answering questions and create sound bites for that interview staring you in the face. This no-frills course gives you nothing but the bare essentials–you should be able to complete the course in 30 minutes or less. That way you will have more time to practice for your upcoming interview. TJ Walker has trained more than 10,000…
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    Public Speakers Blog

  • Professional Speakers Money Module

    6 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    As a professional speaker, do you devote any of your speech to talking about money? Most major speakers in the public market do. Watch this short video I taped in Manhattan after my latest appearance on FOX Business Network. I’ll look forward to your comments.
  • How Big is Your Speaking Career Vision?

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    Do you have written vision for your speaking business? If so, how large of an impact do you want to make? Will you be satisfied sharing your message in your local community and home state, or do you dream of making an impact on a global scale? Watch this short video (1:41) we shot last Saturday night at our Mental Toughness University Licensee/Apprentice Gala Celebration held at our home on Lake Lanier in North Georgia. I’ll look forward to your comments. Watch on YouTube [See post to watch Flash video]  
  • 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]  
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    The Accidental Communicator

  • 3 Ways To Become A Strong Speaker

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Speaking strength comes from the words that you (don’t) useImage Credit I’m sure that we’d all like to be a strong, confident speaker. The big question that we all face is just exactly how can we go about getting from where we are today to becoming the strong speaker that we’d all like to become? Nope, there’s no magic pill that will make this happen; however, there are a few skills that if we take the time to practice will serve to make us much stronger speakers. 3 Skills That Every Strong Speaker Uses The importance of public speaking is all about being seen as…
  • How Public Speakers Can Master Virtual Presentations

    14 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Virtual presentations need special rules in order to be successfulImage Credit Welcome to the 21st Century! In the past, we always stood in front of real, live people when we gave a presentation and we all knew how to do that. Now everything seems to have changed and with the arrival of both powerful laptops and high-speed Internet connections, we are now being asked to conduct virtual presentations where there is no audience. What’s a speaker to do? Understand Your Technology The very first thing that you need to understand about giving presentations in the new virtual world is that…
  • New Book: Plan For Success: How To Plan Your Next Speech

    11 Oct 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Plan For Success: How To Plan Your Next Speech     What You’ll Find Inside: HOW TO RIG A SPEECH TO GET THE OUTCOME YOU WANT EVERY TIME PUBLIC SPEAKERS WANT TO KNOW: ARE HANDOUTS YOUR FRIEND OR FOE? WAYS TO PLAN AN EFFECTIVE SPEECH SPEAKER: YOU ARE WHAT YOU WEAR Click here for epub, pdf, rtf, lrf, pdb, txt, or html formats
  • Speakers Need To Understand That How You Say It Is As Important As What You Say

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Speakers need to change how they say thingsImage Credit The time that you’ve been allocated in which to deliver your next speech is limited despite the fact that we all know about the importance of public speaking. What this means for you is that you are going to have to make each word that you say count – you don’t have time to waste any words. Somehow you are going to have to find a way to make your words stronger by using energetic language. How To Boost The Impact Of Your Words The good news about the next speech that you’ll be giving is that your audience will be…
  • New Book: Secrets To Planning The Perfect Speech

    4 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    If you want to give a perfect speech, then you need to know how to plan it. Get the book that tells you how to do this: Click here for Paperback, Kindle, or Audiobook Download. Click here for epub, mobi, pdf, rtf, lrf, pdb, txt or html.
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • In Colorado, overheated rhetoric from ‘Mark Uterus’

    George F. Will
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    DENVER One of the wonders of this political moment is feminist contentment about the infantilization of women in the name of progressive politics. Government, encouraging academic administrations to micromanage campus sexual interactions, now assumes that, absent a script, women cannot cope. And the Democrats’ trope about the Republicans’ “war on women” clearly assumes that women are civic illiterates. Read full article >>
  • Will the FCC try to tackle ‘Redskins’?

    George F. Will
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Wretched excess by government can be beneficial if it startles people into wholesome disgust and deepened distrust and it prompts judicial rebukes that enlarge freedom. So let’s hope the Federal Communications Commission embraces the formal petition inciting it to deny licenses to broadcasters who use the word “Redskins” when reporting on the Washington Redskins. Read full article >>
  • Supreme Court has a chance to bring liberty to teeth whitening

    George F. Will
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Come Tuesday, the national pastime will be the subject of oral arguments in a portentous Supreme Court case. This pastime is not baseball but rent-seeking — the unseemly yet uninhibited scramble of private interests to bend government power for their benefit. If the court directs a judicial scowl at North Carolina’s State Board of Dental Examiners, the court will thereby advance a basic liberty — the right of Americans to earn a living without unreasonable government interference. Read full article >>
  • George Will: Chris Christie lays the groundwork for a 2016 presidential run

    George F. Will
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    NEWARK New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could be forgiven if he had chips on both shoulders as big as those shoulders. This year, the first of his second term, has been overshadowed by often partisan investigations, more protracted than productive, of the involvement of several of his former aides — he fired them — in the closing of some access lanes to the George Washington Bridge. Read full article >>
  • A Bell-ringer in New Jersey

    George F. Will
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    PRINCETON, N.J. Every 36 years, it seems, Jeff Bell disturbs New Jersey’s political order. In 1978, as a 34-year-old apostle of supply-side economics and a harbinger of the Reagan Revolution, he stunned the keepers of the conventional wisdom by defeating a four-term senator, Clifford Case, in the Republican primary. Bell, a Columbia University graduate who fought in Vietnam, lost to Bill Bradley in the 1978 general election, but in 1982 he went to Washington to help implement President Reagan’s economic policies that produced five quarters of above 7 percent growth and six years averaging…
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    Power Presentations

  • How to Win after Losing: Bill Clinton, Peyton Manning, and the San Francisco Giants

    Jerry Weissman
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The vaunted Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers, two teams that, by all measures, should be in baseball’s divisional playoffs, are off on early winter vacations; while the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals, two teams that, by all measures, should be off on theirs, are instead in the heat of battle for the championship. Therein lies a lesson with applications to all walks of life, including politics and business: if you get knocked down, get back up and try again. This lesson is as old as every football coach’s impassioned half-time pep talk that leads his team to a…
  • Jerry’s Interview with ExpressiveLeader

    Tanya Fruehe
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Jerry was recently featured on an episode of Expressive Leader’s podcast series. Listen to learn some of Jerry’s methods on how to grab your audience’s attention using the Less is More approach. Jerry also provides some basic slide design techniques that can be applied to any PowerPoint Presentation.   Jerry Weissman is the country’s leading presentation coach and best-selling author. Follow him on Twitter@PowerPresForbes, andLinkedInfor more insights. The post Jerry’s Interview with ExpressiveLeader appeared first on Power Presentations - The Art and Science…
  • Lena Dunham’s Secret to Success

