Speaking

  • Most Topular Stories

  • Storytelling, Framing, and Memory

    Public Words
    Nick Morgan
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    We expect powerful people to give us the overview, the high-level view.  Specifically, a recent study found, we rate people as more powerful when they speak in abstract terms (9/11 was a terrible terrorist attack), rather than specifics (more than 3,000 people died). More generally, previous studies have shown that people learn new things using […]
  • PowerPoint made me do it

    Make a Powerful Point
    Gavin McMahon
    12 Jun 2014 | 10:23 am
    Ironically filed under Corporate Intelligence on the Wall Street Journal’s website is an article, Did PowerPoint Ruin GM? by Joseph B. White. It’s an opinion piece whose central thrust is that, “Chief Executive Mary Barra can start fixing her company’s management culture” by banning PowerPoint. This is based on findings in GM’s self-sponsored probe into its mishandling of recalls and defects surrounding the poorly engineered Chevy Cobalt ignition switch. This is an argument similar to Edward Tufte’s postmortem of the Challenger Disaster, where blame is laid squarely at…
  • The Prezi Top 100

    Manner of Speaking
    John Zimmer
    31 May 2014 | 1:18 pm
    The past couple of weeks have been pretty exciting for this blog. Only days after reaching 1,000,000 visitors, I received an email from the good people at Prezi notifying me that they had chosen Manner of Speaking as one of their “Top 100 Online Resources Every Presenter Should See”. What’s more, from among the Top 100, Prezi staff members chose ten favourites and Manner of Speaking was one of the ten. Prezi explains how the list—which includes article and blogs, videos and podcasts, presentations and books—was created: We have scoured the web looking for the most…
  • Slides Don’t Matter

    Tweak Your Slides
    tweakyourslides
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    At least not as much as we think… June marked my last month teaching the current campus iteration of PCP. In July, Alex Rister will be tackling the new iteration on campus; and in August, the new online course launches. The focus of the reboots as I’ve discussed before is on helping students develop a personal and professional brand. The courses minimizes the focus on visual design and slides and places more emphasis on process, strong content, and natural delivery. Why this shift? Well, frankly, it’s because slides don’t matter. That’s right–this is me,…
  • George Takei's bold story at TEDxKyoto

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

    Presentation Zen

  • 7 things good communicators must not do

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

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

    Garr
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:42 am
    For a lot of us, the reality is not that we have too few ideas, it's that we have too many. This may not sound like a problem, but it becomes problematic when we get bogged down in analysis paralysis and feel unable to choose, and harder still to simplify. Reducing and simplifying in an honest way—a way that makes a message clear and memorable—is one of the hardest things for professionals to do. I am reminded of the old Bruce Lee saying: "It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential." This is one of the secrets to mastery in general, and hacking away is…
  • One man's creativity in an airport "all by myself"

    Garr
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:28 am
    Have you ever found yourself alone in an airport with a lot of time to kill? For most of us this is a rather dismal experience. But for others, such alone time is a nice respite and a bit freedom to be creative and just see what happens. Last week, Richard Dunn, a lighting designer in corporate entertainment who is originally from Canada, was heading back to his current home in Georgia from Las Vegas. But after volunteering to get bumped off his 11:00pm flight home, he found himself with seven hours to kill before the next flight out at 6:00am the next day. So what to do? Many people would…
  • 10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder

    Garr
    4 Jun 2014 | 3:03 am
    Billy Wilder (1906–2002) was the first person to win an Academy Award as producer, director and screenwriter for the same film. The film The Apartment (1960) stared Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray and is certainly in my top-10 favorite movies of all time. There is something quite special about Wilder's films. There's a simplicity, clarity, and naturalness that is above all else engaging and human. Even today Wilder is a hero to many filmmakers both young and old. In a 1999 interview with NPR, filmmaker Cameron Crowe talks about his admiration for Wilder's work. It is this…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Decker Communications

  • A PowerPoint Paradigm Shift

    Ben Decker
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:37 am
    Ever get into the rut of doing what you’ve always done because it’s comfortable – or because it’s the way it’s always been done? I’m talking about presentations – specifically the ones where you use PowerPoint. We were reminded of this when a client recently shared that he led a talk to 1,000 brand managers at Procter & Gamble with no slides. He was strangely terrified of the idea initially, yet he loved the outcome when it was done. Slides can be effective for speakers when they highlight key points. Nothing tells a trend story like a graph, and nothing illustrates the…
  • Coordinating Schedules? You Can Do Better.

    Ben Decker
    25 Jun 2014 | 1:02 am
    Ever have the experience where you get an email asking if you and another colleague are willing to talk, huddle, brainstorm or follow up on a new initiative? Contrast these two examples: “Can you meet for 30 minutes on Thursday between 9-11am to discuss the new initiative? If not, give me two other windows of time that work for you.” vs. “Can we get together to discuss this new initiative? Let me know a few times you are free.” When you see them one after another, it is certainly clear which is more actionable. As you know, one of the cornerstones of the Decker GridTM is an action…
  • Upspeak: Destroyer of Credibility

    Kelly Decker
    4 Jun 2014 | 1:27 am
    Invisible question marks – ending sentences on a higher pitch is a plague that has seeped from middle school girls into our business communications. Maybe even to yours. Taylor Mali’s Def Poetry Jam explains: I’ve witnessed upspeak at the highest levels of Fortune 100 companies, and I’ve heard it used as a reason to deny a promotion, a sale and an idea. Just this week on NPR, they did a special report about its impact on trust and credibility. As University of Glasgow psychologist Phil McAleer recently told NPR, “From the first word you hear a person speak, you start to form this…
  • Stop Compartmentalizing: Find a Story to Tell

    Ben Decker
    28 May 2014 | 1:26 am
    Last week I was working with an executive, and he got flustered. “I can’t think of a story,” he said. I told him, “Just think about it – the stories will come to you.” And sure enough, they did. Why were we looking for stories? Not just because it’s trendy right now in business. But it’s because they are effective tools for making your message stick, as we learned in Chip and Dan Heath’s book, Made to Stick. “Story” is also the S of our SHARP principles. Here are the Top Ten Reasons stories are useful and powerful: They are real They are (or, they can be) short They are…
  • A Real MVP

    Ben Decker
    8 May 2014 | 10:18 am
    Before this week, I only knew Kevin Durant as a prolific NBA scorer and a star from the movie Thunderstruck (a family movie that my boys love). After watching his MVP speech, I now feel differently. You may or may not know (or like) Kevin Durant, but your attitude will change if you watch his MVP speech. Why? 1. Vulnerability:  He was so raw – he really let his guard down. (No pun intended.) It’s not often you see a 25-year old man cry, let alone a 6’9” NBA player. Don’t be mistaken – it’s not weepy emotion that generates vulnerability. Instead, vulnerability comes from…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

  • EVERYONE Needs a Great Elevator Speech!

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

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

    Fred E. Miller
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
     o ALL Floors of the Elevator Speech! Transcript Now it’s time to go up ALL the Floors. These are the floors I would deliver to an audience, a large audience, or more than one. Then we’re going to do the Eighth Floor. That’s the one we use if it’s a One-On-One situation. Follow me on each of these floors! We’re going to start on Floor One, go all the way up to Seven. I’m Fred Miller. I’m a Speaker, a Coach, and an Author. The title of my first book is “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations hire me because…
  • Your Elevator Speech – Eighth Floor!

    Fred E. Miller
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:14 pm
    0ASK! Transcript Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” This is the Eighth Floor of my Eight Floor Elevator Speech – Top Floor! Now it only applies to the One-On-One Elevator Speech. That’s where you’re trying to DISqualify People. Remember, everyone is not a prospect for what you offer. You’re not a prospect for what everyone else offers, are you? Great way to DISqualify using the Elevator Speech. But if you’ve reached this floor, there’s some interest. The Eighth Floor is where you ASK! And you can do it in two ways: First way: “Hey,…
  • Your Elevator Speech – Seventh Floor!

    Fred E. Miller
    16 Jun 2014 | 8:43 am
    0 Your USP, Ultimate Selling Proposition! Transcript Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” This is the Seventh Floor of my Eight Floor Elevator Speech. It’s your USPYour Ultimate Selling Proposition. It’s the reason people Hire You; what you’re going to do for them. Here’s mine: “I show them how to Develop, Practice, and Deliver a ‘Knock-Your-Socks Off!’ Presentation with - NO SWEAT!“ Why do people hire you? What do they hire you to do? What is your USP, your Unique Selling Proposition? Add that to your Elevator Speech, and…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    PowerPoint and Presenting Blog

  • Meaningful Graphs: Conversation with James Smith

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Dr. James M. Smith gives lectures at facilities/colleges and conferences across the country showing healthcare staff how to analyze and present data more effectively. He shows how data presented as data are meaningless, but data presented as information are priceless. In this conversation, James discusses his new book, Meaningful Graphs. Geetesh: James, tell us more about what motivated you to author your Meaningful Graphs book? James: Although poorly drawn graphs ("charts" in Excel) appear everywhere, my own personal motivation came from my experience in healthcare settings. I had often seen…
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Removing an Animation

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Removing an animation in PowerPoint is a simple select-and-click option, but even before you remove any animation, do ascertain why you want to remove it. Here are some obvious scenarios to explore before removing animations. Learn how to remove animation from slide objects in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: animation, powerpoint_2013, tutorials
  • Preview Options in Adobe Presenter

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:15 pm
    When you work on a presentation using Adobe Presenter within PowerPoint, then you really cannot preview using PowerPoint's Slide Show view. And that's because Adobe Presenter's output options are completely different than PowerPoint's. Now to preview, you will need to use Adobe Presenter's own Preview options. Having said so, these Preview options essentially render output on the fly and show it to you. Explore the various preview options within Adobe Presenter. Categories: add-in, adobe_presenter, powerpoint, tutorials
  • 3 Free and Favorite Stencil Fonts

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Stencils are something that were very useful in the years before printing wasn’t too common. You placed a stencil, and painted over it on a surface. While stencils came in all designs and shapes, one of the most common uses of stenciling was to paint alphabets. And today, even though we no longer need stenciled alphabets, they look distinctive. And that’s probably the reason why there’s a renewed interest in stenciled typefaces – we explore a few of them on this page. Before we explore further, do remember that stenciled fonts only look good at large sizes – don’t use them for…
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Animation Speed

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:45 pm
    After you add an animation to a selected slide object, you typically set an animation event. Another animation property you can set thereafter is the speed of the animation. Every animation you add within PowerPoint 2013 has a fixed, default speed. This speed essentially is a duration shown in seconds or part thereof, and differs from animation to animation. For example, the default duration of a Fade animation is half a second (00.50) whereas for the Wheel animation, it is two seconds (02.00). Learn about animation speed in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: animation, powerpoint_2013, tutorials
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Max Atkinson's Blog

  • How to mark the 10th Anniversary of Lend Me Your Ears?

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

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

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Yet again, this week's Private Eye contains some brilliant cartoons, of which this is one of many very different topical themes - keep up the good work, chaps!
  • Yet another 3 part list (from the Queen): Who, what, why?

    4 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    One hopes it's not Cava!...MAGAZINE MONITORRSSfeedHomeWorldUKEnglandN. IrelandScotlandWalesBusinessPoliticsHealthEducationSci/EnvironmentTechnologyEntertainment & Arts4 July 2014 Last updated at 14:00Why is champagne traditional for smashing on ships?Who, What, WhyThe Magazine answers the questions behind the news11:59 UK time, Friday, 04 July 2014The Queen will smash a bottle of whisky on the hull of the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in a break from the traditional champagne. But how did champagne become the tradition, asks Lucy Townsend.When Queen Victoria launched…
  • Max Atkinson wonders whether the BBC is recommending that 4th July should also be a national holiday in the UK???

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

    SpeakerSue » Blog

  • One thing you Must do to Improve Sales

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

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

    Sue Hershkowitz-Coore
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    The American jackal, better known as a coyote, has survived for 1.8 million years. The name “coyote” is borrowed from Mexican Spanish, meaning “trickster.” This explains why some sales people exist even though they bring no value to the prospect. They trick them and they’re able to adapt their tricks as times change. What has brought on this rant? A post in a LinkedIn community. The topic was listening to C-levels and gaining trust. One person posted his response: “I listen only to prospects that are ready, willing and able to buy. I don’t have time…
  • Are you Rough Around the Edges?

    Sue Hershkowitz-Coore
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    A coaching client of mine is brilliant but no one wants to hear what she has to say because she has no social graces with which to say it. During her last review, she was refused a coveted position though she thinks it was because she wasn’t ready. She wasn’t and she isn’t. Until she is willing to consider that she is sabotaging herself and that it isn’t that others don’t get her, she will not advance. “This is my personality,” she told me and people need to take me the way I am. Well, no. NO, they don’t. It’s up to us to help others…
  • Sell a Sense of Place for More Sales

    Sue Hershkowitz-Coore
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    When I landed in New Zealand yesterday on my way to Sydney, I phoned home to say “Kia Ora” to my husband. Three hours later, I called to wish him a “G’day mate!” Last week, working with the Meet Hawaii, I was saying “Aloha” and “Mahalo” as if I was privileged to be of Hawaiian descent. In an attempt to provide a consistent luxury product, some of the fun of being in a place is lost. Everything turns into the Stepford wives. Bring back the fun and joy. It’s not unprofessional for an email to begin with: G’day Mate!  Hello…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Professionally Speaking

  • How to use Google auto-complete to generate content

    Theboss
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    If you are stuck for a rhetorical question to use as a speech opening, or just want to see what is a popular about a topic, you can use Google to ask: Why is [topic] so… before pressing ‘Enter’ Google will kick in with an ‘auto-complete’ algorithm that predicts what you are searching for, based […]
  • 45 years ago today, a speech never given

    Theboss
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    45 years ago today, on July 20 1969, Apollo 11 touched down on the surface of the Moon. In advance of the mission, anticipating the risks involved, White House speechwriter Bill Safire prepared a speech to be given by President Nixon if the lunar module was unable to return to Earth. Thankfully, this was a […]
  • A low-salt diet: CEO’s tone it down

    Theboss
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    In a recent study Bloomberg notes that CEO’s have toned down their “salty” language. The frequency of four-letter words used by captains of industry on analyst conference calls shows a measurable decline in the past 10 years: A kind of periodic table of salty words — the F-bomb, the blasphemous GD, the scatalogical S and […]
  • Toastmasters International goes … international

    Theboss
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    For the first time in its 90-year history, Toastmasters is holding its International Convention outside of North America at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Malaysia, Aug. 20-23. The featured presenters include Robin Sieger the former Head of Development at BBC Television who will deliver the keynote presentation during the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday, Aug. […]
  • Speechwriting — Success Behind the Podium with Barbie Tootle

    Theboss
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Barbie Tootle is President of Left Field Consulting, which provides freelance writing services, consultation in communication strategies, and training in creativity and personal development. She researches and writes speeches for CEOs and senior officers in the corporate world, non-profits, and higher education. Barbie also writes scripts for large events and videos. She is story editor […]
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Idea Transplant

  • Human stories

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    I see that only a handful of my facebook friends follow Humans of New York: a photographer taking pictures of strangers in NYC, adding a little personal story. The way these stories are written is brilliant: an unexpected starter question, followed by a very short story, that usually ends in an unexpected twist or life lesson. Add them to your facebook feed if you have not already done so.
  • From social media war to dialogue

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:33 am
    I live in a tense part of the world and have observed many discussions on social media where people trying to convince others they are right. I convince people for a living, so I am jotting down some thoughts below on how to engage in these discussions, and hopefully turn war-like exchanges into dialogues. In order not to have this post hijacked by a political discussion, I am leaving my political viewpoints out here. Here we go in no particular order: Be polite, correct, calm, composed, rational. Nobody believes a screaming maniac. Listen, listen, listen and look for a very specific mistake,…
  • It just does not look right

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    There is a component to visual design that cannot be learnt from studying books. On some presentations/slides I can spend a lot of time, because they simply do not look right, even if the content is pretty simple. And the worst thing, I cannot tell why. After fiddling with a number of parameters, things can all of a sudden start to look acceptable: Changing the balance in the colour scheme, often focusing on grey with just one strong accent colour, instead of using all the colours that are available in the corporate colour scheme. Using lighter colour/shades in slide shapes Making all images…
  • In the stock photo business?

