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  • Bill Murray on storytelling

    Presentation Zen
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:56 pm
    If you are any kind of fan of Bill Murray at all, then you will enjoy this interview he did with Howard Stern last week. Murray, who is famously hard to get a hold of, does not do a lot of interviews like this, so it was a rare treat. It's not a performance. This is just two guys talking, but there are some gems in there and even a few bits relevant for presenters and speakers of all types. You can listen to the audio here, but I highlight two of the more relevant points for presenters below. On story and storytellingAt 18:55 in the audo track above Howard asks Bill how it is that he makes…
  • Duarte.com/edy Episode 8: Be Transparent

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    Eric Albertson
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    Happy Halloween from your puppet friends at Duarte.com/edy! In our annual Halloween special, Finn teaches Bob the true value (and dangers) of being transparent with your audience. Visit www.duarte.com/edy to see more adventures of Bob and Finn. Or, send them a quick note on Twitter (@BobandFinn) to let them know what you think. They might just write you back!
  • Thinking of doing a Hangout? Read this first!

    Speak Schmeak
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Wearing a virtual cat face on a Google HangoutThis is not going to be a technology article, so if that's what you were hoping for... sorry!Nope, just good ol' fashioned presentation advice, but the kind you need when you're going to be on camera.I recently watched a Google Hangout where the content was all good, but the speakers' on-camera performance left much to be desired.Just a few simple adjustments would have made this presentation so much better, and I would have been able to focus on the content rather than the distractions of the visuals.Here are some tips for you whether you're live…
  • Trope or Hypallage? You Decide!

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

    NO SWEAT Public Speaking!
    Fred E. Miller
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    0Three-Legged EXPERT Stool! Picture This: You’ve sent out a resume, or, if you’re self-employed, a proposal. You get a call from the recipient and they say, “Bob, I’ve got your resume/proposal here, and it looks excellent. I’ve visited your web siteand that looks good, also. We’re interested, but I want to know more about you. How do I do that?” If you follow the steps this article suggests, you’ll pause, then with a bit of ‘Attitude,’ (Good Attitude!) respond, GOOGLE Me! That two word phrase,GOOGLE Me! when spoken with that ‘Good Attitude,’ says, “There’s a lot…
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  • Bill Murray on storytelling

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

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

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

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

    24 Aug 2014 | 11:17 pm
    With all the attention the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is receiving this past week, it is a good time to share with you the most touching and most important presentation I saw at TEDxTokyo back in May of this year. The presentation was by a young Japanese man named Hiro Fujita. In November of 2010, Hiro was working happily as Planning Director at McCann Erickson in Tokyo when he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). His TEDxTokyo talk is his story and a moving call to action. Perhaps we throw around the word "inspiring" too much. But Hiro inspires me...and thousands of others. After…
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  • Duarte.com/edy Episode 8: Be Transparent

    Eric Albertson
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    Happy Halloween from your puppet friends at Duarte.com/edy! In our annual Halloween special, Finn teaches Bob the true value (and dangers) of being transparent with your audience. Visit www.duarte.com/edy to see more adventures of Bob and Finn. Or, send them a quick note on Twitter (@BobandFinn) to let them know what you think. They might just write you back!
  • How to Stay Relevant When Working Remotely

    Mike Pacchione
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Sooner or later everybody slips up and forgets to mute the conference call. If you’re a remote employee—where every meeting is a call—the odds go up exponentially. I’ll never forget the time our entire company heard me microwave my oatmeal. I had a particularly old microwave at the time, complete with hideous alien beeping noise. And it was pollen season, so it was a melody of sneezing and sniffling and beeping. All for lack of a pressed mute button. Sigh. But, besides remembering the mute button, working remotely can bring more pervasive challenges that may be more detrimental — to…
  • Great Presenters Are Everywhere

    Mark Heaps
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    As I write this, I am sitting thousands of feet in the air on a Southwest Airlines flight. It was an early flight, very early. I watched the sunrise form my gate window. When I boarded the flight, I was tired. And then I met Boris. Boris had the “joy” of greeting us—a sea of coffee-clutching zombies—as we boarded the plane and making the announcements throughout the flight. You know what the normal experience is like. But this was anything but normal. Boris combined the necessary details required by FAA regulations with well-timed jokes and pop culture references. “…don’t worry…
  • Everybody Writes: Best Book I’ve Read This Year

    Nancy Duarte
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    I read a lot. But only about once a year do I find a book that really changes me and makes a lasting impact on my life, or my business, or both. One of the most influential was Good to Great by Jim Collins. This year, my OMG-I-Iove-this book is Everybody Writes by Ann Handley. Like a lot of people, I have a complicated relationship with writing. I mean, I majored in math. Words weren’t always my thing. In fact, I may not have become an author if Garr Reynolds hadn’t bugged me about it for so long. Even now, three books later, I struggle with second-guessing myself. Everybody Writes taught…
  • 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).
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    Speak Schmeak

  • Thinking of doing a Hangout? Read this first!

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Wearing a virtual cat face on a Google HangoutThis is not going to be a technology article, so if that's what you were hoping for... sorry!Nope, just good ol' fashioned presentation advice, but the kind you need when you're going to be on camera.I recently watched a Google Hangout where the content was all good, but the speakers' on-camera performance left much to be desired.Just a few simple adjustments would have made this presentation so much better, and I would have been able to focus on the content rather than the distractions of the visuals.Here are some tips for you whether you're live…
  • Information doesn't excite your audience

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

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

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

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

  • Trope or Hypallage? You Decide!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Indezine Halloween PowerPoint Kit

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Halloween is here, and we are back with the Indezine Halloween Kit, a self-contained set of content that will help you celebrate this Halloween more visually. This kit contains 5 Standard and 5 Widescreen Halloween PowerPoint Themes, a scary font, some silhouette pictures, scrapbook style embellishments, some pictures, and even a few sample slides. Download and use this kit now. Categories: graphics, powerpoint, presentation_samples
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Align and Distribute Pictures

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Whichever slide objects you place on your PowerPoint slide, their position and alignment matters a lot -- be it shapes or even the many inserted pictures. In some cases, a haphazard arrangement of pictures may work -- but most of the time you will have to align objects in a proper way on your slide. Even before you align pictures, you should explore whether all pictures are the same size or not. Learn to align and distribute pictures in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: pictures, powerpoint_2013, tutorials
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Resize, Rotate, and Flip Pictures

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    PowerPoint provides various picture enhancement options such as: Picture Adjustments, Picture Styles, Picture Effects, and Picture Borders. Beyond these options, there are some very significant yet basic picture editing options that you should consider -- these include learning how you can Resize, Rotate, and Flip pictures. All of these options help you to enhance the look of your inserted pictures. Learn how to Resize, Rotate, and Flip pictures in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: pictures, powerpoint_2013, tutorials
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Picture Effects