    Jerry Weissman
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    A backhanded compliment is defined in the Urban Dictionary as “What might at first sound like a compliment but could/should really be taken as an insult when considered in its entirety.”   One of the most common examples occurs in cross-gender exchangessuch as, “He cooks well for a man,” or “She plays basketball well for a girl.”   Cosmopolitan Magazine lists 17 such insults to women. Ross Douthat is the Republican voice on the New York Times Op-Ed page, and his column last Sunday, titled “I Love Lena,” was as backhanded a compliment as any of those in Cosmo. He…
  • Roger Goodell’s Credibility

    Jerry Weissman
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    Last Spring, in swift response to the public revelation that Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, had made racist comments about his team, NBA Commissioner Adam Stern called a press conference at which he announced that he was banning Mr. Sterling and fining him 2.5 million dollars. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been considerably slower and much more lenient in his response to a series of public revelations that several league players had committed domestic violence. As a result of public outcry, Mr. Goodell took to the stage at the Hilton Hotel in New York on Friday…
  • 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.
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  • Public Speaking for Entrepreneurs – 3 Tips for a Successful Pitch

    8 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Public speaking for entrepreneurs?  Absolutely!  The reality is that a presentation, a pitch or “casual” conversations about your company all qualify as examples of public speaking.  When I ask entrepreneurs about public speaking, I often hear “I don’t have to give speeches.” There are 3 universal ideas every entrepreneur should remember while pitching their startup: 1) You are Presenting for Your Audience, not Yourself It doesn’t matter if you’re presenting before a group of angel investors or on the floor of a private equity investor’s boardroom — your presentation is…
  • 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…
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  • Smart Investment In Stamps Can Make You Reap Good Returns

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    No matter where you live in, people from all across the globe always seek for a good commodity or scheme where they can invest their money and ensure good financial returns in the future. But it is worldwide that many European countries including the UK is witnessing severe down trend and inflation in security and commodities. The share market may seem in healthy condition right now but there are past stories where it has cracked and ruined investments of many people. This is why many investors in the UK and even individuals are looking for a safer investment alternative. And this is when the…

    Michael Crumling
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
      She was a comely young lass, with a very sweet sass, and globular spheres of titillation. With a perky demeanor, She was a bit of a screamer, and offered tender relief of frustration. Though a bit of a stinker, She was also a winker, A nod to generous social lubrication. At once she was moister, Coy eyes seek to cloister, Secret elements of the provocation. His temptation to tinker, Her lips more the pinker, Apt for imminent violation. But by this wily kitten, The boy who once bitten, Now victim of total prostration.   Once into the rotation, gasps and groans and gyration, giving…
  • Let’s All Hate the Golden State

    Richard Cahill
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Sea lions like it, but America hates it A recent survey by Public Policy polling found that California was far and away the most reviled state, leading runners-up Illinois, Utah, Mississippi and New Jersey by twenty points or more in the thumbs-down column. Most of us Californians were devastated at the news. Many of us immediately got into our cars and got stuck in traffic, so we could work through our emotional wroughtedness in the comfort of familiar surroundings. What did we ever do to the rest of you, to so deserve your contempt? Much of what America enjoys today—sushi, cheap Mexican…

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    BRYCE ON HISTORY - Why it is necessary to learn industrial history. (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. Through my columns I occasionally write something related to American history. I do this because I believe young people are losing their sense of history and are doomed to repeat mistakes we’ve made in the past. The same is true in industrial history, in my case the computer field. To illustrate, a few years ago I inherited my father’s UNIVAC Zippo lighter. I always admired it; it was small, sleek, and had an…
  • New Indonesia president faces legislative deadlock

    Muhammad Cohen
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Monday’s inauguration of Joko Widowo as Indonesia’s seventh president is a transformational moment for the world’s third largest democracy. Known as Jokowi, Widodo is Indonesia’s first retail politician and will be the first freely elected leader who wasn’t part of the power structure during Suharto’s 40 years of authoritarian rule. At Indonesia’s Ubud Writers Festival., experts warned the remnants of those bad old days threat to stop Jokowi’s reformist agenda, bad news for Southeast Asia’s largest economy and the nation with the world’s largest Muslim population. Totally…
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    Speaking Pro Central

  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    20 Oct 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. Underling or underminer? weekly speaker toolkitBrought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • "The Butcher" By Jennifer Hillier - Creepy Read For Halloween

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:42 pm
    'Writers will enjoy the way "The Butcher" by Jennifer Hillier is organized. There is never any suspense about the facts of the story. In the very first chapter readers are informed that the former chief of police Edward Shank is the serial killer known as "The Butcher." He could have just enjoyed that.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Accent Reduction: 7 Ways to Pronounce Letter “A”

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    'When there is a need for accent reduction to help speak English correctly, learning to pronounce the letter “A” can be valuable for non-native speakers of English, for professionals with heavy accents and even for native born Americans who grew up in areas of the US where regional dialects are heavy. There are seven ways the […].Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • RC Brand - Can Pope Francis Really Save It

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    'Once one of the most powerful, enduring global brands, Roman Catholicism is losing its influence. Everywhere, even in traditionally Catholic nations like Latin America, human beings are increasingly embracing other kinds of religions and forms of spirituality. Especially popular is the evangelical movement.   Reflection: It is 2020.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
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    Les Posen's Presentation Magic

  • Emulating Apple’s Healthkit dual gradient design meme in Keynote – a video walkthrough for those wishing to learn more about Keynote

    2 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    We’re currently in the throes of Apple changing the look and feel of its operating systems. iOS 8 has just been released, revealing the influence of Apple Senior VP Jony Ive in bringing a flatter look. Yosemite is around the corner and it too will show a quite different feel from the desktop operating systems of the past few years. When Apple makes these large scale changes, it introduces design memes which are often copied. Witness the original Bondi Blue iMac of 1998, and how it changed not just Apple’s design standards, but that of many other technologies, bringing…
  • Apple gives us some great transitions in its Keynote presentation software – but is there a way to add more? Yes, there is!