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    I would like to get in touch with business development people at stock photo web sites to talk about my upcoming presentation design web app, and maybe other ideas. Feel free to contact me at contact at ideatransplant dot com if you are interested.
  • Middle East friendships

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Slate created a beautiful map showing the complexities of the friendships in the Middle East: Go to the original here and click on each of the smileys for additional information. The message of this chart is clear: it is complicated. The same information can be displayed simpler by focusing on the just the green relationships. The following pattern emerges, highlighting among other things why it is so difficult to get Israel and Hamas to communicate.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    MANIACTIVE

  • Our hearts and thoughts are not with you at this time…

    laura@maniactive.com
    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?

    laura@maniactive.com
    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

    laura@maniactive.com
    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”…
  • Are word mashups pathetisad or helpfunctional?

    laura@maniactive.com
    3 Feb 2014 | 8:41 am
    I came across the words smetiquette and framily for the first time in January. I didn’t need to look these words up: I knew what they meant instantly and intuitively. Smetiquette is a portmanteau: a mashup of the phrase social media (SM) and etiquette. Framily is Sprint’s marketing mashup: it means “Friends and Family”. We seem to be living in the era of the word mashup. We quickly create new words by combining fragments of old words to meet a rapidly unfolding technology-enabled milieu. I can understand how conservative folks and grammar snobs might bristle at these…
  • What can you do when you’re a fish out of water?

    laura@maniactive.com
    21 Jan 2014 | 9:44 am
    “We’re enduring a subzero cold snap, so pack warm clothing. Bring a coat, hat, gloves, and boots,” I advised a southern client over the phone. She was planning to fly up to deliver a series of training meetings for her northern clients. I was to make introductions and serve as her co-presenter in my home state of Michigan. “Laura, that’s unprofessional,” she replied. “You don’t want to walk into our client’s offices dressed like an 19th century fur trapper. It doesn’t reflect our brand.” She gave me a short phone lecture on how…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    speakfearlessly.net

  • Ditching Traditional Slides: Why One Presentation Expert Chose Prezi

    terrygault
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    by Terry Gault Five years ago, I attended a presentation night in downtown San Francisco. That evening, the women behind the then-viral blog MuniManners gave a presentation that brought the house down. One of those two women was Angelie Agarwal, who was soon to become Chief Evangelist for Prezi. Angelie met with me a couple of months later to give me one-on-one training with Prezi — a truly revolutionary presentation tool. At the time, I could see that Prezi offered a big—and welcome—paradigm shift away from PowerPoint. It was a significant departure from the linear and limiting…
  • 7 Basic Types of Stories: Which One Is Your Brand Telling?

    Nicole
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Creatives explore humans’ archetypal plots By Tim Nudd You think you’re being all clever and original with your brand storytelling. In fact, you’re not. From Shakespeare to Spielberg to Soderbergh, there are really only seven different types of stories, an Advertising Week panel hosted by TBWA suggested on Wednesday. The challenge becomes finding which one best suits your brand, and then telling it skillfully, believably and—if you’re going to invite consumers to join in the story—extremely carefully. TBWA’s global creative president, Rob Schwartz, led the…
  • Upcoming Workshop Schedule – San Francisco 2014

    Nicole
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    July 16-17 – Complete Communicator (one seat left!) with Terry Gault The Complete Communicator work combines communication techniques in an intense, highly individualized, skills development program. Employees learn to communicate effectively one-on-one, in small groups, and standing before large audiences.   August 22 – Super Storytelling with Terry Gault From that primitive stone-age tribe who sat around and listened to stories in their cave to today’s high tech sales force armed with the latest electronics, the art of storytelling survives. Stories capture attention and…
  • The Three Lies That Keep You From Getting More Sales

    terrygault
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Forward by Terry Gault “I’ve never heard anyone speak about driving new business like this.  It feels like it could be game-changing for The Henderson Group.” That’s what I thought in November of 2013 when I first heard RC Peck speak at BACN, where I’ve served on the board since April 2011. We decided to start working with RC in January of 2014.  Here we are in July and not only did RC fulfill on his promise but we have been smashing our revenue goals all year. And yes, with less effort. Hence, we are hosting a 60-minute Webinar on RC’s “Easy…
  • Pet Peeve #4 – The Standard Social Nicety Opening

    terrygault
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    by Terry Gault I am not a fan of the standard Social Nicety Opening. Imagine if you picked up a newspaper and read, “Hello, I am Bob Woodward.  Thanks for buying a newspaper today.  For the next 17 paragraphs, I’m going to be writing about the Obama Administration …”  It’s not a best practice for writing and not for presentations. Tying a compelling opening into your main point will grab audience attention and help your audience remember your message. Yet, how often have you heard speakers open their talks with a variation on one of these openings: “Today, I want to talk to you…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Public Speaking Library

  • Get back!

    Tim Wilson
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    Fellow speaker,When creating your slide's background, make sure it:Draws attention away from the background and toward the slide's contentHas enough space for the contentContrasts with the content's text colorIn the back,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Arrive early and often

    Tim Wilson
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Fellow speaker,To make sure your speech goes smoothly, arrive as early as you can to the speaking site. Showing up at the last minute means you can't fix the room setup, print more handouts, get needed accessories, etc. Showing up early allows you time to fix problems. The earlier you arrive, the more time you have to make sure all problems are spotted and fixed before you get onstage.Outwardly,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Outward bound

    Tim Wilson
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    Fellow speaker,To lessen your nervousness onstage, intead of focusing your energy inside you, focus your energy out. Instead of inwardly focusing on you: how you are going to look, what you are going to do, how well you talk, etc., focus outwardly on the audience: making sure they get your point, understand why it is important, take some valuable new point of view home with them after your speech, etc.Outwardly,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Mingle mania

    Tim Wilson
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Fellow speaker,World Champion Speaker Mark Brown suggests if you talk to children and teens, after your talk you should mingle with the kids and spend time with them.Mingling,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • The thing with feathers

    Tim Wilson
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Fellow speaker,World Champion Speaker Mark Brown suggests if you talk to children and teens, you should give them hope that they can overcome their life challenges.Hoping,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The presentation skills blog...

  • Rehearsing your presentation? Pah! ;)

    Simon
    13 Jul 2014 | 12:43 am
    I don’t suppose the lovely Beyonce goes on stage without rehearsing… oh no… but there’s some interesting stuff about how useful it is to practice, just here: http://www.spring.org.uk/2014/07/the-10000-hours-myth-practice-predicts-only-12-of-performance.php There are a lot of myths around making presentations and similar things. … Continue reading →
  • Oracy in the TES

    Simon
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    In this week’s TES (which hit my letterbox on Friday 4th July) there’s an article about the idea of teaching/using oracy as a tool in schools – both as something to be taught and as as way of teaching other subjects. A viva, … Continue reading →
  • Do the swan thing… and don’t let them see you sweat

    Simon
    19 Jun 2014 | 8:43 am
    You’ll have heard the old saying about how swans look cool, calm and collected on the surface but if you see underwater footage, you can see them paddling like mad… so it is with presentations. You might look completely relaxed … Continue reading →
  • Beyond Visual Presentations – bring back bullet points?

    Simon
    28 Apr 2014 | 12:35 am
    I’m going to stick my neck out here and say that the revolution is over. What revolution? The revolution that started a few years ago with posts from Garr Reynold’s venerable Presentation Zen website and other places. The revolution that … Continue reading →
  • Quick Easter Freebie – honest

    Simon
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:21 am
    Well Happy Easter everyone. And as an alternative to chocolate eggs and bunnies, we’re giving away our latest Ebook. To get 84 Presentation Tips for nothing (yes, nowt, nadda!), just use the coupon code EASTER14. Simple as that. Less fattening … Continue reading →
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Public Words

  • Don’t Let Your Audiences Be Passive!

    Nick Morgan
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    People don’t like to be passive.  They don’t like to sit still and do nothing.  They’d even rather shock themselves repeatedly than just sit and think, according to a study recently published in Science. The study received a fair amount of press attention, possibly because it harkened back to the infamous Milgram study from many […]
  • Storytelling, Framing, and Memory

    Nick Morgan
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    We expect powerful people to give us the overview, the high-level view.  Specifically, a recent study found, we rate people as more powerful when they speak in abstract terms (9/11 was a terrible terrorist attack), rather than specifics (more than 3,000 people died). More generally, previous studies have shown that people learn new things using […]
  • Speakers: Your Vowels Matter!

    Nick Morgan
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ll be giving away some speechwriting secrets today.  In particular, how to create a mood with your words.  It’s not just about meaning.  Or even body language. A team of psychologists and phoneticists based in Germany has tested the effects that vowel sounds have on our moods.  And it turns out that “I” sounds (“hi”) […]
  • Speakers Alert: Here’s One More Reason to Exercise

    Nick Morgan
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    Speakers need to understand how the brain works because, well, because they’re always talking to brains in the audiences they encounter.  At least, that’s the hope. Some recent studies shed light on an essential part of the way the brain works.  The findings have two implications for speakers – one for themselves, and one for […]
  • What’s Wrong with TED?

    Nick Morgan
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    What’s wrong with TED?  There’s no question it has been an extraordinarily successful venture.  It has transformed the world of public speaking in a number of ways, most of them obviously for the better.  But it has had some subtler negative effects too, and that’s what this post covers. It’s hard to remember now, but […]
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Eloquent Woman

  • Famous Speech Friday: Theresa May takes the Police Federation to task

    Denise Graveline
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    I always thought it was odd that the initial focus when Theresa May took office was on her fashion choices instead of her policies, because Britain's Home Secretary is a decidedly unglamorous job. That's despite it being one of the four "great offices of state" in British government. The cabinet post is responsible for national security, immigration, policing, citizenship, and other internal affairs. But it's also seen as a poisoned chalice, the kind of appointment in which you're likely to be sacked for the deeds of others, as many of her predecessors have found. And May is one of only…
  • 'Be The Eloquent Woman' at my October speaking workshop in Amsterdam

    Denise Graveline
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    I'll be leading Be The Eloquent Woman, my day-long workshop on women and public speaking, as a pre-conference session at the European Speechwriter Network's autumn speechwriters and business communicators conference in Amsterdam on 23 October.The day-long workshop is designed to help women executives and politicians to improve their public speaking, using smart strategies that build on the information you get right here on the blog. You'll learn about the research as well as the realities that women face--the perceptions that stand in the way of your success and undermine…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But you won't miss a thing, since I'm summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog for all readers to see. Here's what I shared in the week just past:Speaking's 11: TED says these 11 must-see TED talks will help you understand what the popular conference is all about. Four of the 11 are by women speakers.Oh, please: Have we reached the end of the line for the conference call? blames technology for all the…
  • Famous Speech Friday: Yulia Tymoshenko's "Heroes will never die"

    Denise Graveline
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    (Editor's note: From the day she appeared to give these dramatic remarks in February, I've wanted to include former Ukraine Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in our Famous Speech Friday series. Fortunately for me, another speaker coach beat me to the punch, and has graciously permitted me to reprint his post, and the remarks, here. John Shosky has worked in three presidential administrations.  He is president of Roncalli Communications in Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. Shosky is the author of Speaking to Lead: How to Make Speeches that Make a Differenceand The Words of Our Time:…
  • Gender Avenger tool helps you chart women speakers at conferences

    Denise Graveline
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    You can learn a lot on a train. A couple of weeks ago, I got on an Amtrak train heading north and tweeted--as I do--that I was in business class. The next thing I knew, Twitter acquaintance Susan Askew, one of the minds behind the Gender Avenger website, was letting me know she was in the same car. A long discussion about parity for women speakers followed, and Susan let me know that Gender Avenger's latest tool was soon to launch, and that it would give us all another option from tracking conferences with @NoWomenSpeakers.The tool's in beta now, so expect changes to come. But here's how…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Susan's Blog - Inspire, Inform, Influence

  • Inspire, Inform, Influence in that Order

    Susan Trivers
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Inspiration is the moment when your listener experiences a vision of a new action, value or behavior that will make his or her life better. It comes from within the person, indeed from deep within. Inspiration cannot be imposed from outside. Speakers who wish to change people's lives for the better need to generate inspiration deep inside their audience members at the very beginning of their speech. There are many instances in our lives when a vision causes us to then take the next step to becoming informed by learning the facts or experiencing the thing before us. Beautifully…
  • How to Brag without Being a Braggart

    Susan Trivers
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    No one likes a braggart: the person who always one-ups you, uses the first person pronoun incessantly and takes credit for everything. I've worked with many people who are so afraid of being perceived as a braggart that they never want to talk favorably about themselves. There are 2 simple ways to get your talents and successes across without being labeled a braggart: 1) Stories. Stories have 5 elements: main character, crisis, obstacles to overcoming the crisis, steps taken and resolution. Surely you can write a short 5-sentence story about a time when you were the main character, faced…
  • Customers Are Starving for This

    Susan Trivers
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    Invent or Innovate? Is your brain working overtime to invent or innovate? Searching for the next big thing? Scrambling to go viral? While you're twisting your brain into knots, your customers are starving for one thing that is so simple. It's powerful and you can easily provide it: amazing customer service! Is that it, you wonder? Isn't customer service just customer service? How can this old-fashioned idea help us grow and prosper? In a world of constant stimulation, fast-paced communication and apps for everything, your amazing customer service will stand out. People will use…
  • Do You Know the Single Best Question to Spark a Networking Conversation?

