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  • The Soft Drink Printing Machine

    Stephen Shapiro
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I don’t have many vices. But I’ll admit that I do enjoy a Diet Coke from time-to-time. And my latest hedonistic pleasure is Diet Coke blended with orange soda. The cola/orange blend isn’t something I ever “make” on my own. I could buy a bottle of diet coke and a bottle ... The post The Soft Drink Printing Machine appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • The Power Of Being Able To Tell A Really Good Story

    The Accidental Communicator
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    A well told story can transform a speechImage Credit: Jim Pennucci The ultimate goal for any of the speeches that we give is to have them be remembered. The real challenge for all of us is to find ways to leverage the importance of public speaking and make this happen. The good news is that there is a simple, time-tested method that can transform a ho-hum speech into one that will be able to be recalled long after you are done talking. What is this secret technique you ask? Simple: it’s storytelling. Invitation When you decide to include a story in your next speech, you are going to…
  • How to Create a Venn Diagram in PowerPoint

    Nuts & Bolts Speed Training for PowerPoint
    Taylor Croonquist
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    Creating Venn diagrams is now extremely easy using SmartArt and with the new fragment tool, breaking out the overlapping pieces has never been easier.
  • Power Public Speaking Interview!

    NO SWEAT Public Speaking!
    Fred E. Miller
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:24 am
    Barry Coziahr recently interviewed me about the Power of Public Speaking. He is an excellent interviewer and the consummate host! Listen Learn Speak! The interview starts at 3:55. This interview explores many aspects of Public Speaking. Why Speak? The components, parts, and elements of a presentation. How to manage your Q&A. It explores ways to take a presentation from Blah to Ah! The Law of Primacy and Recency. The Fear of Public Speaking. Why we have it. The What Ifs? Nuggets to lessen it. The power of Personal Stories. The Elevator Speech. What is it and Why have one. The DNA of your…
  • What can you do in 30 seconds?

    12 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Throwback Thursday… In 2005, Merv Griffin said he wrote the Jeopardy! theme song in under a minute. “That little 30 seconds has made me a fortune, millions,” he said. How much exactly? Somewhere between 70 and 80 million. And that was ten years ago. Let’s pretend it took you 30 seconds to click through and read this post. Is it possible that I just cost you a couple million? Sorry. It took me under a minute to write this. Wonder how much I’ll make… photo by:
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    Presentation Zen

  • The key to storytelling is in the giving, not the getting

    22 Feb 2015 | 11:31 pm
    The key to success with presentation—and storytelling in general—is to focus not on getting approval or a particular response from the audience, but on giving something meaningful to them. That is, it’s not about getting but about giving. Many years ago I was inspired by the approach to performance by the conductor Benjamin Zander. In his teachings, and in his book The Art of Possibilities, Zander encourages us to move the focus from ourselves —“Am I good enough? Will they like me?”—and instead to turn our attention to the audience and ask the question “How can I make a…
  • Imperfections, mistakes, & the courage to overcome them

    8 Jan 2015 | 9:27 pm
    The power of a live performance is not in the perfection of the mechanics but rather in the sincerity, authenticity, and quality of the contribution in the moment. This is not to suggest that one does not need great content — or in the case of a musical performance, great talent — but intangibles are important too. With a live performance, just as in a live talk, imperfections will show themselves. But it's our imperfections that make us human, and it's one's humanity that connects with and engages an audience. When there is a genuine connection and honest, engagement with the audience,…
  • Merry Christmas, everyone!

    23 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    Happy holidays, everyone. Below is a little video montage I put together just for family and friends a couple of years ago that captures a lot of the feeling of Christmases I had as a child. These images are from my grandma's 8mm film camera shot in 1958. This was a few years before I was born, but in the film you can see my three brothers, Mark, Matt, and Todd. Both my mom and dad are in there as are three of my grandparents. You never see my dad's mom because it was her camera and she shot all the film. My mom's birthday is December 24, so you can see some birthday clips in there too when…
  • 10 tips for improving your presentations & speeches

    5 Nov 2014 | 10:36 pm
    In September of this year, I was asked back to the TEDxKyoto stage to give a few words regarding tips from storytelling as they relate to modern presentations. The 15-minute talk can be viewed below. The title of the talk is "10 Ways to Make Better Presentations: Lessons from Storytellers." But as I say early in the presentation, perhaps a better subtitle would be "Lessons from watching too many Pixar films." Below the video I list the ten (actually eleven) lessons. It's not an exhaustive list by any means. But it's a start. (Link on YouTube.)(1) Turn off the computer.Most people open a…
  • Bill Murray on storytelling

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

  • 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…
  • P.S. It's about the money

    6 Feb 2015 | 11:51 am
    In 2012 I wrote a post harshly titled, "I don't care about your dreams." I was making the point that when Project Runway contestants suggested that they should go to Fashion Week because they "... had always dreamed of being a fashion designer," they were way off base. The audience (and Project Runway producers) doesn't care about your dreams. They want to know how you're going to make their life better.Fast forward to this week's American Idol episode: Hollywood Week.Singers were asked why they think they should be the next American Idol, and there was plenty of the same "I deserve it…
  • Do people want to call you back?

    1 Feb 2015 | 10:28 am
    How often do you think about how you sound on the phone? Not often enough, I'd bet.I frequently get messages from people with mumbled messages, names I can't understand, phone numbers rattled off too fast, and not enough information. A couple of weeks ago, someone left a message without saying her name at all! Kind of awkward to call back and say, "I'm not sure who I'm calling, because there was no name in your message..."Another aspect of phone messages and talking on the phone in general that I notice is the lack of enthusiasm on the part of the caller.Now, I don't expect you to be jumping…
  • What does your audience really expect of you? Guest post by Barry Potyondi

    15 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    It is the most common sin among speechwriters, and almost all of us are guilty of committing it: in our zeal to sound authoritative, coherent and memorable, we forget that speeches begin and end with the listener, not us.Before any of us put pen to paper, we would do well to take a moment to look at things from the listener’s point of view. Regardless of the speaking opportunity, every audience wants the same three things from a speaker:ClarityHow many times have you listened to a speech and come away thinking, “What on earth was he trying to say?” When listeners are confused by a…
  • Happy New Year!

    2 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
    Wishing you all the best in 2015!
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    Beyond Bullet Points » Blog

  • Bringing your audiences into resonance

    Cliff Atkinson
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:09 pm
    A recent research study discovered that during lower-quality speeches, the brain activity of audience members was out of sync. During higher-quality speeches, “listeners as a group were more coupled to each other, suggesting that powerful speeches are more potent in taking control of the listeners’ brain responses.” What are your favorite ways to bring your audiences into resonance?
  • The Left Brain PowerPoint

    Cliff Atkinson
    18 Oct 2013 | 1:32 pm
    In case you haven’t seen this animated video of a talk by psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist, it’s worth watching: Iain clears up popular misconceptions about the function and relationship between the right brain and left brain, and updates our current understanding of the two hemispheres: The left brain helps us work with information within a closed system that is fixed, isolated, static, abstract and general. The right brain helps us work with  information within a broad context that is living, interconnected, changing and individual. The product of predominantly…
  • Free Webinar tomorrow: Learn the Physiology of Information Overload

    19 Jul 2012 | 12:09 pm
    Have you ever wondered why your blood boils or you grow ice cold when you experience an overwhelming amount of information? There actually may be a physiological explanation, which heightens the need for getting it right when it comes to presenting information effectively no matter what tools you use.  Join Cliff Atkinson at Noon Eastern on Friday, July 20, 2012, for this complimentary 1-hour webinar and you’ll learn: The physiology of overwhelm How an effective presentation regulates the physiology of the audience What you can do to start regulating your audience – and yourself…
  • Save 40% in July on the BBP 101 Online Course!

    9 Jul 2012 | 10:09 am
    From now until July 31, 2012 take advantage of our July savings with 40% off the BBP 101 Online Course. With the BBP 101 Online Course you receive 1-year access to step-by-step learning to transform your presentations Beyond Bullet Points.  Seven modules featuring narration, examples, downloads, and interactive quizzes to test your knowledge and help you to build your own personal presentation along the way. To try the Preview Module at no obligation, click the Start button at the Coggno course page at this link. To get the discount, put the Course in your shopping cart, and then at the…
  • BBP on the web: Indezine and Randomosity features

    3 Jul 2012 | 2:31 pm
    Here are a few BBP features from the web this past month. BBP 3rd edition book review: “Atkinson’s book is enga­ging without being over­whelm­ing and walks the a reader through a feel sup­por­ted approach that lends itself to imme­di­ate application” – Shawn Day http://www.shawnday.com/randomosity/2012/06/08/beyond-bullet-points-by-cliff-atkinson/ INDEZINE book review and BBP 101 Course interview: http://blog.indezine.com/2012/06/beyond-bullet-points-101-online-course.html http://blog.indezine.com/2012/06/cliff-atkinson-beyond-bullet-points-and.html
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    NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

  • Power Public Speaking Interview!

    Fred E. Miller
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:24 am
    Barry Coziahr recently interviewed me about the Power of Public Speaking. He is an excellent interviewer and the consummate host! Listen Learn Speak! The interview starts at 3:55. This interview explores many aspects of Public Speaking. Why Speak? The components, parts, and elements of a presentation. How to manage your Q&A. It explores ways to take a presentation from Blah to Ah! The Law of Primacy and Recency. The Fear of Public Speaking. Why we have it. The What Ifs? Nuggets to lessen it. The power of Personal Stories. The Elevator Speech. What is it and Why have one. The DNA of your…
  • The Fears of Public Speaking and Failure go. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:56 am
    0 Vm000:00RP Hand in Glove. Consider this:We all have a Comfort Zone. When inside it, we are comfortable. When out of it,we arenot surprisingly, uncomfortable.Picture your Comfort Zone as a large circle. When doing things inside the circle, we are relaxed and feel secure. When getting out of that Comfort Zone, we can, and sometimes do, Fail. Now focus on the edge of that Comfort Zone. This is where learning begins! Failure gets a bad rap. We should be embracing it. Perhaps it’s the word, ‘Failure’ that holds us back from trying new things and intimidates us. If we said,…
  • It’s All About the. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:35 am
    BACK STORY! Please CLICK to Enlarge! David Zamudio, Zamudio’s Studio, is a gifted illustrator. I’m proud he did the illustrations in my first book, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” One of his most famous black charcoal on white stock drawings is The Lion of Judah. Not only is it a beautiful illustration, but it has a wonderful Back Story. The Formula for the Body of a Speech is: Make a Point – Tell a Story! (Make it a personal story that reinforces your point.) This post features David’s magnificent illustration because it has such a great Back Story! The Lion…
  • The Fear of Public Speaking and the Fear of. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    0FAILURE! FAILING is a Great Way to Learn! Seriously? Why? Because, If you get something correct the first time, you probably don’t give it a second thought. It’s a Great Way to learn New Things! Some Failing is Easy!      A Tutorial is done alone.            Fail, Fail, Fail. No one knows but, You!      A Puzzle is done alone.            Fail, Fail, Fail. No one knows but, You! Some Failing is Tough!      Public Speaking is PUBLIC! Very PUBLIC! Fail at Public Speaking and Many know! Face the Fear and Do It Anyway! And, Consider      THIS Is Your Comfort Zone…
  • Speakers and Wannabes: Time to Plan. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    29 Dec 2014 | 4:44 am
     Those 2015 New Year Resolutions! If you’re reading this blog you probably have an interest in Public Speaking and Presentation Skills. Good! My mantra, as regular readers know, is: “Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.” No one ever challenges that statement. Why would they! You’re either now taking and making those opportunities, or you Wannabe doing it! If you’re already speaking where you work, associations, and chambers – Great! Your goal in 2015 is to deliver more and better presentations. If Currently Speaking: Start working on…
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    PowerPoint and Presenting Blog

  • Countdown Timers for PowerPoint (Set 2: Updated)

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    We are happy to announce a second bunch of Countdown Timer slides. After the success of our first Countdown Timer series, here's another set that contains longer countdowns (10 and 15 minutes each). Plus, we also include video clips in this series, if you want these countdown timers as video clips rather than slides. Additionally, this series includes 10 sample bonus presentations with ready-to-use countdown slides (just copy the first slide to your presentation). Get these countdown timers now! Categories: animation, design, graphics, powerpoint, presentation_samples
  • Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Slides with Countdown Timers

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Do you need to keep track of the time you spend while delivering your slides? What if you are in a situation where you must give your presentation within precisely 15 or 10 minutes, and then wrap up? In such a scenario, it becomes necessary that you keep an eye for the time. This tutorial explains how you can achieve this goal by adding a countdown timer within your presentation in PowerPoint 2010 using a ready-to-use video file. Learn how you can use a video countdown timer across slides in PowerPoint 2010. Categories: animation, powerpoint_2010, tutorials, video
  • PowerPoint and Presenting News: March 3, 2015

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Atoms make great graphics for explaining many concepts -- they can also be combined with other graphics as shown in this new Atom Graphics collection. And if you want to record narrations within PowerPoint for Mac, we show you how you can set your microphone. Adobe Presenter users can learn how to add presenters to your eLearning projects. And for PowerPoint 2013 (Windows) and 2011 (Mac) users, we show you how you can remove existing Sections within your presentations. PowerPoint 2010 for Windows users can explore animating slide objects while some audio or video clip is playing. And finally,…
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Slides with Countdown Timers

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Imagine that you are about to give a presentation that contains certain number of slides, and you’ve got 15 minutes in all to complete the whole presentation and wrap up every detail – all in those 15 minutes! Or maybe you have only 10 minutes? What will you do? In this tutorial, we will show you how you can create a countdown timer using a ready-to-use video file, right within PowerPoint 2013. Learn how to use countdown timers in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: animation, powerpoint_2013, tutorials, video
  • Package Option in Adobe Presenter

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Adobe Presenter provides various publish options -- and these work great if you have control over how your users will work with the eLearning content you create. However, there may be times when you do not have an idea about how and where the content with be used or distributed. In such scenarios, you can use the Package option that lets you publish the entire eLearning presentation along with all the assets and media within a single package. Explore the Package option within Adobe Presenter. Categories: add-in, adobe_presenter, powerpoint, tutorials
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • The Soft Drink Printing Machine

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I don’t have many vices. But I’ll admit that I do enjoy a Diet Coke from time-to-time. And my latest hedonistic pleasure is Diet Coke blended with orange soda. The cola/orange blend isn’t something I ever “make” on my own. I could buy a bottle of diet coke and a bottle ... The post The Soft Drink Printing Machine appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Blackjack and Innovation

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:46 am
    As I write this, I am in Las Vegas, a place sometimes referred to as Lost Wages. For the past two nights, I hit the blackjack tables for some fun. Fortunately I am ahead…so far. I like blackjack because it is a game of probability – and only probability. It is fun to watch other players. Some ... The post Blackjack and Innovation appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Innovation Philosophy Transcription

