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  • Off to a running start - 8 starting points for a speech or presentation

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    pieterb
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
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  • In public speaking …. Is bigger really better?

    Pivotal Public Speaking
    Bronwyn
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:32 pm
    It’s an age-old argument … that bigger is better. And without getting into too much anatomical detail or economic theory, sometimes it is. Does that mean more is better too? Well when it comes to speaking, the belief that more is better has been many a speaker’s downfall … including my own! For me, I [...]
  • How to Stop Offering Free Advice and Make the Sale

    Moving People to Action
    Conor Neill
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    6 Steps to Stop Being “Free” Be clear on the results you can help them achieve – Can you explain what success looks like in a clear, concise, specific and compelling way?  in language that your target customers can really understand? Show testimonials, examples, logos of past successes – capture testimonials and make them as specific as possilble Find common passions or interests (liking) – build relationships that are broader than pure business Respect yourself – know where you draw your line (Let the prospective client know that you are the most capable,…
  • How to Be a Good Mentor

    Moving People to Action
    Conor Neill
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Art of Mentorship The Art of Mentorship I just posted a short presentation to slideshare: The Art of Mentorship 3 Types of Mentor Sponsor (or Advocate) – puts their reputation on the line and takes responsibility for your personal success. Protege = “one who is protected”. Protege must do everything in his power to make the sponsor look good, or is wasting the sponsors time. “you provide a perspective that I otherwise would not have”; must be senior and influential, must be willing to make a stand Experienced Guide – “so, what’s your next step?” Coach –…
  • Why I love tech presentations, but hate these 5 mistakes

    La Fabbrica della Realtà
    matteoc
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    After 10 years or so as a techie, I held two self evident truths: that I was smart enough to go to the office dressed as I wished and that stuff like sales, marketing and presentations were for other people. Fast forward a few years. Some marketing roles, many public talks and a presentation training product later, I can tell you… I was wrong about the second part. Today the way I describe my job is mostly with the word Marketing. But 15 years ago I didn’t use the M word a lot. I was a web developer and technology project manager and I was used to taking someone else’s…
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    Speak Schmeak

  • DIY speaker gift: Speaker Survival Kit!

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    Last March, I had a booth at a local women's business festival. I wanted to give something away in a drawing that would be useful to those who stopped by, and specifically useful to speakers. What I came up with was my "Speaker Survival Kit," and I wanted to pass this idea along to you as a fun gift that you can put together, in a variety of price ranges, for your favorite speaker. Click here to see what I put in my bag of goodiesThis kit cost me about $50 to put together. You can make yours smaller and less elaborate, or go all out!For example, I could also have included a nice refillable…
  • My 2015 holiday speaker gift list is here!

    2 Dec 2014 | 10:58 pm
    It's the most wonderful time of the year!And it's also the time of the year, when I update my annual list of speaker gifts, to help you find the best gifts for the speaker in your life -- who might just be you! There are also oldies but goodies here that are my go-to items, so take a look and have fun shopping.New goodiesAs I've gotten more comfortable shooting DIY video, I've realized that I need one good backdrop that I can always use in a pinch. Sometimes I like to arrange a nice scene behind me, but more often I just want a simple plain backdrop. Here are two options; one is low-tech (and…
  • Thinking of doing a Hangout? Read this first!

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

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

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

  • Does the Superwoman Pose Really Work?

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

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

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

    Janice
    23 Jan 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Connect with Them: Before, During, and After When I began public speaking I was given sage advice that I’ve taken to heart and always follow. It’s advice that I pass on to all of my clients because it makes such a difference to your confidence level while speaking and also how your audience thinks/feels about you. Before Greet your audience as they arrive. This may seem weird …. a little uncomfortable perhaps. However it does put a huge crack in the ice. When you introduce yourself you give yourself a leg up. Now, when you look to make eye contact you can do it more…
  • Weekly Spark Posts

    Janice
    19 Jan 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Are your sights facing upward to move your career ahead or looking to workout your leadership muscle? Here’s this week’s post highlights on leadership and career development:   Career Building Are you female, over forty and considering heading in a new direction: The rise of older women as “encore” entrepreneurs by Jane O’Brien (3 min read) Looking for those unadvertised jobs? Here’s how to find them: How to break into the hidden job market by Liz Ryan (8 min read) Do you want to work for a company that is looking for a talented human not a status quo…
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    The Daily Figure

  • How Do You Begin an Argument?

    Figaro
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:24 am
    I just did a 7:15 a.m. Skype-in with AP Language students at Colegio Nuevo Grenada in Bogota, Colombia. The connection got too shaky, and I had to resort to messaging. I could hear the students, but they couldn’t hear me. So I typed furiously. The session produced an unexpected benefit: a transcript. (Each “Q” is a question asked by an individual student. “J”: c’est moi.)   Q: How can you remember all those tools of rhetoric in an argument? And how do you know which ones to use J: I know how you feel. The best thing is not to remember every single…
  • Trope or Hypallage? You Decide!

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

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

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

    Figaro
    9 Oct 2013 | 6:27 am
    A shocking development: The philosopher has concluded that opening the government and raising the debt ceiling would be morally wrong. After interviewing Boehner, Reid, and Cruz (Obama has remained aloof so far), Socrates learned from Congressman Raoul Labrador that the gift of opening the government would actually damage Reid. Labrador’s words come from today’s Morning Edition on NPR. Socrates: Your name pleases me. It connotes a passion for returning thrown sticks and continuing resolutions. Labrador: I’d personally be willing to give the president a one-year CR, and a lot…
 
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    NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

  • Presentation Slides: Text vs. Images

    Fred E. Miller
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    0Presentation Slides can ADD or DETRACT from your message. Which to use? Text vs. Images The Goal of All Communication; Visual, Written, or Spoken, is the same. We want the recipient(s), as quickly as possible to: GET IT! They may not agree with Everything you say. They may not agree with Anything you say. However, if they don’t GET IT! There can’t be a meaningful conversation going forward. If I say the word Apple. You probably don’t see the letters A-P-P-L-E You probably see something Round, Red, and with a Stem. Let’s try another example. Kiwi Fruit (black text on a white…
  • SPEAKERS: Questions about Questions. HOW. . ?

    Fred E. Miller
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    0HOW Best to GET and ANSWER Them? Questions about Questions – HOW? from NO SWEAT Public Speaking! Q&A Can be an Important Part of Your Presentation. HOW Best To GET and ANSWER Them? In Your Opening, Tell the audience WHEN you’ll handle questions. (See previous Post for WHEN.) At the appropriate Time, Don’t say, “Do you have any questions?” Better to raise Your Hand and Ask, “What questions do you have for me?” When Answering a Question: Look the Questioner directly in the eye. Finish a thought. Move your eyes to another person and finish a…
  • SPEAKERS: Questions about Questions. WHEN. . ?

    Fred E. Miller
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    0WHEN to Take Them? Questions about Questions – WHEN? from NO SWEAT Public Speaking! Q&A can be an important part of your presentation. But, WHEN is best? In your OPENING, tell the audience WHEN You’ll Handle Questions. Four Choices  #1 THROUGHOUT your presentation. OK if doing a workshop. Otherwise Hope you have unlimited time. What if they ask about something on your last slide? #2 AFTER presenting specific components. Have a time limit. Stick to it! #3 AFTER Closing your presentation. That’s when it’s usually done. NOT GOOD! Why? The Law of Primacy and…
  • Part II: Be Seen as an EXPERT! Build a. . .


    Fred E. Miller
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:09 am
    0Three-Legged EXPERT Stool! (This post is a continuation of the previous post. The Audio is the combination of both posts.) Leg #2 – Writing The perception of someone who writes articles and books is they are an EXPERT! Just as a good Speaker’s Talk must be Heard, and preferably seen, to be perceived as an EXPERT!, a Writer’s Words must be Read to be identified as an EXPERT! Writing can be done On and Off Line. Here is a look at each of those venues. “Writing Opportunities” On Line Have a website and regularly, at least several times a month, publish blog posts on your area…
  • Part I: Be Seen as an EXPERT! Build a. . .


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

  • Christmas Animated PowerPoint Slides

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Two animated Christmas PowerPoint presentations are included within this download. The first presentation is available in two color variations: white and black. And the second presentation is available in seven color variations: grey, khaki, midnight blue, peach, plum, royal blue, and teal. Go ahead and download these and use these as you want -- retaining credit for these slides is something we will appreciate! Buy and download these slides. Categories: animation, design, powerpoint, presentation_samples
  • SlideShark's PDF Support: Conversation with Gerry Praysman

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Gerry Praysman is product marketing manager for Brainshark, Inc. Brainshark's sales enablement solutions help companies drive greater revenue through faster training, increased demand and more successful sales conversations. With Brainshark, users can turn static content, such as PowerPoint documents, into online and mobile video presentations. Brainshark also powers SlideShark, the award-winning app for showing, sharing and tracking mobile sales presentations. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their communications, while dramatically reducing costs. In…
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Resize Text Boxes on a Slide

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Text boxes in PowerPoint need to be moved and resized within different areas of the slide. While you may think that selecting and resizing is all that is to be done, that's not the entire truth because there's so much more you can do even with mere resizing -- if you know that these options exist. Learn how to resize text boxes on a slide in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: powerpoint_2013, text, tutorials
  • Star of David Clip Arts for PowerPoint

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Here are some Star of David clip art graphics for PowerPoint, perfect for the festive season. We provide you with 4 typical graphics in a silhouette style. These graphics are available in both black and white and are contained within two separate sample presentations you download. Just copy the clip art graphics of your choice and paste them into another PowerPoint slide, or even a Word document or Excel worksheet. Download and use these graphics in your slides. Categories: clip_media, design, graphics, powerpoint
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Text Box Autofit Options

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Have you seen that PowerPoint automatically reduces the size of your text when you type in too much text? Or does the text box itself increase in size when you type in a sentence or two more than what can fit into the text box? Does this automatic hand-holding by PowerPoint drive you crazy and want to hit your head on the wall? Well, you really don't have to worry because you can make PowerPoint behave itself -- and bend it to your will. Learn about text box autofit options in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: powerpoint_2013, text, tutorials
 
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • Your Inner Impostor May Be Hurting You

    sshapiro
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Back in the early 90′s, while working for Andersen Consulting in New York City, I was asked to give a presentation to a client project team that was creating a complex software system. They were struggling with the testing process. The project team was told that I was one of the Firm’s f... The post Your Inner Impostor May Be Hurting You appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • What Aren’t Your Customers Telling You?

    sshapiro
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    During a recent podcast, the interviewer, Fei Wu, asked me, “What is a question that other interviewers have not asked that you would like me to ask?” I’ve never been posed that question before in over 100 interviews. The conversation was being recorded and felt pressure to answer ... The post What Aren’t Your Customers Telling You? appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • 2 Part Interview on Fei’s World

    sshapiro
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    I was recently interviewed by Fei Wu for her Fei’s World podcast. She is a fantastic interviewer. It was truly a conversation that meandered to a lot of different, yet related topics. We discussed concepts such as: Innovation Asking Better Questions and Creating Better “Briefs” Con... The post 2 Part Interview on Fei’s World appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Mastery is Not Enough

    sshapiro
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Think about the last time you went to your favorite restaurant. Was the quality of the food the only reason you enjoyed it so much? Or were there other factors? Décor? Service? Overall atmosphere? Other intangibles? If you can, recall a time you needed technical support and were 100% pleased with th... The post Mastery is Not Enough appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Voices of Experience Transcription

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

  • A PowerPoint 'weather bomb' presentation!!!

    9 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    What is a weather 'bomb'?A Met Office "be aware" warning is running for parts of Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.Parts of western Scotland are braced for strong winds and "unusually high" waves, while there have already been a string of road accidents amid snow and ice.But with newspapers predicting a UK weather 'bomb' for the second year running, what does the term actually mean?BBC weather's Peter Gibbs (above) explains:A Met Office "be aware" warning is running for parts of Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.Parts of western Scotland are braced for strong winds and "unusually…
  • Former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe dies today

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:43 am
         It was the first time I voted tactically, having always voted Labour until then. But, as is quite well          known, I have voted for the SDP and Liberal Democrats ever since.    Before the days of video tapes, let alone the internet, there's not much chance you'll see many    examples of him speaking - except on tonight's prime time news programmes.    And expect most of them to remind us of some scandalous and negative events in the life of an old    Etonian...I once heard Jeremy…
  • Michael Clarke's moving tribute to another cricketer's sudden death

    4 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    I'd recommend anyone interested in funeral orations -  or speech-making of any kind - to watch this splendid example by Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke (right) at the funeral of a colleague (who was hit on the head by a ball) Philip Hughes. The text can be read verbatim and in full below - and is a model of how to make a great speech on any occasion - not just at a funeral, but in business, politics or anywhere else.It will be interesting to see how many hits Clarke's tribute  eventually gets on YouTube.So far, the total number of YouTube  views is…
  • Speech of the year by the retiring Gordon Brown?

    2 Dec 2014 | 3:18 am
    After yesterday's post on the retirement of Gordon Brown, one of my sons reminded me of the brilliant speech the former PM had made on the night before the referendum on Scottish independence.I had seen it too and agree that it qualifies as speech of the year - even though Mr Brown was hardly the greatest orator the world has ever seen.What's more, it's had half a million views on YouTube!!!Say no more.
  • Goodbye, alas, and Merry Christmas to Gordon Brown!

