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  • How to connect a Laptop to a Projector while being really really ridiculously good looking

    La Fabbrica della Realtà
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    I had so much fun preparing this little video and I’m so enthusiastic to share it with you. What you see here is the demonstration that a boring topic, doesn’t need to make a boring presentation. I give you “How to connect a Laptop to a Projector while being really really ridiculously good looking”. How good looking? You’ll learn in a few seconds. Did you enjoy the video? Then you should make sure to download the shortcuts cheat sheet and keep it for the next time you need to connect your laptop to a projector. Transcript In this video we’re going to talk…
  • Guest Posting: 18 Tips for Mastering Public Speaking, by Kyle Ingham

    Professionally Speaking
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Kyle Ingham is the founder of The Distilled Man, a website that helps men learn essential “gentlemanly” skills. Like knowing how to cook a perfect steak. How to mix a cocktail. Or how to give a toast. The Distilled Man is dedicated to giving guys a second chance to discover these lost “gentlemanly” arts. Click […]
  • Useful Books for Speakers

    Public Words
    Nick Morgan
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Once again the pile of books that people have sent me has grown dangerously high, so here are a half-dozen quick takes to reduce the size of the pile and let you in on some interesting new reads. 1. The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways to Use Social Media to Drive Social Change, […]
  • Audience Instructions: Better Audience = Better Speaker!

    NO SWEAT Public Speaking!
    Fred E. Miller
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:53 am
    o Better Audience = Better Speaker  Audience Instructions: Better Audience = Better Speaker! Arrival Be at the venue well ahead of time. Find your seat and sit down. Arriving late is disruptive to the speaker and audience. For a Successful Presentation. There are specific things the Speaker must do. There are specific things the Audience should do. Meeting the Speaker before the Event. Makes a connection that helps them perform better and increase your take-away. Sit so your Whole Body faces the Speaker. Don’t sit with Arms Crossed. This closes you off to new ideas and the…
  • Alliteration Alert: It’s election time!

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

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

    Eric Albertson
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Bob and Finn from Duarte.com/edy traveled to San Diego to get the inside scoop on story, heroes and Batman’s kilt. They met lots of fun people, hijacked a Sesame Street panel, and even made it onto the local news! Visit http://www.duarte.com/edy to follow Bob and Finn and their puppet friends, or follow them on Twitter @BobandFinn (they might just follow you back).
  • Make Stories More Moving With Myth

    Patti Sanchez
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Everyone’s a storyteller these days. From political candidates to pop singers, communicators of all kinds are embracing storytelling techniques to connect with audiences and convey their ideas in a more memorable and engaging way. Yet long before it was trending on Twitter, storytelling was hot in Hollywood, where the art of crafting compelling narratives was perfected by screenwriters. To learn what makes great stories work, I sat down to talk with Christopher Vogler, a veteran story analyst who counsels creators like Darren Aronofsky, Helen Hunt, Will Smith, and Jim Henson’s Creature…
  • Duarte.com/edy Episode 7: Color Theory

    Eric Albertson
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Colors evoke emotions, so while talking about color theory can seem complex (there are certainly many ways to organize, classify and coordinate colors), in reality, it really just comes down to how we react to what we see.  So don’t be afraid of investigating color theory. The answers are probably more straightforward than you might think. Also, Duarte.com/edy’s Bob and Finn will be appearing at San Diego Comic-Con, July 23-27.  They’ll be in line, in panels, and on the showroom floor asking questions to find out what makes a great story (and what better place to do…
  • Strengthen and Sustain Culture with Storytelling

    Nancy Duarte
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:51 pm
    When a new hire joins your company, what do they take away from their first impression of your organization? In most process-driven companies, the first impression is usually a twelve-inch binder full of procedures, checklists, and forms that tell employees exactly what to do, and what not to do. In product-driven companies, new hires might get a sample of your company’s flagship offering — a shiny laptop, a sporty bike, a sweet box of chocolates — along with that twelve-inch binder. If your company’s product isn’t tangible, that binder might come with a pile of collateral on the…
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    Speak Schmeak

  • So many great learning opportunities -- Join me!

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    I've got several super cool projects going on this month and next, and I want to make sure you don't miss out!1. Bloom Your Online Relationships 30-Day ChallengeWe are slightly more than halfway through, but you can join at any time, and you'll still have access to all the activities and the Facebook discussion group.This is a challenge to focus on building relationships rather than list-building, fan-building, follower-building, and much of the stuff we spend time on when we're building online businesses.The daily challenges are fun, thought-provoking, and creative, and I've found a few that…
  • Drowning your audience? Try these 3 lifesavers.

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:21 pm
    I'm currently participating in the Bloom Your Online Relationships Challenge, a 30-day free program to encourage relationship-building with our online communities, and today's challenge dovetails perfectly with a post I've been wanting to write. (P.S. My offering in the BYOR challenge comes up on September 15, so make sure to sign up so you can get my tip!)Today's challenge is about "being incomplete," leaving out details so others can participate and fill in the gaps.And recently, I've had conversations with a couple of speakers who have a really hard time with this.The conversation usually…
  • How many goofs are in your presentation?

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    I met with a client recently who will be speaking at a prestigious conference in his industry. When we started working together, I discovered that we have a similar approach to audience engagement.He likes to make sure he has incorporated a couple of moments of humor into his presentations to shake up the audience and get them re-focused. He calls them "wake up" moments, or "goofs."As he shared each "goof" with me, I couldn't help thinking how so many speakers are obsessed with "professionalism" or being "taken seriously." At the expense of audience engagement, I might add.My client wants to…
  • How can I help?

    13 Aug 2014 | 10:38 pm
    I had a different post planned for today, but then Robin Williams died, and I felt that I had something more important to share. So please forgive my diversion, and I hope you'll understand.Everyone says "Ask for help." I shared my feelings about that yesterday. Here's what I posted on Facebook:"It's not just about asking for help. Lots of people get help. Maybe their therapist isn't a good fit. Maybe they get tired of trying to find a good therapist. Maybe they go on meds but hate them and stop taking them. Maybe they even try different meds, but don't like the way they feel on the meds.
  • Apologies... and I'm back!

    7 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Wow, I can't believe I'm saying this, but I haven't written anything for Speak Schmeak in SIX WEEKS.So first, I owe my readers an apology. I know some of you have been loyal readers of this blog for years, and I hope I haven't let you down, but rather given you a nice vacation from reading about public speaking. :-)I hit a wall a while back, where I just didn't feel like writing. Maybe there were a couple of things behind it.1. Does anyone even care about what I write?2. Am I helping anyone with my writing?3. If I stopped writing, would it even matter?And I still don't know the answer to…
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    NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

  • Audience Instructions: Better Audience = Better Speaker!

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

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

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

    Fred E. Miller
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:04 am
    0 WHY Not? Survey after survey lists The Fear of Public Speaking at the top of the ‘Fear List’ most people have. Some say they would rather die than stand in front of an audience and deliver a speech. This is unfortunate because it holds many back from reaching their potential. Up to seventy-five percent of the population, to one degree, or another, has this dread. There’s even a word for it – Glossophobia. Glosso from the Greek, meaning tongue, and Phobus, fear. Important to note here, is glossophobia is a w-o-r-d, not a disease, and it can be lessened! It is a fear worth…
  • 7 Ways to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking

    Fred E. Miller
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    o These Work! 7 Ways to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking #1. NEVER tell the Audience! Telling the Audience you have a Fear of Public Speaking is Negative Self-Talk. It could become a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy! #2. Arrive Early Meet& Greet! It is Amazing how much easier it is to speak to an audience where you have introduced yourself to attendees before the event! #3. Find a Friendly Face! Look for a person listening and learning from your presentation. You will get energy from those folks! #4. Have a Spare Tire (Better: Several Spare Tires) Backup Slides on a thumb drive in PPT,…
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    PowerPoint and Presenting Blog

  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Compress Pictures

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:15 pm
    There is no doubt that a presentation with relevant pictures is more effective than just a plain text presentation. Although pictures enhance the look of your presentation, they can also phenomenally increase the size of your presentation file. PowerPoint 2013 and some previous versions are better in that respect compared to the much older versions because they do some compression even if you may not be aware -- yet there is an option to make the compression even more effective. Learn how to compress pictures in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: pictures, powerpoint_2013, tutorials
  • Prezi/Harris Interactive Survey: Conversation with Peter Arvai

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Peter Arvai loves technologies that enable world-changing stories to be shared. In 2008, he joined forces with Adam Somlai-Fischer and Péter Halácsy, an architect and an innovator, to create a more memorable and engaging way for people to share stories. Today, their creation is known as Prezi. Before co-founding Prezi, Peter was already active in the information-sharing realm. In Sweden, he founded omvard.se, a company that aggregates data on treatment outcomes for hospital patients. Soon after, he developed the world's first mobile newsreader so people could follow TED Talks from their…
  • Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Creating Custom Slide Shows

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Has it ever happened that you wanted to include just a few slides in your slide show rather than displaying the entire presentation? Then you need not delete the slides that need not be shown -- nor do you need to create a whole new presentation containing only the slides to be shown. All you need to do is to create a Custom Slide Show! So, what's a custom slide show? Think of your individual slides as songs within a playlist -- using the playlist analogy, your custom slide show is a playlist of those songs -- you just substitute songs for slides! Learn how to create custom slide shows in…
  • PowerPoint and Presenting News: September 30, 2014

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Within our better charts series, we look at how you can encourage yourself to practice often, or even hire a chart designer. We have an exclusive conversation with Irwin Hipsman of Brainshark, who discusses the amazing animated content slides that his company is giving away. We also bring you a new series of animated gears. PowerPoint 2013 users can learn about Pictures, Video and Charts. And finally, do not miss the new discussions and templates of this week! Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News. Categories: ezine, powerpoint
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Reset Pictures

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Once a picture is inserted within PowerPoint, any manipulations you make to that picture are strictly only on the surface. The appearance of the picture changes on the slide, but the unaltered picture is stored within your PowerPoint presentation. Essentially that's good because if you make many changes to a picture -- and then regret experimenting -- then you can just reset your picture rather than starting all over again! There's one caveat though -- the option to reset any picture back to its original form works only if you have not run any compression options for pictures within your…
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • How to Fool Penn & Teller

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    One of my favorite TV shows is Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us.” Each week, aspiring magicians perform their best trick, hoping to fool P&T. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with famed duo in their Las Vegas show. As an amateur magician, I see if I can figure out how each trick was don... The post How to Fool Penn & Teller appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Meander with Purpose

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    If you get Speaker Magazine, you will see my face on the cover, along with 4 other incredible speakers. Inside you will find my article on “Meandering with Purpose.” I reflect on my career as a professional speaker and assess what has helped – and what has hindered my success. Quit... The post Meander with Purpose appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Your Fragile Reputation

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    At one time, Paula Deen was the queen of food television. And then her reputation took a massive hit when she made racist remarks. Practically overnight, her entire empire crumbled and her show pulled from television. She recently bought the rights to all of her Food Network episodes and is launchin... The post Your Fragile Reputation appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Innovative Online Delivery Process

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Ordering a product online is often like a black box. You order. If you are lucky, you get an order confirmation with a tracking number. However you typically get very little visibility into the process. A more advanced order method is the one Dominos Pizza uses. You get to see where your pizza is in... The post Innovative Online Delivery Process appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Don’t Build Your Network, Nurture It

    6 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Over the years I have tried many methods for growing my business. I’ve hired internet marketing firms to implement direct marketing programs or improve my Search Engine Optimization (SEO). I’ve worked with PR firms who secured me key spots in national newspapers, magazines, and television. And I’ve ... The post Don’t Build Your Network, Nurture It appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
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    Max Atkinson's Blog

  • Mr Miliband's style of delivery gets into the headlines

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

    26 Aug 2014 | 3:51 am
    The Independent newspaper described Alex Salmond's performance in last night's leader's debate as 'energised' - which is surely bad news for Alistair Darling and the Labour Party.One of the big questions about the debate to me is why did David Cameron and the Tories allow an experienced former Labour cabinet minister lead the Better Together campaign - when the loss of Scotland, legally complicated though it would be, would mean that Labour might never again form the government of the residual UK. In fact, why are the Conseratives opposing Salmond & Co. at all, I wonder?Then there's the…
  • How to mark the 10th Anniversary of Lend Me Your Ears?