    19 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I recently posted my 6-minute animation video that explains my innovation philosophy. If you prefer it in written form, here it is…Enjoy! *** Innovation. You know it is essential for long-term growth. You are clear that it’s the key to beating the competition. And… you avoid it like the plague... The post Innovation Philosophy Transcription appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Innovation Philosophy Video

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:56 am
    Many people have asked me to summarize my innovation philosophy. Although I have many articles on the topic, to make it easy, I decided to create a 6-minute animation. This video summarizes the three key mistakes companies make when innovating – and what they can do to address those issues. Fo... The post Innovation Philosophy Video appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Pink Boxes, Assumptions and Innovation

    16 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    I recently met up with a client. The first thing I noticed was the bandage on his left hand. I asked what happened. He said, “I was looking for a box that contained cloth napkins for a dinner party we were throwing. I went to the garage, remembering that they were in a box on a shelf. I saw a ... The post Pink Boxes, Assumptions and Innovation appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
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    Professionally Speaking

  • Lady & the Champs Speakers’ Conference

    25 Feb 2015 | 10:58 am
    This Saturday, February 28 & Sunday, March 1, 2015 award-winning keynote speaker and speech coach Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE hosts a weekend of intense learning that can transform your speaking. Fripp will host World Champions of Public Speaking Mark Brown, Ed Tate, Darren LaCroix and other world-class professional speakers. If you are too busy to […]
  • American ingenuity: Bicycle Blender Gypsy

    14 Feb 2015 | 9:37 am
    Hats off to Mark Harris, a nomadic 70-year-old man riding across America on his bicycle volunteering his time on organic farms in exchange for room and board and living on a raw food diet. With classic American ingenuity, Mark has attached a kitchen blender to the rear of his bicycle and whips up his next […]
  • Toastmasters Kicks Off World’s Largest Speech Contest

    11 Feb 2015 | 4:07 pm
    The world’s largest speech competition has launched with more than 30,000 contestants in 126 countries vying for the title of World Champion of Public Speaking. The Toastmasters International Speech Contest begins with participants practicing and giving their presentations in local clubs as they polish their oratory skills while advancing to area, division and district levels. […]
  • Changing the Corporate Conversation

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:21 pm
    There are over 11 million corporate meetings every day in the United States, yet how often do we walk into a corporate meeting wondering why we are there? Or walk out angry that we’ve wasted another precious hour and accomplished nothing? What makes for a good conversation, or a meaningful meeting? Why are good conversations […]
  • Screenwriting and Storytelling Secrets for Speechwriters

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:54 am
    Members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable joined speechwriter, screenwriter and author Mike Long on a conference call earlier this week. This is the second of two edited highlights of the call. In part one Mike talked about becoming a freelance speechwriter. In this second edited highlight, Mike talks about how his experience as a […]
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  • What takes the time?

    Jan Schultink
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Presentation design can take a long time. But most of that time is not spent on the physical activity of putting slides together. The time consuming bit is to come up with the design itself. Now we have hard data. A SlideMagic beta tester deleted the wrong presentation and had to re-create it from a PDF export. Time spent to create the presentation: 6 hours. Time spent to recreate it from the PDF example: 30 minutes. (Of course, SlideMagic's grid structure made it easy...).Think about how you can spend those 6 hours most productively.  I would take 30 minutes to start thinking…
  • "On each slide we have a line with the key message..."

    Jan Schultink
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:58 pm
    ...but it is not the headline.Over time, many slide decks becomes so cluttered and messy that I have seen people adding a sentence or a bubble on each slide with a sentence that summarises the message of the slide. (I have even seen them in the footnotes on every page). "What we really want to say is this".Why do this last, instead of first? If you start with the sentence, and you build your slide just to support that message, the slide will be a lot more effective.Why not write this as the slide title? Many PowerPoint templates are so poorly designed that people do not use the headline. The…
  • SlideMagic is in public beta, anyone can sign up

    Jan Schultink
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Two years after having the first idea about creating a PowerPoint alternative from scratch, I now have taken the invite wall down on presentation software SlideMagic. Anyone can now sign up for the beta version.Here is how to get hooked:Go to the "templates" tab and clone one of the template presentations to startCustomise your own accent colour and logoGo all the way to the end (beyond playing around) and create one real presentation for your next meeting. It can be a short presentation. It can be low-risk presentation.Step 3 is the important one. You will see how incredibly easy it…
  • Why SlideMagic is different

    Jan Schultink
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:20 pm
    I created a quick presentation (hey, in SlideMagic) that highlights some of the features I have put inside that you will not get in other presentation design apps. Some of them you will never find there (even if people try to copy them) because of the fundamentally different way SlideMagic works. Less designer freedom and more uniformity allows you to do great things!Keyword search across all your slides, no more opening and closing filesImage-based search: "get me all the slides that contain this image"Explanation slide-out drawer to turn an abstract visual presentation that needs verbal…
  • 2x2 matrix clarity

    Jan Schultink
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:59 pm
    The 2x2 matrix is a favourite layout for differentiating yourself from others. 'We, the good guys, are in the top right corner".But people sometime force the framework somewhat. If you are having trouble filling the bottom left box, consider using a Venn diagram (a "best of both worlds concept").If it is going to be a 2x2 matrix and your axis choice is a bit tricky, write things out in full. Rather than "ease of deployment, low, high" consider ignoring the axis name and write the 2 categories: "Big system integration project", "Up and running in 5 minutes". You can also write explicitly in…
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  • What can you do in 30 seconds?

    12 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Throwback Thursday… In 2005, Merv Griffin said he wrote the Jeopardy! theme song in under a minute. “That little 30 seconds has made me a fortune, millions,” he said. How much exactly? Somewhere between 70 and 80 million. And that was ten years ago. Let’s pretend it took you 30 seconds to click through and read this post. Is it possible that I just cost you a couple million? Sorry. It took me under a minute to write this. Wonder how much I’ll make… photo by:
  • Why bother with a cover-up?

    2 Feb 2015 | 2:12 pm
    People in Washington say it’s not the initial offense that gets you in trouble. It’s the cover-up. They say you should admit what you did, get the story out, and move on. What this overlooks is the fact that most of the time the cover-up works just fine, and nobody finds out anything. I would imagine that’s the rule rather than the exception. My advice: take a chance. Lie. -George Carlin Is George Carlin right…again? If an internal investigation reveals that your organization has done something awful or embarrassing, should you really lie? Or try to cover it up? I loved George…
  • Our hearts and thoughts are not with you at this time…

    4 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    Enough with organizations offering generic sentiments and abstractions. Be specific. Give me something concrete, or don’t say anything at all. Let’s say I’m on a company’s email list. It sends me an email telling me to enjoy a happy and safe holiday weekend. It generously tells my family to have one, too. And then 100 other brands send me something similar. And post it on their Facebook wall. And send it out as a tweet. What’s the net effect? How am I supposed to feel about brands bombarding me with generic messages of good cheer? heartwarmed that a…
  • How well do you welcome?

    3 Mar 2014 | 11:29 am
    Your “Welcome” mat may be a visual cliché. You may think it’s de rigueur — but is it really making your audience feel welcomed? We’ve reached a point where merely saying or writing “welcome” doesn’t even mean anything. It’s too generic to be useful or inviting. That’s why you don’t see many websites with a welcome page anymore. A welcome page gets in the way of the content. Why not skip the “Welcome” session at the beginning of your event, too? After all, they don’t mean much. Think about it for a sec. If…
  • Yes, But It Was Only a Quiet Two Million

    21 Feb 2014 | 8:30 am
    Back in 2007, I quickly tossed up a YouTube instructional video. It took me about a half hour to make the 4:46 minute video. Today, the video will reach its 2 millionth view. But it’s not a viral video. It’s not hip or trendy. It didn’t get a big spike in viewership and then go away. It was meant to be helpful, and at least a few hundred people a day still watch it. And I still receive a ‘thank you’ for posting it almost every day. Those thank-yous have often been real day brighteners for me.  Thanks for watching. And thanks to the 4K+ who “liked”…
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    DiResta Communications Inc.

  • The 1 Non-Verbal Presentation That Can Disarm Your Audience

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    I entered the office building in anticipation of meeting a prospect. The first person I saw was the receptionist. Usually, a receptionist will say, “May I help you?” But this receptionist stood out. She did something that made her immediately … Continue reading →
  • Speak from the Heart

    11 Feb 2015 | 11:23 am
    What does Valentine’s Day have to do with public speaking? It’s all about giving out hearts. On February 14th we give out chocolate hearts but public speakers give their emotional hearts. What is speaking from the heart? It’s about being real, speaking … Continue reading →
  • How to Speak to an Audience with the Attention Span of a Gnat

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:32 pm
    When I first started out as a stand up trainer working with sales groups, I heard a piece of advice. The senior facilitator told me that sales people “don’t seminar well.’ I quickly learned what that meant. Sales representatives would … Continue reading →
  • Move the Masses: 3 Speaking Lessons from Martin Luther King

    19 Jan 2015 | 4:41 am
    What if you could speak like Martin Luther King? Not everybody will move the masses with their oratory but here is what I’ve observed- Gifted speakers are born but effective speakers are made. Martin Luther King was one of the most … Continue reading →
  • Three Speaking Resolutions You Must Keep in 2015

    15 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    It’s January 15th. Have you broken your resolutions already? In 2015, the bar has been raised. The world is watching TED Talks and TED has become the standard for all presentations and public speaking. If you want your career to soar, … Continue reading →
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  • Topher White: What can save the rainforest? Your used cell phone

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    The sounds of the rainforest include: the chirps of birds, the buzz of cicadas, the banter of gibbons. But in the background is the almost-always present sound of a chainsaw, from illegal loggers. Engineer Topher White shares a simple, scalable way to stop this brutal deforestation — that starts with your old cell phone.
  • Jon Gosier: The problem with "trickle-down techonomics"

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    Hooray for technology! It makes everything better for everyone!! Right? Well, no. When a new technology, like ebooks or health trackers, is only available to some people, it has unintended consequences for all of us. Jon Gosier, a TED Fellow and tech investor, calls out the idea of "trickle-down techonomics," and shares powerful examples of how new tech can make things actually worse if it's not equally distributed. As he says, "the real innovation is in finding ways to include everyone."
  • Helder Guimarães: A magical search for a coincidence

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    Small coincidences. They happen all the time and yet, they pass us by because we are not looking for them. In a delightfully subtle trick, magician Helder Guimarães demonstrates with a deck of cards, a dollar bill and a stuffed giraffe.
  • Ben Wellington: How we found the worst place to park in New York City -- using big data

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:58 am
    City agencies have access to a wealth of data and statistics reflecting every part of urban life. But as data analyst Ben Wellington suggests in this entertaining talk, sometimes they just don't know what to do with it. He shows how a combination of unexpected questions and smart data crunching can produce strangely useful insights, and shares tips on how to release large sets of data so that anyone can use them.
  • Romina Libster: The power of herd immunity

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:03 am
    How do vaccines prevent disease -- even among people too young to get vaccinated? It's a concept called "herd immunity," and it relies on a critical mass of people getting their shots to break the chain of infection. Health researcher Romina Libster shows how herd immunity contained a deadly outbreak of H1N1 in her hometown. (In Spanish with subtitles.)
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  • 6 Most Memorable Oscar® Speeches per Toastmasters (+ 2 Terry Gault faves)

    24 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    In my view, they’ve left out two of my personal all-time favorites. Dustin Hoffman won the Oscar for Best Actor in “Kramer vs. Kramer” released in 1979.  His candor and heartfelt sentiments have stuck with me since I first saw in in 1980. It’s cool to see a very young Meryl Streep who won her very first Oscar playing Hoffman’s wife. John Patrick Shanley, one of my favorite playwrights, who won for Best Screenplay for “Moonstruck” in 1988, delivers an all-time classic. It’s notable that Cher won Best Actress for her performance in the film.
  • Success and Recognition

    17 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Chuck Kuglen of The Henderson Group We often forget in communications, certainly I can say this as I’ve worked with even a couple billionaires who represent themselves (sometimes) as a bit more than they are, that being “too” good just does not work for anyone. Living in this time in the Bay Area, we all know tons of super successful (monetary-wise) people. Often, at least I’ve seen this, they represent themselves as a bit more than who they really are (as people, salespeople, CEOs, whatever). Especially if you know them on a personal level before or after you worked with them. Or…
  • The Secret Structure of Great Talks

    10 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Nancy Duarte, an American writer, speaker, and CEO has uncovered a remarkable ‘secret’. In Duarte’s study of the work of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey and other source material, she uncovered a presentation structure that she believes can make any presentation memorable, create emotional responses, and drive audiences to take action. She discovered that Steve Jobs presentation launching the first iPhone and Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech both use this structure. She is well known for her three best-selling books, which…
  • “Phone Jerk” – Second BluBed video

    2 Feb 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Here is the second video EinsteinFilms.com produced in the Fone Follies series that humorously demonstrate the BluBed headset holsters. David Hurwitz (who hired us to produce “Doug Serena, CIO” when he was CMO at Serena Software) is the gent behind this new product. Vince Yap delivers a terrific performance as Bob, who isn’t yet clued-in to the benefits of being #HandsfreeEverywhere.            
  • Apple iPhone 6 helps eliminate verbal filler?!

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Terry Gault of The Henderson Group Maybe it’s time for me to finally recommend an Apple product. Personally, I have yet to drink the Apple koolaid. By that I meant that I still have not purchased an Apple computer, iPad or iPhone even though I have many friends who gush about their Apple products and urge me to make the switch. I’ve found that PCs, Android tablets and Android phones have met my needs beautifully for a significantly lower cost. Then this happened: On December 18, I received an email from Andrea Holmes, Senior Program Manager, Infrastructure Customer Readiness at…
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    Public Speaking Library

  • Details details...

    Tim Wilson
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Fellow speaker,Presentation professor Andrew Abela suggests you be specific and give details in your presentation. Tell where this data comes from. For example, you could say, "According to a Harvard Law School study, accident claim lawyers make 75% of the money made by all lawyers." Detailed,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Way to think!