    1 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    Former PM Gordon Brown has been a regular star of this blog - ever since my first ever blogpost, which included some tips for one of his party conference speeches that was originally commissioned by The Times.Since then, I've posted low and high opinions of him (neutral, of course!) and will be very sorry indeed to see him go (to the House of Lords, we assume). Anyone who hasn't the energy to scroll through loads of individual blogposts about him are recommended to have a look at my latest book, which has all the political blog posts in it - and is readily available from…
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    SpeakerSue » Blog

  • Emotional authenticity: The Key to Greater Sales Success

    Sue Hershkowitz-Coore
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    I’ve been meaning to start blogging again, with the promise of staying consistently consistent, and reading MPI’s “future of the meetings industry” forced me into it. It was a post about the EMEC speaker (I won’t say who it is here but he is most definitely a Gen X’er) based on his action photo. He was quoted as saying: “So much of our daily work in modern organizations is virtual—email, teleconferences, social networks—that physical, human connection is becoming more important than it ever was.” Hellooooo! That is exactly what John…
  • A False Positive When Selling

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

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

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

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

  • NSA logo risks

    Theboss
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Writing in today’s Washington Post Emily Wax-Thibodeaux highlights the oddball and usual gifts found in the gift shops of federal agencies like the DEA, CIA, Centers for Disease Control and National Security Agency. The tchotchkes on sale include NASA’s freeze-dried Neapolitan ice cream with a three-year shelf life; an inflatable NASA astronaut; sheets of $2 […]
  • TuneIn Radio: A great platform for podcasts

    Theboss
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:29 pm
    TuneIn is a popular app available for iOS and Android devices. It allows anyone to listen to radio stations from around the world. With over 50 million monthly active users, TuneIn lets people listen to the world’s sports, news, talk, and music from wherever they are. TuneIn has over 100,000 radio stations and more than […]
  • Podcasting comes of age

    Theboss
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    It’s been over seven years since I recorded my first podcast and six years since I posted my Podcasting 101 tutorial. I’ve been encouraged by the growing popularity of podcasts and my own playlist allows me to listen to the BBC, NPR and experts such as Wendy Hanson and Phil McKinney. However, it wasn’t until […]
  • Magnifying the Impact of a Speech with Social Media

    Theboss
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Last week I was in the UK visiting family and took the opportunity to present to the Northwest Region of the Professional Speaking Association. Over 20 people attended at the conference center in Manchester. Thanks to Patricia Fripp for the introduction to the group, and to Eilidh Milnes and Steve Houghton-Burnett for arranging the visit. […]
  • Celebrating Toastmasters 90th anniversary

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

  • Big data overload

    Jan Schultink
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:25 pm
    "Big data" is fashionable right now and many startup pitches emphasise how if an investor wants to put dollars in big data, this company is the best place to do it. Visualisations look similar: a big spaghetti of lines enters a box and out comes a super insight. The traditional IT-way of visualising the world: everything fits in an architecture diagram.The problem: all these decks look and sound the same.Architecture diagrams that describe the technology in a top down view are not always the best tools to pitch business ideas. The other approach is bottom up, story, and case example…
  • There are 3 types of presentations

    Jan Schultink
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:47 pm
    The more I think about it, I can see three different types of presentations:Stage showCold callDecision documentThe stage showA live, stand up presentation where you introduce an audience to a new idea for the first timeBig, stage-setting images (a place, a product, a person)Highly simplified data charts with just one, really one, messagePlace holder slides (either empty or with a few words)Note the charts that are absent in this overview:  generic bullet point lists (you knew that already), but also pointless images with visual concepts that can be explained better verbally (no…
  • Going back in time, some popular posts

    Jan Schultink
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:45 am
    I have spent a lot of time over the past day redirecting URLs, mapping deep links, moving Disqus comments, rerouting RSS feeds. I noticed that some very old posts (going back to 2008) still get a lot of traffic, and most of them are about PowerPoint tricks, rather than philosophical posts about the future of pitching ideas in business.Here are some popular links:How to create a McKinsey-style waterfall chartHow to align bullet points in PowerPointHow to create semi-transparent text fills in PowerPointHow to put text in a circle in PowerPointP.S. In case you wonder about the 4:05 background…
  • Design is detail

    Jan Schultink
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:57 am
    In management, being detail-oriented is not the behaviour that is considered good. Detail-oriented people get lost in tangents, loose track of the big picture, cannot focus to make decisions. Saying that you are not afraid of detail in a job interview will cost you points.I think it all depends. Yes, staying stuck in unimportant tangents is not helpful, but when it comes to design, it is all about the detail.You see this now best in mobile application user interface design. The screen is so small that you need to worry about every button or item you put in front of the user. I personally went…
  • Should you use an attachment when emailing an investor?

    Jan Schultink
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:58 pm
    The answer: yes, I think investors love to double-click an attachment, but they should not be doing it because they gave up on reading the uninspiring cover letter.Many cold investor emails make a couple of mistakes:Non-descriptive subject lineA cover letter in the body text that is far to long, full of buzzwords, and vague about what next step you actually wantAs an attachment, the full investor presentation, or maybe even the full business planRemember what your objective of a cold investor email is: not landing the investment, but creating the opening for the next interaction (probably a…
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    Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

  • Better presentations – what not to do before the night before

    Gavin Meikle
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:06 am
    To be honest, I am a naturally positive kind of a guy and so my normal approach is to focus on what to do and not what not to do.   Sometimes, however, there is merit in looking at the negatives first, just as long as you then turn them into positives.   With that  in mind, here is my list of things NOT to do before a presentation. Choose a topic and content that is completely irrelevant to your audience. Write out your whole speech as a “script”, don’t be tempted just to create an outline and a few bullet points. Copy the script, verbatim, into your slides so that you can read out…
  • Presentation skills – Don’t let your comfort zone hold you back

    Gavin Meikle
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:45 am
    Have you ever stopped yourself from doing something because it took you outside your comfort zone? Giving a speech? Applying for a promotion? Even eating a new type of food? We all have a comfort zones for everything we do, including speaking in public, and by definition, doing something outside our current comfort zone “feels” uncomfortable and so we often step back, preferring the familiar over the unfamiliar. It happens to the best of us but that doesn’t make it right. Almost every day I meet people who are imprisoned by their comfort zones. Improving your presentation…
  • Another Great Presentation Skills Infographic

    Gavin Meikle
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:40 am
    Despite having said in an earlier post that I am not a great fan of Infographics, I wanted to share a new presentation skills infographic that was sent to me by Clem Lepers, entitled “9 Tips for an effective presentation“. It has some excellent content and tips and is well worth a look if you are keen to improve your speaking and presenting abilities. includes useful sections on… Know your audience Define your goals Craft a compelling message Create an outline Arrange slide elements Build a theme Use visual elements hook your audience quickly Measure effectiveness In…
  • Dont be afraid of spicing up your corporate presentations

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

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

  • Two Tips Every Public Speaker Needs to Know

    DianeDiResta
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:50 pm
    You have a presentation coming up. You’re staring at a blank page wondering what you’re going to say. If this is you, you’re probably over thinking it. If you’ve been asked to speak from your expertise, then you already have … Continue reading →
  • 4 Ways to Speak with Clarity

    DianeDiResta
    5 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    You’re at a meeting. It could be a company status meeting, a networking event, or it a formal presentation. The person takes the floor and suddenly your eyes glaze over. You start to yawn and fidget in your seat. A … Continue reading →
  • 4 Steps to Make your Speaker Introduction Sizzle

    DianeDiResta
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:46 pm
    If you’ve ever had someone introduce you before your talk, you know how that person can make or break your presentation. The introducer is your warm-up act and sets the tone. A dispassionate presenter can take the energy out of the room … Continue reading →
  • What To Do When You Bomb On Stage

    DianeDiResta
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:50 pm
    She had always dreamed of being a keynote speaker, and now that moment was here. It was an industry conference and this would be good exposure. She commanded the stage with all the confidence and gravitas of a professional speaker. … Continue reading →
  • Vocal Fry Can Hurt Your Presentation and Job Interview

    DianeDiResta
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Does your voice crackle like bacon? You may have vocal fry. Vocal fry is sweeping the nation. This creaky vocal pattern, also known as croaking, is a low vocal pitch that’s often heard at the end of a sentence. It’s prevalent among … Continue reading →
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    Jef Menguin

  • A child changes almost everything.

    Jef Menguin
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:02 pm
    That’s true for me and JC. A friend said that I am still “the stubborn classmate” she knew when we were in high school. I always stick with my decisions. I don’t care what people say. I just do what I think is right. But no longer today. I cannot simply argue just to make a point, to make people suffer and teach them lessons. I can no longer throw caution to the wind. With JC around, I know that every action has consequences. Every action I will make has an impact on his future. Today, I act not just for myself but also for my baby boy. Intelligent people can easy…
  • Live Your Life

    Jef Menguin
    6 Mar 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Most people will predict your future according to their failures. Make no mistake…many of them are nice people and they meant well. But do not allow them to map out your future for you. Why? They are ignorant on you. What they have are impressions of what you can and cannot do. But only know what’s up their in your head and who you are within your heart. Live your life. Thank these people every time they try to “protect” and “guide” you. Learn from their mistakes. Then create a path which others can soon follow. Cheers, Jef Menguin
  • Not Aiming for the Second Life

    Jef Menguin
    7 Feb 2014 | 9:01 am
    It does not matter whether reincarnation is true or not. Once is enough for me. And the once that I have, I must fully lived. I do not have time for idle chats. I will not waste my time thinking like a criminal. Or prostitute my time and skills to get pleasure that won’t last. I love to eat, but I do not have to eat everything simply because I can. I love my health, but I won’t waste my time sleeping more than what I need to get my body and mind function. One day I will sleep long. But not for now. Not for the next twenty, thirty, or forty years. I will make the most of this one life…
  • When doing it now is the right thing…

    Jef Menguin
    6 Feb 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Then by all means, do it now. This morning, I wrote a blog post on Why People Keep What They Hate and I know that some people can relate. This morning, I uninstalled the Candy Crush App from my Ipad. As long as it is there, I will keep on playing it and I will be spending my hours on that instead on the more important things. Never mind that I only have 9 more challenges left before I get to complete the whole game. This morning, I washed the dishes. No, I do not hate it really. But I tend not to do it because someone else will wash the dishes for me. Yesterday, I decided not to be dependent…
  • Payment for Time Management

    Jef Menguin
    6 Feb 2014 | 2:07 am
    Red face is an understatement. How I wish I wasn’t there. Six years ago, I walked into a room with 42 eye-balls watching me as I entered the door. I was one hour late. It was a time management seminar. And I was the speaker. The reason: It was a busy week – I had five consecutive training days. The day before, I came from out of town training – travelled by bus for seven hours. I was home around 3am. I forced myself not to sleep. But I was tired. I woke up 8am and the seminar was supposed to start around 8am. Yes, the show went on. The participants said they were satisfied. But I…
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    TEDTalks (video)

  • TED: Mundano: Pimp my ... trash cart? - Mundano (2014)

    TEDTalks
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    In Brazil, "catadores" collect junk and recyclables. But while they provide a vital service that benefits all, they are nearly invisible as they roam the streets. Enter graffiti artist Mundano, a TED Fellow. In a spirited talk, he describes his project "Pimp My Carroça," which has transformed these heroic workers' carts into things of beauty and infused them with a sense of humor. It's a movement that is going global.
  • TED: Bruno Torturra: Got a smartphone? Start broadcasting - Bruno Torturra (2014)

    TEDTalks
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    In 2011, journalist Bruno Torturra covered a protest in São Paulo which turned ugly. His experience of being teargassed had a profound effect on the way he thought about his work, and he quit his job to focus on broadcasting raw, unedited experiences online. In this fascinating talk, he shares some of the ways in which he's experimented with livestreaming on the web, and how in the process he has helped to create a very modern media network.
  • TED: Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve - Carol Dweck (2014)

    TEDTalks
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.
  • TED: Jeremy Howard: The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn - Jeremy Howard (2014)

    TEDTalks
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos, or to help think through a medical diagnosis. (One deep learning tool, after watching hours of YouTube, taught itself the concept of “cats.”) Get caught up on a field that will change the way the computers around you behave … sooner than you probably think.
  • TED: Vernā Myers: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them - Vernā Myers (2014)

    TEDTalks
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.
 
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    speakfearlessly.net

  • Upcoming Dates for 2015 Henderson Group Workshops

    Nicole
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:27 am
    January 21-22, 2015 – Complete Communicator with Terry Gault San Francisco, CA. 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, standing before large audiences, and over the phone and Internet. February 19-20, 2015 – Art of Presentation with Terry Gault San Francisco, CA. Using interactive methods, rather than lectured instruction, participants cultivate a personal style – a style that gains the audience’s attention…
  • Xamarin Evolve 2014 keynote exemplifies best practices beautifully!

    terrygault
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Terry Gault of The Henderson Group I had the honor of working with CEO Nat Friedman in helping craft the Keynote for Xamarin’s 2014 Evolve conference. After the opening video from a Xamarin customer Thermo Fisher Scientific, (at the 4:15 point) Nat Friedman opens with a terrific opening hook: “He doesn’t know I am going to do this but my dad is in the audience today.” He then goes on to tell a story about how his father’s preference for his iPad over an expensive and powerful laptop exemplifies a recurring theme of his talk: “native mobile people.”…
  • Storytelling Made Me Actually Watch the New United Flight Safety Video

    terrygault
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Terry Gault For 17 years I have flown between 30 – 70k miles per year for The Henderson Group business. If you are a frequent flyer like me, you’ve probably become immune to the pre-flight safety announcements or even (like me) find them an annoying distraction. Since SFO is a United Airlines hub and offers more flights, I have become addicted to their frequent flier miles though I find the “user experience” often lacking. If Alaska Airlines hubbed at SFO or Oakland, I’d probably be addicted to them. Recently, United started showing a new safety info video…
  • 4 Undermining Speech Habits

    Nicole
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Samantha Cole at Fast Company It might not be what you say so much as how you say it. Your raspy voice, high-pitched laugh, and sloppy grammar could be holding you back. Uptalk You might know this as “Valley girl” speak, but it’s creeping into Silicon Valley boys’ clubs, too. According to the BBC, men and women both are increasingly guilty of ending statements as questions. It sounds insecure, and can keep people from taking you seriously. “…you’re making a statement but you’re [also] asking indirectly for the interlocutor to confirm if they are with…
  • News From Einstein Films

    Nicole
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Terry Gault It’s always nice when a previous client hires us again.  David Hurwitz (who hired us to produce “Doug Serena, CIO” when he was CMO at Serena Software) is the guy behind this new consumer product. Here is a first peek at a new video EinsteinFilms.com produced about a new mobile accessory, BluBed headset holsters, which will launch at CES in January. This video is the first in a series of Phone Follies that humorously show the benefits of being #HandsfreeEverywhere. Who is Einstein Films?            
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    Public Speaking Library

  • Stop me before I kill this speech again!