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

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

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Yet again, this week's Private Eye contains some brilliant cartoons, of which this is one of many very different topical themes - keep up the good work, chaps!
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    Professionally Speaking

  • Essential tools for visual communications

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

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

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Hall of Fame keynote speaker and executive speech coach Patricia Fripp spoke to the members of the NSA Northern California Chapter Speakers Academy on Saturday. Fripp is the founder of our Chapter and a leading authority in the world of professional speaking. Her entertaining and informative morning session touched on many aspects of her own […]
  • Guest Posting: 18 Tips for Mastering Public Speaking, by Kyle Ingham

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Kyle Ingham is the founder of The Distilled Man, a website that helps men learn essential “gentlemanly” skills. Like knowing how to cook a perfect steak. How to mix a cocktail. Or how to give a toast. The Distilled Man is dedicated to giving guys a second chance to discover these lost “gentlemanly” arts. Click […]
  • Storytelling and presenting explained

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Following my recent post about graphic recording videos I’ve been amazed at the variety of entertaining and instructional material that’s out there in this format. Analytical Storytelling This video from Harrison Metal summarizes Barbara Minto’s pyramid structure for a talk designed to convince an analytic audience. It shows why presenting your ideas organized as a […]
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    Idea Transplant

  • Join my presentation in SF

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:53 pm
    I will be running a number of workshops for biotech startups in the QB3 Accelerator of the University of California in San Francisco. The plenary presentation is open to the general public. I will be talking about pitching early stage business ideas to investors. The event takes place on Wednesday October 8, at 17:00, at Mission Hall, room 1400, UCSF Mission Bay (550 16th St., San Francisco). Admission is free. Details of the event are here, registration can be done here.
  • A PPM is not a sales presentation

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:51 am
    The PPM (private placement memorandum) is a big book that investment bankers prepare when they want to sell a company. It contains all the facts about the company, the legal fine print, disclaimers, and warnings about risks. Often, this PPM gets used without modification as the sales presentation (investor presentation) of the company. Unfortunately, your presentation design efforts starts with the PPM, rather than ends with it. Why is a PPM a poor sales document? It contains too many pages, it has a logical rather than a story structure, it is not targeted at a specific type of investor, it…
  • Test pitching

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    As I prepare to start pitching my own startup (a “PowerPoint killer”) to potential investors I am going through the same process many of my own clients go through. Blinded by my own idea, I am surprised what questions, facial expressions, and other feedback I get when talking to other people. After every discussion I learn more about how to pitch my company. Every idea has the text book pitch story. It is only by talking to people you find out which elements of the story are obvious/taken for granted (i.e., no need to spend time on them), and which ones are controversial and/or hard to…
  • Print posters

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sometimes I get questions from clients who want to print a physical copy of a slide in a very large format to use in conference boots. That usually does not work. PowerPoint slides have a low resolution to manage file size. Even recreating the slide with a super high resolution version of the image will not work. The solution: recreate the slide in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop....
  • Summary does not equal repeat

    25 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    A summary slide in a presentation is not a slide that repeats your entire story. Repetition is boring, and unless you are preparing your audience for an exam, there is no need to force them to remember the precise content of your presentation. What you want them to do is take some action (invite you for the second meeting for example). The best punch you can give at the end is to repeat a key visual from somewhere inside the deck and keep it to that. The audience will connect to it and think of it in the context of all the other things you said before.
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    Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

  • Dont be afraid of spicing up your corporate presentations

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

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

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

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

    Gavin Meikle
    24 Feb 2014 | 3:40 am
    I find the Dragon’s Den TV programme presents an endless supply of pitching lessons.  Recently I was watching a replay of one episode, which featured a young guy called Joe Nelson pitching for investment in his They Fit, custom condom business.   It was a fascinating pitch which amazingly managed to avoid degenerating into schoolboy humour. Joe was clear, confident, and articulate, but he didn’t get the investment he needed. Why? Well,partly I feel it there were some real laws with his business model, but a lot of it was because of the the way he came across. Deborah Meaden…
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    DiResta Communications Inc.

  • Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking, Part II

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

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

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Executive Presence is difficult to describe, but you know when you have it. And so it goes in the workplace. Clients call me to work on a leader’s “executive presence.” They’ll say the leader needs “polishing” or “gravitas,” but they … Continue reading →
  • You Talk Too Much: 3 Ways to Get Boring People to Stop Talking

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    We’ve all experienced it. You’re at a networking meeting or a social event and there’s that person who dominates the conversation and can’t stop talking. You wish they would direct the conversation toward you but it’s like a traffic jam … Continue reading →
  • 5 Presentation Mistakes When Pitching for Business

    14 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    Speaking is the new competitive advantage. What makes your product or service stand out in a sea of commodities is your presentation. Don’t lose out because of these presentation mistakes:   Rambling Elevator Speech. If you can’t say what you … Continue reading →
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  • Dealing With A Distracted Audience

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

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Kimberly Davis of  Onstage Leadership Oh my gosh.  Night-before-last I did the parent-thing that I swore I’d never do.  My kiddo was talking a million miles an hour and I was….well yes, I was on Facebook…and according to witness testimony, I was nodding and smiling and responding to what he was telling me.  Ten minutes later my kiddo came back into the room and made reference to what he had said earlier and I turned to my husband and said, “Did he just say he was  performing a piano solo in the camp show?”  My husband said,…
  • Pet Peeve #5 – “Dumb Down”

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    by Terry Gault When I hear people using the phrase ”dumb down” as in “I need to dumb this topic down”, I wonder, “Do they really think their audience is dumb?  Or are they not smart enough to know how to simplify your message to suit the target audience?  In which, case who should ‘dumb’ be applied to here?” The phrase is insulting to the audience and it doesn’t say much for the user either.  The phrase signifies that the speaker isn’t approaching the matter with the right ‘frame’.  The frame they need instead of…
  • The Most Powerful Way to End a Presentation

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    There are many tips for delivering a great presentation, and while it is important to grab your audience at the beginning, what you do at the end can make all the difference in your presentation’s overall impact and success.  Check out these tips from Eric Holtzclaw at Inc. Getting rid of the “questions?” slide. To start, let’s talk about what you shouldn’t do. You shouldn’t end a presentation with a slide that asks “Questions?” Everyone does and there is nothing memorable about this approach. Ideally, you should take questions throughout the…
  • Tell a Meaningful Story With Data

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    by Terry Gault Periodically, I will be asked about how to effectively present data in ways that are meaningful for an audience.  The short answer to that question is, “Frame it in a story.” That doesn’t give our clients enough to know how to do that step-by-step.  The following piece from ThinkWithGoogle offers some excellent suggestions on how to present your data in a meaningful story. Most organizations recognize that being a successful, data-driven company requires skilled developers and analysts. Fewer grasp how to use data to tell a meaningful story that resonates…
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    Public Speaking Library

  • Easy speech story creator

    Tim Wilson
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Fellow speaker,Professional presentation coach Nancy Duarte suggests you take a four step approach to creating a story:Being - Where is your audience right now in their life?Doing - What do you want the audience to do?Benefits - What are the benefits of the audience doing what you want them to do? How will it help them advance in their life?Personalize - Customize the benefits to your particular audience. Tell a personal story about how you were able to make the transformational journey that you are suggesting the audience takes.Simply storied,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking…
  • Create a conversation

    Tim Wilson
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Fellow speaker,Your speech is a conversation with your audience. And just as every good conversation has passion and excitement, so every good conversation has times of calm and reflection. Make sure you have some sort of balance in the speech conversations you have with your audience between your passion and excitement and calmness and reflection.Or you might end up like this guy:Calmly conversational,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.comTwitter: @PblcSpkngLibr
  • Up the down staircase

    Tim Wilson
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    Fellow speaker,Make sure you match your graphs in your slide to the meaning in your speeches. If you want to indicate something getting better, your graphs should be going up. If you want to indicate something getting worse, your graphs should be going down.Up and down,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.comTwitter: @PblcSpkngLibr
  • Fade to black

    Tim Wilson
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    Fellow speaker,Professional presentation coach Phil Waknell suggests you put in an all-black slide in your presentation when you want the audience to focus on you and not your slide. While you can use technological methods to blank the screen, an all-black slide works better because it allows you to make a point with a slide, blank the screen, and then unblank the screen revealing a new point.In the black,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.comTwitter: @PblcSpkngLibr
  • Getting a handout

    Tim Wilson
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    Fellow speaker,Make your slides for your speech separate from your take home handouts after your speech. Your slides should be brief and focused on the points. Your take home handouts should have the full details of your speech on them.Detailed,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.comTwitter: @PblcSpkngLibr
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    Public Words

  • Useful Books for Speakers

    Nick Morgan
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Once again the pile of books that people have sent me has grown dangerously high, so here are a half-dozen quick takes to reduce the size of the pile and let you in on some interesting new reads. 1. The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways to Use Social Media to Drive Social Change, […]
  • When You Have to Deliver the Bad News….