    Susan Trivers
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:58 am
    What do YOU say after you say "hello?" Some of the typical conversation starters at networking events are: "So, what do you do?" "Tell me about your company." "Do you come to these events often?" If you're like most people, once you've asked or answered these questions, there's a noticeable lag in the conversation and you start looking for an escape. Old Question I used to coach people to ask this question: "What's the biggest challenge in your industry/company today?" When the business climate was challenging, that was…
  • Have You Ever Actually Written Thank You Notes?

    Susan Trivers
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:50 am
    Every week I read a blog or article about the importance and value of hand-written thank you notes. Send them to clients, referral partners and others who have given you something of value. I decided to do this for a month. I bought some simple and elegant thank you notes on beautiful paper, set my best pen next to them and put them in a very visible place on my desk. Each time I was thankful or appreciative of someone, I sent them a handwritten note. The wording is pretty simple: "Thank you very much for your (referral, business, interest in my work, taking the time to talk, or…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Public Speakers Blog

  • Professional Speaking Career Opportunity

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

    steve
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Join me on Saturday, July 12, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan (40 miles outside Detroit) for my presentation to the Michigan Chapter of the National Speakers Association. Watch this short video for details. You can purchase tickets at www.nsamichigan.org/steve_seibold/ [See post to watch Flash video]  
  • What’s the Purpose of Your Speech?

    steve
    20 Jun 2014 | 2:51 pm
    This is one of the most important questions you must answer as a professional speaker, because it will determine what you can charge and who will pay. Watch this short video I taped after speaking in Tallahassee, Florida, and I’ll look forward to your comments. Watch on YouTube [See post to watch Flash video]
  • Last Chance for Speakers

    steve
    11 May 2014 | 6:37 am
    On May 31-June 1, 2014, I’m going to conduct one final speaker marketing seminar for the people who’ve been begging me to do it for years. This 2-day program will be an intense, content heavy program where I’ll share everything I’ve learned during my 18-years in this business. I’ve kept the price extremely low so anyone can afford it, and I’m even encouraging you to bring a friend for free. Watch this short video and I hope to meet you face to face at the seminar. This seminar is almost sold-out. Register today at www.milliondollarspeakerseminar.com [See post to watch Flash video]
  • Speakers: Please Read/Watch

    steve
    29 Apr 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Your dream of sharing your message with the world is most likely only a few good decisions away. Unfortunately, most speakers never make them. They buy into the speakers “get rich quick philosophy”, write bad books no one will buy or begin calling themselves professional speakers without formal training. The speaking industry is littered with talented speakers who toiled for years, and sometimes even decades trying to figure the magic formula of the million-dollar speakers. Make no mistake: the formula exists, but it has nothing to do with magic. The formula is a mixture of…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Speechworks: Atlanta Communication Experts | Public Speaking Specialists

  • If You Want to Sound Smarter, Dump the "Ums"

    30 Jun 2014 | 9:31 am
    If You Want to Sound Smarter, Dump the "Ums" When I was practicing law in my prior life, a senior attorney called me into his office and shut the door.  "Joey," he said.  "I want to give you some feedback on how you handled yourself in that meeting today."   I braced myself.  “You did fine,” he said, “The client seemed satisfied.  But I think I counted 25 “ums” in five minutes. It doesn’t sound good.”   Filler words like “um” and “er” make us sound unsure and even ignorant.  Yet with focus and the help of our brain’s “reticular…
  • The Five Stories Credible Leaders Tell: New Speechworks White Paper

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

    The Accidental Communicator

  • 6 Tips For Making PowerPoint Work With Your Next Speech, Not Against It

    drjim
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Your speech should not be fighting against your PowerPoint slides Image Credit How many times have you been asked to give a speech and the way that you got ready for it was to sit down and create a whole bunch of PowerPoint (or Keynote) slides? Yep, I’ve done the same thing. Hopefully we all know that a speech is really so much more than just a bunch of slides. However, the slides that we use can help to make our speech that much more effective. How can we create slides that will help, not hinder, our next speech? 6 Tips For Making Better Slides It is possible to give a speech without…
  • 5 Ways To Create A Speech To Sell Something

    drjim
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    A speech that sells, has to be designed to sellImage Credit Aren’t all of our speeches about trying to make the world a better place? Because of the importance of public speaking, isn’t our #1 goal just to share the information that we have with our audience? Well, no. More often than not, when we give a speech what we are really trying to do is to sell something. It turns out that in order to do this correctly, we need to know how to create a speech that sells. Let’s take a look at what we need to be doing… A 5-Step Plan To Create A Speech To Sell As a speaker, if you…
  • Lessons From Aristotle On How To Create A Persuasive Speech

    drjim
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    What Aristotle said 2,000 years ago is still true todayImage Credit Almost every speech that we give has one goal in mind: trying to convince our audience about something. In order to accomplish that, we’ve got to find ways to work persuasion into our next speech. It turns out that exactly how to do this was laid out for us some 2,000 years ago by Aristotle. Now all we have to do is go back and listen to what he is trying to tell us to do. Use Logic At the heart of any speech that is designed to persuade an audience has to be logic. This is a key part of the importance of public…
  • 3 Steps For Creating A Persuasive Speech

    drjim
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    In order to persuade an audience, you must first create a persuasive speechImage Credit We all know about the importance of public speaking, but why do we give speeches? The reasons vary, but more often than not we are trying to convince an audience to do something. This means that we’re going to have to deliver a persuasive speech. Before you can do that, you’re going to have to write a persuasive speech. Now I wonder just exactly how one should go about doing that…? Start By Isolating If you want to persuade an audience, then what you are going to have to do right off the bat…
  • Hey Public Speaker, Do You Want To Debate?

    drjim
    17 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    Some speeches require you to debate with someone else. Will you be ready?Image Credit Not all speeches are equal. In fact, some speeches are much more dynamic and aggressive than others. One great example of this is a debate. A debate is a great way to show the importance of public speaking. In a debate, you can prepare for the discussion, but you can’t completely prepare for it. Instead, you’re going to have to think on your feet. As you might well imagine, this style of speaking can get to be quite tricky very quickly… Four Ways To Prepare For A Debate When you know that you…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Oregon’s Monica Wehby may make a house call on the Senate

    George F. Will
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:37 pm
    PORTLAND, Ore. “Are you kidding?” This is Monica Wehby’s amiable response to people who wonder whether she will be able to bear the pressures of office if she wins her race as a Republican Senate candidate. For 17 of her 52 years she has been a pediatric neurosurgeon, holding in steady hands sharp steel and the fate of children’s brains. She probably can cope with the strains of legislative life. Read full article >>
  • Neel Kashkari could be California’s Goldwater

    George F. Will
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    MENLO PARK, Calif. Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who knew he would lose: Americans were not going to have a third president in 14 months. Besides, his don’t-fence-me-in libertarian conservatism was ahead of its time. His agenda, however, was to change his party’s national brand. Read full article >>
  • Ensuring nuclear fuel for Iran could put the country in a box

    George Perkovich
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Uranium enrichment is the stickiest sticking point in the nuclear negotiations with Iran now underway in Vienna. The United States and its five partners want Iran to scale back the number and output of the centrifuges it operates and deploys in reserve, thereby extending the time it would take to “break out” and construct a bomb. Iran says it could delay expanding its enrichment capacity for a few years but ultimately needs to scale up to produce replacement fuel for its Bushehr nuclear power reactor. Iranian negotiators maintain that they can’t rely on Russia to continue supplying the…
  • The Supreme Court reins in government bullies

    George F. Will
    4 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Two 5 to 4 decisions this week, on the final decision day of the Supreme Court’s term, dealt with issues that illustrate the legal consequences of political tactics by today’s progressives. One case demonstrated how progressivism’s achievement, the regulatory state, manufactures social strife and can do so in ways politically useful to progressives. The other case arose from government coercion used to conscript unwilling citizens into funding the progressives’ party. Read full article >>
  • Unanimous Supreme Court comes at a cost

    George F. Will
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Even when Supreme Court decisions are unanimous, the justices can be fiercely divided about fundamental matters, as was demonstrated by two 9 to 0 rulings last week. One overturned a Massachusetts law restricting speech near abortion clinics. The other invalidated recess appointments that President Obama made when the Senate said it was not in recess. In the first, four justices who concurred in the result rejected the majority’s reasoning because it minimized the law’s constitutional offense. In the second, four justices who concurred with the court’s judgment that Obama had…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Public Speaker's Quick and Dirty Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills

  • 260 TPS Choosing The Right Environment for Negotiations

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    How much thought do you put in creating the right environment for a negotiation? The Public Speaker explains how the best choices can have a psychological and emotional impact. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/UxZdHI
  • 259 TPS Do You Apologize Too Much?

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Do women apologize too much? Do you often say "sorry" without thinking? Inspired by Pantene's "Not Sorry" commercial, The Public Speaker takes a deeper look at the "sorry" state of apologies. Visit the website to read the full transcript and leave a comment: http://bit.ly/1kV3Dj7
  • 258 TPS 3 Steps to Smoother Transitions

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Jumping between topics in a speech without thoughtful transitions can make you tough to follow. The Public Speaker shows you how to create smoother transitions for a better flow.
  • 257 TPS How to Talk With a Non-Native English Speaker

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Many people you interact with during your day are not native English speakers. The Public Speaker, Lisa B. Marshall, offers these 10 tips for better conversations with an ESL speaker. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1xLUAsl
  • 256 TPS Do You Have Annoying Handshake Habits?

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    June 28 is National Handshake Day. Celebrate with the Public Speaker and learn the right and wrong ways to shake hands. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1ri31b6
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Professionally Speaking...

  • 5 Ways To Make A Bigger Impact At Meetings

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

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

    Kathy Reiffenstein
    29 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
    The brilliance of your message is only part of what an audience will focus on during your presentation. The other part is you. Specifically, the visual package you present. Your audience brings a holistic perspective to your presentation. So what they see --as well as what they hear -- contributes significantly to how engaged they are and how they evaluate the time spent with you. Let's look at the components of your visual package and examine how your audience interprets some of the things they might see. EYE CONTACT What They See: You're looking at your slides or your notes instead of at…
  • Use Contrast in Your Presentation For Better Memorability

    Kathy Reiffenstein
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:24 am
    We humans love contrast. We employ it in decorating [current hot trend: purple and green]; in fashion [current hot trend: Placid Blue and Hemlock Green with a dash of Radiant Orchid]; in story [long time trend: good vs. evil]; and even in decision making [long time trend: pros and cons].The reason contrast is so universal is because it highlights and creates memorability. Aren’t you more likely to remember a stunningly decorated room in purple and green than one in all grey? [OK, maybe that’s a female thing]. Contrast implies difference and difference is more memorable than sameness. We…
  • In Presentations, Normal Isn't The Same As Effective

    Kathy Reiffenstein
    27 Jan 2014 | 2:34 pm
    New normal is a frequently heard phrase these days, describing everything from the tough economy to instability in the Middle East to the make-up of the modern family. I'm thinking maybe it's time for a new normal in presentations because the old normal isn't working very well. Too many times I hear my clients say, "...but that's the norm...that's what's expected...," when explaining why they continue to follow bad presentation practices. But when did the norm become synonymous with effective? Let's look at some of the worst "normal" practices and consider what might make for a new normal.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Speak Without Interruption

  • The Snow Field

    Mark Scheel
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Thinking perhaps a respite from the topics of current events and politics might be welcome, I’m returning to fiction with this posting.  The following short story, “The Snow Field,” originally appeared in a slightly different version in Swill magazine in the summer 2007 issue.  I hope most readers still comprehend the lasting impact of the Viet Nam War on the generation that had to fight it.                          A man said to the universe:                          “Sir, I exist!”…
  • My Brain Throbs… (Guest Post)

    Bob Grant - Editor
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    I have absolutely no way of knowing if this is truth or fiction; however, someone took considerable time to prepare so I decided to post it: Hi, I’m a teenage girl who’s brain is in the middle of turning from child -> adult. For the past couple months I’ve been thinking very deeply and continually, and I feel that if I don’t get my thoughts out of my head, my brain will explode. Also, I’m awkward at talking and I bore people easily when I do, so I’m going to write it all here, because it’s more comfortable and I can get more feedback. I’ll…
  • Letters to the World (Series) by Jascha Kessler

    Jascha Kessler
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:25 am
     July 16, 2014 Letters to the Editor THE LOS ANGELES TIMES Los Angeles Dear Letters Editor: ARTS & BOOKS [13 July] features a photograph of Harry and Mary Margaret Anderson at home, a very late Willem de Kooning painting displayed on their right.  It is odd to think they collected and feature it, since the artist was in those last years far gone into dementia.  Apparently his [long estranged and] loving wife Elaine used to sit him down alongside brushes and paints each morning before a length of canvas she had had rolled up from a well in the floor.  Bill would like as not come to, or…
  • PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY’S EFFECT ON AIR TRAVEL

    timbryce
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    BRYCE ON TECHNOLOGY - What I discovered on my flight from Asheville. (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. I recently took a short trip to North Carolina to do a little fly-fishing with an old friend. It was a brief trip and we only had modest success, but it was a wonderful getaway. The mountains were beautiful, the air smelled delicious, and the streams were cold and clear. It was just the tonic I needed. I came home on a Sunday morning via the Asheville airport. After checking in I proceeded to go through TSA security. It was…
  • Pray For Atheists, Not With Them

    Richard Cahill
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Leave it to the pros! Greece, New York is again in the news. Having won their battle with the Supreme Court over beginning their town meetings with a public, usually Christian prayer, the town burghers, in a spirit of tolerance, are now permitting an atheist to say that public prayer. To which I say, just don’t do it. Atheists pray lousy, as I have pointed out before in these pages. Asking an atheist to pray is like asking a rabbi to make a pulled pork sandwich. He doesn’t have access to the basic ingredients, has only a vague idea of how to hash them together and can’t…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Speechworks: Atlanta Communication Experts | Public Speaking Specialists

  • If You Want to Sound Smarter, Dump the "Ums"

    30 Jun 2014 | 9:31 am
    If You Want to Sound Smarter, Dump the "Ums" When I was practicing law in my prior life, a senior attorney called me into his office and shut the door.  "Joey," he said.  "I want to give you some feedback on how you handled yourself in that meeting today."   I braced myself.  “You did fine,” he said, “The client seemed satisfied.  But I think I counted 25 “ums” in five minutes. It doesn’t sound good.”   Filler words like “um” and “er” make us sound unsure and even ignorant.  Yet with focus and the help of our brain’s “reticular…
  • The Five Stories Credible Leaders Tell: New Speechworks White Paper