    Tim Wilson
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Fellow speaker,A few more killer speech ideas for you:Customize to your audience - find out what your audience knows and is familiar with, and talk about those thingsDeliver with your own style - deliver your speech in the way that is natural and comfortable for youTell a story with a point - make sure your story has a clear point that underlines your speech pointKillin' it 2,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.comTwitter: @PblcSpkngLibr
  • Killer speech method

    Tim Wilson
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Fellow speaker,Keys to your killer speech:Passion - find your passion, find your speech - find out what moves and excites you...and tell someone else about itFoundational phrase - 8-10 words that sum up your point and stick in your audience's mindDaily practice - do your entire speech once a day - this will help you internalize your speech while making sure you don't "burn out" on itKillin' it,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.comTwitter: @PblcSpkngLibr
  • Connection made simply

    Tim Wilson
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Fellow speaker,To connect with your audience:Audience analysis - analyze who the audience is that you are or that you want to speak toFind their pain - understand what the problems are for your audience and target your speech to focus on those problemsBegin with the benefits - let the audience know at the beginning of the speech what they will get and how your speech will help them solve their problems and cure their painUse the "you" - use the word "you" repeatedly in your speech to make your speech personal and impactfulConnected,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at:…
  • Move it and groove it

    Tim Wilson
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    Fellow speaker,World Champion Speaker Craig Valentine has a few tips to help you move better on stage:Move when your story indicates - If you are telling a story where you are standing in line, you don't need to move. But if you are telling a story about how you moved from Dallas Texas to Boston Massachusetts, move on stage to indicate the change in location of your story.Move along a timeline - When talking about time, move along the stage in a forward direction along your timeline. In the US this indicates moving from your audience's left to your audience's right. Outside of the US the…
  • Questions and Answers 3

    Tim Wilson
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Fellow speaker,Designer Garr Reynolds suggests you make your Question and Answer sessions:Questioning - also ask questions of audience to encourage a conversational discussionTimely - Keep a time limit on the session and beware of it taking over the presentationQuestioning,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.comTwitter: @PblcSpkngLibr
 
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    Public Words

  • Speakers Need to Think About Their Branding

    Nick Morgan
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Susan Fiske, Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, studies the psychology of branding, consumers, and the motivation to buy from one company over another. She’s worked out how we pick friends, and companies – both the ones we decide to like and the ones we decide to hate. Her book, The Human […]
  • How Do You Close A Speech?

    Nick Morgan
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    How should you close a speech? I recently had a query from a fellow coach who specializes in working with engineers and tech firms, and her complaint was that far too many speeches in her experience ended with a slide reading “Any Questions?” She was asking for alternative ways to end a presentation. It would […]
  • High Voice? Low Voice? What Works in Front of an Audience?

    Nick Morgan
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I’ve been posting a good deal recently on research having to do with the voice. And a number of readers have asked me about one voice study that seemed to contradict most of the others, finding that a higher, more strident voice came across as higher status than a lower one. Well, rest easy. We […]
  • How to Turn Your Speaking Flaws Into Strengths

    Nick Morgan
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    This is an era of great psychological studies. Psychologists have bravely jumped in to quantify things they previously thought were unquantifiable or simply not researchable in general. A case in point is a recent study, published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (http://bit.ly/1vwGVHw).  The study found that if you told yourself that a character […]
  • Which is better — a healthy or an intelligent speaker?

    Nick Morgan
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The Dutch undertake the best research. I’m always on the lookout for studies about improving leadership – since I coach leaders on how to do their jobs better – and by extension that important form of leadership known as public speaking. So naturally I was fascinated when I saw a study from that wonderful country […]
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    CK Online - Communicate to Connect !

  • Shilparamam Hyderabad - All India Handicrafts Mela

    Chendil Kumar
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    Hyderabad - Random clicks from Shilparamam arts and crafts village at the All India Handicrafts Mela !
  • TADPATRI TEMPLES - SRI CHINTALA VENKATARAMANASWAMY TEMPLE - ART and ARCHITECTURE

    Chendil Kumar
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    TADPATRI TEMPLES - PART IISRI CHINTALA VENKATARAMANSWAMY temple in TADPATRI. Architecture inspired by Vijayanagara temples in Hampi with a mini - rath to boot. The entire temple is enveloped with sculpture stories from the Ramayana and Mahabharatha in intricate detail.Ideally this place should be teeming with tourists but the calmness provides solitary splendour to IAS aspirants preparing studiously. This temple is a photographer's delight. Here are some captures.
  • TADIPATRI TEMPLES - Hidden Treasures of India

    Chendil Kumar
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    TADIPATRI Temples Part I - BUGGA RAMALINGESWARA SWAMY TEMPLE Known more as an industrial town, Tadipatri conceals two hidden treasures surprisingly unknown to most locals.Two temples of five hundred years vintage nestle by the Penna riverside. To describe the sculptures within would only reveal my severe vocabulary crunch and not reflect its true glory.Many bloggers have painstakingly captured the etymology and history of these…
  • First Remote FIR Center in India - Malleswaram Mantri Mall by Bengaluru Police !

    Chendil Kumar
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    Bangalore or Bengaluru's upmarket Mantri Mall has snazzy police booth manned by a solitary cop.India's first and only Remote FIR center. Anyone living within the limits of Bengaluru city ( Mahanagara Palike) can walk into the booth and register a complaint by writing it on an A4 siize sheet. This is scanned and duly sent to the relevant police station. The complainant gets a copy of it. A special cell monitors the progress on the complaint. This is a laudable move aimed at reducing the painpoints of the common man in trying to get his voice heard in a police station.CISCO a is the…
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    Chendil Kumar
    22 Aug 2013 | 6:52 am
    Post by T Chendil Kumar. Lord Kubera !
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    The Eloquent Woman

  • 8 famous speeches by women speakers about (yes) women speakers

    Denise Graveline
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:45 am
    You won't mind if we get a little meta this week on Famous Speech Friday, and round up the speeches from The Eloquent Woman Index in which women talk about women and public speaking, will you?It turns out that many famous speeches by women involve those speakers talking pointedly about the absence of women speakers other than themselves, or women's reluctance to speak publicly, themselves included. After all, they've got the mic. They may as well use it.And they do it with humor, to inspire, and to caution. The point about speaking women often is the speech's opening salvo, but also may be…
  • Shame and the public speaker: Wisdom from @BreneBrown

    Denise Graveline
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:15 am
    This year, I've had a few speakers who came off the stage consumed with shame, convinced they had failed. Some went through that in practice, others when it was time for the real talk. I didn't agree with them at all, but that didn't change the reality of their feeling. The speakers I worked with wanted their videos destroyed or redone, couldn't hear the congratulations, decided their brand-new talk was an utter failure, and didn't see one iota of good in what they had done.And they have that in common with none other than Brené Brown, whose 2010 TEDxHouston talk on vulnerability is now one…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:16 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:Vocal power: Pitch and volume--but not the kind you might expect--are what's needed for you to sound more powerful. New research worth reading here.In the clutch: Ever sabotaged yourself to avoid public speaking? You know all too well the relationship between…
  • Famous Speech Friday: Sheena Iyengar's TED talk on the art of choosing

    Denise Graveline
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:45 am
    Psycho-economist Sheena Iyengar does her research at Columbia Business School, and has published the popular book The Art of Choosing to describe her findings on what happens when we have too many--or not enough--choices, and how we make decisions large and small, from which soda to drink to whether to pursue physician-assisted suicide. And when she spoke at TED Global in 2010, she joined the ranks of one of the very few TED speakers to use a lectern. But that was only because she happens to be blind.Until an aide helped her walk across the stage to that lectern, no mention of her blindness…
  • Talk About the Talk: Caroline Goyder on confident speaking at @TEDxBrixton

    Denise Graveline
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:15 am
    (Editor's note: I'm launching a new series, Talk About the Talk, in which I'll ask speakers I've worked with to share their perspectives about giving big or important talks. First up is Caroline Goyder, who spoke this autumn at TEDxBrixton on "the surprising secret to speaking with confidence." It's a fit topic for speaker coach Goyder, who worked for 10 years at Central School of Speech and Drama in London and has an MA in voice studies from there. She's also the author of Gravitas: Communicate with Confidence, Influence and Authority. Some observers dismiss TEDx conferences. But in my…
 
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    Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations

  • Connect with George Torok Online for Presentation Skills

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

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

    George Torok
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:17 am
    You can tell a boring message in a creative and exciting way. Presentation Tips on Twitter Presentation Skills Club on Facebook Executive Speech CoachBusiness presentation tips from George Torok, the Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com
  • SP Tip # 79: Distance yourself from a bad idea...

    George Torok
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Distance Yourself From a Bad IdeaBad ideas in the pastThere might be times when you want to persuade your audience to change. You can use logic, stories, charts and success stories to move them. Here is a subtle technique that can help you.You physically position the good from the bad.How do you do that?You move from left to right. Be sure to move left to right as your audience sees it - not your left to right. You will have to rehearse this to get it right.Good ideas in the futureWhy does this work?European based languages, including English, reads from left to right. Therefore we have been…
  • Great Boss = Great Presenter ???

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

  • Do You Talk to People Who Really Want You to Succeed?

    Susan Trivers
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:14 am
    Do these scenarios ring a bell for you? 1) You're sharing a new idea with a few fellow business owners or colleagues and before you've finished, they are all jumping in their seats, eager to tell you how what you've described won't work? "No one's going to be interested in that." They believe they're doing you a favor, helping you avoid mistakes. They will burst your bubble. 2) You're describing the same new idea to a few business owners or colleagues and they nod in agreement as you're talking and when you're finished they say "That…
  • Why Don't You Ever Improve Your Presentations?

    Susan Trivers
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    In spite of the number of well-known and respected experts (Patricia Fripp, Nancy Duarte, Nick Morgan, and others) who provide idea upon idea upon idea for improving business presentations, I never seem to be in the audience of anyone who has incorporated the great ideas these experts recommend. Recent examples: The woman whose starting point was to assume everyone in the audience has a very negative character flaw.Then she manufactured a reason for everyone to stand at the end, raise their hands and applaud. A speaker who described the year-to-year trials and tribulations of building her…
  • Cheap Prices Do NOT Create Loyal Customers

    Susan Trivers
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    This offer from a local business made my teeth hurt--and not because of the sweetness of the product: "50% off all cakes from Dec. 1, 2014-May 30, 2015. Order and pay now, and get all the cakes of your dreams for 50% off." This bakery not only sacrificed 50% of its cake revenue for 6 months, it sent the message that the cakes are not worth the full price. Instead of increasing its roster of loyal customers it has created a group of discount seekers. When these buyers have to pay full price in the future, they'll go elsewhere. Cheap prices may attract attention but they do NOT…
  • Inventive, Innovative and Improved--How The Differences Impact Your Business

    Susan Trivers
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    Airplanes, assembly-lines and telephones are examples of familiar objects that began as inventions, were then subject to innovations and that are constantly being improved.  What's the difference?  Invention refers to the creation of the idea or method itself. In patent-office language, it's the creation of the non-obvious. Innovation refers to a novel idea or method applied to an invention. Improvement refers to the notion of doing the same thing better. (It is never doing the same as others, what I call the "me too" mindset.) Why are these difference important to you?
  • Do You Think Your Company is Too Small to Invest in Growth?

    Susan Trivers
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    A start-up consulting firm. An independent filmmaker. A lawyer and a bookkeeper. Each of these companies has invested in consulting with me over the past several months. Each of them has grown because they chose to make that investment. "I can't believe how it easy it was to get my very first consulting contract by using your approach to the initial conversation and to the proposal I sent. I was worried that they would question me about the fee, but the buyer said the fee was just right for the outcome they would enjoy."  The young filmmakers adopted my recommended approach to…
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    Speechworks: Atlanta Communication Experts | Public Speaking Specialists

  • "Three Q" Method Creates A Simple Presentation that Audiences Will Love!