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    After inserting pictures within your PowerPoint slide, you may want to change the appearance of the picture. Picture Styles are based on PowerPoint's Picture Effects capabilities and add some effects with a click. Most of the time, this means that a single Picture Style adds a reflection, a glow, and a border to your picture. However, you can also apply any of these effects individually to your pictures. In all, PowerPoint provides 6 effects: shadow, reflection, glow, soft edges, bevel, and 3-D rotation. Learn about Picture Effect options in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: pictures,…
  • PowerPoint and Presenting News: October 28, 2014

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We bring you Map Pins this time that can be used over maps or anything else that you want to highlight on your slides. Also you can take part in the very interesting Business Presentations Survey, held once every 10 years, and win a gift. PowerPoint 2013 users can learn more from a bunch of Audio (Sound) and Visuals (Graphics) tutorials. Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News. Categories: ezine, powerpoint
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • Voices of Experience Transcription

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Last week, I posted the audio of an interview where I shared some thoughts about innovation in the speaking industry – and in general. You can listen to the audio, or read the transcription below. Michael: With this month’s emphasis on innovation, I can’t think of a better person t... The post Voices of Experience Transcription appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Be the Source

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Last week while in Vegas, I saw Larry the Cable Guy off in the distance. I expected everyone in the room to be flocking to him. Although a few people went up to get their picture taken with him, he was pretty much left alone. I decided to go over and talk with him. I quickly discovered that he is th... The post Be the Source appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Watch Me on USA Network

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Last week, I made a guest appearance on USA Network’s show, “Partners in Crime.” This reality show follows the lives of two very colorful criminal attorneys, Mario and Lou. In this episode, the law firm’s staff are complaining about Mario and it is decided that an interventio... The post Watch Me on USA Network appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • My SUCCESS Magazine Article is Online

    26 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    For those of you who missed my article on “4 Great Ways to Make Breakthroughs,” you can now read it online. Here’s the beginning… Steve Jobs, Apple’s maverick co-founder, once said, “Creativity is just connecting things…. Creative people… connect experiences and s... The post My SUCCESS Magazine Article is Online appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Differentiation, Expertise and Opposites

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I was recently interviewed for the National Speakers Association’s “Voices of Experience” CD. Each month, experts are interviewed about topics relevant to the speaking industry. For the September 2014 issue, I was asked to talk about innovation and professional speaking. In this 6 ... The post Differentiation, Expertise and Opposites appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
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    The Extreme Presentation(tm) Method

  • Encyclopedia of Slide Layouts - Announcement

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

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

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

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

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

  • The gloomiest day of the year - yet again!

    26 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Repeat of a post from 24th October 2009:If you find the darker afternoons that start tomorrow a depressing and pointless exercise, you might be interested in an article in The Times a few days ago (HERE for the full story from last year).Apart from relieving the gloom, not putting the clocks back tonight would reduce electricity consumption by 1-2% and save NHS expenditure on dealing with accidents and emergencies:“During an experiment 40 years ago, when British Summer Time was used all year for three years, there was an average of 2,500 fewer deaths and serious injuries each…
  • Time for a bigger slit on Poppy collection boxes - yet again - to mark the anniversary of WW1

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
     It is now nearly 5 years since I first notified the British Legion about how they could collect even more cash than usual - and yet more in this centenary year of the outbreak of WW1 - but they have still failed to take any notice of my sound advice. See here. If you agree, how about mentioning it to them, if only because they appear to be a bit hard of hearing?
  • NEW BOOK: dreaming of selling a million!

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    SEEN & HEARDConversations and commentary on contemporary communicationWhenever I've written a book, I always dream of it selling by the million. In fact, I doubt whether anyone would ever write a book at all if they knew how few people would ever actually read it.In this respect, I count myself as very lucky indeed, as Lend Me Your Ears: all you need to know about making speeches and presentations has become an 'international bestseller'. My earlier Our Masters' Voices: the language and body language of Politics didn't do too badly either and is still available 30 years later. My…
  • Promotion or demotion at Sky News?

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

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

  • Celebrating Toastmasters 90th anniversary

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    Toastmasters International has come a long way since founder Ralph C. Smedley held the first meeting in the basement of a YMCA in Santa Ana, California on October 22, 1924. As society has changed, so as Toastmasters. In contrast to the white males who formed the original club, diversity is evident at any Toastmasters meeting […]
  • Professional Speaking Association

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

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

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

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

  • Demo vs introduction

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    A live app demo is not the same as an introduction of what your app does. Getting the technology to work, logging in as a dummy user, creating some dummy files, showing some dummy output, changing some settings, quickly going back to the management console, before switching to the user screen. All this shows that the app is real, it exists, the beautiful design, the fast response time, the powerful algorithms. But it is step 2 in the introduction, the audience is missing step 1, the overall context of what problem the app solves, and what it actually does. Time to throw in some good old…
  • What to see at a conference

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    In this blog post, a developer discusses his criteria to pick from an overwhelming menu of presentations at a conference. Some interesting insights for conference organisers and people invited to speak at a conference. One person is best. Moderated panels are often an excuse for people to fill time about a subject without preparing much. You get a generic questions, provide a fluffy answer. Everybody sits back, relaxes, nobody takes responsibility for the quality of the presentation. One person on the other hand, feels the responsibility to avoid boring the audience. Deep is better than…
  • It reminds them

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When confronted with something new, our brains instantly compare what we see, hear, feel, taste with all the 500 million previous experiences we had in our lives. This is why our intuition can say that we do not like/trust the person in front of us, without being able to say why. Apparently, we had bad experiences with these type of characters before somewhere, sometime. The same is trie for the look and feel of a presentation. If it reminds us of boring experiences we had before, we switch off and anticipate a replay.  A bullet point first slide, a stale clip art image, a cheesy stock…
  • App update

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Many people are asking me for beta invites for my PowerPoint killer presentation design app. Here is where things stand at the moment. A handful people have been testing the app so far which provided feedback on a few glitches to iron out. The core engine (the concept behind the app) works great (big sigh of relief), there are now some things about workflow flow that needs fixing, so that you can move around faster in the app. Rather than widening the user base who will give me the same feedback, I will fix the obvious issues first. A self-funded side project, patience please...
  • The company shareholders

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you are are a company shareholder, it is reassuring to see the shareholdings on the first or second page of the company presentation. For everyone else, the shareholdings can go somewhere in the back.
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    Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

  • Another Great Presentation Skills Infographic

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Secret to Public Speaking Confidence

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

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

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

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

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Executive Presence is difficult to describe, but you know when you have it. And so it goes in the workplace. Clients call me to work on a leader’s “executive presence.” They’ll say the leader needs “polishing” or “gravitas,” but they … Continue reading →
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    TEDTalks (video)

  • TED: Jeremy Heimans: What new power looks like - Jeremy Heimans (2014)

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    We can see the power of distributed, crowd-sourced business models every day — witness Uber, Kickstarter, Airbnb. But veteran online activist Jeremy Heimans asks: When does that kind of "new power" start to work in politics? His surprising answer: Sooner than you think. It’s a bold argument about the future of politics and power; watch and see if you agree.
  • TED: Debra Jarvis: Yes, I survived cancer. But that doesn't define me - Debra Jarvis (2014)