    Tim Wilson
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Fellow speaker,Presentation Professor Andrew Abela suggests you create a matrix showing what you want your audience to move from in their thinking and doing:Thinking and doing,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Practicing for performance

    Tim Wilson
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Fellow speaker,World Champion Craig Valentine suggests you focus on these things when practicing your speech:Avoid the mirror - you won't look at a mirror onstage so don't look at one when you practice - video yourself practicing and watch it after you finishImagine the audience - picture the audience as clearly as possible - What are they wearing? What are they doing?Mental practice - go through your entire speech in your mind (no words) seeing and feeling the audience's reaction to youCreate connections - if you stumble while rehearsing, continue as if you were onstage - focus on the…
  • Make me need you

    Tim Wilson
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:21 am
    Fellow speaker,In order to get your audience to take action on your speech, professional speech coach Nick Morgan suggest you show how following the actions you suggest helps them with their basic needs. A simple way to understand the audience's needs is "Maslo's Needs Hierarchy" in which basic survival needs build up to humanistic needs. Develop your audience needs at the lower levels, since these levels tie into basic survival needs which all people are interested in. For example, show how taking action helps them with "safety and security" needs like employment and health.Needily,Tim…
  • The TIES that tickle

    Tim Wilson
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:02 am
    Fellow speaker,If your humor doesn't tickle your audience's funny bone, build your TIES to your audience:Timing - make your punch line occur faster or slowerInforming - ensure your audience has enough information to know what you are talking aboutEmoting - make your face and body show what you are talking aboutSlowing - slow down the pace you say your speech to make sure the audience understands your wordsFine-tuning,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.comTwitter: @PblcSpkngLibr
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    Pro Humorist

  • Sitcom Writing: Pilots and Specs

    Jason Peck
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:16 pm
    I’ve Never Written a Sitcom… Yet Please note, I am writing this not from experience of being a professional sitcom writer, but from the perspective of having read and researched a lot about it. Not claiming to be an expert by any means. Sure I’ve probably read more books, and websites on the subject than you. But despite what some suggest, that doesn’t make you an authority or an expert. Neither does have a blog that ranks number one on the search engines for certain keywords. I am simply passing along information that I’ve found, and providing you with some food…
  • Late Night Talk Show Packet

    Jason Peck
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:31 pm
    The talk show packet is supposed to model a late night talk show of your choice. At the time of writing, we have pretty much finished a major shake-up in Late Night TV hosts. As writers, we have to try to capture the unique voice of the show’s host. Current Late-Night line-up Across the U.S. networks the hosts are as follows; Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, James Corden, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and Seth Myers. Some writers often include “The Daily Show” as well, even though the format isn’t strictly the same. In which case, you could probably add “The…
  • The Sketch Comedy Writer’s Portfolio

    Jason Peck
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Saturday Night Live Writer’s Packet info This is a follow-up to my previous post. So here’s a further breakdown of the comedy writing portfolios agents expect you to have. Bear in mind, I don’t have direct experience doing this myself… yet. This is just research that I’ve conducted and figured I’d share. Typically the sketch show packet is modeled after “Saturday Night Live” (SNL). Here’s the breakdown for you. SNL packet: cold open Host monologue Weekend update material Two commercial parody sketches Digital short TV show parody sketch…
  • What Pro Comedy Writers Are Doing That You’re Not

    Jason Peck
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Other than working and getting paid, I mean. Here in the U.S. comedy writers are expected to have certain calling cards in order to get work or get an agent, which don’t always go hand in hand. I’ve procrastinated on my own writing samples long enough. Admittedly it has been tough having a kid, and working a day job whilst trying to leave that day job for something less soul destroying. That and making my first feature film last year. This is something I’ve wanted to take care of for a while. Not because I want to necessarily work in each of these areas of comedy, some are more…
  • It’s Behind You! The Christmas Panto

    Jason Peck
    7 Dec 2013 | 3:17 pm
    Today is Panto Day! The Christmas Pantomime is that curious British tradition of a family comedy variety show where the Principal Boy is played by a woman, and the middle-aged spinster, known as the Dame, is played by a man. Pantomimes, or Pantos for short, usually incorporate singing, dancing, buffoonery, slapstick, cross-dressing, topical references, audience participation, and mild sexual innuendo. Brief, Brief History Over the last 40 years or so, in order to help keep shows selling out, it has become popular for many shows to use C- and D- list TV celebrities, pop stars and now old…
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    The presentation skills blog...

  • It’s not the fault of the presentation if no one likes your idea

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:05 pm
    There’s a lot of stuff around blaming PowerPoint for bad presentations and I recently found another example of what are – undoubtedly – spectacularly bad slides (http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/powerpoint-slides-pentagon-ash-carter). But I’m not sure I agree with the […]
  • Images about presentations (rather than in presentations)

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:19 am
    I can’t pretend there’s scientific research behind these little graphics – just a fair amount of observation over the years! ;) Let’s start off with a touch of cynicism about the topic of your presentations! […]
  • Naked presentations

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:57 am
    Amongst presenters and professional speakers there’s a jargon term for delivering without slides, props or other help: it’s called “doing it naked”. (Even good professionals get nervous and prefer some clothing.) And there’s some well-meaning […]
  • Presentations training – what’s in it for you?

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:19 am
    It’s not unusual for us to get full marks from participants in our presentations training. We even got called “the best trainer I have ever encountered“ in one spontaneous email. My three favourite bits of […]
  • How to tell facts from assertions in your presentation

    24 Feb 2015 | 6:12 am
    We’re all lazy – or at least our brains are. We all use mental shortcuts to save us having to work things out (heuristics). It’s why, for example, we tend to do the same things […]
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    Public Words

  • Phil Simon’s Message Has Been Received

    Nick Morgan
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I’ve known Phil Simon for a while now as a speaker and author on management, and so when he told me he was writing a book on my favorite subject, communication, I thought it was time to have a chat. Specifically, Phil’s taken on that perennial problem, jargon and business nonsense-speak. I can only stand […]
  • How to Prepare a Presentation

    Nick Morgan
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:49 am
    How do you prepare for an upcoming presentation? Let’s say it’s an important one, so you’re not going to wing it, just showing up in the moment and saying whatever comes into your mind. Not a good idea, really, even for a minor presentation, so good for you for prepping – this time. A recent […]
  • How to Conquer Your Unconscious Fears

    Nick Morgan
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:36 am
    This is the final post in a series on putting your unconscious mind to work for you, rather than leaving the biggest part of your communications to chance – or letting your unconscious fears and memories hold you back. I am not a believer in that mumbo-jumbo from The Secret that says if you just […]
  • How to train your brain for peak performance

    Nick Morgan
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    So if we’ve got at least three brains and two of the three are busy sabotaging us at key moments of stress and performance, what can we do about it? What we’re going to focus on now is the unconscious work that you have to do to keep from giving up leadership automatically in those […]
  • How Your Unconscious Mind Determines Your Communications

    Nick Morgan
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I posted recently on the dangers of leaving your body language to chance. I’m going to continue on this subject for a couple more blog posts. Your unconscious mind is busy 24-7 running your body, freeing up your conscious mind to think about things like the temperature of your latte and your Spotify playlist. That’s […]
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    The Eloquent Woman

  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    2 Mar 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:Funny girl: Some insights from the people who translated Maysoon Zayid's very funny TED talk into 33 languages on how to retain humor in translation.Speak up! In No, women's voices are not easier to understand than men's voices, you get some myth-busting and…
  • Famous Speech Friday: Patricia Arquette's Oscar speech & history lesson

    Denise Graveline
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:45 am
    Actor Patricia Arquette, who took home the Best Supporting Actress award at the Oscars earlier this week, used her acceptance speech to call for equal rights and equal pay for women. In doing so, she noted that women have fought for the rights of many, only to see their own unfulfilled. Here's what she said, after thanking her film, family, and philanthropic partners:To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United…
  • What's missing from your TED-like talk, and what should be

    Denise Graveline
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:15 am
    "I'm giving a TED talk."There's a lot of that going around. I hear hundreds say it casually, many more than there's room for at any of the official TED conferences. Sometimes, the speaker is referring to a locally organized TEDx conference. But more often, if pressed, they'll say they're giving a "TED-like" talk, something in the style of TED. And then comes the "but:" "But I'm going to [insert change you're making to the TED form here]."I've coached nearly 100 speakers featured on the TEDMED stage, at TEDx conferences around the world, and on TED.com--and scores more for TED-like talks. My…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    23 Feb 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:Absence speaks: The Washington Post tallied how few think tanks in Washington put women on panels about Middle East policy. A thorough and bleak report. I'm glad somebody's keeping count!Slide right in there: Tech whiz David Pogue, at the end of this TED talk, shares…
  • Famous Speech Friday: Charlotte Church's lecture on sexism in music

    Denise Graveline
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:45 am
    Now, here's a strong opening for a speech:I’d like you to imagine a world in which male musicians are routinely expected to act as submissive sex objects. Picture Beyonce’s husband, Jay Z, stripped down to a t-back bikini thong, sex kitten-ing his way through a boulevard of suited and booted women for their pleasure. Or Britney Spears’s ex, Justin Timberlake, in buttock-clenching, denim hot pants, riding on the bonnet of a pink Chevy, explaining to his audience how he’d like to be their teenage dream. Before we all become a little too hot beneath the gusset, of course, these…
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    Storytelling In Business

  • Presentation Skills – Memorizing Your Stories – Good or Bad Idea?

    11 Feb 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Early on in my speaking career, I was getting booked fairly consistently with a speech called, The Positive Power of Change. That keynote was filled with a number of stories, including my signature story, the Streaking Story. It was exciting to know that I had a speech that worked every time. During that time, I was a member of the Colorado chapter of the National Speakers Association where I was learning more about the business of speaking. Many of the professional speakers in that group had books and tapes (yes tapes) that they would sell at the back of the room. I knew that I needed to…
  • Find the Meaning in the Moment – Storytelling for Leaders

    16 Jan 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Stories revolve around moments: big moments, small moments, meaningful moments. Think about your life over the last six months. Did any challenges or obstacles cross your path? Were there things that didn’t go according to plan: big things, little things, important things? Garrison Keillor, the host of A Prairie Home Companion on NPR radio, says that your “best stories are about mistakes, failures and small disasters”. In the context of my Nine Steps of Story Structure, I call these “obstacles”. They can be big obstacles, like life threatening illnesses or tragic…
  • Corporate Storytelling – Body Language Speaks

    16 Jan 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Joel had been chosen by his team to be the one to give a presentation in front of a small review committee. His would be one of ten 30-minute presentations that day. A lot was riding on his presentation so he had to nail it. His team was depending on him. As I watched him tell the story I helped him identify and create, it was as if his head and body were not connected. He kept stepping forward and stepping back in a way that signaled discomfort and nervousness. What he didn’t realize was that the forward / backward movement looked weak. Not only did it communicate discomfort, he was…
  • Storytelling in Business – The Hybrid Story

    14 Jan 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Depending on the client and the event, I use stories that can be targeted towards lessons that are applicable in leadership, sales, marketing, fundraising or inspiration. The needs of the client determine what stories I use. My client’s audience isn’t interested in something that happened to me, unless I can relate it to their current situation. My stories serve as metaphors for a problem or challenge that the organization as a whole, or the individuals in my audience, might be dealing with. The stories that work best are what I call “hybrid stories”. They start out as personal…
  • Business Storytelling – Tune-Up Your Stories

    14 Jan 2015 | 11:24 am
    When I was living in LA in the 1970’s, I decided that if there was ever a place to own a convertible sports car, LA was the place. So I bought a 1972 green MGB sports car. It was a really nice ride with a stick shift and lots of power. During that time, I used to drive to Chicago to spend time with my family for Christmas. I would drive instead of fly to save the money. My best friend, Michael Augenstein, was also from Chicago, so one time we decided to make the trip together. What I didn’t think about was how cold it could be in a “low-to-the-ground” convertible that was built for…
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    The Shy Speakers' Guide to Success on Stage

  • Basking in Strength and Wonder at being Vulnerable

    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

    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 […]
  • Misses and Hits: Lessons from Singapore’s YPAP Video

    15 May 2014 | 9:59 am
    Editors Note: This post is written entirely for learning purposes. Any sarcasm and cynical comments found herein are included for entertainment purposes, and not meant to offend. [C’mon… give me […]
  • Five Important Lessons We Can Learn From Flappy Bird

    10 Feb 2014 | 8:35 pm
    This is old news. If you haven’t heard, an insanely addictive game going by the name of “Flappy Bird” swept through the world over the last year. Rumour has it […]
  • Why did Mark Zuckerberg choose to hang a

    4 Feb 2014 | 6:24 am
    Why did Mark Zuckerberg choose to hang around FB as CEO even though the trend is for founders to leavea? Find out: http://ow.ly/tgyLCFiled under: General
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    Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations

  • Why Burn the Boats?

    George Torok
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:23 pm
    “Burn the Boats” That’s what the motivational speaker proclaimed. “If you’re committed you’ll burn the boats.”It’s a colorful and attractive analogy. The concept is based on the belief that an ancient adventurer landed on an unexplored shore. The legend suggests that the leader wanted to ensure the commitment of his team to the journey ahead. They were facing an unknown enemy. To ensure that his team was committed to the mission the great leader ordered the ships burned.That story has been misused as an example of leadership, making difficult decisions and of focusing the…
  • Don't Neglect Your Opening and Closing

    George Torok
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:07 pm
    The speaker understood the concept of beginning – middle – end. But he didn’t practice that in the delivery of his speech.As the owner of an advertising agency, he explained that every ad follows a storyline and every story has a beginning, middle and end.However, he clearly didn’t see his presentation as a story with a beginning, middle and end. He failed to deliverer an effective beginning and end. Ironic.His opening line was, “So what I’m gonna try to do…”Would he start an ad with such a limp phrase?In the middle of his speech he delivered some fascinating insights and…
  • Connect with George Torok Online for Presentation Skills

    George Torok
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Recently I've been asked about where to find my posts, articles and articles online. This blog post lists the most popular links to blogs, websites and social media.Social MediaTwitter:         https://twitter.com/presentationsgoFacebook:    https://www.facebook.com/PresentationSkillsClubLinkedin       https://www.linkedin.com/in/georgetorokpresentationsYoutube       https://www.youtube.com/user/presentationskills1SlideShare  …
  • Your right to speak doesn't mean we need to listen

    George Torok
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
    In many countries you have the right to state your opinion. But you don’t have the right to demand that people agree or even listen. As a public speaker you have to earn that privilege to capture their attention. Then you need to persuade them with your message. Presentation Tips on Twitter Presentation Skills Club on Facebook Executive Speech CoachBusiness presentation tips from George Torok, the Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com
  • Tell your boring message in an entertaining way

    George Torok
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:17 am
    You can tell a boring message in a creative and exciting way. Presentation Tips on Twitter Presentation Skills Club on Facebook Executive Speech CoachBusiness presentation tips from George Torok, the Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com
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    Susan's Blog: Leading Voice on Growth and Opportunity

  • Invite Your Audience Inside Your Head

    Susan Trivers
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    What were you feeling when you were angry at your boss? When you were frustrated by a stubborn client? When you were confronted by an angry customer? When a prospect you thought was just about to contract with you changed their mind and went elsewhere? When a committee voted against your cherished idea? If you're in any kind of business or workplace today, you've experienced all of these situations at times. You know that what you say will be used against you, so you have to react and speak cautiously. That caution doesn't apply to what is going on inside your head. You could…
  • 5 Client-Centered Tactics to Improve How You Speak about Value-based Fees

    Susan Trivers
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:56 am
    A client told me “I’m using some peers to role-play conversations with clients where I talk with them about value-based fees. It’s harder than I expected to avoid my old habits of talking about what I do.” Here are 5 steps or reminders to help you make value conversations natural and powerful. Learn these two responses to the question “What do you do?” Answer 1: We help our clients achieve their objectives.” Answer 2: “We do many things. Why don’t you tell me a bit about your company and your objectives?” Do NOT fall into the habit of talking about what you do—your…
  • Create Provocative Intellectual Property in Response to Current Events

