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  • Seventeen Ways to Keep Your Audience Engaged!

    NO SWEAT Public Speaking!
    Fred E. Miller
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    0Listen or Read How! Those seated in your audience have a rather short attention span. Keeping them listening and absorbing your presentation is a worthy goal. They’ll never GET IT! if you don’t keep them engaged. There is a reason TED Talks are eighteen minutes. TED curator Chris Anderson explains the organization’s thinking this way: It (eighteen minutes) is long enough to be serious, and short enough to hold people’s attention. Your talk is probably longer than eighteen minutes, and keeping the audience mentally involved in your presentation can be challenging. Here are…
  • Prosopopoiea: Pronounce It, Then Use It

    The Daily Figure
    Figaro
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:25 am
    Pro-so-po-PEE-ah. OK, you can pronounce it. Every teacher of speech and rhetoric should use it in class. Why? For one thing, every rhetoric class used to consider this exercise essential to oratory. For another, it really works. Prosopopeia has students pretending to be great speakers from the present and past. You try to imitate the character and voice of a famous person, often in a novel setting. For example, have James Madison lecture the current Supreme Court on the Constitution. Or have different women in history argue why they should be on the $10 bill. The more dramatic students really…
  • Guest Posting: I Could Never be a Speaker, by Alan Stevens

    Professionally Speaking
    Theboss
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:18 am
    This information was written by Alan Stevens, and originally appeared in “The MediaCoach”, his free weekly ezine, available at www.mediacoach.co.uk. I Could Never Be a Speaker I beg to differ. Everyone has the capacity to be a good speaker. I have worked with hundreds of nervous presenters, and never had a failure yet. The single […]
  • Contribution: the key to authenticity, engagement, & meaning

    Presentation Zen
    Garr
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:59 am
    When I wrote the first edition of Presentation Zen back in 2007, I said that presentations are better when they are prepared and delivered in the spirit of truly wanting to make a difference and a belief in the power of sharing ideas. The secret to this spirit or approach is contribution. This is a key part of Presentation Zen. It's not about showing off. It's not about impressing. It's not about winning (or losing). I quoted the incredible Benjamin Zander who said this when speaking to a group of remarkably talented young musicians: “This is the moment — this is the most important moment…
  • Why We Love Assessment (And You Should, Too!)

    Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency
    Sunday Avery
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Assessments can have a bad reputation. They conjure ideas of high-pressure school tests, filling in little bubbles, and finding whether you are going to be a plumber or a princess after college. Maybe our anxiousness is due to the finality of a result, or maybe it’s just the fact that “assessment” is another word for “test.” In the presentation realm, we require assessments to give constructive feedback to a presenter. And frankly, we love them. They are amazing ways to create a feedback-rich environment and improve a presenter’s overall ability by huge leaps. Do you doubt us?
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    Presentation Zen

  • Contribution: the key to authenticity, engagement, & meaning

    Garr
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:59 am
    When I wrote the first edition of Presentation Zen back in 2007, I said that presentations are better when they are prepared and delivered in the spirit of truly wanting to make a difference and a belief in the power of sharing ideas. The secret to this spirit or approach is contribution. This is a key part of Presentation Zen. It's not about showing off. It's not about impressing. It's not about winning (or losing). I quoted the incredible Benjamin Zander who said this when speaking to a group of remarkably talented young musicians: “This is the moment — this is the most important moment…
  • When a bar chart can be misleading

    Garr
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:03 am
    Just because a chart is correct, it does not mean it's not misleading. Here's an example: Back in the USA, on March 12, US Senator Ted Cruz and NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden went head to head at a hearing on the President’s FY2016 budget request arguing as to what they thought NASA’s priorities are today. Sen. Cruz is known to be a climate-change skeptic and has often said that NASA should focus on space exploration and leave earth science to other agencies. Although Cruz and Bolden disagreed strongly, reports are that the hour-long meeting was nonetheless cordial. The interesting…
  • Scientifically Proven Ways to Persuade & Influence Others

    Garr
    2 Jun 2015 | 11:45 pm
    A good book I often recommend is: Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive by Dr. Robert B. Cialdini et al. I first read the book when it came out in 2008. The book is designed for professionals who are interested in becoming better at understanding how to persuade or influence others. The book may also help you understand why you decide to do the things you do. Even if you are a researcher or teacher or a medical doctor, and so on, and not a business person, it's still important to understand how people are (or can be) influenced and persuaded by your words and behaviors. Each…
  • In Memory of The Sushi Maestro, Shuichi Inoue

    Garr
    26 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    Shuichi Inoue, the "Sushi Maestro," gave a beautiful, heartfelt presentation at TEDxKyoto last year about his passion and dream to spread the innovative approach of his art to the world. Yesterday, tragically, Shuichi's life was cut short by a careless driver on a Japanese freeway. All of us in the TEDxKyoto community are in a state of shock right now. Both Shuichi and I presented in the same session at TEDxKyoto last Fall. I met him in the green room back stage. He was gracious, humble, and all smiles. Shuichi was the nicest guy you could ever meet. I can't believe he's gone.  I'm sorry…
  • The Key to story structure in two words: Therefore & But

    Garr
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    There are a ton of storytelling-related books and websites in the cosmos. And there is no shortage of people giving story advice and tips. Much of the advice is helpful, but the enormous volume of information related to writing or telling better stories can be overwhelming. Therefore, when someone credible comes along who offers free, insanely simple yet effective advice for improving one's story, he will find a very large audience indeed. This is exactly what happened just a few years ago, all quite by accident it would seem. In 2011 Comedy Central began shooting a documentary about the…
 
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    Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency

  • Why We Love Assessment (And You Should, Too!)

    Sunday Avery
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Assessments can have a bad reputation. They conjure ideas of high-pressure school tests, filling in little bubbles, and finding whether you are going to be a plumber or a princess after college. Maybe our anxiousness is due to the finality of a result, or maybe it’s just the fact that “assessment” is another word for “test.” In the presentation realm, we require assessments to give constructive feedback to a presenter. And frankly, we love them. They are amazing ways to create a feedback-rich environment and improve a presenter’s overall ability by huge leaps. Do you doubt us?
  • Presentation Research vs. Practice

    Sunday Avery
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    “I don’t need to practice my presentation, I know the facts backwards and forwards.” “I spent a lot of time working on this speech. I think I’m familiar enough with the content to deliver it.” “Why rehearse? I’ve already got this down.” Do any of these statements sound familiar? We know you’re out there, avoiding an in-depth practice session because you have worked hard to research and explore your content. Don’t feel guilty: this is a pretty common pitfall. Confidence through content familiarity can leave you feeling like you can handle delivery like a champion. Bad…
  • Think You’re Cut Out To Be a Thought-Leader?

    Sunday Avery
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    “A thought leader is an individual or firm that prospects, clients, referral sources, intermediaries and even competitors recognize as one of the foremost authorities in selected areas of specialization, resulting in its being the go-to individual or organization for said expertise.” – Forbes, What Is a Thought Leader? People build presentations with us because they have a message to share. And yes, occasionally a thought leader comes through our doors with a presentation that will correspond with their overall platform. These are the individuals who have transitioned from business…
  • 5 Unexpected Presentation Weaknesses

    Sunday Avery
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    When you think of a horrible speaker or even of your own speaking flaws, you may imagine the most common denominators: nervous pacing, signs of panic, mumbling, or forgetting a point. You might even imagine technical errors, like an incompatible projector or a sound system that squeaks. Many of these represent mere delivery flaws, caused primarily by anxiousness and a lack of preparation. But what about presentations that are technically flawless, but leave an audience bored to tears? Or disconnected? Or even worse: in total disagreement? Sometimes our natural flaws outside of the stage can…
  • What Will Presentations Be Like in 100 Years?

    Sunday Avery
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Think back a hundred years, to the early 1900’s. No one except for perhaps some wide-eyed sci-fi dreamers could have fully predicted the age of wearable tech, tablets, and the internet. We are more connected than ever before, speeding towards even more interaction and innovation than we ever thought possible. We’d like to imagine that presentations will likewise experience leaps in innovation and connectivity. Using a few insights from thought leaders as well as some imagination on our part, here’s what we think will happen to presentations a century into the future. Shorter Attention…
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    Speak Schmeak

  • Thou shalt hide thy weirdness: Guest post by Jason Kotecki

    23 Jun 2015 | 10:23 am
    Jason is a non-caped crusader fighting against Adultitis. I've been a fan of his work for years, and when he offered me this post, I jumped at the chance to share his writing with you.If you've participated in my "Public Speaking for Awkward Dorks" program, you know that I'm already a big fan of weird. Enjoy Jason's post, and check out the link at the bottom to his new book!Thou Shalt Hide Thy WeirdnessOne day my four-year-old daughter Lucy was skimming down the sidewalk on her kick scooter. Normal. She was gripping the handlebar with one hand and holding an open umbrella with the other.
  • How is public speaking like dating?

    10 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    Have you ever been on a date?Did you enjoy it? Did you hate it? You've probably had both experiences!Did you ask the other person out? Did they ask you out? Maybe you've just kind of eased into it by saying "We should do something sometime." (I used that one on my hubby when we were still getting to know each other.)Did/do you find dating stressful? Scary? Uncomfortable? Nervewracking?Did/do you feel like you were on display? Being judged?There is an important purpose behind dating: You hope to find your soulmate, your life partner, or at least someone you enjoy being with for a while. Most…
  • Virtual networking: Open the circle

    10 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    As I've written here before, I can be shy at networking events. But I've trained myself to put out my hand and introduce myself to people even if I feel inside like I want to run away.If I'm going to go to the trouble to get out of my pajamas, put on makeup, and go to a live networking event, I might as well strike up conversations with strangers and try to make some connections.Virtual networking is no different (except that I can keep my pajamas on).When I attend a Twitter chat or Facebook networking event, I put out my virtual hand and I engage with people I don't know. How else am I going…
  • Is your audience suffering an engagement drought?

    6 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
    One solution to the drought: Succulents!On my walk today through one of Santa Barbara's more affluent neighborhoods, I made mental notes of all the ways the residents are dealing with California's historic drought.Before the governor instituted the recent mandatory order to reduce water usage, many Santa Barbarians turned a blind eye to damage the drought was causing. While many residents and businesses have used native landscaping for years, there are also still plenty of lush, green lawns.On my walk, I saw lots of green lawns. But I also saw brown lawns. And I saw lawns in the process of…
  • Stay weird.

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Our favorite, and most effective, awards show speeches tend to go one of two directions: Humor or passion.Both kinds of speeches have the same effect, to trigger an emotional response in the audience.The response to the humorous speech is laughter, if only a chuckle or an internal giggle. The responses to passionate speeches can vary. Some speeches make us cry, others make us angry. Some make us want to stand up and shout, "Hell yeah!"Three speeches stood out at last night's Oscars ceremony for their emotional triggers, and prompted all three above-mentioned responses, and more.We started off…
 
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    Calculated Presentations

  • Is It Ever Okay To Break The Rules?

    Janice
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Today I learned (again) that yes it is okay to challenge the rules. To Your Strong & Powerful Voice ~ Janice          
  • Dog With A Bone

    Janice
    12 Jun 2015 | 1:12 pm
          Are you a woman in tech who wants to stretch herself? Have you thought about getting out there and being the speaker/presenter rather than the woman sitting in the audience listening to male speakers/presenters at conferences? Sandi MacPherson (@sandimac), Founder at Quibb, is putting together a directory of women speakers because of her frustration of the low representation of female speakers at tech events. I’m like a dog with a bone with this. I want to see more women giving presentations. It will make a difference at a micro level to women themselves and at a macro…
  • Does the Superwoman Pose Really Work?

    Janice
    29 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Yes, it does and I don’t believe it is a placebo effect. Before a presentation or pitch you’ll find me in the bathroom donning my superwoman pose. Why? Because I feel energy and confidence run through me when I do and more importantly I notice the difference in my ability to focus and connect with my audience. I’ve also noticing my audience is more engaged and the feedback has been different…more connected and positive. Here I am demonstrating the superwoman pose as per Dr. Cuddy for the lovely Young Women in Business ladies at SFU last evening. Had them laughing and…
  • Bucks the Status Quo and Gets the Applause She Deserves

    Janice
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Close your eyes and listen to Ursula K Le Guin’s 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters acceptance speech at the National Book Awards that you’ll find at the end of this post. Because she is reading her script watching is distracting. That’s why you need to close your eyes. Listen to her cadence and use of deliberate pauses…Le Guin carries you away. And perhaps will inspire you the next time you arrive behind the podium to buck the status quo. The privilege of standing in front of others and sharing your vision is a gift. To stand before that…
  • Leave Anxiety in the Dust

    Janice
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:29 am
    Three Tips for Managing Public Speaking Nervousness   Anxiety and Public Speaking go hand in hand.   When we listen and watch the most seasoned presenters we assume they are long past having to battle public speaking anxiety. It’s not true. It would be fantastic if it were true but no one goes unscathed. It’s often the elephant in the room. No one wants to talk about the anxiety they feel before giving a presentation. Just to let you know… Every client I work with no matter how experienced tells me they always have pre-presentation jitters. The secret is how to…
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    The Daily Figure

  • Prosopopoiea: Pronounce It, Then Use It

    Figaro
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:25 am
    Pro-so-po-PEE-ah. OK, you can pronounce it. Every teacher of speech and rhetoric should use it in class. Why? For one thing, every rhetoric class used to consider this exercise essential to oratory. For another, it really works. Prosopopeia has students pretending to be great speakers from the present and past. You try to imitate the character and voice of a famous person, often in a novel setting. For example, have James Madison lecture the current Supreme Court on the Constitution. Or have different women in history argue why they should be on the $10 bill. The more dramatic students really…
  • Talk Your Way Out of a Traffic Ticket

    Figaro
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:35 am
    You may be interested in our sister site, ArgueLab, which has a post and fun video on how to get out of a ticket. The story might be familiar to you. You can find it here.  
  • Can Cicero Help You Snag a College or Job?

    Figaro
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:58 am
    Why, yes he can. In Thank You for Arguing, Jay shows how the Ciceronian outline can help you make a winning speech or presentation. That same outline can work for a job or college interview. It’s simple: Start with a good first impression, boosting your ethos—the audience’s impression of your character. Show you know the job and would be good at it, that you understand the company, and that you’d be a good fit. The same things work for a college, only they’re also looking for virtue, signs that you’re a good, mature person. Talk about…
  • The Art of Framing

    Figaro
    26 May 2015 | 4:20 am
    What does it mean to “frame” an issue? Is it like framing a picture of your sweet grandmother, the one where she’s smoking her favorite pipe? Yeah, kind of. To frame an issue means to put it in your own box, setting up the terms and context in a way that favors you. (To get the details about framing, see Thank You for Arguing, revised edition, page 123.) The most important tool of framing is redefinition, in which you redefine the terms of the argument. The tobacco industry did this neatly back in the 1970s, when it talked about the “controversy” over…
  • When Is Manipulation a Good Thing

    Figaro
    18 May 2015 | 5:41 am
    When it leads to consensus. That’s one of Figaro’s favorite words. It comes from the Latin, meaning “common belief” or “knowing together.” In other words, it means agreement. The adjectival form, consensual, gets sexy. It means an agreed-upon act. Rhetoric teaches that to get all consensual, it helps to get the juices flowing with a little seduction. In our sister site, ArgueLab, Christina Fox shows how seduction and argument are kissing cousins.
 
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    NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

  • Seventeen Ways to Keep Your Audience Engaged!

