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

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

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    Eric Albertson
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Bob and Finn from Duarte.com/edy traveled to San Diego to get the inside scoop on story, heroes and Batman’s kilt. They met lots of fun people, hijacked a Sesame Street panel, and even made it onto the local news! Visit http://www.duarte.com/edy to follow Bob and Finn and their puppet friends, or follow them on Twitter @BobandFinn (they might just follow you back).
  • When Giving a Speech, It’s All About You!

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

    Speak Schmeak
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    I met with a client recently who will be speaking at a prestigious conference in his industry. When we started working together, I discovered that we have a similar approach to audience engagement.He likes to make sure he has incorporated a couple of moments of humor into his presentations to shake up the audience and get them re-focused. He calls them "wake up" moments, or "goofs."As he shared each "goof" with me, I couldn't help thinking how so many speakers are obsessed with "professionalism" or being "taken seriously." At the expense of audience engagement, I might add.My client wants to…
  • The Fear of Public Speaking – The WHAT IFS?

    NO SWEAT Public Speaking!
    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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  • The key to storytelling is not your perfection but your humanity

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

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

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

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

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

    Eric Albertson
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Bob and Finn from Duarte.com/edy traveled to San Diego to get the inside scoop on story, heroes and Batman’s kilt. They met lots of fun people, hijacked a Sesame Street panel, and even made it onto the local news! Visit http://www.duarte.com/edy to follow Bob and Finn and their puppet friends, or follow them on Twitter @BobandFinn (they might just follow you back).
  • Make Stories More Moving With Myth

    Patti Sanchez
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Everyone’s a storyteller these days. From political candidates to pop singers, communicators of all kinds are embracing storytelling techniques to connect with audiences and convey their ideas in a more memorable and engaging way. Yet long before it was trending on Twitter, storytelling was hot in Hollywood, where the art of crafting compelling narratives was perfected by screenwriters. To learn what makes great stories work, I sat down to talk with Christopher Vogler, a veteran story analyst who counsels creators like Darren Aronofsky, Helen Hunt, Will Smith, and Jim Henson’s Creature…
  • Duarte.com/edy Episode 7: Color Theory

    Eric Albertson
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Colors evoke emotions, so while talking about color theory can seem complex (there are certainly many ways to organize, classify and coordinate colors), in reality, it really just comes down to how we react to what we see.  So don’t be afraid of investigating color theory. The answers are probably more straightforward than you might think. Also, Duarte.com/edy’s Bob and Finn will be appearing at San Diego Comic-Con, July 23-27.  They’ll be in line, in panels, and on the showroom floor asking questions to find out what makes a great story (and what better place to do…
  • Strengthen and Sustain Culture with Storytelling

    Nancy Duarte
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:51 pm
    When a new hire joins your company, what do they take away from their first impression of your organization? In most process-driven companies, the first impression is usually a twelve-inch binder full of procedures, checklists, and forms that tell employees exactly what to do, and what not to do. In product-driven companies, new hires might get a sample of your company’s flagship offering — a shiny laptop, a sporty bike, a sweet box of chocolates — along with that twelve-inch binder. If your company’s product isn’t tangible, that binder might come with a pile of collateral on the…
  • Re-Designing Mary Meeker’s Trends Report

    Chariti Canny
    9 Jun 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Every year, Mary Meeker delivers a presentation with tons of insight into internet trends. Every year, designers (and, let’s face it, business people) everywhere feel overwhelmed by the amount of information displayed on her slides. One designer, Emiland De Cubber, decided to take a pass at cleaning up Meeker’s slides, and his work was featured in this article in Business Week. As a designer working at a shop that specializes in presentations, I have to ask: Is the re-design effective? Taking Liberties with the Content De Cubber took subtle liberties with the content, meaning that in…
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    DeFinis Communications Come Alive!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • How many goofs are in your presentation?

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    I met with a client recently who will be speaking at a prestigious conference in his industry. When we started working together, I discovered that we have a similar approach to audience engagement.He likes to make sure he has incorporated a couple of moments of humor into his presentations to shake up the audience and get them re-focused. He calls them "wake up" moments, or "goofs."As he shared each "goof" with me, I couldn't help thinking how so many speakers are obsessed with "professionalism" or being "taken seriously." At the expense of audience engagement, I might add.My client wants to…
  • How can I help?

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

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

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

    30 May 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Here's a simple networking tip if you, like me, dread walking into rooms full of strangers. When I'm at a conference by myself, this tip is gold. Take a look. 
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    NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

  • The Fear of Public Speaking – The WHAT IFS?