    2 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    "Three Q" Method Creates A Simple Presentation that Audiences Will Love! Most presentations are complicated messes.  Listeners wonder “What are the key points?”, “Why should I care?”,  “Why is this so complicated?” and “Do we have to look at that many slides?” Complicated presentations are so unnecessary. There is a fast approach to creating simple presentations that connect with the needs of any audience.  And you won’t need to create a single PowerPoint slide. I call it “The Three Q Method.”  It works because it is built around your audience…
  • The Five Stories Credible Leaders Tell: New Speechworks White Paper

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

  • Time To Talk

    drjim
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    What we wouldn’t give for just a bit more time…Image Credit: Earls37a Time, time, time – where has all of our time gone? When we’ve been asked to give a speech, there are a number of things that we can control. We control our content, we try to control our introduction, and we can control a Q&A session. However, the one thing that we can’t control is how much time we have to give our speech. This is where we can all use some help. Reconfirm, Reconfirm, Reconfirm Yes, I know this seems sorta silly – after all, they invited you to come and deliver a speech…
  • Real World Speaking Challenges: Things You Can’t Control

    drjim
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    It can be a real challenge giving a speech in a tentImage Credit: Stuart Heath As speakers, we know about the importance of public speaking and would like every speech that we give to be perfect! We want to deliver a great speech in a fantastic setting to a receptive audience. How hard could that be? Well, it turns out that it can be quite difficult! I recently had a chance to deliver a speech under some pretty harsh conditions and I thought that I might share with you how it all turned out… It’s All About The Tent So where to start my story? Perhaps the best place is to describe…
  • Public Speakers Need To Know How To Master Time

    drjim
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    The impact of your next speech is related to how long you talk…Image Credit Time is a funny thing. Before we start to deliver a speech, it can seem as though we have all of the time in the world – how ever are we going to fill up the time that we’ve been given to deliver our speech in? However, once we take the stage or step into the front of the room, time seems to speed up and there never seems to be enough of it. In order to maximize the importance of public speaking, how can we become better at managing this time thing? Practice, Practice, Practice In order to get control…
  • Building A Keynote Speech From The Ground Up

    drjim
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Good keynote speeches are built from the ground upImage Credit I’m not really sure if it is the most difficult type of speech to give, but the keynote speech is where we seem to be in the spotlight for the longest time and provides us with our best opportunity to show off the importance of public speaking. Our audience has high expectations for what we’ll be sharing with them and we really don’t want to let them down. This is a high pressure situation that can cause some public speakers to crack. I was recently asked to deliver a keynote speech and only had a week to get…
  • Webinar Secrets You Won’t Learn Anywhere Else

    drjim
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Make sure that you maximize the impact of your next webinarImage Credit Webinars have opened a new door for public speakers. It used to be that in order to reach a group of people with our message and share with them the importance of public speaking, we had to get in our cars and drive (and perhaps fly) to where the audience was. Once there, there was the effort and hassle of getting ready and getting on stage. Most, if not all of these issues have been resolved by webinars that we can now deliver from the comfort of our own homes. However, as with all such things, there is a right way and a…
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is lighting fuses in Oklahoma

    George F. Will
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:41 pm
    OKLAHOMA CITYScott Pruitt enjoyed owning a Class AAA baseball team here, but he is having as much fun as Oklahoma’s attorney general — and as one of the Obama administration’s most tenacious tormentors. The second existential challenge to the Affordable Care Act began here. Read full article >>
  • Texas takes aim at the First Amendment

    George F. Will
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:34 pm
    The Battle of Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Tex., on May 13, 1865, is called the last battle of the Civil War, but the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) might consider that judgment premature, given its conflict with the state’s Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles. This skirmish is of national interest because it implicates a burgeoning new entitlement: the right to pass through life without encountering any disagreeable thought.Read full article >>
  • George F. Will: The cheerfulness of tax reform

    George F. Will
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:02 pm
    “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.”— Mr. Micawberin “David Copperfield”Read full article >>
  • Eric Garner, criminalized to death

    George F. Will
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:17 pm
    By history’s frequently brutal dialectic, the good that we call progress often comes spasmodically, in lurches propelled by tragedies caused by callousness, folly or ignorance. With a New York grand jury’s as yet inexplicable and probably inexcusable refusal to find criminal culpability in Eric Garner’s death on a Staten Island sidewalk, the nation might have experienced sufficient affronts to its sense of decency. It might at long last be ready to stare into the abyss of its criminal justice system.Read full article >>
  • Government for the strongest

    George F. Will
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Intellectually undemanding progressives, excited by the likes of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — advocate of the downtrodden and the Export-Import Bank — have at last noticed something obvious: Big government, which has become gargantuan in response to progressives’ promptings, serves the strong. It is responsive to factions sufficiently sophisticated and moneyed to understand and manipulate its complexity. Read full article >>
 
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    The Public Speaker's Quick and Dirty Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills

  • 277 PS How to Take a Good Phone Message

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Learn to take useful phone messages at work. The Public Speaker offers tips for good customer service and better phone messages. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1zJpKDf
  • 276 TPS How Polls and Surveys Can Increase Participation

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Polling is a great way to keep your audience involved. The Public Speaker shares two inspiring and creative examples of how surveying listeners can lead to imrpoved participation and engagement. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1wiA3x1
  • 275 TPS Are You Straining Your Voice With Vocal Fry?

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    You've probably never heard of vocal fry, but chances are you know what it sounds like. The Public Speaker explains why vocal fry can harm your voice and hurt your job prospects. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/1sdoQs2
  • 274 TPS Who Can I Trust at Work?

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Knowing who to trust at work can reduce your stress and your workload and ultimately lead to professional success. The Public Speaker talks with author Dr. Greg Marcus who reveals a system for figuring out which of your colleagues is trustworthy. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/12qgR42
  • 273 TPS How to Make Twitter More Engaging

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Most people use Twitter to push information out to their followers. The Public Speaker shares a more personal (and effective) approach to Twitter interactions. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/1z3xtsW
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    Power Presentations

  • Non-Verbal Techniques in a Large Group Forum

    Guest Blogger
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:29 am
    The following article was written by Theresa Zagnoli and a product of her work as a jury consultant and years of experience coaching executives and business leaders. For more information, visit her website. By now most of you have heard of body language and its usefulness in personal and small group business relations. Body language, or better termed non-verbal communication, which is more responsible than our words for whether the audience is moved, is often ignored when speaking to a large group. When facing an auditorium full of listeners, you have more tools to work with than your mic…
  • Why The ‘Personal’ Is So Important In Interpersonal Communications

    Jerry Weissman
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    In this day and age of high speed internet, increasing globalization, wireless connectivity, and the rigors of air travel, more and more business is being conducted virtually. Webcasts and video teleconferences have become the accepted mode for many interpersonal communications ranging from Board of Directors meetings to all hands meetings. Common to all of these interactions is the presentation, my stock in trade as a coach. Most of the principles I teach have not changed for more than two millennia, since the glory days of Aristotle. To be persuasive, presenters still must tell their…
  • Uber’s Growing Pains: A Lesson in Accountability

    Jerry Weissman
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:39 pm
    In announcing a new financing round of $1.2 billion for his company, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, wrote in his blog post yesterday, “This kind of growth has also come with significant growing pains.” Raising Uber’s valuation to an astronomical $40 billion is the understatement of the year. And the company does indeed have its share of pains with challenges coming from conventional taxis, municipalities, insurance, and competition. But its most recent pain was internal. Two weeks ago, BuzzFeed reported that “A senior executive at Uber suggested that the company should consider hiring…
  • Obama Pulls Out 5 Rhetorical Stops in Immigration Speech

    Jerry Weissman
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    President Obama’s presidency has been fraught with controversy and conflict over many issues, from his Affordable Care Act to his foreign policy on Syria, but none more so than immigration. His leadership skills have also come under fire, none more so that his ability to take decisive action. Some of his strongest early supporters have taken him to task on this issue, none more critically than the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd. But last night, he stepped up to the plate and swung hard. Facing tough opposition from what, in 39 short days, is to be a Republican majority in Congress, he…
  • 3 Lessons from the Stumble of Microsoft’s Satya Nadella

    Jerry Weissman
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is an annual conference that has become the world’s largest gathering of women technologists, having grown from 500 attendees at its first conference in 1994 to 8,000 at its most recent event in Phoenix last month. That event was notable, too, for one of the featured guests, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, but not for a positive achievement. During his interview with Maria Klawe, the President of Harvey Mudd College, she asked him a question of great interest to the audience of women who work in technology: “For women who aren’t…
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    Speaking Pro Central

  • M.F.A. And Other Academic Degrees - They Could Have Become Entrepreneurs

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    'Not until I became an entrepreneur at the end of the 1980s did I realize that I had matriculated at so many academic institutions in order not to have to "go to work." " The life of an entrepreneur happens on our own time. Not 9-to-5, with a dress code, a boss and other ugly adult realities. Yes, I had been an academic-degree junkie.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
 
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    PowerPoint Tips Blog

  • Presentation design trends

    Ellen Finkelstein
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    This is a guest post by Mike Parkinson.  Mike is an internationally recognized visual communication and presentation expert, trainer, and award-winning author. Over the last 22 years, he created thousands of presentations that results in improved success rates for his clients. He owns a creative services firm, 24 Hour Company, authored a successful visual communication book (Do-It-Yourself Billion Dollar Graphics), and launched Get My Graphic that helps consultants, organizations and agencies achieve their training, education and sales goals with visual communication and proven communication…
  • Annoying animation–don’t make people wait for the text to appear!

    Ellen Finkelstein
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    Your audience doesn’t want to wait for text on the slide to appear! I don’t mean each line of text coming in separately. There’s certainly controversy about that and I suggest that you make a choice based on your needs and your audience. I’m talking about text that fades in, wipes in, flies in, etc. While that animation is happening, your audience has to wait until the text is readable. It’s annoying! Watch this 15-second video as an example of annoying animation. Notice that even the slide titles fade in over a 2-second period. Then the slide text wipes in from…
  • Customize the colors in your slide master

    Ellen Finkelstein
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:39 pm
    I see lots of messy presentations when I work with my clients. (That’s why they come to me for help.) One of the areas that is often a disaster is the slide master. Some of the things I see are: Multiple slide masters caused by copying and pasting slides from other presentations and choosing the Keep Source Formatting option Objects put on the slide master so that they appear on slides that shouldn’t have them, which are then covered up on the slide The opposite–objects that should be put on the slide master put on every individual slide — or many of them —…
  • How to copy a PowerPoint slide to Microsoft Word

    Ellen Finkelstein
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    Recently I received this question: How can I copy a slide in PowerPoint to Word? The answer to the question depends on how you want  it to look in Word. If you want just the text  If you want just the text of a slide, you can just copy and paste from PowerPoint to Word. Note: There are easier techniques for when you want to copy the text of an entire presentation. See “Export all presentation text.”  Be sure to read the comments as they include additional techniques from my very bright readers! If you want a picture of the slide Sometimes you want to use the entire slide as an…
  • How to zoom into a slide and choose another slide in Slide Show view–PowerPoint 2013

    Ellen Finkelstein
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:54 pm
    PowerPoint 2013 has a couple of new features for Slide Show view that let you: Zoom into a slide so you can see an area of the slide close up Pan around the slide in that magnified view See all of the slides and choose a slide to display In this video, I show you how these features work. https://s3.amazonaws.com/ellenfinkelstein.com/pptblog/powerpoint-2013-beta-slide-show-view.mp4 Did you find this post useful? Get my free video training, "13 techniques that will make designing your slides EASY." Need training? Click here to find out about training to bring your presentations to the next…
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    slidecoaching.com

  • How to improve your presentations: tips from 80 experts

    Alessandra Cimatti
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:42 am
    Click on the arrows to move forward and backwards in the presentation. My contribution is on page 43, do take a look! You can scroll forward or type 43 in the box with the page number.  You can also see it directly in the image below. Download a pdf copy of the complete e-book  to keep as a reference by going to the Slideshare website. This is easily done by clicking on the SlideShare logo on the bottom left of the presentation window above. Once on Slideshare, click on the download icon, which is the one the orange arrow points to in the image below. Enjoy the read and improve your…
  • “Presenting with Power” ebook is ready

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

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

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

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

  • Run Part of a Presentation in Continuous Loop [Reader Question]

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    In an earlier post, I wrote about how to make a presentation run in continuous loop. Example: A 5 slide presentation starts at slide 1, then goes to 2, 3, 4, then 5 and comes back to slide 1 and again 2. It keeps running.Yesterday a reader asked a question: "Is there a way to have a loop in one part of the slideshow then advance on click in the next part?"Problem: You have a 7 slide presentation. You want to run slides 1 to 5 in a continuous loop. Slide 6 & 7 are not part of the loop. Then after a while, you wish to start presenting from slide 6. How can we set this up?Solution: The…
  • Buy Dan Roam's Book on Presentations for FREE

    16 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Looks like a special promotion on Amazon. You can buy Dan Roam's book on Presentations 'Show and Tell' for free.Click here for Amazon.comClick here for Amazon.inIt is only the Kindle version which is free. Go ahead and download it before the offer is gone.Update on November 23: The offer is now only available if you login from India. I can still see $0 for Kindle version.
  • Pixabay: Free Photos for Your Presentation

    13 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Pixabay is an awesome website where you can get free images for your presentation. What's great about this website is its high quality high resolution images, most of which are free for commercial use and there is no need for attribution as well.Just type your keyword. The first few images are from shutterstock. This is an ad and these images are not free :). Choose the image you like from the second row onward. You can choose the resolution you prefer. For PowerPoint, M or L is good enough. When in doubt, choose L size.Do read the terms of usage every time you are about to download…
  • What story will your audience tell about your PPT?

    11 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    www.pixabay.com"Tell me two or three very interesting things about your company.Things which my CEO will share with his friends over a game of Golf", said the Vice President.Recently a friend of mine narrated this interesting incident to me. His company acquired another company in India. My friend and his VP had to make a small presentation about the newly acquired company to their CEO. While the CEO knew the financial stuff about the acquired company, what the VP wanted to present was 2 or 3 very cool stuff which gives the CEO something nice to talk about.Imagine the CEO (the audience of the…
  • What your CEO really wants from your presentation?