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    Debra Jarvis had worked as a hospital chaplain for nearly 30 years when she was diagnosed with cancer. And she learned quite a bit as a patient. In a witty, daring talk, she explains how the identity of “cancer survivor” can feel static. She asks us all to claim our hardest experiences, while giving ourselves room to grow and evolve.
  • TED: Frans Lanting: Photos that give voice to the animal kingdom - Frans Lanting (2014)

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    Nature photographer Frans Lanting uses vibrant images to take us deep into the animal world. In this short, visual talk he calls for us to reconnect with other earthly creatures, and to shed the metaphorical skins that separate us from each other.
  • TED: Sergei Lupashin: A flying camera ... on a leash - Sergei Lupashin (2014)

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Let's admit it: aerial photo drones and UAVs are a little creepy, and they come with big regulatory and safety problems. But aerial photos can be a powerful way of telling the truth about the world: the size of a protest, the spread of an oil spill, the wildlife hidden in a delta. Sergei Lupashin demos Fotokite, a nifty new way to see the world from on high, safely and under control.
  • TED: Kimberley Motley: How I defend the rule of law - Kimberley Motley (2014)

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Every human deserves protection under their country’s laws — even when that law is forgotten or ignored. Sharing three cases from her international legal practice, Kimberley Motley, an American litigator practicing in Afghanistan and elsewhere, shows how a country’s own laws can bring both justice and “justness”: using the law for its intended purpose, to protect.
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  • How to Lessen the Sting of Criticism

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Denise Green of Brilliance Inc.   Fragile Beginnings Recently, a client of mine told me he was a little embarrassed about taking criticism personally. He felt that, at his level in the organization, he should have tougher skin, so to speak. I asked him, “So, do you think you’re unusual for taking criticism personally?” I assured him that every client I’ve ever worked with, no matter how amazing, successful, and outwardly confident they appear, feels the sting of criticism. And there are good reasons why. One is that they care; they…
  • Kevin Spacey’s Top Tips For Better Storytelling

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    CMO.com has some good basics to better storytelling via Kevin Spacey – yes, that Kevin Spacey: “Isn’t good storytelling just luck and a guessing game?” he asked. “No. Good content marketing is not a crap shoot—it has always been about the story.” Then Spacey shared his three key elements that make better stories: 1. Conflict: “Conflict creates tension and keeps people engaged, and the best stories are filled with characters that take risks and court drama,” Spacey said. “It’s the decisions that characters make in the face of these challenges that keep us glued to our…
  • The Biggest Mistakes I See on Resumes, and How to Correct Them

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

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

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

  • The scientific approach

    Tim Wilson
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Fellow speaker,Associate Professor Michael Alley suggests if you create scientific presentations, you use an "assertion/evidence" approach. Each slide has one point to get across to your audience and contains a title that "asserts" something" and an easy to understand visual that provides the "evidence" of what you asserted.Assertively,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.comTwitter: @PblcSpkngLibr
  • Help them see their next step

    Tim Wilson
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Fellow speaker,World Champion speaker Darren LaCroix suggests you create different types of videos - each video designed to help you achieve one clear purpose:Answering their questionMaking a direct sales pitchCustomer testimonial Sales conversion (gives a little content to convert them into a buyer of your product or services)EducationalVideoing,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.comTwitter: @PblcSpkngLibr
  • You've got a brand new key

    Tim Wilson
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    Fellow speaker,If you are creating home-made videos be aware of lighting issues. The simplest type of lighting is 2 point lighting (only requires 2 lights) which requires one light be close to you (a "key light") and another light be much further from you (a "fill light"). Here's a video that takes you through it:Filling in,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Webbing out - the sequel

    Tim Wilson
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Fellow speaker,Designer Nancy Duarte suggests if you have a webinar you:Remove jewelry or anything that might noiseDistribute slides ahead of time (allows people to go through the slides even if there are technical difficulties)Click through your slides all the way through before the event beginsWebinarring,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.comTwitter: @PblcSpkngLibr
  • Webbing out

    Tim Wilson
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Fellow speaker,Designer Nancy Duarte suggests if you have a webinar you:Put up pictures of happy, friendly people and talk to the picturesStand up and gesture as you would in a normal presentationUse a headsetUse a remote clicker to advance your slidesOn the web,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.comTwitter: @PblcSpkngLibr
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    Public Words

  • The Scariest Public Speaking Moments Ever

    Nick Morgan
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    It’s Halloween – or almost, depending on when you’re reading this – in the US, and it’s a big deal here. I read somewhere that it has become a bigger holiday than Christmas for retailers – can that be true? I got to thinking about the scariest moments public speakers have, naturally enough, and compiled […]
  • Are You Overworked and Overwhelmed? Here’s How to Cope

    Nick Morgan
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    When I first got the email from Scott Eblin, a friend and sometime client, about his new book, Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative, I was happy for him and secretly hoping that he wouldn’t ask me to do anything hard for him, like actually read the book. You see, I’m way too overworked and […]
  • Slideware: Just Don’t Do It

    Nick Morgan
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I was talking this week to a very nice group of folks who were prepping me for a speech to their organization in December. We first talked about the audience, their issues, what they needed to hear, and what was keeping them up at night. Then, we discussed logistics. And during the course of this […]
  • How To Review Your Own Videos

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

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

  • Jerry Seinfeld Takes Down Advertising While Receiving An Advertising Award

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

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

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

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

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

  • 17 famous speeches by British women in The Eloquent Woman Index

    Denise Graveline
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:19 am
    In my keynote speech to the UK Speechwriters Guild in 2013, I noted that the Guardian chose just three speeches by women in its list of 100 great speeches of the 20th century. The most recent was Margaret Thatcher's 1976 "Iron Lady" speech--suggesting, by omission, that it's been a long time since a British woman's given a good speech. Let me set the record straight: There are plenty of great and famous speeches by British women, and this collection of 17 speeches from The Eloquent Woman Index features nearly a dozen delivered since Thatcher's speech took place. I've got the…
  • Monroe's motivated sequence: Pitch and persuade with a capital P

    Denise Graveline
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:49 am
    Every talk or presentation has a job to do, and that job determines the content, delivery, and much more. There's no more of a workhorse presentation than the pitch, by which I mean any presentation where you're trying to persuade an audience to do something.In some cases, that means investing in your product. In others, you want to prompt votes, donations, or even a pay raise. But you want something from this highly specialized audience. Action must follow if your pitch is to succeed. For that workhorse of a presentation, there's a workhorse of a solution in a venerable--but highly…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But you won't miss a thing, since I'm summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog for all readers to see. Here's what I shared in the week just past:Negotiating welcome here: Women negotiate better for themselves when they know it's okay to do so, new research says.Shark spark: Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran wasn't always so confident. Read how she conquered her fear of public speaking.Speechwriter…
  • Famous Speech Friday: 1994 lecture by Miep Gies, Anne Frank's protector

    Denise Graveline
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    I'm in Amsterdam today for the autumn conference of the European Speechwriter Network. I'm excited about the conference, and eager to see the Anne Frank house for the first time. As I do, I'll be thinking about Miep Gies, an adopted daughter of Holland.She died at the age of 100 in 2010, and her obituary in the New York Times notes something unusual about this woman speaker: She didn't begin her speaking career until she was in her 80s, after the publication of her memoir Anne Frank Remembered. The book shared her role in hiding the Frank family from the Nazis, as well as in…
  • From the vault: So, do you start sentences with so? If so...