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

    Speaking Pro Central

  • "Prayer Changes Something," The Rev. Vicki Hesse, St. Philip's in the Hills, Tucson, AZ

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    'What is the seeming strange power of prayer?   That's what we secular humanists, agnostics and atheists have been researching, perhaps all our lives. This morning, there were some answers. But, of course, not  the  answer.  Mystical subjects such as prayer can't have a definitive answer. The Rev. Vicki K.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Battle of the Books - Chelsea Clinton Becomes Fair Game

    26 Jul 2014 | 7:04 pm
    'A shrewd politico, Hillary Clinton likely anticipated that her memoir "Hard Choices" would set in play The Battle of the Books. It was a risk. As with most risks, sure, you can try predicting the odds of positive results. But there is absolutely no certainty of anything. " In it he takes on Chelsea. Now, Baby Bear could be mauled.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Review Sengoku Basara Season 1

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    'Zaman Sengoku (Zaman negara-negara berperang, sekitar 1493-1573) adalah salah satu periode dalam sejarah Jepang yang diawali Peristiwa Mei?noseihen Cerita ini kemudian diadaptasi menjadi salah satu Game dan Anime terkenal dengan judul Sengoku Basara. Tokoh utamanya adalah Sanada Yukimura dan Date Masamune. marilyn-speakingof.blogspot.com.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Observational Humor — Case Study #123

    26 Jul 2014 | 5:37 pm
    'Here is another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. First we’ll look at the set-up for the jokes. Then we’ll look at the jokes and a brief analysis of what made the jokes work. Read the set-up information first, then you’ll be ready to watch the video of the monologue. My mother is from Arizona.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Many John Walshes - The U.S. Senator John Walsh Allegedly Got Caught

    26 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    Senator representing Montana John Walsh has been accused of plagiarizing when doing work toward an academic degree. Here is the coverage.    He is not alone.  There have been, are and will be a lot more Walshes as long as the educational system keeps requiring research papers. Had it imagination, it could be assigning projects.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Les Posen's Presentation Magic

  • Why Academic conferences need to change, and why Powerpoint is a dead technology walking

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

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

    lesposen
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Just arrived in Sydney to be greeted by some positive comments about yesterday’s post about Keynote’s improved presenter display. While onboard UA839 for the 14 hour flight, I cracked open my MacBook Air with Mavericks 10.9.2 to play with some movies with transparencies I want to use for upcoming training workshops in Canberra. In a previous post last year lamenting the lost features which didn’t make the transition to Keynote 6.0, I mentioned alpha channel movies which appeared with their black, rather than transparent backgrounds. But onboard, it now seems this challenge…
  • Finally, Apple shows Keynote users more love: a significant point update includes the most requested Presenter display feature – real time viewing

    lesposen
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    On April 1, 2014 – just a few days after I had presented on Keynote 6 at Macworld in San Francisco – Apple produced significant updates for its three versions of Keynote – MacOS, iOS and iCloud. In addition to new builds, a topic I will explore when I get back to Australia (I’m currently in LAX waiting my overnight flight), and some other features, its Presenter display has undergone a major improvement. It’s one that pushes Keynote 5 (and before) further into history, and hopefully is a forecaster of more significant changes to come. Below is a video I created…
  • Advice for scientists who present: In this second blog entry, I look at a better use of charts and graphs, especially the use of Keynote’s MagicMove transition (with a special reference to Steve Jobs use of graphs)

    lesposen
    13 Mar 2014 | 7:56 pm
    In a previous post, I began an excursion into how science presenters can be easily and unwittingly seduced into giving very poor presentations by dint of their training and facilitation of their professional association’s publication standards. It was left with a complex diagram I often use in my workshops about IT where I try to persuade late adopter colleagues to review their relationships with technology and give thought to how best to bring themselves up to date (hint: buy an iPad). The diagram was designed in 2008 by Nick Felton at the request of two New York Times op-ed writers,…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    PowerPoint Tips Blog

  • Easily sync lyrics with a music video in PowerPoint

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

    Ellen Finkelstein
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    For her PhD dissertation, my friend, Leslee Goldstein, did research teaching the Transcendental Meditation technique to Ugandan women who were part of an NGO (non-governmental organization) program that taught them skills to help them support themselves, such as sewing.  These women had been subjected to a huge amount of stress in their lives and this stress made progress difficult. She did 3 pre- and post-tests that are commonly used in this situation and got great results. But when she created the chart in PowerPoint, she had a problem. As you can see, by default PowerPoint puts the…
  • Rotate objects precisely

    Ellen Finkelstein
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    PowerPoint makes simple object rotations very easy. If you don’t need to be precise You can use an object’s rotation handle to drag an object around its middle. When you like what you see, release the mouse button and you’re done. If you need a common angle If you need more precision than eyeballing it, you can use several tools that let you quickly get common angles: To rotate to 15° increments, press the Shift key while you drag with the rotation handle. In this way, you can reotate to 0, 15, 30, 45, 90 degrees — and so on. That is often enough. For a 90° rotation,…
  • An inspiring speaking story — from disses to raves

    Ellen Finkelstein
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:56 am
    Have you ever gotten really awful feedback from an audience? Speakers are especially sensitive to negative feedback. Whether you’re speaking internally within your organization or to the public, at some point you’ll need to deal with some negativity. How would you turn disses into raves? I recently met Shirley Gutkowski online and was so inspired by her story that I asked if I could interview her. I think you’ll be inspired, too — and learn a lot as well! Watch the 15-minute interview. (Note: Our online interview happened during a thunderstorm and my Internet went down…
  • Create a checklist graphic in PowerPoint

    Ellen Finkelstein
    22 Jun 2014 | 1:04 pm
    I often create a slide that talks about x number of items: 6 tips for stunning slides 10 ways to organize your time 5 steps to a slide makeover When I think how to visualize the concept of such a slide, I often (perhaps lamely) come up with a checklist. Finally, I created my own and thought you might like a similar one for your own slides. 1. Get the Post-it note I started with a Post-it note. You could certainly take your own photo, but I found a good photo from freeimages.com here. I’ve also used images from Fuzzimo, which you can get here. The Fuzzimo images contain a number of…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    slidecoaching.com

  • Presentation trends: Slideshare Zeitgeist 2013

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

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

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

    Alessandra Cimatti
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:37 am
    This is the third post in a series devoted to LinkedIn errors I see people make. It regards personal updates. LinkedIn allows members to publish updates which are then seen by all contacts in their news stream. Most people do not use this feature, but a few abuse it. Be careful: do not exaggerate with updates and do not publish too many frivolous or low value updates. I recently noticed one of my contacts that posted EIGHT Linkedin personal updates in ONE hour. These updates ended up appering in my news stream one after the other. And I have over 500 connections who could be posting updates,…
  • A second Linkedin error you should not make – LANGUAGES

    Alessandra Cimatti
    23 Mar 2014 | 2:56 am
    To continue on my series of posts describing common Linkedin profile errors, after last week’s post covering the profile photo, this week I will cover languages. 2. LANGUAGES I like the fact that you can specify the foreign languages you know on your LinkedIn profile. The system requires you to choose a proficiency level for a foreign language. The error that some non-native English speakers make is to write their profile in English, state a high level of knowledge of the English language, and then, when you read their profile, you immediately notice grammar and spelling mistakes. If…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    all about presentations

  • Create professional looking charts in 6 steps

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

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Google has launched its new font Noto. The font is available across multiple languages. The reason for trying this new font will not be its looks but its utility. If you have multiple languages in the same page, you can use Noto fonts for all such languages. Noto English, Noto Chinese, Noto Tamil and so on instead of installing and using different type of font for each language.To know more about serif and sans serif fonts click here.Go ahead, try this new font. Click here to download.
  • 66 Best Presentation & Public Speaking Tips

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    I wrote my 500th post last week. That's a big milestone for me. In this post, I try to present the crux of my five and a half years of blogging. What follows is the best 66 tips you will ever read on making a presentation and giving a talk. Benefit from it. Planning Your Presentation1. You have to tell a story to your audience. Stories are memorable and stories appeal to people. Ask not what information I have to share. Instead ask, what story should I tell?2. Appeal to emotions. Most presentations are too logical but all decisions are based on emotions.3. Every argument needs; Ethos, Pathos…
  • 3 Things you need to know about every Chart

    11 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    When a chart is presented to you, remember to ask the following questions to yourself and the presenter.#1 What is the key take-away from this chart?Ask the presenter on what is her central finding. Why is she presenting the chart and what does she intend to conclude from this?#2 What is the source of data?It is important to know the source of data. This makes the claim credible and believable.I recently received a chart from a TV channel claiming they are the No. 1 channel. In small prints below were the words... In female audience 25 years + in select income classes. It was also mentioned…
  • 3 Things that make a Story great

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Film making is a difficult job. Hundreds of new movies are released every year and only a small fraction of them succeed. Few weeks back I came across a book on movie making. The author has given a simple answer to what makes a story good. He says:In order to create a great story we need...1. Great Characters,2. Great Conflict, and3. Great ExpectationsIf you are writing a story, create great characters. They can be interesting because of their looks, habits or nature. Look at any good movie, and you will find interesting characters. The joker in The Dark Knight. Mr. Gru in Despicable Me.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Speak & Deliver - A Public Speaking Blog For the Speaking Public

  • Speak Up For Your Business - by Michelle Mazur - Book 22 of 52 in 52

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

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

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

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

    27 May 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, BJ '77, ninth commander of U.S.Special Operations CommandThe commencement speech by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, BJ '77, ninth commander of U.S.Special Operations Command, has been making both the internet and TV news blurbs today, with the video of his commencement speech at the University of Texas. I happened to see (not hear) it on CNN as I was doing my 20 minutes on the stationary bike at Planet Fitness today.Now I've seen and heard it - and I'm both impressed by the content and depressed that this speech is all it takes to get the world all a-Twitter…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Manner of Speaking

  • A Lesson from Germany’s World Cup Victory

    John Zimmer
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    One month, 64 games and 171 goals, including Mario Götze’s brilliant effort in the dying minutes of extra time to give Germany a 1-0 win over Argentina and a World Championship. The World Cup tournament, hosted by Brazil, was thrilling from start to finish, and captured the imagination of hundreds of millions of people around the globe. There are many lessons that can be learned from the games played over the past 32 days. But one in particular struck me as relevant for public speakers. It has to do with the long path that the Germans took en route to the championship. Today,…
  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 184) – Samuel Beckett

    John Zimmer
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    Samuel Beckett (1906 – 1989) Irish Novelist and Playwright “Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” — Samuel BeckettFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers
  • The Elements of Eloquence

    John Zimmer
    22 Jun 2014 | 10:58 am
    Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my series on rhetorical devices. Figures of rhetoric such as anaphora, epistrophe, epizeuxis and others, when used properly, can set a speech on fire so that it blazes in the memories of those who heard it long after the speaker has left the stage. Thus, I was delighted when the good people at Icon Books sent me a complimentary copy of Mark Forsyth’s The Elements of Eloquence. In his book, Forsyth takes us through 39 chapters, each one devoted to a specific rhetorical device. Now, you might be thinking: “Thirty-nine chapters…
  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 183) – Winston Churchill

    John Zimmer
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:16 am
    Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) British Prime Minister, Historian, Author and Orator “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” — Sir Winston ChurchillFiled under: Humour, Quotes for Public Speakers
  • The Prezi Top 100

    John Zimmer
    31 May 2014 | 1:18 pm
    The past couple of weeks have been pretty exciting for this blog. Only days after reaching 1,000,000 visitors, I received an email from the good people at Prezi notifying me that they had chosen Manner of Speaking as one of their “Top 100 Online Resources Every Presenter Should See”. What’s more, from among the Top 100, Prezi staff members chose ten favourites and Manner of Speaking was one of the ten. Prezi explains how the list—which includes article and blogs, videos and podcasts, presentations and books—was created: We have scoured the web looking for the most…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Interruption Management

  • Too Many Distractions

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

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Society views the mental stimulation provided by grade school necessary for the normal development of children. After high school, though, we view mental exercise differently. It's widely understood that to be successful in a material sense, some sort of further education – whether collegiate or trade-oriented – is necessary, but other kinds of mental stimulation are generally seen as optional and somewhat unnecessary. Films, books, television, and music are all designed to be as entertaining as possible – not to be as educational or as conducive to personal growth as possible. These…
  • Aspire to Leadership

    8 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    Crack the Leadership Code: Lead with Confidence, Inspire Performance and Make a DifferenceHosted by Dr. Michelle PizerThe 21-day event begins on July 21st, and it is FREE. Click here to reserve your seat. www.cracktheleadershipcode.comWe hear all the time about the suffering of employees, but what about the silent suffering of leaders? The truth is, leadership can be lonely – and we need a place to reflect and learn. That’s why I’m speaking at Dr. Michelle Pizer’s special summit, along with 20 other leadership experts. Dr. Michelle Pizer is an executive coach and organizational…
  • Derive Answers From Within

    2 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Years back, I had immersed myself in a sea of self-help books and audios to the point that I had no time left in the day for myself. Practicing ten minutes of this person's technique and 30 minutes of that would literally not even allow time to eat. Why is it that we so often continue seek answers from others when, if we relied on our inherent abilities (to handle most things) that would be the shortest destination to our goal?
  • Key Talent for Consistency

    2 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    News you can use: In her blog, Grow Your Key Talent, prolific author and speaker Rebecca Morgan lays down a challenge to achieving interruption-free, consistent business performance:"You say you don’t have any budget for professional development? Do you have budget for recruitment costs and training your key staff’s replacements? How about the loss of productivity when these folks leave and there’s no one with the same skills to fill their spot?""Wouldn’t it be cheaper to find some ways to keep them learning without spending a bundle? If you’d like a list of 10 inexpensive ways to…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Moving People to Action

  • Sales: What is your Painful Problem to Solve?

    Conor Neill
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    What is your painful problem to solve? Sales is not about describing your product, your process or your friends. It is about explaining to the buyer a problem that they have, and giving them a glimpse of a world where that problem has gone away. What would it feel like to live in a world where that problem has gone away? What would it feel like to have your boss think you are a top performer? What would it feel like to have your kids proud of you? What would it feel like to see your body looking fit? What would it feel like to take your t-shirt off at the beach with pride? What is your…
  • What is a story?

    Conor Neill
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    At the very simplest, a story is: A character Who wants something Overcomes obstacles to get it An epic story is A character Who wants something massive And is willing to risk everything to get it The real depth of any story is not whether the character achieves the goal but who they become as they face the obstacles along the path. Photo credit: umjanedoan How to Develop a Story From a writer’s perspective, a story has to first develop a character that we care about, and we wonder what will happen to them.  Donald Miller, in his book A Million Miles in a Hundred Steps says that the…
  • All life demands struggle.