    8 Nov 2014 | 6:17 am
    www.pixabay.comYou do not present to your CEO every other day. When you do get a chance to present to him/her, spend some extra time preparing. Do not try to impress. Deliver a good presentation by knowing that your CEO wants from you.1. Super short presentation: Your CEO is always short of time and cannot take it too much information. Hence keep the presentation ultra short. Find out how much time has he allocated to your meeting. If your CEO has given you 20 minutes, finish your presentation in 15.2. The big picture: Your CEO does not have the time and capacity for the micro and the small…
 
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    Speak & Deliver - A Public Speaking Blog For the Speaking Public

  • Get More Laughs - Darren LaCroix: Book 34 of 52 in 52

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    Again - not a book, but let's not pick nits as we approach years end.Even though I've written my own book on humor, which Darren was kind enough to contribute to in interview form, one should never stand pat on their current skill set. Darren has quite the reputation in Toastmasters and NSA alike as a humorist, has spent countless hours on stage as a stand-up comic, and, oh yeah, is the 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking, for those who might not know.So I figured his program on humor, 'Get More Laughs', might be worth my time!The program is a recording, DVD and audio, of a seminar given a…
  • 12 Ways to Make the Most of the Seasonal Slowdown in your Business

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    When I used to be in a sales job, I'd always hear the same excuses this time of year:'No one is going to answer my calls''No one wants to spend money during Christmas''It's the dead season, we should just shut down the office and go home'I hear similar sentiments now from clients and friends in speaking:'No one is hiring speakers for this time of year''No one will see my emails'...and of course, the one we ALL use...'I'm just so busy with the holidays - I'll just regroup and start again in January'I admit, I'm guilty of saying and doing all of these things over the years. But I've also found…
  • Mastering Your Speech - Lance Miller - Book 32 of 52 in 52

    7 Dec 2014 | 2:11 pm
    OK - I admit, this isn't a book.But, part of my original list DID include some audio/DVD programs on Public Speaking, and 'Mastering Your Speech' - a 4 DVD set by 2005 World Champion of Public Speaking Lance Miller was #51 on that list.I was very interested in this particular product, in part because I haven't been as exposed to Lance's teachings as much as I have some of the other Champions, and because what I have heard, both on YouTube and in person when he appeared at our winter Toastmasters Leadership Institute, has been spot on, in my opinion.I was excited to finally get some time over…
  • International Speech Contest Checklist - It Begins Now....

    4 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    Unless it started yesterday, or last month, or if you're in Australia, several months ago! Legend has it that 5-time World Championship of Public Speaking Finalist John Howard would start writing his next International Speech on the plane ride home. That's not actually a legend - his wife, one of my early mentors, Shirley Howard, told me that herself.If you haven't started, and you are serious about the contest, then you're already behind. I admit, this might sound a bit dramatic, but hey, it's been 3 1/2 months since Dananjaya Hettiarachchi won the latest crown - what have you been…
  • 11 Deadly Presentation Sins - Rob Biesenbach: Book 30 of 52 in 52

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Back to reading a bit of material about what I do in life - speaking, and helping others speak...and deliver.I've had this book for a LONG time - Rob actually sent it to me in hopes I'd review in time for his launch, which I was unable to do. Since I missed that date, I admittedly put it on the back burner. Since I only have it in .pdf form, it was going to take some focused time in front of my computer to get through, despite its brief 125 page format (apparently it's only 90 pages on Kindle). Finally, last night, as I sat outside the church while my daughter went to youth group, I dove…
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    Manner of Speaking

  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 191) – Fawzia Koofi

    John Zimmer
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Fawzia Koofi (فوزیه کوفی‎) – Afghan Politician and Women’s Rights Activist “If something comes from your heart, it will reach the heart of your audience.” — فوزیه کوفی (Fawzia Koofi‎ Photo courtesy of TEDx Place des Nations / FlickrFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers
  • Five Speaking Lessons from TEDx Place des Nations

    John Zimmer
    13 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Earlier this year, I had the privilege of speaking at TEDx Lausanne. It was a wonderful experience. Two days ago, I had the privilege of attending TEDx Place des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. It was held in the impressive Assembly Hall of the United Nations Palais des Nations. Speaking at at TEDx event is a thrill, but it is also very draining. It was nice, this time around, to be able to relax as a member of the audience and enjoy the talks. And what talks! From making books accessible for the blind to fighting ebola; from education in Uganda to open source hardware; from rethinking…
  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 190) – Edward Tufte

    John Zimmer
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:54 am
    Edward Tufte – American Statistician and Information Design Expert “What about confusing clutter? Information overload? Doesn’t data have to be ‘boiled down’ and ‘simplified’? These common questions miss the point, for the quantity of detail is an issue completely separate from the difficulty of reading. Clutter and confusion are failures of design, not attributes of information.” — Edward Tufte Photo courtesy of Aaron Fulkerson / FlickrFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers
  • Rhetorical Devices: Metaphor

    John Zimmer
    9 Nov 2014 | 2:19 pm
    This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Metaphor Origin: From the Greek μεταφορά (metaphora), meaning “transfer”. In plain English: Comparing two things (that are often not alike) by stating that one is the other. Effect: Metaphors can be used to help an audience understand a new idea by linking it to something that they already know. When cars were first sold, they were often referred to as “horseless carriages”. Metaphors can also be used to help an audience see…
  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 189) – Dale Carnegie

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

  • High Connection, Constant Interruption

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:39 am
    An article ten years ago today in USA Today said it all: “Personal computers, cellphones, and high-speed Internet are considered essential to getting by for millions of Americans who are showing early signs of addiction to the next wave of high-tech toys…”The article went on to say that “many people… consider high-tech gadgetry essential to modern life,” and quoted psychologist Bob Greenfield who observed, "Part of the reason is the hype, the commercial selling of it. Some people feel the products will improve the quality of their lives. But do we really need to be connected in…
  • Strive for Understanding

    16 Dec 2014 | 2:17 am
    Lists of information management tips can leave me cold. The notion that merely following some set of guidelines without understanding the magnitude of the situation relegates any such list, however important, to the status of a temporary fix that will soon lose potency.Understanding the "why" has an impact for those who are willing to make significant and lasting headway on the issue. It's no different than the U.S. response to fundamental Islamic terrorism; you have to get to the root of the issue terrorists groups can ever be quashed. Otherwise, you're continually attempting to put out…
  • Everyday Distractions

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
    Vast segments of the population have turned to online exhibitionism. Writing in the Washington Post, economist Robert J. Samuelson observes five years ago, and the situation has gotten worse. “It turns out that the Internet has unleashed the greatest outburst of mass exhibitionism in human history.”“People seem to crave popularity or celebrity more than they fear the loss of privacy.” However, “what goes on the Internet often stays on the Internet."Of particular concern: Something that seems harmless, silly or merely impetuous today might seem offensive, stupid or reckless in two…
  • Some Interruptions are Worthwhile

    5 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    In a few days, we will "celebrate" Labor Day, a day for acknowledging the American Labor movement. We've homogenized our holidays, however..Instead of letting many of the holidays fall as they would, scattered throughout the days of the week, we now force fit them into Mondays or Fridays so that we can enjoy long weekends. No more Lincoln's Birthday, no more Washington's birthday, we now have President's Day, and too many citizens have no idea which presidents we're even honoring.Labor day has become a shopping day. For many, Memorial Day has no meaning other than that which TV viewers might…
  • Interrupted Sleep is no Fun

    5 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    Go to bed when you're tired, not when you think you ought to. Let your body talk to you. It'll tell you when it's tired. The problem you've had in the past is that you have ignored the messages.Once a week, get to bed by 9:00 p.m. Your body will thank you. Let yourself sleep for nine, ten hours, whatever it takes. Allow yourself at least one weeknight in which getting sleep is your only objective. If you're kept awake by your spouse's snoring, or you're the one snoring, you need help. Get a snore control device like those available from airline shopper magazines. A small device attaches to…
 
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  • The Single Worst Question you can Ask yourself

    Conor Neill
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:23 am
    Do you know what is the worst question that you can ask yourself? It is a powerful question If you intend to avoid living a life that is fulfilling at all the levels: safety, risk, connection, significance, growth and contribution. What big goals do you have for yourself?  (You do have them, whether you have taken the time to write them out or not.) What is the next step?  The step that takes you from where you are today towards where you need to be for your goal to become realised. Now, when you look at that step, there is a question that is guaranteed to kill the chance of you achieving…
  • How to Stop Offering Free Advice and Make the Sale

    Conor Neill
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    6 Steps to Stop Being “Free” Be clear on the results you can help them achieve – Can you explain what success looks like in a clear, concise, specific and compelling way?  in language that your target customers can really understand? Show testimonials, examples, logos of past successes – capture testimonials and make them as specific as possilble Find common passions or interests (liking) – build relationships that are broader than pure business Respect yourself – know where you draw your line (Let the prospective client know that you are the most capable,…
  • 9 Reasons why you are Stuck

    Conor Neill
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:40 pm
    9 Reasons Why You Are Stuck You don’t have a compelling enough vision Your habits aren’t serving you You haven’t invested in improving yourself Poor relationships You’re cheap You’re worried about your weaknesses You’re filling your time You’re managing the wrong things You’re asking “do I feel like doing this?” Stuck in a Web and unable to move, Photo: kendoman26 You don’t have a compelling enough vision Ed Stafford walked the length of the Amazon, from the source to the sea.  It took him 860 days.  860 days hiking in remote jungle, hacking his way…
  • How are my neighbours doing today?

    Conor Neill
    5 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    There is a wonderful tradition that was described to us by Sandiya of Storytrails this morning as we walked through the backstreets of Chennai, India. Every house we passed had a chalk-like drawing on the pavement in front.  I asked Sandiya “what are these drawings?” (my new shoes are visible in most of the pictures!) She told me “Every morning the woman of the house draws a picture.  She can draw whatever she wants.  If the family is celebrating, it will be colourful and large.  If the family is mourning it will be small, or maybe even non-existant.  Each morning she…
  • How to Be a Good Mentor

    Conor Neill
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Art of Mentorship The Art of Mentorship I just posted a short presentation to slideshare: The Art of Mentorship 3 Types of Mentor Sponsor (or Advocate) – puts their reputation on the line and takes responsibility for your personal success. Protege = “one who is protected”. Protege must do everything in his power to make the sponsor look good, or is wasting the sponsors time. “you provide a perspective that I otherwise would not have”; must be senior and influential, must be willing to make a stand Experienced Guide – “so, what’s your next step?” Coach –…
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  • 9 Behaviors Cultivated by the Ultra-Charismatic–part 2

    sims
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:16 am
    Now, here are two $64,000 questions. First, can charisma be learned? And second, should it be learned, or is it just manipulation and phoniness? To the first question, I say, yes! I believe charisma can be learned. Just as we learn good manners–to say please and thank you in order to make ourselves more appealing to others–we can learn to be more charismatic.   Just as we learn good manners--to say please and thank you--we can learn to be more charismatic.Click To Tweet   To the second question, should you try to learn how to do some of these things, I say, absolutely…
  • 9 Behaviors Cultivated by the Ultra-Charismatic

    sims
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:02 am
    Charisma is a set of behaviors that have nothing to do with physical beauty. This is good news for those of us who aren’t fashion models. You don’t need plastic surgery to do these things. Just practice. Here are the elements of charisma based on research done by Howard Friedman, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Riverside.   Charisma is a set of behaviors that have nothing to do with physical beauty. This is good news for those of us who aren't fashion models. You don't need plastic surgery to do these things. Just practice.Click To…
  • 5 More Reasons Eye Contact is Key

    sims
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    If there is one simple thing you can do to enhance your impact as a presenter, persuade others to see things as you see them, and make it more likely your audience will say yes to your idea, it is sustained, purposeful eye contact with one person at a time. All it takes to start reaping the rewards of assertive eye contact is a little practice every day. Are you willing and able to give it a try? Here are 5 more reasons to answer “Yes.” When you look a person in the eye, you communicate confidence and belief in your point of view. One of the most powerful means of communicating…
  • 4 Reasons Eye Contact Is Everything in Public Speaking

    sims
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    When you’re in front of an audience, strategic eye contact has the power to change how people think of you. Here’s why. In a study done last month in the journal Environment and Behavior, researchers at Cornell University manipulated the gaze of the cartoon rabbit on Trix cereal boxes and found that adult subjects were more likely to choose Trix over competing brands if the rabbit was looking at them rather than away. “Making eye contact even with a character on a cereal box inspires powerful feelings of connection,” said Brian Wansink, a professor at Cornell’s…
  • Kevin, Celgene Corporation

    sims
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Your model for giving story-like presentations has completely transformed my ability to communicate with an audience.
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    Comments for John Sadowsky - Leadership & Storytelling

  • Comment on How to use story in high-tech settings by Alexandra

    Alexandra
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:13 am
    John, you continue to inspire me by finding endless angles to your authentic leadership beliefs! Thank you for continuing to share.
  • Comment on Struggling to learn a language, growth mindsets, and another opening to systems thinking by Susan Forrester

    Susan Forrester
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:35 pm
    This is exactly why I believe immersion programs should be the status quo in elementary schools. In Canada, that would be French Immersion. From the first day of school, the brains of children in a language immersion program are put brain through an exercise routine that would be difficult match in a first language setting. Add to the immersion program a third language and instrumental music, and schools would really be providing a “boot camp” for brains.
  • 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
 
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  • My 90-second pitch

    Joe Pops
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:07 am
    “That depends on the length of the speech. If it is a ten-minute speech it takes me all of two weeks to prepare it; if it is a half-hour speech it takes me a week; if I can talk as long as I want to it requires no preparation at all. I am ready now.”   Woodrow Wilson 1918 I received an email asking if I would do our marketing department a favour - they asked me to say a few words at our largest trade show, held annually in Chicago Illinois.  I expected that I would do a best practise story with colleagues, BUT it got really interesting when the VP of Marketing sent follow-up messages…
  • Presenting During the Unplanned - A National Day of Mourning

    Joe Pops
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:03 am
    On July 23rd 2014 at 4:00 p.m. the remains of victims of the Malaysian Airline Flight 17 disaster began arriving in Eindhoven in the Netherlands.  It is suspected that the flight was shot down by a surface to air missile while flying over the Ukraine. The majority of the victims were from the Netherlands, many from the Eindhoven area.  At that time, that day, I was in the middle of giving a presentation design workshop in Eindhoven.  The day of the workshop I got a ride with Leon (the host and organizer) to the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven (the High Tech Campus is sometimes called the…
  • Want to make a video? Why not use PowerPoint?

    Joe Pops
    15 Jun 2014 | 5:08 pm
    PowerPoint has a variety of applications. In addition to designing slides for presentations I have used it to make promotional posters and to design logos and buttons for the animal welfare groups that I am involved with (see Life by PowerPoint). I have also started creating videos.  You can insert music to link to your slides (for the  examples below I used music from iStockPhoto.com).  For me, the biggest challanges in making videos with Powerpoint are telling my story in just a couple of minutes (I recommend you keep you videos to 2-3 minutes), and having the music timed just…
  • Thank you for not presenting!