    Denise Graveline
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    (Today, since the word "so" is taking a beating in others' posts, a more detailed and nuanced look at whether this is, indeed, a filler word you should omit. The original post appeared in 2010.)The word "so" brings out strong feelings, it turns out.  A public radio host who interviews scientists, when asked what they should do differently, sees it as a repetitive distraction. He says, "Stop starting every discussion with the word ‘so.’ You ask a scientist, 'Why is the sky blue?' and they say 'So...'."  On The Eloquent Woman on Facebook, Carolyn Bledsoe chalks it up to…
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    Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations

  • Great Boss = Great Presenter ???

    George Torok
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Dear Great Boss, Great WarIf you’re reading this note that means that I’ve died, moved on or won the lottery. So it’s time for me to finally share a secret with you. Not sure it this qualifies as a big secret because everyone else knows this except you.This might come as a big surprise to you. I and the rest of the staff have done our best to protect you from the brutal truth. Apparently our conspiracy of silence and sycophancy has succeeded.  You might believe that you are a great presenter. Naturally whenever you asked for comments or feedback on your presentations we dutifully…
  • Presenting with Power: Planning and Preparing Presentations

    George Torok
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    Presenting with Power: Planning and Preparing Presentations from Studio B Productions, Inc. Presentation Tips on Twitter Presentation Skills Club on Facebook Executive Speech CoachBusiness presentation tips from George Torok, the Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com
  • SP Tip # 78: Four Ways to Transform Your Presentation into a Conversation

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

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

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

  • Learn These Ten Tips for Speaking about the Value You Provide to Customers

    Susan Trivers
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    "What value do the films you produce provide to your clients?" I asked a pair of young entreprenuers during our first conversation about how I could help them grow their business. There was a long pause before one of them said "We elevate their brand." When I asked her to tell me more about that, they had no answer. When your business is intellectual property-based services or products, you must know the value your knowledge work generates for clients, or you will fail to acquire clients. Here are ten tips for having the conversation about the value of your work with…
  • What Justifies a Decision?

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

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

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

    Susan Trivers
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    The long-time business owner said to me: “We had over $100K in revenue one month this summer. I didn’t think we had that much capacity!” Are you surprised by your capacity? Do you even know what it is? And if you did know it, how would you use that knowledge? If this business attained that $100K every month it would add $300K in revenue every year. That’s a 33% increase in revenues. What business wouldn’t like a 33% revenue increase in one year? I think there are two important ways to look at capacity: What is your business’s maximum capacity? Why is that the maximum? What can you…
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  • Not the Most Important Issue, but as Gore Vidal once said, “Never turn down an opportunity to go on TV”

    TJ Walker
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
  • An Urgent Plea to YouTube

    TJ Walker
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Dear YouTube, Thank you for providing such a great forum for video around the world. I have been an enthusiastic member and participant in the YouTube community since 2006. www.youtube.com/tjwalker Since then, I’ve tried to be an exemplary member. I’ve produced 10,000  video on my specialty, public speaking and media training. While I’m not exactly Lady Gaga or Psy, I have generated 3.5 million  views; this is more than all of my direct competitors and organizations like Dale Carnegie, Toastmasters, the National Speakers Association or even Anthony Robbins. During this…
  • Melissa Fleming: Let’s help refugees thrive, not just survive

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

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

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

  • Million Dollar Speakers Club

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    We are in the process of taking applications for membership in the Million Dollar Speakers Club. If you’re serious about building a 6-7 figure speaking business, watch this 17-minute video we shot at our state-of-the-art professional speakers video studio at our offices in Atlanta. Watch this short video post, and then click on this link to see the MDSC video. www.milliondollarspeakersclub.com
  • Professional Speakers Money Module

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

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

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

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    Professional speakers, at the highest level, are seen as thought leaders. That means we need to be one step ahead of our audiences in as many areas as possible. The lessons that can be drawn from history is a great place to start, and the more you know about history, the better. Watch this short video (2:10) I taped at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia, which was home to one of the most significant battles of the Civil War. I’ll look forward to your comments. Watch on YouTube [See post to watch Flash video]  
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    The Accidental Communicator

  • Why Introverts Make Great Public Speakers

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    The qualities that make someone an introvert can also make them a great speakerImage Credit: susanrm8 If you were to list out the characteristics that most of us believe that a really good speaker must have in order to communicate the importance of public speaking, what would be on your list? I can only speak for myself, but I believe that I would have on my list that they would need to be an extrovert – an outgoing person who is always giving off lots of energy. You need this in order to connect with your audience, right? I’d be wrong. It turns out that introverts, those people who…
  • Don’t Screw Up Your Next Webinar: 3 Mistakes To Avoid

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Don’t Make Mistakes When Doing Webinars Image Credit In some ways delivering a webinar can be easier than giving a speech. I mean, you don’t have to worry about that eye contact thing and your body language won’t be much of an issue. However, in a lot of other ways it can actually be much harder to do. What’s most important is that you don’t make mistakes. Let’s talk about three of the most common mistakes that are made when people give webinars and find ways to help you avoid them and find a way to still deliver on the promise of importance of public…
  • 3 Ways To Become A Strong Speaker

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

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

    11 Oct 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Plan For Success: How To Plan Your Next Speech     What You’ll Find Inside: HOW TO RIG A SPEECH TO GET THE OUTCOME YOU WANT EVERY TIME PUBLIC SPEAKERS WANT TO KNOW: ARE HANDOUTS YOUR FRIEND OR FOE? WAYS TO PLAN AN EFFECTIVE SPEECH SPEAKER: YOU ARE WHAT YOU WEAR Click here for epub, pdf, rtf, lrf, pdb, txt, or html formats
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • The stakes on Tuesday

    George F. Will
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Mix a pitcher of martinis Tuesday evening to fortify yourself against the torrent of election returns painting a pointillist portrait of the nation’s mind. Before you become too mellow to care, consider some indexes of our civic tendencies. Read full article >>
  • Affordable Care Act opponents are cherry-picking their history

    Tom Harkin, Ron Wyden, Sander M. Levin, George Miller, and Henry A. Waxman
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The Affordable Care Act was created to improve the quality and affordability of health care for all Americans. Indeed, many people who didn’t have — and couldn’t afford — health insurance before the law have it now. Read full article >>
  • George Will: In Georgia, a Republican becomes a capitalist punching bag