    Nick Morgan
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Speakers sometimes have to deliver bad news. It’s not a pleasant prospect for most of us; we prefer to keep our audiences happy so that they will love us. After all, risking dignity and exposure to stand up in front of an audience and speak costs us something in nerves, so we want good vibes […]
  • A Few Things I’ve Learned About the Speaking Business

    Nick Morgan
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    It may be presumptuous of me to reflect on nearly 30 years in the speaking business and offer a few tips I’ve learned along the way. But I’m doing it anyway, and let me start by inviting you to add your insights, disagree with mine, or simply say yes. That way the lessons won’t just […]
  • It’s the Little Stressors That Will Kill You

    Nick Morgan
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Recently I was busy in an airplane-hangar-sized room helping a couple of speakers get ready to speak to an audience of 10,000 people. That’s a daunting challenge for anyone, but the difference between the two people made for a quite different experience running up to the event. One was extroverted and the other introverted. As I […]
  • A Quick Tip for Introverted Speakers — and Extroverts Too

    Nick Morgan
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I often get asked about cultural differences in communications around the world, especially in terms of body language. What’s interesting is that the research of the last couple of decades has highlighted the similarities among peoples around the world more than it has found differences. So, for example, basic facial gestures turn out to be […]
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    The Eloquent Woman

  • Speakers of heart: A workshop in Amsterdam, a talk in London

    Denise Graveline
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    My heart is racing ahead to the end of this month, when I'll be speaking and meeting with speechwriters and with women speakers in Amsterdam and in London--and I hope you'll join me.My topics this month are women and public speaking, and TED talks. Both are dear to me, but fraught with tension, emotion, and challenges for speakers. TED talks, asking as they do that speakers be vulnerable and share personal stories, involve putting yourself "out there" even more so than a usual speech. And for women, knowing that they're likely to be viewed negatively when they speak, by both men and women,…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    29 Sep 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:Winning question: Harvard Business Review suggests that if you're at loggerheads with an opponent, you win them over by asking for advice. I always wonder whether this tactic makes women seem like they know less, feeding common misconceptions in the workplace. But…
  • Famous Speech Friday: Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner at the 2014 UN Climate Summit

    Becky Ham
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    The United Nations Climate Summit has been meeting in New York this week, drawing a slew of celebrities and heads of state. But the UN wanted the voice of a citizen, rather than a high-powered dignitary, to speak at the summit's opening. The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service only accepted applications from women--a decision which irked some people. The UN explained the requirement by noting that women are among the world's poorest citizens, and are in many places the ones responsible for maintaining a community's fuel, food and water. Both of these factors make them likely to bear the brunt…
  • How @TEDMED achieved 51 percent women speakers in 2014

    Denise Graveline
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:15 am
    Assefi hosting a session at TEDMED 2014(Editor's note: TEDMED director of stage content Nassim Assefi is a doctor, novelist, civic activist, TED Fellow and active member of the TED community. An internist specializing in global women’s health, she cares for vulnerable urban patients in the US and tackles maternal mortality when working in low-income and post-conflict countries, most recently in Afghanistan. I coached TEDMED 2014 speakers under Assefi's direction this year, for a three-day program with 51 percent women speakers, a level unique among TED conferences, let alone your…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:15 am
    Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But you won't miss a thing, since I'm summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog for all readers to see. Here's what I shared in the week just past:Stage fright examined: Actress Jenny Slate talked about sudden-onset stage fright and how she combated it, and this article looks at her course of action as well as other tips you can use.Ums, redeemed? New research suggests that people who "um" are more concientious.
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    Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations

  • SP Tip # 78: Four Ways to Transform Your Presentation into a Conversation

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

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

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

    George Torok
    30 May 2014 | 4:00 am
    NEXT Public Seminar June 24 in BurlingtonSign up now to take advantage of the early booking discount.Read the program outline for more imformationhttp://presentation-skills-seminars.comPresentation 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 76: Transform Boring Into Exciting

    George Torok
    29 May 2014 | 7:00 am
     How to transform boring material into an exciting presentationMy topic is boring so I can’t help but be boring. Have you heard a speaker utter that excuse? Have you used it?The evening before his presentation to a conference of entrepreneurs a speaker confessed to me that his presentation would be boring because it was a boring topic. He sighed that it wasn’t his fault.So I asked him, “What benefit can they hope to gain or what pain might they avoid by listening to your presentation?”“They’ll learn how to take advantage of some free business development programs that have…
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    Susan's Blog - Inspire, Inform, Influence

  • The Sky is the Limit

    Susan Trivers
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    The long-time business owner said to me: “We had over $100K in revenue one month this summer. I didn’t think we had that much capacity!” Are you surprised by your capacity? Do you even know what it is? And if you did know it, how would you use that knowledge? If this business attained that $100K every month it would add $300K in revenue every year. That’s a 33% increase in revenues. What business wouldn’t like a 33% revenue increase in one year? I think there are two important ways to look at capacity: What is your business’s maximum capacity? Why is that the maximum? What can you…
  • Diamonds are Forever and Don't Let Anyone Tell You Otherwise

    Susan Trivers
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    Women and a few men--150 in all--waited for the speaker to begin. It was something about diamonds, so it would probably be good, right? It turned out that the reference to diamonds was not about the jewels but about the shape and her message was to be sure we avoid letting our lives narrow to a point as we age. In my mind diamonds have lots of positive associations: jewelry, princesses, baseballs, engagement and wedding rings, lasting forever. So I was disappointed that this woman associated diamonds with this ominous message: if you're not watchful, you'll reach the width of the…
  • It's Not Either-Or: You Need Both Presence and Authenticity

    Susan Trivers
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    I get really annoyed with people who tell everyone they have a binary choice: when an expert adamantly tells you to pick one or the other of two conditions. There are very, very few times when you can have only one of the two. Most of life is about gradations of many choices. So it is with this question for speakers: which is better, to be authentic or to have presence? You need both to inspire, inform and influence your audiences. It doesn't matter what the topic or who the audience. Let's look at these two qualities. Authenticity What does it mean? Most audiences will say it means…
  • What's the Correct Profit Picture for Leaders and Owners?

    Susan Trivers
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    Your CFO and your accountant would describe profit as the difference between all revenue and all expenses. That's factually correct. It's also a HUGE mistake for you to think that's the right picture for you as a leader or business owner. There are three benefits of having a different picture of profits: 1) When you separate each line of business, or offerings (products and services) and evaluate them individually in terms of revenue minus costs, the disparate value of each one will be unmistakable. Why is this important? Because it then directs you to invest in the best and…
  • Is Your Iterative Approach a Cover for Failure Work?

    Susan Trivers
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    We all know that it's important to invest in improving, editing, polishing, finalizing or in some way taking a second look at our work. I expect this when I work with clients and you expect it as part of your work. What I see is that the "iterative approach" all too often morphs into a cover for the need to do failure work--that is, doing the same work over and over because it was so poorly done the first few times. While there are true uses for an iterative approach, too often the concept of iterations is applied inappropriately to other work. Using the iterative mindset as…
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  • Mitt Romney Wants a Video Camera on Him at all Times if He Runs for President Again | Media Training

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

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

    TJ Walker
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    I have a new online training course posted on Udemy that is specifically for political candidates. It’s going to be offered for no charge for another few days. Please take a look if you or anyone you know is running for office or thinking of running for office. TJ Here is all the info (or you can click here) Political Candidate Media and Public Speaking Training Everything a political candidate needs to know about giving speeches and speaking to the media during a campaign 421 students enrolled You will learn how to speak to voters through speeches, presentations, debates and media…
  • Emergency Media Training: Facing a Reporter Within 2 Hours

    TJ Walker
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:27 am
    FYI, as a reader of this blog, you can receive free access to this course by clicking here. Emergency Media Training: Facing a Reporter Within 2 Hours This course will quickly teach you how to look your best on camera, prepare a message, develop a strategy for answering questions and create sound bites for that interview staring you in the face. This no-frills course gives you nothing but the bare essentials–you should be able to complete the course in 30 minutes or less. That way you will have more time to practice for your upcoming interview. TJ Walker has trained more than 10,000…
  • Media Training for Beginners

    TJ Walker
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    FYI, as a reader of this blog, you can get free access to this course by clicking here  Media Training for Beginners covers every aspect of speaking to the news media. Even if you have never been interviewed before, you can quickly gain the confidence you need to get your message across, after completing this course. TJ Walker is an internationally renowned media trained with more than 30 years of experience. He will teach you how to do four things: 1. Look comfortable on camera. 2. Prepare media messages. 3. Answer questions strategically and 4. Speak in sound bites. After spending four…
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    Public Speakers Blog

  • How Big is Your Speaking Career Vision?

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

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

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    Professional speakers, at the highest level, are seen as thought leaders. That means we need to be one step ahead of our audiences in as many areas as possible. The lessons that can be drawn from history is a great place to start, and the more you know about history, the better. Watch this short video (2:10) I taped at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia, which was home to one of the most significant battles of the Civil War. I’ll look forward to your comments. Watch on YouTube [See post to watch Flash video]  
  • The Most Famous Speaker Nobody Remembers

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    He was a powerhouse on the platform. He was a thought leader. When he spoke hundreds and sometimes thousands of people gathered to hear his message. He altered the course of America, and he did it all through his amazing skills as a public speaker. Can you guess who this forgotten hero is? Watch this short video I taped yesterday in one of America’s most famous graveyards. Watch on YouTube [See post to watch Flash video]  
  • Professional Speaking Career Opportunity

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

  • 3 Ways Twitter Can Make Your Next Speech Even Better

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Could Twitter be your friend, not your foe?Image Credit All too often when we are starting out a speech we’ll ask our audience to put away their cell phones so that they can pay attention to us. We believe in the importance of public speaking and so we don’t want our audience to be distracted by Facebook and Twitter, we want them to be hanging on our every word. However, is it possible that we’ve gotten this all wrong? Could Twitter actually be our friend? Is it possible to use Twitter to make our next speech even better? 3 Ways To Use Twitter With Your Next Speech A speech…
  • 3 Ways To Keep A Distracted Audience’s Attention

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    How are you going to keep an audience’s attention?Image Credit A really good jamming device. That’s what most speakers would like to bring to their next speech. That way their audience couldn’t forget about the importance of public speaking and instead spend their time texting and tweeting instead of listening to them. However, we do live in the 21st Century and so distractions are almost a way of life. What can we do as speakers to grab and hold on to our audience’s attention? Expose Yourself “If you can’t beat them, then join them.” We’ve all…
  • Panel Session Checklist

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    To make your next panel session go correctly, what you need is a checklistImage Credit I don’t know about you, but my life is ruled by checklists. What this means is that once I’ve done something once and figured out the steps that are involved in doing it, I’ll make a checklist so that the next time that I do it I won’t forget anything. As speakers there are times that we are asked to use our speaking skills host a panel session. Panels have a lot of moving parts associated with them and clearly this calls for a checklist… 6 Item That Must Be On Your Next Panel…
  • What Public Speakers Need To Know About Job Opportunities In The Federal Sector

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    One of the responsibilities that we have as public speakers is to share information with others about where they can find good jobs — jobs that require speaking skills and others. As kids go back to college this fall, it’s the perfect time to open their eyes to the job opportunities in the federal sector. We all know how hard it is now to find a good job after graduation, yet the federal workforce is in need of bright, young lawyers, engineers, scientists, enforcement officers, and more! Check out the National Treasury Employee’s Union (NTEU) president’s tips on how to help…
  • Panel Sessions: 3 Ways To Keep Them On Track

    9 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Setting up a successful panel session requires planning on your partImage Credit Public speaking takes on many different forms. One of the most challenging types of public speaking that we may be called on is to manage a panel session. Panel sessions are a great way to get experts on some topic together in a single place so that they can share their different views on a given topic. However, because of the dynamic nature of this type of public speaking, things can get out of hand very quickly during the actual panel session if you aren’t careful… 3 Ways To Keep A Panel Session From…
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Joni Ernst’s Iowa campaign makes quick work of the ‘war on women’

    George F. Will
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    URBANDALE, Iowa The Machine Shed restaurant, where the waitresses wear bib overalls and suggest a cinnamon roll the size of a loaf of bread as a breakfast appetizer, sells a root beer called Dang!, bandages made to look like bacon strips, and signs that proclaim, “I love you more than bacon.” For Joni Ernst, however, the apposite sign reads, “No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side.” Read full article >>
  • Staking the Senate on Kansas?