    Fred E. Miller
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    0Listen or Read How! Those seated in your audience have a rather short attention span. Keeping them listening and absorbing your presentation is a worthy goal. They’ll never GET IT! if you don’t keep them engaged. There is a reason TED Talks are eighteen minutes. TED curator Chris Anderson explains the organization’s thinking this way: It (eighteen minutes) is long enough to be serious, and short enough to hold people’s attention. Your talk is probably longer than eighteen minutes, and keeping the audience mentally involved in your presentation can be challenging. Here are…
  • Fear of Public Speaking? Watch. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    1 Jun 2015 | 8:07 am
    0WHY the Fear of Public Speaking and Nuggets to Lessen It! This presentation was recently delivered at an e4e (Experts for Entrepreneurs) event. The short answer to WHY? the Fear of Public Speaking is – Why Not!  Think about it. Most of our conversations are one-on-one. Standing and speaking in front of many eyeballs takes us out of our comfort zone. That’s why we’re uncomfortable doing public speaking. There are, however, three reasons to definitely have a Fear of Public Speaking: If you don’t know what you’re talking about. You don’t know the…
  • The Ultimate Presentation Tip is. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    18 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    0There is no ‘Magic Pill’ for lessening the fear of public speaking and becoming a better speaker. My best tips for accomplishing these goals have always been: Practice! – Practice! – Practice! Speak! – Speak! – Speak! Many years ago, Ben Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States, said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”That statement remains true today. The learning is in the doing. You can do all the intellectualizing you want about becoming a great presenter: Watch videos, read books and articles,…
  • The Goal of Your Presentation is. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    5 May 2015 | 11:42 am
    The Same as ALL Communication: Verbal, Written, or Visual. 0You want the audience, as quickly as possible to – GET IT! (GET IT!: Completely understand the meaning of your message.) They may not agree with everything you say. They may not agree with anything. Unless they GET IT!, there can not be a discussion, or action, going forward. To accomplish this Goal, you, the speaker, must do three things. Educate The attendees should leave your venue knowing more than they did when arriving about your topic, lots more. Entertain We like to be entertained, don’t we! If you are entertaining…
  • Practice Your Presentation

    Fred E. Miller
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:36 am
    o Here’s How! We’re familiar with the expression, “Practice makes perfect.” It doesn’t! “Perfect practice makes perfect.” That rarely occurs. The best attitude on the topic of Practice is: “The road to perfection is a journey, not a destination.” Steve Jobs, who many consider one of the best presenters ever, would practice for weeks before giving a presentation introducing a new product or service at an Apple event. Bands that have been together for over thirty years still rehearse (practice) before performing. Why in the world would someone take a “Speaking…
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    PowerPoint and Presenting Blog

  • PowerPoint and Presenting News: July 7, 2015

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    We start by looking at Dynamic TIME, a PowerPoint add-in that lets you do all sorts of fancy stuff with live clocks and countdown timers on your slides. We then bring you a synopsis of Patti Sanchez's amazing keynote session at the Presentation Summit. Jerry Weissman looks at Andreessen Horowitz's slides and finds a way to avoid the worst Death by PowerPoint! PowerPoint for iPad users can learn about running PowerPoint for the first time, and about saving files to iCloud Drive and other cloud locations. PowerPoint 2013 for Windows (and 2011 for Mac) users can learn about annotations, and…
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Insert Video from OneDrive

    6 Jul 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Our next option within the Insert Online Video series is inserting video from OneDrive (previously known as SkyDrive). OneDrive is an online service which allows you to store files online – it also allows you to work on Microsoft Office web applications such as PowerPoint Online, where you can create and edit presentations. Remember that you will have to first sign in with your Microsoft account. Learn more in our Sign In to a OneDrive Account tutorial. Learn how to insert video using OneDrive in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: onedrive, powerpoint_2013, tutorials, video
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Insert Online Video Clips

    5 Jul 2015 | 8:45 pm
    The Online Video option in PowerPoint 2013 has been greatly enhanced. This feature is very helpful as you are not limited to just the video available on your system. You can choose from a variety of other video sources. And all this happens within PowerPoint -- there's no need to open your web browser. Learn how to insert online videos in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: powerpoint_2013, tutorials, video
  • Learn PowerPoint 2007 for Windows: Edit Points for Shapes

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:15 pm
    When you insert a shape within PowerPoint, you are not limited to what their default appearance looks like. You may want to change a rectangle to a rhombus, or even edit a curved or freeform line differently. The good news is that you can do this using the Edit Points option -- this almost makes PowerPoint a drawing program that provides you the option to play with vertexes (points), handles, etc. -- very similar to what you would do in Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW. Learn how to edit the structure of a shape in PowerPoint 2007 using the Edit Points option. Categories: powerpoint_2007,…
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Audio Styles

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:45 pm
    When you select an audio clip in PowerPoint 2013, you will see two extra contextual tabs on the Ribbon. One of these tabs is the Audio Tool Playback tab that provides options to configure properties that define how your inserted audio will play. Whether it will play automatically, or will it play audio across slides? Let's assume that you want your audio to play as a background score across multiple slides -- typically you would have to make four separate choices -- but PowerPoint 2013's new Audio Styles feature lets you automatically apply these four settings at once! Explore Audio Styles in…
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • Magic and Creativity Transcription

    sshapiro
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    The other day I posted an article about purposeful tangents that included a video interview with magician Armando Lucero.  If you did not read that article, please sure to do so before reading this video transcription.  Armando: You know I enjoyed figuring out the facts on my own, so I had this habi... The post Magic and Creativity Transcription appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Personality Poker Limited Time Offer

    sshapiro
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Personality Poker®: The Playing Card Tool for Driving High-Performance Teamwork and Innovation is unlike any other book. And now you can get a case of them for less than the cost of one copy on Amazon.com! Yes, it the book is jam packed with examples and scientific studies on teamwork, collaboration... The post Personality Poker Limited Time Offer appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Magic and Creativity Video

    sshapiro
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
    Although I have dedicated the last 20 years of my life to understanding innovation, I no longer attend innovation conferences, unless I am speaking. Also, I read very few innovation books. Why? Two reasons. The first reason is that there seems to be very little innovation in the world of innovation;... The post Magic and Creativity Video appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • 5% of the population; 100% of the conversation

    sshapiro
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    If you watch the news, you might assume you know what is really going on in the world. But what if 5% of the population accounts for 100% of the conversation? From my experience, the vocal few speak loudly and their voices are the only ones we tend to hear. We see this manifest in many different way... The post 5% of the population; 100% of the conversation appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Different Questions = Different Answers

    sshapiro
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:24 am
    Last month my girlfriend and I were in Aruba. 5 days of bliss at the Marriott there. We were scheduled to fly home on a Friday. But when we woke up Thursday morning, we realized we were not ready to leave. We loved the island and wanted more! Fortunately we didn’t have plans for the weekend and our ... The post Different Questions = Different Answers appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
 
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    Professionally Speaking

  • Guest Posting: I Could Never be a Speaker, by Alan Stevens

    Theboss
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:18 am
    This information was written by Alan Stevens, and originally appeared in “The MediaCoach”, his free weekly ezine, available at www.mediacoach.co.uk. I Could Never Be a Speaker I beg to differ. Everyone has the capacity to be a good speaker. I have worked with hundreds of nervous presenters, and never had a failure yet. The single […]
  • Toastmasters Announces Speakers for 2015 Convention in Las Vegas

    Theboss
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Toastmasters announced an impressive lineup of speakers for its 2015 International Convention, to be held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Aug. 12-15. Thought leaders with backgrounds in mentoring, entrepreneurship, entertainment, law, comedy, accounting and more will share their insights and expertise. Attendance at this annual event is expected to exceed 2,000 people. “We’re excited […]
  • Guest Posting: HARO — A Speaker’s Secret Weapon, by Mickie Kennedy

    Theboss
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:31 am
    Mickie Kennedy founded eReleases PR back in 1998 when he saw how hard it was for independent startups and businesses to achieve really quality PR. For more, download some of Mickie’s free ebooks and whitepapers. HARO: A Speaker’s Secret Weapon, by Mickie Kennedy First of all, congratulations on being one of those people who don’t […]
  • Rap on Trial, Charis Kubrin

    Theboss
    12 Jun 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, U.C. Irvine, is a renowned specialist in criminology and law. In this TEDx talk she shares with passion and mastery a story of Rap on Trial that elucidates the fundamental issues our society faces in relation to freedom of speech, liberty, equality and justice. This speech was […]
  • 5 Tips for a Wedding Toast

    Theboss
    27 May 2015 | 1:08 pm
    With wedding season approaching, happy couples from around the world are preparing to walk down the aisle and begin their lives together. Wedding season also marks the time when friends and family will be asked to give a toast to celebrate the occasion. For many, it may be the first time they are being asked […]
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    SlideMagic

  • Domino visualisation in a column chart

    Jan Schultink
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:45 pm
    This visualisation is brilliant. I have never thought about using columns in a column chart as domino pieces. One to add to your repertoire of visual tricks and let's hoop that this doom's day scenario does not play out. The Greek Bluff In All Its Glory: Presenting The Grexit "Falling Dominoes" http://t.co/wLGBOp30Sn pic.twitter.com/JB9BSQ0Xfr— zerohedge (@zerohedge) July 4, 2015
  • The press release is dead

    Jan Schultink
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:34 pm
    TechCrunch blogger Mike Butcher wrote an interesting blog post about how to pitch to tech journalists/bloggers. It is well worth a read (below are his slides that convey a similar message from 2012). How To Deal With Tech Media 2015 from Mike Butcher Like VCs/investors, tech journalists are overloaded with inbound pitches. There are similarities in the way you should pitch them:Get straight to the point, cut the fluff/small talkGive more or less the full info the 1st time around, no "can I send you some more information"Be concise and clear what your project does and why it is greatThere are…
  • A new on-boarding presentation

    Jan Schultink
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Recently, I have changed the first presentation that appears when people sign up for the beta version of my presentation design app SlideMagic. If you are an existing beta tester, you can still access it in the templates folder of SlideMagic, or you can clone the presentation by clicking this link. I hope it helps you get the most of SlideMagic:Importing and cloning template slidesWorking with the grid including images and data chartsFormatting cells in one go, rather than one after the other
  • PowerPoint template weirdness

    Jan Schultink
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:27 pm
    A technical post about PowerPoint templates today.When you copy the slides of one PowerPoint presentation into another one, the copied slides get formatted according to the template of the presentation your are copying in. Colours and fonts get adjusted. But the most surprising things happen with text placeholders.The template I typically use is pretty simple: a blank page with text placeholders for the slide title and footnote to make sure they are anchored in a consistent place across slides. Now the strange thing happens. Because the footnote is the only text placeholder available,…
  • But that image does not exactly match?

    Jan Schultink
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Not every image that is used in advertising has a functional objective. Take fashion ads, for example, sometimes the product is missing all together. Images that show something highly specific: a product, a medical condition, a locationImages that show a relevant scene or background: people tapping on their mobile phone, a driver in a traffic jam, calm bamboo forest, a sunsetImages that make a visual metaphor: a prisoner in a cage, a cat chasing a mouseImages that just set the mood of the presentationI use 1. and 4. more, and 2. and 3. less because they often lead to visual…
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    Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

  • Presentation Handouts – DO’s and DON’T’s

    Gavin Meikle
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:33 pm
    As a presentation skills trainer and public speaking coach, I often get asked about how best to use handouts during a presentation. In this post, I’d like to share my responses to the most common questions my students ask on the topic of presentation handouts.   Should I give out presentation handouts, before my talk so that my audience can take notes on it while I speak? Pros: Some people (a minority in my experience) feel reassured when they have the notes beforehand. Some people will tell you that they like to have a copy of the slides so that they can take notes as you go. In a…
  • How to be a more confident – fire your fear of public speaking

    Gavin Meikle
    15 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you have ever had an anxiety or panic attack at the thought of speaking in public, then you know how an emotional hijack feels. In this post, I’d like to share why it happens and how, by learning how to manage it, you can fire your fear of public speaking and become a more confident communicator. What is Emotional Hijack? It’s what happens when you perceive something as a danger, and you react instinctively without thinking. Emotional Hijack is controlled by a tiny structure deep in your brain called the Amygdala. When your brain detects a change in the world around you (a…
  • How to be more confident – dismiss your demons

    Gavin Meikle
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:53 am
    Public speaking can certainly be daunting.  When faced with such an opportunity, it is tempting to give in to the words of our inner demons who tell us to say “I can’t” or “I won’t”. Recently I had the pleasure of working with a group of young adults who were coming to the end of a12 week Prince’s Trust Programme. They have been through a lot and had clearly learned much about themselves as they prepared to go back out into the world to seek further training or employment.   Now,  they were facing their shortest but perhaps the biggest challenge.
  • How to be more confident – develop inverse paranoia

    Gavin Meikle
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:42 am
    Learning how to be more confident is the key that opens up a whole world of opportunities, but how do you do it?   This post is the first in a series that will show you how.  I’m starting with mindset because I believe it is one of the fundamental building blocks for confidence and self-esteem.  As Mr Tweedy, the hapless farmer from the  film chicken run says, “It’s all in your head”. Confident people “suffer” from a  wonderful condition called inverse paranoia. Everyone knows what paranoia is right?  “Paranoia is an irrational fear that the…
  • How your smartphone can help you become a better presenter

    Gavin Meikle
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    With Christmas just passed, and smartphones and tablets reported as the most popular presents, I thought it might be helpful to think about how these technological marvels can help become a better presenter. 1) Recording your presentations Today’s mobile devices have evolved into quite sophisticated audio and video recording devices and are perfect for recording your speeches for review purposes. Awareness is the key to unlocking our ability to change and improve, but many presenters are unaware of what they do well and what they do that is distracting  or irritating to the audience.
 
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    Humor Power

  • New Joke Contest — Sounds Like

    John Kinde
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:28 am
    The theme for he July Joke Contest is “Sounds Like…” It looks a bit like an Onomatopoeia exercise. Look for desciptive words that sound like what they describe. You can take some liberties with that formula to make a joke work. Here are eight examples: - The sound at the end of a Ponzie scam: Clink-clink-clink. - The sound of a lemon car trying to start: Errrrr, clunk, errrrr, clunk, errrrr. - The sound of a beer bottle chilling in the freezer too long: Ka-Boom with a silencer. - A burglar breaking into a home: Ka-Boom without a silencer… followed by “STOP or…
  • The Power of the Right Word

    John Kinde
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:39 pm
    The Power of the Right Word When writing a joke, the right word can add more punch. Mark Twain said that the difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. Descriptive words. Look for colorful words. Don’t use limp modifiers.  The word VERY is such a modifier. I visited the home where I was raised. Compared to the home in my memory, the actual home was very big. Or maybe instead it was huge. Or maybe, compared to the family home in my imagination, it was palatial. Very is a very limp modifier.  Very big is a…
  • Contest Results — Rich/Poor

    John Kinde
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:03 am
    It’s time for the results of our June Joke Contest. The theme is “You Know You’re Rich When…” And “You Know You’re Poor When…” New Joke Contests are announced on the first of the month. Look for July’s contest on July 1, 2015. And here are the top lines: ** FIRST PLACE ** You know you’re poor when you put your shoes on the wrong feet so they wear down more evenly. Kaye Newton, Raymond Terrace, NSW, Australia ** SECOND PLACE ** You know you’re rich when you need no keys. Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Ilinois ** THIRD PLACE ** You…
  • Observational Humor — Case Study ##137 (Video)

    John Kinde
    14 Jun 2015 | 12:21 am
    Bala, one of our readers, has regularly been doing his own Observational Humor monologues at the end of his Toastmasters meetings in the Netherlands. He has a humor Blog, The Indian Humor Blog, whch is published in the Netherlands. Don’t confuse that with the Netherlands Humor Blog which is published in India. He recently published his first Observational Humor Video Blog. Although the video picture and sound are not perfect, and he faces the challenge of performing the monologue for a small Toastmaster audience, he is doing a great job and has posted many monologues over the past…
  • Humor and the Truth

    John Kinde
    7 Jun 2015 | 8:16 am
    Truth and humor are a strange mix. One of the rules of improv is to BE TRUTHFUL.  Often, trying too hard to be funny doesn’t serve you well.  Life is funny enough. Most jokes, even ones that aren’t true, have a ring of truth in them. “Here lies W. C. Fields.  I would rather be living in Philadelphia.”   How true.  Wouldn’t we all.   Not that there is anything inherently funny about living in Philadelphia, it’s just that the truth is funny.  We would rather be in Philly than six feet under. Comic license allows us to stretch the truth, to embellish.
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    DiResta Communications Inc.

  • Press Release: Women in Consumer Electronics Hires Diane DiResta as a Public Speaker

    DianeDiResta
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:57 pm
    For immediate release Fireside Chat – Confidence Trumps Competence New York (June 23, 2015) — Diane DiResta was hired to give a fireside chat at the Women in Consumer Electronics conference at the Rubin Museum in New York City. The … Continue reading →
  • Public Speaking Bloopers

    DiResta Communications, Inc.
    2 Jun 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Are you a perfectionist? Get over it. It’s killing your presentation. In every speech and presentation class, I tell the audience that I don’t allow perfection – for two reasons: You can’t achieve perfection on earth so why frustrate yourself? Even … Continue reading →
  • Public Speaking is Being Infected by a Vocal Virus

    DianeDiResta
    1 Jun 2015 | 9:29 am
    Anthrax isn’t the only bacteria we need to worry about. There’s a vocal virus that is sweeping the nation. In the last few days, I’ve been getting more responses to a video on my youtube channel about Uptalk. It seems to … Continue reading →
  • Public Speaking: Who Did It Better: Michelle or Denzel?