    Susan Trivers
    6 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    Moments after a high-stakes event occurs, whether a catastrophe like a plane or train crash, a hard-fought contest between two pro sports teams or the outrage of the week uttered by a politician (any party), commentators take to their digital devices to connect the event to their own lives. You’ll find “How X event changed the way I do Y” or “Lessons learned from the Z Event” or “How leadership is like ABC” You've seen them all. Many experienced business people do the same thing, especially if they’re planning to speak to an audience in the coming days or weeks. They…
  • Battle of Egos: Speaker vs Audience-Let the Audience Win

    Susan Trivers
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:02 am
    Egos are wonderful. They help us get out and about everyday, make a difference to others and enjoy our lives. The other thing egos do is compete with other egos. "I'm stronger, smarter, more successful than you!" Speaking to audiences is one big clash of egos. The speaker's ego believes he or she is superior, special and deserving of complete attention and praise. The audience's egos believe they are superior, special and not at all obligated to pay attention and give praise to the speaker. So how can you, the speaker, resolve this clash of egos? After all, both you…
  • Gather 'Yes AND' People Around You and Avoid 'Yes...But' Folks

    Susan Trivers
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    To some people new ideas are threatening and doomed to failure. To others, new ideas are exciting and jump-start their thinking to create even better options.   Which are you? Which do you seek and gather around you? The "Yes...but" resister who goes on about every possible negative outcome? Or the "Yes AND" person who says "Let's get started! We'll address any hiccups along the way."   When your business needs to create new, exceptional offerings for your best buyers or you want to broaden the range of your offerings along the GO Curve, you need…
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    The Accidental Communicator

  • The Power Of Being Able To Tell A Really Good Story

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    A well told story can transform a speechImage Credit: Jim Pennucci The ultimate goal for any of the speeches that we give is to have them be remembered. The real challenge for all of us is to find ways to leverage the importance of public speaking and make this happen. The good news is that there is a simple, time-tested method that can transform a ho-hum speech into one that will be able to be recalled long after you are done talking. What is this secret technique you ask? Simple: it’s storytelling. Invitation When you decide to include a story in your next speech, you are going to…
  • How To Tell A Political Story

    24 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Politicians are speakers who tell stories to get us to vote for themImage Credit: Seattle Municipal Archives If you are like me, you don’t really seek out politicians to add to your list of friends. However, whenever an issue comes up that we really care about, all of a sudden we have a habit of becoming very, very interested in politics. As speakers, we need to realize that politicians are also speakers who just happen to realize the importance of public speaking. What might set them apart from us is that they give speeches with a very specific goal – to get or remain elected.
  • 2 Ways To Get Your Audience To DO SOMETHING!

    17 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Every speaker wants their audience to go take action!Image Credit: Lasse Rintakumpu I must confess: I do enjoy hearing myself speak. However, when I give a speech in addition to listening to myself talk, I want to convince my audience to actually do something based on the information that I have shared with them. It’s relatively easy to give a speech; despite the importance of public speaking it can be much harder to cause people to take action based on your words. I do have a couple of secrets that I use to make things happen when I talk. It’s All About Pictures If you want to…
  • The 3 “Ps” Of How To Persuade Your Next Audience

    10 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    If you want to persuade your audience, then you need to promise a payoffImage Credit: Riccardo Bandiera As a speaker you have ideas that you want to share with your next audience – this is what the importance of public speaking is all about. Your reason for wanting to do this is because you want to influence them. You want to plant new ideas in their heads, change the way that they think, or even get them to get up and go out and take action. In order to make this happen you are going to have to be able to do three things: make promises, create a premise, and use points. Creating Promises…
  • The Power Of Persuasion

    3 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    What will it take to persuade your next audience?Image Credit: wayne mah The reason that we give speeches is because we want to change the world — that’s what the importance of public speaking is all about. No, we may not end up changing it in some big way, but we’d at least like to change the way that the audience that we’re talking to views their world. If we can do this than yes, we will have created change just by giving a speech. Now the big question comes: how are we going to go about doing this? The answer is simple: persuasion. Five Ways To Work Persuasion Into…
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Two reading lessons from the Supreme Court

    George F. Will
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:43 pm
    The Supreme Court frequently ponders arcane matters. Next week, however, in oral arguments concerning two cases, the justices’ task will be to teach remedial reading to Congress and to Arizona. On Wednesday, the justices will consider this: Did Congress mean what it said when, with patently coercive intent, it stipulated in the Affordable Care Act that subsidies for persons compelled to purchase health insurance can be disbursed only through exchanges “established by the state”? If so, billions have been illegally disbursed through federal exchanges in the 34 states that resisted the…
  • Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is out to emancipate the Land of Lincoln

    George F. Will
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:07 pm
    CHICAGOThe most portentous election of 2014, which gave the worst-governed state its first Republican governor in 12 years, has initiated this century’s most intriguing political experiment. Illinois has favored Democratic presidential candidates by an average of 16 points in the past six elections. But by electing businessman Bruce Rauner it initiated a process that might dismantle a form of governance that afflicts many states and municipalities. Read full article >>
  • Twitter can’t tame terrorism

    George F. Will
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:02 pm
    “We’re here today because we all understand that in dealing with violent extremism, that we need answers that go beyond a military answer. We need answers that go beyond force.”— Vice President Biden at the Summit on CounteringRead full article >>
  • Congress’s essential but by no means easy debate on war authorization

    George F. Will
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Americans, a litigious people, believe that rules for coping with messy reality can be written in tidy legal language. This belief will be tested by the debate that will resume when Congress returns from a recess it should not have taken, with a war to authorize. The debate concerns an authorization for use of military force against the Islamic State and also against . . .Read full article >>
  • Curb your pessimism

    George F. Will
    13 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Barack Obama’s tone of mild exasperation when tutoring the public often makes his pronouncements grating even when they are sensible. As was his recent suggestion that Americans, misled by media, are exaggerating the threat of terrorism. Read full article >>
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    The Public Speaker's Quick and Dirty Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills

  • 286 TPS How to Apologize (and Be Forgiven)

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    After an internet firestorm, E! News host Giuliana Rancic apologized to actress Zendaya Coleman for her "patchouli...or weed" comment. Was her apology effective? The Public Speaker explains the essential elements of a sincere apology. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1zmO7T3
  • 285 TPS Do You Have a Gap in Employment?

    20 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Do you need to explain an employment gap during your next job interview? The Public Speaker explains the best way to frame your lack of employment with a potential new boss. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1LkGYt9
  • 284 TPS How to Handle an Unpredictable Boss

    12 Feb 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Do you need help dealing with a whimsical boss? Lisa B. Marshall, The Public Speaker explains who to talk to a boss who keeps changing your priorities. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1yyvafB
  • 283 TPS Storytelling Lessons from the Super Bowl

    6 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Storytelling played a big role in the the 2015 Super Bowl ads. The Public Speaker explains which ads used storytelling and effectively and which one missed the mark. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/1zQq7Lf
  • 282 TPS How to Complain and Get What You Want

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    There is a right way and a wrong way to complain. Lisa B. Marshall, The Public Speaker, explains how NOT to complain and how to complain and get what you want. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1Kf0XbW
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    Power Presentations

  • Jeb Bush and the Quest for Voters

    Jerry Weissman
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    In the wake of a significant setback for Jeb Bush at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, it’s time to take another look at his candidacy. The former Florida governor came in a poor fifth in the CPAC straw poll with 8.3 percent of the vote, trailing Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) who had 25.7 percent, Governor Scott Walker (R-Wis.) 21.4 percent, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) 11.5 percent, and Dr. Ben Carson 11.4 percent. Granted this is very early in the game, the CPAC is a niche (only about 3000 voters), and Mr. Bush’s base is more moderate than conservative, but a…
  • Two Big Lessons from the Oscar Presenters and Winners

    Jerry Weissman
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:17 am
    Last night’s Oscar award ceremony had the usual imperfections audiences have learned to endure over the years: over the top glitz, obscure niche awards, questionable taste, failed jokes, and endless acceptance speeches; but some of speakers—both presenters and recipients—latched on to two very effective techniques with enough frequency during the broadcast to serve as role models for any presentation. By time inured tradition, the presenters who announce the winner in a given category, start by saying, “I would now like to …” and then go on to read the list of candidates from a…
  • How Tinder Can Help Your Love Life and Presentations

    Jerry Weissman
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:04 am
    Tinder, the enormously successful mobile dating app—estimated to be valued at $1.1 billion by the end of the year—has made blind dates, personal columns, and perhaps even the more modern matchmaking services such as eHarmony and match.com, obsolete. If you are looking for a romantic companion, whether to develop a relationship or just find a date, you need only register your profile and a photograph on the Tinder site and they will start sending photographs of potential matches to your mobile device. You can then reject or accept a person by swiping the photograph: swipe right to connect,…
  • Rand Paul and a Lesson from the Scorpion

    Jerry Weissman
    5 Feb 2015 | 9:02 am
    There is an old parable about a scorpion who asks a frog to ferry him across a river. The frog, fearful of the scorpion’s deadly sting, declines. But the scorpion points out that, if he were to sting, both of them would die. The frog relents and gives the scorpion a piggyback ride. Halfway across the river, the scorpion stings the frog. As they both begin to sink, the frog asks why. The scorpion replies “It’s my nature.” It is the nature of journalists to ask challenging questions. When Rand Paul agreed to appear for an interview with Kelly Evans of CNBC on Monday, he knew that he was…

    Guest Blogger
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    Guest Blogger, Gail Blanke On July 27th, 2004, I was sitting with our daughter, Kate, on the floor of the Democratic National Convention in Boston. I was there because I was the speech coach for Senator Bob Graham of Florida who was running for the Democratic presidential nomination. The floor was packed, the speeches were back to back and at times seemingly endless. Most of my thoughts were centered on “my guy,” Senator Graham, and waiting for it to be his turn to speak. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, an African American man who looked to be in his early forties, took the stage…
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  • Like A Phoenix, This Site Is Reborn

    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…
  • Hello world!

    15 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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    Speak Without Interruption


    4 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    BRYCE ON LIFE - You can run from math, but you certainly cannot avoid it. (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. I recently sat down with a local college professor of management to talk shop. Like me, he understands [...]
  • National Association for the Advancement of Western People Good News for San Diego

    Richard Cahill
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
      A Republican lawmaker in Tennessee posted a comment to Facebook calling for a “Council on Christian Relations and NAAWP in this Country,” The Tennessean newspaper reported on Wednesday. According to the Tennessean, the post by state Rep. Sheila Butt (R) read: “It is time for a Council on Christian Relations and a NAAWP in [...]

    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    BRYCE ON LIFE - Some films which will touch your heart. (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. Many people believe we experience too much sex and violence in American entertainment, be it on television, the movies, even in today’s [...]
  • How To Update Your Home with an Eye for Design

    28 Feb 2015 | 3:51 am
    You’ve lived in your home for about five years now. It was chaos when you moved in, but you made it happen. All of your previously collected belongings joined the fray of your new structural boundaries and limitations – your walls, ceilings, doors, staircases, and floors – and you made your new place look [...]
  • The Empty Road

    Mark Scheel
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:43 pm
    With this post I’m reverting back to a memoir-in-progress selection.  The following piece was initially published years ago in Star, the Weekly Magazine as the feature article.   As with the poem “Rain,” if I were to choose one of my prose pieces as my favorite, it would probably be this one.  However, I [...]
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    Speaking Pro Central

  • Create a vignette effect to make a photo more powerful

    28 Feb 2015 | 8:03 am
    'A vignette effect on a photo typically places a dark, semi-transparent border around it. There are other possible variations, such as a light border, but dark is more common. Designers use this effect to make the center of the image stand out. Here you see a photo with and without a vignette.   . Insert a rectangle over the image. Click To Tweet.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Male, Middle-Aged: Some May Be Lost, But Many Others Are Thriving

    28 Feb 2015 | 3:48 am
    'Both The Economist and the Telegraph have articles this week on supposedly middle-aged males, in both Britain and the U.S., who feel "lost." " Some have retreated into despair and commit suicide at a higher than average rate. This makes for an interesting story. But is it really a dominant trend? It's an amazing buddy system.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Daily News Could Be Sold - More Journalists/Editors Will Hit Mean Streets Of NYC Looking For Work

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    '"In a memo to a stunned staff [at the Daily News] on Thursday, [Mort] Zuckerman announced he had hired investment bank Lazard to explore a sale." " - Keith J. Kelly, New York Post, February 26, 2015. Here is the article. If the money-losing Daily News is sold and reconfigured as something else, that will be no loss to readers.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Ron Johnson - Brick & Mortar Remains Tough Game

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:16 am
    '"Ron Johnson. just led a $16 million investment in the e-commerce startup Nasty Girl to help it expand its brick-and-mortar presence." " - Julian D'Ornfro, "Former Apple retail genius and ousted JCPenney CEO Ron Johnson is coming back in a big way," Business Insider, February 27, 2015. Here is the article.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Invite Your Audience Inside Your Head

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    'What were you feeling when you were angry at your boss? When you were frustrated by a stubborn client? When you were confronted by an angry customer? When a prospect you thought was just about to contract with you changed their mind and went elsewhere? When a committee voted against your cherished idea? Storytelling is art, not testimony.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
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    PowerPoint Tips Blog

  • Create a vignette effect to make a photo more powerful

    Ellen Finkelstein
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:03 am
    A vignette effect on a photo typically places a dark, semi-transparent border around it. There are other possible variations, such as a light border, but dark is more common. Designers use this effect to make the center of the image stand out. Here you see a photo with and without a vignette. Can you see how the vignette effect intensifies the center of the photo and therefore makes the man’s dismay feel more powerful? You can create a vignette effect in a few ways in PowerPoint but here is an easy technique. Insert a rectangle over the image. Right-click and choose Format Shape. In…
  • Create a table from Excel data in PowerPoint

    Ellen Finkelstein
    15 Feb 2015 | 10:25 am
    Recently, a subscriber asked me about how to put a table of data from Excel on a slide. You can do this in a couple of ways. First, think about whether the data will be readable if it will be projected on a screen. Also consider whether the data lends itself to a graph, because graphs can be easier to understand. If you have too much data to fit on a slide, here are 2 options: Divide it up onto multiple slides Provide it as a handout, either printed or electronic Copy into a PowerPoint table PowerPoint’s tables offer you lots of options for design and layout. If you want the table to…
  • Create a quiz in PowerPoint

    Ellen Finkelstein
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Did you know that you can create a quiz in PowerPoint? You can create a simple quiz in PowerPoint using just hyperlinks. It’s simple because it doesn’t require any programming and you can’t grade it. Students take the quiz in Slide Show view. When they choose the wrong answer, they go back to the question to try again. When they choose the right answer, they go to the next question. Create the slides Start with a title slide that explains the topic and includes instructions, as you see here. That Next button at the bottom right is a hyperlink–I’ll discuss the…
  • Create a tile menu with hyperlinks to slides

    Ellen Finkelstein
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
    It’s often useful to create a menu for your first or second slide. Here are some scenarios: To facilitate easy navigation to anywhere in your presentation To allow your audience to choose the order of the content, for a non-linear, live presentation To allow viewers to navigate through an online presentation Use an updated interface style A recent design trend uses tiles to create a visual menu. You’ve probably seen this type of tile menu in Windows 8/8.1, but others have used it as well. This type of menu is easy to create in PowerPoint. Here’s an example. Create the shapes…
  • Discover PowerPoint Mix for interactive online lessons

    Ellen Finkelstein
    17 Jan 2015 | 11:43 am
    PowerPoint Mix is a new PowerPoint add-on by Microsoft, now in beta (not finalized). What is PowerPoint Mix? PowerPoint Mix is a PowerPoint-based tool for creating interactive online lessons. The basic process is simple: You create slides and can record audio and video. You can add quizzes. You upload the final result to the Mix website and share it with anyone you want, such as your students. You can even export Mix to a SCORM-compliant format. You get statistics about who watched the Mix as well as quiz scores. How to get started Start by watching the videos at at the Mix website. One is an…
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    all about presentations

  • How to present at a management fest?