    George F. Will
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    MCDONOUGH, GA. In a sun-dappled square decorated with scores of entrants in the community’s Halloween scarecrow contest, a balky sound system enables, if barely, the Republican Senate candidate to exhort a few hundred people, mostly supporters, to urge neighbors to vote to reduce Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to minority leader. The exhorter is David Perdue, a glutton for punishment who has been campaigning incessantly for 15 months and may be doing so for two more. Read full article >>
  • George F. Will: The nastiest political tactic this year

    George F. Will
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
    The early-morning paramilitary-style raids on citizens’ homes were conducted by law enforcement officers, sometimes wearing bulletproof vests and lugging battering rams, pounding on doors and issuing threats. Spouses were separated as the police seized computers, including those of children still in pajamas. Clothes drawers, including the children’s, were ransacked, cellphones were confiscated and the citizens were told that it would be a crime to tell anyone of the raids. Read full article >>
  • With Ben Bradlee as your boss, you didn’t want to miss a scoop

    George Solomon
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    The newspaper clipping would come in a brown office envelope, my name clearly written by the assistant to the executive editor of The Washington Post. Ben Bradlee was not an Internet guy. He never figured out computers or had much appreciation for them, although he did occasionally read an e-mail. He was a newspaper guy; no bookmarks for him. Read full article >>
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    The Public Speaker's Quick and Dirty Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills

  • 270 TPS How to Craft a Memorable Catchphrase

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A memorable catchphrase can be the difference between sccess and failure in a presentation, speech, or even business. The Public Speaker shares the latest research on phrase memorability and offers great tips for creating your presentation mantra.
  • 193 TPS 5 Tips for Powerful Pauses

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Learn how to create spoken punctuation by using the pause effectively. Use pauses to emphasize points and convey emotion. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1z4dqOy
  • 269 TPS 5 Ways to Reduce Your Accent

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Is your accent keeping you from communicating clearly? Do you want to reduce your accent and make yourself easier to understand? The Public Speaker provides 5 accent reduction tips and resources for ESL speakers. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1nsm05u
  • 268 TPS Vocal Exercises for Better Public Speaking

    10 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Does your voice get tired from public speaking? Do you need to boost your vocal energy and endurance? The Public Speaker has exercises to get your voice into tip-top shape. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1v41yZS
  • 267 TPS Jennifer Lawrence Doesn’t Memorize Her Lines - Should You?

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Actress Jennifer Lawrence says she doesn’t memorize her lines. Find out why The Public Speaker says you shouldn’t memorize, either - and get her tips on the best way to deliver a speech. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1rUENoI
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    Power Presentations

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Public Speaking for Entrepreneurs – 3 Tips for a Successful Pitch

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

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

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

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

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

  • What I Learned About Presentation Skills From My 3 Cats

    Kathy Reiffenstein
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    I am one of those fortunate beings who gets to dedicate my life to creating happiness for my feline companions -- Gilbert, Sullivan and Jake (aka the boys).  This is not an endeavor I take lightly, nor do they. And for all the toys, cat food, prime window spots, kitty climbing trees and love I shower on them, they pay me back in countless ways, including demonstrating some truths about presentation skills. Here are the presentation best practices my kitties employ: ::Focus:: When my boys want something -- food, play, my lap -- they are laser focused in their intent. They do not allow…
  • Presentation Myths

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

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

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

    Kathy Reiffenstein
    29 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
    The brilliance of your message is only part of what an audience will focus on during your presentation. The other part is you. Specifically, the visual package you present. Your audience brings a holistic perspective to your presentation. So what they see --as well as what they hear -- contributes significantly to how engaged they are and how they evaluate the time spent with you. Let's look at the components of your visual package and examine how your audience interprets some of the things they might see. EYE CONTACT What They See: You're looking at your slides or your notes instead of at…
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    Speak Without Interruption

  • Keep Your Home Protected During the Winter Months

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Without proper maintenance and upkeep, your home could be cause for concern during the winter months. As temperatures drop, efficient heating and appliance use is important as it could prevent a miserable experience. The slightest crack in the door frame could cause areas of the home to be near unbearable while the lack of using your stove for cooking could add additional frustration. Preparing your home for winter is more involved than simply turning on the furnace. Doors, Windows and Other Openings Making sure your doors and windows are sealed will not only prevent the cold from coming in,…

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    BRYCE ON LIFE - The joys of mowing your lawn yourself. (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. I have now been mowing lawns for half of a century. When I was a kid in Connecticut, my family had a reel mower; you know, one of those plain push mowers where the blades twirl faster as you push the mower. When we moved to Chicago in the mid-60’s my father bought our first power mower at Montgomery Ward. The engine only turned the blade; you still had to push it as there was no self-propulsion. Over the years I’ve had a variety…
  • Spicy Beverages the Trend in Drinks

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:09 pm
    When the beverage cart travels down the airplane aisle or circles around at the next trade show you are attending, expect to see some new flavors available. According to industry experts, spicy beverages are the growing trend in everything from coffee to craft beers. Even the fast food industry has gotten involved with items such as jalapeno chocolate shakes and other combinations appearing on the menu. Impact on Beverage Categories Spicy ingredients such as chili extract, Tabasco pepper sauce, cayenne pepper and others are appearing on the labels of all types of beverages. Chili and…
  • Super Foods – For Super Seniors!

    Felicity Dryer
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    As someone who was born to parents who could more or less be considered “modern-day hippies,” I was raised with an acute sense of why health was important. Dinner was made from vegetables we grew directly in our own garden, and I was the weird kid who always brown-bagged it to school (the brown bag containing, of course, quinoa, blueberries, and lots of nuts!) Thankfully, what originally felt very isolating, ended up being an important saving grace for me. I embarked upon my adult life with all kinds of tools that helped me always eat right. And even today, as my parents have…
  • A Witch Story…for Halloween

    steve sangirardi
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Steve Sangirardi—congrats to Madison Koufax and the Giants! Bard715@aol.com A Witch Story…for Halloween     Once upon a time there lived a woman who had the reputation for being a witch. She lived at the edge of town, and as she was described by the townspeople she was neither young nor old. But that she was a witch people were certain, and so they kept their distance from her. The reason for that was as follows. Some years before our story takes place, a strange event happened that struck fear into the heart of the town. When her taxes were overdue, an official, who claimed to…
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    Speaking Pro Central

  • Another Visit to Speak & Deliver's Story Graveyard

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    'In October, 2011, I wrote what has become one of the most popular posts on this site - Speak and Deliver''s Story Graveyard - filled with stories that I felt needed to be buried, and removed from our use as speakers. These included the Harvard/Yale Goals Study, The Stuck Semi Story, The Starfish Story, and several others. TWO FROGS IN CREAM by T.C.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • What I Learned About Presentation Skills From My 3 Cats

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    'I am one of those fortunate beings who gets to dedicate my life to creating happiness for my feline companions -- Gilbert, Sullivan and Jake (aka the boys).  This is not an endeavor I take lightly, nor do they. They do not allow themselves to be distracted or deterred. Stand tall and confidently. Move around your space with intention.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • "The View" Meets Harvard