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

    Fred E. Miller
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:04 am
    0 WHY Not? Survey after survey lists The Fear of Public Speaking at the top of the ‘Fear List’ most people have. Some say they would rather die than stand in front of an audience and deliver a speech. This is unfortunate because it holds many back from reaching their potential. Up to seventy-five percent of the population, to one degree, or another, has this dread. There’s even a word for it – Glossophobia. Glosso from the Greek, meaning tongue, and Phobus, fear. Important to note here, is glossophobia is a w-o-r-d, not a disease, and it can be lessened! It is a fear worth…
  • 7 Ways to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking

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

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

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

  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Change Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:15 pm
    The default look of SmartArt graphics works great, and you may not want to change a thing! Yet, it's good to know that you can change your SmartArt graphics to other layouts, change the color of SmartArt graphics, or apply a SmartArt Style to make your SmartArt graphic appear distinct and unique. You can also change the actual shapes within a SmartArt graphic -- for instance you can change some circles in your SmartArt graphic to squares with a mere click or two! Learn how to change shapes within a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: powerpoint_2013, smartart, tutorials
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Creating Charts Using Excel Data

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:45 pm
    You may have started scratch with inserting a new chart on your PowerPoint slide. This of course brings up an instance of the Excel sheet with some dummy data -- and indeed you can type in your own data to replace this dummy data. However, what if you already have some data that's within an Excel sheet -- can you use that data to create your PowerPoint chart? The answer is yes, and that's what you are going to learn in this tutorial. Learn how to use already available Excel data to create charts in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: charting, excel, powerpoint_2013, tutorials
  • Irregular Shapes for PowerPoint: 04

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    All shapes arranged with geometric precision – this can look very organized but also robotic and unnatural. What if you could make all these straight shapes look curved – almost as if they are hand-drawn? Won’t that look more organic? If you agree, then you will certainly love this new series of irregular shapes for PowerPoint. Perfect shapes and boxes everywhere, all neatly lined up! Yes, such arrangements look clean, but also monotonous! What if you could make all these shapes curved, slanted, and natural looking – they are hand-drawn? Won’t that look more organic? If you agree,…
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Apply SmartArt Styles

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:15 pm
    When colors are changed for a SmartArt graphic, the only change that happens is to the fill colors of the the individual shapes within the SmartArt. Other niceties such as outlines or effects are not altered. Rather than individually add these attributes to your SmartArt, you can use the all-inclusive SmartArt Styles option to overcome this limitation. In this tutorial, you will learn how to apply SmartArt Styles to the selected SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2013. Learn how to apply SmartArt Styles in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: powerpoint_2013, smartart, tutorials
  • Outstanding Presentations Workshop 2014: Conversation with Ellen Finkelstein

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ellen Finkelstein is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP, a recognized expert, speaker, trainer, and best-selling author on PowerPoint, presentation skills, and AutoCAD. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines, newsletters, and blogs. She just announced the 2014 incarnation of Outstanding Presentations Workshop, her webinar series that allows everyone to learn from renowned presentation experts. In this conversation, Ellen talks more about this new webinar series. Geetesh: You have been doing these Outstanding Presentations Workshop webinars for some years now. And you are doing it again this…
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • Don’t Build Your Network, Nurture It

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

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

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

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

    26 Jun 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Even Dilbert agrees that Best Practices Are Stupid…   Source: Dilbert.com... The post Even Dilbert Thinks Best Practices Are Stupid appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
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  • What if 'energised' Salmond wins???

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Power of the Pause

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:49 pm
    The most telling sign of an amateur speaker is their inability to pace themselves and speak slowly. If you can learn to get comfortable with silence and pauses, the quality of your delivery will improve instantly. Here is an excellent primer from Nadine Hanafi on five ways to help you use the silent pause effectively. […]
  • A Peridoic Table of Visualization Methods

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    Swiss researchers Ralph Lengler & Martin J. Eppler from the Institute of Corporate Communication (how cool is that!) at the University of Lugano have created a “periodic table” of 100 visualization methods. They describe their table in their 2007 research paper Towards A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods for Management (Click to enlarge) The periodic […]
  • Book Review: Hack Attack, by Nick Davies

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

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

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    If you are stuck for a rhetorical question to use as a speech opening, or just want to see what is a popular about a topic, you can use Google to ask: Why is [topic] so… before pressing ‘Enter’ Google will kick in with an ‘auto-complete’ algorithm that predicts what you are searching for, based […]
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    Idea Transplant

  • Non-stock stock photo sites

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    A friend of mine posted a question on her facebook timeline: where to get stock images that do not look like stock images. I am shamelessly copying the list of URLs that were posted in response: http://unsplash.com/ http://thestocks.im/ http://www.stocksy.com/ http://thenextweb.com/dd/2014/05/15/53-free-high-quality-image-resources/ http://www.caddis.co/blog/free-quality-non-stock-photo-resources-for-blogging Post by Shira Abel.
  • If your edge is the team...