    DianeDiResta
    13 May 2015 | 7:32 pm
    What would you say if you were asked to give a commencement address? You don’t have to be famous to give a speech to graduating seniors. Last month, my sister, a retired Air Force officer, was asked to give a commencement … Continue reading →
  • What’s Triggering Your Public Speaking Fear?

    DianeDiResta
    11 May 2015 | 1:56 pm
    We’ve all been there – the racing heart, the sweating palms, the cotton mouth. Many clients call me because they’re nervous or experiencing public speaking panic. The mere thought of public speaking can trigger anxiety in some presenters. May is Better … Continue reading →
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    TEDTalks (video)

  • Rajiv Maheswaran: The math behind basketball's wildest moves

    6 Jul 2015 | 8:16 am
    Basketball is a fast-moving game of improvisation, contact and, ahem, spatio-temporal pattern recognition. Rajiv Maheswaran and his colleagues are analyzing the movements behind the key plays of the game, to help coaches and players combine intuition with new data. Bonus: What they're learning could help us understand how humans move everywhere.
  • Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: Meet the women fighting on the front lines of an American war

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:01 am
    In 2011, the US Armed Forces still had a ban on women in combat -- but in that year, a Special Operations team of women was sent to Afghanistan to serve on the front lines, to build rapport with locals and try to help bring an end to the war. Reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells the story of this "band of sisters," an extraordinary group of women warriors who helped break a long-standing barrier to serve.
  • Latif Nasser: The amazing story of the man who gave us modern pain relief

    1 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    For the longest time, doctors basically ignored the most basic and frustrating part of being sick -- pain. In this lyrical, informative talk, Latif Nasser tells the extraordinary story of wrestler and doctor John J. Bonica, who persuaded the medical profession to take pain seriously -- and transformed the lives of millions.
  • Jimmy Carter: Why I believe the mistreatment of women is the number one human rights abuse 

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:01 am
    With his signature resolve, former US President Jimmy Carter dives into three unexpected reasons why the mistreatment of women and girls continues in so many manifestations in so many parts of the world, both developed and developing. The final reason he gives? “In general, men don’t give a damn.”
  • Dame Ellen MacArthur: The surprising thing I learned sailing solo around the world

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:19 am
    What do you learn when you sail around the world on your own? When solo sailor Ellen MacArthur circled the globe – carrying everything she needed with her – she came back with new insight into the way the world works, as a place of interlocking cycles and finite resources, where the decisions we make today affect what's left for tomorrow. She proposes a bold new way to see the world's economic systems: not as linear, but as circular, where everything comes around.
 
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    speakfearlessly.net

  • Every Presentation Ever: Communication FAIL

    Nicole
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:50 am
    Ever feel like your communication fails? Check out some of the Henderson Group’s video tips and techniques after this fun video created by Tripp and Tyler.              
  • Executive Coaching & Workshops with The Henderson Group

    Nicole
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:51 pm
    In this new 2 minute video, CMO Lance Walter shares the value of his experience with The Henderson Group‘s Executive Coaching and Workshop Programs.              
  • Art of Prezi: Sept. 2015 Workshop

    terrygault
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Art of Prezi with Terry Gault in San Francisco, CA. Prezi is quickly becoming the preferred alternative to stale and tedious slide-based presentation media. Why? Because Prezi empowers users to seamlessly combine text, visuals, audio and video into a communication media that is more powerful, memorable, and dynamic than slides. In addition, Prezi’s unique capability for users to employ movement, spacial relationship, and ‘big picture’ storytelling in a way that makes the message far more ‘sticky’ and easier to understand than slides. In fact, a recent piece in…
  • Are your thoughts driving you crazy?

    terrygault
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:45 pm
    by Terry Gault of The Henderson Group Have you ever had this experience? You are standing in front of a group of important people. Your boss or important client or friend averts their gaze when you speak to them. You notice that someone is typing on their their smart phone while you are speaking. There’s a lot of ambient noise from the group: coughing or shifting of chairs. When things like this happen, our brain is programmed to make up stories about what it means.  Such as: The boss / client / friend looking away means they disapprove of what we are doing at the moment. The person…
  • The “Filler” Word Effect (Part 1 of 2)

    Nicole
    8 Jun 2015 | 1:49 pm
    by Chuck Kuglen of The Henderson Group I’ve been speaking with (and hopefully soon working with) a newer vendor in the market who uses some interesting call recording technology in their solution. If you’ve ever done any work with The Henderson Group, you’ve probably heard one of us talk about “verbal filler” (in presentation, demo, sales – various components of how you represent yourself). And we too record virtually everything we teach and coach too. This technology records conversations so it’s perfect for any lead-generative, conversational work. We find that, by…
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    Public Speaking Library

  • Gettin' your mojo back - 3

    Tim Wilson
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Fellow speaker,According to Speaker Rich Hopkins, if you are not in the mood to speak and are sick try:Medicate - time your medications so they take effect just before you go onstageYield - let your body tell you if you are overstraining and adjust as needed (e.g., sit on a chair instead of standing the entire time)Mojo-ing,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Gettin' your mojo back - 2

    Tim Wilson
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Fellow speaker,According to Speaker Rich Hopkins, if you are not in the mood to speak try:Shout - find a safe place and safely shout (without straining your voice)See - Visualize what you want to happen from your opening statement to your closeSmile - laugh and the world laughs with you - smiling and working at being happy can pick up your moodMojo-ing,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Gettin' your mojo back - 1

    Tim Wilson
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Fellow speaker,According to Speaker Rich Hopkins, if you are not in the mood to speak try:Sugar and spice - soda, coffee, candy, or teaWork it - stretch, mover around, do push upsLeave - get away from where you will be presenting and find a quiet place to focus in on your speechMojo-ing,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Making a gesture

    Tim Wilson
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Fellow speaker,According to Speaker Rich Hopkins, you will make better gestures if you consider these questions:Does it re-enforce your point?Is it a move that you will use repeatedly? Should it be?Do you have time to practice?How do you look when you do these gestures?Gesturing,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • One story to rule them all...

    Tim Wilson
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:43 am
    Fellow speaker,TED speaker and coach Cathey Armillas suggests using the "One Storytelling Model" for your speeches:Universal theme - create an idea which the entire audience can relate toEmotional shift - make your audience feel something in your storyIntended outcome - inspire your audience to act on your ideaStoried,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
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    The presentation skills blog...

  • End of a presenter’s year

    Simon
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:42 am
    Okay, okay, so July isn’t really the end of the year… but I founded this company at a certain time of year, so it’s the end of my financial year coming up. And – like […]
  • A client’s pitch presentation!

    Simon
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:47 am
    I’ve been working on some pretty high-power pitch presentations with clients recently. Normally we work by training people in how to make their own presentations, because that’s better value for money for them – it […]
  • Someone else’s presentation courses ;)

    Simon
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:26 am
    Bit of a brief blog post this week – sorry; we’ve been absolutely flat out with the big charity cycle stuff we did over the weekend… it still hurts to walk and personally I can’t […]
  • Presenter’s week

    Simon
    1 Jun 2015 | 2:51 am
    A little while ago I shared a peek behind the curtain about how we (and me personally) kept on top of our workload as presenters, presentation trainers, a small business and, well, frankly… just people! […]
  • New presentations thoughts elsewhere….

    Simon
    18 May 2015 | 12:14 am
    It’s been a busy ol’ month! The publication date of Presentation Genius is getting closer and closer… So what’s the word about it?  Well it’s big news. The Presentation Genius website went live this week. […]
 
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    Public Words

  • Why I’m a Coach

    Nick Morgan
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Few people dream as children of becoming a coach when they grow up. The clichés run to more glamorous, limelight-stealing jobs, like movie star, or rap singer, or President. As a shy, awkward kid I wanted to be a writer because I loved the world of books and thought that creating those little universes would be the coolest thing possible. I did become a writer; I never thought of becoming a coach... Read More
  • What We Can Learn from President Obama’s Eulogy for Reverend Pinckney

    Nick Morgan
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:37 am
    The public speaking world has been abuzz for the past week about a standout speech delivered by President Obama in the form of a eulogy for the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine people murdered at the historic Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 18th. Over the past week, David Meerman Scott and I have been discussing both the content of the eulogy and its delivery – and... Read More
  • Why the Conscious Mind Is Mostly Illusion, and What that Means for Speakers

    Nick Morgan
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:56 am
    A new theory, just published in the journal Behaviour and Brain Sciences (Morsella et al., 2015), reaffirms what I argued in Power Cues: our conscious minds have less control over our lives than our unconscious minds – much less control than most people think. That misunderstanding is, of course, natural enough, since the thinking in question is the over-confident sense of control coming from our conscious minds. This new realization has important implications... Read More
  • Speakers Need to Beware of the Air They Breathe

    Nick Morgan
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Speakers, beware! The very air you breathe could be sabotaging your presentations. A recent study found that dry air – which is to say virtually any air you might breathe in your air-conditioned office, the car on the way to the airport, the airport, the airplane, the car to the hotel, the hotel, and the conference room where you’re speaking – all that air – leads to less elastic vocal chords, something... Read More
  • Five Signs You Have What It Takes to be a Public Speaker

    Nick Morgan
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    I frequently chat with people who wonder if they should throw their hats in the ring of public speaking and go for the rarified life of a paid public speaker. The money is appealing, of course, but mostly what they wonder is, “Do I have what it takes?” By that they mean, “Does the world want to hear me hold forth on my area of passion and expertise?” When I ask them... Read More
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    We Need A Speech

  • Next Online Speech Writing Course Starts July 6, 2015

    colin842_0
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:04 am
    Looking for a summer project? This might fill the bill. Next online speech writing course. …
  • It’s About The Audience…always

    colin842_0
    26 May 2015 | 2:58 pm
    The form and function of any speech you work on should primarily be driven by the texture of the event and the needs of the audience, and not by the political or corporate needs of the speaker to deliver a favourite message. And, this is almost always a very hard sell to your speaker. As speechwriters, we always do our clients a good turn if we get them to speak to the needs of the audience rather than their own.…
  • Robert De Niro’s salty graduation speech for New York arts students

    colin842_0
    26 May 2015 | 2:41 pm
  • Opening Speech: by Canadian Film Maker Norman McLaren 1961

    colin842_0
    16 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    Opening Speech: McLaren by Norman McLaren, National Film Board of Canada…
  • Changing The Music

    colin842_0
    14 Mar 2015 | 11:49 pm
    As writers — fiction or otherwise — we tend to fall in love with our words. Then we hate them. And then we love them again. That’s when we want to reach for a pistol or at least a good editor. For speechwriters, the issue becomes really problematic. Even though we know better we too often fall for our exquisite turns of phrase, for words we know are about to leap off the page – proof positive of our verbal …
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    Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

  • Free resources from Udemy

    Craig Strachan
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:22 am
    The folk at Udemy have put together good collection of youtube videos focusing on public speaking. The videos are short, and give good examples and advice on become a better speaker. Udemy also has a several online public speaking courses for sale. But like many learning sites you may have to look around to find the one that best suits you (hint: click on the courses and check out the table of contents). They gave me a enrollment of one of the courses, and I got video, downloadable PDF supplementary material and external links. Personally I think that nothing can compare to getting up and…
  • On goal setting and running

    Craig Strachan
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:32 pm
    Here is a thought about running and goal setting. It is very seldom that I don’t have a big race coming up in the future, hence a lot of my runs are training runs for that race. There are broadly two ways in which I often run: either just going out and enjoying the run, or by watching my watch all the time – checking my pace, heart rate etc. But while I am almost always working towards a goal, I still want to enjoy the experience of the actual run, and to just be in the running moment. And I often find that when I am not really focusing on pace, heart rate etc and just enjoying the…
  • Book review: The Healthy Programmer.

    Craig Strachan
    19 Aug 2013 | 12:27 pm
    This book is a practical guide for computer programmers (or any office worker) who want to get more fit and healthy. While the book is clearly geared towards computer programmers, it would only take a minor adjustment to call it something like “The Healthy Office Worker”. While the book uses the Agile programing methodology as a framework, (sprints, retrospectives, unit testing etc), the contents are relevant to anybody spending most of their work days sitting at a computer. The book goes into a lot of detail, and is full of references, real life stories about programmers that…
  • Free PowerPoint templates

    Craig Strachan
    27 Jun 2013 | 7:54 am
    Here is a pretty cool website that I have been looking at: Slide Hunter, an online collection of free PowerPoint templates. There are almost 400 templates for download (and they are all free). Everything is indexed and categorised, and it’s easy to find the right slide for your presentation. Here are two examples: 6 Hats Brain The ones that I have looked at seem pretty good, and when you edit them all the graphics are seperate items, so you can easily move things around, change colours, customize fonts etc. Note that while you don’t have to register (it is optional and free), if…
  • Presenter View; a quick tip

    Craig Strachan
    6 May 2013 | 5:53 am
    Here is a quick tip to make your PowerPoint presentations a little more effective. If you setup Presenter View, you can see a great summary of your presentation on your laptop screen, and show the regular presentation on the projector screen. So when I give a presentation, I see something like this. Presenter View You can see which slide you are on, speaker notes, slide number, the next slide, timing etc. Anyway, it is very simply to setup, just goto the slideshow menu and activate Presenter View. Note that it will only be available when you have an external monitor connected. Presenter View
 
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    The Eloquent Woman

  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    6 Jul 2015 | 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:Stage fright insight: This musician writes about overcoming a lifetime of stage fright with insights that may help speakers--including frank talk about using beta blockers, the "public speaking pill."No women speakers, again: Why women don't speak at conferences takes a…
  • 5 famous speeches by women who fought for women's votes

    Denise Graveline
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:45 am
    The women around the world who fought for votes for women did so in part because they were often forbidden to speak in public--even at conferences where they were official delegates. Getting the vote, to them, meant getting a voice in public..something you might think about, eloquent women, when you have the chance to vote. Their speeches in this collection from The Eloquent Woman's Index of Famous Speeches by Women are by turns funny, poetic, fierce, and well-argued--just what we expect from eloquent women. We have speakers here from five different nations. Enjoy these historic and…
  • Using cartoons in presentations: How to do it right

    Denise Graveline
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:15 am
    Too many speakers rely too much on cartoons in presentations--and often, the cartoon is funny but irrelevant to the topic. And I suspect that most speakers ignore cartoonists' intellectual property rights, reproducing cartoons without credit or payment. But there are better ways to incorporate cartoons in your presentations. Here's how to do it right:Pay for them: Do the right thing, eloquent women: You may be pleasantly surprised at how reasonable the prices are for licensing cartoons for presentation purposes. Try The New Yorker Cartoon Bank, where licensing a cartoon for a…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    29 Jun 2015 | 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:In which the A is for awful: Every question in every Q&A session, ever, is a funny send-up of the types of questions every speaker dreads. May hit too close to home for some of you.Because you'll need it: I think there are more than 4, but here are 4 times…
  • President Obama's eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney

    Denise Graveline
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:16 am
    This was not a slow news week in the United States, with landmark Supreme Court decisions at home and terrorist attacks elsewhere in the world. But one of the best speeches of President Obama's presidency took place with far less coverage than those events, at a funeral service for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of 9 worshippers killed by a white supremacist during a Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina. Even as this speech was unfolding, readers were messaging me to make sure I had it in my sights.The event also carried another distinction for the President. From the National…
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    The Shy Speakers' Guide to Success

  • Five Important Things You Must have to SHINE on Stage

    Gary Guwe
    20 Jun 2015 | 9:02 am
    I sincerely believed that, if we could emulate the qualities/use some of the techniques that the best speakers use, then we too could become like them.
  • Effective Emceeing: Don’t be an Awesome Parrot on Stage

    Joshua Sim
    12 Jun 2015 | 4:49 am
    Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 54 seconds. Contains 580 words As an audience member, have you ever heard an emcee on stage introduce or close an act by describing it as “Awesome”? That dance performance was … Awesome! Up next we will have an act that is simply … Awesome! That accounting presentation was so … Awesome! Based … Continue reading Effective Emceeing: Don’t be an Awesome Parrot on Stage →
  • Thoughts on Self-Definition

    Gary Guwe
    7 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Be defined, not by the trophies in our cabinet, the money in our bank account; nor the clothes that we wear, or profession that we do. But think and define ourselves as the person we are, for all the strengths and faults, quirks and abilities… the person you’re building – that is the bigger question, … Continue reading Thoughts on Self-Definition →
  • Basking in Strength and Wonder at being Vulnerable

    Gary Guwe
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:33 pm
    I've been revisiting the concept of one's "self-identity" recently, and came upon the concept of being in-sync in with one's vulnerability - which sounds very much like a paradox, really. Aren't vulnerabilities bad? It makes me uncomfortable. (It does!) Why would somebody want to be in-sync with their vulnerabilities? As I began probing deeper, I realized that accepting, displaying and working with (not merely on) our vulnerabilities helps to open up a new world to us. Our fears to approach what we deem as unlikely, impossible or even likely to fail, are acknowledged, are embraced - we say to…
  • Praise Effort – Not Achievement

    Gary Guwe
    27 May 2014 | 5:20 am
    Praise motivates. Praise encourages. Praise inspires. Sometimes. Depending on the approach you take, praising an employee can actually have the opposite effect. The difference lies in whether we assume skill is based on innate ability or on hard work and effort. Read the full article on Inc.com:  Filed under: Articles, Dealing with People, Lessons in Leadership
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    Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency

  • Why We Love Assessment (And You Should, Too!)