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:58 am
    In January 2003, when Steve Jobs introduced Apple’s presentation software, Keynote, at Macworld, he emphasised its “cinematic” qualities. By this he meant its adroitness using high quality images, text and transitions between slides. His presentation at Macworld elicited many “Ooohs” and “Ahhhs” when he demonstrated cube and dissolve transition, something the dominant platform of its day – Microsoft’s Powerpoint – could not perform with such slickness. Jobs then elicited many cheers when he announced the $99 Keynote would be given…
  • Think including a TED talk video can enhance your Powerpoint or Keynote presentation? Think again and think like a magician

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

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

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

  • The flipped meeting

    Ellen Finkelstein
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    At the Presentation Summit, I heard Patti Sanchez, SVP of Strategic Services at Duarte, talk about slidedocs, which are slides that are used as short documents. One use she mentioned was for pre-meeting reading. (You can download Nancy Duarte’s free book on slidedocs here.) At the end of her talk, I stood up and said that this reminded me of the flipped classroom. What is the flipped classroom? It’s a concept that flips the idea of learning in the classroom and practicing at home. The reason is that students often struggle when doing homework — that’s when they have to…
  • Embedding fonts in a presentation with non-standard fonts

    Ellen Finkelstein
    11 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Are you a font freak? Do you just LOVE interesting fonts? I must admit that I’m a font idiot who can hardly tell the difference between Arial, Tahoma and Verdana, unless they’re right next to each other. Even then, I won’t know which is which. Designers are horrified when I tell them this! Fonts can be fun, but you have to be careful with them: They must be legible! They shouldn’t distract from your message They aren’t necessarily available from every computer It can be horrible when you open a presentation on another computer and the fonts are all wrong! What to…
  • Make your webinars super interactive

    Ellen Finkelstein
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    This is a guest post from Brenda Bence, who is a corporate branding and personal branding expert. She wrote this as a tip for Speaker Net News subscribers and gave me permission to reprint it. You can read more about her at www.BrendaBence.com. Brenda does live keynotes but then often follows up with “virtual keynotes” for members of an organization who are located elsewhere. These are small groups of 12 – 15 team members who are usually in Singapore, Hong Kong, Mumbai and/or Shanghai/Beijing. Here are 8 techniques that she uses to make her webinars super interactive. Note…
  • 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…
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  • “Presenting with Power” ebook is ready

    Alessandra Cimatti
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    How to Plan and Prepare Awesome Presentations – 80 Top Experts share their secrets. I was honored this year to be asked to contribute to this ebook, along with many top experts in the fields of public speaking and presentations. Here is the first section which has been publshed on Slideshare: My contribution is in the second section of the ebook, on page 43.  It is titled “Make it personal and real: use proper names“. You can request the full ebook (111 pages long)  by accessing this opt-in form on the ClearSlide page.
  • How long would it take your design agency to build a PowerPoint deck?

    Alessandra Cimatti
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:51 pm
    The simple answer to this question is: it depends. Le me explain by sharing some of the questions I ask people who get in touch with me for presentation assistance: What sort of material are you supplying? draft presentation deck, with photographs draft presentation, text only draft outline draft storyboard on paper Excel data to create effective charts only an idea or a message that you want to communicate a corporate branding document some presentations that you like to guide the design choices Do you want help in developing an effective structure and content as well, or are you just…
  • Company presentation structure for clients

    Alessandra Cimatti
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:45 pm
    The classic business presentation that is often seen at conferences or published on the company website is very often composed of a series of slides that do not interest a lot of potential customers. It looks a lot like the first pages of an annual report, ok for investors and stockholders, but less so for potential clients. After seeing a couple of slides, they give up and move on to another site or turn to a game on their smartphone. Why do I say this? Because it is centered on the company, and not on the potential customer. It talks about the  company history, the locations, the founder,…
  • Developing company presentations for a convention

    Alessandra Cimatti
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    Many medium and large businesses organize a convention every year for their distributors, resellers, integrators, partners or agents.  For these occasions, the company prepares a series of PowerPoint presentations to talk about results achieved, future industry trends, organizational news, details of new products and services about to be launched, and marketing programs to support the sales channel. The event is an important networking occasion but also a source of inspiration and commitment for the audience. It is often followed by individual meetings where partners confirm their…
  • 16:9 or 4:3? The presenter’s dilemma

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

  • Own Your Industry - Book 23 of 52 in 52 - A Review of Douglas Kruger's latest book

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    The first time I became acquainted with Douglas Kruger was on DVD - he was speaking in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. He was extremely young, extremely thin, and had an extremely, exquisitely deep voice that anyone short of James Earl Jones would envy.That was in 2004. 10 years later, I finally had the chance to meet him, even share dinner with him - just a few weeks ago in Kuala Lumpur. He was older (obviously), no longer thin (instead, packed with muscles that had muscles), but still with that amazing voice. Instead of being a contestant, hey was a mainstage speaker…
  • What's Your Hook?

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    We hear the term 'Hook' bandied about a lot in marketing circles - usually it refers to your theme, your brand, your 'One Big Thing'. For me, it's Win Anyway! Don't worry, I won't go into that topic here today, I've got a whole different blog for that philosophy.In your speech, your 'Hook' are the words that fill the first 30 seconds to 3 minutes of your speech. The first taste the audience gets of who you are. They decide in the first 30 seconds whether you are:- credible- interesting- personable- intelligent- funny- and - most importantly - worth listening to!They can make the wrong choice,…
  • What Will Make YOU a 'Top Speaker'?

    2 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Conversations about who's 'The Greatest' - be it musician, actor, athlete, or even 'company to work for' seem to permeate the media these days. Heck, they probably have for generations - there's just so much more media now than ever before. This morning on Mike & Mike, a U.S. sports radio program, they were discussing each city's 'Mt. Rushmore' of athletes - for example, Bill Russell, Bobby Orr, Tom Brady, and Ted Williams for the Boston Area. For what it's worth, as a Denverite, I'd put Dan Issel, Joe Sakic, John Elway, and Todd Helton on the Mile High City's version...but I…
  • 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…
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    Manner of Speaking

  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 189) – Dale Carnegie

    John Zimmer
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Dale Carnegie (1888 – 1955) American Writer and Lecturer “A talk is a voyage with purpose and it must be charted. The man who starts out going nowhere, generally gets there.” — Dale CarnegieFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers
  • The airport approach to public speaking

    John Zimmer
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    I am sitting in the Geneva airport as I write this post. I am on my way to Barcelona for a great week of teaching and learning with my good friends and fellow public speakers, Conor Neill, Florian Mueck, Tobias Rodrigues and Tony Anagor. Today, as always when I travel by plane, I arrived at the airport early. More than two hours before my departure, in fact. Now, the airport to Geneva is not that big and a flight from Switzerland to Spain is fairly routine. Furthermore, I only live 15 minutes by car—maximum—from the airport. Two hours was way more time than I needed. In fact, as I write…
  • 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
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    Interruption Management

  • Too Many Decisions?