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:14 pm
    Management fests in colleges are quite common. I happened to be a judge at a fest last week. It was in St. Stephens College, Hyderabad and the contest was called 'Pitch Perfect'. 9 teams from all over India were given a topic and given an hour to prepare. They had to come and present their suggestions (a PPT) in 5 minutes. A tough task for various reasons:1. Limited time to prepare2. Limited time to presentImpressing the judges was the toughest job. As a judge, I realised, after a PPT ended I was hardly able to recall what the team had spoken about. I could remember just 2 to 3 things. After…
  • We're Open: PPT Makeover Service

    28 Feb 2015 | 10:26 pm
    Making an important presentation?Let us beautify the slides for you.Email your slides to us and we will email it back to you within 48 hours.Introductory Offer (slide makeover only):$85 for a 10 slide PPT$165 for a 20 slide PPTWant a PPT from scratch?Let us help you with the content and the slides.Write to us for a quote.100% Money Back GuaranteeDon't like the deck, don't pay us! Simple.
  • Us vs. Them

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    You have gone to make a pitch.You will surely talk about your company and its credentials. You may start with the basic information, the offices you have around the world. Then talk about the business you are in and its various verticals. Then talk about the clients you serve and some testimonials.You will eventually talk about the client. How can you help them? You understand their business and know their problems. You are the right resource. Aren't you?How much time do you talk about yourself and how much time you talk about the client?Cut down drastically on the time you spend on…
  • Happy Birthday... 6 years!

    16 Jan 2015 | 12:33 am
    My blog has turned 6.I started blogging in January 2009 after I had quit my job.I took up another job, life got busier but I kept going.6 years later, I have 518 posts and 1.3 million views.I also have advertisers :)It's an awesome feeling.Today, I am again in a similar situation. I have quit my job and starting on my own; as a marketing consultant and a presentation architect. The blog gives me confidence as I move into the unknown future. Thanks for reading, thank for sharing and thanks for advertising.Thank for liking my stuff, writing to me and all the encouragement.To read some of…
  • Book Review: Dan Roam's 'Show & Tell'

    16 Jan 2015 | 12:17 am
    I have read more than 10 books on presentations so far and do not wish to read any more in the near future. It is better to implement what one has learnt than keep reading new stuff. Having said that, I got hold of this book for free. Could not resist buying it (I mean it was free!).I did read the book. I have read Dan Roam before. The book is quite simple, nice and very fast to read.Here is the crux of the book:How can you make extraordinary presentations?Tell the truthTell it with a storyTell the story with picturesWe deliver a report, a pitch or a presentation so that the audience…
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    Speak & Deliver - A Public Speaking Blog For the Speaking Public

  • Levels of Credibility & the Big Lie for Speakers

    11 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    Credibility - it's a quality every speaker must have. Credibility can help us believe in ourselves.Credibility can help other believe in us.The fear of not having Credibility can stop us from speaking altogether.Are you Credible? Take a look at this list of Levels of Credibility and decide for yourself - because if you don't believe you're credible, it doesn't even matter if others DO.Levels of Credibility1. Celebrity Credibility - You've walked the walk. Up Mt. Everest, on the Moon. You've won the trophy, you've held the office, you've earned the money. You're famous, or just infamous.
  • Nobody Cares About You!

    15 Jan 2015 | 11:49 pm
    Believe it or not, it's true - not single person in your audience gives a whit about you. You and your story. You and your success. You and your obstacles. You and your genius.Even if your mom, spouse, or children are in the audience - they don't care about you either.Humans are a egotistical lot. There's an old saying - 'your favorite word is your own name' - even if you don't like your name, when you hear it, you immediately come to attention. Heck, with six kids, if I just hear the word 'Dad' in any space I'm in, I start looking around!We may like you. We may even want to hear you tell us…
  • A Triumphant Return?

    13 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    After coming home from the International Conference in August, I haven't done much speaking. In fact, other than a couple of 5-7 minute speeches in my home club toward the end of the year, I've really done NONE.Over the weekend, I was an educational presenter for my District's TLI - Toastmasters Leadership Institute, and gave a 45 minute session (Unlock Your Keynote) designed to help TMs who want to get their message out to the world in a longer format. Twice, in fact. Once in Denver, then that afternoon in Colorado Springs.Returning to the stage was extremely satisfying for me. I was glad,…
  • Toastmasters Saturday: The New Year That Almost Wasn't

    3 Jan 2015 | 11:13 am
    As I drove up to the auto dealership our club meets at last night, it was eerily quiet...and locked.Down the way, were a few of my club members huddled around their cars in the cold, already wondering if and where we were going to hold our meeting - a meeting/party we had boldly scheduled at our normal 7:00 pm time, despite the holiday.Smart phones out, we started looking for alternate venues. Whole Foods? Soon to close for the night? The local diner? Pretty loud and we couldn't bring in the food we had brought. Same for McDonalds, even though it had a private meeting room (the only one I've…
  • 9 Questions to Help You Define Your Speaking in 2015

    31 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    Image by Rush and Hugh SymeAh, the last day of the year. Or the first for my many friends on the other side of the world. A time when our brains often hit the reset button. We look back, and we look forward. I'm not going to spend time here to look back and forward for myself - I've done that in my Win Anyway blog - where all that belongs. Instead, I want to help YOU look back and forward, as you think about what you want your speaking life to be about in the next 12 months.You may be an experienced, currently working speaker, or a Toastmaster looking to break out into the 'real…
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    Interruption Management

  • Major Disruption: A Hacked Password

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:26 am
    Using any of the 25 most popular passwords of 2014 is highly risky. A hacked password equals no breathing space. Instead make up something more complex, with random letters and numbers, such as ij6ko40d1. Or use an acronym and numbers known only to you, such a mwdSin12 ("my wonderful dog Skippy is now 12").These are a hackers delight:      1. 123456 (Rank unchanged from 2013)      2. password (Unchanged)      3. 12345 (Up 17)      4. 12345678 (Down 1)      5. qwerty (Down…
  • The Power of Focus

    17 Feb 2015 | 6:27 am
    Notes from the Power of Focus by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Les Hewitt     People who are busy all the time will never get anywhere in life if they lack focus.  For such a short word focus packs power.     *    Steam rising from a boiling pot is unfocused.  Steam surging through a turbine engine will propel vehicles.  Light from a flame is unfocused.  Light from a laser beam is so highly focused that it will cut steel.       *    The unfocused in business or career may do…
  • Higher Productivity via Happiness

    12 Feb 2015 | 5:31 am
    The happier you are, the more effectively your brain functions. Ultimately, this results in higher productivity.  Slide to 7:05 to see the last five minutes of Shawn Anchor's talk which succinctly encapsulates his work on happiness and productivity.
  • You Can Handle It!

    12 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Matthew Blakeslee writing for Discover a few years back wrote, "If old dogs haven’t been able to learn new maybe that’s because no one has known how to teach them properly. Until quite recently orthodox neuroscience held that only the brains of young children are resilient, malleable, and morphable—in a word, plastic.""This neuroplasticity, as it is called, seems to fade steadily as the brain congeals into its fixed adult configuration. Infants can sustain massive brain damage, up to the loss of an entire cerebral hemisphere, and still develop into nearly normal adults; any adult who…
  • Clutter Distracts

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Information is stored in spaces -- tables, shelves, desks, disks, hard drives, mobile devices, web sites, etc. and you control the spaces in your life.Clutter is distracting. If your desk is a mess right now, strewn high with piles that are growing higher, remember you're the one who controls that space, as well as your filing cabinet, your shelves, the top of your dining room table, your kitchen counter, your glove compartment, or your back seat.You are the one controlling your space, and this acknowledgment will help you to stay focused on the task at hand.
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    Moving People to Action

  • Put somebody on a treadmill and I’ll tell you how good they are at any other thing they do in life.

    Conor Neill
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    Will Smith (photo from Esquire)Reading an interview with Will Smith (he is deep and a keen observer of the human condition), I came across this statement from him: “Put somebody on a treadmill and I’ll tell you how good they are at any other thing they do in life.” Will Smith Harsh. Brutal. but… is it True? I think he’s right.  Verne Harnish thinks he’s right – he says “How you do anything is how you do everything” And Will on Resilience… “Don’t let success go to your head and failure go to your heart”? Daphne…
  • “What is the hardest thing that you ever had to work for?”

    Conor Neill
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:44 am
    This is a request for your experience.  I want your help. Yesterday, I came across an interview with Ryan Avery, 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking on the blog of Paul Sohn: How to Speak Like a World Champion of Public Speaking. Ryan Avery. At age 25, Ryan is the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history. He currently works as the Director of Marketing and Communications at Special Olympics Oregon. The question that really struck me and has left me deep in thought for the last 24 hours is this: “What is the hardest thing that you ever had to work for?” Ryan said that a…
  • Bertrand Russell’s ten laws of teaching

    Conor Neill
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    This list was shared via email by my Dad today: Bertrand Russell’s ten laws of teaching Bertrand Russell in 1938; Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons Do not feel absolutely certain of anything. Do not think it worthwhile to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory. Have no…
  • Are Business and Society always in Conflict?

    Conor Neill
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:08 am
    Communities are Conservative, Business is Progressive John Stewart Mill and H Taylor, they thought deeply about these questions of society, freedom, markets, power in the 1800s.  Photo licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons  There is an inherent conflict between communities and companies.  Communities (family, neighbourhood, tradition) try to maintain stability.  Companies are driven by the nature of the capitalism market system to innovate and change. (See Schumpeter’s “creative destruction” on wikipedia) . Stability vs Destruction Companies close their…
  • Kung Fu is Not a Science

    Conor Neill
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:14 am
    Physics is a science. Geology is a science. Chemistry is a science. What is Science? “Science: (from Latin scientia, meaning “knowledge”) is a systematic enterprise that builds and organises knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe. In an older and closely related meaning, “science” also refers to a body of knowledge itself, of the type that can be rationally explained and reliably applied. A practitioner of science is known as a scientist.” source wikipedia   Kung Fu Fighting Kung-Fu is Not a Science (This…
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  • Put Power Point to Work for You

    24 Feb 2015 | 3:10 am
    When you need to use powerpoint slides, keep it simple, and use images to help you tell a story. Often, clients ask me to help them knit together a talk with some slides. Once, I was asked to develop a presentation to introduce a major Human Resources initiative across a global company. When I arrived, the client had close to 50 bullet powerpoint slides.  When I left this morning, he had eleven slides, and not one bullet point in sight. I think what made the difference was moving away from informing the audience about the details of the program, and instead moving toward defining the problem…
  • How Not to Bore an Audience (3 of 3)

    10 Feb 2015 | 9:28 am
    We’re winding up our series on how to keep your listeners attentive, keep yourself energetic, and make the most of your time in the spotlight. We’ve covered 6 tips in our first two parts. Here’s the last 4: 7. Get Ready for Prime Time Rehearse. An audience doesn’t want to see you struggling to say what’s on your mind. They’ve come for a show, an organized presentation of thought. Know your lines: your opening line, headlines, bottom line, and story lines. Being prepared will help you come across in a conversational manner, too. We all need to learn how to rehearse…
  • How Not to Bore an Audience (2 of 3)

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:06 am
    Remember, your goal as a speaker should be to have inscribed on your tombstone, “He Made His Point, and Bored Them Less.” To accomplish this lifetime achievement, review part 1 for our first 3 tips: Ditch the slides, Stuff the Bag, and Begin, Be Brief, Be Seated. Then, dig in. 4. So, How to Begin? Begin with the pitch, not with the windup! Any communication that you are willing to pay for begins effectively. Newspaper articles begin with a headline. News broadcasts begin with a teaser. Your job at the beginning of a talk is to capture attention and convince your audience that…
  • How Not to Bore an Audience (1 of 3)

    13 Jan 2015 | 8:51 am
    For starters, stop trying to just wing it. You’re not an improv actor, OK? Your goal as a speaker should be to have inscribed on your tombstone, “He Made His Point, and Bored Them Less.” To accomplish this lifetime achievement, adhere to the following.   Your goal as a speaker should be to have inscribed on your tombstone He Made His Point, and Bored Them Less.Click To Tweet   1. Ditch the Slides OK, maybe in your business culture you need to have slides, but please don’t make them the star of the show. You are the star. Your slides are your aides–your…
  • 9 Behaviors Cultivated by the Ultra-Charismatic–part 3

    30 Dec 2014 | 12:34 am
    This is the last in our series in how to wow with charisma. We’ve looked at Vocal Expression of Emotion, Contagious Laughter, Expressive Face, and more. Here are three more tips to help you stand out from the crowd in a good way.   Practice these behaviors to have more charisma so you stand out from the crowd in a good way.Click To Tweet   Outgoing With Strangers In a survey that Sims Wyeth & Co. conducted a few years ago, those who self-identified as introverts preferred the company of extroverts. And extroverts felt the same way. Let’s face it, it’s fun to…
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    Think Link

  • Geeta Phogat

    5 Feb 2015 | 3:41 am
    It is time for Indian women to chase their dreams, make it big, and bust many myths. Geeta Phogat is a female wrestler from India who won India’s first ever gold medal in women’s wrestling in the 55 kg freestyle category at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and is sponsored by the JSW Sports Excellence Program. She comes from a Hindu Jat family of Balali village in Bhiwani district, Haryana. Her father Mahavir Singh, a former wrestler himself, is also her coach. She had earlier won gold in the 2009 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship. She qualified for the 2012 London Olympics but could…
  • Sibling Rivalry

    5 Feb 2015 | 3:41 am
    Parents should know the battles are inevitable and must prepare their kids to defuse potentially ugly situations. And there will be times when parents must come to a child’s defense and say, “We are family, and we will not say anything that doesn’t build up one another. We will respect each other.” There are basically four types of sibling conflict and that each is driven by an underlying feeling – because all relationship fights are generally about feelings, and not so much about the presenting issues. Here are the reasons kids fight, and what the child’s…
  • Observe before you guide.