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    ...well, highlight it. In most presentations the management bios are all crammed on one page in the presentation. If you are starting a company and your team is the only asset, you might as well spend a bit more time/space on it.
  • Then the usual blah, blah, blah

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    And after that we come in with the usual “blah blah blah” pitch. I hear this often in briefing meetings. You are offending your audience You probably do not believe in your own story You have become tired of given the same pitch all over again  You are probably winging the story, a true blah, blah, blah experience for your audience Invent a fresh approach to telling your story, believe in it, and stand for it. No more blah, blah, blah in the story outline.
  • The opposite of a job interview

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Y Combinator, a successful early stage investor, is opening its applications for the Winter 2015 program. Their advice on how to apply successfully (2009) is full of valuable advice that I apply daily when helping people to design investor presentations. The advice is targeted at the first phase of the investment funnel: sending in a cold email with your pitch in the hope of getting an opportunity to talk in person. Paul Graham mentions a few times that writing a pitch to an investor is different from writing a CV to an HR person in a huge company. Be extremely concise. Cut fluff, buzzwords,…
  • Slide negotiations

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    There are different uses for a PowerPoint deck. One is to serve visuals for a live presentation. Another is a replacement for a word processor. I currently use it as a user interface design tool for a web app (the irony: PowerPoint is designing its own successor...). In big corporations, a PowerPoint file is often the working document that different stakeholders use to negotiate on strategy, budgets, or planning. Through a series of meetings, a document iterates towards a solution that is acceptable to all parties involved. The slides do not have to be attention-grabbing, emotion-triggering,…
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    TEDTalks (video)

  • TED: Jill Shargaa: Please, please, people. Let's put the 'awe' back in 'awesome' - Jill Shargaa (2014)

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    Which of the following is awesome: your lunch or the Great Pyramid of Giza? Comedian Jill Shargaa sounds a hilarious call for us to save the word "awesome" for things that truly inspire awe.
  • TED: Sally Kohn: Don't like clickbait? Don't click - Sally Kohn (2014)

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    Doesn't it seem like a lot of online news sites have moved beyond reporting the news to openly inciting your outrage (and your page views)? News analyst Sally Kohn suggests — don't engage with news that looks like it just wants to make you mad. Instead, give your precious clicks to the news sites you truly trust.
  • TED: Meera Vijayann: Find your voice against gender violence - Meera Vijayann (2014)

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    This talk begins with a personal story of sexual violence that may be difficult to listen to. But that’s the point, says citizen journalist Meera Vijayann: Speaking out on tough, taboo topics is the spark for change. Vijayann uses digital media to speak honestly about her experience of gender violence in her home country of India -- and calls on others to speak out too.
  • TED: Rose Goslinga: Crop insurance, an idea worth seeding - Rose Goslinga (2014)

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Across sub-Saharan Africa, small farmers are the bedrock of national and regional economies—unless the weather proves unpredictable and their crops fail. The solution is insurance, at a vast, continental scale, and at a very low, affordable cost. Rose Goslinga, a citizen of Kenya, and her team pioneered an unconventional way to give farmers whose crops fail early a second chance at a growing season.
  • TED: Martin Rees: Can we prevent the end of the world? - Martin Rees (2014)

    25 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    A post-apocalyptic Earth, emptied of humans, seems like the stuff of science fiction TV and movies. But in this short, surprising talk, Lord Martin Rees asks us to think about our real existential risks — natural and human-made threats that could wipe out humanity. As a concerned member of the human race, he asks: What’s the worst thing that could possibly happen?
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  • Conflict Zones – Navigating Conflict with Clarity

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

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

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

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

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

  • Do you take this audience...?

    Tim Wilson
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Fellow speaker,To engage your audience use:Benefits - tell what audience is going to getTease - get them wondering what's going to happen nextShocking or attention-getting - say something not everyone will agree withSimilarity - show how you are similar to your audienceEngaged,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • The Three Ps and how to grow

    Tim Wilson
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Fellow speaker,According to speech coach Jezra Kaye, there are three different focuses for each stage of a speech:Prepare - focus mostly on your contentPractice - focus mostly on yourselfPresent - focus mostly on your audienceIn threes,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Say what?