    Conor Neill
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:53 am
    I often use an exercise called The Lifeline in my teaching.  I found a good summary of the exercise here.  In the exercise people reflect on the important positive and negative experiences of their life. Something that has struck me after all these years of watching groups work on the exercise – it is the hard times in life and how we dealt with them that most inspires.  We are inspired by the struggle more than the end point. “Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop…
  • Be for things

    Conor Neill
    28 Jun 2014 | 12:39 pm
    It is easy to point out why things are wrong. It is easy to point out why someone or some policy is flawed. It is easy to make a list of reasons why you should not do something. You only get to do this cynicism if you can tell me one thing that you are in favour of.
  • 6 Key Characteristics of A Players

    Conor Neill
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:33 am
    Everyone wants to be Bruce Lee, but few want to put in the 10,000 (or more) hours of practice and preparation.  It is only when the bar is held high that we can consistently put in the practice and push our skills to the highest levels. What makes for an ‘A’ Player? Resilience The simplest possible definition is “somebody you would enthusiastically re-hire”.  Imagine you got to re-hire your team each morning.  Who would be the first people chosen?  These are your “A players”. What attracts “A Players”?  Two things – other “A…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    SIMS WYETH & CO.

  • More Ways to Capture Attention

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

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

    sims
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:55 am
    Another way to be a highly persuasive speaker is to be “real.”  Your audience will find you more trustworthy, and so they will be more willing to hear–and agree with–your point of view. To do this, understand what you are saying, and believe in it.  If you don’t believe in a part of your talk, find another way to say it or present it so that you do believe in it.  In other words: Find a sense of truth.  Most people think that acting is about pretending, being someone else, and being a good faker. Actually, it’s all about finding and demonstrating a…
  • More Ways to Be a Highly Persuasive Speaker

    sims
    3 Jun 2014 | 11:43 am
    Lately, I’ve been noticing principles that great speakers use to guide them.  I’ve talked about this before.  I like when speakers start by answering a question for the audience:  “Why is this important to me?”  I also notice when speakers find their passion for the subject, and use it to bring the ideas to life. Here is another way to boost your persuasiveness. Talk conversationally.  Conversations unfold in a series of moves, or triggered associations. Someone tells a story about their dog, and that prompts a response from another person about their own pet. Or…
  • Find Passion to be Persuasive

    sims
    20 May 2014 | 10:39 am
    Last week we looked at a good way to start a talk if you need to be persuasive–answer “What’s in it for me?” for your audience.  Get their attention right away, and you’ve got time and content to win them over. Here’s another way to be highly persuasive: Find the passion.  I work with a range of organizations that require highly effective public speaking. Churches for instance. I was recently talking about the essentials of persuasive speaking with a church leader and asked her what the most important trait was for church leaders. I thought she’d…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Comments for John Sadowsky - Leadership & Storytelling

  • Comment on Life lessons from the theatre by Esther Vogelpoel

    Esther Vogelpoel
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    John: thank you for this insight into your personal process. I have a small questions: you write that “Through practice and attention to detail with an effective coach as a guide, we can all reach beyond our limitations”. At the same time, you say that we can learn anything we want to if we are willing to put the time and effort into it, mindfully. So do “our limitations” even exist, or only in our minds? Thank you for your response.
  • Comment on How deliberate practice works by John Trainer

    John Trainer
    15 May 2014 | 7:49 am
    I would like to know where to find your explanation of the remaining components of deliberate practice!
  • Comment on Speaking about “intercultural management” by Lucio López Prado

    Lucio López Prado
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
    I had the opportunity of dictating conferences about inter cultural management and how to increase the cultural intelligence in different settings (from project management conferences to insiders in my company). I’m amazed how a “simple” topic truly engages the public and speaker and sometimes is even remembered years later. I would love to hear you talking about it so, if you have any videos, they are truly expected. Cheers
  • Comment on Creating a group culture by Olivier Loëss

    Olivier Loëss
    27 Feb 2014 | 12:44 am
    Enjoyed this seminar one or two steps above our usual marketing or managerial economics topics. Thank you John.
  • Comment on Reflections on talent and character by Esther Vogelpoel

    Esther Vogelpoel
    18 Jan 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Coming to think of it after reading your blog, character is indeed very much undervalued these days. As a mother of 3 young children, I can see that this process starts at primary schools, where talent is praised (especially the ability to recognize numbers and letters at the earliest age possible) and good character is defined as how well you fit in. It seems to me that we should all take responsibility to balance out this process in favor of the refinement of character, our own and our children’s', and learn to recognize its importance.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Think Link

  • Digital Marketing Conclave

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:06 am
  • Why You Should Let Your Child Fail

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    Watching your child fail makes you feel helpless, angry and sad. You worry about everything from your child’s self-esteem and social development to their future success. While it’s natural for parents to worry about failure, there are times when it can be productive for kids—and a chance for them to change.  There’s an old Chinese saying, “Failure is the mother of success.” Einstein is rumoured to have flunked math for years; Steve Jobs was fired from the company he started, only to return a few years later and take Apple to new heights; Walt Disney himself was fired…
  • ANTHONY ROBLES

    admin
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    “Every soul who comes to earth with a  leg or two at birth must wrestle his opponents knowing it’s not what is, but what can be that measures worth. Make it hard, just make it possible and through pain, I won’t complain. My spirit is unconquerable. Fearless I will face each foe for I know I am capable. I don’t care what’s probable, through blood sweat and tears I am unstoppable.” - Anthony Robles On July 20, 1988, the doctors were not prepared when, Judy Robles, age 16, gave birth to a baby boy who was missing his right leg. The doctors could not explain what went…
  • Stress is self created. Therefore we can reduce it as well

    Vijay Batra
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
    I am bestowed with a wonderful privilege of interacting with several people on a daily basis in seminars and workshops that I conduct. During the workshops many participants come to discuss ways in which to optimize the way they are living. During one of the workshops I was conducting in Chennai, a middle aged person came and asked me to guide him as to how he can start to live better. He explained that he was married for about twenty years, had a teen age son, and was holding a senior management position in a large company. He said, although he was making good money, had successfully managed…
  • CHUNG JU YUNG – HYUNDAI

    admin
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    ‘…From Son Of a Farmer To A Great Industrialist Of South Korea…’ South Korea’s original corporate visionary Chung Ju Yung always aspired to the Confucian values that Koreans hold dear. The founder of the Hyundai group, Chung (1915 – March 21, 2001) made a reputation for himself as an earthy man of hard work and high-minded principles, a humble sage and imperious master. His feisty determination impressed former President Park Chung Hee so much that in the 1960s, the South Korean dictator tailored his policies to suit Chung’s grand corporate vision and thus forged the world’s…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Presentation Dynamics

  • Your Message Dictates the Architecture

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

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

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

    R. L. Howser
    17 Feb 2014 | 10:17 am
    There’s a problem that bedevils every writer that I know and it is particularly true of speech writers. We have a tendency to fall in love with our words. Once we spend the time crafting them and we see them on the paper or on the screen, they become the only way of saying what we are trying to get across. We’ll go back and tinker with them; polish the grammar, toy with the punctuation or agonize over word choices, but what we rarely do is question whether the approach we took was the best one. Much as a mother falls in love with her child, and can’t even imagine having any child but…
  • Find the Perfect Phrase

    R. L. Howser
    2 Jan 2014 | 12:53 am
    It’s better to burn out than to fade away – Neil Young   Burning out are much better than it fades away gradually – Japanese T-shirt There are always many different ways to put your thoughts into words. You can make different word choices, use different grammatical structures or change the order in which you present your ideas. Other than the obvious grammatical errors in the latter version, the two quotes above both make the same basic point. But I suspect you would agree that Neil Young phrased the point much more clearly, succinctly and powerfully than did the maker of the…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    American Speaker

  • Market your speaking skills

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

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

    Columbia Books, LLC
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:03 am
    The performance of on-stage technology is notoriously finicky. Even low-tech presentations can be undone by poor- or nonperforming technology. Use these 3 tips to help ensure your next presentation is tech-stress free: Use your own power cables and adapters. Everyone has a story about scrambling to find the right display adapter 10 minutes before going on stage. Don’t assume the venue has the cables you need. Bring your own, and for good measure, bring a backup set as well. Plan for an offline presentation. If you are relying on wireless connectivity to demo a product or show a video,…
  • Quick tip: Practice in 60-second increments

    Columbia Books, LLC
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    To improve your speech, take a video of yourself practicing. As you watch, choose a 60-second portion that you would like to improve. Concentrate heavily on just that section until you’ve achieved the results you want. Move on to another portion, improving your delivery one minute at a time. — Adapted from “Improve Your Presentations and Public Speaking 60 Seconds at a Time,” Melanie Pinola, http://www.lifehacker.com.
  • Ask your audience for feedback

    jaimyford
    4 Jun 2014 | 8:51 am
    Improve the quality of your presentations by specifically asking your audience for feedback on what you did and didn’t do well. Example: Create a slide that asks for opinions on which parts of your presentation could be shortened or lengthened, and insert it at the very end of your deck, right before you give out your contact information. Tailor the slide to the audience, and avoid requesting generic feedback. Ask participants to email you directly or to speak with you after the presentation to share their thoughts. Then incorporate what you learn into the next version of your presentation.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    m62

  • What Gestures Should I Use?

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

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

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

    Jessica Pyne
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:07 am
    What do you do if you’re presenting to a foreign audience?Sometimes, a language barrier can get in the way. Even if you both technically speak the same language, you can struggle.Language is the single biggest barrier to communication in any presentation. Even when two people speak the same language, differences in perceived meaning can be huge. And of course, the difficulties are even more pronounced when you and your audiences have different first languages.Someone who is speaking your language as a second language will struggle even more than others to understand unusual vocabulary and…
  • Thoughts, feelings and physiology

    Harry Wilson
    16 Dec 2013 | 3:37 am
    The most frequently asked question I have been asked countless times by presenters is, ‘How can I be more confident when presenting?’ No matter how much effort is devoted to rehearsing a presentation, many presenters still fret about what will happen to them the moment they start to present. The stress that so many put themselves under leads to increased cortisol levels. This steroid hormone, produced in response to stress, is responsible for activating the body’s “fight or flight” reaction. And when you are presenting, ‘flight’ is not an option!So how can you…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Tudor Girba's blog

  • Keynote at ECOOP 2014 on Software Environmentalism

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

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

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

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

    Tudor Girba
    28 Apr 2014 | 12:57 am
    Recently, AITO (Association Internationale pour les Technologies Objets) announced that I received the Dahl-Nygaard Junior Award for my work on modeling and visualization of evolution and interplay of large numbers of objects.It’s a great honor for me. And it’s a complete surprise. So much so that when I received the phone call I asked Eric Jul, the president of AITO, if he is sure he called the right person. Go figure.I did not consider myself in the research game anymore. At least not in the research game I used to play. Since five years I am far from the writing papers business. I…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Rich Watts

  • The Art of Filling

    Rich
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Have you ever been sat in the audience whilst a nervous-looking, unprepared and slightly sweaty person has had to ‘fill’ an unplanned gap in the schedule? Unless you’re watching a professional stand-up comedian, there’s not many more painful things that you can witness on stage. It’s painful for the audience because with every word the ‘filler’ utters, they become more and more aware that they are waiting. Waiting only has two outcomes – fulfilment (when the expected/advertised speaker arrives) or frustration (when the speaker doesn’t…
  • The best presenters do more than just ‘survive’

    Rich
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Becoming a better presenter is all about having the right mindset.  Whenever I begin working with a new client, coaching them to develop their speaking skills, I ask one question: “What do you want to sound/look/be like when you present?” The answer that is given usually begins with: “Well, I don’t want to be…” and concludes with words such as: “Nervous, shaking or forgetting my words.” It’s tough to become a better speaker when the focus is on avoiding calamity and catastrophe and simply surviving when we have to speak. With survival as…
  • The student skills gap – my view: presentation skills

    Rich
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    When I attended university 10 years ago, it cost a lot of money. £3,000 tuition fees. £3,000 accommodation per year. Three years of education. My family had to change the way they lived to make it work. I had to work to make sure I made the most of the opportunity I was given and not let anyone down. Paying such a large amount of money to an internationally recognised university, I never considered that in fact, they may be the ones that let me down. The press today writes a lot about the quality of students that our higher education system is producing, and how so often many of them are…
  • 5 original tips for creating outstanding speech titles

    Rich
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    The title of your presentation has the power to make or break your speech before you have even begun. Your audience will judge your forthcoming presentation based on its title. In the conference programme, it may be the factor that makes them choose you over the other talk that is on at the same time. Displayed on the screen before you start speaking, your audience will read it and decide whether to tune in or turn off for the rest of your presentation When announced by the MC, your audience will either await your first words with baited breath, or look forward to your final words with…
  • The Ultimate Guide To Handling Question & Answer Sessions

    Rich
    17 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Many people fear a question and answer (Q&A) session more than having to deliver the presentation itself. For them, it represents the unknown, the uncontrolled and therefore, an opportunity for things to go terribly wrong. In reality, the Q&A session is an opportunity to demonstrate your expertise even further and to double check that your audience have received your presentation message loud and clear. A good Q&A session can energise an audience, inspire them and leave a positive memory of your presentation. If Q&A sessions can have this impact, it’s important we get…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Jim Harvey's Presentation Skills Advice

  • What can good presenters improve? Adding that final polish

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

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

    Jim Harvey
    6 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Remember that the first 2 minutes of a presentation – when you’re probably at your most nervous are also are the point at which you have the audience’s fullest attention, experienced presenters and salespeople learn how to use this ‘golden time’ to full effect, because they know that when all else is forgotten, the audience can’t help but remember the first bit. I don’t  generally recommend fully scripted presentations unless you absolutely have to for  regulatory or legal requirements, but I would recommend getting your start  down to a perfect tee.
  • Free Prezi Template – July

    Lesley Barringer
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:05 pm
    For July we have designed a General Message Prezi Template. When you are creating a Prezi, you will find that many of the templates available are too ‘themed’ and don’t support your message. This template gives you a great base for your story, with three colourways to choose from. You can mix and match the elements, or copy the whole straight into Prezi. Once your individual assets are in Prezi, you can size and rotate them to create endless variations. Add them to ‘My Collection’ in Prezi for easy access in the future. Remember, when you are using the…
  • The Prezi Top 100 Online Resources Every Presenter Should See