    George F. Will
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    SHAWNEE, Kan. Tacked to the wall of Greg Orman’s campaign office is a print of a John Steuart Curry painting, “Tragic Prelude,” that hangs in the Capitol in Topeka. It depicts John Brown of Osawatomie, 39 miles south of here, as what he was, a deranged product of “Bleeding Kansas,” the Civil War’s overture. Today, Orman, who is as calm as Brown was crazed, is emblematic of fascinating Kansas. Read full article >>
  • Cashing in on voting

    George F. Will
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    The pursuit of perfection is usually foredoomed, but the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, which has a latitudinarian understanding of ethical behavior, has a perfectly awful idea. It is urging the City Council to consider ways of paying — starchier ethicists might call it bribing — people to vote. Read full article >>
  • Obama is defying the Constitution on war

    George F. Will
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:09 pm
    The United States last declared war many wars ago, on June 5, 1942, when, to clarify legal ambiguities during a world conflagration, it declared war on Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Today’s issue is not whether to declare war but only whether the president should even seek congressional authorization for the protracted use of force against the Islamic State. Read full article >>
  • George Will: Scotland’s epic vote on independence from the United Kingdom

    George F. Will
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Tucking into a dish of Scottish haggis is not a task for the fainthearted. There are various haggis recipes, but basically it is sheep’s pluck — the heart, lungs and liver — cooked together, then mixed with suet and oatmeal and boiled in a sheep’s stomach, then served, sometimes drenched with Scotch. People who pour whisky on oatmeal are not shrinking violets. Remember this on Thursday when Scotland votes on independence from the United Kingdom. Read full article >>
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    The Public Speaker's Quick and Dirty Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills

  • 266 TPS So Why Is Everyone Saying "So"?

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Is it ok to use the word “so” as a sentence starter? The Public Speaker explains why it is - and why everyone’s suddenly doing so. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/1yum5dV
  • 265 TPS 7 Tips for Creating Better SlideShare Presentations

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    LinkedIn’s SlideShare is an effective way to share your content with a wider audience. The Public Speaker, Lisa B. Marshall, shows you how to optimize your SlideShare deck.
  • 264 TPS 4 Speech Techniques Learned from Comedy

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Public Speaker explores the techniques that comedians practice to be memorable performers. See how these tips can help make you a better speaker!
  • 263 TPS Don't Print Your Slides as the Takeaway

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Public Speaker explains why you shouldn’t use your slides as your takeaway, and how your audience will get the most out of your presentation if you keep your notes and slides separate. Plus: how to use PowerPoint to create visually compelling slides and information-packed handouts.
  • 262 TPS Talking with Your Child's Teacher

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you want to improve communication with your child's teacher, this episode is for you. The Public Speaker shares tips from educational leadership expert, Cynthia Compton, on how teachers, parents, and children can work together for everyone's benefit.
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    Power Presentations

  • Roger Goodell’s Credibility

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

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

    Jerry Weissman
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    Last month, The Atlantic columnist Jeffery Goldberg set off a wave of criticism of President Obama by reporting about an interview with his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in which she “said about Obama’s slogan: ‘Great nations need organizing principles, and “Don’t do stupid stuff” is not an organizing principle.’” Yesterday, in anticipation of Mr. Obama’s prime time address to the nation about ISIS, Mr. Goldberg called him  “the greatest terrorist hunter in the history of the presidency,” referring to his take downs of Osama Bin Laden, the al-Shabab leader…
  • Repeat After Me: Posture is Everything.

    Tanya Fruehe
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    Different people have different methods to prepare themselves for an important presentation. Some run around the block, some take a nap under the podium, some tell themselves, “you go girl,” and some even down a class of wine before taking the stage.  A new way to prepare for an important presentation is to follow the advice of Amy Cuddy, social psychologist and professor at Harvard Business School, and Power Pose. Cuddy began noticing that MBA students who regularly participated in classroom discussions displayed completely different body language from students who participated less.
  • Keep Negativity Out of Q&A: Obama and “We Don’t have a Strategy Yet”

    Jerry Weissman
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    Yesterday, after Barack Obama held a press briefing to address the tumultuous events taking place in the Middle East, NBC’s Chuck Todd asked him, “Do you need Congress’s approval to go into Syria?”  The president replied: You know, I have consulted with Congress throughout this process. I am confident that as commander in chief I have the authorities to engage in the acts that we are conducting currently. As our strategy develops, we will continue to consult with Congress, and I do think that it’ll be important for Congress to weigh in and we’re — that our consultations with…
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    Blog - Princeton Public Speaking

  • Public Speaking Experts – Demosthenes

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

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

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

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

    18 Mar 2014 | 9:40 am
    You’ve engaged your audience from the beginning of your presentation. They nodded as you delivered your message. Their eyes were locked as you wove through a carefully crafted medley of stories, anecdotes and analogies, all supporting your message. There’s no question; the majority of your audience agrees with what you’re saying. Empowered, the time has come to bring your speech to a close, at which point you exclaim: “In conclusion, I appreciate the time you spent listening about __________. Thank you.” …and then nothing happens. Everyone quietly claps, or just nods, and…
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  • Presentation Myths

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

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

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

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

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

    steve sangirardi
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Stephen Sangirardi Bard715@aol.com Letter to Oedipus from his real mother Merope       Dear Oedipus,      Has Braille been introduced to Thebes yet? If not, have Creon read you this letter.     That greedy messenger just returned to Corinth with the news, with the whole story. Oedipus, I wish that you hadn’t left here so hastily twenty years ago. I would have explained everything, about how you came here, the circumstances of your infancy, those troublesome ankles. After you left, your foster-father Polybus and I were heartbroken. I hazarded a trip to the Delphic Oracle myself…
  • The Ebola is Coming

    Don Frankel
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Or as the little girl in the movie said.  “They’re here.”  The first case in America was reported in Dallas.  How much longer do you have to live?  That’s a good question.  As this is a public health issue, we consulted Dr. Don.  Yes, we know Dr. Don is a Psychiatrist and not an Infectious Disease Specialist but he is a Medical Doctor and world renowned. Dr. Don “First understand that it is not an airborne disease so it does not spread in the air like Smallpox.  So you have to have close contact.  So in order to avoid the Ebola; No tongue kissing.  Actually no kissing at…
  • A Ruptured Appendix (Guest Post)

    Bob Grant - Editor
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    A ruptured appendix is a condition in which the index gets to be swollen, aroused, and loaded with discharge. The informative supplement is a little pocket formed like a little finger. It is on the right half of the stomach area, associated with the colon. Specialists are not certain what the index is for. Charles Darwin pondered whether it may have been an organ our predecessors used to process plants. Late studies show that the informative supplement may be a devoted environment for amicable microbes which encourage absorption and battle disease. A ruptured appendix by and large influences…

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    BRYCE ON BRAIN POWER - Understanding the concept of “cause” and “effect.” (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. It was the Greek philosopher Aristotle who originally made the observation, “Everything happens for a reason.”By this, he contended events do not happen simply on their own but are triggered by a specific cause of some kind. This “cause” and “effect” phenomenon is important to understand as we move through life. It means we should ever be mindful to understand why something happens,…
  • Healthy Diet Tips for Seniors

    Sumeet Khanna
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    A healthy meal is a major requirement in old age. Seniors eating well can stay mentally active, vigorous, and psychologically balanced. They can maintain a sturdy immune system, along with an encouraging lifestyle. A balanced diet in old age can amplify mental intensity, resistance to illness, maintain higher energy levels, and lead to quicker healing periods. Reasons Why Seniors can’t eat properly Old age is the initiation of many health problems. It can be due to poor eating and nutritional deficiencies.   Loss of taste and appetite: A person’s sense of taste weakens due to…
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  • Ello - The Art Of The Hustle & Its Discontents

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    'New social network Ello's signature is No Advertising. It even has a manifesto about those anti-promotional values. Here in Bloomberg Business Week, Brad Stone reports on Ello and interviews its Chief Executive Officer Paul Budnitz.    Ello's positioning is not new. That's the now classic "Marketing and Its Discontents."Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • The Sky is the Limit

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    'The long-time business owner said to me: “We had over $100K in revenue one month this summer. didn’t think we had that much capacity!”. Are you surprised by your capacity? Do you even know what it is? And if you did know it, how would you use that knowledge? If this business attained that $100K every month it would add $300K in revenue every year.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • A New Jersey Restaurant is Paying customers Not to Use Cell Phone

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    'Hats off to   The Station restaurant in Bernardsville, New Jersey, for giving customers a 5% discount for NOT using a cell phone during dinner. Apparently management and waiters were tired of seeing customers hunched over phones, ignoring the waiters, the food, and dinner companions. Plus, the restaurant pulled a PR coup.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
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  • Apple gives us some great transitions in its Keynote presentation software – but is there a way to add more? Yes, there is!

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:58 am
    In January 2003, when Steve Jobs introduced Apple’s presentation software, Keynote, at Macworld, he emphasised its “cinematic” qualities. By this he meant its adroitness using high quality images, text and transitions between slides. His presentation at Macworld elicited many “Ooohs” and “Ahhhs” when he demonstrated cube and dissolve transition, something the dominant platform of its day – Microsoft’s Powerpoint – could not perform with such slickness. Jobs then elicited many cheers when he announced the $99 Keynote would be given…
  • Think including a TED talk video can enhance your Powerpoint or Keynote presentation? Think again and think like a magician

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Last month, June 2014, I was part of a nationwide travelling convention intended to bring high school teachers up to date with the field of Positive Psychology and what it can offer students. This year its organisers wanted to pay particular attention to the place of Technologies in mental health, and so I was tapped to offer a series of talks as well as presentation skills workshops. The talks were part of a seminar featuring how to best understand how current and imminent technologies have a role to play in mental health in schools. The presentation skills effort was a one hour talk,…
  • Why Academic conferences need to change, and why Powerpoint is a dead technology walking

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

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

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Just arrived in Sydney to be greeted by some positive comments about yesterday’s post about Keynote’s improved presenter display. While onboard UA839 for the 14 hour flight, I cracked open my MacBook Air with Mavericks 10.9.2 to play with some movies with transparencies I want to use for upcoming training workshops in Canberra. In a previous post last year lamenting the lost features which didn’t make the transition to Keynote 6.0, I mentioned alpha channel movies which appeared with their black, rather than transparent backgrounds. But onboard, it now seems this challenge…
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  • Make your webinars super interactive

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

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

    Ellen Finkelstein
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Would you like to create shapes like this in PowerPoint? I like them because they look informal, hand drawn. They don’t come with PowerPoint, but you can easily create them using the Bézier Curve (Edit Points) feature. This feature is not well known because it isn’t on the ribbon. You do everything with the right-click menu. In this short video, I show you how to create these shapes. Here are the steps to create an open circle: Draw an oval. On the Format tab, choose Shape Fill, No Fill. Right-click on the outline and choose Edit Points. Right-click the top point and choose Open…
  • Your presentation deserves the same respect as your website and brochures!