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    "Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?" in the New York Times is well worth reading.An excerpt:"Decision fatigue helps explain why ordinarily sensible people get angry at colleagues and families, splurge on clothes, buy junk food at the supermarket and can’t resist the dealer’s offer to rustproof their new car. No matter how rational and high-minded you try to be, you can’t make decision after decision without paying a biological price. It’s different from ordinary physical fatigue — you’re not consciously aware of being tired — but you’re low on mental energy. The more choices…
  • The Disruption of Over-Information

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Information can only become knowledge when it's applied. Before you can absorb and apply yesterday's intake, however, the explosion of new information floods your receptive capacity.Such constant exposure to the daily information and media shower leaves each of us incapable of ingesting, synthesizing, or applying the data before tomorrow's shower.The eruption of information renders us over-stimulated. The more information you try to ingest, the faster the "clock races," and your sense of breathing space is strained.As yet, few people are wise information consumers. Curiously, there is only…
  • A Nation of Druggies

    5 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    As a society, our default response to interruptions and distractions apparently is ingesting psychopharmaceuticals. Patrick Di Justo, writing in Wired magazine observed, "Antidepressants are the most commonly popped pills in the country, accounting for 227 million prescriptions filled last year alone. Of course, Prozac and its descendants aren’t the only popular psychiatric meds: Remedies for seizure disorders — often used to treat bipolar disease, as well as epilepsy — and for anxiety are among the 10 most-prescribed drugs in the nation.""But even as our hunger for pills has grown,…
  • Rules that Impede Progress

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    Once a rule gets in place it's very difficult to eliminate it even though the original reasons for its generation are long gone, according to author Roger von Oech. His prime example:In the 1870s the leading manufacturer of typewriters at the time received complaints that too many of the typewriter keys were sticking together if the operator went too fast. In response to this, the company produced the QWERTY type keyboard -- a configuration standard on all keyboards -- to slow down operators so that the keys wouldn't jam together.Today, technology permits us to produce typewriter keyboards…
  • Distraction and Lost Opportunities

    24 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    "For all the hand-wringing about Generation M, technology is not really the problem... It's not so much that the video is going to rot your brain, it's what you are not doing that's going to rot your life."              -- David Levy, Ph.D., University of Washington, Information School
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    Moving People to Action

  • How Confident People achieve a Confident Mindset (In a Way Most People Don’t Know)

    Conor Neill
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    How do some people remain poised and confident where others are reduced to nervous wrecks? I have been a student of the human condition for years.  It all started age 17 when I faced the tough life decision of what to do after school finished. I decided to study psychology at university.  There were three reasons: I loved maths but could see that the content was distantly remote from anything that dealt with a real life problem. My school teachers were pressuring me to continue my mathematical studies at university. I react extremely negatively in the presence of adult pressure. In reality,…
  • Video Lesson: What is a Story?

    Conor Neill
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    The 7 Ingredients of Meaningful Story How do you use these ingredients to find meaning in your life and business?
  • Progress Requires Change

    Conor Neill
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    “Change does not mean progress, but progress requires change” Richard Hamming Richard Hamming, from wikimedia Without change you will not have progress.  What have you changed recently?  If you have been doing something the same way for 10 years, maybe its time to test a different way.  You might return, but it is only by making the change that you can know. We are creatures of habit.  We will repeat what we did, not because it is best, but because we did it before.  Don’t let yourself slide into the laziness of doing everything the same way. What long standing habitual…
  • Conor Neill, Interview with Axiom Groupe

    Conor Neill
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:14 am
    I gave a short talk at the Axiom Groupe HR and Shared Service Centers Conference in Barcelona recently.  They made a short interview video during the event. We talk about the IESE Business School, Leadership communication, persuasion and the process of turning potential into performance.
  • The Big Question – by Bill Treasurer

    Conor Neill
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    This is a guest post by my good friend Bill Treasurer, who's latest book Leaders Open Doors makes its big time release this week! Over to Bill... If you’re a leader, there’s an important question on the minds of the people you lead. They may not say it directly, but it is the core question that defines the relationship between you and the people you lead. When people believe the answer is “yes,” they will be more committed to their work … and to you. But when they think the answer is “no,” their commitment to their jobs and their loyalty to you will suffer. The question is: Do…
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  • Mental Practice Helps Conquer Stage Fright

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
    This is the last of our series about concrete ways to conquer stage fright.  This tip offers a surprising approach to make almost anything in your life better–mental practice.  Or, in other words: 3. Don’t just rehearse; sit there We all know that practice makes perfect, and that rehearsing your presentation is important. But did you know there’s even a better way? Mental practice can get you closer to where you want to be in life, and it can turn you into a confident and effective presenter too. In fact, just practicing physically is less effective than combining…
  • Face Your Fears: Ways to Conquer Stage Fright… Really!

    7 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    October 14 is Face Your Fears Day.  Many people report public speaking as their number one fear–so why not use this upcoming “holiday” to push past that fear. October 14 is Face Your Fears Day. Learn more @simswyethClick To Tweet Why?  Because nothing is as powerful as standing up in front of a room and using your words and body to convince others to see your way of thinking, to take the action you advocate, or to accept your ideas.  If you aren’t good at it, you’re letting go of opportunities to showcase your smarts, have a say, and gain respect. Here’s…
  • Proven Ways to Cure Stage Fright

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:27 am
    By some accounts, public speaking is the No. 1 fear in America. Millions of people are limiting their careers because of this irrational fear. Let’s define stage fright. For me, it’s a cold, clammy feeling of anxiety that churns in my stomach. It drains me of all my resources. I can’t think, talk, breathe, or hold a piece of paper without people seeing it shiver in my hand. Yet, if I don’t have a smidgeon of stage fright stuck in my throat, I probably won’t have enough energy to get people’s attention and move listeners to action. So here’s the…
  • 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.
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    Think Link

  • Prevention is better than cure

    10 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
  • Kalpana Saroj

    Think Inc Team
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    Kalpana Saroj is an Indian entrepreneur born in Roperkheda village in Maharashtra, India. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Kamani Tubes in Mumbai, India. Described as the original “slumdog millionaire”, she bought the distressed assets of Kamani Tubes Company and successfully steered the company back to profits. Kalpana Saroj was married at the age of 12 and lived in a slum in Mumbai with her husband’s family. After suffering physical abuse at the hands of her husband’s family members, she was rescued by her father, left her husband and returned to her…
  • Think… for a happier life

    Vijay Batra
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    I strongly feel that lasting happiness is when we respond favourably to the challenges that we face day in and day out in our lives, thus sowing the seeds for favourable outcomes, than to bank on favourable events. Shri A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has often narrated an incident where in August of 1979, he was heading the Satellite Launch Vehicle program, and the first launch attempt failed, as the whole launch vehicle instead of going towards space, crashed into the Bay of Bengal. On the evening, of the crash, at the scheduled press conference, Shri Satish Dhawan, the head of Indian Space Research…