    Tim Wilson
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    Fellow speaker,According to speech coach Jezra Kaye, to connect with your audience, answer these three questions:What is it?What does it do?Why do I care?Connecting,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Build a bridge

    Tim Wilson
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Fellow speaker,According to World champion speaker Mark Brown, you can create transitions by using bridge:Words (e.g., "Similarly...")Phrases (e.g., "On the other hand...")Sentences (e.g., "At that point, I started thinking differently.")Bridging,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Creating a contrast

    Tim Wilson
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Fellow speaker,According to professional presentation coach Nancy Duarte, the best way to keep your audience's interest in your presentation is to use contrast to vary your slides from time to time. First, establish a pattern and then find a way to break that pattern to bring back attention to your slides.Contrasted,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
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    Public Words

  • Body Language on Holiday

    Nick Morgan
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    Professional speakers are known for being ready to speak anywhere, anytime (for the right price). I’ve witnessed and heard many stories over the years of heroics involving helicopters and cross-country journeys in the middle of the night in order to get to a gig, or a series of gigs. But even speakers have to take […]
  • The Five Basic Secrets of Great Speechwriting

    Nick Morgan
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    This is my most popular blog post ever.  I’m trying to grab a little vacation this week, so enjoy, and forgive the summer re-run. David McCloud, the Chief of Staff of the Governor of Virginia, taught me how to write a great speech: •    Great speeches are primarily emotional, not logical •    Small shifts in […]
  • Battling Stage Fright – A Few More Tips

    Nick Morgan
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Working with clients on stage fright I use a number of approaches, some of which involve embracing the adrenaline, and some of which involve minimizing it. My personal favorite is to embrace the symptoms that adrenaline produces and tell yourself that it means that you’re about to do something exciting, and that your body is […]
  • Rookie Storytelling Mistakes

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

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

  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:15 am
    Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But you won't miss a thing, since I'm summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog for all readers to see. Here's what I shared in the week just past:Keep these in your back pocket: Want a good comeback when you get talked over or your idea is taken in a meeting? Read 10 simple words every girl should learn, and pass 'em on.Plus and minus: Why do negative conversations stick with you, and positive conversations boost…
  • 11 famous speeches by women about work from The Eloquent Woman Index

    Denise Graveline
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:45 am
    Women's work is never done, they say--making it a natural topic when women give speeches. I've chosen 11 famous speeches by women about labor and work in advance of Labor Day, all from The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women. The work in question runs the gamut. These speeches touch on everything from "leaning in," ironing and mommy-tracking to garment workers, coal miners, engineers, attorneys and more. Success and failure, discrimination and how to support workers are all themes in these modern and historic speeches. Click through for text, video or audio where available, and…
  • Insights from 7 speakers and speechwriters: Our Inside Voice series

    Denise Graveline
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:15 am
    Inside Voice is the interview series in which we ask speakers and speechwriters to share their public speaking insights. They dish storytelling, delivery skills, audience behavior, timing, stress, content, research, rhetoric and much more. Taken together, these seven frank interviews are a treasure trove of advice and encouragement for your own public speaking. Dip into these voices of experience:"Most speakers resist being vulnerable." TEDMED chief storytelling officer Marcus Webb says vulnerability is the key to authentic speaking."The listener will bring their own lens to your…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:15 am
    Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But you won't miss a thing, since I'm summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog for all readers to see. Here's what I shared in the week just past:Fortunately, speakers have plenty: Here, some novel tips on how to use self-doubt to your advantage.Get news: Have you signed up for my free monthly newsletter, Speakers & Communicators?Solid structure: Prezi experts share tips on how to structure your…
  • Famous Speech Friday: Mindy Kaling at Harvard Law School's Class Day

    Denise Graveline
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:15 am
    "I liked the way she takes on the 'I'm not qualified to speak' fear and makes it hilarious," said reader Cate Huston in recommending this speech for the blog. While I wouldn't advise you to use this much self-deprecation, you can pull it off when you're actress and comedian Mindy Kaling.In short order, she opens this 2014 Harvard Law School Class Day address by assuming she's getting a law degree, getting interrupted and corrected, poking fun that she's a Dartmouth grad and thus to be looked down upon, claiming she wanted to buy a speech online but was denied the use of her credit card...and…
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    Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations

  • Steve Jobs handles an insult with grace

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

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

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

    George Torok
    29 May 2014 | 7:00 am
     How to transform boring material into an exciting presentationMy topic is boring so I can’t help but be boring. Have you heard a speaker utter that excuse? Have you used it?The evening before his presentation to a conference of entrepreneurs a speaker confessed to me that his presentation would be boring because it was a boring topic. He sighed that it wasn’t his fault.So I asked him, “What benefit can they hope to gain or what pain might they avoid by listening to your presentation?”“They’ll learn how to take advantage of some free business development programs that have…
  • Superior Presentations 75: The Most Striking PowerPoint Slide to Include in Every PowerPoint Presentation