    Sunday Avery
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Assessments can have a bad reputation. They conjure ideas of high-pressure school tests, filling in little bubbles, and finding whether you are going to be a plumber or a princess after college. Maybe our anxiousness is due to the finality of a result, or maybe it’s just the fact that “assessment” is another word for “test.” In the presentation realm, we require assessments to give constructive feedback to a presenter. And frankly, we love them. They are amazing ways to create a feedback-rich environment and improve a presenter’s overall ability by huge leaps. Do you doubt us?
  • Presentation Research vs. Practice

    Sunday Avery
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    “I don’t need to practice my presentation, I know the facts backwards and forwards.” “I spent a lot of time working on this speech. I think I’m familiar enough with the content to deliver it.” “Why rehearse? I’ve already got this down.” Do any of these statements sound familiar? We know you’re out there, avoiding an in-depth practice session because you have worked hard to research and explore your content. Don’t feel guilty: this is a pretty common pitfall. Confidence through content familiarity can leave you feeling like you can handle delivery like a champion. Bad…
  • Think You’re Cut Out To Be a Thought-Leader?

    Sunday Avery
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    “A thought leader is an individual or firm that prospects, clients, referral sources, intermediaries and even competitors recognize as one of the foremost authorities in selected areas of specialization, resulting in its being the go-to individual or organization for said expertise.” – Forbes, What Is a Thought Leader? People build presentations with us because they have a message to share. And yes, occasionally a thought leader comes through our doors with a presentation that will correspond with their overall platform. These are the individuals who have transitioned from business…
  • 5 Unexpected Presentation Weaknesses

    Sunday Avery
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    When you think of a horrible speaker or even of your own speaking flaws, you may imagine the most common denominators: nervous pacing, signs of panic, mumbling, or forgetting a point. You might even imagine technical errors, like an incompatible projector or a sound system that squeaks. Many of these represent mere delivery flaws, caused primarily by anxiousness and a lack of preparation. But what about presentations that are technically flawless, but leave an audience bored to tears? Or disconnected? Or even worse: in total disagreement? Sometimes our natural flaws outside of the stage can…
  • What Will Presentations Be Like in 100 Years?

    Sunday Avery
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Think back a hundred years, to the early 1900’s. No one except for perhaps some wide-eyed sci-fi dreamers could have fully predicted the age of wearable tech, tablets, and the internet. We are more connected than ever before, speeding towards even more interaction and innovation than we ever thought possible. We’d like to imagine that presentations will likewise experience leaps in innovation and connectivity. Using a few insights from thought leaders as well as some imagination on our part, here’s what we think will happen to presentations a century into the future. Shorter Attention…
 
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  • Why Speakers Fail

    steve
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:56 am
    An astounding number of smart, educated, successful people attempt to break into the professional speaking business every year, yet only a tiny fraction ever earn a penny for delivering a speech. And I’m not talking about the nice, but naive people who follow the internet marketers, speaker trainers, and other charlatans who tell them they can write a book in 30 days and get paid to speak in a week. I’m talking about sophisticated businesspeople with 6-7 figure incomes. Even the ones who license the intellectual property of famous authors, ministers, and motivational speakers,…
  • Speakers: Study Leadership

    steve
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Leadership is one of the most important topics you can study as a speaker. Every audience craves leadership lessons, and thats why it’s critical to stay current on the most recent books on the subject. I’m recommending (2) in 2015. One is called Leadership Sales Coaching, by Jason Forrest and the other is Seven Disciplines of a Leader, by Jeff Wolf. Both men are world-class speakers on the subject and their books are excellent. Watch this short video I taped on them and I’ll look forward to your comments.
  • Speakers: Study Money

    steve
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    One of the most important topics to audiences is money. How to earn it, invest it and grow it. Thats why I strongly recommend building a solid foundation of wealth building strategies to share. Read books, attend seminars, consult experts and most importantly, read the Wall Street Journal to keep up on whats happening in the world of economics, finance and investing. I also recommend attending investment conferences, where you can stay on top of the latest trends. Watch this short video (2 min) I shot at The Money Show in Orlando and I’ll look forward to your comments.
  • Speakers Needed Immediately!

    steve
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    If you’re serious about launching your speaking career immediately, this is the best opportunity you will (most likely) ever have. I will teach you how to market, sell, deliver and earn millions in this business, just as I have for the past 19 years, and I’m willing to split my $20,000 speaking fee with you while you learn. I guarantee that no other million dollar speaker in the business will make you this offer, now or in the future. I know because many of them are laughing at me for doing it, and calling me naive for bringing rookie speakers onstage with me. And if my story were…
  • Speakers: Come Work with Me!

    steve
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    The corporate market in the speaking business is HOTTER than ever, and we are actively searching for speakers to help us market, sell and deliver our Mental Toughness University Program to the biggest companies in the world. If you’re serious about building a 6-7 figure speaking career, I want to work with YOU! Watch this short video for details, and if you’re serious about doing this, visit www.speakersapprentice.com and apply. We’re closing out the application process in a few days, so apply now and we’ll be in contact with you.
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    The Accidental Communicator

  • Happy Independence Day — Take The Week Off!

    drjim
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Image CreditTake A Week To Celebrate Your Independence Loyal readers & subscribers, here’s hoping that this upcoming week is a great week for you — I’m taking it off! Blogging will resume next week… For my readers in the U.S., you know that this week is all about family, fireworks and general celebrating. The cause for all of this celebration is the signing of the U.S. deceleration of Independence. Now if only the work that we do could have the same type of impact 234 years later on! For my international readers, pretty much all of the United States will be taking time off this…
  • 3 Ways To Get Asked To Speak Again

    drjim
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    The goal of any speaker needs to be to get asked backImage Credit: Scott Jones There is a great deal that goes into creating and delivering a speech. We do research on our topic, we do research on our audience, we practice, etc. One of the big questions that all too often we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about is why are we doing all of this? Sure, we understand the importance of public speaking and want to wow and amaze our audience and leave them thinking that the time that they spend listening to us was well spent. However, often times there’s another, bigger reason that…
  • Missed Opportunities In Public Speaking

    drjim
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    If we’re not careful, we can end up missing opportunities to improve when we speakImage Credit: Kate Sumbler Every time that we give a speech we need to realize the importance of public speaking and that we have an opportunity to become a better speaker. However, if we don’t take the time to study how our speech goes or how our audience reacts to what we are telling them, then we run the risk of missing an opportunity to become better. The key to this kind of improvement is awareness – our ability to spot any mistakes that we’re making. Grab Them At The Start So just…
  • 3 Secrets For Connecting With Your Next Audience

    drjim
    9 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    To get your message across, you are going to need to make a connectionImage Credit: Matt We don’t just give a speech for the fun of it – there is always a reason for it. Creating, practicing, and then delivering a speech is hard work and the reason that we’re willing to do all of this work is because we believe in the importance of public speaking and truly think that we’re going to end up changing the world. However, in order for that to happen, we’re going to need to make a connection with our audience. In order for that to happen, there are three things that…
  • 4 Rules For Making Your Next Speech Funny

    drjim
    2 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Follow these four rules and your next speech will be funnierImage Credit: Steve Rotman The goal of any speech that we give is to connect with our audience. That’s what the importance of public speaking is all about. In order to make this happen, we need to find a way to shake them out of their everyday life and cause them to wake up and listen to what we are saying. There are a lot of different ways to go about doing this, but one of the most effective is to make your audience laugh. Judy Carter has spent most of her life making this happen and teaching other people how to make it…
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • The wrinkle in the Affordable Care Act decision

    George F. Will
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:23 pm
    “What chumps!” — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., June 29, 2015Roberts’s intellectual complexity does not prevent him from expressing himself pithily, as he did with those words when dissenting in a case from Arizona. Joined by Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr., Roberts’s dissent should somewhat mollify conservatives who are dismayed about his interpretive ingenuity four days earlier in writing the opinion that saved the Affordable Care Act. Furthermore, they, including this columnist, may have missed a wrinkle in Roberts’s ACA opinion that will serve…
  • Some GOP candidates becoming unhinged over gay marriage ruling

    George F. Will
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:32 pm
    In 1824, in retirement 37 years after serving as the Constitutional Convention’s prime mover, James Madison, 73, noted that the 1787 “language of our Constitution is already undergoing interpretations unknown to its founders.” He knew that the purport of the text would evolve “with the changeable meaning of the words composing it.” Read full article >>
  • On Obamacare, John Roberts helps overthrow the Constitution

    George F. Will
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Conservatives are dismayed about the Supreme Court’s complicity in rewriting the Affordable Care Act — its ratification of the IRS’s disregard of the statute’s plain and purposeful language. But they have contributed to this outcome. Their decades of populist praise of judicial deference to the political branches has borne this sour fruit.Read full article >>
  • Hillary Clinton’s dodginess is overpowering her message

    George F. Will
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Hillary Clinton’s reticence is drowning out her message, which is that she is the cure for the many ailments that afflict the United States during a second Democratic presidential term. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called her “the most opaque person you’ll ever meet in your life,” but when opacity yields to the necessity of answering questions, here are a few: Read full article >>
  • So what if Greece leaves the European Union?

    George F. Will
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Now come Greeks bearing the gift of confirmation that Margaret Thatcher was right about socialist governments: “They always run out of other people’s money.” Greece, from whose ancient playwrights Western drama descends, is in an absurdist melodrama about securing yet another cash infusion from international creditors. This would add another boulder to a mountain of debt almost twice the size of Greece’s gross domestic product. This protracted dispute will result in desirable carnage if Greece defaults, thereby becoming a constructively frightening example to all democracies doling…
 
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    The Public Speaker's Quick and Dirty Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills

  • 302 TPS 7 Cold Hard Truths About Getting Hired

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Looking for a new position? Lisa B. Marshall, aka The Public Speaker, share five secrets that HR won’t tell you about the hiring process.
  • 299 TPS How to Talk to Someone Coping With Death and Loss

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Have you ever struggled with what to say when someone dies? Lisa B. Marshall, aka The Public Speaker, shares her recent struggle with how to talk with someone after death. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1dJ9sTj
  • 298 TPS How to Give Compliments

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    5 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Ever wondered how to deliver a compliment? The Public Speaker Lisa B. Marshall (www.lisabmarshall.com) explains why giving a compliment is good for the giver and the receiver. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1BlbmnV
  • 297 TPS How to Fix A Bad First Impression

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Bad first impression? Think you need a do-over but you just aren't sure how to fix a negative first impression? Public Speaker, Lisa B. Marshall (www.lisabmarshall.com), will explain steps you can take to turnaround a bad first impression. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1KBPC7k
  • 301 TPS 6 Body Language Secrets of Powerful People

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    27 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Present your best self through your posture and gestures. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1LGr0ht
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    Power Presentations

  • The Sixth Success Factor For Startups: The Perfected Pitch

    Jerry Weissman
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:55 pm
    On Forbes, Jerry suggests a sixth factor to be included in Venture Capitalist, Bill Gross’s, recent TEDtalk: the importance of a successful pitch. The post The Sixth Success Factor For Startups: The Perfected Pitch appeared first on Power Presentations - The Art and Science of Powerful Presentations.
  • 3 Ways Klay Thompson Handles the Media as Well as a Basketball

    Jerry Weissman
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:13 am
    In this Forbes blog, Jerry picks up on Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson’s grace under fire at a 2015 NBA Finals press conference. The post 3 Ways Klay Thompson Handles the Media as Well as a Basketball appeared first on Power Presentations - The Art and Science of Powerful Presentations.
  • Scott Walker Gets Bitten by the Sound Bite Again

    Jerry Weissman
    2 Jun 2015 | 2:19 pm
    On Forbes, Jerry discusses an important lesson in cadence as learned by Scott Walker. The post Scott Walker Gets Bitten by the Sound Bite Again appeared first on Power Presentations - The Art and Science of Powerful Presentations.
  • An Anniversary For The Gipper

    Jerry Weissman
    18 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    Jerry commemorates the anniversary of the end of World War II and one of Ronald Reagan’s greatest speeches. Read the blog on Forbes. The post An Anniversary For The Gipper appeared first on Power Presentations - The Art and Science of Powerful Presentations.
  • What’s Missing from the Story on Gender Equality?

    Guest Blogger
    4 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    Telling the Story of Gender Inequality: A Blog Series by Tanya Fruehe The recent celebration of International Women’s day on March 8th has brought a remarkable amount of awareness to the state of women and equality. Numerous business and government leaders, celebrities, and activists have made speeches, created campaigns, and published writing on the topic. One common thread in all of these efforts is that they set out to tell a story of gender inequality. Specifically, these stories covered unequal pay in the workplace and awareness of where women have been, how far they have come but also…
 
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    Mike-Pulsifer.org

  • The Constitution of United States ca. 2015 (what’s left of it)

    Mike
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:07 pm
    The decision handed down by the US Supreme Court in King vs. Burwell, redefined what the word “the State” means.  As such, here is the Constitution as rewritten by the Supreme Court (illegally as written in what was Article V).  Rewritten text is in red. We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
  • Skin Color

    Mike
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:58 am
    With all of the yelling and screaming going on lately, there is something I believe needs to be said. My skin color is not powerful.  It is not weak. It bears no pride or guilt. It is neither shameful nor shamed. It is neither an oppressor or oppressed. It does not owe and it is not owed. It is neither privileged or disadvantaged. Like all others, it has no culture, for cultures are learned and/or adopted. It isn’t poor or rich. It’s neither a blessing or a curse. It neither loves nor hates. It is a superficial feature, like a freckle or a mole. If you disagree with any of these…
  • WVHDF Was Warned and Now Your Info May Have Been Stolen

    Mike
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:18 am
    For those who are not aware of what the West Virginia Housing Development Fund is, they’re a program that works with lenders to help state residents achieve the dream of homeownership.  It may be fair to say that it helps to contribute to WV’s status as the state with the highest homeownership in the nation. A  little-advertised element of the program is how it helps anyone in the state make critical repairs through low-interest loans.  For example, our improperly-installed leech field failed.  Combine Dan Ryan Builders (seriously, if you’re considering having them…
  • Like A Phoenix, This Site Is Reborn

    Mike
    15 Feb 2015 | 7:26 pm
    A couple weeks ago, I installed WordPress on a domain I had not been using so I could work on a site redesign for my wife.  Little did I know at the time, but that site was actually a parked domain.  BOOM went my personal site.  This site. I didn’t think it would be that big a deal, since for the past several years, I’ve been receiving weekly database backups.  Well, I restored that backup to a fresh install and… nothing.  A broken site.  Years of blog posts: gone. So, this site rises again.  What shape it will take is anybody’s guess at this point.  All I can…
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    Speak Without Interruption

  • Negotiating your first job offer – three typical scenarios to consider

    William Taylor
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Salary negotiations are challenging, but they can be particularly intimidating for new grads with no work experience. The good news is negotiation is a skill that can help bring to the surface abilities you didn’t know you have. Generally speaking, business people advise others to use experience and skill as leverage to get what [...]
  • Don’t Mess with Santee

    Richard Cahill
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:43 am
    I was driving the freeway east the other day, looking for a place where I had an appointment to get my car fixed. As always, when driving past Santee, a municipality of 56,000 or so souls on the eastern edge of San Diego, I took note of the ICBM on the side of [...]
  • OUR 1964 PLYMOUTH VALIANT

    timbryce
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    BRYCE ON AUTOMOBILES – Remembering our first automobile. (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. Men tend to have a love affair with their automobiles, particularly the first few they drive. As for me, it was a 1964 Plymouth Valiant, [...]
  • It’s All About the Hair

    michele39
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:16 pm
    How can I vote in the next election when there are too many candidates vying for selection? I might rely on my old method of choosing who may be the winner and who might be losing. My old standard was how a speaker looks, not his or her pedigree, or how many books the [...]
  • Fireworks Fourth