    Think Inc Team
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    MOTHER TERESA (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu) ‘….From a Nun to Recipient of Nobel Peace Prize…’ Mother Teresa was born on 26 August, 1910 in Skopje, Yogoslavia to Albanian parents – a grocer and his wife. As a public school student, she developed a special interest in overseas missions and, by age 12, realized her vocation was aiding the poor. In 1928, she decided to become a nun and hence joined the Sisters of Loreto in Dublin, Ireland. She was inspired to work in India by reports sent home from Jesuit missionaries in Bengal. A year later she was assigned a teaching job at St. Mary’s…
  • child behavior problems center around kids struggling to manage their anger

    Think Inc Team
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
      Children have a lot to be angry about. They’re little. They aren’t allowed to do everything they want. They fail at many of the things they try. Bigger people tell them what to do, and since those people are also stronger, they can make them do it. Oppositional behaviour, disrespect, conflict and aggression can often be decreased by helping kids learn how to handle their anger better. If you teach your child anger management skills, it will improve behaviour and give your child one of the  most important life skills. Differentiate Between Feelings and Behaviour Kids often have…
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    American Speaker

  • Recover after a terrible speech

    Columbia Books, LLC
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    Rather than becoming deflated after botching a speech, recognize and fix your mistakes to become a stronger speaker next time around. Start by analyzing your technique. Objectively review a recording of your failed speech, or ask a trusted colleague who heard your presentation to give honest feedback. Scrutinize body language, vocal tone and energy level. Identify words that needed more emphasis and ideas that needed more explanation. In addition to noting what you did wrong, note what you did well. Build on your effective techniques and find a way to use any bad habits to your advantage.
  • 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…
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  • Corporate Presentation Tips

    Jessica Pyne
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The corporate presentation, or corporate credentials presentation, is hard to get right. A number of presenters may all need to present the same,or similar, slides. The same corporate presentation might need to be delivered in different settings, to different audiences, and at different levels. Many companies are let down by their corporate presentation. But whether you have a vast budget or no budget – there are some straightforward things that you can do to improve the effectiveness of your credentials presentation.Here, we share ten tips for those developing corporate presentations, and…
  • 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.
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    Tudor Girba's blog

  • Humane assessment and demo-driven courses in Oslo - January 19-20, 2015

    Tudor Girba
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    During January 19-20 I will give two public courses at ProgramUtvikling (the organizers of the NDC conference) in Oslo on: Humane assessment primer (January 19) Demo-driven innovation (January 20)The registration forms are available on the above links.
  • Reflective thinking at Agile Breakfast Zurich - December 3, 2014

    Tudor Girba
    11 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    On December 3, I will give a talk on Reflective Thinking at the Scrum Breakfast Zurich.The abstract goes as follows:Have you noticed how adopting an Agile process sometimes works and sometimes not? Have you noticed how sometimes nothing changes even though everyone seems to "Inspect and Adapt"?In this talk we try to answer why it so, but laying out a little theory of what we call "reflective thinking". For almost half a century the software engineering community has been working on a theory of reflection, which is defined as "the ability of a system to inspect and adapt itself". We draw…
  • 1800+ TED talks later

    Tudor Girba
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    I watched 1800+ TED talks. I watched all those published on ted.com. Why? Because I am a TED addict. And because each of these talks reminds me that storytelling is essential in everything we do.Facts are important, but facts alone have no value. They have to be consumed to be worthwhile. Stories make this happen by getting us involved. This applies to researching novel ways, it applies to creating products, it applies to leading people, it applies to educating kids, and it applies to marriage proposals. Essentially, it applies to anything worth doing.Storytelling is what makes stories…
  • My talks at ESUG 2014 (video)

    Tudor Girba
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    This year, I participated again at ESUG. As usual, I had great fun and entertaining discussions. As if to make up for my five years absence from the conference, I ended up having quite a busy week, with 3 talks, one tutorial, and the demos from the Innovation Awards.Here are the recordings of these talks.Solving real problems with Moose:Designing for developer experience:Beacon (lightning talk - it starts at minute 11:00):
  • My award on National TV

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

  • 5 fixes to common presentation technology mistakes

    Jim Harvey
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    In our previous post I owned up to making a short cut in my preparation and had a technical malfunction in a high-profile pitch at a world-class business school. I did rescue the situation and all ended a) well and b) getting paid, but I got lazy, took a risk and it nearly caught me out. I decided then to write a list of hints and tips for the unwary, and maybe hard-pressed professional who’s just moving into the world of singing for their supper. The 5 common mistakes I’ve seen more than any others, and their simple fixes are listed below. 5 Fixes to these 5 most common mistakes…
  • 5 top technical problems for presenters and how to make sure they never happen to you.

    Jim Harvey
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    I was speaking at a world famous business school the other day, and for the first time in years, I had some technical problems with my laptop (Top of the range MacBook Pro retailing at £2200.00!!).  I’m a professional speaker, very well paid for this gig, and it’s really all my fault when things go wrong.  I’ve either failed to prepare properly or failed to have a ‘back-up plan’ that I can leap into seamlessly.  In this case I was working near the edge of the limits of a) the software, b) the hardware and c) the presenter in that I had great visual with…
  • Free Prezi Template – October

    Lesley Barringer
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    To help you create a dynamic and compelling Prezi, our October template is a Flow-Chart design. Look at the template; even without the content added, the template gives a sense of movement and progression, which will draw viewers through your presentation. Use this flow, and the direction of the assets, to drive your Prezi from its Introduction to Conclusion. This template is suitable for any subject, and includes many flexible elements which can be used over and over in your Prezi designs. Tip: When designing any presentation, remember how important ‘white’ space is too.
  • 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…
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    Akash Karia

  • 24 TIME MANAGEMENT Habits to Develop for Increased Productivity

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    As a former procrastinator turned productivity-guru, I am always lookout for more tools that will help me master my time. If you’d like to control your time, instead of having time control you, then check out this presentation (below). Note: I’m running an 80% discount on my bestselling book, “23 Anti-Procrastination Tools”, so check it out here – US: http://bit.ly/AntiProcrastination UK: http://bit.ly/AntiProcrastinationUK (If you can not see this presentation, then click here) 23 Anti-Procrastination Tools Designed to Help You Stop Putting Things Off and…
  • The 1% Rule

    24 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    “If you just do 1% a day (just 1%!) more than everyone else then you will do 3800% more than everyone in a year’s time.” - James Altucher The post The 1% Rule appeared first on Akash Karia.
  • How to Rock the Stage @ TED

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:48 am
    If you’ve watched TED videos before, you’ve no doubt been inspired and electrified by speeches by figures such as Sir Ken Robinson, Jill Bolte Taylor, Simon Sinek and Dan Pink. What makes these TED talks so inspiring? What is the secret formula for creating a successful TED talk? And how can you use this formula to deliver your own powerful TED talk (or any other presentation or speech, for that matter)?  In this short presentation (click here), you will discover three techniques for adding humor to your TED talk (or any other speech or presentation): I strongly believe that if you want…
  • 3 Compelling Reasons to Promote Your Business with Public Speaking

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

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

  • Alliteration Alert: It’s election time!