    Lesley Barringer
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:11 am
    A message from Prezi: We have scoured the web looking for the most inspirational and useful resources for anyone looking to improve their presentation skills; the #PreziTop100 is the result of all this hard work. We assembled this list by looking at both popularity data (Alexa Rank, Google pagerank, pageviews, Klout score, social media followers, and social engagement) and the quality of the content as determined by a panel of Prezi judges. So, without further ado, here are the best videos, articles, presentations, and blogs to get your creative juices flowing: We are in the Prezi Top 100…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Akash Karia

  • 3 Compelling Reasons to Promote Your Business with Public Speaking

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

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

    admin
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Anthony Robbins says that to create a breakthrough in any area of your life, you need to master your: 1. State What’s your emotional state? If you master how to control your emotional state, you can change your life. What influences your state? Your self talk! So take control of your self-talk!   2. Strategies What strategies are you using to achieve the results you want? Change your strategy and you’ll change your results.   3. Stories Click the image What story are you telling yourself? Your story can either make you or break you. So today, I want you to ask…
  • How to Give Feedback Without Offending Anyone

    admin
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Kanye West really doesn’t know how to give proper feedback. [Check this video here for more info]. Here are three tips to stop you from  having a “Kanye-moment”: Don’t Hate, Appreciate! Before you start criticizing a proposal, remember that people have worked very hard on the idea that you are just about to rip apart. If you immediately start off with criticism, then you will be met with a lot of defensiveness. Instead, start off by appreciating and acknowledging something that you like. Say at least two nice things. Every proposal (or person) has at least two nice things that you…
  • Don’t write the perfect speech!

    admin
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    Nothing is perfect. Don’t write the perfect speech. Please. The moment you believe that you’ve written the perfect speech, it means that you have no more to learn. You have no new insights that you can gain. And that’s a little sad, don’t you think? Also, don’t aim for trying to write the perfect speech. Why? Because aiming for the perfect will always result in disappointment. You can never gain perfect. Perfect is elusive. Perfect results in “paralysis-by-analysis”. This doesn’t mean that you should do a sloppy job with your speech. Or with anything for that matter. Do the…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Creating Communication

  • Professional Communication and Presentation Class Commandments

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

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

    Alex Rister
    28 Jun 2014 | 5:02 pm
    For the past few weeks, as opposed to writing posts for my blog, I’ve been focusing exclusively on my academic writing in the field of communication.  In my Communication and Conflict course, as I mentioned earlier this month, I began a research project proposal.  I am planning on turning this proposal into my thesis.  My focus is female leadership and the identity conflict that often arises between “female” and “leader.”  While I am still nailing down my theoretical lens and methods, I confirmed my thesis chair and an additional committee member.  In…
  • The Importance of Nonverbal Communication

    Alex Rister
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Source How do you work to grow your nonverbal communication skills?
  • Clearly Influential Podcast Series

    Alex Rister
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:55 am
    This week, I scheduled an interview to speak with Sandy Donovan at Clearly Influential for her podcast series.  I am really excited to speak with Sandy since she is a communication scholar and since she has earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in my field of study. Source Sandy and I will be talking about my research interests, about communication in general, and practical application of communication best practices.  This will be a great interview if you are interested in learning more about the research side of the communication field in addition to practical application of that…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Reluctant Speakers Club » Blog

  • How’s Your Attitude?

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

    Eamonn O'Brien
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
     Do you feel fighting fit when it comes to your speaking skills or are you more on the ‘ring shy’ side of things if asked to step up a podium?For years I associated the phrase “no pain no gain” with exercise videos made by Jane Fonda – an advocate of the ‘feel the burn’ school of exercise – in the 80s.Silly me. It turns out that this catch phrase wasn’t original. The US patriot and founding father (and inspirational speaker) Benjamin Franklin coined these words back in 1758 in his essay ‘The Way to Wealth’.Who knew?But here’s the thing, just as those who promote…
  • Lessons From A Professional Photographer – Podcast 13

    Eamonn O'Brien
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:11 am
    We believe what we can see. And, used wisely, photographs can add zest, power, and meaning to the speeches you give.“Photographers use their cameras as tools of exploration, passports to inner sanctums, instruments for change. Their images are proof that photography matters—now more than ever”, Robert Draper, National GeographicYou’ll likely have heard it said that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’.And as a speaker, that’s a notion you should take to heart if you’re planning on using visual aids to bolster your talks.Forget about myriad detail or words, they’re…
  • Why Everyone Needs to Pay Attention to Personal Brands – Podcast 12

    Eamonn O'Brien
    5 Jun 2014 | 12:06 pm
    What are you known for amongst audiences you’d like to influence?At a time when there is an increasing blurring of lines between business brands and those who create, shape or promote them……Paying attention to how you’re perceived has never been more important.In today’s interview, Eamonn O’Brien speaks with Niall Devitt, a Co Founder of TweakYour Biz.com (an international, business advice community and online publication) and, more recently, of social business consulting group, the Ahain Group about the slings, arrows and realities of cultivating and managing your…
  • A Plethora of Tips to Add Oomph to Your Business Videos – Podcast 11

    Eamonn O'Brien
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:38 am
    So maybe you already know that video is becoming an increasingly important means of getting your ideas noticed on line.Of course, it’s not surprising. They work, simple as that. Google and other search engines love them and so do viewers.According to a recent infographic from Attwood Digital (via a share by Wolfgang Digital in Dublin):One third of online activity is spent consuming video, andRetention levels for videos watched is 95% v just 10% for words readThe chances of getting a first page listing on Google increase 53 times with videoWow. Put it like that and it’s easy to see…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Art Of Change Blog

  • Coexist? In this still primitive world? Is that even possible?

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:31 pm
    I saw an image today, a picture of an Israeli kid and an arab kid walking side by side, as if lost in a deep connection and conversation, and I thought I might muse out loud about it here on my blog.    The caption is “Coexist, or we won’t exist anymore.” Coexist Is that possible?  I don’t know.  I can’t see how the world works out. I don’t know why it will, or when. I see the same evidence that you see, most of which points to or predicts the opposite.  I’m not going to explain the current condition away.  I will not commit to the idea that…
  • Drug Addled Kids, Guns and School Shootings

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    10 Jun 2014 | 1:03 pm
    This morning, I read about another teen shooter at a school in my state.  My immediate reaction was “Drug addled kids with guns, what a combination!”   A friend on FB noticed this and asked “Where’d you find that info?” I’m in the middle of work on a huge project, for a speech I’m giving this summer (about the history of medicine and the creation in the US of a medical monopoly in the 20th century that marginalized patient health and natural approaches, made criminals out of natural health practitioners in order to reduce competition and raise fees,…
  • Dr. K’s Social Stream

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    14 May 2014 | 12:32 pm
  • Letter to the Editor of the Medford Mail Tribune, GMO Truth

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    6 May 2014 | 4:07 pm
    A week ago Sunday, the Medford Mail Tribune (Oregon) printed an editorial in which they claimed that the science is in on GMOs.  Representing the bearded ones (editorial board) of the Tribune, they encouraged readers to vote against a local initiative that protects family farmers from contamination and catastrophic crop loss.  That happened. Remember when China refused a shipment of GMO contaminated wheat some months ago?  That cost many Oregon farmers the season.   With the help and encouragement ofmy wife, here is a letter I wrote in response.  It was printed on Sunday, May 10,…
  • Why Net Neutrality Matters

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    4 May 2014 | 9:48 am
    Today, one of my online friends responded to an article I linked to about the soon to be lost net neutrality.  Here’s how I responded when she said this: To me, Net Neutrality is similar to insisting that EVERYONE gets a trophy. Gosh, that’s a surprise.  I don’t get it.   I do get that net neutrality is a complicated issue, for sure.   But net neutrality has nothing to do with giving booby prizes (trophies) to all the losers so they don’t feel bad about the winners. Instead it’s about keeping a level playing field so this engine of connection and commerce…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Dr. Michelle Mazur

  • 12 Most Down-to-Earth Ways to Build Relationships Through Public Speaking

    Michelle Mazur
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    What is the best way to find new clients, network and build new relationships? Public speaking. I once told a colleague this and she looked at me as if I was insane. She asked, “Build relationships? How can that be? There are so many people in the audience. How is that possible?” Building relationships is not about selling the audience a product or service, but showing that you, the speaker, have the audience’s best interest in mind and you want them to succeed. Here are 12 most effective ways to build connections using public speaking that will build your business and your network. 1.
  • Imagine Speaking Up for Your Business & Loving Every Minute of It

    Michelle Mazur
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Last weekend, I journeyed to Portland, OR for The World Domination Summit (pretty, awesome name for a conference, right?). Imagine 3000 misfits, instigators, dreamers, entrepreneurs and business owners gathered in one place to answer the ultimate question “how do you live a remarkable life in a conventional world?” If I had just one takeaway from this conference it would be:  You must give your bold ideas a voice. To make a difference in this world, to have your business serve the people who need you, it’s time to stop being the best kept secret in your industry. It’s time to Speak…
  • Is Time NOT On Your Side? Presentation Lessons from Tony Robbin’s TED Talk

    Michelle Mazur
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Now I love me some Tony Robbins. He is an amazing speaker. He has great content and his ability to create meaningful experiences for his audience is second to none. I was excited to watch his TED Talk. A little Tony Robbins brilliance in just eighteen minutes sounds perfect and nearly 12 million people agree with me. But what I witnessed instead was a seasoned speaker making rookie presentation mistakes. Go ahead and watch his TED talk and see if you can spot his big presentation mistake. Did you notice it? Time was not on Tony Robbins side…no it isn’t Straight away I knew I was…
  • How NOT to be a Motivational Speaker

    Michelle Mazur
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:15 am
    I love watching speakers! I usually leave feeling inspired and ready to take on the world. Recently, I’ve not been so lucky. I’ve seen a lot of awful “motivational speakers”. Actually, I think there is de-motivational speaking industry a foot. However, there’s lesson to be learned from even the most agonizing of presentations. #1 – Don’t try to sell me anything before you even open your mouth Imagine walking in the door, and shoved into your hand is an order form. It’s like going out on a first date and trying to get to second base right after…
  • Is the Elevator Pitch Killing Networking?

    Michelle Mazur
    16 Jun 2014 | 11:34 am
    Chris Brogan has a new book out, called The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth (best title ever)! In it he basically declares networking as dead. The zombies on the Walking Dead are more alive than networking. Chris writes: “Does networking work?” What do you get for an answer? If you hear yes, run away from the person who tells you that. And if you said yes, you’ll have to tell me how it has worked for you.” And here is the thing – he’s right. Networking has become meaningless. And I blame… The Elevator Pitch (cue the theme to Jaws) Your elevator pitch, my…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Speak Up For Success

  • Public Speaking Tip 56: When You Disagree with Someone, Rebut Their Ideas, Not Them

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

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

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

    Jezra
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:38 am
    If you don’t know to look for something, how are you ever going to see it? —Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor I couldn’t have been more thrilled when one of my favorite clients invited me to a New York Women’s Bar Association dinner honoring long-time member and Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. I’ve written about the public speaking style of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and was eager to see the dynamic and brilliant Sotomayor speak in person. Background: The Sonia Sotomayor “Controversy” Back in 2009, when Sonia Sotomayor…
  • Public Speaking Tip 54: For Relaxed Public Speaking, Relax Your Throat

    Jezra
    15 Jun 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Treat Your Throat Gently Whether you’re speaking for 8 minutes or 8 hours, you’ll have more fun and feel less stressed if you know how to relax your throat and your voice. Here are the tips I use when speaking or leading workshops is putting too much stress on my pipes. Common Sense Throat Care for Before You Speak in Public Don’t talk before a big or long presentation (yes, extraverts, I know this is tough; but even a half-hour of silence will make a difference). Drink lots of liquids — hydrated bodies are happy bodies, and the same goes for your throat and vocal cords…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    SpeakingSherpa

  • Toastmasters Podcast: How To Deliver A TED Talk

    Jeremey Donovan
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    I recently had the opportunity to do an interview with Bo Bennett, co-host of the Toastmasters Podcast. Click the image to access the free audio. Click to listen  
  • Book Review: Screenwriting – The Sequence Approach (Paul Joseph Gulino)

    Jeremey Donovan
    21 May 2014 | 8:56 am
    The premise of this book is that big films are made up of little films called sequences, each lasting 8 to 15 minutes. Each sequence consists of three parts: setup/beginning/situation, development/rising action/complication, and partial resolution.  Each partial resolution creates anticipation as it “opens up new issues, which in turn become the subject of subsequent sequences.” The book explores the following four tools used to build anticipation and or tension:  Telegraphing/Pointing/Advertising: Common examples are appointments and deadlines as well as preparations (ex: packing a…
  • McKinsey Presentation Tips – Gene Zelazny at Wharton

    Jeremey Donovan
    20 May 2014 | 11:41 am
    In the Spring of 2001, McKinsey presentation guru Gene Zelazny shared public speaking insights gleaned over his forty-plus year career (video at bottom of post).  Here, I have summarized his very well structured tips:   Prologue: 1. The only thing that matters at the end of your presentation is the answer to the question: Did I accomplish my objective. 2. Nervousness is natural and should be viewed as a sign of respect for your audience.  Accept that you will make mistakes.   I. Define the situation A. Objective: Why are you presenting? What do you reasonably hope to accomplish?
  • Presentation SuperSummit: How to Deliver a TED Talk (Interview)

    Jeremey Donovan
    12 May 2014 | 9:05 am
    Here is a link to my session at  Marco Montemagno’s Presentation Super Summit.  I believe you will need to complete a registration form, but it is worth it for free access to all past talks as well as 19 public speaking experts including: Nick Morgan, Oren Klaff, and Scott Schwertly. http://supersummit.co/video-archive/deliver-ted-talk-jeremey-donovan-autho-deliver-ted-talk/  
  • Alternatives to TED Talks in 2014

    Jeremey Donovan
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    I’m a huge fan of TED Talks.  However, TED is not the only game in town for watching great speakers with great ideas.  Here are some other free options: 1. 99u Comment: I attend this excellent conference every year. It is nearly identical to TED and even features many of the same speakers.  Compared to TED’s broader mandate, 99u is a bit more focused on design, creativity, entrepreneurship, and personal development. 2. Big Think Comment: These are very short videos – typically under 5 minutes – focused on leadership and delivered by high powered executives and…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Make a Powerful Point

  • “The British are coming.” And Other Things Revere Didn’t Say

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

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

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

    Gavin McMahon
    12 Jun 2014 | 10:23 am
    Ironically filed under Corporate Intelligence on the Wall Street Journal’s website is an article, Did PowerPoint Ruin GM? by Joseph B. White. It’s an opinion piece whose central thrust is that, “Chief Executive Mary Barra can start fixing her company’s management culture” by banning PowerPoint. This is based on findings in GM’s self-sponsored probe into its mishandling of recalls and defects surrounding the poorly engineered Chevy Cobalt ignition switch. This is an argument similar to Edward Tufte’s postmortem of the Challenger Disaster, where blame is laid squarely at…
  • Stop Decking Around: 7 Ways to Use PowerPoint

    Gavin McMahon
    28 May 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Swiss Army knives are incredibly useful tools. Open up the blades and you will find screwdrivers, saws and cutlery. But you wouldn’t want to cut down a tree with the saw, strip an engine with the screwdriver or serve dinner with that cutlery. In a sense, that’s what we’re doing with PowerPoint, and then moaning about it. PowerPoint is an incredibly useful tool, but like a Swiss Army knife, it isn’t applicable to all situations. If you would never build a house with a Swiss Army knife, why would you write a report in PowerPoint? If you think about what you’re…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Business School Presentations

  • Learn Rocket Science Presentations (in your Spare Time)!