    Jose Antonio Ponce
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:39 pm
    For a couple of years as part of my job in radio, I engineered the sound for a huge fireworks show our radio station sponsored on Kirtland Air Force base. It was a day of festivities, where all of the armed forces would display their latest hardware. We’d be allowed to crawl through tanks [...]
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    Speaking Pro Central

  • Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, David Brooks - Old-Fashioned Courage

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders continue to surge in the polls. The book "The Road to Character" by conservative David Brooks rose on Amazon from #80 this weekend to the current #69. What these three unexpected success stories have in common is this: All three deal in courage. Is the courage of Trump, Sanders and Brooks contagious?Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Small Talk - Like, Do It In Headlines

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:22 am
    Small talk used to be the primary way to connect with our fellow human beings. Nothing heavy, of course. The focus ranged from the heat wave in the West to the success we are having in our job search. However, small talk is no longer so simple. At least if we intend not to encounter a glaze-over as we speak. " (Duh).Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    6 Jul 2015 | 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. Imported rarity: Commencement speeches are a uniquely American tradition.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
 
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  • PowerPoint on an Android phone

    Ellen Finkelstein
    27 Jun 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Microsoft recently made PowerPoint (and Word and Excel) available as an Android phone app. It’s my understanding that the same app works on Android tablets as well. Your experience with the menus and options will adapt with the size of your screen. You can go to the Google Play Store to download the app. There’s a little slide show on the top that you can watch. PowerPoint on an Android phone–is that crazy or great? The app is free. When you install it, you’ll be asked to log in. You don’t HAVE to log in, but if you do, it will remember things like recent…
  • Video tutorial: Create a theme in PowerPoint from scratch

    Ellen Finkelstein
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:19 pm
    In my clients’ presentations that we make over (usually together), I see a lot of themes and slide masters that aren’t well prepared — sometimes not prepared at all. Setting up the theme and slide master, while it might seem time consuming, is actually a time saver because you avoid having to fiddle with each slide. And your slides will look better as well. Here’s a video of a session from Power Pointers Quarter Hour that shows the process of how to create a theme in PowerPoint — similar to one that I often use. By watching it, you’ll learn the process and…
  • Switch rows and columns in a chart

    Ellen Finkelstein
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Have you ever created a chart in PowerPoint from data in Excel and discovered that it was configured all wrong? For example, here’s some data in Excel and you want to highlight the change of each income stream from year to year. If you just select and copy that data, start a chart in PowerPoint, choose the default column chart (perhaps not the best idea–I’ll explain in a minute), and paste, you get the following chart. That is SO wrong. PowerPoint has chosen to group the data by category instead of by year. The way to fix this is to switch the rows and the columns. The…
  • Add pop-up text to explain a slide

    Ellen Finkelstein
    6 Jun 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Sometimes you need to explain a specific area of a chart or diagram. This is hard to do either by just talking about it or adding text, because neither points to the specific area you are referencing. One choice many presenters make is to use a laser pointer. The laser pointer has a couple of disadvantages: You have to face the slide to point it to the right location, with your back to the audience, during the entire explanation It’s almost impossible to keep the pointer still, so it bobs around, distracting the audience A better option is to add an arrow or circle around the area and…
  • Add power to your message with better slide titles

    Ellen Finkelstein
    31 May 2015 | 9:47 am
    Add action verbs to your slide titles When I work with clients, I sometimes find that their slide titles are boring and even meaningless. We work together to make the slide titles more powerful Use verbs when writing slide titles I recently worked with a client from a Fortune 100 company on a presentation. She needed to make several proposals about how to work with clients. This presentation was also part of a request for a promotion. Of course, I can’t show you the actual presentation, but I wanted to share with you something I discovered — using verbs in your slide titles…
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    all about presentations

  • 6 Tips to design better slides [Before and after examples]

    6 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    In my last post I shared experienced investor Vinod Khosla's tips for startup funding. In this post I will share 6 tips which Vinod Khosla has shared in the same talk. These tips are meant for startups (investor presentations) but can be used by every presenter. These are general presentation tips to help you design a better slide.#1 Reduce clutterThis is a pretty common tip. We all know this, but still we cannot seem to follow this. After you have designed your slide, go back and cut down lots of words. If you are going to present the deck (slides) in person, then you do not need…
  • How to pitch to investors? Pitch the way Venture Capitalists think

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Vinod Khosla, the founder of Khosla Ventures is a seasoned investor and entrepreneur. He has seen hundreds of startup pitches and in this 25 minute video he has shared his wisdom. What mistakes startups make while pitching for seed funding (or early stage funding) and what is the best way to present to investors. I have put together some key takeaways from his valuable talk.Pitch the way Venture Capitalists thinkWhat is your goal?The most important goal of your presentation is to engineer an email. Let me explain. Once the presentation is over, the investor will shoot across an…
  • How to present your startup at a conference? Lessons from Liquidity

    25 Jun 2015 | 3:47 am
    As a founder of a young startup, you will be attending startup meets and conferences. There is Launch Festival and TechCrunch Disrupt. There is TechSparks and Startups Unpluggd. There are many such events a founder goes to and presents his or her idea.If you have 5 minutes to talk about your startup idea, how will you do that?In this post, we will look at what Liquidity did at TechCrunch Disrupt.The startup Liquidity won the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015. Its founder Victor Hwang gave a very energetic pitch at the event. I have presented the crux of the entire pitch below so you need not…
  • 9 Presentation Tips for Startups: What investors really want from your presentation?

    19 Jun 2015 | 5:14 am
    Recently I interacted with a few investors who work at large venture capital firms in India. I talked to them at length about what they really want in a startup presentation and what is usually missing from most. If you are preparing your funding pitch, here are 9 killer tips for you.1. Every investor sees many presentations every week. He really has no time to go through every slide properly. You need to get the investor excited about something within the first 5-10 minutes of your presentation. Figure out what is the one thing about your business that will excite the investor. Put it up…
  • Why Startups Succeed? [Beautiful slides inside]

    15 Jun 2015 | 9:29 pm
    We are in the midst of a startup revolution. Every day scores of new startups come up across the world but most of them fail and only a fraction find success. In this TED talk Bill Gross tells us why he thinks startups succeed. Which factors are more crucial and which are less.If you work in a startup you must watch this well presented talk of 6 minutes. If you don't, watch this talk to see how clean the slides look and how well he uses PowerPoint. I will show you some of his slides below.When it comes to such slides, I follow the same style to Bill. That's why his presentation appealed to…
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    Speak & Deliver - A Public Speaking Blog For the Speaking Public

  • 10 Ways a Contestant Can Add Value to their District

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    Recently in the Toastmasters Official Facebook group, the topic of a International contestant's value to Toastmasters, or rather 'lack thereof' came up. It was suggested that winners of speech contests are often in it just for themselves, as they chase the trophy, and do little else for Toastmasters.That was a grand sweeping statement, and I know many, many contestants who do a great deal within Toastmasters, both outside of their competing, as well as as a byproduct of their victories.But the comment wouldn't have come up if it weren't true in some cases. Maybe it's a new contestant that is…
  • 7 and a Half Ways to Make Your Information Matter

    24 Jun 2015 | 3:10 pm
    If you're a regular person with a regular job living a regular life, chances are the only times you get asked to speak is to share straight information. Sales data, new product information, company reports - if you're lucky maybe training for new employees, or teaching new technology to the current staff. Even client sales presentations, if you aren't careful, can become massive information dumps.Information isn't inherently bad. In fact, it is the core of any presentation, the essence of why a presentation must be made. Too much information, superfluous information, and information presented…
  • What Happens When the Win Anyway Guy Loses? Part I

    17 May 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Yesterday was a unique day for me, in terms of competing in Toastmasters at the District Conference Level.I had qualified to represent my Division in both Table Topics (Impromptu Speaking) and the International Speech Contest. It was the 21st and 22nd time I had qualified for various contests at that level in the 3 different Districts I've competed in. Currently, I'm in D26, which is Colorado, Wyoming, and parts of Nebraska. I've also competed in D9 (Eastern WA, NE Oregon, Northern Idaho), and D15 (Utah, Southern, Idaho, Eastern Nevada).Of the 20 previous contests, I had acquired fifteen…
  • Anatomy of a Speaker's Introduction Part III: Toastmaster Tips

    15 May 2015 | 10:10 am
    In Part I of this series I covered 6 Key Components for you to use in your Introduction, and in Part II, I discussed What Could Go Wrong with your intro, and how to mitigate the damages.For Toastmasters - all those tips and suggestions apply, but we also face our own unique challenges - so this post is specifically for you!In my fifteen years with the organization, I have witnessed a severe deficit in our education program when it comes to introductions. In fact, googling 'Toastmaster & Introductions' brought only one article from the TI site itself, and it focuses on the Toastmaster of…
  • Anatomy of a Speaker's Introduction Part II: What Could Go Wrong?

    7 May 2015 | 8:18 am
    In Part I, we looked at the different parts of an ideal introduction for a real world speech. So once you've created it, you're home free, right? Not quite. You'd be amazed what can go wrong once you're done writing your introductory masterpiece.What Could Go Wrong?The Dog Ate ItYep, you sent it to them early, and they forgot it. Or you didn't send it to them, and YOU forgot it.Vocabulary HurdlesYou've crafted a beautiful introduction, and when it's read perfectly, it's like a symphony of syllables. Unless they pronounce it Sim-PHONEY of Si-LOBB-els. Not everybody is a speaker, and not…
 
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    Manner of Speaking

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger and little victories

    John Zimmer
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    I am currently in the middle of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography, Total Recall. It is a fascinating read that offers great insights into the focus, drive and work ethic of the man. Schwarzenegger is not perfect, and he has made his share of mistakes, … Continue reading →
  • A brain hack for your next presentation

    John Zimmer
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    The brain is a fascinating organ, the most complex in a person’s body. As much as we have learned about the brain in recent decades, there are still so many things that we do not yet understand. I have been … Continue reading →
  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 201) – Martha Graham

    John Zimmer
    14 May 2015 | 10:04 am
    “I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise … Continue reading →
  • Join me for a live interview

    John Zimmer
    10 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    This Tuesday, 12 May 2015, I will be interviewed on Google on Air by presentation design expert, Timo Sorri. The subject is public speaking, business presentations and the second edition of our one-day seminar / workshop, Master the Art of … Continue reading →
  • Seize every opportunity

    John Zimmer
    3 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Two days ago, my wife and I went to the theatre here in Geneva. We saw Blue Butterfly, an original play written and performed by a talented group of people, the majority of whom are scientists. The play is clever, … Continue reading →
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    Interruption Management

  • Interruptions in Health Care!

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:16 am
    In an article titled Sidetracks on the Safety Express, Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP convincingly makes the case for doing one thing at a time and avoiding multi-tasking if at all possible.Three Excerpts: "...the risk of any medication error increases 12.7% with each interruption, and the risk of a harmful medication error is doubled when nurses are interrupted four times during a single drug administration and tripled when they’re interrupted six times. Thus, distractions and interruptions have major consequences in health care.""Distractions and interruptions include anything that…
  • Be Interrupted Less, Achieve More

    26 Jun 2015 | 7:47 am
    Get interrupted less, achieve more: With office and workplace interruptions on the rise, career professionals everywhere are experiencing monumental struggles to stay focused. By some studies, today’s typical worker is interrupted every 11 minutes and then takes another 25 minutes to return to the original task because of all the other distractions along the way. The more often you can keep interruptions at bay, stay focused on the task at hand, and allow yourself to do your best work, the more you’ll get done in a day.
  • Enhanced TVs, Less Exercise

    26 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    TVs in 2016 will get brighter, thinner, and more social.Do we need this? With an already an obese, often mentally unhealthy populace, will whiz bang TVs do anything about that?
  • Six Keys to the Future, circa 1990

    16 Jun 2015 | 9:07 am
    In his 1990 book, Powershift, author Alvin Toffler proclaimed that the top six keys to the future are:* interactivity * mobility * convertibility* connectivity * ubiquity * globalization.When combined, said Toffler, these six principles point to a total transformation, not nearly in the way we send messages to one another, but in the way we think, how we see ourselves in the world, where we stand in our relationships. Put together, they will make it impossible for any institution to manage ideas, imagery, data, information, or knowledge as they once did.Was he right? Looks like it.
  • Memory, Interrupted

    8 Jun 2015 | 5:50 am
    Nearly 21 years ago Mens' Health reported on finding about trying to remember important events: "Memories aren't always carbon copies of events," said Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D., author of The Myth of Repressed Memory. She has studied eyewitness accounts of everything from murder to revolution.Actually, your mind is in a constant editing mode, changing the original memory so that it reflects newly acquired facts. "This is why one person's view of a particular incident may be quite different from someone else's, even if it happened just seconds ago," said Loftus.To ensure you remember something…
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    Moving People to Action

  • Warren Buffett: “We Need Inspirational Leaders”

    Conor Neill
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:48 am
    “passion brings out an enthusiasm and a dedication in others” Warren Buffett Warren Buffett speaking in Italy recently Summary of his words on Inspirational Leaders “In the really great managers the common quality they have (in addition to intelligence, energy and integrity) is a passion for what they do. They are not doing it for the money. At least three quarters of the managers we have at Berkshire Hathaway are independently wealthy.  They do not need to go to work in the morning.  They go there because they they love what they’re doing.  It is creative.  I…
  • When You Lead There Is No Such Thing As A Trivial Act

    Conor Neill
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:28 am
    The title of this post came from a summary of a talk by Pat Murray. As a leader, people watch every single act.  If you are in a bad mood and act out of that bad mood, people think that is who you are.  Words are generally ignored, we watch what you allow to happen. As parents this is even more difficult.  If you say “do this and you will not get dessert” and then give them dessert anyway (because you are tired and do not want the fight) you have taught the children a lesson:  Your rules are flexible and negotiable.  It is hard to trust someone whose rules are flexible and…
  • How I Stopped Email Overload

    Conor Neill
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:37 am
    “Inbox zero?” I haven’t seen anything near zero for a decade. I think email is a hugely useful tool, and also a massive black hole that can suck up my time and energy.  I haven’t tried to manage email for the last few years on the view that almost nothing of great value ever arrives or is achieved purely through email.  Anything important for me is achieved by getting face to face with the key person. I have found a simple email idea that is working for me.  It is not complex – which was often the failure of the “Getting Things Done” type systems…
  • Bad Little Rude Behaviours

    Conor Neill
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:21 am
    What’s the most annoying “little rude behaviour” you see around you?   A recent New York Times article tells me that science is now showing that it pays to be nice to those around you at work.  Little rude behaviours generate a group of people looking forward to see you fall on your face.  Little kindnesses generate a group of people who want to help see you succeed. It is good to cultivate little kind behaviours and reduce little rude behaviours.  Here’s a list of the most common little rude behaviours. Rude Behaviours Frequently Seen In Others These are the rude…
  • [Infographic] The World as 100 People

    Conor Neill
    20 Jun 2015 | 7:20 am
    The world has 7.323 billion people living on it (as of 20 June 2015, source Worldometer). The World as a Village of 100 If the world was a village of 100 people, 48 live on less than $2 a day.  21 are overweight and 16 are hungry.  12 speak Chinese, 5 spanish and 5 english.  49 live in the countryside and 51 in the village.  26 are under 14, and 8 are over 65. Check out the infographic below for a wonderful representation of the world as a village of 100 people.   What do you think?  Does it match with your assumptions about who we are sharing the planet with?
 
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    SIMS WYETH & CO. Executive Speech Coach for Healthcare, Financial Services, and Consulting.