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    by Peter Paskale How do you choose which candidate to vote for? I’ll bet you go into the booth, earnestly scratch your head, and muse: “Now which of these candidates do I most fervently disagree with? Ah – yes – this guy or gal – they really upset me! I’ll vote for them!” No? You don’t? Why in that case you must be voting for a candidate that you agree with! It sounds like you might even be voting for someone who agrees with your values! And that makes you, my friend, a Values Voter! And for many of us, this news will come as something of a surprise – not…
  • Seven speech-techniques powering Obama’s UN Address

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    by Peter Paskale Powerful speeches contain powerful content. For that content to shine though, it must be mounted into a powerful structure. Barack Obama’s speech today at the UN General Assembly contained both. Much analysis will be given over to the content of that speech, so let’s take a moment to examine the structure. Let’s understand what was powering away beneath the hood. Here are seven of the hidden mysteries that allowed Barack Obama to deliver a barn-stormer. Paired opposites for tension It was the number one rhetorical technique within the president’s UN speech, and we saw…
  • Obama speech underplays strikes in Syria

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
      by Peter Paskale It wasn’t a speech. It wasn’t even an address. It was a book report. Speaking today on the White House lawn as Marine One spooled up it’s engines behind him, President Obama tripped-up the media. What was billed as a ten minute speech on last night’s Syria actions against ISIL,  was delivered in just 3 minutes 11 seconds. Obama was already striding back to the White House door before TV news crews even realised that the speech was over. What happened? For a President whose foreign policy credentials are so often doubted, you would think that he might have…
  • 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…
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    The Reluctant Speakers Club » Blog

  • Forget Inertia: Crack the Creativity Code and Write That Speech! – Podcast 23

    Eamonn O'Brien
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:47 am
    Creativity – schmeativity! When it comes to writing a speech, how often do you feel like a duck swimming in water – where you’re trying to make it look like you’re calm on the exterior, but you’re actually paddling like blazes underneath? It’s no fun when you find yourself fighting tides, right?Any manner of ‘stuff’ can get in the way of harnessing your imagination to create a great talk. The most common of these include: ‘other priorities’, ‘distractions’ (increasingly of the online variety), and good old-fashioned ‘procrastination’.And…
  • The Art of Creating Win-Win Relationships With Freelancers – Podcast 22

    Eamonn O'Brien
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Are you one of the many who are helping to drive the meteoric growth in what Forbes dubs the Freelance Economy? And, if yes, are you happy with how these virtual team relationships have panned out? If not, what could you have done differently to get a better result?At a time when businesses commonly need to be lean, mean, and nimble to compete in chosen markets……Hiring third parties – to work on anything from web site creation to accounting, from product design to virtual assistance, and more – can really help you to grow your business at speed, while keeping your…
  • The Truth About Your Image as a Speaker and First Impressions – Podcast 21

    Eamonn O'Brien
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    Which camp do you fall into when it comes to debates about whether first appearances matter or should count for a jot when you speak in public? Would you lean more towards a ‘you should always be suited and booted’ or ‘wear what makes you feel comfortable/happy’ mindset?According to a recent post in Science Daily: New research suggests that a person’s appearance alone can trump fact. First impressions are so powerful that they can shape everything from whether we ultimately end up liking someone to our assessments of their trustworthiness, and more.And the upshot is…
  • How to Cultivate Better Business Relationships Online and Offline – Podcast 20

    Eamonn O'Brien
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    What role do social media platforms play in how you cultivate relationships that matter to you and your business? Are you seen, heard, and trusted enough by those you’d like to influence? And do the online relationships you’ve created deliver the results you crave?For many, myself included, connections that begin online regularly blossom and flourish into rich, valuable, and long lasting friendships.Of course, it makes great sense to think digital when it comes to nurturing business relationships since most of us (i.e. over 90%) are influenced by online searches and conversation when…
  • 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…
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    Art Of Change Blog

  • To Dream Of A Better, Not Bitter, World

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    if humanity ever faces it's future instead of backing into it, I choose to believe there is nothing we can't accomplish, no problem we can't solve, and no possibility we can't move towards achieving. Like Bucky used to say, there is no energy shortage. There's a shortage of will.
  • Becoming a Professional Presenter

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Cheat sheet on how to become a professional speaking expert!
  • Coexist? In this still primitive world? Is that even possible?

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:31 pm
    I have this idea that we can be better than we've been, do better than we've done, and have better than we've had. And I have this idea that if I just stay focused on that and keep working for that, working on that, working with that, I'll derive the most health and happiness, and be of the most value to my family, friends and the world around me all at once.
  • Drug Addled Kids, Guns and School Shootings

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    10 Jun 2014 | 1:03 pm
    the history of medicine and the creation in the US of a medical monopoly in the 20th century that marginalized patient health and natural approaches, made criminals out of natural health practitioners in order to reduce competition and raise fees, turned med schools into pharma research facilities, turned doctors into bedside engineers trained only in pharmaceutical and surgical interventions
  • Dr. K’s Social Stream

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    14 May 2014 | 12:32 pm
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    Dr. Michelle Mazur

  • As A Speaker Your Biggest Responsibility is to….

    Michelle Mazur
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    …The Audience. My friends over at Prezi with the help of Harris Interactive conducted a poll that revealed that 46% of people check out of presentations! They check their email, their texts, Facebook, and some even check the back of their eyelids. (Hope they don’t snore) Have you ever sat through a presentation and thought: What’s the point of this? There’s an hour of my life I won’t be getting back. Oh my god, is this ever going to end? Bored…so very bored… How am I suppose to use this? No more information! My brain is sliding out of my head. STOP…
  • The First Essential Step to Land Speaking Gigs

    Michelle Mazur
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    Every week I get phone calls, emails, and tweets asking one question: How do I land speaking gigs? Heck, you probably ended up here because you’re dying to know the secret, right? I hate to answer a question with a question, but my reply is always the same: How’s your speaker marketing? The replies range from “Umm, speaker marketing?”  to various degrees of “It’s coming along.” Bottom line: The secret to landing speaking gigs is to MARKET yourself as a speaker. The first step of speaker market begins with positioning your expertise. Here are 3 questions to help you…
  • 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…
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    Business School Presentations

  • Don’t “Occupy” . . . Join the 1 Percent!