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    'The four co-hosts of "The View" are north of 40. No surprise, reports Variety , in the audience there are 10% fewer females between ages 10 to 49. If the show wants to make it, the powers that be have to execute cool decisions about how to attract, keep, and grow that prized demographic. Recently there has been a focus on ebola and ISIS. Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • 17 famous speeches by British women in The Eloquent Woman Index

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:19 am
    'In my keynote speech to the UK Speechwriters Guild in 2013, I noted that the Guardian chose just three speeches by women in its list of 100 great speeches of the 20th century. The most recent was Margaret Thatcher''s 1976 "Iron Lady" speech--suggesting, by omission, that it''s been a long time since a British woman''s given a good speech.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Leadership Communications - Yes, Leverage Pop Culture (but know what's hot, what's not)

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    'From an educational institution I recently received a major assignment. am to weave in allusions to pop culture into the lesson plans for both on-your-feet in the classroom and online. The learning group is adults so I am in my comfort zone. Yes, I will include "Downton Abbey." The line blew into a million pieces when former U.S.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
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    PowerPoint Tips Blog

  • Customize the PowerPoint interface

    Ellen Finkelstein
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Your work in PowerPoint can go faster and easier if you customize the interface so that you don’t have to click so many times to find commands that you use often. In PowerPoint 2010 and 2013, you can customize not only the Quick Access Toolbar (usually at the top left of your screen) but the entire ribbon. Many power users have a Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) that stretches across the entire PowerPoint window. If you want to do that, you should display it below the ribbon,  instead of above the ribbon — where it will run into the Title bar that shows the name of your presentation…
  • The flipped meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Another Visit to Speak & Deliver's Story Graveyard

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    In October, 2011, I wrote what has become one of the most popular posts on this site - Speak and Deliver's Story Graveyard - filled with stories that I felt needed to be buried, and removed from our use as speakers. These included the Harvard/Yale Goals Study, The Stuck Semi Story, The Starfish Story, and several others.But there are SO MANY MORE. So today, on Halloween, let's take another stroll into the dismal, dusty land of over-told, possibly never true, cliche-filled motivational stories.Scorpion and the Frog Story (suggested by Abel Goddard)A scorpion comes to a river that is too…
  • Star Trek, Time Travel, & Speaking - Book 24 of 52

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    Like any good science fiction book, I'm going to stretch reality a bit to make this review work in this blog space...When I started my year, I vowed to read and review 52 books in 52 weeks. I'm not exactly on pace, but I'm still Reading Anyway. One of my goals was to add some fiction to my reading after years of solely self-help and business oriented books. As a teen, I read a TON of Star Trek fiction, so I thought 'hey, let's pick up one of the new books and see if it's still as fun as it used to be'.As I was time-traveling to my youth, I chose the time-travel heavy book 'From History's…
  • I Owe it All to Toastmasters

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    I owe it all to Toastmasters.The first time I heard the word 'Toastmasters' was in debate class in the 10th grade.The second time was 10 years later, from a woman I met at a church singles event - she invited me to her club (Titan Toastmasters, in Littleton, Colorado), which she was not only the President of, but the reigning Toastmaster of the Year. I joined - for three whole months. I gave a couple speeches, teamed her in a club debate (which we won), and then, life got in the way.I didn't go back for 3 1/2 years - in another state, at a time when I was starting life over after a divorce…
  • Own Your Industry - Book 23 of 52 in 52 - A Review of Douglas Kruger's latest book

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

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

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

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

    John Zimmer
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    I am sitting in the Geneva airport as I write this post. I am on my way to Barcelona for a great week of teaching and learning with my good friends and fellow public speakers, Conor Neill, Florian Mueck, Tobias Rodrigues and Tony Anagor. Today, as always when I travel by plane, I arrived at the airport early. More than two hours before my departure, in fact. Now, the airport to Geneva is not that big and a flight from Switzerland to Spain is fairly routine. Furthermore, I only live 15 minutes by car—maximum—from the airport. Two hours was way more time than I needed. In fact, as I write…
  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 188) – Aristotle

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

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

    John Zimmer
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Robin Williams (1951 – 2014) American Actor, Comedian and Producer “You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” — Robin Williams Photo courtesy of Eva Rinaldi / FlickrFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers
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    Interruption Management

  • Using Your Brain in Complex Times

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    How to Think: Managing Brain Resources in an Age of Complexity by Ed Boyden in Technology Review is brilliant article, excerpted here:"When I applied for my faculty job at the MIT Media Lab, I had to write a teaching statement. One of the things I proposed was to teach a class called "How to Think," which would focus on how to be creative, thoughtful, and powerful in a world where problems are extremely complex, targets are continuously moving, and our brains often seem like nodes of enormous networks that constantly reconfigure. In the process of thinking about this, I composed 10 rules...1.
  • Your Knowledge, Your Benefit

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    When you draw upon your own accumulated knowledge and the wisdom that you develop, you're able to intermittently free yourself from ever accelerating flows of information.
  • Check-up Now, Avoid Complication Later

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    When you need specific information on a business or person, background checks can be done from $0 to $125 through:* Credit bureaus* County business records* Marriage and divorce records* Clipping services* State and federal court records* Bankruptcy court* Municipal and county real estate deeds
  • Passwords Information as Needed

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    If something happens to you tomorrow, would any family member or trusted friend be able to navigate your computer system, have login and password information, and help manage your accounts, or would there be a major interruption in your ability to transfer this information and wealth?
  • Trials of Piles are Distracting

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Into every career and life some rain must fall and, apparently, some piles will accumulate be they stacks of mail, reports, survey forms, seminar announcements, catalogs, etc.  Confront your piles head-on with a take-no-prisoners attitude!If you haven't noticed already, such piles can accumulate in a hurry. A couple of file folders, issues of a magazine, some office memos, something you clipped from the newspaper, a single day's worth of mail, some fliers left by your door, and POOF, you've got a pile!Piles, by their nature, tend to represent complexity and unfinished business. Each pile…
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    Moving People to Action

  • 7 Signs that People are Engaged in Your Business

    Conor Neill
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    Are your people engaged? People consistently put in extra effort beyond what is expected. People are highly motivated to contribute to the success of the organisation. People consistently look for more efficient and effective ways of getting the job done. People have a strong sense of personal accomplishment from their work. People understand how their roles help the organisation meet its goals. People always have a positive attitude when performing their duties at work. Leaders do a good job of recognising contributions. From the book The Carrot Principle.  Read the page here.
  • Your Scarcest Resource

    Conor Neill
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    I know plenty of financial advisors who would love to spend a few hours reviewing my investments, cash position, investment goals and helping me make a realistic plan. I know how much I spent on food, travel, housing, school in the last month, year and if I did the sums I could calculate a rough lifetime spend. Money. You can always earn more money. Organisations spend small fortunes developing capital expenditure budgets and operational budgets and auditing the cash of the business. My time, in contrast, goes un-managed. Most organisations have no systematic procedure to eliminate time…
  • My Productivity Posts at the Lifehack blog