    5 Feb 2015 | 3:41 am
    Long ago in China, there was an old monk going on a pilgrimage to Mount Wutai, the abode of Manjusri, the seat of wisdom. Aged and weak, he was travelling the long dusty road alone, seeking alms along the way. After many long months, one morning he gazed upward and saw the majestic mountain in the distance. By the roadside, there was an old woman working in the field. “Please tell me, he asked, how much longer I must proceed before reaching Mount Wutai.” The woman just looked at him, and didn’t respond, and continued with her work. He repeated the question the second time and then the…
  • How to handle Office Gossip

    5 Feb 2015 | 3:41 am
    Gossip tends to be talk that gains attention for the speaker. The speaker will often adopt a confidential tone and is using the information about somebody else to be the center of attention and will impart the details in a way that tries to undermine the credibility or likability of another person. The details may be given with moralizing undertones and character assassination may be the top of the gossip’s agenda. Often you are told more personal details than you care to know about. The motivations behind gossip include attention-seeking, self-inflation, exaggeration and a…
  • All you need to know about (Flu)

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:35 pm
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    Become a Public Speaker

  • Carol Dweck and The Growth Mindset

    20 Feb 2015 | 1:37 pm
    I was listening an interview the other day with Carol Dweck and she was talking about what a difference in student performance she has seen using the growth mindset. She points out that each of us have either a growth mindset or a fixed mindset.  Belief that you can improve your grades and performance is one of the key components of a growth mindset. Being the most talented person in the class can open some doors to success but it is not the end all. Carol Dweck of Stanford University has done 20 years worth of research discovering how elastic our brains are and how a fixed mindset has…
  • 7 Keys to Speaking and Blogging

    29 Jul 2013 | 3:09 am
    Integrity with your blog audience and public speaking audience. One of the things you’ll want begin thinking about as your become a speaker is creating a blog. Building an audience of followers can turn into raving fans who buy later. But the first benefit of a blog is to bring value to the community and develop trust. It’s really blog marketing 101. But you can take this common principle one step further. One of the most valuable resources you have for building your reputation in marketing your blog and business is the customer experience. And at the center of every great customer…
  • Speaking Graciously To Your Audience

    22 Jul 2013 | 8:21 am
    We must build a new world, a far better world – one in which the eternal dignity of man is respected.” ~President Harry S. Truman Do you show honor and respect to everyone that you speak to? The school principal and the school janitor? The best player on the team and the team’s trainer? Do you notice the sanitation workers who pick up your weekly trash and or treat them like they’re invisible? Why don’t you smile and say “Hi”? That might just make their day. You will also improve your own happiness level by giving in this way. Literally, the body’s dopamine and serotonin…
  • 10 Killer Public Speaking Secrets That Don’t Suck

    23 Jun 2013 | 8:36 am
    When it’s time to deliver a presentation you have but one chance to captivate and dazzle your audience.You have to grab their attention and engage the audience within the first few sentences.  It amazes me how frequently a speaker leaves the audience yawning and checking their watches due to a disconnect with their listeners.  It’s almost as if public speakers plan to NOT make a dazzling presentation. Before I give you my 10 killer public speaking secrets I want you to think of a past presentation where the presenter had passion and knowledge of their topic but their…
  • The highest paid employees are speakers

    29 Aug 2012 | 5:50 pm
    Having great presentation skills will help you earn more income, a better love life and have more impact on others. Your public speaking skills will take you far or hold you back based on your speaker training and practice.  Becoming an engaging and captivating public speaker is not by accident. You may be born with some gifts but even the gifted must hone their speaking skills. And no one become great at anything without much dedication. To be an expert it is said that you need to have invested 10,000 hours.  And when it comes to public speaking and making presentations you must put in the…
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  • 5 other things that presenters should never do…

    Jim Harvey
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    In a previous post I gave a short set of reasons why presenters should never, never, never use a laser pointer, when they stand up to speak.  Why? Because it makes them look incompetent, and the audience could work out what it was they wanted them to look at specifically if the slide wasn’t – A hideous collision of images, bullets and data with no visible point to make. Actually their written report projected onto the screen because they were too lazy to make a professional visual aid. Or if they just used their voice by saying something like ‘ as you’ll see, down in…
  • FREE Prezi Template – March

    Lesley Barringer
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:11 am
    Let’s go global! As so many businesses, large or small, deal with others around the world, we thought a world map would be a great template to have in your Prezi collection. You can use our March template to present results, research, in fact, almost any subject that relates to what is happening, globally, in your area of expertise. Once you have broken down your message into relevant sections, use the circles to add your section content. You can also type directly into Prezi and use the pins to highlight areas of particular interest, and use the icons if they are relevant to you.
  • Should presenters use laser pointers?

    Jim Harvey
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
  • They stole my story… It’s not fair and other speaker moans

    Jim Harvey
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:43 am
    It’s a horrible moment in a speaker’s career. You build a speech around a story you found.  You use it for years.  It’s a great start to a session, you rely on it, it has warmth, depth, a point and it carries you on a wave of laughter into Act 1 of your story.  Then, at a big event, it doesn’t get the usual laugh.  In fact it falls a little flat, and you notice a little dip in the audience’s connection. You stumble, you don’t fall, but you’re surprised.  You carry on, and you get to the end, and you still get applauded and paid, but you walk…
  • Want FREE and LEGAL Images for Your Next Presentation?

    Jim Harvey
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:25 am
    If you want to use legitimate images in your presentations; and you should because respecting copyright is important, here’s a great blog post by my colleague, Gihan Perera, over at Citrix- he helpfully lists 15 sources for images that you are very free to use. And on that same subject, here’s a list of slightly more ‘off the wall’ free and open source image resources from Jan Schultnik at SlideMagic which will give you even more choice. Enjoy.
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  • 28 Feb 2015 | 12:50 pm

    28 Feb 2015 | 12:50 pm
    These are the ten books that have had the most profound impact on my life (in no particular order): 1 – Mindset by Dr Carol Dweck 2 – Influence by Robert Cialdini 3 – YES by Robert Cialdini 4 – The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg 5 – How to Use Power Phrases to Say What You Mean by Meryl Runion 6 – Switch: How to Change When Things Are Hard by Chip and Dan Heath 7 – Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath 8 – Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath 9 – Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness by Thaler and Sunstein 10 - The…
  • January Goals Report

    8 Feb 2015 | 10:02 am
    Creating Accountability is one of the anti-procrastination strategies I write about in my book. Therefore, every month, I’ll be sharing with you my goals, my achievements and my failures. These monthly goal reports are a way of allowing me to stay accountable to you, as well as hopefully inspiring you to set your own goals and strive to achieve them. What did you set out to do? What did you do?  What did manage to achieve? What were your successes? And your failures?   My January Goals 1 – Publish two Kindle books SUCCESS! This was my MAIN goal because it’s my main…
  • The 1K+ Writing System: How to Effortlessly Write 1000+ Words – Per HOUR (for Nonfiction Writers)!

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:25 am
    Do you find yourself struggling to write? Do you wish you could write more quickly? Is writing a slow and painful process for you? In this book, bestselling author Akash Karia shares with you the exact techniques he used to go from writing 100 words per day to crunching out over 1500 words – per hour! These are the same techniques that allowed him to publish more than a dozen highly acclaimed #1 Amazon bestsellers over the span of a year. WANT A FREE REVIEW COPY? All you have to do is to leave a review on Amazon on the launch date (you’ll receive a reminder when the book comes out).
  • What are some easy ways to make a million dollars?

    21 Jan 2015 | 1:45 am
    Post by Tony Rush via Quora Making a million dollars is not as complex as many people believe.  Play with the numbers. Earning $1,000,000 can be: 250,000 people spending $40 100,000 spending $10 50,000 people spending $20 10,000 people spending $100 1,000 people spending $1,000 OR What if you had a product or service that you charged $83 per month for?  You would only need 1,000 customers to earn $1,000,000 per YEAR. Stop and think about that.  When you consider how many millions of people are on some type of recurring subscription every month for all kinds of things…..the…
  • 34 Tricks to Unlock Your Charisma

    17 Jan 2015 | 6:32 am
    Want to unlock your inner charisma? Master the fine art of small talk? Develop a magnetic personality? I just published my new book on Amazon and there are two ways to get it: 1 – Buy it on Amazon HERE ($0.99) 2 – Sign up to receive a free review copy HERE ($0.00) Cheers, Akash Karia P.S. All I ask if that you enjoy the book, leave a review on Amazon. Get it HERE (FREE).   About the Book Have you ever met someone who had a magnetic personality? The kind of person other people seemed to want to be around? The kind of person who seemed to have people hanging onto their every…
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    The Presenters' Blog

  • Speaking tips from Taylor Swift

    4 Mar 2015 | 12:36 am
    Photo credit: Sarah Barlow / Billboard.com Taylor Swift’s new album ‘1989’ contains three ideas to stir-up your writing and your speaking. Listen to the songs and you’ll notice that Swift doesn’t just sing those lyrics – she acts them. There are nuances and inflections that she milks with the precision of an actress. That scope for drama, and irony, and occasional comedy tells us there are things going on inside the words of the songs that are worth a closer look. Swift uses metaphor and simile but what makes her lyrics interesting are three unusual techniques designed to make…
  • Amplification rhetoric. Getting words to go LARGE!

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:38 am
    by Peter Watts Paskale Scale, as any filmmaker will tell you, is all about the optics. And good storytelling, as any thriller-writer will tell you, is all about scale. Treating words like camera-lenses and arranging them in a specific sequence plays directly with an audience’s perception of size. Whether you want the audience to perceive something as being bigger or smaller, the ability to manipulate perceived scale is as much a part of the presenter’s arsenal as it is the filmmaker’s. Picture the scene. It’s bedtime, and your children are eager for a story. Which description of the…
  • How to do Chiasmus

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    by Peter Paskale “It’s not the men in your life that matters, it’s the life in your men“ One of Mae West’s celebrated phrases. Along with “Come up and see me some time“, to read these words is to hear the sinuous drawl in which they were delivered. West was a Queen of the soundbite. She was also a Queen of chiasmus — a little rhetorical device that adds style to any presentation or piece of writing. Mae West isn’t alone in her crush on chiasmus. Take a look at these: With my mind on my money and my money on my mind I have taken more out of…
  • Why Giving a Thanksgiving Toast is Like the Macy’s Parade

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    by Peter Paskale Thanksgiving morning, and if you’re lucky enough not to be in the kitchen wrestling a turkey, then maybe you’re reclined in front of the TV and watching the floats glide down 6th Avenue. Thanksgiving is one of the most uniquely American holidays. The day is heartwarming and kind. It’s a day when we eat and drink and watch old favorite movies and cheer in front of afternoon football. It’s a day when we come together as friends and families to celebrate, and to enjoy happy traditions. One of those traditions however, is the Thanksgiving toast, and for the family…
  • Alliteration Alert: It’s election time!

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    by Peter Paskale How do you choose which candidate to vote for? I’ll bet you go into the booth, earnestly scratch your head, and muse: “Now which of these candidates do I most fervently disagree with? Ah – yes – this guy or gal – they really upset me! I’ll vote for them!” No? You don’t? Why in that case you must be voting for a candidate that you agree with! It sounds like you might even be voting for someone who agrees with your values! And that makes you, my friend, a Values Voter! And for many of us, this news will come as something of a surprise – not…
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  • 9 Things You Should Know About Creating a Funny Speech – Podcast 38

    Eamonn O'Brien
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:46 am
    The art of making others laugh when delivering a speech can seem like a tricky business. After all, what makes one audience crack up can solicit blank stares and even groans from another.Of course, there are reasons why it’s fickle and so few people manage to make a serious living out of comedy. It’s an inexact science and can be hard work.As the 19th century Shakespearean actor Edmund Kean is reputed to have said on his deathbed:“Dying is easy; Comedy is difficult”And yet, used well, there are many reasons why it pays to inject humour into your talks. Here’s just a small…
  • Is Your Brand Story Set Up to Succeed? Podcast 37

    Eamonn O'Brien
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:40 am
    Hand on heart, how would you rate the strength of your brand story?Are you on the top of your game when it comes to positively influencing your target audiences’ perceptions of what you offer and how valuable this is, inspiring customers to buy your product again and again, encouraging customers to rave about what you do to others, and more?Regardless of your company size, your ability to create a compelling, distinct, and memorable brand story can literally be the secret to your success.And the good news is this task doesn’t have to be complicated. As the late advertising guru David…
  • Communication Strategies for Awesome Collaboration Results Revealed – Podcast 36

    Eamonn O'Brien
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    Do you use collaborations to help you to grow your business?Whether you’re involved in a business that’s small or large, your capacity to get more things done faster will always be constrained – regardless of your ambitions – by limitations of time, resources, and money available to you.And if you’re a one or a few person band who is overly reliant on what you can do yourself, you will likely find that it’s hard to grow your business beyond a certain point.After all, no matter how smart you are, how valuable what you can do may be, or how hard you work…with just one or a few of…
  • Tips to Boost Your Speaking Impact: How to Create Spur of the Moment Video Content – Podcast 35

    Eamonn O'Brien
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:49 am
    These days it’s easier than ever to create videos before and after you speak – to help boost interest in what you’ll say, to continue the conversation after you sit down, and more.Armed with a smartphone and a few (inexpensive) accessories, you can literally create engaging, spur of the moment content with minimal fuss and in just a few moments.And speaking of accessories, I took advantage of my fellow professional speaker Lottie Hearn, The Video Coach and Vice President of the Professional Speaking Association Ireland, visiting my office this week to try out one of my new favourites…
  • A Storytelling Case Study: Journey Into the Hereafter? Podcast 34

    Eamonn O'Brien
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    Well told, stories can transport you to new realms and possibilities. They have the capacity to absorb you, bring you to the edge of your seat, and cause you to wonder ‘what will happen next?’ and ‘what would I do in that situation?’.And while there are no surefire, perfect, cookie-cutter templates you can apply to craft a winning story every time for every audience (vive la difference, right?)……There are a number of factors or ingredients that tend to cause some stories to connect with audience more readily or effectively than others. The most important of…
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    Art Of Change Blog

  • Yes, Yes AND, Yes again! What does “Yes, AND…” accomplish?

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In a brainstorming session it doesn't always serve to "yes, and" the first idea suggested as we would in an improv show. We want to build on an idea that will satisfy the need we're targeting, and this seems to require discriminatory thinking, which seems to be opposite of ‘yes, and.’ How do you reconcile/incorporate this into the improv toolbox we are offering?
  • When Training Is Fun, Is It More Valuable?

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:18 am
    Fun builds relationships. We know how to tear relationships apart: criticism, disinterest, constant disagreement, and entitled superiority. For some bringing their relationships closer together can be mystifying. It shouldn’t be! When we have positive shared experiences with people, we feel closer to them which makes it easier to traverse the topsy-turvy twists that inevitably befall us at one time or another. Because we’ve enjoyed laughter and maybe even just a little inkling of love (or at the very least likability) we are quicker to forgive each other when the going gets hard. Why…
  • Conventional Medicine is NOT Science-based. Natural Medicine is NOT Pseudo-Science. Don’t Feed Trolls.