    Ellen Finkelstein
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    A story. Recently, I went to an Internet Marketing conference and met the owner of a company that sells high-end products for marketers. The company bought a sponsorship table (which I’m sure was expensive) and had nicely-designed brochures laid out on the table, along with a monitor displaying the software. The owner ran a session about the value of their tools for pre-selecting potential customers who might be likely to buy a product. During the session, she discussed the sales process, starting with getting leads and ending with the sales conversation. She asked the audience,…
  • 2 ways to collaborate with others on your presentations-Part II

    Ellen Finkelstein
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Part I of this series covers the Comments and Compare features. A second way to collaborate online is to post your presentation on Office Online (previously called Office Web Apps). The online version of PowerPoint is missing many of the features of the desktop version but for simple edits, it’s quite capable. The trick is to start on your computer, using the desktop version of PowerPoint and then move to the online version. Office Online allows synchronous editing, which means that you can both work on a presentation at the same time and instantly — well, almost instantly —…
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  • 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 their smartphone. Does your audience prefer to play a game on a smartphone than listen to your company presentation? Why do I say this? Because it is centered on the company, and not on…
  • Developing company presentations for a convention

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

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

    Alessandra Cimatti
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Hundreds of spam comments this month, so I am closing comments and trackbacks on many posts.
  • Presentation trends: Slideshare Zeitgeist 2013

    Alessandra Cimatti
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:42 pm
    I had not looked at presentation trends for a while, and decided to look in SlideShare to see if a Zeitgeist presentation was posted for last year.  And I found it.  Here it is: I am glad to see that presentations around the world are improving with less text and more visuals. If you want to see previous Zeitgeist presentations, take a look at this older post:  The spirit of 2010 p.s. Zeitgeist is a German word meaning “the spirit of the time; general trend of thought or feeling characteristic of a particular period of time”, as stated in the definition on…
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  • Send me 5 slides

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:18 am
    My friend works in a consumer goods company and he reports to the CEO. Yesterday my friend called me. He was frustrated. He wanted to send an important proposal to his boss and he had worked on this project for more than a week. When he asked his boss for some time to discuss the matter he was asked "Send me 5 slides."CEOs are busy and so is everyone. Whether you are sending a sponsorship proposal to a company or a CV (resume) to a prospective employer, everyone is busy. The recipient does not share the same love for your PPT as you do. Hence it becomes important to condense your hours of…
  • Emaze: A New Alternative to PowerPoint & Prezi

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    Emaze is a new online technology which allows you to create presentations. It is simple to use and it will surely enhance the looks of your presentation dramatically. This is how the site works:Sign UpChoose a templateAdd a ready-made slideType your content, add images and videosYou're readyShare it with the worldBefore getting into details, let me share what I feel is the real benefit of using Emaze. It allows you to make visually good looking presentations quickly. You choose a template and then you add ready-made slides. You have a slide to add quote, one with a timeline, one with a…
  • Presentain: An Amazing Tool for Modern Presenters

    11 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Presentain is a great tool for presenters. Check out this 2 minute video and then the interview with Mark Thomas. Presentain Overview from Presentain on Vimeo.Vivek: What is Presentain? How does it work?Mark: Presentain is a great interactive presentation tool that helps speakers engage their audiences more effectively. Here’s how it works: Speaker goes to Presentain.com to sign up and upload his presentation so it sits in the cloud and is always available to him where he presents. Then he downloads an iOS or Android app that serves as his smart remote to control the slides during…
  • Photograph Tip: Rule of Thirds

    8 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    In my last post I talked about head room and lead room. In this post, let us talk about a very interesting rule.The Rule of ThirdsThis tip will help you take photographs. To understand this rule, imagine that the photograph is divided into 9 equal parts.This rule states that the 4 intersection points are the 'power points'. The subject when placed around these areas becomes 'powerful'.While taking this photograph, if the cameraman had placed the soldier in the middle of the photo, the photo would not look so good.When you are taking this photo, place the soldier along the Line A or Line…
  • Photograph Tip: Rules of Head Room & Lead Room

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Today I will talk about two rules for taking good photographs. It will also help you choose good images for your PPTs. I came across these in this useful book on film making.1. Head Room RuleThe space between the head and the top border (in an image). Here is an example:In this image, the head room is almost zero. The hairs have got marginally cut. Let us look at another image:The head room is very small in this image. The Head Room Rule states that the head room in your photo should be minimal. This is important if you want to capture emotions properly. A larger head room will make the face…
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    Manner of Speaking

  • The airport approach to public speaking

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

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

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

    John Zimmer
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Robin Williams (1951 – 2014) American Actor, Comedian and Producer “You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” — Robin Williams Photo courtesy of Eva Rinaldi / FlickrFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers
  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 186) – Francis de Sales

    John Zimmer
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:39 am
    Francis de Sales (1567 – 1622) Bishop of Geneva, Saint in the Catholic Church “Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.” — Francis (François) de SalesFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers
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  • Rules that Impede Progress

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    Once a rule gets in place it's very difficult to eliminate it even though the original reasons for its generation are long gone, according to author Roger von Oech. His prime example:In the 1870s the leading manufacturer of typewriters at the time received complaints that too many of the typewriter keys were sticking together if the operator went too fast. In response to this, the company produced the QWERTY type keyboard -- a configuration standard on all keyboards -- to slow down operators so that the keys wouldn't jam together.Today, technology permits us to produce typewriter keyboards…
  • Distraction and Lost Opportunities

    24 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    "For all the hand-wringing about Generation M, technology is not really the problem... It's not so much that the video is going to rot your brain, it's what you are not doing that's going to rot your life."              -- David Levy, Ph.D., University of Washington, Information School
  • Some Interruptions are Worthwhile

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    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…
  • Shred Away

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    I recommend using an office shredder when you have to discard papers that might contain otherwise sensitive information, such as credit card numbers, login data, or addresses of key clients that you would not want to fall into the hands of someone else.One of the great benefits of shredding is that it's psychologically satisfying to see your papers completely stripped lengthwise, so that no one could possibly put them back together. You can also use the shredded paper as packing material for any objects that you're mailing. In that respect, you’re taking care of the environment as well by…
  • Interrupted Sleep is no Fun

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:43 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 End of the Knowledge Worker

    Conor Neill
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    I hear that we are in the economy of the knowledge worker. Nope, we skipped that. We were supposed to be shifting from the manufacturing worker to the knowledge worker. All the big gurus told us of this shift. They tell me that it has been going on for 20 years. Workers at work; Photo: zabaraorg The only problem is that the very tools that prompted the shift from manufacturing to knowledge have allowed us to skip a level. We never actually needed knowledge workers. It wasn’t what they knew that was valuable. Knowledge is easy, knowledge is everywhere Knowledge is easy. It’s at…
  • 7 Life Lessons from a Broken Foot

    Conor Neill
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:44 am
    This is a guest post by Tobias Rodrigues who will be collaborating with me next week in the IESE Executive MBA intensive week in Barcelona.  Tobias broke his foot this summer - and learnt some surprising lessons about himself, his family and what it means to be dependent on others.   Over to Tobias… 39 Days, 11 Hours and 30 Minutes of Bandage On June 29th at 10:30 pm, while I was out enjoying an evening jog, I tripped and broke the 5th metatarsus (the main bone of the pinky) of my right foot. On August 8th at 10:00 am the cast was removed. That’s a photo of my nephews painting…
  • The Top 20 Posts on Moving People to Action 2013-2014

    Conor Neill
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    Title Views 17 Daily personal habits for a fulfilling life – my earliest “went viral” post;  this was a long reflection on the first 35 years of my life 16,719 Three Examples of Ice-Breaker Speeches – simple – three ways to introduce yourself 14,257 Amazon Staff Meetings: “No Powerpoint” – Jeff Bezos doesn’t like powerpoint – easy for presenter, hard for audience 13,822 “Be water, my friend” Bruce Lee – what did Bruce mean? 8,698 Geert Hofstede: the 6 Dimensions of National Culture – why are Germans, French,…
  • For Productivity: Stop Doing These 9 Things

    Conor Neill
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:19 am
    Stop Doing Stuff that Doesn’t Serve 168 hours in a week.  24 hours in a day.  I haven’t done the math to work out how many in a year or a lifetime, but however large the number, it is still finite.  It is limited.  We get so much, and no more.  This leaves you with a choice.  My friend Verne Harnish is fond of saying “we can do anything we want, but not everything”.  He is in great company: “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” Warren Buffett “What…
  • The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People

    Conor Neill
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:41 am
    This post was originally published on Alternet and it is written by coaching guru Cloe Madanes. The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People Coach Cloe Madanes Most of us claim we want to be happy—to have meaningful lives, enjoy ourselves, experience fulfillment, and share love and friendship with other people and maybe other species, like dogs, cats, birds, and whatnot. Strangely enough, however, some people act as if they just want to be miserable, and they succeed remarkably at inviting misery into their lives, even though they get little apparent benefit from it, since being miserable…
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  • Proven Ways to Cure Stage Fright

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

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

    7 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    You’ve made a tremendous contribution to our organization. Each individual is a better communicator and a more effective professional.
  • Keith, Arrow Electronics

    7 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Sims Wyeth’s approach was outstanding. The information was not only well thought out and easy to understand, but easy to incorporate into one’s style.
  • Marie, William H. Sadlier, Inc.