    Conor Neill
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:26 am
    I have been writing this month for the Lifehack blog.  They have published 4 of my blog posts so far.  It’s challenging and helpful to get pushed to improve my ability to explain my ideas, work with editors and pitch story ideas 6 Item Checklist for Running Impressive Meetings Our first board meeting was chaos. There was a paper agenda, but I failed to keep people focussed on the agreed discussions. Each board member would throw their own opinion in for every small point. We spent almost 4 hours sucked into petty administrative details. It was tiring. Over the next 2 years, I learnt…
  • UCD Smurfit, Influence and Persuasive Communications Seminar

    Conor Neill
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    UCD Smurfit Business School will be hosting a 3 day Influence and Persuasive Communications Seminar on January 14-16 2015. About UCD Smurfit Business School UCD Smurfit Dublin Campus UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is Ireland’s leading business school and research centre. The school offers a wide range of postgraduate business programmes that equip students to become the business leaders of the future. UCD Smurfit are one of less than 60 business schools worldwide to hold triple accreditation from the US, Europe and the UK accrediting bodies. About the Course Download Course…
  • Setting Limits

    Conor Neill
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:06 am
    How do you set limits on “Free”? I teach communication skills.  I help entrepreneurs deal with leadership challenges.  I find it hard to effectively manage the gap between free advice and paid consulting. “Would you listen to my speech?” or “Can we meet for a coffee, I have an important meeting coming up?” I find it hard to do the “American Lawyer” mode – bring a clock and start timing the conversation as soon as I talk about communications. I like the little conversations, but I am conflicted about how to set some limits. How do you set…
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  • Kevin, Celgene Corporation

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Your model for giving story-like presentations has completely transformed the way I give presentations and enhanced my ability to communicate with an audience.
  • Mental Practice Helps Conquer Stage Fright

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

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

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

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

  • Prevention is better than cure

    10 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
  • Kalpana Saroj

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

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

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

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

  • CHOOSE Forum 2014

    Tudor Girba
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    We are pleased to invite you to the CHOOSE Forum to be held on November 28, 2014 at the University of Bern. This year’s topic is Software Engineering Today.The full day event will feature four talks and a panel. New this year is that we allow more time for networking and informal exchanges. The speakers are: Michael Feathers, R7K Research & Conveyance Adam Tornhill Jonas Bandi Erik Doernenburg, ThoughtWorksThe day also features the CHOOSE General Assembly, including reports from the President and the Treasurer.More details together with the registration form can be found on the official…
  • Humane assessment and demo-driven courses in Oslo - January 19-20, 2015

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

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

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

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

  • Free Prezi Template – November

    Lesley Barringer
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    November’s Free Prezi template gives you lots of choices! It’s designed as an ‘Overlap’ template to illustrate areas in your message that are interlinked. It also has movement, flow and progression, adding momentum to your presentation. To use this template with our 3 Act Structure you can use the gold boxes for an introduction and conclusion; 3 acts in the circles and then further detail in the boxes. The template can be used in many ways, and the elements swapped from horizontal to vertical; separately, or as a whole. Tip: Use the three square boxes…
  • Best 10 presentation blogs – Have I got it right?

    Jim Harvey
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:31 am
    I’ve been blogging for about 8 years now. It’s been great fun.  I’ve built a global reputation and it’s helped me build my consulting business into a truly international outfit- though we’re still a small company. In the early days of the web there was a generosity of spirit about bloggers, we were a community, that shared stuff.  We swapped ideas, and links and scratched each others’ backs.  That’s all changed now, as people want to control the web, channel traffic and limit a user’s choice to include x’s products and services and…
  • 5 fixes to common presentation technology mistakes

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

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

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

  • 24 TIME MANAGEMENT Habits to Develop for Increased Productivity

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Awesome Tips That’ll Have Audiences Queuing to Hear You Speak – Podcast 26

    Eamonn O'Brien
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:32 am
    When asked to speak at an event, how do you go about attracting a packed and really enthusiastic room?Picture the scene: you’ve put in the hard yards, you’ve crafted, honed, and practiced an awesome speech, and, finally, it’s time for you step up to the podium and speak. But, as you survey your waiting audience, the first thing you notice is a plethora of empty seats or even rows?How heart breaking and downright soul destroying would that be?But rather than clichéd talk of “build it and they will come’ tactics that don’t pan out or the folly of “creating the best mouse trap…
  • Embrace Stories, Your Ticket to Communication That Captivates – Podcast 25

    Eamonn O'Brien
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    With it, the effects of what you say can take off – offline and online. Without it, audiences will pay less attention to you and care a deal less about your ideas than you might imagine. It’s your ability to create emotional connection through stories and imagery whenever you communicate.Whether you’re speaking from the podium, addressing a meeting, being heard at the other end of a telephone call, spreading ideas online, or sharing any other form of communication……Make no mistake; if you don’t give people cause to care, they won’t.But, what happens if the notion of…
  • A Speaker’s Guide to Personal Branding – Podcast 24

    Eamonn O'Brien
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    As a speaker, what do you want to be known for? How tight and clear is that picture in your head?And, more importantly, what about within the minds of those you’d like to influence?It’s a fact. Creating a personal brand has become increasingly important for executives and professionals in every walk of life and within businesses of every size. The lines between corporate personalities and those of the people who promote – or who are seen as the face of – businesses are fast disappearing.But, where do you start this journey and what does it take to create a winning,…
  • Forget Inertia: Crack the Creativity Code and Write That Speech! – Podcast 23

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

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

  • To Dream Of A Better, Not Bitter, World

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Best Place to Find Speaking Gigs

    Michelle Mazur
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    You’ve nailed the first essential step to landing speaking gigs. Your 3 T’s (title, topics, and takeaways) should have meeting planners drooling over the value you’d bring to their event. But the problem still remains. Where can you find speaking gigs? The answer is right under your nose or at the very least in your iPhone contact list. The best place to find speaking gigs is through your network I’ve talked to TEDx speakers, World Domination Speakers, and professional speakers and they all tell me the same thing: Your next big speaking gig will come from someone you…
  • As A Speaker Your Biggest Responsibility is to….