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:36 am
    This idea that conventional medicine is science based, and naturopathic medicine is pseudo science, is an unsubstantiated conceit and nothing more. And the idea that a dependable scientific purity is somehow driving our for-profit conventional system and the drug companies it serves is both laughable and sad all at once. It could be fun to post all the links to demonstrate the conceit, if it weren’t for all the damage done by the conventional system, the costs incurred, the worthless treatments bought and paid for, the patients harmed. Oh, and let’s not forget that the AMA gave America…
  • Putting Sick Care Propaganda Into Perspective

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:15 am
    My desired outcome in healthcare is to see a truly integrated system that focuses on best practices and what actually works, and gives people access to all their choices and options instead of only the profitable ones or the ones driven by marketing and hype. I don't much care what that system is called, but I do know that the paradigm shift has to be away from illness as the centerpiece (sick care) and towards health as the center piece of a smart healthcare system.
  • Have a happier 2015 with these 3 suggestions…

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Second of three suggestions: Childlike nature! A child has an open mind, is curious, is eager to learn, to discover. A child has imagination, finds joy in play, and is unbound by convention and habit. To keep this alive, remember that not knowing has value, that wonder has value, that play for the sake of play has value, and that time will move you along quickly enough without you having to help it along.
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    Dr. Michelle Mazur - Speech Coach

  • Why You’re REALLY Not Landing Speaking Gigs

    Michelle Mazur
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Once a week at Communication Rebel Headquarters, we get an email that goes a little like this: “Dear Michelle: Love your blog. I’m not looking for a speaker coach, but I need help landing speaking gigs. Can you help promote me as a speaker? You can check out my speaking here: www.iamthegreatestspeakerofalltime.com (not a real url) All the best, Anonymous Speaking Peep” No, I don’t do speaker promotion. But I’m always curious to check out the speaker’s webpage. Invariable there is a clip of them speaking. I click with great anticipation, and 30-seconds later I know exactly…
  • Want to Give a Remarkable Presentation? Do this.

    Michelle Mazur
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    “There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job.”   -Whiplash How much are you willing to push yourself to achieve remarkable? In the movie Whiplash, Terence Fletcher believes his duty as a teacher is to push people past what’s expected of them and into greatness. He’s on the hunt for the next Charlie Parker. He knows that the next big jazz great isn’t going to happen if his students aren’t challenged to do more than they expect from themselves. Fletcher is also an awful human being. Verbally, emotionally, physically abusive. He’s a giant asshole who…
  • So You Want to Be a Speaker? Don’t Fall into this Trap

    Michelle Mazur
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    “I’ve got a message I want to share.” Good for you, so does every other aspiring speaker! The truth is that there are hordes of people who want to be speakers in order to share their story or give their message. And that’s wonderful. The problem is that many of the people in that horde think they can get paid to speak if they just follow where their muse leads them and the world is just dying to hear what they have to say. And that’s dead wrong. Successful speakers treat speaking like a business. No amount of slaying your umm’s, nailing your performance, or weaving a…
  • Vulnerability Hangover: When Storytelling Becomes TMI

    Michelle Mazur
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    During a nasty, tumultuous, heart-wrenching break-up, I was also teaching interpersonal communication. Every Tuesday and Thursday, I marched into class to explore topics like falling in love, how to maintain a relationship, and how to make relationships thrive. I’d walk out of class exhausted thinking “Can we just get to the dark side? Break ups, deception, conflict…I’ll rock that material.” But it got worse when I covered those theories! My students heard all about “my friend” who was going through a bad break up and was the source of all my examples. My smarty pants…
  • One Simple Question that Raises the Bar On Your Next Presentation

    Michelle Mazur
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    Speakers worry about the darndest things: What should I do with my hands when my co-presenter is speaking? I say “so” too much. How do I fix it? Is this the right PowerPoint template for me? How many slides should I have? Do I wear the navy blue pant suit or the black pant suit? Although these queries may be relevant, the question that raises the bar on your presentation and creates an epic experience for your audience is: Is my presentation remarkable? Sally Hogshead says “You’re either creating value or taking up space.” Let’s face it, the vast majority of presentations are…
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    Speak Up For Success

  • Public Speaking Tip 64: Don’t Listen to the Self-Critical Voice in Your Head

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Most people have a mean, negative, undermining voice inside their heads. Like a parasite, this little voice feeds off your energy, sapping you as it strengthens itself. It’s been called: Your “superego” (psychiatrist Sigmund Freud), Your “critical parent” (psychologist Eric Berne), “Cruel self-rebuke” (advice columnist Cary Tennis), and more. I just call it your Nasty Little Voice. You know the one I’m talking about, right? It’s the voice in your head that likes to natter on about how stupid you are, or what a screw-up you are, or how nobody really likes…
  • Fear of Public Speaking Sucks

    5 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Lots of new clients are showing up lately with fear as their presenting complaint. That fear can range from mild to maddening to career-killing. But whatever its level, fear of public speaking sucks—and there are two things you should know about it: #1:  Your Fear of Public Speaking Makes Perfect Sense When most people get up to speak in public, they don’t have a clue about what they’re doing. They don’t know how to prepare, how to practice, or how to engage an audience. Giving a speech without knowing how is the equivalent of going off Niagara Falls in a barrel. Sure,…
  • Public Speaking Tip 63: Keep Your PowerPoint Short, Sweet, and Simple

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    Yeah, yeah, PowerPoint sucks. This has become a kind of business meme in the last few years, but come on, folks: Why hate on PowerPoint just because people use it badly. (And by “PowerPoint,” I mean Keynote and Prezi, too.) PowerPoint is just a tool.  I mean, would you hate on a hammer because you saw somebody drive a crooked nail? Let PowerPoint Show You How to Keep It “Short” Many people are surprised to learn that PowerPoint will actually coach you to notice when you’re putting too much text on a slide. Don’t believe me? Next time you create a…
  • Interview Coaching Can Help You Get the Job

    3 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    Hey, I’ve got a little task for you:  You’re going to walk into a room with one or more people you’ve never seen before in your life and pretend to be happy about meeting them.  Then you’re going to sit down and have a cordial conversation in which you try real hard to be relaxed, charming, smart, well-informed, and unflappable, while what’s really going on is that you’re terrified of making a mistake because then they won’t hire you and YOU REALLY NEED A JOB!!! Doesn’t that sound like a barrel of laughs? An Interview is a Mind Game (And…
  • Millennials, Monster.Com Says “Write a Thank You Note”!

    2 Jan 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Now that the economy is picking up and Baby Boomers are (finally!) retiring, the time is right for Millennials to land those good jobs that have, until recently, been scarce. So this Monster.com article on job hunting etiquette for Millennials is essential. It flags the common mistakes that trip up young (and sometimes not so young) job seekers, and also suggests some positive ways to stand out. One of these is to write a thank you note. Want to Write a Thank You Note, But Don’t Know How? No worries. This article on creating killer thank you notes will guide you through the…
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    Business School Presentations

  • Stick Puppet Presenting? Upgrade to 3D!

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:02 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyIf experience is any guide for us, we can say that approximately 90 percent of our business presentations are delivered in 2-D fashion . . . stick-puppet presenting. No, I don’t mean this literally in the sense that people become stick figures. I mean that the typical business presentation is stripped of depth and breadth. Stripped of […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Secret #7 – Presentation Passion

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:29 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyDo you have presentation passion? Do you invest your topic with energy and elan, regardless of whether it’s shampoo or sugar or ship-building? What is it that fills you with the thrill of discovery, the adrenaline of newness? What can compare with the natural high of applying yourself to a task that excites you? What generates […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Secret #6 – Presentation Appearance

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    7 Feb 2015 | 6:25 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyLet’s move from the realm of what you do and say in front of your audience to the realm of how you actually appear to your audience – presentation appearance. Likewise, let’s immediately dismiss the notion that “it doesn’t matter what I look like . . . it’s the message that counts.” In a word […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Secret #5 – Remedy the Boring Presentation

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    2 Feb 2015 | 6:20 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyWe’re all familiar with the droning voice of the numbing speaker who rarely varies pitch, tone, or pace of a talk and who quickly loses us in monotony – and delivers the Boring Presentation. In like fashion, you can be visually monotonous. Visual monotony – either of repetitive constant movement . . . or of […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Secret #4 – Presentation Drama

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyClass had ended, and I was giving final feedback for a group that had just presented their business case and did so without presentation drama. Not a bad group presentation by any means, but individual students needed work, and I like to give advice that young folks can carry with them beyond the classroom and […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
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  • Presentation Agency or Marketing Agency for Presentations?

    Joby Blume
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:15 am
    A large client of ours recently commissioned their agency of choice to create a huge set of presentations for them. It was a large project, on a tight deadline, and for political reasons the work had to go to their marketing agency. Not to us, their rather smaller presentation agency. The result was a disaster. We really like this client, so there wasn’t even a feeling of schadenfreude. Instead, I think the problems they suffered might serve to inform other companies before making the same mistake. If you want to work with your regular (marketing) agency for presentation design, please…
  • Advanced Typography in PowerPoint: a How-to Guide

    Luke Buckley
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:46 am
    PowerPoint does many things well, but typography isn’t one of them. I’ll walk you step-by-step through techniques to get it to play ball. Be warned – SERIOUSLY advanced PowerPoint functionality follows. Leading (Line spacing) Leading is the technical term for the spaces in-between lines of text, the word originates from the days of manual typesetting when they used a strip of lead to alter the distance between lines of metal type. PowerPoint has a range of line-spacing defaults from 1.0 (single) to 3.0 (multiple x3), unfortunately PowerPoint’s single line-spacing option is often still…
  • SlideMagic – A Technology Review

    Hannah Brownlow
    17 Feb 2015 | 12:56 am
    There are quite a few tools out there that are springing up all over the place to help you create designed presentations with very little effort. There seems to be universal acknowledgement that presentation software (like PowerPoint) can’t do it on its own (without a team of experts), and we need a better alternative. But is newcomer SlideMagic the answer? What is SlideMagic? SlideMagic is a template-based presentation design tool. It’s the brainchild of Jan Schultink. Jan runs Idea Transplant, a presentation design company, but decided to build a tool to help people design their own…
  • Sales Presentation Lessons from Exhibitions and Tradeshows

    Joby Blume
    11 Feb 2015 | 1:37 am
    We exhibited at a large trade exhibition a couple of weeks ago, and I went along to see what other vendors are up to. A lot of exhibitions are a desolate wasteland for exhibitors with nothing but tumbleweed and other vendors to stop the boredom. This show was actually pretty busy though, and by walking around l think I managed to notice things companies were doing (right and wrong). Some of these observations are surprisingly apt for sales presentations too. Work Out a USP I must have seen about 100 stands that said something like ‘Blended learning solutions’. At one stand I stopped…
  • Stop Motion Using PowerPoint

    Elizabeth Stodolski
    5 Feb 2015 | 9:09 am
    Recently a colleague of mine, Ingrid Mengdehl, started having a bit of fun with stop motion. With the many other animation functions available in PowerPoint, using stop motion may seem primitive. However stop motion can actually give off a really cool visual effect; remember that South Park used stop motion for years. Many visual effects can be created with entrance and exit effects or motion paths, however PowerPoint does not have an animation function that allows you to transform one object into another. Using stop motion, you can achieve this effect less tediously than you might think, as…
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    Pivotal Public Speaking

  • [Quotation about Public Speaking] No audience ever complained …

    9 Feb 2015 | 2:44 am
    “No audience ever complained about a presentation or speech being too short” ― Stephen Keague, The Little Red Handbook of Public Speaking and Presenting
  • [Quick Public Speaking Tip] “Speaking is selling”

    1 Feb 2015 | 12:54 am
    “Speaking is selling” It’s an ugly phrase, that. I feel its ugliness. Speaking is pure – a mixture of art and science. Selling – urgh – ugly – involves low-down, dirty manipulation, something that forces its recipients and audiences to put up barriers against trust and hope and good taste – at best a game [...]
  • [Inspiration] Those who win …

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
  • Speaking from the heart

    16 Jan 2015 | 10:08 pm
    I suspect this was well-rehearsed and yet seemed so natural, so conversational. Do you want to speak to inspire? We could all do well to learn from this man and the presentation – repetition, a mantra, storytelling skills, timing, structure …
  • Create meaning for your audience – be inspired by “The Beauty of Data Visualisation”

    2 Jan 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Images are becoming the new language of content communication. As David McCandless says … “We are being blasted every day, all of us are being blasted by information design. It’s being poured into our eyes by the web and we’re all visualisers now, we’re all demanding a visual aspect to our information and there’s something [...]
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    The Brain Alchemist

  • 7 highlights from the New York Social Media Week Panel

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:53 pm
    This week, I had an opportunity to attend the New York Social Media week sports panel hosted by Blue State Digital “You Won. What’s Next? How to keep your audience engaged after the big moment.” The panel featured Olympians and NBC Broadcasters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir;  Joey Maestas, Head of Social Media at the US Olympic Committee; Ashley Ramirez, Senior Account Strategist @ Twitter; and Evan Moody, Senior Media Strategist at Blue State Digital and Mitch Germann of FleishmanHillard.  It addressed the topic of “how you can keep your audience engaged after the big moment…
  • Automate Your Marketing with These 3 Simple Steps: Interview with Toya Nicole

    20 Feb 2015 | 9:14 am
    Did you know that in the 19th century, during the entire 100 years, there were fewer photographs taken than in 2 minutes today? Our life is speeding up, our information is created and consumed faster than ever. How then can you keep your sanity and the love for your business in this rapid, constantly changing world? Automation is the key! Today we are super excited to have a special guest, an expert in social media marketing and branding Toya Nicole, who is going to share 3 simple steps on how to work smart and not hard. Watch this 5 minute video to learn Toya’s secrets! Now, here are…
  • One Simple Solution to Stop “Exchanging Money for Time” Madness

    5 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    …There’s only one of you…And, like you’ve probably realized, there’s only so many hours in a day. And that means that no matter what, your income (and your impact) will always be limited. When there’s no more room in the day for any more billable hours, how do you grow? And even more importantly– how do you stay sane? Here are some possible causes of your “insanity” (see if you catch yourself nodding your head as you read the following statements): You want to be seen as a leader in your industry and being recognized for your expertise You want to create something…
  • 25 Goodie Bag Ideas for Your Book Launches, Readings, Signings and Other Promotions

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    Image credit: Hammer & Thread   Goodie bags are not just for birthday parties anymore. Just like companies give goodie bags filled with small presents to promote their products, authors can fill goodie bags with little literary treasures to excite and delight the hearts and minds of book lovers. You can use them as gift bags for your VIP clients and strategic partners, as well as prizes in giveaways and contests. Everybody wants to feel special, and with a little imagination, you can put together your own signature goodie bag to make your readers and clients happy. Here are 25…
  • 3 Surprising Patterns of Reading Online