  • Make Data Sing–Learn from Hans Rosling’s TED Talk

    sims
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:59 am
    I like to see people use data effectively–to make complex information clear and compelling. And, I like to help people plan out this data and incorporate it into a talk. It’s not easy to do, but in the hands of researcher Hans Rosling, it’s deceivingly simple. In this TED talk, watch how he compares households of varying income levels worldwide. As they say on the TED Talks site, “In Hans Rosling’s hands, data sings. Global trends in health and economics come to vivid life. And the big picture of global development—with some surprisingly good news—snaps into…
  • Nix Nerves Before You Speak Infographic

    sims
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:04 am
    Here’s a handy infographic to share with anyone who suffers from stage fright before a presentation or talk. It describes 3 counter-intuitive ways you can tame fear or nerves before you speak. Download this infographic.Embed Our Infographic On Your Site!Image Widthpx<img src="http://www.simswyeth.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/3-ways-to-stop-stage-fright.pdf" alt="Nix Nerves Before You Speak Infographic - An Infographic from SIMS WYETH &amp; CO. Executive Speech Coach for Healthcare, Financial Services, and Consulting." width="100%"…
  • What Eliza Doolittle, Margaret Thatcher, and Daisy Buchanan Can Teach You About Voice and Power

    sims
    2 Jun 2015 | 9:45 am
    Does your sound determine your success? In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway is impressed when Gatsby nails the mysterious quality in Daisy’s voice: “She’s got an indiscreet voice,” I remarked. “It’s full of——” I hesitated. “Her voice is full of money,” he said suddenly. That was it. I’d never understood before. It was full of money—that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals’ song of it. . . . high in a white palace the king’s daughter, the golden girl. . . . Maybe it’s true that the super-rich…
  • Instant Motivation! Quotes on Goals, Success & Power

    sims
    18 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    We’re getting close to 2015’s half way point. You’ve got a lot more to accomplish, and it isn’t always easy to muster the strength and enthusiasm to keep everything going. When you’re in over your head, out of sorts, and down in the dumps, here are quotes that will get back your get up and go! “You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.” –Tom Hiddleston “If you were born…
  • 12 Books to Give to Graduates

    sims
    5 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    Graduates get lots of stuff when they earn their diplomas.  But maybe the most valuable gift they can receive is good advice. It doesn’t matter if they heed it right away (or ever). What matters is that they are aware that there are many solutions to a problem, many paths that lead to a similar place, and many ways to achieve success. Here, in no particular order, are book suggestions to give as gifts. Each is selected to help the graduate feel more comfortable in his/her own skin, break free from the path and explore new vistas, think about things in a new way, or improve important…
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    John Sadowsky - Leadership & Storytelling

  • What should a corporation or organization stand for?

    John
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    Rereading David Packard’s radical views from the 1940s about what a corporation should be caused me to reflect on how much all this has changed in our time, and how far the business world has come.  By way of reminder, we wrote on June 11 about Packard’s frustration with the narrow perspective of his fellow business leaders. His was indeed a rare voice in the 1940s and 1950s, perhaps even an early proponent of what we have come to call corporate social responsibility.   Packard argued on various occasions with Stanford professor Paul Holden, one of the most respected management…
  • Truth versus authenticity in organizational storytelling

    John
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:07 am
    Writing about Hewlett-Packard these past weeks, I was reminded of research I did on corporate stories of identity when I was a doctoral student in England. One of my most interesting findings at that time had to do with the role of truth and that of authenticity in organizational storytelling.  Here is the distinction I have come to make: In companies with strong cultures and institutional narratives that support them, authenticity is far more important than truth. For definitional purposes, I call a story “authentic” if it is representative of the organization’s values, and…
  • Radical management in the early days at HP

    John
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:03 am
    Irish playwright and Nobel laureate George Bernard Shaw wrote that “all great truths begin as blasphemies.” Such was certainly the case with the management ideas of Bill Hewlett and David Packard back in the 1930s and 40s. How blasphemous were their ideas at the time? Looking back on the company’s early years, David Packard wrote or spoke about a number of occasions where he was publicly ridiculed for his views on management. To his credit, though, he would never waver from his principles. One example of negative public reaction to Packard came in 1942. That year, at age 29, he attended…
  • A radical people policy… from 1937

    John
    11 Jun 2015 | 2:54 am
    Writing these past few weeks about leaders who eventually come to the conclusion that business is mostly a people game has caused me to wonder why more start-up ventures don’t think about this from the outset. After working with a wide variety of entrepreneurs in the past twenty years, I can safely say that many of them would have avoided a variety of unnecessary problems by first getting the right kind of individual on their bus.   It is indeed a rare entrepreneur who thinks early enough about managing the people side of things. Many are so consumed by getting a product to market…
  • Powerful stories about ‘putting people first’

    John
    4 Jun 2015 | 2:20 am
    “We put our people first.” These days, such declarations have become somewhat banal, simply because they are so pervasive. Companies and managers talk of their desire to hire the best “talent”, and to develop their human resources. Or, they declare that the employees are the organizations’ most critical resource, that they will always come first, and so on.  Of course, many such statements are sincere; the problem is that they are so common nowadays that they have lost much of their meaning. One has the impression at times that public statements about the importance of…
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    Think Link

  • 11 Reasons why Summer Camps are great

    Think Inc Team
    11 Jun 2015 | 11:18 pm
    From the time school is out in June until school begins again in the fall there is a significant period of time when children can learn and further develop their value system. This time may be more influential to their lives than any period As part of a non-academic, positive learning experience, camps provide a safe environment where children can develop self-confidence, social skills, and good work habits while still allowing them to be “kids” having fun. They have been viewed as an ideal environment for learning and self-exploration. They expose your kids to the opportunity to engage…
  • Accomplish goals without hurting yourself

    Think Inc Team
    11 Jun 2015 | 11:18 pm
    No one is perfect. And we need to accept ourselves as we are, flaws and all. As we go through life, challenges arise to help us keep growing. We’re human and we have layers. Just when we think we’ve learned something, life comes along and shows us there’s more. The opposite of Perfectionitis is what researchers call “healthy striving.” Studies show that healthy strivers set realistic goals that are the natural next step from where they are now. You can too! Go ahead and you can work smarter, not harder. Don’t beat yourself up. No matter how easy it is to say to yourself,…
  • Wisdom – 27 Needles from the Haystack

    Vijay Batra
    11 Jun 2015 | 11:18 pm
    Learn from Hanumanji: De panga, le panga. Give trouble, get trouble. Do essentials; don’t do in-essentials! Do important jobs now before they become urgent. Work hard, work smarter. Fear embarrassment holds us back; learn to have no fears. Do it now. OR GET IT DONE! Help people whenever you can, as many times as you can. This is part of the attitude of networking. Boss, wife, son, daughter… what can I do for you today? Invest your time in helping people around you. Monkeys go on jumping around. Honey bees go on working, to have enough to store for tougher time. Do not expect your boss to…
  • Elon Musk – The Real Iron Man

    admin
    11 Jun 2015 | 11:18 pm
    Elon Reeve Musk (born June 28, 1971) is a South African-born Canadian American entrepreneur, engineer, inventor and investor. He is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors and chairman of SolarCity. He is the founder of SpaceX and a cofounder of PayPal,Tesla Motors, and Zip2. He has also envisioned a conceptual high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop and has proposed a VTOL supersonic jet aircraft with electric fan propulsion. Musk spent his childhood in South Africa and at the age of 9, he got his first personal computer, the Commodore VIC-20.
  • Ritu Dalmia

    admin
    4 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Ritu Dlamia born in Kolkata (1973) to a Marwari business family, she joined her family business of marble stone at the age of 16. Her work led her to Italy for sourcing where over a period of time develop a liking for Italian cuisine and started learning it as well. Then in 1993, at the age of 22 she started her first restaurant ‘MezzaLuna’, specialising in Mediterranean cuisine with an “Italian accent”, in the Hauz Khas Village, Delhi, but the restaurant wasn’t a success and so after three years, she sold it off. Then in 1996, Dalmia moved to London, where she…
 
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    Calculated Presentations

  • Is It Ever Okay To Break The Rules?

    Janice
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Today I learned (again) that yes it is okay to challenge the rules. To Your Strong & Powerful Voice ~ Janice          
  • Dog With A Bone

    Janice
    12 Jun 2015 | 1:12 pm
          Are you a woman in tech who wants to stretch herself? Have you thought about getting out there and being the speaker/presenter rather than the woman sitting in the audience listening to male speakers/presenters at conferences? Sandi MacPherson (@sandimac), Founder at Quibb, is putting together a directory of women speakers because of her frustration of the low representation of female speakers at tech events. I’m like a dog with a bone with this. I want to see more women giving presentations. It will make a difference at a micro level to women themselves and at a macro…
  • Does the Superwoman Pose Really Work?

    Janice
    29 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Yes, it does and I don’t believe it is a placebo effect. Before a presentation or pitch you’ll find me in the bathroom donning my superwoman pose. Why? Because I feel energy and confidence run through me when I do and more importantly I notice the difference in my ability to focus and connect with my audience. I’ve also noticing my audience is more engaged and the feedback has been different…more connected and positive. Here I am demonstrating the superwoman pose as per Dr. Cuddy for the lovely Young Women in Business ladies at SFU last evening. Had them laughing and…
  • Bucks the Status Quo and Gets the Applause She Deserves

    Janice
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Close your eyes and listen to Ursula K Le Guin’s 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters acceptance speech at the National Book Awards that you’ll find at the end of this post. Because she is reading her script watching is distracting. That’s why you need to close your eyes. Listen to her cadence and use of deliberate pauses…Le Guin carries you away. And perhaps will inspire you the next time you arrive behind the podium to buck the status quo. The privilege of standing in front of others and sharing your vision is a gift. To stand before that…
  • Leave Anxiety in the Dust

    Janice
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:29 am
    Three Tips for Managing Public Speaking Nervousness   Anxiety and Public Speaking go hand in hand.   When we listen and watch the most seasoned presenters we assume they are long past having to battle public speaking anxiety. It’s not true. It would be fantastic if it were true but no one goes unscathed. It’s often the elephant in the room. No one wants to talk about the anxiety they feel before giving a presentation. Just to let you know… Every client I work with no matter how experienced tells me they always have pre-presentation jitters. The secret is how to…
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    Digital Coach

  • Behinds the Scenes at TEDxPortland with Speaker Karen Gaffney

    jim@distinction-services.com (Distinction Communication, Inc.)
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    My role as speaker coach and the moment I’ll remember forever     Adrenaline coursed through my veins as I snuck behind the heavy red velvet curtain, weaved my way down the hallway past the... Podcasts from Distinction Communication
  • Every time you present… a lifetime of baggage comes with you

    jim@distinction-services.com (Distinction Communication, Inc.)
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    Recently I had an opportunity to do some personal presentation skills coaching with Michael. That’s not his real name but his story could be your’s, your manager’s or maybe even... Podcasts from Distinction Communication
  • 3 Ways Our Bodies Rebel When We Get Nervous

    jim@distinction-services.com (Distinction Communication, Inc.)
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Blog by Amy Wolff   Science was my least favorite subject in school. I loathed it.   Now I have a career in the communication field and to my disdain, I’ve found science to be the backbone... Podcasts from Distinction Communication
  • A Client Quadruples His Financial Target – Children in Rwanda Benefit

    jim@distinction-services.com (Distinction Communication, Inc.)
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Written by Amy Wolff   Alan came to our workshop just in time: he was suffering from fundraising fatigue.   He is director at a Portland-based nonprofit Africa New Life and their  annual... Podcasts from Distinction Communication
  • Podcast Interview: The Elephant in the Training Room – Accelerating Presentation Training Impact 10x

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

  • Talk on "Steering agile architecture" at Agile Breakfast Luzern on July 16, 2015

    Tudor Girba
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
    On July 16, I will give a talk at Agile Breakfast Luzern on Steering agile architecture. Here is the abstract:"Emerge your architecture" goes the agile mantra. That’s great. Developers get empowered and fluffy papers make room for real code structure. But, how do you ensure the cohesiveness of the result?Testing, pair programming and code reviewing are the proposed means to approach this problem. However, testing is only concerned with the functional side of a system, and thus, it is not able to capture structural contracts. Pair programming and reviewing work well in the small, but they do…
  • Video of my talk at NDC Oslo 2015 on "Don't demo facts. Demo stories!"

    Tudor Girba
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:28 pm
    The talk I gave at NDC Oslo 2015 on Don’t demo facts. Demo stories! is now available online.
  • Slides for my talk at NDC Oslo 2015 on "Don't demo facts. Demo stories!"

    Tudor Girba
    21 Jun 2015 | 1:28 pm
    The slides for my talk on Don’t demo facts. Demo stories! are now available on slideshare.net.
  • Presentation matters

    Tudor Girba
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Let me tell you two stories.Our children are born abroad. As foreigners, we had to get through extra formalities to obtain their first residence permits.This process required us to first obtain the Romanian passport. With our first born, producing the Romanian passport was delayed for various reasons, and at some point the Swiss authorities sent us a warning letter. So, we went to the alien police and explained that we encountered delays in the process. They told us that we should provide them with some proof to confirm that indeed the Romanian formalities are so lengthy.We went back to the…
  • Moose 5.1

    Tudor Girba
    4 Jun 2015 | 1:33 am
    We are happy to announce version 5.1 of the Moose Suite: http://moosetechnology.org/#installDescriptionThis is a minor release. The key highlights are: It is based on Pharo 4.0. Roassal2 comes with several new builder, most notably the new Mondrian builder (RTMondrian) and the chart drawing engine (RTGrapher). GTSpotter has preview abilities and was extended for multiple search use cases including the navigation through Moose models. GTPlayground was extended with sharing possibilities and transparent backup. GTExample now offers support for documenting classes with example instances. Moose…
 
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    Jim Harvey's Presentation Skills Advice

  • FREE Prezi Template – July

    Lesley Barringer
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:50 am
    Prezi can be a fantastic tool for organising your ideas and presenting them in a memorable and engaging way. Our July template is a simple, but effective, graphic to help you to do just that! The template works well, whether you are running a meeting, or delivering a more formal presentation. Using an image of people and speech bubbles, gives an immediate sense of conversation and interactivity, which fits well with the Prezi format and features. As always, organise your content into relevant sections, keeping text to a minimum. For support on structuring your presentation, you can read our…
  • Want to be a brilliant speaker? Try this

    Jim Harvey
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:25 pm
    My 13-year-old son asked me to let him show me his football skills the other day. I was delighted, because until that point, he’d shown no interest at all in the sports that I’ve adored since I was his age. We went down to the local park, and I passed the ball to him to get us started, and he sent it arcing gently back to me with one of those kicking foot behind the standing foot Brazilian, beach soccer style kicks that we all ‘wowed’ at during the last world cup. I was amazed. I had no idea he was capable of such a high-level technique and I told him how cool it was.
  • New Podcast Episode – why are most presentations in business life so bad?

    Jim Harvey
    29 May 2015 | 3:59 am
    In this podcast Jim asks why so many presentations that we see in the business world are so bad, and what can be done about it?  He looks at a recent survey that asked senior managers in the UK’s most successful businesses for their views on presentations and analyses why they might be so negative about the talks they see. Then he goes on to suggest simple ways that we can all take some responsibility to help improve presentations that we attend, commission, or create. Because if no-one, and that includes the most important board-level whingers at the world’s biggest…
  • FREE Prezi Template – June

    Lesley Barringer
    21 May 2015 | 4:48 am
      In our Prezi Template for June, we’ve used the template to share our blog post How to Structure a Speech. As you can see, we’ve stayed with mainly text here, but of course there are many options! A photographic style is very popular, and here we’ve set the graphics on an aerial city shot. The idea behind this template, is that you can use any image that would suit the theme of your presentation.  For example using an image, relevant to a client, is a useful way to make a positive link with them. Or, you may choose a calm and neutral image, keeping the focus…
  • FREE Prezi Template – May

    Lesley Barringer
    1 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    A number of words came to mind when I was thinking about cogs and their relationship to business: Process, Movement, Efficiency, Co-operation and Inter-connectivity, are just a few of them. So it seemed a good idea all round, to use cogs in a presentation, to introduce interconnecting issues and moving an audience through a message in a cohesive and logical progression! Of course you can also highlight areas that aren’t working by off-setting the cogs to illustrate a particular problem. The use of this Prezi Template and the areas for content are quite logical and simple to follow.
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    Communication Skills Power Blog

  • How to Use “Mirroring” to Build Rapport

    admin
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:22 am
    Do you want to make a connection with someone or simply put them at ease? Try copying their gestures and poses. Carol Kinsey Goman, author of “The Nonverbal Advantage,” explains how to use body language “mirroring” as a communication tool.
  • Why Rapport is Important

    admin
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:34 am
    Derren Brown shows us how important rapport skills are and how to use mirroring to connect with people.
  • The Science of Persuasion

    admin
    7 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    This animated video describes the six universal Principles of Persuasion that have been scientifically proven to make you most effective based on the research in Dr. Cialdini’s groundbreaking book, Influence. This video is narrated by Dr. Robert Cialdini and Steve Martin, CMCT.
  • Negotiation: Getting What You Want

    admin
    6 Jun 2015 | 6:24 am
    “Negotiation is problem solving. The goal is not to get a deal; the goal is to get a good deal. In this video Margarget Neale a highly respected professor of management discusses the four steps to achieving a successful negotiation: Assess, Prepare, Ask, Package.”
  • Salary Negotiation: Do’s and Don’ts!

    admin
    5 Jun 2015 | 6:21 am
    Mary Abbajay appears on News Channel 8 to discuss the do’s and don’ts of salary negotiation. Don’t leave money on the table–be prepared to negotiate!
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    Dr. Michelle Mazur - Speech Coach

  • What should you do after your speaking gig?