    George Torok
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
      If you use PowerPoint slides to accompany your presentation, you might like this powerful technique to distinguish your talk from the ocean of PowerPoint presentations. You don’t need to be a graphic designer to create this slide. This is such a simple technique that many presenters overlook it. That’s one reason you will stand out when you use it.Use a blank (blacked-out) slide at critical moments. Here are three ways to use this technique Start your presentation with a blank screenSet up your computer and projector before your presentation.  Check your slides for…
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    Susan's Blog - Inspire, Inform, Influence

  • Is Your Iterative Approach a Cover for Failure Work?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Professional Speakers: Starting Over

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

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

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

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

    30 Jun 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Join me on Saturday, July 12, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan (40 miles outside Detroit) for my presentation to the Michigan Chapter of the National Speakers Association. Watch this short video for details. You can purchase tickets at www.nsamichigan.org/steve_seibold/ [See post to watch Flash video]  
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    Speechworks: Atlanta Communication Experts | Public Speaking Specialists

  • Why Do We Fear Public Speaking?

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    Why Do We Fear Public Speaking? I have a friend who fears airplanes. Ask him why and he’ll say, “If we were meant to fly, God would have given us wings.”  When people ask me why people fear public speaking, I have a similar response.  “If we were meant to give speeches, God would have embedded microphones on our lapels.” Let me explain.  There has been a great deal of research into the causes of “glossophobia”, the fear of public speaking.  But none of the research has been particularly conclusive. Some psychologists trace extreme cases of stage fright to…
  • The Five Stories Credible Leaders Tell: New Speechworks White Paper

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

  • Panel Sessions: 3 Ways To Make Them Successful Before They Start

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

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

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

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

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

  • Paul Ryan rethinks the ‘makers’ and ‘takers’ idea

    George F. Will
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:49 pm
    To take the measure of this uncommonly interesting public man, begin with two related facts about him. Paul Ryan has at least 67 cousins in his Wisconsin hometown of Janesville , where there are six Ryan households within eight blocks of his home. And in his new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea,” he says something few politicians say, which is why so many are neither trusted nor respected. Ryan says he was wrong. Read full article >>
  • Navy with a mission in mind

    George F. Will
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Russia’s ongoing dismemberment of Ukraine and the Islamic State’s erasing of Middle Eastern borders have distracted attention from the harassment of U.S. Navy aircraft by Chinese fighter jets over the South China Sea. Beijing calls this sea, and the Yellow and East China seas, the “near seas,” meaning China’s seas. The episodes involving aircraft are relevant to one of Adm. Jonathan Greenert’s multiplying preoccupations — CUES, meaning Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea. Read full article >>
  • George F. Will: Is the Criminal Justice Act of 1964 a failure?

    George F. Will
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    What is called “the” 1964 Civil Rights Act is justly celebrated for outlawing racial and other discrimination in employment, “public accommodations” and elsewhere. But that year’s second civil rights act, the Criminal Justice Act, which is 50 years old this month, is, some say, largely a failure because of unanticipated changes in the legal and social context. Is it? Read full article >>
  • From cupcakes to the police, fed up with government

    George F. Will
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:51 pm
    In physics, a unified field theory is an attempt to explain with a single hypothesis the behavior of several fields. Its political corollary is the Cupcake Postulate, which explains everything , from Missouri to Iraq, concerning Americans’ comprehensive withdrawal of confidence from government at all levels and all areas of activity. Read full article >>
  • In a stew over inversions

    George F. Will
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Barack Obama, presiding over an unusually dismal post-recession economy, might make matters worse with a distracting crusade against the minor and sensible business practice called “inversion,” more about which anon. So, consider his credentials as an economic thinker. Read full article >>
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    The Public Speaker's Quick and Dirty Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills

  • 262 TPS Talking with Your Child's Teacher

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you want to improve communication with your child's teacher, this episode is for you. The Public Speaker shares tips from educational leadership expert, Cynthia Compton, on how teachers, parents, and children can work together for everyone's benefit.
  • 009 TPS Um, Like, How to Sound Ditzy?

    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Learn to eliminate your distracting ums and ahs and other disfluencies.
  • 261 TPS Don't Make These Email Mistakes!