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

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Stanley K. RidgleyEvery person needs a life-preserver at some point in his speaking career, and one of the most important is how to stop your presentation. Here I reveal the best way to . . . stop. Yes . . . stop your presentation. Stop Your Presentation Now I’ve tossed this rescue device out many times to […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Bookend your Business Presentation Structure

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:30 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyBookend your presentation structure to give the audience a satisfying experience. You can bookend your segment of a group presentation, too. “Bookend?” What’s this bookending and why is it so important to audience response? Bookending brings your audience full circle, in a sense.  You first hook your audience with an intense introduction, and at then […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • An Especially Powerful Presentation Appearance

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:28 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyOftentimes, we don’t consider that our presentation appearance transmits messages to those around us. Most certainly, the appearance of a speaker before an audience conveys non-verbal signals.  This happens whether you are conscious of it or not. Your presentation appearance sends a message to your audience, and you cannot decide not to send a message […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • They Don’t Get It . . . and That’s Good for Me

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    12 Jun 2014 | 6:48 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyWARNING! NEGATIVE ENERGY AHEAD! “They don’t get it . . . they never will . . . and that’s good for me.” That’s what one young man said to me after a talk during which two young ladies walked out in a huff. They walked out, and Ron was utterly delighted. They left, because I […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    BrightCarbon

  • Preparing for a Presentation Voiceover – Tips for Professional Results

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

    John Bevan
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:24 am
    In today’s hyper-connected world of virtual split-personalities, it is obligatory for any serious individual to broadcast their charm and their expertise to wider and yet wider audiences. Teleportation technology is now quite reliable, although not for anything larger than quantum information, sadly. So until technology catches up with necessity, the cheapest and simplest way to be in many places at once is to create a self-running presentation featuring your own voice as narrator. Let’s look at a few strategies for doing this. Recording directly into PowerPoint This functionality…
  • Adding Shapes to Grouped Objects in PowerPoint

    Vincent Thompson
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:39 am
    One question I’m often asked when conducting our PowerPoint training course is “Is there a way to add shapes to a grouped object within PowerPoint?” Whilst for some, the answer is as simple as selecting an additional object and grouping it in with the other group, others realise that in doing this any existing animations that are placed on the original group will get removed. A few days ago I was surprised to find a company has developed a PowerPoint add-on to allow groupings without losing animations. What most people don’t know is that there’s a really easy way of carrying out…
  • Presentation Skills Coaching and Diplomatic Feedback

    Kieran Chadha
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    Telling someone what you really think of their presentation skills is tough. Here’s a good framework to get results without the tantrums. The biggest issue with feedback is that people tend to look at it unilaterally. In a presentation skills coaching or training environment, it’s easy to get bogged down in your own objectives – trying to impart your knowledge and style on the people you’re feeding back to. Being a subject matter expert is essential, but not sufficient. Effective feedback in coaching is a two-way form of communication. The respondent obviously needs to listen to you,…
  • Lessons from CampCarbon

    Anna Smith
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:32 am
    Allow me to begin by defining my terms. Well, single term: CampCarbon. It does, admittedly, sound rather odd. Has BrightCarbon ventured into running summer camps for kids? Or perhaps created the CarbonCult, where we all live together on a compound speaking only the language of PowerPoint? You will be devastated (or relieved) to know that neither of these are true. CampCarbon is the nickname for our tri-annual company meetings, where we all [or as many as possible given the geographic constraints] come together for a couple days at a retreat centre or giant country cottage to discuss all…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Pivotal Public Speaking

  • Presentation Secrets for Entrepreneurs Ready to Tell, Sell, and Compel

    Bronwyn
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Speak Up for Your Business: Presentation Secrets for Entrepreneurs Ready to Tell, Sell, and Compel Dr. Michelle Mazur ISBN 9781936984459 Format Paperback Publisher Difference Press Published 25th April 2014 Do you love your business but don’t know how to talk about it with others? Is the fear of public speaking keeping you from taking your [...]
  • [Quotation about public speaking] Understanding and communicating the essence of things

    Bronwyn
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:56 pm
    “….. understanding and communicating the essence of things is difficult, takes a lot of thought, and has a big impact.” — Carly Fiorina                                     Fiorina served as chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard   from 1999 to 2005 and previously was an [...]
  • [Quick public speaking tip]… and the moral of the story is ….

    Bronwyn
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    We are wired for story. For hundreds of years, we passed on our culture, our values and the understandings necessary for survival, verbally, using story. Our stories had a moral. All of them. There were lessons to be learned and we knew they were valuable. We are wired to look for the moral, the point [...]
  • [Inspiration] Do you have one foot on the brake?

    Bronwyn
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    “Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you [...]
  • Words – the powerful persuasive potion

    Bronwyn
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:59 am
    “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” ― Rudyard Kipling Is it a drug you need to persuade people when you speak? We spend a lot of our time speaking to persuade – persuade people to adopt our ideas, persuade them to buy our products or services, persuade them to employ [...]
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Donald Jenkins Now

  • Confession

    Donald Jenkins
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
        Have you ever asked a 6 year old boy or girl who’s their favorite superhero? Or ask them to tell you about their “Favorite” anything at the time, then just sat back to watch and listen? It’s awesome! Immediately they take a deep breath to unleash this elaborate story filled with excitement to […] The post Confession appeared first on Donald Jenkins Now.
  • Westin Davis: Enough to be Dangerous

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

    Donald Jenkins
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:59 am
    Had a lot of request to upload this song to youtube.  Great song by Westin Davis called “One Her”   The post Westin Davis: “One Her” appeared first on Donald Jenkins Now.
  • CMA Fest: Cale Dodds

    Donald Jenkins
    5 Jun 2014 | 3:06 pm
      Remember this guy?  Hasn’t been quite a year since I first interviewed Cale but he is definitely making waves, and by that I mean #MakingIThappen The post CMA Fest: Cale Dodds appeared first on Donald Jenkins Now.
  • Westin Davis: Devil’s Knocking Harder

    Donald Jenkins
    3 Jun 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Westin Davis with Magic Mustang Music let me get a video this time of him singing one of his songs about the old Westin.  Good stuff! #MakingIThappen The post Westin Davis: Devil’s Knocking Harder appeared first on Donald Jenkins Now.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Brain Alchemist

  • Go the distance for your audience

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

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

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

    Anastasia
    28 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    We don’t play enough. Play is so much more than just having fun. Play changes our neurobiology and is essential to our neurological growth and development, well-being and creativity. Play allows children to build complex, skilled, responsive, socially adept and cognitively flexible brains. Play has also been identified as one of the primal emotional systems of animals. Adults can benefit from play as a way to boost creativity, imagination, and social agility. Learning through play is both engaging and effective. Here are five ways to boost learning through play: 1. Play can relax the brain…
  • How to enchant with your brand online in 20 seconds or less

    Anastasia
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    Online communications are often devoid of facial cues and physical interactions. Therefore, they may feel impersonal.  Research shows that even most charismatic authors, speakers and experts may lose their attraction power via the Internet. In time when everyone can build a website, a blog and even produce their own movie, standing out from the crowd is more and more challenging. You no longer should shoot for mere “attention”, but for a strong emotional response to your brand and your services. You must strive to enchant your audience so they can trust and buy from you. Every second…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    SpeakingSherpa

  • Toastmasters Podcast: How To Deliver A TED Talk

    Jeremey Donovan
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    I recently had the opportunity to do an interview with Bo Bennett, co-host of the Toastmasters Podcast. Click the image to access the free audio. Click to listen  
  • Book Review: Screenwriting – The Sequence Approach (Paul Joseph Gulino)

    Jeremey Donovan
    21 May 2014 | 8:56 am
    The premise of this book is that big films are made up of little films called sequences, each lasting 8 to 15 minutes. Each sequence consists of three parts: setup/beginning/situation, development/rising action/complication, and partial resolution.  Each partial resolution creates anticipation as it “opens up new issues, which in turn become the subject of subsequent sequences.” The book explores the following four tools used to build anticipation and or tension:  Telegraphing/Pointing/Advertising: Common examples are appointments and deadlines as well as preparations (ex: packing a…
  • McKinsey Presentation Tips – Gene Zelazny at Wharton

    Jeremey Donovan
    20 May 2014 | 11:41 am
    In the Spring of 2001, McKinsey presentation guru Gene Zelazny shared public speaking insights gleaned over his forty-plus year career (video at bottom of post).  Here, I have summarized his very well structured tips:   Prologue: 1. The only thing that matters at the end of your presentation is the answer to the question: Did I accomplish my objective. 2. Nervousness is natural and should be viewed as a sign of respect for your audience.  Accept that you will make mistakes.   I. Define the situation A. Objective: Why are you presenting? What do you reasonably hope to accomplish?
  • Presentation SuperSummit: How to Deliver a TED Talk (Interview)

    Jeremey Donovan
    12 May 2014 | 9:05 am
    Here is a link to my session at  Marco Montemagno’s Presentation Super Summit.  I believe you will need to complete a registration form, but it is worth it for free access to all past talks as well as 19 public speaking experts including: Nick Morgan, Oren Klaff, and Scott Schwertly. http://supersummit.co/video-archive/deliver-ted-talk-jeremey-donovan-autho-deliver-ted-talk/  
  • Alternatives to TED Talks in 2014

    Jeremey Donovan
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    I’m a huge fan of TED Talks.  However, TED is not the only game in town for watching great speakers with great ideas.  Here are some other free options: 1. 99u Comment: I attend this excellent conference every year. It is nearly identical to TED and even features many of the same speakers.  Compared to TED’s broader mandate, 99u is a bit more focused on design, creativity, entrepreneurship, and personal development. 2. Big Think Comment: These are very short videos – typically under 5 minutes – focused on leadership and delivered by high powered executives and…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Decker Communications

  • A PowerPoint Paradigm Shift

    Ben Decker
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:37 am
    Ever get into the rut of doing what you’ve always done because it’s comfortable – or because it’s the way it’s always been done? I’m talking about presentations – specifically the ones where you use PowerPoint. We were reminded of this when a client recently shared that he led a talk to 1,000 brand managers at Procter & Gamble with no slides. He was strangely terrified of the idea initially, yet he loved the outcome when it was done. Slides can be effective for speakers when they highlight key points. Nothing tells a trend story like a graph, and nothing illustrates the…
  • Coordinating Schedules? You Can Do Better.

    Ben Decker
    25 Jun 2014 | 1:02 am
    Ever have the experience where you get an email asking if you and another colleague are willing to talk, huddle, brainstorm or follow up on a new initiative? Contrast these two examples: “Can you meet for 30 minutes on Thursday between 9-11am to discuss the new initiative? If not, give me two other windows of time that work for you.” vs. “Can we get together to discuss this new initiative? Let me know a few times you are free.” When you see them one after another, it is certainly clear which is more actionable. As you know, one of the cornerstones of the Decker GridTM is an action…
  • Upspeak: Destroyer of Credibility

    Kelly Decker
    4 Jun 2014 | 1:27 am
    Invisible question marks – ending sentences on a higher pitch is a plague that has seeped from middle school girls into our business communications. Maybe even to yours. Taylor Mali’s Def Poetry Jam explains: I’ve witnessed upspeak at the highest levels of Fortune 100 companies, and I’ve heard it used as a reason to deny a promotion, a sale and an idea. Just this week on NPR, they did a special report about its impact on trust and credibility. As University of Glasgow psychologist Phil McAleer recently told NPR, “From the first word you hear a person speak, you start to form this…
  • Stop Compartmentalizing: Find a Story to Tell

    Ben Decker
    28 May 2014 | 1:26 am
    Last week I was working with an executive, and he got flustered. “I can’t think of a story,” he said. I told him, “Just think about it – the stories will come to you.” And sure enough, they did. Why were we looking for stories? Not just because it’s trendy right now in business. But it’s because they are effective tools for making your message stick, as we learned in Chip and Dan Heath’s book, Made to Stick. “Story” is also the S of our SHARP principles. Here are the Top Ten Reasons stories are useful and powerful: They are real They are (or, they can be) short They are…
  • A Real MVP

    Ben Decker
    8 May 2014 | 10:18 am
    Before this week, I only knew Kevin Durant as a prolific NBA scorer and a star from the movie Thunderstruck (a family movie that my boys love). After watching his MVP speech, I now feel differently. You may or may not know (or like) Kevin Durant, but your attitude will change if you watch his MVP speech. Why? 1. Vulnerability:  He was so raw – he really let his guard down. (No pun intended.) It’s not often you see a 25-year old man cry, let alone a 6’9” NBA player. Don’t be mistaken – it’s not weepy emotion that generates vulnerability. Instead, vulnerability comes from…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    PresentationLoad Blog

  • Pecha Kucha – Presentation Art in Pictures

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

    Stephanie John
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:21 am
    It may happen that you run unexpectedly into one of the leading characters of your company. A situation like this would be the perfect chance to present one of your new innovative ideas which has been running through your head all that time. But, as always, time is running and you can only introduce yourself shortly and exchange some business courtesies. For not to waste any such opportunity, take some time and have a look at our following article which will prepare you for such a situation. History of the Elevator Pitch The Elevator Pitch was invented in the 1980s when young and creative…
  • Free ebooks with tips for Microsoft Office and PowerPoint

    Birthe Klementowski
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:47 am
    Discover a huge collection of free Microsoft ebooks especially for Microsoft Office, PowerPoint and many other Microsoft programs and tools. We found a source that gives you the opportunity to download free ebooks and learn how to work with Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Office 365, OneNote 2013, Office 2010 and many more. At Microsoft’s official website you can also download a free PowerPoint 2013 quick start guide to manage the first steps with the presentation software.   Download free Microsoft ebooks PowerPoint 2013 quick start guide     Image: © gstockstudio –…
  • The Power of Words: An Efficient Use of Quotes