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

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

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

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

  • Five Great Public Speaking Books to Help You Rock the Podium in 2015

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Want to supercharge your career, build your business, or develop and delight a following? These public speaking books will show you how. They’re written by acclaimed public speaking coaches, and it shows; experience and wisdom flow through each one. Choose your favorite, or buy all five and get ready to rock the podium. 1. Speak Like Yourself… No, Really! Follow Your Strengths and Skills to Great Public Speaking, by Jezra Kaye Yes, this is my book. Written for a general, as well as a business audience, Speak Like Yourself… No, Really! is a complete workbook on public speaking…
  • Public Speaking Tip 60: When You Practice Public Speaking, Say Inconsequential Things

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Most of my public speaking clients don’t like to open their mouths unless they have something important to say. And while I generally agree that the world doesn’tneed more blather, there is one time when saying inconsequential things will build your ability to ultimately say what matters: To Master the Instant Speech, Say Inconsequential Things The Instant Speech is a format that lets you talk to almost anyone about almost anything under almost any circumstance. An Instant Speech consists of a key message, three supporting points, and a reinforcement of the key message.Its…
  • Public Speaking Tip 59: At the End of Your Speech, Stick Your Landing

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Stanley K. Ridgley                For more of Dilbert Presentation Wisdom, see Scott Adams’s especially powerful site here!Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Especially Powerful Story

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

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Stanley K. RidgleyFor more of Dilbert on Business Presentations, see Scott Adams’s especially powerful site here!Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
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  • How to Make Interactive PowerPoint Slides for eLearning

    Hannah Brownlow
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Want to build some interactivity into your PowerPoint slides? Here are two easy entry-level ways that you can turn your PowerPoint slides into dynamic and interactive material for eLearning. Hyperlinks Hyperlinks sound a lot more complicated than they actually are. They work like any button or box on a website. By clicking that box you’re sent to another page. So from the ‘Search’ button on Google to the ‘Buy it now!’ on Amazon – you’re already pretty familiar with them. But did you know you can build them into PowerPoint presentations? In the same way that you can link round a…
  • Who Has Read Presentation Zen?

    Joby Blume
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    I help to run a presentation agency. I read a lot of books about presentations. I do a lot of thinking about presentations, and presentation theory. My colleague Richard reads all the academic papers on presentations he can find.  As a company we try and test different approaches to presentations, and test all the latest presentation technology. In short – we really live this stuff. It’s easy when you are immersed in something to forget how small a part of your customers’ lives that thing is. We work with sales leaders, marketing departments, learning and development teams, to…
  • How to Give Great Client Presentations – Tips for Consultants

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

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

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

  • [Quick Public Speaking Tip] You – Me – The Public Speaking Power in Creating “Us”

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Public Speaking is all about you, isn’t it? You the speaker. You creating a speech. You delivering a speech. You taking the audience on a journey. You affecting the outcome. You presenting stories, humour, information, ideas, products. Me, the speaker. Me, facing my fears. Me, being confident. Me, remembering the best words to use. Me, [...]
  • [Inspiration] … from Sir Edmund Hilary

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

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

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

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

  • Why You Should Flip Your Speech Upside-Down

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

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

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

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

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

  • Images in PowerPoint Presentations: 3 Helpful Tips

    Birthe Klementowski
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    Images play an important part in any presentation. Not only the look but also colors and size are of high relevance. Here you will learn more about choosing the right images to have the best possible effect. Just follow three simple suggestions. Less is More You may ask yourself how many images or pictures you should place on one slide. Do not use too many images. Your presentation should not look like a photo album of your last vacation, but the images shall emphasize your thesis and statements. One picture/graphic/chart would be perfect and do not use more than two. This way you channel the…
  • Online Job Application in PowerPoint or Slideshare

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

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

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

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

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
    Humans talk. A lot. Some are veritable chatterboxes, some less so. But we do produce a lot of jibber. This can make it hard to distinguish between what is important and what is not. How to make sure your listeners understand how important what you’re saying really is? Intention Be straightforward and honest about the intentions behind your words. If you want to get something done, say so. None of us like the feel of being manipulated, so don’t do it to others. State clearly what the consequences of your words should be, for yourself, and for your listeners. Power words So you know what…
  • Knowledge bias and information overload

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

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
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  • Humour in public speaking (Part 2)

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

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

  • How To Use Objects As Triggers For Appear And Disappear Animations in PowerPoint

    Taylor Croonquist
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve ever seen a presenter make things appear and disappear onscreen during a presentation and wondered how they pulled it off….your days of wondering are over. This is also the exact trick we used in our previous Pop-Up Text Effect post…everyone asked how we did it, so here it is! How We Did It To […]
  • Turning PowerPoint Shapes into Bullet Points – The Life Cycle of a List of Bullet Points

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

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

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

    Nuts & Bolts
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Have you ever had a PowerPoint slide with a list on it that you wanted to make start in one shape and end in another, without the number starting over again at 1? For example, maybe you’re building a marketing presentation in PowerPoint, and you have 8 different marketing objectives that you want to split […]
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  • The Platform Giant Podcast -Episode 1

    Shane Purnell
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    Is My Story, Your Story? Show Notes for Episode 1 of the Platform Giant Podcast Finally! I’ve been wanting to start the Platform Giant Podcast for 6 months and last night I sat down and cranked out the first 2 episodes. In the introductory episode I ask the question, “Is my story, your story?” I ask because I think there are a millions of talented people who have marketable skills but aren’t sure how to communicate those skills to the world. That’s what happened to me. I used to dream of being a motivational speaker, but I gave up on my dream. I had no concept of…
  • Using Twitter as a Networking Tool

    Shane Purnell
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked into the auditorium of the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. I was there for a workshop on writing. Although I enjoy writing, I don’t consider myself to be a writer. The fact was I was there because I had made a commitment to myself to attend more conferences and workshops this year and a writing workshop certainly seemed appropriate. I picked a seat up  front. It’s a habit I picked up in high school.  At the time, a friend of mine made an off-hand comment that you could always tell who the smart kids were because they…
  • Personal Branding Basics: Have a Consistent Profile Image Across All Platforms

    Shane Purnell
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:57 am
    I was scrolling through my LinkedIn Feed I ran across an Image of a man with a stars and stripes top hat hugging a woman; obviously he was at a party. My first thought was: “This is LinkedIn. What is this guy doing? Is this his Facebook photo?” Maybe he wa a party planner, maybe he owned fun night club; I don’t know. The fact is that seeing his photo made me think about the need to present a  consistent, professional image across all platforms. In other words, treat your signature photo like…well, your signature. Get a Professional Photo or At Least Look Professional…
  • Remember Offline Relationships When Building an Online Reputation

    Shane Purnell
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
    I’ve never been more convinced that who we are offline is merging with who we are online. I  also believe that building an online platform is going to be critical to personal and business success over the next 10 years. With the increasing use of personal search as a research tool and  the increasing use of bios to establish credibility, who we are online should be a primary concern for every career minded individual and entrepreneur. That’s why I started Platform Giant; I ran across so many people who wanted to start building an online presence but didn’t have the…
  • 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.   Great Coaching Tobias received help from Tamsen Webster, the Executive Producer of TEDx Cambridge and Senior Vice-President for a Boston based constancy.  Tamsen worked with Tobias to refine and craft  his message so that it was well delivered and entertaining.
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    La Fabbrica della Realtà

  • Beginning a presentation: how to create a gorgeous second slide

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Two weeks ago I gave you great tips and advice to start your presentation with a powerful first slide. Now that you’re able to craft a great opening slide, you need to know what to do next: your second slide! Let’s start diving into the second slide with a very common question: Should your second slide be The Agenda? I can hear a chorus of angelic voices shouting “nooooooooooo,” can you? The Agenda is not a necessary evil. It’s a an evil we can dispense of for many reasons. First of all, if your talk is so complex that it requires a slide to explain how it…
  • Developing products with the help of Confucius and Lester Freamon from the Wire

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

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

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

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