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

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

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    You don't have to be a politician to use the art of persuasion. Learn how to develop your personal influence to get people to see your point of view and do what you want. Read the full transcript: http://bit.ly/UZrcAj
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  • Keep Negativity Out Of Q&A: Obama And ‘We Don’t Have A Strategy Yet’

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

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

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

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

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

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    Solomon divides the baby so that wisdom can survive. Beauty is everywhere and knowledge abounds. The sword arises-two halves become one – and free choice is born. Pain dissolves and love is everywhere. The earth is proud- split is restored and unity exists.  
  • ISIS or ISIL, Whichever You Prefer and A Few Other Things

    Don Frankel
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:49 am
    It seems this ISIS or ISIL, whichever you prefer have kidnapped another Journalist and want a ransom.  Seems that a whole lot of Journalists have been kidnapped by this ISIS or ISIL, whichever you prefer.  But two things occurred to us here, first has anyone tried #Bring Back Our Journalists? The other thing is how come up till now we’ve never heard about this?  I mean some of these Journalists have been held for years.  Why wasn’t this in the news before?  Could it be that the people, who would have told us, were being held hostage?  Was there a back-up plan here?  Enquiring minds…
  • Changes and a Holding On

    Mark Scheel
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When I began working on my first novel, my mentor was a retired English professor, G.W., who had lost his position at the university due to alcohol abuse. One summer he decided to get back into the game, so to speak, by volunteering to teach a class at the local “communiversity,” a free continuing-education program for adults. The class, titled “A Sonnet Now and Then,” consisted of an overview of sonnet history, form and composition. Wanting to reciprocate some of the encouragement and support he’d given me with my novel, I enrolled. Most of the students, it turned out, were…

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    BRYCE ON LIFE - Why are the trucks breaking down? (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. Down here in Florida we have a lot of problems with trucks breaking down, particularly those used for delivery or maintenance. It seems every time you make an appointment with a driver to drop something off or a workman who is scheduled to perform a task for you, they can never seem to be there on time and blame the truck for breaking down. Does this happen elsewhere in the country or is it something unique to Florida? By my estimate, all of our…
  • How to Get a Seat on the Subway

    Minnette Coleman
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Since the cold and brutal New York winter I have avoided taking the subway. Arthur does not make it easy to go up and do steps. And then there is the problem of getting a seat after you limp onto the train. Rush hour usually means standing room only. recently I started trying to do the subway again. Sad to say I figured out a very sexist way to get a seat. Wear a knee brace and a short skirt.I didn’t plan it that way- using my legs to get me a seat. The problem was I couldn’t find any pants in my closet that worked with the knee brace> My end of June arthroscopy helped my…
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  • Working 2014 - We Are All Temps

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    'You and I may not be among 2.8 million Americans employed by temporary services agencies. That number comes from the research "Temped Out," conducted by the National Employment Law Project. Here you can read that report. But, if we are working in 2014, either for an organization or as a self-employed, we are temps.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • How to Write a Non-fiction Book in 60 Days: Review

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    'Review by Franklin Carter. Paul Lima has written a thin paperback called How to Write a Non-fiction Book in 60 Days. If you are an aspiring writer of non-fiction, you should read Paul’s book and take his advice. How to Write explains the steps you should follow to create the first draft of a 25,000- to 50,000-word manuscript. publishers.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
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  • Place an open circle around something to emphasize it: Creating open shapes

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

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

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

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

    Ellen Finkelstein
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    This is a guest blog post from Larry First. The bio he sent me: An “experienced” (newly retired) geek from Alabama. The instructions discuss how to sync lyrics with a music video, but you could use it to transcribe the text of a tutorial as well. When presenting a music video where the vocals (message) are occasionally not perfectly intelligible, you might want to give viewers the advantage of KNOWING the words.  This method is bookmark-less and trigger-less, but it works like a charm! Here are the steps. 1. Insert the video In a new PowerPoint presentation, right-click and…
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  • 16:9 or 4:3? The presenter’s dilemma

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Speak & Deliver in Kuala Lumpur

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

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

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

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

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

  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 188) – Aristotle

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

    John Zimmer
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:03 pm
    The Little League Baseball World Series is currently underway in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. I have not been following the competition closely, but yesterday I came across this story on ESPN. The team of Cumberland (from Rhode Island) lost 8-7 against Chicago and was eliminated from the tournament. The kids from Cumberland were, understandably, gutted. But their coach, Dave Belisle, gathered them together to deliver a final speech. The moment was captured on camera. It was a great speech for many reasons. Here are five of them. 1.  It was a difficult moment for the team, but Belisle still…
  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 187) – Robin Williams

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

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

    John Zimmer
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    Dukascopy Bank is a Swiss online bank that provides trading services, particularly in the foreign exchange marketplace. One of its subsidiaries, Dukascopy TV, broadcasts taped and live shows about business matters on the Internet. Recently, Dukascopy invited me to stop by their studio and give a short interview on “The Power of Public Speaking”. Here’s the result: Filed under: Uncategorized
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    Interruption Management