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:52 am
    While writing content for online environments you must think of the following paradox: reading is the PRIMARY action performed on the web. AND people try to read as LITTLE as possible (online) 20%! So the goal for any visitor of your site is to scan as efficiently as they can to understand whether they like what they see or not (in which case they will click away). Because users read differently online than they do offline – we need to utilize different techniques while writing for the web. There are 3 main patterns that users employ when they access a website according to Nielsen et…
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    PresentationLoad Blog

  • Shop Update on Presentationload

    Alexander Bodenseh
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:03 am
    We have completely redesigned our online shop to make it more user-friendly and to include a large number of new and innovative products.  The user awaits better performance, a neater design, larger images and more information about our products. Customers Can Await the Following Benefits: Faster operation by an accelerated search and loading times Simplified […] The post Shop Update on Presentationload appeared first on PresentationLoad Blog.
  • How Metaphors Make Presentations Exciting

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:31 am
    According to the Oxford Dictionaries, a metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. The Functions of a Metaphor Metaphors are an integral part of our everyday language and are used daily, whether consciously or unconsciously. As for […] The post How Metaphors Make Presentations Exciting appeared first on PresentationLoad Blog.
  • Be Efficient with Agile Project Management

    18 Jan 2015 | 11:39 pm
    Have you ever developed a product and ended up in a dead end? You waste only resources and energy and it all leads to nothing in the end? Then, it is time for a new way of approaching your goals. Agile Project Management was established in the last couple of years and is such an […] The post Be Efficient with Agile Project Management appeared first on PresentationLoad Blog.
  • An Aesthetic Presentation of Social Media Content

    Alexander Bodenseh
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:22 am
    One of the most crucial elements of public relations work of companies is targeted social media marketing. Flat Design Social Media Templates include a collection of icons and logos of social media networks, which will vividly illustrate your company’s communication channels. Important events on social media monitoring which give information on the success of a […] The post An Aesthetic Presentation of Social Media Content appeared first on PresentationLoad Blog.
  • SMART Goals Templates to Define Business Goals

    12 Jan 2015 | 1:07 am
    Set Goals with SMART Objectives There are times when we have the right ideas but we do not have the right concept to achieve our goals. A precise and sophisticated planning is therefore indispensable so that you will not lose track of your original thought. Here some suggestions: order your thoughts, verbalize them and try […] The post SMART Goals Templates to Define Business Goals appeared first on PresentationLoad Blog.
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    SketchBubble Official Blog

  • 30 Helpful Tips for Using PowerPoint

    Ashish Arora
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:06 am
    PowerPoint is a powerful tool. In fact, it has many features that can help your presentation clear and effective. Because it is somewhat complex, it may take you a time to acquaint yourself with all it can do. Following is a list of a few out of the many things that may help you use […] The post 30 Helpful Tips for Using PowerPoint appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • Preparation: The Key to a Successful Presentation

    Ashish Arora
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:41 pm
    How can you make your next presentation as successful as possible? The following steps certainly can help. Consider: 1. Why are you giving this presentation? There’s a reason it’s you and no one else who is giving this speech. Why? Did you volunteer? Were you asked? Are you an expert on the subject? Is it […] The post Preparation: The Key to a Successful Presentation appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • Begin with a Bang – Tips on Starting your Presentation

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

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

    Ashish Arora
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Imagine the time when you have got all the executives together to listen to you and you have gathered complete information along with material related to the product you are selling. Now the most important part is that you have to convert all that information into a logical and interesting presentation that gives a clear […] The post 5 Tips to Create a Great Sales Presentation appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
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    audience blog

  • Group dynamics and presenting

    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!

    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…
  • The best way to learn from yourself: Record yourself

    16 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s always much easier to say you’re going to be working on your skills, than it is to actually do so. One golden tip: record yourself, so you can evaluate your speaking, movements, presence, and etcetera. Audio In the age of smartphones, everyone had an audio recorder close at hand. So there really is no excuse for not recording your voice. All you need to do is put your phone in front of you and press ‘record’. The quality of these recordings isn’t always the best, so it may be better to invest a little in a professional recorder if you find your recordings aren’t working for…
  • Happy holidays from audience

    29 Dec 2014 | 12:44 am
    We wish you a year full of successful presentations. May you never falter, never fail, never forget a line, never have a technical breakdown, never have a difficult audience, never have a coughing fit, never drop your pointer, never use a bad example and never break down crying. happy holidaysPlease rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 No votes yet
  • Starting with a clean slate

    28 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    Presentations can degenerate over time. There are many reasons for this. So maybe sometimes it’s better to just start from a clean slate. Time-lapse of a presentation You’ve made a brand new presentation. You’re proud of it, and you should, because it’s good. After your first presentation you realise you should elaborate a certain point. You start adding to your slide deck. Your co-workers feel like you haven’t said everything. They start adding text, bullet points and text bubbles to your slides, often in places they don’t belong.  One guy doesn’t like what you did with the…
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    Nuts & Bolts Speed Training for PowerPoint

  • How to Create a Venn Diagram in PowerPoint

    Taylor Croonquist
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    Creating Venn diagrams is now extremely easy using SmartArt and with the new fragment tool, breaking out the overlapping pieces has never been easier.
  • How To Put A YouTube Video In PowerPoint

    Taylor Croonquist
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:01 am
    This is your SUPER GUIDE for putting YouTube videos into PowerPoint! Follow the links below to find the tutorial for your version of PowerPoint…OR…slowly scroll down the page to learn some advanced YouTube-to-PowerPoint techniques and important things to consider when embedding YouTube videos in PowerPoint. 3 Important Considerations Before You Start Tutorials Embedding YouTube Videos in PowerPoint 2007 […]
  • YouTube Videos In PowerPoint Not Playing – Troubleshooting Guide

    Taylor Croonquist
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:36 am
    There are a variety of things that can go wrong when trying to embed YouTube videos in PowerPoint. Below are some common issues I’ve encountered in descending order of frequency and how to troubleshoot and solve them. So if you’re seeing a black or white box and your video isn’t playing, I would recommending scrolling […]
  • How To Embed A YouTube Video In PowerPoint 2007

    Taylor Croonquist
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:47 pm
    There are two methods for inserting YouTube videos in PowerPoint 2007, and a number of trouble shooting issues you need to be aware of. Two Different Methods The Easy Method – Using add-ins like the free one built by Microsoft MVP Shyam, which does all of the hard work for you. The Harder Method - Adding the […]
  • How To Embed A YouTube Playlist In PowerPoint

    Taylor Croonquist
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:46 pm
    What does it mean to embed an entire playlist into PowerPoint? It means that on a single slide, you can navigate ALL of the videos within a playlist, without having to move to a second or third slide. As you can see in the picture below, the playlist is open in PowerPoint with three different videos […]
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  • 30 Thought Leaders You Need To Know

    Shane Purnell
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:03 am
    30 Thought Leaders You Need To Know Recently, The American Management Association published it’s list of the Top leaders who influenced business in 2014.  According to Chief Marketing Officer, Jeremey Donovan These thought leaders, whether from industry, government, or academia, have made significant contributions to individual and organizational productivity as well as employee engagement… It is inspiring to see a new generation of thinkers standing alongside the giants of talent transformation. Thought Leaders lists like this come out all of the time, but when they have the…
  • What is a Non-linear Presentation?

    Shane Purnell
    17 Feb 2015 | 3:05 am
    What is a Non-Linear Presentation? Photo by Sarah Worthy. Licensed under CC- Attribution-ShareAlike. Situation: It’s 11:15 AM. You’re the 3rd speaker at a conference and you were  scheduled to present for 60 minutes. The speaker in front of you went over his allotted time and now you have to cut your presentation short without looking like you’re short changing the audience. What do you do? You could “call out” the previous speaker by telling the audience you’re going to have to cut your presentation short because the guy in front of you spoke too long,…
  • Episode 8 | All About Haiku Deck with Adam Tratt

    Shane Purnell
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Haiku Deck and Adam Tratt In celebration of our guest for Episode 08, I opened the show with a Haiku  On today’s Podcast We’re talking about Haiku Deck It’s Platform Giant Listen Now Download and Listen Later Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry that is characterized by 5 syllables, 7 syllables and 5 syllables. When you’re forced into a framework, you become creative in a different way. That’s sort of what Haiku Deck does with visual content; it forces your to tell you story in a new and exciting way. To see what you can do with Haiku Deck, Click the image below: See the…
  • How to Start Thinking Like a Thought Leader

    Shane Purnell
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Thought Leader – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires Thought leader was once a term  used to describe people like Chris Brogan and Gary Vaynerchuk; people who looked at their industries and saw new and innovative trends on the horizon. Now Thought Leader is an actual job Some argue this term has  become cliche, but I invite you to embrace it as a necessary skill in the 21st century. Can everyone be a thought leader? No, and not everyone wants to be one. But if you’re ambitious and want to distinguish yourself in your field, here’s a tip that can…
  • Episode 07 | Microsoft’s New Presentation Tools and Storytelling

    Shane Purnell
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:37 am
    Episode 07 | Microsoft’s New Presentation Tools and Storytelling Show Notes The show notes for this episode are short and sweet. Listen to the Show Now Download and listen later Microsoft Tools for Presentations There are a lot of blog posts out there there saying how bad PowerPoint is as presentation software. I disagree. I believe there are a lot of bad presentations out there and most of them are created by bad presenters, not bad presentation software Don’t Blame #PowerPoint if the presentation is bad. Garbage in, garbage out.Click To Tweet   In my opinion Microsoft is…
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    Expert Media Training

  • I’m Just a… And Other Undermining Statements to Avoid – Communication Tips from a Media Trainer

    23 Feb 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Watch Your Word Choices Our word choices in interviews, speeches, presentations, and even casual conversations, say more about us than most people may realize. Many people undermine themselves without even knowing it. Have you ever heard the owner of a small business say, “We’re just a small…” or an entrepreneur say, “I’m just a…”? The […]
  • Know Your Facts to Book More Interviews – Media Training Tips

    12 Feb 2015 | 10:24 am
    Know Your Facts to Book More Interviews The best media interview guests are those that have a deep knowledge of their subject matter and understand how to talk about their topic in the context of current events, in an engaging manner. This may sound like a tall order, but if you break it down, you […]
  • Have You Visited Our Media Training Resources Page?

    11 Feb 2015 | 9:32 pm
    We recently added a Media Training Resources page to our site, where we share resources and links to communication studies, videos and other useful information. You can access the page at https://expertmediatraining.com/media-training-resources/  
  • How To Prepare for Presentations – 6 Tips to Make Effective Presentations – from a Presentation Trainer

    5 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    Do you know how to prepare for presentations? These 6 tips from a presentation trainer will help you to make effective investor presentations, sales presentations and public speeches. If you will be making important investor presentations, sales presentations and/or public speeches, and you want to come across powerfully, effectively and naturally, you must know how […]
  • Glossary of Media Interview Terms – from Los Angeles Media Trainer Lisa Elia

    11 Oct 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Glossary of Media Interview Terms Media training is meant to help anyone who is going to be interviewed by the media to feel as prepared as possible. Understanding the lingo that you may encounter before or during interviews will help you to feel more at ease.   This glossary of media interview terms will get […]
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    Mindful Blog

  • Why You Only Have Half a Second to Make an Impression-lifehacker.co.uk

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:19 am
    I recently had the following article published by lifehacker.co.uk which contains some very powerful advice on how to not only make the right first impression in a presentation but also a lasting one. 'Research from Princeton and the University of Glasgow suggests that we judge a stranger in just half a second. As harsh as that may sound there is clearly something in it although whilst I’d like to think that it takes me a little longer, researcher Dr Phil McAlee suggests that our ability to make rapid judgments about people may be part of an ancient survival mechanism. The…
  • The presentation tips you don’t know - City A.M.

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:56 am
    If you're looking to really connect with your audience and make a big impact in a forthcoming presentation you are scheduled to give you may want to consider these suggestions.  This was an article I wrote for City A.M which they published on line this morning.   'There is no point being overly serious in a presentation    Revisiting PowerPoint and knowing when to chill out will make a crucial difference TELL STORIES, pause, make eye contact, know your audience, prepare, “cut the fat”, smile, breathe, be yourself, start strong, close stronger, show passion…
  • The Art and Science of Presenting- Episode 1 Where do you start ?

    28 Feb 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Episode 1 – Where do you start? Over the course of the next few weeks we will be presenting you with a comprehensive step by step guide to the art and science of becoming a high impact and persuasive presenter, a Mindful Presenter. What is a Mindful Presenter? It’s someone who communicates with awareness, purpose and the focus needed to make a powerful impact in a way that is calm, creative and compelling. They present with a high level of emotional intelligence using the presence of mind and body to make a memorable connection with their audience. In today’s fast paced and…
  • The 12 Pillars of Great Presenting – Lessons from History’s Greatest Orators

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:07 pm
    History has provided us with a very clear premise on which all great speakers have made their name. Discovering their strategies for success and modeling the elements of excellence that we have consistently witnessed over so many years is the surest way to develop your own speaking skills. After all what better way can there be to become a great orator than by becoming a student of history’s greatest orators. I like to think of these elements as pillars that form the foundation and platform for communicating with style, substance and impact. Whether it’s Demosthenes, Socrates,…
  • The 10 Most Important Things in Presenting Today

    20 Feb 2015 | 3:47 am
    It's disturbing that the anticipation of attending a presentation at work can be similar to the anxiety you feel just before calling your telecoms provider to tell them that your broadband doesn't work.  Something inside you tells you it's probably not going to be a great experience. We've all been there.  In the audience furtively glancing at our watch as we stifle a yawn.  Most of us have also felt that loss of the will to live listening to the perfectly affable call centre agent who is thousands of miles away politely read us a script that has nothing to do with our…
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    Blog - Princeton Public Speaking

  • Princeton University, President Wilson and the Art of Public Speaking

    20 Feb 2015 | 3:35 pm
    “What is the object of oratory?  Its object is persuasion and conviction…”                        - Woodrow Wilson, The Princetonian, 1877 Princeton and public speaking have a long, storied history together.  Princeton was also home to a public speaking expert and a student of the art of public speaking.  This expert also happened to be a President. In Princeton, the fingerprints of President Woodrow Wilson are evident everywhere. President Wilson is known for many successes.  One success that is near and dear is his dedication and respect for the art of public speaking.
  • Public Speaking Expert: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    19 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    The next legend in a series on public speaking experts is one of the greatest orators ever, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is a legendary orator.   We are lucky enough to have video clips of Dr. King to view, study and learn from. Dr. King inspired, and continues to inspire people with the power of his speech and the power of his actions. His speeches should be staples on playlists and iPods as his speeches are inspirational even on dark days. He is unquestionably a public speaking expert. This clip is the conclusion of Dr. King’s final speech, given at Mason Temple in Memphis…
  • Public Speaking for Entrepreneurs – 3 Tips for a Successful Pitch

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

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

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