    Joe Pops
    4 May 2014 | 6:58 pm
    I believe many organizations “over present”; not every piece of information needs to be passed on via a presentation.  Here are 3 questions to ask yourself when deciding whether or not a presentation is needed: Does someone need to explain the information for context, or is it pretty straight forward? Does your audience need the information to make an immediate decision? This may require you leading a discussion more than doing a presentation. Are you trying to persuade someone to do something, or are you selling an idea/concept that needs to be approved? If your answer to any of these…
  • Solving my “Death by PowerPoint” mystery

    Joe Pops
    1 Feb 2014 | 5:40 pm
    It was always a bit of a mystery to me as to why people continue to produce and deliver “Death by PowerPoint” type presentations.  There are so many resources available on how and why to change your presentation style from bulleted list PowerPoint slides to something more innovative.  Yet “Death by PowerPoint” persists in most organizations, one day I had the proverbial ah-hah moment. I was at our cottage on the south shore of Nova Scotia; I do a lot of my presentation and other design work there.  Looking for inspiration on a project I was working on, I scrolled through Twitter…
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  • Transforming India Conclave 2014

    admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:06 am
  • Winter Wellness

    admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:54 am
  • Four spoiled rotten behaviors and how parents can take back control

    Think Inc Team
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:54 am
      Constantly Throws Tantrums You can expect preschool-aged children to have frequent temper tantrums — some just can’t be avoided and need to run their course — but when fits erupt any time you set limits, it’s a problem. How to handle: First, don’t have a tantrum yourself! Be empathetic and let your son know that you recognize he’s angry, but that his behavior is not acceptable. Help him find the right words to express his feelings and don’t be afraid to take away a privilege or give a “time out” if you feel the situation calls for…
  • HAFEEZ CONTRACTOR

    Think Inc Team
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:54 am
    From Being Denied Admission to an Architecture Course, He still Became ‘The Success’ as an Architect..’ Hafeez Contractor today is one of the most famous faces of architecture in India with projects for names like the Tata, BPCL, ICICI, NSE, and CIDCO etc. Contractor is the Amitabh Bachchan of Indian architecture. While in school he was obsessed with making structures of forts, bikes, guns, etc. to such an extent that in Standard III itself, his teacher commented that he would grow up to be an architect. Despite having the talent and confidence, he was denied admission to an…
  • Organise Yourself First Before You Organise Others

    Vijay Batra
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:54 am
    Time: we all believe that it is important for everyone. Many of us get things done in time and many of us are always late creating plenty of stress for ourselves and others. Managing time is not “science” but more of common sense! To do things in time follow simple ideas.  Make a “DO IT NOW” list before you go to sleep! After that prioritize it into A, B & C i.e. list under “A” most important things to do.  You have to decide the priorities based on several factors such as what will bring better results and what is required first.  Next is “B” list which is important…
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    Calculated Presentations

  • Does the Superwoman Pose Really Work?

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

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

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

    Janice
    23 Jan 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Connect with Them: Before, During, and After When I began public speaking I was given sage advice that I’ve taken to heart and always follow. It’s advice that I pass on to all of my clients because it makes such a difference to your confidence level while speaking and also how your audience thinks/feels about you. Before Greet your audience as they arrive. This may seem weird …. a little uncomfortable perhaps. However it does put a huge crack in the ice. When you introduce yourself you give yourself a leg up. Now, when you look to make eye contact you can do it more…
  • Weekly Spark Posts

    Janice
    19 Jan 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Are your sights facing upward to move your career ahead or looking to workout your leadership muscle? Here’s this week’s post highlights on leadership and career development:   Career Building Are you female, over forty and considering heading in a new direction: The rise of older women as “encore” entrepreneurs by Jane O’Brien (3 min read) Looking for those unadvertised jobs? Here’s how to find them: How to break into the hidden job market by Liz Ryan (8 min read) Do you want to work for a company that is looking for a talented human not a status quo…
 
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  • 3 Ways Our Bodies Rebel When We Get Nervous

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

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

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

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

    jim@distinction-services.com (Distinction Communication, Inc.)
    13 Jun 2014 | 1:15 pm
    PowerPoint gets blamed for a lot of things these days… tedium, eye strain, mind-numbing boredom, maybe even a case of mild indigestion after lunch.  But a recent review of GM’s internal... Podcasts from Distinction Communication
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  • Demo-driven innovation CUSO workshop

    Tudor Girba
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:23 pm
    A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of giving a one-day course to PhD students on the topic of Demo-driven innovation. The course was organized as a CUSO (Conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale).I got to work with highly motivated students and argue my way through the demo-driven philosophy.We started from debating what innovation is and what role it plays in both research and engineering. We agreed that innovation is less about discovering the fantastic, as it is about revealing the obvious.Then we tackled the problem of the process of research. Finding a complete process to…
  • Humane assessment keynote and tutorial at "Be Fast & Curious", Cluj

    Tudor Girba
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Next week, on December 13, I will have the pleasure of giving a keynote and tutorial around humane assessment and Moose at the Be Fast & Curious event in Cluj, Romania.The event is organized by 3Pillar Global. This is the first time that I am talking about these topics in Romanian, so this will actually pose a little challenge. But, considering the fact that the event poster has my head on it, I will certainly enjoy it.If you are in the neighborhood, come and join us (the registration is free).
  • Presenting with Power eBook

    Tudor Girba
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    A while ago, I was asked to participate with a snippet on what I think is an important lesson on preparing and delivering presentations. I did, and now it appeared in an electronic book together with contributions from 79 other co-authors.Here is my contribution:Facts are boring. Stories make them interesting.It’s one thing to expose the facts about climate changing, and another one to tell a story about it. One leaves the audience indifferent, and one gets it excited. Al Gore tried the first one for decades. He had all the right data, but it took him to dress it in a story to get…
  • CHOOSE Forum 2014

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

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

    Lesley Barringer
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The focus of December’s Prezi Template is all about comparison. This template design allows you to organise your content and story into two areas, compare and contrast them, and help you make your points in a clear and memorable way. As you move through your presentation, you are able to track back and re-visit areas needing extra clarification or emphasis. The Justification of a Decision Speech Structure would also fit well with the comparison style of  this template. The top and bottom sections (grey here), are great for an Introduction and Conclusion; the two large circles for…
  • 3 things presenters can learn from Julien Blanc

    Jim Harvey
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:11 am
    In my previous post I drew attention to a troubled twerp called Julien Blanc. He’s the guy who’s a self-called ‘pick-up artist’ who for years has been selling his services as a speaker, all across the world, to men who want to learn how to become a PUA themselves.  He’s in a whole heap of trouble after a woman (Jenn Li) objected to his methods, his language and his appallingly sexist and racist video clips that could then be found all over the web. She did more than just object, she set up a global, online petition to have him stopped. I asked what we could learn from him as…
  • What can presenters learn from Julien Blanc?

    Jim Harvey
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    He’s the guy who’s a self-called ‘pick-up artist’.  Selling his services as a speaker, all across the world, to men who want to learn how to become a PUA themselves.  He’s in a whole heap of trouble after a woman (Jenn Li) objected to his methods, his language and his appallingly sexist and racist video clips that could then be found all over the web. She did more than just object, she set up a global, online petition to have him stopped. She’s been pretty successful too.  He’s been hounded out of Australia and stopped from earning money.  Quite…
  • Free Prezi Template – November

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

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

  • Amazing Discounts on these Great Books

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:59 am
    OK, so I’ve got something to confess. I’m gunning for the #1 author spot on Amazon’s Business & Investing category – and my strategy is very simple – to run massive discounts on most of my books. Great news is, YOU get to benefit from these massive discounts. All the following books are available for only $0.99 but the offer expires on December 7! If you’ve ever wanted to pick up one of these books, NOW is the best time to do so: Public Speaking: The Complete Bundle US: http://bit.ly/PublicSpeakingUS UK: http://bit.ly/PublicSpeakingUK Magnetic Public…
  • Here’s how Steve Jobs would Sell a Pen

    admin
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
    This post originally appeared on Quora, as an answer to the question, “If Steve Jobs was handed a pen and asked “Sell me this pen,” how would he go about it?” The purpose behind any product is to bring positive emotions to its user.  We can break down the main positive feelings a pen brings: 1. Ego – The power to create something new and unique that expresses a someone’s individuality.   Something that says you’re not just another human being living out an average, forgettable life. 2. Storage – Creating a more stable storage of ideas that…
  • 24 TIME MANAGEMENT Habits to Develop for Increased Productivity

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

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

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

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

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

    Peter
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    by Peter Paskale Powerful speeches contain powerful content. For that content to shine though, it must be mounted into a powerful structure. Barack Obama’s speech today at the UN General Assembly contained both. Much analysis will be given over to the content of that speech, so let’s take a moment to examine the structure. Let’s understand what was powering away beneath the hood. Here are seven of the hidden mysteries that allowed Barack Obama to deliver a barn-stormer. Paired opposites for tension It was the number one rhetorical technique within the president’s UN speech, and we saw…
  • Obama speech underplays strikes in Syria

    Peter
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
      by Peter Paskale It wasn’t a speech. It wasn’t even an address. It was a book report. Speaking today on the White House lawn as Marine One spooled up it’s engines behind him, President Obama tripped-up the media. What was billed as a ten minute speech on last night’s Syria actions against ISIL,  was delivered in just 3 minutes 11 seconds. Obama was already striding back to the White House door before TV news crews even realised that the speech was over. What happened? For a President whose foreign policy credentials are so often doubted, you would think that he might have…
  • Spice speech

    Peter
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    Peter: Over the years, I’ve killed my throat. Or toughened it up – it all depends on your perspective. You see the thing is – I love spice. Whether it’s black pepper, cayenne pepper, or chilli pepper, I’ll incorporate it into recipes in some of the most surprising, and occasionally inappropriate ways. Just ask anybody that I’ve ever made hot chocolate for. Over the years though, my taste buds have toughened up to the constant flow of tobasco. It now takes fairly incredible amounts for it to register on me. I’ve developed a tolerance. In a similar way,…
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  • 10 Interesting Topics of Conversation for Every Occasion

    admin
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    In this short slide show you’ll discover 10 interesting topics of conversation for every situation you find yourself in. Start using these great tips today and you’ll have more success and much more fun meeting new people. 10 Interesting Topics of Conversation for Every Occasion from Peter W. Murphy
  • The Love and Connection Daily Practice

    admin
    16 Oct 2013 | 2:41 am
    For a long time I’ve been fascinated by people who effortlessly mix with new people, make great conversation and still manage to relax and enjoy the moment. If only we could all do this! Well, the good news is that we can be better, much better at connecting with people, we can be more comfortable expressing ourselves and we can make a great impression on other people once we become more accepting of ourselves and others. It all comes down to taking charge of how you feel and think when you are socializing. If you feel happy, relaxed and positive then it’s much easier to talk freely and…
  • How To Say No Without Losing Friends

    admin
    9 Aug 2013 | 6:22 am
    I called around to my friend Alison’s house. She looked stressed out and she was rushing around the house looking for something even as her phone buzzed a series of new text messages. She grabbed the phone, let out a deep sigh and frantically texted back. It was a typical day at Alison’s place, I could guess how her day had started. Around 6 a.m. she woke up after too little sleep and did some work on her computer. Then, she dashed through the morning rush of breakfast, school run and traffic back home to start work from her home office. Only she is constantly interrupted. Her…
  • Is Life Friendly?

    admin
    1 Aug 2013 | 6:06 am
    It was a hot summer in Hyannis, Cape Cod. The beaches were packed, cars drove by with air conditioned vacationers trying to find somewhere to park and the only place to cool off on a scorching August afternoon was Cape Cod Mall. I always liked that time of year, even though town was packed, the locals were happy to rake in the money while the sun shined and the tourists were tanned and relaxed. It was also a good time to meet people with all the summer parties and outdoor activities that filled the lazy weeks and sunny weekends. But I had mixed feelings about meeting new people. Would people…
  • What Angelina Jolie Can Teach You About Vulnerability and Friendship

    admin
    30 Jul 2013 | 6:29 am
    When Angelina Jolie announced to the world that she’d had a double mastectomy there was almost universal praise for her bravery and honesty in sharing her feelings. She explained how she feared she would die of breast cancer as her mother had and she wanted to make sure that would never happen and deprive her children of their mom. The honesty and vulnerability Angelina displayed are very attractive qualities because they show people we are like them, it shows everyone we have fears, worries and self doubt just like everyone else, only we are one of those with the courage to admit it.
 