    Stephanie John
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:55 am
    To be as convincing and impressive as possible, not only a perfect outlook of your presentation is recommended, but also an adequate use of phrases, keywords and proverbs. Widely known proverbs or quotes provoke certain connotations in your audience and help you to make powerful statements. Deliver an unforgettable performance by following some simple suggestions. Passion Is the Key Every topic is as exciting or as boring as you make it. If you have passion for what you are talking about, you will convince in every aspect. Goal of any presentation should be to share one’s passion and to…
  • A Powerful 5-Minute PowerPoint Presentation

    Stephanie John
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Have you ever attended a presentation that seemed to go on forever? The presenter was insecure, the slides were packed with information, and the speaker’s voice was to low and monotone. Mistakes and flaws are made so often in business presentations. In this article we would like to address some issues and the way how you will be able to perform and give a lecture in no time. The 5-Minute Presentation Situations occur when a presentation has to be ready within a couple of minutes. That may be at an assessment center when you are asked to present yourself or at a meeting with future business…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Tweak Your Slides

  • A Vision of the Future for Teachers and Leaders

    tweakyourslides
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    If you are a faithful Tweak Your Slides reader, you know that one of my favorite people is Pamela Slim, guru, author, and TED speaker. Slim advises those who want to “escape cubicle nation”and those who wish to connect the disparate threads of experience to help create a cohesive and impacting body of work, and helps them find a way to take success and their future into their own hand. Upon first studying works like Escape from Cubicle Nation and Body of Work, it seems that Slim’s focus is on experienced workers, those who have been in the workforce for years and are looking…
  • Slides Don’t Matter

    tweakyourslides
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    At least not as much as we think… June marked my last month teaching the current campus iteration of PCP. In July, Alex Rister will be tackling the new iteration on campus; and in August, the new online course launches. The focus of the reboots as I’ve discussed before is on helping students develop a personal and professional brand. The courses minimizes the focus on visual design and slides and places more emphasis on process, strong content, and natural delivery. Why this shift? Well, frankly, it’s because slides don’t matter. That’s right–this is me,…
  • What’s really wrong with Comic Sans?

    tweakyourslides
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:12 am
    Photo Credit: eanur0 via Compfight cc   The short answer is nothing and everything. The long answer is still nothing and everything, but let’s explore why. Comic Sans, which was created by Vincent Connare was never meant to be used in the regular system of fonts available on a Windows PC (Source). It was created to solve an incongruity Connare noticed while he was working on Microsoft Bob, the interface designed to make the computer-using experience more palatable to novice computer users (Source). Connare noticed that while the interface was a cartoon, the characters’ text…
  • Story differentiates your body of work

    tweakyourslides
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:02 am
    In today’s world of work, which is characterized by abundance, instability, and ingenuity, professionals have to find ways to differentiate themselves from the many others out there who possess the same or similar skills. How does one rise to the top of a mountain of great communicators, strong work ethics, and innovative, effective, responsible workers (these words all come from LinkedIn’s top ten most overused buzzwords of 2013)? In oder to differentiate yourself and maximize your competitive advantage, you have to tell your story. Pamela Slim, author of Body of Work: Finding…
  • What are your talents?

    tweakyourslides
    4 Jun 2014 | 9:17 am
    Two months ago, a student introduced me to one of the most useful resources for developing a professional brand and persona. During a class break, the student pulled up a site called talentoday.com. I saw the student answering a series of questions, then studying a visualization and set of descriptors. All it took was a peek to realize that this could be a wonderful brainstorming and content-building exercise for developing a personal brand. Talent Today is a free service whose goal is to help users determine their professional personalities, strengths, weaknesses, and motivators. The site is…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    SketchBubble Official Blog

  • 5 Tips to Create a Great Sales Presentation

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

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

    Ashish Arora
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:43 pm
    None of us knows of a certain defined way to create perfect presentation and design what is actually desired. We all are just trying to find out new ways to become a presentation hero in our own hard working way. We follow tips from experts and go for a tried and tested formula even when […] The post 20 Best Things on Internet to Help You Become a Presentation Design Hero appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • 5 Mistakes to Avoid in a Presentation

    Ashish Arora
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:48 pm
    It doesn’t matter whether your presentation is a killer if the presenter kills it completely by making some miserably common mistakes while presenting it. You might be that enthusiastic person who wants to be the voice of either the company you work for or for your own business but it takes more than enthusiasm, a […] The post 5 Mistakes to Avoid in a Presentation appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • 10 Super Cool Slide Design Tips for Better Presentation

    Ashish Arora
    4 Jun 2014 | 4:17 am
    Whenever we talk about a Great Presentation, our mind starts popping out words like, effective, concise, powerful, interesting, lively and many more. This is true but very few people actually know how to do it. Your Presentation, be it a sales presentation, a personality development seminar or any other subject; don’t just prepare it for […] The post 10 Super Cool Slide Design Tips for Better Presentation appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Custom Speech Writing

  • Hire a Speechwriter: 7 Reasons Why

    Eddie Rice
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    1. Saves you time: The people that get the most done each day are the ones that delegate. Let someone else take care of the words so you can focus on your profession and what you do best. 2. Expert advice: Hand off the project to someone who has the expertise and experience to get it done. It takes time to develop speech writing skills and you need someone’s who is an expert in writing for the spoken word. 3. Complements your skills: You have great ideas but maybe just need someone to help deliver them through the best words possible. 4. High ROI: Most people giving a speech want the…
  • One easy way to improve your storytelling: Use better verbs to power the stories in your presentations

    Eddie Rice
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:34 am
    Stories are an essential part to any good speech. Too many times, though, stories fall flat through bland descriptions. When describing an action, many turn to adverbs or using generic verbs. Imagine describing someone walking down the street. A storyteller might say, “He walked down the street,” or “he walked quickly down the street.” Neither of those descriptions evokes a memorable image. The solution? Use better verbs and get rid of adverbs. Try to imagine the following sentences in place of “he walked down the street.” He wandered down the street. He strolled down the street.
  • 6 Steps to Write a Speech at the Last Minute

    Eddie Rice
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    1. Eliminate all distractions -Close your door -Delegate -Leave your office -Turn off your phone 2. Cut the expected time you are supposed to speak in half When you are short on time, quality matters more than quantity. Just create enough for half the time allotted. It’ll be easier to write in an emergency 3. Decide on one key message In one sentence, write down the main point you want your audience to remember. 4. Use an easy and basic structure A. Overview and your main point B. Point 1 and an example C. Point 2 and an example D. Point 3 and an example E. Summarize, reiterate your…
  • Public Speaking and Speechwriting Brainstorming Tips

    Eddie Rice
    24 Jun 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Can’t figure out what to say for your next presentation or speech? Use the following 7 techniques to break your writer’s block 1. Dump it all out Set a timer for 20 or 30 minutes. Then start writing. Don’t stop. Can’t think of anything? Write about writer’s block. But just keep writing. 2. The web Just like in middle and high school. Start with your central idea in the middle and then start branching out to sub ideas and then to sub-sub-ideas and then to sub-sub-sub-ideas and then to…well, you get the picture. 3. Word association If you’re really…
  • 10 Ways to Rock Your Next Question and Answer Session

    Eddie Rice
    14 Jun 2014 | 5:28 pm
    After your keynote speech comes the question you most fear asking, “Any questions?” Here are 10 ways to rock your question and answer session. 1. Treat your answer like a mini-speech –Keep your manner of presenting consistent with the rest of your speech. When you answer the audience member, direct your answer towards the whole crowd–make eye contact with them and move around the stage just like you would during your speech. 2. Call on many parts of the room –When looking for hands, look around the entire crowd. Many speakers get tunnel vision and only focus on…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    audience blog

  • 3 steps for a persuasive speech

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

    pieterb
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:40 am
    There are many forms of negativity, and all of them will be deprecating to your speech or presentation. We discuss some forms of negativity, and how to turn it around. Four types of Negative people The hater Some people tend to be negative all of the time, focussing on the bad side: everything that could go wrong, the holes in the plan, the way they ‘just don’t like it’, etcetera.  Try to avoid being that person. Of course you can be critical, and challenging, but not negative. If you spot a weak point, offer a way to better it, offer a possible solution. If you can’t think of a…
  • How to stop running away and embrace your presentation design

    pieterb
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Admittedly, the title is a bit cryptic. It seems to us, and we’re not alone in this, that since a few years, most self-proclaimed presentation (design) gurus are telling us what not to do. Don’t use bullet points, don’t use more than 20 slides, don’t talk for more than 15 minutes, don’t do this, don’t do that. But what do we do? The story so far Garr Reynolds, of Presentation Zen fame, and others have done a great job combatting ‘Death by Powerpoint’. They were right, of course, in pointing out the horrors and errors of our ways. We were collectively killing the art of…
  • Five great call-to-action tips for your presentation or speech

    pieterb
    4 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    There are many different ways to end a speech or presentation. A call-to-action helps your audience to take away something from your speech, something to be done. We’ll give you five tips using a real-life example: raising donations for a charity. 1. Be Clear There is a reason why it is called a ‘call-to-action’ and not a ‘suggestion-to-action’. Be clear, descriptive and concrete when calling upon your audience. Don’t assume they’ll ‘know what to do’ or ‘figure it out’. Saying ‘Donate to …’ instead of ‘Maybe you could donate to …’ will lead to more…
  • Statistics in public speaking: why and what?

    pieterb
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:37 am
    Most talks can benefit from some number crunching, depending on the subject. But finding and incorporating stats, graphs and numbers into your presentation isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Here’s some advice. Why should you use numbers in your talk? Some people don’t like numbers, and rather steer away from them. Here are some arguments for incorporating numbers and statistics into your public speech. I don’t believe it Statistics show your audience that you have researched your subject and aren’t just making it up on the spot. Especially statistics from sources that people trust,…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Nuts & Bolts Speed Training

  • Create Your Own Type of PowerPoint Animation, the Intentional False Animation

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

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

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

    Nuts & Bolts
    1 Jun 2014 | 1:40 pm
    This is Part 3 of the “How to Make Your PowerPoint Presentations Awesome” mini-series, designed to give you concrete tips, tricks, and examples that you can immediately use to ‘awesome-ify’ your presentations! Have you ever looked at a PowerPoint slide and had NO IDEA what the point of the slide was? Or even worse, maybe […] The post Part 3: Highlight Your Point Visually, Otherwise it’s Just Numbers appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • Part 2: Breaking Up Your Bullets in PowerPoint

    Nuts & Bolts
    6 May 2014 | 3:37 pm
    This is Part 2 of the “How to Make Your PowerPoint Presentations Awesome” mini-series, designed to give you concrete tips, tricks, and examples that you can immediately use to ‘awesome-ify’ your presentations! “Most of the clients for whom I work WANT bullets in PowerPoint and, in fact, the delivery of the type of information they […] The post Part 2: Breaking Up Your Bullets in PowerPoint appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    platformgiant.com

  • Ummm. Stop Using Filler Words

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

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

    Shane Purnell
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    It was 1992 and Tony Robbins had just finished his 8 hour course on Persuasion and Influence in St. Louis, Missouri. As he finished his seminar with his famous “Live with Passion” tagline he ran up the center aisle of the auditorium to make his exit. But not before I caught him and snagged an autograph. For twenty years I’ve…Read more →
  • Two Good Reasons To Record Your Speech: Part 1

    Shane Purnell
    6 Jun 2014 | 5:03 am
    Do you remember the first time you heard your recorded voice? You probably said something like “Do I sound like that? I don’t sound like that! Do I really sound like that?” And if you’re like most people, you’ve probably hated the sound of your recorded voice ever since.   When you’re a speaker, you can’t think like that. You have to…Read more →
  • Do You Have a Stack of Stories in Your Story Barn?

    Shane Purnell
    24 May 2014 | 1:35 pm
    A key component of any great speech is a memorable story, but what happens when you have to make an impromptu or extemporaneous speech? Having great stories in your story barn is like having hay stacked up for winter. Let me explain. When I was a kid one of my first jobs was hauling hay for 5 cents a bale. It was dirty,…Read more →
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    La Fabbrica della Realtà

  • 6 unexpected presentation tips you can learn from the 2014 Fifa World Cup

    matteoc
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    We have had our eyes collectively glued to screens large and small following the World Cup this summer. I was watching too, but since I really don’t enjoy soccer, I was seeing something else. Now that the the dust has settled and the winner are home with their prize, I can reveal to you what the World Cup can teach us about… making better presentations. Let’s start from how the victory was recorded by the press, TV and websites for history to come. #452130610 / gettyimages.com Unfortunately this is all a lie. I saw another World Cup, and so did you. Let’s analyse these…
  • 3 presentation tips you can learn from rude taxi drivers

    matteoc
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    Rome. Love it or leave it. I left it a few years ago, but I still love it deeply. Even with all its contradictions it can be a great place to be. As long as you don’t need to move around too much. You see: walking, strolling with a gelato is the perfect thing to do in Rome. But recently I was there on business. And this means I was zipping back and forth on a taxi to various appointments. If you had a first hand experience of Rome’s taxis you already know that the drivers here are far from polite. Here’s three tales from the eternal city that tell us that powerful principles…
  • 6 must know technical tricks that will make you look like a presentation pro

    matteoc
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Do you feel confident when you are close to a computer? I ask you this because I see that there is often a disconnect between the presenter and his tools. What do I mean? I often see presenters struggling to put their slides on screen, saying – as a disclaimer – that they are no “Powerpoint experts” and appearing clueless in front of their own slideshow. If you are not confident with your computer or slideshow software you may think that it’s a good idea to separate yourself from it. In other words you may try to excuse or explain your lack of knowledge by…
  • Avoid this awful presentation mistake and start saving the world from death by Powerpoint

    matteoc
    9 Jun 2014 | 9:04 am
    I feel uncomfortable when I need to sit through a bad presentations. But there is one things that makes me really mad: hearing people complimenting a bad presenter after a presentation that sucks. Did you ever have the same experience? It happens to me all the time. I see a really bad presentation and during the Q&A someone starts the interaction with the presenter by saying “Thanks for the great presentation”. This should be a criminal offense! I want to talk about two things. The danger of positive feedback and the difficulty of saying bad things. Whenever you compliment a…
  • Recap & full video of the 3rd Berlin Video Meetup on May 28th 2014

    matteoc
    5 Jun 2014 | 4:10 am
    On Wednesday 28th of May under the spacious and friendly roof of Betahaus and with the best omens from our sponsor Vidibus we gathered again for a Berlin Video Meetup. Here is the full video of the event: I learned a ton during this meetup. We had two great speakers: Hannes Jakobsen from divimove brought to the independent video community the expertise and point of view of a MCN (Multi Channel Network), a business that sits on top of big distribution platforms like YouTube and makes life easier for video producers by optimizing the relationship with the audience and with the advertisers. In…
 
Log in