    7 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    I have been a public speaker for more than 15 years-and Sims Wyeth still taught me how to do a better presentation!
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    Think Link

  • Lean Leadership Awards

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:08 am
  • Lifestyle Disorders

    9 Sep 2014 | 2:46 am
  • Robin Williams

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:04 am
    A true genius in comedic field who was able to deliver stunning dramatic performances to brilliantly draw many laudations plus accolades throughout his burgeoning career.  He hailed from a well-to-do family; Robin was born the only child of a former model of French descent named Laura McLaurin and Robert Fitzgerald Williams, a Ford Motor Company senior executive, on July 21, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois. Most of his early life was spent in different places due to his father’s occupation. Once he grew up he was granted a scholarship to the famed Juilliard School in New York City for the…

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:04 am
    ‘……From a Clerk to King  of Five-Star Hotel Culture…’ Rai Bahadur Mohan Singh Oberoi – the grand veteran of the hospitality trade founded India’s first and best multinational even before most of us knew what MNCs were all about. In 1922, leaving behind his wife and daughter, the 22-years –old Mohan Singh arrived in the glittering summer capital of the Raj. He wrote an exam for the post of lower division clerk in the PWD Department. The examiner failed him. Without realizing it, the department had lost one of the most enterprising men of Modern India. Shattered by the result,…
  • When Children use Abusive language

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:04 am
    If your child curses at you, what you need to understand is that they’re trying to hurt you, throw you off balance, or suck you into a fight. Families should have clear rules about cursing. There shouldn’t be any discussion about it when it happens. There’s a difference between kids cursing in general or cursing at you or another family member, and calling you rude names. But either way, families need to establish rules around it. Often kids curse because they’re frustrated or angry about being asked to do something that’s hard for them or that they find boring, or maybe they’d…
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    American Speaker

  • Presentation tactics for webinars

    Columbia Books, LLC
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    These days, public speakers are turning to webinars in place of in-person presentations. And why not? That technology is cheaper and more convenient than traveling on-site to give presentations. That said, because of the format, you risk losing your audience’s attention more quickly than in an in-person presentation. People aren’t likely to be rude to your face, but if they are joining in from another location, there’s not much keeping them from checking their email, working on assignments—or even dozing off. Follow these tips to make your next webinar presentation an engaging one:…
  • Quick tip: Stop dwelling on mistakes

    Columbia Books, LLC
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    Stop dwelling on your occasional misstep and focus instead on your success as a speaker. Photocopy your certificates of achievement, copies of positive evaluations from previous speeches and testimonials from clients and friends. Pull together everything that makes you feel good about yourself as a speaker. Use that material to create a book of your speaking successes, and refer to it when you need inspiration before you take the stage. —Adapted from “How to Write and Deliver an Outstanding Speech,” www.speakingandmarketingtips.com.
  • How to clarify technical information

    Columbia Books, LLC
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    Overcome the perils of confusing and losing your audience when presenting complicated concepts. Excessive information and details can baffle the audience, while oversimplifying ideas loses your point and patronizes listeners. Strike a balance and keep your audience engaged by following these guidelines: Define terms and acronyms to lay the proper groundwork. Present the conclusion first, not the evidence. Then provide just enough proof to support your findings. Break down concepts into smaller, more easily understood parts, and explain each one. Demonstrate your product or procedure while…
  • Wow audience members—after your presentation

    Columbia Books, LLC
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    If you want to make a lasting impression on your audience, stay in character even after you have delivered your closing statement. Do the following: Hold yourself accountable for your words. Stick around to answer questions, address concerns, pose for pictures or simply chat with audience members. If you don’t run and hide immediately following your presentation, you’ll show that you stand behind your words—enough so to face any negativity that might be headed your way. Keep your performer face on. During those minutes following your presentation, maintain the professionalism you…
  • Draft a more engaging speech

    Columbia Books, LLC
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Giving an effective presentation depends largely upon how well you know your audience. As you write your speech, ask these questions: Who are they? Are you speaking to younger or older people or a mix? If you’re dealing with a mixture of ages and backgrounds, speak directly to certain parts of your audience at times. Example: “Some of you folks born before 1980 may remember …” What do they know? What kind of knowledge do your attendees have? Are they well-versed in your topic? Do they have the needed background details? Will you need to simplify your message? Why should they care?
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  • Corporate Presentation Tips

    Jessica Pyne
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The corporate presentation, or corporate credentials presentation, is hard to get right. A number of presenters may all need to present the same,or similar, slides. The same corporate presentation might need to be delivered in different settings, to different audiences, and at different levels. Many companies are let down by their corporate presentation. But whether you have a vast budget or no budget – there are some straightforward things that you can do to improve the effectiveness of your credentials presentation.Here, we share ten tips for those developing corporate presentations, and…
  • Presentations and Twitter

    Jessica Pyne
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    The way we present is changing. The rise in the number of presenters actively publicising their presentations on Twitter has led to a huge wave of responses – some good, some bad. While there are associated risks, many presenters love the ease with which they can spread their ideas through the web.Many presentations now are designed to be ‘tweetable’, in order to reach broader audiences, and increase awareness of both the presentation ideas, and the presenter himself. When this is done correctly, Twitter can be used to truly make presentations go viral.However, if you are…
  • Visual Aids Gone Wrong

    Jessica Pyne
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Presenters are beginning to realise that their presentations don’t have to be boring, and it is inspiring to see that people are moving away from bullet points to more engaging visuals. Audiences are now demanding more, and presenters are rising to meet this.Unfortunately however, a large number of presenters feel that the small improvements they have made to their slides are sufficient, failing to realise that there is so much more that can be done with them. And so we see the same mistakes made time and time again – without the presenters realising that they’re doing…
  • Seven Aspects of Highly Effective Presentations

    Jessica Pyne
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Be ProactiveThere’s another way. Presentations don’t have to consist of six bullet points to a slide for thirty slides. Just because everybody else reads from their slides, it doesn’t mean that you have to. Delivering a presentation can be fun for the audience, and the presenter.Be proactive about becoming a better presenter. Presentation skills are essential in today’s business world. Set out to become a better presenter by reading about effective presentations, watching and copying interesting presenters, and identifying and replacing bad habits. It will help your…
  • Grow/Shrink Animations – PowerPoint 2007

    Jessica Pyne
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Grow/shrink animations in PowerPoint can be used to increase or decrease the size of an object during a slide show, which can be put to a number of different uses. Grow animations can be used to emphasise one company outperforming another, or to show changes of growth in bar charts.This Grow/Shrink animations PowerPoint tutorial demonstrates how to use grow/shrink animations and offers examples for some of the applications, with tips to maximise the animation’s impact.
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    Tudor Girba's blog

  • My talks at ESUG 2014 (video)

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

    Tudor Girba
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Last week, I was at ECOOP in Uppsala to receive the Dahl-Nygaard Junior Award. On that occasion, I had the distinct pleasure of giving a keynote on Software Environmentalism. I do not know about others, but for me it was as emotional and exciting as I thought it would be.Afterwards, I gave an interview over the phone for a piece of news that appeared on National TV (in Romanian). It was the first time I gave an interview over the phone, and again it proved to become an educating experience. The main thing I learnt is that the more concise you are, the better chances you have to be quoted in…
  • Keynote at ECOOP 2014 on Software Environmentalism

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

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

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

  • Free Prezi Template – October

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

    Lesley Barringer
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    This month’s template is full of energy and colour to help you create an inspiring Prezi presentation. The elements work well together, as you can see here, but can also be adapted to your particular message. For example, if you have a number of ideas that need exploring further, use a lightbulb for each idea, and then the connecting wires and ‘boxes’ to highlight issues relevant to the idea. Finish with a large box/battery for your summary. All our templates are designed with the 3 Act Speech Structure in mind, to help you create a well organised, structured and…
  • Do you really connect with an audience?

    Jim Harvey
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:38 am
    I was working with some brilliant Grads at a global investment bank last week. Paolo was as handsome, charismatic and imposing a 22 year old as you’re ever likely to meet. He was a technically skilled speaker- He had a point, he wrote clear text for speech, his articulation in English was excellent, he looked confident, but what was wrong? He didn’t really connect with the people in the room. The audience gave him some tough feedback saying that it was as if he was speaking to an invisible audience, not to them, performing, speaking a little too loudly for the room we were in.  He was…
  • Free Prezi Template – August

    Lesley Barringer
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    I really like this Prezi Template, as it’s flexible and can be used for meetings, mind-mapping and agendas, as well as a presentation. It is quite informal and lends itself well to the ‘hand-written’ fonts in Prezi. There are areas to use in portrait or landscape layouts, and the blue ‘stickers’ work well as information points, tips and snappy pieces of information in your message. To make a flow-chart, simply add the arrows where you need them. All our templates are designed with the 3 Act Speech Structure in mind, to help you create a well organised,…
  • What can good presenters improve? Adding that final polish

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

  • The 1% Rule

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

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

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

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

    10 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Anthony Robbins says that to create a breakthrough in any area of your life, you need to master your: 1. State What’s your emotional state? If you master how to control your emotional state, you can change your life. What influences your state? Your self talk! So take control of your self-talk!   2. Strategies What strategies are you using to achieve the results you want? Change your strategy and you’ll change your results.   3. Stories Click the image What story are you telling yourself? Your story can either make you or break you. So today, I want you to ask…
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    The Presenters' Blog

  • Alliteration Alert: It’s election time!

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

    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

    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

    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,…
  • Oxymoron – the birthplace of brilliant

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Jeanine McDonnell, daughter of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, says that her mother has a “mild obsession” with another man. Mild lives in detergent adverts. Obsession gets draped around designer perfume. Put the two words together however and you get something that’s… well… kind of interesting. It’s refined and yet ever so slightly dirty. It’s an oxymoron, and in politics, oxymorons get a bad wrap. Politicians will cry “oxymoron” in the same way that English footballers cry “foul” – usually as a cheap way to distract the referee.  The president, for…
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    Jazz Presentation

  • Aware Of Amazon Cloud Pricing

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    AMAZON WEB SERVICES  Amazon Web Services is a collection of remote computing services that together make up a cloud computing platform, offered over the Internet by Amazon.com. The most central and well-known of these services are Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3.   AMAZON EC2         Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is  [ Read More ]
  • Introduction To Cloud Computing

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:06 am
          CLOUD COMPUTING                  “Cloud computing is a general term   for computing services delivered over the Internet, as opposed to computing services hosted inside your own network; on your own premises” Cloud computing offers you to reduce the cost, because users don’t have to worry about  [ Read More ]
  • Top 10 Business PowerPoint Template Sites

    25 Sep 2012 | 10:32 pm
    In this blog we will cover Top 10 Business PowerPoint Template sites.  document. A business (also known as enterprise or firm) is an organization engaged in the trade of goods, services, or both to consumers. Businesses are predominant in capitalist economies, where most of them are privately owned and administered to earn profit to increase  [ Read More ]
  • Top 12 IT PowerPoint Presentation Template Sites

    22 Aug 2012 | 11:24 pm
    In this article we will provide you a list of 12 excellent IT PowerPoint template sites.  to download this article as a pdf document Information Technology (IT) is the branch of engineering that deals with the use of computers and telecommunications to store retrieve and transmit information. The acquisition, processing, storage and dissemination of vocal,  [ Read More ]
  • Top 10 Earth Day PowerPoint Template Sites

    23 Jun 2012 | 5:08 am
    Using Earth Day PowerPoint template to create awareness among people can be done in very easy way. Earth day is celebrated each year on April 22. It is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated among 175 countries. Earth day is a festival celebrated by many people around the globe. Many  [ Read More ]
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    The Reluctant Speakers Club » Blog