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  • The Power of Niche Speaking Revealed – Podcast 31

    Eamonn O'Brien
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:53 am
    Where event organisers come across your name when looking for a speaker, what views are they likely to form about what you could speak about? Are you a gun for hire, regardless of the fight, or have you embraced the notion of niche speaking?Truth be told, it’s hard to be all things to all people when promoting a product of any nature……So, why would speaking be any different?It’s not.Chances are, if you position yourself as a ‘Jack of all trades ‘speaker, you’ll be perceived as a master of none.In today’s guest interview, you’ll find a fascinating discussion with keynote…
  • 7 Easy Time Management Tips for Speakers – Podcast 30

    Eamonn O'Brien
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    How often have you found yourself struggling with the odd time management issue or two when asked to craft a talk?With the best will in the world, it can be tough to find the substantial amount of time and effort it takes to write, hone, and polish a great talk. After all, most everyone is pressed for time these days.Plus, when you do finally ‘get to it’, isn’t it interesting how challenging it can be to focus on the jobs at hand without suffering time leaks? And isn’t that frustrating?If this is ringing any bells for you, you’ll likely enjoy today’s expert interview with business…
  • How to Become a Renowned Keynote Speaker: Patricia Fripp Speaks – Podcast 29

    Eamonn O'Brien
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to ‘make a name for yourself as an international keynote speaker’ and to ‘grow your visibility and popularity as an expert speaker’, while avoiding pitfalls that could impede your progress……You’re in luck.In today’s expert interview, Hall of Fame keynote speaker, former President of the National Speakers Association, and executive communications coach Patricia Fripp graciously chatted with me at a recent night out with the Professional Speaking Association of Ireland about what it takes to become a truly stellar speaker.How to Become an…
  • Spark More Conversations to Become a Better Speaker – Podcast 28

    Eamonn O'Brien
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    You take to the podium and start to speak. Your audience appears to be paying rapt attention to the pearls of wisdom you share and to hear every word you say.How would this make you feel – happy, relaxed, maybe even a bit more confident?Might thoughts of “Result!” or “This is going well” cross your mind?Positive as this situation may be, here’s a caution you should probably consider:While many people can and will learn from passive, one-way communication……More will walk away less informed and convinced than they could be where they don’t feel truly ‘involved’…
  • Why Speakers Need to Think Beyond Starting Conversations – Podcast 27

    Eamonn O'Brien
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    So, your speech is over, applause has subsided, and it’s time for you to sit down. Assuming you’ve started a conversation, what happens next? If your words have struck a chord, heads will have nodded, hearts and minds will have been won, and your audience will be minded to take action when they leave the room.Great. But, that’s commonly not enough.Without follow up, there’s a good chance that notions many of your audience members mean to adopt will be derailed. Other priorities, distractions, and/or life can get in the way. And the upshot?Well, you know that old expression…
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  • Unfriendly Skies fl#UA1011 on 12.14.14 Please share and retweet

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    a rude and abusive flight attendant on flight UA1011 out of Houston this very day, December 14, 2014. Though this incident didn't involve me and has no real impact on my life (Did I mention, I'm on vacation?) I think UA's executives should know about this kind of bad behavior on the part of their flight attendants.
  • To Dream Of A Better, Not Bitter, World

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

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

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

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

  • The Proper Care and Feeding of Speakers

    Michelle Mazur
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:14 pm
    *GROOOOAAAAAN* It’s the noise that I make while trying to get up off the floor after watering the Christmas tree. “So that’s a new development” says my brain. In my heart, I know why I’m struggling to get off the darn floor (and now dread giving water to our beautiful Christmas tree), I haven’t been taking care of myself. I’ve been running my business full-time for 7-months after doing it as a side hustle for 2-years. Months of glorious hustle, client triumphs, and creating more than I consume. My self-care routine flew out the window. How are you taking care of yourself? I…
  • Want to Improve Your Public Speaking? Read These 3 Books

    Michelle Mazur
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:21 pm
    I’m a nerdy girl when I’m not busy being a rebel. I love (more than I love Duran Duran or my Fluevogs) to read. Fun fact: As a kid, I taught myself to read – the curse of an only child! On any given night, you’ll find my nose planted in a book or my eyes locked tight with my Kindle. Want to improve your public speaking? Here are 3 books that have nothing to do with public speaking, but will make you a better speaker. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer Putting it all out there – your heart, your soul, your message – is terrifying. Speaking forces us to do just this.
  • What are Your Speaking Goals for 2015?

    Michelle Mazur
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    As 2015 planning ratchets up into high gear, I hear the battle cry of “I want to be speaking more” echoing through my small spot in this world. As I planned my 2015 in the haze of a post-turkey fest, speaking more was on my goals list too. But for me I needed to go deeper on this goal and discover the why and how of how I was going to make this happen. Procrastination and speaking go together like gravy on mashed potatoes. Unless you’ve got a presentation coming up, there’s no need to work on public speaking. Given the choice to work on moving your speaking goals forward or…
  • How to Write a Speech for the Tweets

    Michelle Mazur
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    Is your speech good enough to tweet? Or is it easy to tweet? I didn’t think being the social media chair for a conference would be hard work. Go to a conference (on comedy, humor, and improv…fun) and live tweet. Take some pictures with my new sparkly iPhone. Post speaker quotes. Easy peasy. What a cool way to go through a conference looking for the best takeaways from each speaker. Laugh and tweet. Let’s rock n’ roll. I was wrong – oh-so wrong. I spent most of the weekend rewriting what was said on stage, so that I could make it tweetable. It was mentally exhausting.
  • Gone in 9 Seconds: Is Your Presentation Losing Your Audience?

    Michelle Mazur
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    You only have 9 seconds to capture your audience’s attention. Is your jaw on the floor? Are you thinking “Michelle’s nuts where is she getting this information?” In Sally Hogshead’s new book “How the World Sees You“, I was astounded to learn that you have 9 seconds to fascinate your audience. Are you wasting the most precious real estate in your presentation by doing any of the following? And if you are, don’t worry you’re not alone. You’ll also find out the simple tip to start your presentation in the most engaging way as…
 
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    Speak Up For Success

  • 20 Public Speaking Goals You Can Accomplish in an Hour with Jezra, on the Phone or In Person

    Jezra
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
    I recently learned that a long-standing, highly valued client didn’t know I could help her with other public speaking goals besides preparing and delivering a speech at a conference. That was a shock, but it probably shouldn’t have been. We’re all experts in our own areas, and things that are obvious to us (if you can bake an eclair, you can probably bake a soufflé) are often opaque to others. So here, for my client’s benefit and yours, is a list of public speaking goals that I can help you accomplish in just one hour: Practice for a job interview Brush up…
  • Public Speaking Tip 62: Talk About Inconsequential Things When You Make Small Talk

    Jezra
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:21 pm
    With the holidays coming up, most of us are facing the need to make small talk at a business party or family event. I’ve written recently about the value of talking about inconsequential things when you practice Instant Speeches or when you speak up in meetings, and that same value attaches to small talk. Hopefully, this will make participating in it easier and less daunting. And yes, I know that some of you already find small talk easy and non-daunting, but the rest of us can use all the help we can get! Why It’s Important to Say Inconsequential (Small!) Things When You…
  • Public Speaking Tip 61: How to Speak Up More in Meetings, Even If You Say Inconsequential Things

    Jezra
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
    In Public Speaking Tip 60, I extolled the practice of making Instant Speeches about silly or mundane things to improve your public speaking skills. And while we’re on that subject, here’s another way that you can benefit from letting yourself say things that aren’t brilliant, essential, original, or erudite: You’re an Introvert, or Have Nothing Important to Say in a Meeting? Speak Up Anyway! As an introvert, I totally understand the impulse to keep quiet when you have nothing “important” to say. And I’m not suggesting that you say stupid,…
  • Five Great Public Speaking Books to Help You Rock the Podium in 2015

    Jezra
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Want to supercharge your career, build your business, or develop and delight a following? These public speaking books will show you how. They’re written by acclaimed public speaking coaches, and it shows; experience and wisdom flow through each one. Choose your favorite, or buy all five and get ready to rock the podium in 2015. 1. Speak Like Yourself… No, Really! Follow Your Strengths and Skills to Great Public Speaking, by Jezra Kaye Yes, this is my book. Written for a general, as well as a business audience, Speak Like Yourself… No, Really! is a complete workbook on public…
  • Public Speaking Tip 60: When You Practice Public Speaking, Say Inconsequential Things

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

  • A Treasure of Presentation Wisdom . . .

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Stanley K. RidgleyYou have arrived at the most important website on the internet . . . . . . on delivering the especially powerful business presentation in business school. In fact, it’s the only site in the world in English devoted exclusively to business school presenting . . . and that’s out of almost 1 billion sites. One billion? […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Especially Powerful Break in Spain!

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyEven the most dedicated of business presenters must refresh occasionally, and so I do . . . in Spain. On the lookout here for the occasional tidbit to pass along.  Until such time . . . . . . Vaya con Dios!Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Bad Presenting . . . the Business Ritual of Pain

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyIs there some law, somewhere, that dictates that business presentations must constitute a painful business ritual? Boring. Barren. Bereft of Excellence. Given the number of long, dull, pedantic, repetitious, confusing – bad – presentations I see both inside and outside of the business school, I suspect there must be. This dullness seeps into the consciousness.  It numbs us, […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Especially Powerful Self-Talk

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:19 am
    Stanley K. RidgleySelf-defeating behaviors come in many forms, but negative self-talk is one of the chief culprits. This is especially prevalent in our business presentations.  We sabotage our own presentations more often than we imagine. We tell ourselves repeatedly that we’ll fail.  We envision humiliation, embarrassment, and complete meltdown. Negative self-talk begins with the most ubiquitous cliche […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Especially Powerful Voice

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyNot many of us readily accept suggestions on how to improve ourselves, particularly when it comes to highly personal aspects of our very being that impact our presentations. For instance . . . Your voice. There’s nothing sacrosanct or “natural” about your speaking voice.  Your voice is the product of many years of development from numerous […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
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  • Technology Review: Powtoon

    Amy Singh
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:02 am
    In the last few years, the number of websites that allow the user to create narrated slides that can be exported and shared on multiple devices have increased dramatically. However, these websites all share a common goal – to get users to switch over from using PowerPoint. But can they actually serve as an alternative or are they getting ahead of themselves? I decided to answer my own question by testing out one of the sites, pitting it against our beloved PowerPoint. The site that I decided to experiment with is called Powtoon, which is a platform in which you can create animated…
  • PowerPoint Christmas Cards 2014

    Karl Parry
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:20 am
    Why not share that festive feeling with one of our free PowerPoint Christmas Cards. Download, edit and share your favourite from our seasonal selection! Don’t forget to check out our greetings cards from previous years, available via the links below: 2012 Christmas Cards 2013 Christmas Cards 
  • Presentability

    Kieran Chadha
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:23 am
    Just how easy to present are those incredible slides? Here are a few tips to make your presentations more … presentable. Visual, animated presentations are the greatest thing since sliced bread. But just as I’m sure people went over-the-top with their sandwiches once sliced bread was invented, so too do people tend to go overboard with their visual presentations. While whizz-bangs, sparkles and visual delights are great, spare a thought for the poor soul who has to present the deck, and even more so, for the unfortunate souls that have to sit through it. I’d like to make the case for a…
  • How to Test Effectively by Asking the Right Questions

    Hannah Brownlow
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:02 am
    Online learning is fast becoming the go-to method for delivering courses, and testing is becoming a key part of making sure that your participants take away the right information. The trouble is that getting someone to answer a question might be good in the moment, but how do you write questions that will test participants so that they’ll retain the information longer than a Snapchat. Testing, testing, 1,2,3… I’m going to begin with a little rant about school. But before you skip down, there are some pretty important things I’m going to say about the nature (and theory) of testing.
  • Google Slides – Should Microsoft be Worried?

    Hannah Brownlow
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    Google have expanded their increasingly impressive suite of free programs to include Slides – their answer to PowerPoint. But is it any good? Are we about to see the death of PowerPoint? Let’s take a look at what Google Slides does, its party pieces, and where there is room for improvement… First Impressions It’s very clean. If you’ve used other programs in the Google suite, you’ll probably have noticed how simple and crisp the design is. The buttons are easy to find, the menus are easy to navigate, and, helpfully, all the shortcuts are listed in the main menus so that you don’t…
 
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    Pivotal Public Speaking

  • [Quotation about public speaking] Public speaking will have its place

    Bronwyn
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:35 pm
    “As long as there are human rights to be defended; as long as there are great interests to be guarded; as long as the welfare of nations is a matter for discussion so long will public speaking have it place.” ~ William Jennings Bryan In my current obsession with storytelling, I have discovered a Hopi [...]
  • In public speaking …. Is bigger really better?

    Bronwyn
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:32 pm
    It’s an age-old argument … that bigger is better. And without getting into too much anatomical detail or economic theory, sometimes it is. Does that mean more is better too? Well when it comes to speaking, the belief that more is better has been many a speaker’s downfall … including my own! For me, I [...]
  • Just for fun – Dressing for speaking success? For men only

    Bronwyn
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:29 am
    Cleaning out my inbox I discovered this graphic in an email from the beginning of last year. Do you live in the UK or US? Does this ring true? … and … does it matter? Your opinion in the comments may just mean the difference between success and failure for an international speaker!! This infographic [...]
  • Public speaking lessons from a quarry makeover

    Bronwyn
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:42 pm
    We are incredibly blessed to have an environmental park just 50 metres from our home. I am grateful to old George Swanston, our local Council representative more than twenty years ago, who fought to have it gazetted as such, and not given over to developers. We now have a backdrop of trees from our house [...]
  • [Quick Public Speaking Tip] You – Me – The Public Speaking Power in Creating “Us”

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

  • The Most Common Lie You Tell Yourself in Business

    Sharí
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí The Most Common Lie You Tell Yourself in Business The Most Common Lie You Tell Yourself in Business We are drowning in data. We are living in sensory overload. So, the first challenge for an influencer (or any person, for that matter) is to focus. To build the skill of ignoring the inconsequential and honing in on the valuable. Having observational focus in a [...] The post The Most Common Lie You Tell Yourself in Business appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • Why You Should Flip Your Speech Upside-Down

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

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

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

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

  • U-Quotable: How to find the ideal location for your expert quotes

    Anastasia
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    There is no such thing as an unquotable book. As an author, you have spent many days stringing words together, so it’s natural that you want to be memorable, sharable and remarkable. You want people to quote you, don’t you? After all, people quote other authors all the time! You see those quotes on social media. There are even websites that categorize and publish quotes. How do you make your words of wisdom shine in all their brilliance? We, here at Bookphoria, want to help you become more quotable by following the real estate mantra: location, location, location. To illustrate our point,…
  • Book Lover Gift Guide from Bookphoria

    Anastasia
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    “I don’t know what’s in the box, but I love it. Unopened gifts contain hope.” ~ Jarod Kintz As our neurons sparkle with the anticipation of the holidays, many of us appreciate some gift ideas around this time of the year. Got a book lover on your list or need to indulge your Inner Writer? Look no further than our Book Lover Gift Guide from Bookphoria. Get your Santa bag ready… 1. Flip a book! We love these fast flip books from Japanese company Mou Hitotsu no Kenkyujo. Dive deep into three dimensional space with their artful animation through cut-outs and negative space that create…
  • Bookphoria’s Magic Sanity Potion for the holidays

    Anastasia
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:56 pm
    If your holiday season is anything like ours, it is not just “gratitude journals,”  “Santas” and “truffles.” Putting on a couple of pounds,  frantically searching for presents, experiencing sudden nostalgia due to the lack of the vitamin D (not because of our Russian origin!), increased cravings for anything chocolate-covered are also a huge part of this season… How do we deal with all this mess? Here is our little secret – a special Bookphoria’s Sanity Drink that was created by combining both of our favorite recipes together, resulting in this majestic elixir of…
  • 5 ways to generate compelling visuals for your content marketing and presentations

    Anastasia
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words… well, maybe not a thousand, but 1.5 words at least. We do remember pictures better than we remember words. Studies by Paul W. Foos and Paula Goolkasian shed light on the difference between memory for pictures and words. They found that pictures were correctly recalled about 1.5 times as often as printed words. Researchers at the University of Iowa James Bigelow and Amy Poremba have found that when it comes to memory, we don’t remember things we hear nearly as well as things we see or touch. Since visuals win the memory…
  • Explainers: Thumbs up or thumbs down?