  • Some Interruptions are Worthwhile

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    In a few days, will "celebrate" Labor Day, a day for acknowledging the American Labor movement. We've homogenized our holidays, however..Instead of letting many of the holidays fall as they would, scattered throughout the days of the week, we now force fit them into Mondays or Fridays so that we can enjoy long weekends. No more Lincoln's Birthday, no more Washington's birthday, we now have President's Day, and too many citizens have no idea which presidents we're even honoring.Labor day has become a shopping day. For many, Memorial Day has no meaning other than that which TV viewers might…
  • Alternate Tasks for High Productivity

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

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

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

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

    Conor Neill
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:37 am
    At dinner last night, I was talking with my father about my sense that we have had a collapse of trust in the institutions of the western democracies over the last decade.   A good society has a sense of fairness.  I feel that this sense of fairness has been lost.  There is a widespread intensifying of the sense of injustice around me in Spain where I live, in Ireland where my family live, and in each of the countries I visit on vacation and work (UK, USA).  I have a feeling that some segments of society have been punished while other groups have got away with grand scale corruption.  …
  • Latitudes of Acceptance

    Conor Neill
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    I love this idea that I came across in an interview with Matthew Lieberman at Edge.org. He speaks of an old 1960’s idea called “Latitude of Acceptance”.  He defines it better than I, so I’ll pretty much take his text verbatim: Matthew Lieberman on Latitudes of Acceptance Matthew Lieberman, UCLA Professor of Psychology “I’ll tell you about my new favorite idea, which like all new favorite ideas, is really an old idea. This one, from the 1960s, was used only in a couple of studies. It’s called “latitude of acceptance”. If I want to persuade…
  • The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership

    Conor Neill
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:15 am
    I have just been scanning the book The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership. In the words of the authors: “Leadership is not the same as management.  Not everyone can be a leader. what distinguishes the real leader from a mere administrator is a unique series of perspectives and values.” The authors of this book (Michael Soupios and Panos Mourdoukoutas) are philosophy professors who share 10 ancient sayings from the Greek sages as a basis for quality leadership today. Know thyself The office shows the person Nurture community at the workplace Do not waste energy on things you cannot…
  • Dan Ariely: What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work?

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

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

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:11 am
    We’re looking at ways you can pump up the “AWESOME” of your presentations.  Surprisingly, we’re not scrutinizing the communication techniques of Steve Jobs–we’re looking at a guy from the 1850s named Henry Ward Beecher. It isn’t crazy.  Beecher was a rock star of a preacher whose church in Brooklyn seated 2,800. In the 1850s, he was arguably the most famous man in America. Plus, it proves that the basics you need to be a great communicator never go out of style. The basics you need to be a great communicator never go out of style. @simswyethClick To…
  • How to be a rock star speaker

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

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

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

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

  • Lean Leadership Awards

    24 Aug 2014 | 11:45 pm

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

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

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

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

  • Making the RIGHT Charts and Graphs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wow audience members—after your presentation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • My award on National TV

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

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

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

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

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

  • Free Prezi Template – September

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

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

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

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

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

  • Oxymoron – the birthplace of brilliant

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

    23 Jun 2012 | 5:08 am
    Using Earth Day PowerPoint template to create awareness among people can be done in very easy way. Earth day is celebrated each year on April 22. It is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated among 175 countries. Earth day is a festival celebrated by many people around the globe. Many  [ Read More ]
  • Learning To Count Numbers from 1 to 10

    14 Apr 2012 | 5:44 am
    Learning to Count numbers is one of the very important activity for the child in early ages.  In this tutorial we will be covering learning theory on numbers.  We have created a learning kit to teach counting of numbers. We have used Microsoft PowerPoint to create a learning kit on “counting Numbers”.  Our creative artists have  [ Read More ]
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    Creating Communication

  • Professional Communication and Presentation Class Mini Discussion

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

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

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

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

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

  • Inspiring Content Choices for Speaking and More – Podcast 18

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

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

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

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

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

  • Constructively Delivering Feedback

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

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

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

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

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

  • Public Speaking Tip 57: How to Develop Executive Presence

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

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

    1 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In 2012, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was named one of the U.S.’s Top 10 Woman by Glamour Magazine — not for her couture, though she dresses beautifully, but because, as journalist Dahlia Lithwick says, “The America we live in has Justice Ginsburg’s fingerprints all over it.” In this brief excerpt from the PBS / AOL series “Makers,” Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks with humor and understated eloquence about her experience as a pioneering woman lawyer. Notice the simplicity of her statements, and the power they pack: If a woman this brilliant (#1 in her Harvard Law…
  • Public Speaking Tip 55: If Your Job Involves Serving the Public, Talk WITH Your Customers, Not AT Them (or: A Tale of Two Servers)