  • How to Cultivate Better Business Relationships Online and Offline – Podcast 20

    Eamonn O'Brien
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    What role do social media platforms play in how you cultivate relationships that matter to you and your business? Are you seen, heard, and trusted enough by those you’d like to influence? And do the online relationships you’ve created deliver the results you crave?For many, myself included, connections that begin online regularly blossom and flourish into rich, valuable, and long lasting friendships.Of course, it makes great sense to think digital when it comes to nurturing business relationships since most of us (i.e. over 90%) are influenced by online searches and conversation when…
  • Uncover Digital Communication Strategies That’ll Deliver Results – Podcast 19

    Eamonn O'Brien
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    Is your voice being found and heard in the digital communication channels where your prospective customers congregate? Are you putting the right kinds of messages out there and are your stories winning you the kinds of results you crave? How do you know if you’re doing a good job or if you’re missing out in ways you may not realise?In an era where more than 9 out of 10 business purchase decisions involve online search – no business can afford to ignore online presence. Most everyone needs a Digital marketing communication strategy.But there’s a snag. The science of figuring how the…
  • Inspiring Content Choices for Speaking and More – Podcast 18

    Eamonn O'Brien
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:40 am
    Figuring out what content you’ll use versus lose when preparing a speech, a blog, or other business communication can be a tricky business.It can be a challenge to sift through myriad information and ideas you could share with your target audiences and only choose stuff that’ll likely bring them to the edges of their seats, wanting to know more.And here’s a certainty, if you hit any audience with too much information, messages that aren’t clear, or content that’s off point……You’ll have an uphill struggle to win their attention and inspire them…
  • How to Extend the Power of Your Stories Beyond the Podium – Podcast 17

    Eamonn O'Brien
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:57 am
    They can make us laugh, they can make us cry, and, well told, they can change our perceptions of reality.Stories are one of the most powerful tools available to each of us to connect with others at an emotional level, to share meaning, and to create memories that last.And if you’ve read many of my previous posts, you’ll likely have heard me say, time and again, that it’s difficult to becoming a truly inspiring speaker if you don’t embrace and enhance you storytelling skills.But what about other communications you may use to promote your business – advertisements, direct mail,…
  • Do Your Communication Skills Need a Makeover? Podcast 16

    Eamonn O'Brien
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    Isn’t technology great? It can make your life simpler in so many ways. But here’s an exception: business communication.Time was that leaders merely had to pay attention to offline communications, in house and outward facing. And that was hardly a walk in the park.But things communication has become even more complicated these days, as we now have to consider where and how online communications and personal brands need to be brought into the mix. And to make matters trickier still, marrying or combining online and offline messages or voices is far from plain sailing.Of course, that’s not…
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    Art Of Change Blog

  • Becoming a Professional Presenter

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
  • Coexist? In this still primitive world? Is that even possible?

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

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

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

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

  • The First Essential Step to Land Speaking Gigs

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

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

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

    Michelle Mazur
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Three a.m. is a magical time. It’s a time that my cat wakes me up because he’s hungry, BUT… It’s also the time when I  come up with my best ideas. Great ideas for my business. Ideas for my clients. Ideas about getting a cat that doesn’t wake me up because he’s hungry. As entrepreneurs, I’m sure you’ve had this experience. The 3 a.m. inspiration hits and you know this idea can change your business. How do you take that idea to sales? Step #1: Write it down – seriously do it! Yes, I realize that this is the piece of advice that everyone tells you to do. It’s also the…
  • Why It’s Awesome to Feel Like a Fraud

    Michelle Mazur
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    My sophomore year of college, my roommate dragged me to a psychic fair. Now I’m a little woo – but a psychic fair was a bit too woo for me back in those days. Roomie was raving about this psychic she saw. “Life changing,” she said. “Must go,” she said. “Will rock my world,” she said. Eye roll, I did (when she wasn’t looking). I sat down across from an older woman doing her best Stevie Nicks impression. She took my hand, studied my palm, and she spoke my future: “You’re going to pursue higher education. I see you getting a Ph.D.” I…
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  • Public Speaking Tip 59: At the End of Your Speech, Stick Your Landing

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

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

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:29 pm
    What Is Executive Presence? “Executive Presence” — a phrase that has caught on with business leaders and professors — is the quality (or more accurately, the constellation of qualities) that signalsyour capabilities to others. As Sylvia Ann Hewlett notes in Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success,it is not enough to have top-level capabilities. In order to succeed, you must behave, speak, and carry yourself in a way that lets other people know you have them. You must, in other words, look and act like your industry’s and company’s…
  • Public Speaking Tip 56: When You Disagree with Someone, Rebut Their Ideas, Not Them

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

    1 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In 2012, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was named one of the U.S.’s Top 10 Woman by Glamour Magazine — not for her couture, though she dresses beautifully, but because, as journalist Dahlia Lithwick says, “The America we live in has Justice Ginsburg’s fingerprints all over it.” In this brief excerpt from the PBS / AOL series “Makers,” Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks with humor and understated eloquence about her experience as a pioneering woman lawyer. Notice the simplicity of her statements, and the power they pack: If a woman this brilliant (#1 in her Harvard Law…
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  • 2 Outstanding Business Storytelling Videos

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:52 pm
    1. Summary of the Minto Pyramid Principle by Harrison Metal   2. Summary of Robert McKee’s Storytelling Principles by Harrison Metal    
  • Toastmasters Podcast: How To Deliver A TED Talk

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

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

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

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

  • One More Thing… Never Mind the Watch, How Was the Keynote?

    Gavin McMahon
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    This week was big in Apple land.  Tim Cook’s keynote to announce the Apple Watch.  Let’s put aside the product punditry and how insanely great the product is, (the mainstream media, haters and fanboys will turn themselves into a tizzy over the Digital Crown and the force-sensing) and look at the keynote itself. Apple keynotes have been called “Stevenote”s in the past, driven by the idea that Jobsian magic packaged the product announcement and did wonders for Apple’s shareholders. How did Tim Cook do? Was it a performance worthy of a name? A “Timnote”, or a “Cooknote”?
  • How to Present Like A Boss: Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn

    Gavin McMahon
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    “How to Present Like a Boss” is a six-part series profiling top business executives who have a knack for presenting. Throughout the series, I will break down each executive’s presenter type, and what their strengths and weaknesses are in front of an audience. First up is Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, whose presenter type is a Counselor.     A bestubbled man, dressed in his trademark dark suit and open neck shirt, strides up and down the stage. Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, is about to do something that we all do from time to time—give a presentation. CEOs typically…
  • The Only 8 Ways to Start Your Presentation

    Gavin McMahon
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    “You will live seven and a half minutes longer than you would have otherwise, just because you watched this talk.” This was the claim that video game designer Jane McGonigal presented to the crowd during her June 2012 TED talk. As the camera panned over the (very educated) members of the audience, their faces showed universal skepticism: was this lady serious? There was something else interesting about that crowd. Despite their doubtful visages, everyone in the audience was drawn in by McGonigal’s words. No one was checking their email, talking to their neighbor, or looking at the…
  • “The British are coming.” And Other Things Revere Didn’t Say

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

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

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

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

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Stanley K. RidgleyFor more of Dilbert on Business Presentations, see Scott Adams’s especially powerful site here!Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Malcolm X Presentation Technique

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyLike snapping a towel to skin, you want to sting your audience in a good way, and no better way to do it than with a Malcolm X presentation technique. Make it sit up straight, snap their heads in your direction. You can do this several ways, and it’s up to you what you choose, […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Business Presentation Passion

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Stanley K. RidgleyIn our battle to fight through the white noise of life to communicate with others, we often ignore the most powerful of weapons at our disposal – Business Presentation Passion. Passion, Emotion, Brio, Energy Sure, we pay occasional homage to emotion and to “passion.” But more often than not, it’s only lip service. You don’t really believe this […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
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  • Receiving a Grade vs. Winning a Pitch

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

    Amy Singh
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    Japanese anime and PowerPoint slides have more in common than you might think. There is a huge army of people who take Cosplay very seriously, and that’s exactly how you should treat your next presentation. Just by reading the title of this blog you can already tell this entry is going to have something to do with ‘Cosplay’, but what is this mysterious Cosplay exactly? Cosplay, which comes from the words ‘costume’ and ‘play’ is the act of dressing up in costumes to portray characters from various media, including but not limited to: movies, TV shows, video games and comics. In…
  • Improve your Training Presentations

    Hannah Brownlow
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    Training presentations done well can impart information that stays with you for a considerable amount of time. The same can be said about poor training presentations, but for all the wrong reasons. The good news is that all it takes is a few key techniques and people will end up taking much more away from your courses than the free pens and paper. In a previous life I dabbled in the murky world of teaching English as a foreign language. I like to think my students learnt a great deal about things like the Saxon genitive and the subjunctive, but I too came away having learnt a great deal…
  • 5 Ways Moving House Can Make Your Presentations Better

    Hannah Brownlow
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:41 am
    I moved house at the weekend. It was a cacophony of boxes, trips up and down the motorway, and flat pack furniture. Though at times chaotic, everything happened as it needed to, nothing got broken, nothing was forgotten (well nothing that mattered), and as I sat on my new sofa I decided that the whole process had been a success. Presentations are much the same. Coordinating a house move and prepping presentations aren’t often compared. Part of the reason is that people don’t give the same importance to both tasks. Moving house is widely accepted as the most stressful thing a person can do…
  • PowerPoint Is Better Than Photoshop

    Vincent Thompson
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
    I’ve been using PowerPoint for a long time, a long time… Throughout my PowerPoint journey I’ve found a tonne of functions in the presentation tool that match (and sometimes even beat) Photoshop. Don’t believe me? Read on… As I write this I think to myself how many graphic designers will be glancing over this blog post thinking, “yeah right, whatever”. It’s a common experience I’ve become accustomed to over the years of being a presentation designer. All over the world there are people that scoff at even the thought of using PowerPoint…
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    Pivotal Public Speaking

  • How do you express what cannot be said?

    28 Sep 2014 | 11:56 pm
    This is a beautiful quotation. But now I’m giving it some deeper thought. Really? … “what cannot be said” … what is it that cannot be said that music can express? I would love to hear your ideas, because there are some incredibly eloquent writers and speakers whom I admire hugely, and I cannot help [...]
  • Presenting with Power … powerful public speaking tips

    24 Sep 2014 | 2:22 am
    I had the pleasure of contributing to this compilation. And I have to say I love the format which makes it so easy for you to pick up tips on speaking… particularly now that I have remembered to click on full screen rather than squinting at it!! Presenting with Power: Planning and Preparing Presentations from [...]
  • For when you really have to get your point across…

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Thank You for Arguing is your master class in the art of persuasion, taught by professors ranging from Bart Simpson to Winston Churchill. The time-tested secrets this book discloses include Cicero’s three-step strategy for moving an audience to action—as well as Honest Abe’s Shameless Trick of lowering an audience’s expectations by pretending to be unpolished. [...]
  • [Quotation about public speaking] Commencement speakers

    13 Sep 2014 | 1:08 am
    “A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that ‘individuality’ is the key to success.” — Robert Orben
  • [Quick Public Speaking Tip] Does your audience know how competent you are?