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyIsn’t it time you joined the top 1 percent? There is, in fact, one thing – one skill – you can learn that can lift you into the top 1 percent of especially powerful business presenters. Too good to be true? What if you discovered that this skill is something that you can develop to an especially […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Great Student Evaluations — The Secret

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyCould there be a university faculty lobby in this country in favor of dull, listless, unenthusiastic classroom teaching? Apparently so, and it has vocal adherents. Consider, for instance, this article by Liberal Arts professor Stanley Fish. Fish is an academic journeyman whose fortunes have waned considerably since he strode the radical academic world like a colossus at Duke University […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Dilbert Presentation Wisdom!

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Stanley K. Ridgley                For more of Dilbert Presentation Wisdom, see Scott Adams’s especially powerful site here!Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • 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
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  • How to Give Great Client Presentations – Tips for Consultants

    Joby Blume
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    For consultants, the client presentation is part of the value delivered – and so it makes sense to get it right. It’s pretty silly to spend weeks researching, thinking, testing, and prototyping – only to make your work look bad with terrible slides and a confusing talk. Yet consultants are more likely than others to create huge text-heavy slide decks that work OK as documents but that are absolutely awful when presented. And consultants are more likely than others to believe that they are doing things right, even when they leave a trail of bored clients in their wake. So,…
  • The Annoying PowerPoint Error: PowerPoint found an error that it can’t correct

    Ingrid Mengdehl
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    The Annoying PowerPoint Error…as we like to call it here at BrightCarbon. In more technical terms, it’s that error that appears after you spent hours crafting a wonderful presentation, and when you’re about to save, tells you very helpfully “PowerPoint found an error that it can’t correct. You should save presentations, quit, and then restart PowerPoint.” Except, well, you can’t save, because that’s when the error appears. And nobody likes to lose work. This error has been the cause of too many instances of hair pulling (or beard-pulling – easier for some)…
  • Receiving a Grade vs. Winning a Pitch

    Elizabeth Stodolski
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:18 am
    Very often in college the way we learn skills and concepts is geared towards a curriculum rather than “real world” application. While this may afford us high grades, when it comes to applying those skills people are astonished at how little that grade will help them in non-academic settings. As a student it’s very difficult to see how the value of your course material will present itself outside of the classroom. Despite being told time and time again about the importance employers place on oral and written communication skills, many students fail to recognize the importance of these…
  • Presentations and Cosplay?! Get serious!

    Amy Singh
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    Japanese anime and PowerPoint slides have more in common than you might think. There is a huge army of people who take Cosplay very seriously, and that’s exactly how you should treat your next presentation. Just by reading the title of this blog you can already tell this entry is going to have something to do with ‘Cosplay’, but what is this mysterious Cosplay exactly? Cosplay, which comes from the words ‘costume’ and ‘play’ is the act of dressing up in costumes to portray characters from various media, including but not limited to: movies, TV shows, video games and comics. In…
  • 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…
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    Pivotal Public Speaking

  • [Inspiration] … from Sir Edmund Hilary

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:17 am
    “People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” – Sir Edmund Hilary It’s quite a powerful distinction, Sir Edmund has made here. I haven’t read a lot about him, but I suspect he was a very humble man. Nevertheless it’s a truth that takes some accepting, when so often we [...]
  • About that rash

    11 Oct 2014 | 2:44 am
    Yes that rash … the one you were telling me about at the networking meeting. “Oh public speaking,” you said, “I hate public speaking. I always get that rash that spreads up my neck. So embarrassing! I have to wear a scarf!” Is it because of the rash that you hate public speaking or is [...]
  • [Quotation about public speaking] Conception affects expression

    6 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
  • [Quick public speaking tip] Are you being heard?

    3 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    If your audience cannot hear you, you have lost them. If there is no microphone, and even if there is, it is your responsibility, in the end, to make sure people can hear you. 1. Project your voice – right to that back row. 2. Articulate well. Practice overdoing it sometimes – hilarious, I know, [...]
  • How do you express what cannot be said?

    28 Sep 2014 | 11:56 pm
    This is a beautiful quotation. But now I’m giving it some deeper thought. Really? … “what cannot be said” … what is it that cannot be said that music can express? I would love to hear your ideas, because there are some incredibly eloquent writers and speakers whom I admire hugely, and I cannot help [...]
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    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence

  • Why You Should Flip Your Speech Upside-Down

    8 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí Why You Should Flip Your Speech Upside-Down Flip Your Speech Upside-down You like to talk about yourself. It’s okay. Everyone love to. We’re just wired that way. Besides, you’re a cool person with cool experiences, so why wouldn’t you?  Think about it. You have a microphone pointed at you with a roomful of people staring at you who have been told that you are the [...] The post Why You Should Flip Your Speech Upside-Down appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • Are Your Triggers Your Weaknesses?

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí Are Your Triggers Your Weaknesses? In my training programs on stage and online, I share the 10 most common motivational and influential triggers. These are underlying desires and tendencies that we all have in varying degrees. An influencer’s job is to identify which triggers are more effective for specific people. After speaking at an event for a law firm with [...] The post Are Your Triggers Your Weaknesses? appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • How to End A Speech … and Generate Opportunity

    24 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí How to End A Speech … and Generate Opportunity   Speaking in front of any group is stressful enough. Speaking with the added pressure to generate more business from that speech is another level of stress. One of my clients called me because he was facing that daunting situation. He was tasked with delivering a 30 minute speech to 150 financial industry colleagues. His audience [...] The post How to End A Speech … and Generate Opportunity appeared first on 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.
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    The Brain Alchemist

  • Explainers: Thumbs up or thumbs down?

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    Whether you are trying to assemble a new kitchen table or learn a new program, you have to deal with instructions. Reading instructions is rarely fun. They are often boring, confusing and full of jargon. We’d rather jump in and tinker with things to figure out how they work. That is why our Bookporia team favors an interactive, audience-driven approach to explainers. In recent years, short explainer videos have become popular in business to introduce and explain the functions and benefits of various products and services and educate consumers. These videos are definitely more engaging than…
  • Five benefits of using multimedia to build your expert brand in academia and beyond

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

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

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

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

  • Innovative Online Application in PowerPoint or Slideshare

    Birthe Klementowski
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    The world-wide web is an omnipresent tool of our daily as well as our professional life which implies that online application is the most common thing to do nowadays. Companies seek employees themselves by using social networks and checking online profiles. To help you to use those features most adequately, this article will provide you with some basic information for a professional online appearance. A New Era: The Online Application Did you finish an academic or vocational education and are you ready to start your professional career? Then you will have to decide for either a classic…
  • Effective Human Resource Management with PowerPoint

    Alexander Bodenseh
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    The exact value of the human capital of a company is something that can be hardly measured in numbers but it seems obvious that employees are the most crucial factor when determining a company’s value. During the 1990s, methods on Human Resource Management (HRM) have been developed to calculate and to evaluate this potential which is embodied in human capital. Benefits for Employers and Employees The term Human Resource Management originated in the U.S. during the 1980s. In Germany the term “Personalmanagment” (personnel management) is more common. The personnel management’s main…
  • Microsoft announces new Office product “Sway”