    Anastasia
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    Whether you are trying to assemble a new kitchen table or learn a new program, you have to deal with instructions. Reading instructions is rarely fun. They are often boring, confusing and full of jargon. We’d rather jump in and tinker with things to figure out how they work. That is why our Bookporia team favors an interactive, audience-driven approach to explainers. In recent years, short explainer videos have become popular in business to introduce and explain the functions and benefits of various products and services and educate consumers. These videos are definitely more engaging than…
 
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    PresentationLoad Blog

  • Visualize Ideas and Projects in Mind Maps

    Birthe Klementowski
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:56 am
    Have you been in those kind of situations when a thousand thoughts run through your head but you do not know how to structure them or explain them comprehensively? After some time, all great ideas fate and the resentment grows. You cannot remember what it was that was striking your mind. For cases like these, there is a helpful tool to collect ideas and to illustrate them: mind maps.   The Map of Thoughts Mind mapping was invented by the psychologist Tony Buzan during the 1970s as an auxiliary to put thoughts and ideas vividly on paper. The principle is pretty simple: put your topic in…
  • Visualize Ideas and Projects in Mind Maps

    Stephanie John
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:47 am
    Have you been in those kind of situations when a thousand thoughts run through your head but you do not know how to structure them or explain them comprehensively? After some time, all great ideas fate and the resentment grows. You cannot remember what it was that was striking your mind. For cases like these, there is a helpful tool to collect ideas and to illustrate them: mind maps.   The Map of Thoughts Mind mapping was invented by the psychologist Tony Buzan during the 1970s as an auxiliary to put thoughts and ideas vividly on paper. The principle is pretty simple: put your topic in…
  • Download Free Christmas PowerPoint Templates

    Birthe Klementowski
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:18 am
    It’s Christmas time and PresentationLoad offers you a large selection of free downloadable Christmas motives to create beautiful PowerPoint presentations and greeting cards. It’s Christmas time! To celebrate the holiday season with your friends and family we have a seasonal special for you. PresentationLoad offers you a large selection of free Christmas PowerPoint templates. With these high-quality animated slides you can send wonderful postcards or create outstanding presentations that will definitely share some Christmas feeling. Just click on the link below to download these…
  • Develop Software Products with Scrum

    Stephanie John
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:10 am
    The so-called Scrum means an agile software development process and makes any product development efficient as well as challenging. Continue reading to learn more about the different stages and complexities you may face when applying the Scrum. Scrum was developed during the 90s by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland on the basis of Ikujiro Nonaka’s and Hirotaka Takeuchi’s “New New Product Development Game.” Scrum is a tool to develop and accomplish complex ideas and exercises so that the value of the product reaches it maximum worth. This also includes Scrim sprints: one team works…
  • Upgrade Your Presentation with Flat Design Graphics

    Birthe Klementowski
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:29 am
    Flat design is currently very trendy: With its clean style, incorporating minimalistic shapes and powerful colors, flat design offers attractive design options especially for PowerPoint presentations. As we have developed a passion for this style we have created PowerPoint templates on various business topics for you. In 2012 Microsoft has introduced flat design graphics with the graphical user interface Windows 8: Minimalistic design got fashionable. Since then flat design is used as software UI but also to illustrate articles in print and online magazines. Flat design is also popular for…
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  • Starting with a clean slate

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

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

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

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

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

    Taylor Croonquist
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    When people see our slides, they often ask us: “What is all that stuff there on the left side of your slides and how do I get them on mine?” “All that stuff” is what we have dubbed the “Formatting Guides” and we consider adding them to your slides a best practice in PowerPoint, which is why […]
  • How To Manage Thousands Of PowerPoint Slides Across Your Organization

    Taylor Croonquist
    28 Nov 2014 | 11:11 am
    If you've been around the block a few times, then you know that managing all of your PowerPoint presentations is one of the biggest challenges you'll face. So the question is, what’s the best way to do it? Well, chances are that you are current currently using some system of file folders, a file naming convention, and your emails (as a backup)...and that's all fine and dandy but how do you do that across an entire organization with thousands (or tens of thousands) of slides?
  • PowerPoint For iPad – How To Pick Up And Apply A Custom Color

    Nuts & Bolts
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Inconsistent formatting is one of the classic mistakes that makes PowerPoint presentations look unprofessional and sloppy. And the problem in PowerPoint on your iPad, is that you're very limited in what colors you can use because you can't create custom/precise colors (i.e. RBG, hex...). But there's a simple yet awesome work around! So here's how to apply custom colors in PowerPoint on your iPad.
  • How To Protect Your PowerPoint Presentation By Turning Everything Into Pictures

    Nuts & Bolts
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Sometimes a PDF just isn't good enough when you want to protect your PowerPoint presentation. Maybe your client insists that you send your presentation as a PowerPoint file so that they can go through it slide by slide in Presentation Mode on their computer. How do you do this while making sure that the content of your presentation isn't easily edited or copy/pasted?
  • How To Use Objects As Triggers For Appear And Disappear Animations In PowerPoint

    Taylor Croonquist
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you’ve ever seen a presenter make things appear and disappear onscreen during a presentation and wondered how they pulled it off….the answer is hooking up appear and disappear animations to trigger objects. And this is the exact same trick we used in Pop-Up Text Effect post…everyone asked how we did it, so here it is! Using […]
 
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  • Difference Between Conventions Conferences and Workshops

    Shane Purnell
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    What’s the difference between conventions conferences and workshops ? Not much, but depending on how the event is advertised, you can get a good idea of what to expect. Keep in mind that this post only discusses three types of events. There are actually several more. To talk about them all would require a post of 2000 words or more. For today, we’ll just stick with these three. Conventions When most people think of conventions they think of large events, men in funny hats and stories of wild parties; but these are just  stereotypes of a convention. The definition is much more…
  • Rob Walch Interview on The Platform Giant Show

    Shane Purnell
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:15 am
    Photo of Rob Walch from PodcastMovment.com Click to find out More About Rob Walch Rob Walch is a legend in Podcasting. He just celebrated the 10 Anniversary of Podcast 411, his podcast about podcasting and podcasters. He also hosts the wildly successful podcast Today in IOS. He’s a podcaster, an author and he’s the Vice-President of Podcaster relations a Libsyn, the largest podcast hosting company on internet. Today, he’s my guest on the Platform Giant Show. Press Play to listen to the podcast.   Download the Podcast   Platform Giant Show Notes Our conversation…
  • You’re Going to Fall Down When Building a Personal Brand

    Shane Purnell
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:36 am
    You’re Going to Fall Down When Building a Personal Brand When my daughter was  six years old she wanted to roller skate with the big kids across the street, but she had a problem. She didn’t know how to skate and the kids told her she could only play wit them if she knew how. That was the situation at 9AM. Over the next three hours I watched her skate, fall, get up and repeat. This process took place about every 15 seconds for about and hour. She would skate. She would fall. She would get back up. She kept at until I made her come in  for a lunch break at noon, then she was out…
  • About Pages, That’s What It’s All About | Podcast 003

    Shane Purnell
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    All About About Pages Episode 003 of the Platform Giant Show: Show Notes The 411 on an upcoming show: The first Platform Giant Show interview with a Podcasting Legend About About Pages The link to my About Pages Talk at WordCampKC  http://wordpress.tv/2014/08/21/shane-purnell-telling-your-story-with-about-pages-and-author-bios/ The About Page is one of the most trafficked pages on your website Your social media profiles have an About sections. Your website should too. There are no RULES on how to do an About Page but there are guidelines you should follow. About Pages are not “Set it and…
  • How to Start Building Authority When You Have None

    Shane Purnell
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:49 am
    Freddie RoachCC BY-SA 3.0 Frederick Manligas Nacino (Opusdeiphotography) Meet Freddie Roach, Authority on Training Great Fighters If you’re not a boxing fan you’ve probably never heard of Freddie Roach. If you are, you likely know him as one of the greatest boxing trainers of the modern era, having trained such fighters as Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya. He’s won The Boxing Writers’ Association of America’s Trainer of the Year six times. He’s been inducted into the Nevada, California and World Boxing Hall of Fames and  he’s…
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  • Why I love tech presentations, but hate these 5 mistakes

    matteoc
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    After 10 years or so as a techie, I held two self evident truths: that I was smart enough to go to the office dressed as I wished and that stuff like sales, marketing and presentations were for other people. Fast forward a few years. Some marketing roles, many public talks and a presentation training product later, I can tell you… I was wrong about the second part. Today the way I describe my job is mostly with the word Marketing. But 15 years ago I didn’t use the M word a lot. I was a web developer and technology project manager and I was used to taking someone else’s…
  • How to create a great webinar or a presentation for a video

    matteoc
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:38 am
    I love giving presentations! Being in front of your audience, seeing how they transform during the presentation, and answering their questions are just some of the things that make presenting so exciting and enjoyable. Do you want know what I love a little bit less? Giving presentations in a vacuum. Sometimes you need to hold an online webinar. I am often creating videos for my course and YouTube. In all these cases I am missing a key element of a presentation: contact with the audience. Creating a webinar or a video is not so far away from creating a presentation for a live audience, but…
  • How to end a presentation: your final impression should be as good as your first

    matteoc
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you have been following my last posts, you know that for the last weeks I’ve been writing about the best ways to start a presentation. I’ve provided you with valuable tips and information to create your first and second slide. This time I want to go to the other end of your presentation to deal with something as scary as the beginning of a presentation: the last slide of your deck. Sometimes you wish every slide would be the last As an audience member I’ve sat through many presentations where I wished that every slide would be the last. If you’re using Presentation…
  • Top 20 Presentation and Public Speaking Blogs (2014 edition)

    matteoc
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    I’m a bit of a blog junkie and my RSS reader is always overflowing with new stuff to read. When it comes to presenting and public speaking there are hundreds of blogs. Among those I have selected the top 20 that you shouldn’t miss. Well, naturally that’s just my opinion. And I look forward to hearing yours. Let’s begin! 1. Presentation Zen There was a time when there was nothing, then came Edward Tufte, and after that Garr Reynolds. What started as a blog became a series of books and a business. Presentation Zen is an indispensable resource for anyone who is serious…
  • Beginning a presentation: how to create a gorgeous second slide

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

    15 Dec 2014 | 1:01 am
      Charisma It's one of those words you don't really hear too often these days, it's a bit like hearing someone say 'oh gosh' or ‘crikey’. It's a shame though because it's one of those things that if you have it can make a massive difference to the impact you have when you speak and present to an audience. To talk about 'charisma' feels a bit nebulous. In fact, I'm not certain many people know what it means exactly but strangely it's one of those things that you know when you see it. Sadly, it doesn't matter how much money you have it's just not something you can buy or learn…
  • Presenters –7 things your audience won’t forgive you for

    14 Dec 2014 | 4:14 am
      “Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.” Confucius      1. That’s the first thing you won’t be forgiven for; lack of preparation. It’s always abundantly clear whether a presenter has done his homework and made the effort to learn as much as possible as they can about their audience in advance.  Who they really are, what they care about, what keeps them awake at night, how much they already know and what they really need. It really doesn’t matter whether you…
  • What type of public speaker or presenter are you really?

    8 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    A key part of what it takes to be a great leader and speaker is having a high level of self- awareness. Some people call this ‘Emotional Intelligence’ or ‘EI’ and the management and psychology books describe it as, ‘the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions’. This works for many but I believe that life can be complex enough so I prefer to simply call it self-awareness. To me this means having the ability to understand who we are and what makes us tick from the inside out. It means we have a pretty good insight and understanding into our…
  • Children should be heard as well as seen – Public Speaking in Schools

    6 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
      I make it my business as part of my personal and professional development to attend business conferences as often as I can for the following reasons: To get updated information that can help me and my business To learn from recognised experts in their field To meet other like-minded individuals and companies To exchange ideas, experiences and practices To broaden my perspective To stimulate new ideas To interact and network with other companies Each time I attend a conference I’m amazed when it comes to the Q&A at the end just how few questions there always are and that…
  • How to really tell a story – and bring your presentation to life!

    5 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    On July 10, 2010, at the age of 60 Diana Nyad began open water training for a 60-hour, 103-mile (166 km) swim from Cuba to Florida, a task she had failed to finish thirty years previously. She entered the water again at Havana on August 7, 2011 and after 29 hours in the water strong currents and winds that pushed her miles off course caused her to abandon her dream for the second time. In October 2011, Diana tells TED Talks about the adventure and how she swam with some of the most dangerous jellyfish in the world. She has a story to tell that most of us will probably never get even close to…
 
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