    Michelle Mazur
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
      Last week, you got a backstage peek of how I get ready to take the stage on the day of a speaking event. It’s all about maintaining your routine, getting yourself moving, and having a set way for how you take center stage. But what you do AFTER your speaking gig is just as important as what happens before. Here is your inside peek into what I do after I speak (and I’m betting one of these will surprise you). Take care of yourself You can’t be poolside in Hawaii after every speaking gig, but you MUST schedule self-care after every gig. Speaking is a huge energy exchange…
  • A Backstage Tour of How I Prepare for Speaking Gigs

    Michelle Mazur
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Clients always want to know if I still get nerves before a speaking gig. The answer is HECK, YES. The days running up to a speaking gig tend to be stressful for me. I practice, I rehearse, and I tweak. The morning of a speaking gig I’m a bag full of nerves, and my routine is what makes it all happen. Most speakers have a routine that they rely on to make it all happen. I’ve learned that routines vary widely, but most speakers agree you must have one. So here is an inside glimpse of how I get ready to take the stage the day of a presentation. (Feel free to steal away or come up with your…
  • The Secret Pro Speakers Know (And It’s Keeping You From Your Speaking Dream)

    Michelle Mazur
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    Do you ever fall down the rabbit hole of watching TED talks? I do. The “I’m going to take 12-minutes to watch Mark Ronson’s TED talk” leads to the next 90-minutes of watching every TED talk I can on music – and most likely watching Amanda Palmer’s talk twice because I love it so much. I love the way these talks impact me. I walk away from each one slightly changed. Feeling as if I can take on the bigger challenges in life. Each speaker I watch has an impact that changes me in some small but significant way. Do you want to be a speaker who changes the conversation in a small…
  • If you only had a message…How to find your perfect speaking topic

    Michelle Mazur
    2 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    Remember watching the Wizard of Oz? Dorothy and her pals on an epic quest to find a heart, brain, courage, and home. Along the way they encountered the Wicked Witch of the West, flying monkeys, and field of poppies to die for. Despite their hardships they finally arrived at the Emerald City to claim their reward. And that’s when they found out what they have been searching for has been with them all along. As a speaker, whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been a speaking pro for years, your journey to the Emerald City starts in the same place. Searching for the answer to this…
  • How to Land Your Dream Speaking Gig

    Michelle Mazur
    26 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    I meet so many people who tell me that they dream about taking the TEDx stage. They long to be the keynote speaker at their industry premiere event. Or they plan to dominate the world at World Domination Summit. Does this sound like you? Big speaking dreams. Big goals. Huge vision. When I ask “What are you doing to make this dream happen?” They tell me they are looking to apply for speaking gigs, but mostly speaking is a “someday” thing. When speaking is reserved for someday, it means only one thing. Those big speaking dreams will never become a reality. No TEDx stage, no keynote…
 
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  • Public Speaking Tip 71: To Get POWER from Your PowerPoint…Transition, Click, and Pause

    Jezra
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    This tip is so simple (and so much fun) that you might find yourself smiling when you use it. Why Are So Many People’s Slide Decks Lackluster? One Reason: No TRANSITIONS! Most people use PowerPoint in a truly feeble way — and I’m not talking about the overcrowded slides, incomprehensible charts, irrelevant data, and disorganized images that we see so often in presentations. We’re not even going into those things (at least not here!) because I know that you would never insult your audience by using PowerPoint as a data dump, right? (tweet this) Nope, what I’m…
  • Public Speaking Tip 70: Use Pictures In Your Slides (They’re Worth Way More than 1000 Words!)

    Jezra
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    I love my Mac, and when I need help with it, I call IvanExpert — a New York tech firm that specializes in home and small business users, and makes house calls! So I was thrilled when IvanExpert co-owners Ivan Drucker and Caroline Green asked me to help them with a presentation they were making at a west coast tech conference  on how to grow your IT business through marketing and organization. Let’s See: Picture, or Words? Pictures, or Words? Several years ago, internet marketer and all-around genius Seth Godin wrote a classic piece on Really Bad PowerPoint in which he pleaded with…
  • Public Speaking Tip 69: Learn to Create a Basic PowerPoint or Keynote Presentation

    Jezra
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    A surprising number of my public speaking clients don’t know how to use PowerPoint or Keynote (PPT’s snazzier and more user-friendly Mac cousin). And I don’t mean they don’t know how to use all the bells and whistles, I mean they don’t know how to use these programs at all! Image by Kennymatic, Flickr / Creative Commons That’s a shame, because PowerPoint or Keynote can both be learned in something like five minutes.  If you can fry an egg, or boil spaghetti in water and put store-bought sauce on it, you can learn to create your own slides. If you…
  • Public Speaking Tip 68: To Make Your Words More Memorable, Put Pauses In Your Public Speaking

    Jezra
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Clients often ask me to help them slow down.  They think they’re talking too fast, and suspect that the audience isn’t catching everything they say, let alone remembering it. If this is true for you, the best way to change it is not (as you might think) to…   try…   to…   speak…  more…  slowly. The best way to slow down and make your words more memorable is to add pauses between your thoughts. Why Pause? Because You and Your Audience Both Need a Break! Pablo Casals My husband told me a story that’s attributed to the great cellist Pablo…
  • Public Speaking Tip 67: Give Your Smile Muscles a Workout

    Jezra
    11 Jun 2015 | 11:06 am
    I never thought much about smile muscles until a recent exchange “in the studio.” By way of explanation: Before starting my own business, I used to write speeches for corporate “shows” (big internal events), and I still do the occasional job of that type. In this case, I was coaching IBM sales leaders to deliver selling tips, by video, to their teams. My team, from Drury Design Dynamics, was great (that’s why I took the job); and on our first morning at work on Manhattan’s far west side, one of our cameramen came up to me and said, I…
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  • Especially Powerful Presentation Visuals

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Stanley K. Ridgley Microsoft’s PowerPoint software has gotten a bum rap as insufficient for your presentation visuals. This unfair reputation springs from the thousands of ugly presentations given every day from folks who don’t know how to use it. And yet, PowerPoint is a brilliant tool. But any tool – say, a hammer or saw – can contribute […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Crafting Your Presentation Conclusion

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:27 am
    Stanley K. Ridgley Let’s toss out a life preserver on how to conclude a presentation.  Because everyone needs a life-preserver at some point in a speaking career. I’ve tossed this rescue device out many times to students in trouble during a business presentation. At times, even the finest presenters get themselves in trouble.  Having this rescue device near to hand […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Zombies of Bad Presentation Advice

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    6 Jun 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Stanley K. Ridgley Over the years, I’ve learned that the zombies of bad presentation advice never die. We can’t eradicate bad presentation advice completely, because these zombies are impervious to every remedy known to 21st century civilization. When Armageddon finally comes, cockroaches and bad advice zombies will be the only survivors. But let’s give it a shot anyway. Zombies of Bad Presentation Advice The process of […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Mind-Blasting to Hook your Audience

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    2 Jun 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Stanley K. Ridgley Some experts estimate that you have an initial 15 seconds – maybe 20 – to hook your audience for your business presentation. And with a kaleidoscope of modern-day distractions, you face an uphill battle. In that short window of less than a minute, while they’re sizing you up, you must blast into their minds.  You must […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • “I never get an interesting topic”

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    26 May 2015 | 5:10 am
    Stanley K. Ridgley “I never get an interesting topic.” Perhaps you’ve said that? I’ve certainly heard it. In fact, I hear this lament more often than I would prefer.  It embodies much of what is wrong with individual and group presentations. There is no such thing as an inherently uninteresting topic.   Nor is there an inherently interesting […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
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  • Tips for Tongue-tied Presenters

    Kieran Chadha
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:23 am
    As with many things in life, when you’re presenting, getting started is often the most challenging part. Often, once people get into the flow on a particular slide, they are fine. But starting off strongly, pulling together the first few words or phrases once you’ve clicked on to a blank new slide is typically something that people struggle with. Here are a few handy tips to keep up your sleeve for those mind-blank moments. There’s pressure in the moment. You’re opening on a given slide needs to do a number of things: You need to effectively frame the point you’re going to make;…
  • 10 Ways to Keep Your Audience’s Attention

    Hannah Brownlow
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:42 am
    We live in a noisy world. Advertisers constantly clamour for our attention and we’re much less likely to engage with something if we have to actively seek it out. The trend is that content – in whatever form, whether it be articles, videos, university lectures, or even text messages – is becoming bite-size. Audiences just aren’t used to sitting for anything more than about half an hour without really stretching their attention span. So how can we create content that will keep audiences engaged? Here are ten tips that apply to everything from sales presentations given face-to-face…
  • Presentation Tips for Introverts

    Hannah Brownlow
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:40 am
    Do you class yourself as an introvert? Does the thought of presenting bring you out in the sweats? Don’t worry, we’ve got some great tips for you – and do you know what, extroverts can learn something too! It’s that moment when your boss drops a presentation on your desk and all you want to do is run and hide in the toilets. Presenting shouldn’t be a scary experience for anyone, especially introverts. We’ve created an illustrated guide to explain just what introversion is, and how you can make a successful presentation by focusing on just five simple things. Presentation Tips for…
  • Five Presentation Tips from a Newbie Snowboarder

    Hannah Brownlow
    28 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    There are some really important things you need to know when you’re snowboarding and there are some equally important things you need to know when you’re presenting. Here are five essential pieces of advice that overlap the two. You may have read a previous post of mine about learning things. One of the best ways to get tricky topics to stick in your brain is to associate them with something. If you have difficulty remembering tips people give you about presentations, this post is just for you. If this is you and you’re a snowboarder, count all your presentation problems solved in the…
  • Looking Sleek with Smooth PowerPoint Transitions

    Elizabeth Stodolski
    21 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    A major problem that people have when creating presentations is a lack of fluidity and cohesiveness between slides. Not only do smooth transitions make the deck more aesthetically appealing, but they also remove interruptions in the flow of information, which can give an audience an opportunity to tune out. Below I will discuss some transition techniques from a basic to a more advanced skill level. Test some of these out on your next presentation and seduce your audience into a state of both relaxation and attentiveness. The Simple Fix Since people are generally more concerned with the style…
 
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  • What Good People Can Learn from Con-Artists: Bringing the Dark Arts of Influence into the Light

    Sharí
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:37 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí What Good People Can Learn from Con-Artists: Bringing the Dark Arts of Influence into the Light Why are we so drawn to the con-artists in film and television? The true story of Catch Me If You Can had us in awe at Frank Abignale’s ability to become anyone - from an airline pilot, to a doctor, to a lawyer. And who didn’t fall in love with Robert Redford and Paul Newman [...] The post What Good People Can Learn from Con-Artists: Bringing the Dark Arts of Influence into the Light appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • How to Be Influential: A Discussion

    Sharí
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí How to Be Influential: A Discussion I'm so happy to share this interview I did with Dr. Isaac Jones from Superhuman Entrepreneur on how to be influential. We talk about EVERYTHING - body language, observational skills, elicitation, influential techniques, and so much more! You can check out the interview on his page with the show notes and other download options, or listen in [...] The post How to Be Influential: A Discussion appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • Networking at Events Like James Bond: Look, Listen, Leverage

    Sharí
    9 Jun 2015 | 9:15 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí Networking at Events Like James Bond: Look, Listen, Leverage In the overpopulated digital space, conferences are proving to be the place for real and lasting business connections. We are wired to be a part of a tribe. Facebook and social media are movie screen substitutes for connections, but nothing can replace looking someone in the eye, shaking their hand, and breathing the same air. And since [...] The post Networking at Events Like James Bond: Look, Listen, Leverage appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • Unexpected Qualities of an Influencer

    Sharí
    2 Jun 2015 | 10:21 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí Unexpected Qualities of an Influencer What comes to mind when you think of a conversational influencer? Someone like a CIA agent or a con-artist? Does the image of that person in your mind have more shadows surrounding them? Perhaps they are lurking in the corner of a dark alley and you can only see their shadowed profile. How would you [...] The post Unexpected Qualities of an Influencer appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • How to Finally Get a Promotion You Deserve

    Sharí
    26 May 2015 | 9:14 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí How to Finally Get a Promotion You Deserve   A certain sense of despair can creep in when you know you deserve to be promoted, and yet you are consistently overlooked and not recognized for your true value. Being held back from your career goals is frustrating and can, at times, feel like an insurmountable goal. But, here’s the good news, a few [...] The post How to Finally Get a Promotion You Deserve appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
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    SketchBubble Official Blog

  • Slides: Great Support for Your Speech

    Ashish Arora
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:46 pm
          Supplementary material can add a great deal to a speech. This is particularly true when you use slides in a PowerPoint presentation – not at all difficult to set up and certainly easy to use. Remember, however, that the slides are not the speech. They merely support it. Look at it this […] The post Slides: Great Support for Your Speech appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • Seven Trends to Make Your Presentation Pop

    Ashish Arora
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:12 am
    We can all envision it—the old-school presenter standing behind a podium in front of a sleepy audience reading a PowerPoint slideshow in a monotone voice. “15% of respondents stated that they would be more likely to…” ZZZZZZ There’s a reason why that style of presenting doesn’t work anymore. It’s boring, doesn’t engage the audience, and […] The post Seven Trends to Make Your Presentation Pop appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • How to Make Your Slides Memorable

    Ashish Arora
    9 Jun 2015 | 2:58 am
    A study shows that on the average – no matter how many slides you use in a presentation – the audience is going to remember only four of them, though they may have some vague memories of a few others. Four slides, you may think! That’s ridiculous. Maybe so, but the study involved a lot […] The post How to Make Your Slides Memorable appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • The Secret Formula of Successful Presentations

    Ashish Arora
    2 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    I recently saw an ad for a movie. The trailer said something like: What you are about to see is the truth. Yet it is fiction. What does this have to do with the secret formula for successful presentations? First there is no such thing as a secret formula, a spell you can cast to […] The post The Secret Formula of Successful Presentations appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • Tips for Preparing a Short Presentation

    Ashish Arora
    22 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    Former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said: “Be sincere; be brief; be seated.” This is excellent advice for a speaker, especially one who is giving a short presentation. Yet, as many people have remarked, preparing for a short presentation is most often more difficult than preparing for a longer one. This is because you […] The post Tips for Preparing a Short Presentation appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
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  • 10 Ways to Rock Your Next Question and Answer Session

    Eddie Rice
    20 Jun 2015 | 5:28 pm
    After your keynote speech comes the question you most fear asking, “Any questions?” Here are 10 ways to rock your question and answer session. 1. Treat your answer like a mini-speech –Keep your manner of presenting consistent with the rest of your speech. When you answer the audience member, direct your answer towards the whole crowd–make eye contact with them and move around the stage just like you would during your speech. 2. Call on many parts of the room –When looking for hands, look around the entire crowd. Many speakers get tunnel vision and only focus on…
  • One easy way to improve your storytelling: Use better verbs to power the stories in your presentations

    Eddie Rice
    20 Jun 2015 | 8:34 am
    Stories are an essential part to any good speech. Too many times, though, stories fall flat through bland descriptions. When describing an action, many turn to adverbs or using generic verbs. Imagine describing someone walking down the street. A storyteller might say, “He walked down the street,” or “he walked quickly down the street.” Neither of those descriptions evokes a memorable image. The solution? Use better verbs and get rid of adverbs. Try to imagine the following sentences in place of “he walked down the street.” He wandered down the street. He strolled down the street.
  • Where should you start when writing a speech? At the end!