    Birthe Klementowski
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    With the recently published preview of “Sway” Microsoft has announced a tool for creating creative presentations which will be expanded into the Office family in the near future. The application is designed to enable users to create attractive presentations in a short time. To that a series of linear and non-linear layouts can be chosen that can be adjusted easily by drag-and-drop to add images and other media. Microsoft places great emphasis the on ease of use. Pasted content, for example, is automatically arranged in one of the many available designs, which can be changed by a…
  • The PEST Analysis for PowerPoint

    Stephanie John
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    The PEST analysis (Political, Economic, Social and Technological Analysis) is a tool to analyze the market situation and originates in the field of strategic management. As the term implies, the concerned factors include the political, economic, social and technological situation of the market which is examined. The PEST analysis is a perfect foundation to navigate successful procedures and to eliminate counterproductive influences. Furthermore, this model has been also extended in various forms: there is, for instance, the STEEP analysis, which includes the environmental factor, or the…
  • Why timelines upgrade your PowerPoint presentation

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    Timelines are a popular design tool in PowerPoint. But many associate it with a thin line with monotonous lined data. Our motto is: boring was yesterday. We have developed PowerPoint timelines that certainly add more pep to your presentation, and show the versatile applications of timelines. Make company history alive Many companies that have been successful for several generations build their career on numerous milestones. PowerPoint Timelines are the optimal choice to highlight these individual dates within the company’s history. Same for the future: you already know where you want to…
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    audience blog

  • Knowledge bias and information overload

    3 Oct 2014 | 2:43 am
    Sometimes you can know too much, and that can get in the way of efficiently conveying your message to the audience. How to prune your information to an optimum. The Curse of Knowledge Ever watched a television quiz and felt like the questions to which you knew the answer were ‘too easy’ and the questions to which you didn’t were ‘too hard’? Well, that’s what we call ‘knowledge bias’, also known as the curse of knowledge. It’s the ‘how can you not know that?’ feeling we get when talking to lesser-informed parties. This knowledge bias can get in the way when giving…
  • Off to a running start - 8 starting points for a speech or presentation

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    presentationspeechstartstarting pointPlease rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 No votes yet
  • 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
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    Nuts & Bolts Speed Training

  • Turning PowerPoint Objects into Bullet Points – The Life Cycle of a List of Bullet Points

    Taylor Croonquist
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:52 pm
    It sounds crazy, right? You spent all that time turning your dry list of bullet points into something more visual...you're probably thinking: "Why on earth would I want to turn everything back into a list of bullet points?!" Well believe it or not, this is actually an awesome and useful trick to know in PowerPoint!
  • 5 Tips to Help You Nail Your Next Business Presentation

    Clemence Lepers
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Are you trying to create the perfect presentation? You know, one that successfully grabs your audience’s attention through great content and design? And you don’t have the time to go and read a dozen books on messaging, design and storyboarding? Luckily for you, it’s possible to make effective presentations in less time, and stand above […]
  • How to Create a Continuous List of Numbers across a Table in PowerPoint Using Excel

    Nuts & Bolts
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Have you ever had a table on your PowerPoint slide and wanted to create a continuous list of numbers across the table cells without each cell starting at the number 1? If you have, then you know it can be extremely PAINFUL! The last thing you want to do (which you are often forced to […]
  • How to Create a Continuous Numbered List across Multiple Shapes in PowerPoint

    Nuts & Bolts
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Have you ever had a PowerPoint slide with a list on it that you wanted to make start in one shape and end in another, without the number starting over again at 1? For example, maybe you’re building a marketing presentation in PowerPoint, and you have 8 different marketing objectives that you want to split […]
  • How To Create A Mouseover Text Effect In Your PowerPoint Presentation

    Nuts & Bolts
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    One of the coolest PowerPoint tricks you can use to help you during a presentation is to have text pop-ups, what is known as “rollover or mouseover text,” appear onscreen when you hover your mouse over an object. This is an especially neat trick when combined with hide and appear animations within your layouts. And […]
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    La Fabbrica della Realtà

  • Developing products with the help of Confucius and Lester Freamon from the Wire

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
      Tales from my entrepreneurial path from consulting to developing products, following the money and the meaning This post belongs to a series. For the first two episodes you will need a special skill. You see, they have been written in Italian: the first one is on innovating in Europe and in the USA, the second about my choice to move to Germany. The latest episode – written in the language of the Bard – is called “My path to product”. This new episode has become a talk that I have give to the Berlin’s Product Camp and to Berlin’s 4 Hour Work Week…
  • How to start a presentation: crafting the perfect first slide

    9 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    How to start? That’s the main question when it comes to presentations. It’s very challenging to create a first slide that will get your audience’s attention and convey the message of your presentation. I want to show you how to make the best out of it and how to use it to deliver your message effectively. The First Slide You have lived this scenario a thousand times: you enter a conference or meeting room, unsure if it’s the right one, glance at the screen to see if the slide that is being projected aligns with the topic of the presentation that you are expecting.
  • How my struggling business was saved by Confucius and Lester Freamon from the Wire – Slides and Video

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Hello redditors and welcome to my humble blog. Slides anyone? I love slides so it’s my pleasure to provide you with my latest talk in Slideshare format. I know the cool kids are on SpeakerDeck, but I kind of like standards. Want to keep the slides? You can download them here. Video here! Here’s the video of the talk recorded at Betahaus in Berlin. The talk last until 19:40 and after that you have the Q&A. After that some mysterious black and silent video. Maybe it’s a viral gimmick, most probably just a glitch. Did you like this content? If you did I have a neat way for…
  • How to connect a Laptop to a Projector while being really really ridiculously good looking

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    I had so much fun preparing this little video and I’m so enthusiastic to share it with you. What you see here is the demonstration that a boring topic, doesn’t need to make a boring presentation. I give you “How to connect a Laptop to a Projector while being really really ridiculously good looking”. How good looking? You’ll learn in a few seconds. Did you enjoy the video? Then you should make sure to download the shortcuts cheat sheet and keep it for the next time you need to connect your laptop to a projector. Transcript In this video we’re going to talk…
  • Need better communication skills? Use your doubts to craft better presentations!

    24 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Imagine the following scenario: you have been recently hired by a company and your new boss invites you to his birthday party in his house along with the rest of the team. Then you wonder “what should I get him?” As soon as you leave the office, you head to the closest mall and start looking for the perfect present to make a good impression. After looking for hours for the perfect gift and walking into every single store you found in the mall, you finally get him the best present you could think of. You get home with the beautifully wrapped present and then you start wondering “What if…
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