    24 Jun 2014 | 10:02 am
    What does customer service have to do with public speaking? Everything— because you’re literally speaking to the public. But public speaking isn’t about talking at people; it’s about listening to and engaging the public you serve, whether they’re in your audience or at a table in your restaurant. Before Talking to Your Customers, Observe Them and Prepare to Listen The other day, my husband and I had lunch in Manhattan with his former fifth grade teacher, Debbie — a vivacious woman who once famously sued the Board of Education to get the same maternity…
  • Sonia Sotomayor’s Warm and Wise Public Speaking

    19 Jun 2014 | 11:38 am
    If you don’t know to look for something, how are you ever going to see it? —Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor I couldn’t have been more thrilled when one of my favorite clients invited me to a New York Women’s Bar Association dinner honoring long-time member and Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. I’ve written about the public speaking style of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and was eager to see the dynamic and brilliant Sotomayor speak in person. Background: The Sonia Sotomayor “Controversy” Back in 2009, when Sonia Sotomayor…
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  • How to Present Like A Boss: Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • [Inspiration] Focus

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

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

    23 Aug 2014 | 10:38 pm
    I was prowling around Youtube this afternoon (as one does on a Sunday when the grey day does not permit any exploration outdoors!!) and found this beautifully lucid, simple and yet strangely powerful way of putting together an elevator pitch. I love it. Next networking meeting, I’m going to try it out …
  • Three vital elements of story for speakers

    21 Aug 2014 | 3:32 am
    Three vital elements of story for speakers. Your Story Matters. Don't Waste it from Bronwyn Ritchie
  • [Quotation about public speaking] Mr. Churchill on after-dinner speeches

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:59 pm
    “There are two things that are more difficult than making an after-dinner speech: climbing a wall which is leaning toward you and kissing a girl who is leaning away from you.” — Winston Churchill Ah Mr. Churchill! He created resonance with the audience, knowing that most find speeches difficult, intrigued them with the mention of [...]
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    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence

  • Gather Influential Evidence Like Sherlock Holmes (and The Mistake That Harms Influence)

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí Gather Influential Evidence Like Sherlock Holmes (and The Mistake That Harms Influence) One of the first lessons I talk about in all of my training programs – live and online – is the concept of observing without judgement. At first glance, this may feel like a duh kind of moment. Everyone feels like they get the concept right away. They nod their heads in easy agreement. However, [...] The post Gather Influential Evidence Like Sherlock Holmes (and The Mistake That Harms Influence) appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe…
  • Why Communication Isn’t Influential

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí Why Communication Isn’t Influential “I feel like anytime you’re talking to someone, you’re influencing them.” the pretty woman said to me at a charity function for the Grammy Foundation in LA.  Her statement started to bother me the next day. What she said was on a continuous loop in my head and I couldn’t figure out why. Finally, it [...] The post Why Communication Isn’t Influential appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • How to Deal with Squirrels at a Networking Event

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

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

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

  • Westin Davis: “I Killed A Man”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Lead your business to success with the Business Model Canvas

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

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

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

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

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

  • Begin with a Bang – Tips on Starting your Presentation

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

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

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

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

    Ashish Arora
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:43 pm
    None of us knows of a certain defined way to create perfect presentation and design what is actually desired. We all are just trying to find out new ways to become a presentation hero in our own hard working way. We follow tips from experts and go for a tried and tested formula even when […] The post 20 Best Things on Internet to Help You Become a Presentation Design Hero appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
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  • Swear words in presentations: f*** yeah or h*** no?

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

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

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

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

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    There are many types of speeches, but one thing most have in common is that we want to convince the audience. We want to persuade them to see things our way, to take action or refrain from action. Here are the three building blocks of a persuasive speech. Point out the problem Find an issue that is relevant to your audience (and preferably yourself too), and start dissecting. Try to get to the core of the issue: what is the underlying problem. Be specific, don’t talk in general terms, and don’t take a problem that’s too big or hard to tackle. Convince your audience that this problem is…
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  • How to Make the Overlapping Part of a Venn Diagram in PowerPoint 2007, 2010 and 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    A guide for entrepreneurs and freelancers In a summit with another 100 speakers it’s hard to get noticed. You need to stand out in a world where conferences are multiplying like crazy, time slots are becoming increasingly short and programs are more and more crammed with talks. Occasionally you see a unicorn, a great presenter, with a great story and powerful visuals. Oftentimes you linger in the gray zone of the competent, well informed, content rich, but not so good presenters. Two approaches In my opinion there are just two ways of approaching a presentation. You could do your…
  • Congratulations, when it comes to presentations you are already part of a 1% elite group

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

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

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