    Eddie Rice
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:29 pm
    A new speech can be daunting for any speaker. What do I talk about? Will my speech make sense? Where do I even start? Imagine that the audience will only remember one sentence from your entire speech. What would it be? What is the most important thing you want your audience to take away from your speech? Write this answer down in only one sentence. You want to start with the end in mind. If you know the goal of your speech then writing the rest of it with that goal in mind will be easier. Once you have your “one true sentence,” build the rest of the speech in support of it. Use the one…
  • 10 Ways to Boost Your Confidence for Your Next Speech

    Eddie Rice
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Here are 10 techniques you can use to help you relax before giving a speech. You definitely don’t need to use all. Many take time to develop so try each one and see what works for you. Each one is based on my own personal experience and commonly agreed upon advice for public speaking and any stressful situations. 1. Keep your normal routine: This advice is usually given before taking tests like the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc. You remain comfortable as you go throughout your day as usual. In addition, if you do something differently than normal, your body or mind might react negatively. For…
  • Public Speaking and Speechwriting Brainstorming Tips

    Eddie Rice
    14 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Can’t figure out what to say for your next presentation or speech? Use the following 7 techniques to break your writer’s block 1. Dump it all out Set a timer for 20 or 30 minutes. Then start writing. Don’t stop. Can’t think of anything? Write about writer’s block. But just keep writing. 2. The web Just like in middle and high school. Start with your central idea in the middle and then start branching out to sub ideas and then to sub-sub-ideas and then to sub-sub-sub-ideas and then to…well, you get the picture. 3. Word association If you’re really…
 
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  • Why your answer is not what you expected it to be

    pieterb
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:47 am
    At the end of a speech or presentation, you’ll most likely invite the public to a short Q&A. Be aware though that some questions can contain pitfalls to lure you into saying things you might not mean! Be aware of these and learn to spot them, whether they’re coming from your audience, or from yourself. Pregnant questions A common way to go wrong is asking ‘pregnant questions’. These are questions that already contain the answer. For example: “Was it Jack who did that?” already contains the answer Jack. In this case, the solution is simple: “Who did that?” But there are…
  • Consequence and contrast

    pieterb
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:47 am
    One of the most frustrating things I have to listen to sometimes is the ‘and then he said’, ‘and then she said’, ‘and then I said’, etc. A factual account of exactly what happened in which order might be most truthful, but it’s also most boring. Time to start using the two co-words: consequence and contrast. And another thing… What is the common denominator in the example from the introduction? That’s right, the word and. It’s a great word, isn’t it? It can link things together, even things that don’t have anything to do with each other. And it has the power to just…
  • The dreaded question: ‘What do you do?’

    pieterb
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:57 am
    Oftentimes in casual conversation with someone you don’t know (very well), the following question will rear its ugly head: ‘So, what do you do in life?’ or 'What does your company do?' What if the person you’re talking to is a potential client, and you botch it up? We take a look at possible answers. The standard answer To be used in ambiguous situations, when you don’t really know who it is you’re talking to, or for friends and family. You should have a to-the-point, concise list of highlights of your profession and company. Try to limit this to three or four broad topics. For…
  • Group dynamics and presenting

    pieterb
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:15 am
    In Belgium we have a yearly campaign called ‘Days without meat’, in which participants log every day they only eat vegetarian. This is to raise awareness about the impact of meat on the environment. This year, the concept of groups was first introduced, and the number of participants doubled almost overnight. We take a look at why this is, and how it can benefit your presentation skills. Why group dynamics work Group dynamics is a concept that is well-known and studied in psychology. Psychology can also tell us why introducing groups had such a beneficial impact on the campaign:…
  • Alcohol to keep your nerves in check? Nope!

    pieterb
    6 Feb 2015 | 2:58 am
    There are people who believe that a little (or a lot) of alcohol can help keep their nerves in check. Here why this is a good example of a genuinely bad idea. Alcohol doesn’t alleviate anxiety Contrary to popular belief, alcohol doesn’t relieve anxiety. At least, not in the smaller doses you’ll have. Alcohol can make you feel apathy in larger doses, but then you’re just creating a whole new set of problems, like speech and movement issues. In some cases, alcohol will actually heighten your anxiety, because you’ll be trying to hide the fact that you’re drunk on stage. You need to…
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  • Focus on Your Message Not the Platform

    spurnell
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Be Focused On Your Message The Old Days: 2013 In 2013 Gary Vaynerchuk (aka Gary Vee) landed a knockout blow on Social Media ignorance with his book Jab, Jab Jab, Right Hook.  Vaynerchuk explained to the uninitiated that you must focus your message to the platform your on.  What seems like common sense today, wasn’t two years ago. We’ve come a long way, right? Step Into Modern Times: 2015 Maybe not. Enter the NEW HOT PLATFORM, podcasting. (Note:Podcasting is hot because journalists decided to start paying attention to it again. It’s been growing year after year since it…
  • Presentation Fundamentals with Jonathan Wilson

    Shane Purnell
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:51 pm
    Presentation Fundamentals with Jonathan Wilson Listen Now Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave a Review Never miss a podcast or post Get Updates Powered by the Simple Podcast Press Player   Today’s episode is a show inside of a show. Recently I was interviewed on The Terminal, a podcast focused on Airport Management. The host is my friend Jonathan Wilson who is a veteran of the aviation industry. Jonathan attends and presents at many industry conferences and he’s seen his share of poor presenters. Jonathan and I talked about what makes for a great presentation and what…
  • The Power of Connections

    spurnell
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:04 am
    The Power of Connections Listen Now Download | Subscribe via iTunes Show Opening We talked about past guest on the Platform Giant show like: Jeremey Donovan Lisa B. Marshall and Ryan and Chelsea Avery Preview of Today’s Show: The Power of Connections The Power of Connections are a Force Multiplier The Power of Connections provide us with Opportunities we wouldn’t otherwise have The Power of Connections bind us together as human beings   Notes The more I look to add value to the lives of others, the more rewarding my own life becomes The Power of Connections are like…
  • Lisa B. Marshall Interview | Episode 14

    Shane Purnell
    12 May 2015 | 10:04 pm
     Lisa B. Marshall Interview: Show Notes To say Lisa B. Marshall is passionate about communication is unfair. It would be better to say she lives and breathes it. It’s her life. When she talks about communication you learn quickly she knows her topic. I talked with Lisa about the topic of communication and here’s what she had to say. Download and Listen Later Why Lisa B. Marshall is Passionate About Communication? Lisa saw how poor communication was affecting her company and spoke up. Her organization challenged her to do something about it by getting a master’s degree in…
  • Should I start a Podcast? Three Questions to Consider

    spurnell
    4 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    Should I start a podcast? It’s a question you may be asking yourself. Suddenly, podcasting is the new “hot medium”. I get it. You’ve discovered the Serial podcast or listen to shows like WTF with Marc Maron or Hardcore History with Dan Carlin and you think to yourself. “That would be so cool to do. I could do that.  I think I’ll start a podcast too” A lot of people want to start a podcast, but they need to ask themselves, “Should I start a podcast?” Having been a podcaster for more than two years and having done a radio show,  I can tell…
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  • How to make your presentations truly memorable

    matteoc
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:39 am
    What do you want to achieve when you’re presenting? Surely you want to be heard and understood. But what’s the goal of your presentation? Is it just to engage your audience in the moment you’re presenting? How about one hour after your presentation? Will they remember you then? How about a week after? You want to be remembered, and the one surefire way to make your presentation truly memorable is… to provide something ACTIONABLE. This makes your content live on long after the presentation is done. You want to enter the daily routine of your audience. But how? Maybe…
  • The single best way to end your presentation

    matteoc
    28 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    Often following your instincts leads to the best results. In presentations, not so much. Every presentation has a high point. After you reach this high point, you should also start to plan your exit. It’s so counter-intuitive. You’ve finally achieved your goal. You finally have the audience’s attention and what do you do? You leave the stage. But not so quick! You’ve done most of your job, but your duties are not complete. You owe your audience a good, graceful and effective ending. How do you achieve that? What is the key to ending a great presentation? Well,…
  • Time to leave for Berghain. Sobering tales on Identity Hygiene

    matteoc
    15 May 2015 | 10:19 am
    Unit Festival – Unicorns in Tech – Berlin, 8. May 2015 This talk is about #identity. It’s about what happened  to a friend trying to detox. It’s about how we perceive ourselves. It’s about the future of our data. It’s about our social media habits. And let me tell you upfront. You have a smiling picture on your social profile. And after reading this, you will look at that image again with new eyes. Now I have given a similar talk to a similar audience before. The Unit Festival in fact is not the only occasion that there has been for LGBTQI techies to come…
  • Video Wall Displays and Presentations: this is what you need to know

    matteoc
    5 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    Presenters need to worry about many issues. There’s the quality of their content, the efficacy of their delivery, the power of their visuals… And on top of that, they need to worry about a thousand technical details. These days, there’s an additional detail they need to consider. The rise of the video wall. When it comes to creating a multimedia environment today you have many good options. You can go for a big screen TV. 60 inches are now somewhat affordable and you always get crisp colors even under heavy ambient illumination. You can go for a 16:9 DLP projector that looks…
  • All great presenters have one thing in common: they know when to quit

    matteoc
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:43 am
    In my last post I was talking about the fact that nobody will buy 100% of your material 100% of the time, and how that is totally a-ok. Now I want to talk about another moment that happens in all successful presentations. It’s that moment when all your work to carefully motivate your audience, and all the value you provided, blossoms into a climax, a high where everybody (or almost everybody) understands what you’re saying. They relate to you personally, they deeply see the connection between you and your topic, and they are able to truly comprehend the core of your presentation.
 
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  • Michael Gove’s first public speech – 3 Lessons we can learn from him

    5 Jul 2015 | 6:33 am
    Michael Gove, the newly appointed Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, gave his first public speech at the Legatum Institute in London last month and if you’re about to give an important speech yourself it’s worth learning from Mr Grove exactly what not to do. Whether you’re the CEO, a senior Politician or a project manager, giving your first public speech is not for the feint-hearted and will always present a formidable challenge. Whenever anyone speaks in public it’s a given that their absolute priority is to look good, speak with impact and make a…
  • 10 Tips to Turn the Presenter’s Enemy into his Ally

    28 Jun 2015 | 8:22 am
    There are countless scenarios where we can find ourselves waking up one morning to find everything has changed; we can no longer operate on our own we have to lead and present from the front. In an instant the need to communicate with power and impact seems to have become the overriding force in your life and career. You’re suddenly called on to present regularly to the senior management team and it’s a real stretch. You’ve just been promoted and find yourself having to motivate, inspire and enthuse others each time you speak. You’re a highly successful…
  • Get those butterflies flying in formation – 10 Tips for the Nervous Presenter

    20 Jun 2015 | 1:29 am
    Public speaking anxiety seems to me to be a little like the ‘tax man’. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from or what you do, it will come knocking at your door at some point. For some of us the knock is all too loud and frequent while others may get away with just a little tapping every now and then.  There have been countless books and articles written to provide strategies and techniques to conquer the fear of public speaking and many of them work extremely well. For the sufferer though it’s a big issue and telling them to just practice and breathe…
  • 6 Big Mistakes Presenters Make When Closing – and how to avoid them yourself

    13 Jun 2015 | 5:56 am
    We are all familiar with crucial importance of creating the right first impression when presenting to an audience but even the strongest speakers sometimes forget the all-important last impression. Some of the best presentations can be undermined by a few moments of indecision at the end.  A great presentation should be like a brilliant firework show – most of us look forward to the grand finale so don’t let your presentation fizzle out like a damp fireworks display.  Always end with your best.  Avoiding these six mistakes we commonly see may help you to get your…
  • Six Real Examples of How to Open a Presentation With Impact

    7 Jun 2015 | 3:23 am
    If you go to work every day the odds are that regardless of your position you are likely to have to attend some form of presentation from time to time. Many of us also face the regular challenge of having to give them and having been on the receiving end ourselves we all know that there really is nothing worse than a boring one. We also know that we can tell within the first 60 seconds whether or not we will need to discreetly pull our phones out of our pockets to check our emails. We don’t pay attention to boring things let alone lifeless speakers, so our first task is to make our…
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  • How to Handle a Heckler

    Julie Austin
    21 Jun 2015 | 6:08 pm
    The first job I had when I moved to L.A. was being a bartender at the comedy club The Laugh Factory. As I stood behind the safety of the bar I remember thinking “I’m glad I’m not the one having to deal with hecklers”. But now that I work as a speaker I’m getting a little taste of what it feels like. Though speakers don’t get heckled nearly as much as comedians do, it still happens, and it’s a good idea to be prepared if it does. I asked comedians and speakers how to handle a heckler: “There’s a guaranteed way to avoid heckling in the…
  • How Heavy is a Microphone?

    Julie Austin
    31 May 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Remember when we used to say “women doctors” or “women attorneys”? So why do we still say “women speakers”? In looking up male dominated jobs, I found truck drivers, train conductors, airline pilots, and race car drivers. Are you seeing a pattern here? All involve driving large, heavy vehicles. But there’s no reason women can’t do any of those. I work in 3 male dominated industries, manufacturing, inventing, and public speaking. Yes, public speaking is considered a male dominated industry. Yet it involves no large machinery or heavy lifting. So…
  • Interview With a Speakers Bureau – Speaker Book

    Julie Austin
    10 May 2015 | 9:23 am
    The speaking industry is global, which expands a speaker’s opportunities beyond their own country. International speaking can be quite lucrative, and at some point in your career you might want to think about taking that leap. But every country has their own culture, and written or unwritten rules every public speaker needs to know about. Anthony “Ant” Williams has a unique perspective on the speaking industry, as both a speaker and a speaker bureau owner. If you think being a public speaker is scary and competitive, read on to see how Ant got his start: Can you give us…
  • Are There Two Different Sides of the Speaking Industry?

    Julie Austin
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Are there two different sides of the speaking industry? If you ask two different people to give you the definition of a professional speaker you may get two different answers. I always assumed it was someone who gets paid to speak. But the answer is a little more complicated than that. So I asked three professionals in different areas of the speaking industry for their thoughts on it. Cathleen Fillmore runs the speaker bureau Speakers Gold and has been in the speaking industry for many years. Here is her answer to that question: “As a bureau owner, I’ve had great experience with all…
  • Sponsorship is a Tax Write-Off

    Julie Austin
    15 Feb 2015 | 11:10 am
    There are many reasons small businesses should sponsor speakers. The best reason is the fact that you’ll be reaching your target audience. In other words, you only get your message in front of the people who really want to hear it. As a speaker this is a good selling point when pitching your sponsorships to small businesses. But another great reason to sponsor speakers is that sponsorship is a tax write-off. Here is what the IRS says about sponsorship tax deductions: IRS Publication 535: “You generally can deduct reasonable advertising expenses that are directly related to your…
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  • Controversial video «Bitch Better Have My Money » by Rihanna

    Madison Singer
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:53 am
    Are we so predictable? Why do record companies think that the public is so omnivorous? Where is a line that we cannot cross? It is easier to shock people than make something innovative. The plot is so ordinary that smacks of boredom. Tedious attempts to catch public’s attention offend auditorium.  
  • Fantastic Four: reloading the story

    Madison Singer
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:46 am
    20th Century Fox renewed legendary story about Fantastic Four. The group of scientists who received their superpower after teleportation to another realm has to fight with anti-social programmer Doom (Toby Kebbell). Josh Trank the director said “But you can’t just keep telling it the same way over and over again. And I think it only helps the world to be more honest with young kids, to show them the world that they go walk outside and see.” New super story will launch on August 6 in the UK and August 7 in the US.
  • How to start new life this summer

    Madison Singer
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:35 am
    Summer is the best season for changing of life. Sunny days and blossomed trees encourage people and give them energy. The warm season is full of fresh fruits and vegetables. Live picturesque nature motivates individuals to alter lifestyle and keep the inspiration. However, it is difficult to start a new life. People are afraid of changing usually. These feelings are natural. Anyhow, there are some tips, which help you to maintain new habits. Make a plan. The plan is very important when you want to do something new. It helps to organize you and keep your motivation.   Think about…
  • Top ways to be younger

    Madison Singer
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:57 am
    Every woman wants to be young forever. However, there is the prejudice that the searching of the philosophical stone needs much money. So, the majority of ladies do not try to keep their youth and beauty. Furthermore, hectic life becomes the real obstacle for being full of energy. Anyhow, the panacea exists. Of course, it is impossible to stop the process of aging but you can slow down it. Remember that stress is your main enemy. Scientists claim that chronic stress leads to aging. Hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline cause high blood pressure. Doctors suppose that 60-90 % of patients…
  • Harry Potter on the stage

    Madison Singer
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:16 am
    The pleasant surprise waits fans of Harry Potter in summer 2016. Forthcoming prequel of legendary series will be shown on the London Palace Theater’s stage in West End. J.K. Rowling serves only as producer, she will not write a script. John Tiffany, Tony winner for Broadway’s Once is going to direct the production. Called Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, the play tells the story of Harry’s parents Lily Evans Potter and James Potter. Furthermore, it will be a story of early years of Harry Potter as an orphan. Allegedly, Lily’s sister Petunia, Severus Snape and Remus Lupin will…
 
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