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Your credibility will be built on how your audience perceives your competence, your character and your charisma. Let’s look at that first element of credibility – competence. To be seen as credible you need to be seen as competent. Obviously you need to know your material, and know it very well. Know it so that [...]
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    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence

  • Are Your Triggers Your Weaknesses?

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

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

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

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

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí Texting Rules: Not as Simple as You Might Think It seems as though everyone has their own texting pet peeves. The other night, I was talking to a woman who despises getting a reply text that just says, “k.” Some of my friends hate texting entirely. They would prefer a phone call – you know, like the olden days. Other friends complain about people who [...] The post Texting Rules: Not as Simple as You Might Think appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
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    IMP | Minneapolis, MN

  • Personal Message from Anne Warfield

    Anne Warfield
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:01 pm
      Wow! Here it’s almost Fall and I am sending my first born off to college and the others are preparing for back to school. To me, it is funny, to think that we spend all these years putting knowledge in to children’s brains and less time helping them build better pathways to deal with […] The post Personal Message from Anne Warfield appeared first on IMP | Minneapolis, MN.
  • PRESS RELEASE – Anne Warfield Receives Best in Class Speaker at PCMA

    Anne Warfield
    28 May 2014 | 7:27 am
    Congratulations Anne! Your content and presentation of the session, “Strategic Negotiations: Bring Your Ethics, Integrity and High Character to the Bargaining Table” at the 2014 PCMA Convening Leaders in Boston was very well received and received great feedback – earning you the title of Best in Class! We would like to extend to you the […] The post PRESS RELEASE – Anne Warfield Receives Best in Class Speaker at PCMA appeared first on IMP | Minneapolis, MN.
  • Successful Team Communication

    Anne Warfield
    14 Mar 2014 | 11:28 am
    Learn to Communicate Clearly so You Say the Right Thing at the Right Time Every Time! Have you ever wished you always knew just what to say? Ever wished your entire team executed under high trust? Successful Communication starts with Outcome Thinking® – a brain based communication strategy created by Anne Warfield. Strategic communication is […] The post Successful Team Communication appeared first on IMP | Minneapolis, MN.
  • Leadership Development : Would you hire yourself tomorrow?

    Anne Warfield
    14 Jan 2014 | 8:06 am
    Would you hire yourself today? Watch Now as Anne shares how, no matter the position, we’re all leaders. She’ll share several key strengths you’ll need to exhibit. The post Leadership Development : Would you hire yourself tomorrow? appeared first on IMP | Minneapolis, MN.
  • How Can 1 Hour Dramatically IMPact Business?

    Anne Warfield
    10 Dec 2013 | 9:53 pm
    How can One Hour Dramatically IMPact Business? Watch Now… as Anne shares how, as a leader, you can help your team increase productivity and save time. “I want Anne to share with me..” Get a personalized Video Blog that answers YOUR burning questions! While other companies make generic video blogs, we want to get to […] The post How Can 1 Hour Dramatically IMPact Business? appeared first on IMP | Minneapolis, MN.
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    The Brain Alchemist

  • Explainers: Thumbs up or thumbs down?

    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…
  • Five benefits of using multimedia to build your expert brand in academia and beyond

    8 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    Photo credit: Irina Drigalenko   Our Bookphoria team has just returned from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where we were honored to be part of the STARTALK program. We delivered our presentation on the use of multimedia for academics so that they could build their expert brands to be both in and on demand. Because of the economic situation and development of technology, more and more academics need to find new ways to promote their courses and programs. Some start information businesses or consulting practices as full-time or part-time options. All academics need to enhance their…
  • Go the distance for your audience

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

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

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

  • Why timelines upgrade your PowerPoint presentation

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    Timelines are a popular design tool in PowerPoint. But many associate it with a thin line with monotonous lined data. Our motto is: boring was yesterday. We have developed PowerPoint timelines that certainly add more pep to your presentation, and show the versatile applications of timelines. Make company history alive Many companies that have been successful for several generations build their career on numerous milestones. PowerPoint Timelines are the optimal choice to highlight these individual dates within the company’s history. Same for the future: you already know where you want to…
  • How to optimize your profit margin using a value chain analysis

    Alexander Bodenseh
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:25 am
    Especially with complex production processes, it often comes to inefficiencies. A value chain analysis helps you to identify and eliminate them. Learn how to create a value chain and how to proceed in the subsequent analysis, in this article. What is a value chain? A value chain is a method for strategic analyses of manufacturing processes for a product or service developed by Michael E. Porter. It reveals which proportions of individual development departments contribute to the profit margin. In addition, a value chain analysis reveals weaknesses in the production process. By eliminating…
  • For Entrepreneurs: How to Found a Successful Startup

    Alexander Bodenseh
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:25 am
    Startup companies aregenerally newly created companies based on innovative business ideas with high growth potential.Every year numerous new startups are founded, following the dream to become the next Twitter, Skype or Instagram.The majority however fails; many do not even survive the first year. But many mistakes that lead to failing can be easily avoided. From Idea to Business Plan – What you should consider To avoid a similar fate of your business startup, you should consider your business model and research the markets in advance. A business plan offers both yourself as well as…
  • Lead your business to success with the Business Model Canvas

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:32 am
    Even the best business ideas only work with the right business model. The more sophisticated and targeted, the greater the chance of success. Be clever: Create from the beginning a Business Model Canvas in PowerPoint. Learn now what you should watch out for! The Business Model Canvas was developed in 2004 by Dr. Alexander Osterwalder and Prof. Yves Pigneur. Meanwhile, it has established itself as a practical analysis tool, because the canvas is for any business the appropriate way to show business models and is easy to understand. Why you need a structural plan for your business model The…
  • Product Canvas: Product Development Made Easy

    Alexander Bodenseh
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    With a Canvas Product all relevant information of a planning process can be clearly presented on one page. Thereby, it is possible to each of the product development stakeholders at any time, to obtain information about the current status of the planning process.   The Product Canvas is developed by Roman Pichler method from the “agile project management”. As basic idea behind the agile project management is the assumption that the planning process in the modern working environment cannot be set in stone and the continuous adaptation of the original plan is inevitable. A product…
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  • Off to a running start - 8 starting points for a speech or presentation

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

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

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

    5 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    Today we serve you with a short infographic, detailing 10 tips for speech delivery. Please rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 No votes yet Nederlands
  • Swear words in presentations: f*** yeah or h*** no?

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:55 am
    Using swear words is a delicate subject, in life in general and even more so for public events like presentations. Can you? Would you? Should you? A look at the pros and cons. [Note: This article is about swear words, not profanity. Swear words are dirty words that usually refer to some bodily function or product, copulation, etc. Profanity has to do with deities and/or the supernatural.] Arguments contra It might alienate your audience Whether or not you yourself think curse words are mighty fine, some people certainly frown upon them. Regardless of how great your presentation is, curse…
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  • How To Create A Mouseover Text Effect In Your PowerPoint Presentation

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    24 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    One of the coolest PowerPoint tricks you can use to help you during a presentation is to have text pop-ups, what is known as “rollover or mouseover text,” appear onscreen when you hover your mouse over an object. This is an especially neat trick when combined with hide and appear animations within your layouts. And […] The post How To Create A Mouseover Text Effect In Your PowerPoint Presentation appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • How To Quickly Turn A List Of Bullet Points Into Slides In PowerPoint

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    18 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    If you find that one of the most time-consuming parts of creating a PowerPoint presentation is knocking out the framework, or taking your pages of notes and turning them into slides, then I have good news for you! PowerPoint has an ‘Outline View’ that allows you to view your presentation – as the name suggests […] The post How To Quickly Turn A List Of Bullet Points Into Slides In PowerPoint appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • How To Add Slide Numbers in PowerPoint Presentations So That They Show Up Correctly

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    14 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    If you’ve ever gone through the motions of adding page numbers, a.k.a. slide numbers, to your PowerPoint presentation, only to find that they do not show up correctly (or they don’t show up at all), fear not, you are not alone! Slide numbers are not only extremely annoying, but they can even make you start […] The post How To Add Slide Numbers in PowerPoint Presentations So That They Show Up Correctly appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • How to View Two PowerPoint Presentations at the Same Time

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    4 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    Have you ever wanted to view two PowerPoint presentations at the same time on a single monitor? Maybe you needed to: Present translations of a PowerPoint presentation in ‘Presentation Mode’ on a single screen for multiple audiences View two (or more) PowerPoint presentations side-by-side in ‘Presentation Mode’ to compare them View a PowerPoint presentation on […] The post How to View Two PowerPoint Presentations at the Same Time appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • How to Make the Overlapping Part of a Venn Diagram in PowerPoint 2007, 2010 and 2013

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    11 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    Have you ever seen a PowerPoint presentation with the middle portion of a Venn diagram formatted in a different color, and wondered how they pulled it off? Yes, you could simply add a transparency to the overlapping circles, creating a “hazy” effect in the middle…but what if you want to freely format that middle piece, […] The post How to Make the Overlapping Part of a Venn Diagram in PowerPoint 2007, 2010 and 2013 appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
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  • How to connect a Laptop to a Projector while being really really ridiculously good looking

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

    24 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Imagine the following scenario: you have been recently hired by a company and your new boss invites you to his birthday party in his house along with the rest of the team. Then you wonder “what should I get him?” As soon as you leave the office, you head to the closest mall and start looking for the perfect present to make a good impression. After looking for hours for the perfect gift and walking into every single store you found in the mall, you finally get him the best present you could think of. You get home with the beautifully wrapped present and then you start wondering “What if…
  • Visual notes from the TV Hackday ’14 in #Berlin

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    Not too many startup events in Berlin have a cool website, are hosted in a real tv studio (complete with pro cameras and a green screen), are financed with the TV tax and are held mostly in German. The TV Hackday 2014 was such an event. Without further ado here are my visual sketched notes. Click or tap on the image to get a bigger version
  • Presentation tips from the pros: Gary Vaynerchuk @garyvee on storytelling

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    What I’m going to invite you to do here requires a bit of time. Maybe more time than the average blog post. Bear with me because there might also be a great advantage in it for you. A lot of presentations tips along the way and a special bonus at the end. What I want to do is analyze a great talk with you. I want to study it with you and understand what we can learn from it. How much time should you set aside? Well you will need to watch the talk first and then read the post. The talk is 16 minutes long and this blog post takes 7 minutes to read. It’s a lot to ask in…
  • When does your next presentation really begin?

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Presentation Hero has just begun its journey. We’ve reached 100 subscribers! (Actually it’s already over 130).  In email marketing terms this number may seem small, even irrelevant, but what I see is something different, it’s a beginning. In February this conversation did not exist. The idea of saving the world from bad presentations was still in the closed quarters of my hard drive and you, well, were undisturbed by yet another training product.   This beginning is like the beginning of any presentation.  Let me explain: right now I am sending…
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