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  • Cover Everything or Plan Ahead: by Claudyne Wilder

    PowerPoint and Presenting Blog
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Talk fast to fit it all in, or condense and speak calm and connected? What would you do if you had a choice? Kuan walked into the room ready to present when the organizer told him, “Sorry, we can only give you 15 minutes and not 30 for your presentation.” What does Kuan do? Does he talk fast to cover everything he planned? Or does he cut back his information and only present what is essential? Talking fast: If Kuan decides to talk fast and hurry through the information, he’ll end up mumbling some of the numbers so he can get through them. He’ll barely look at the audience. But he will…
  • When making a surprise announcement, don’t say this…

    MANIACTIVE
    laura@maniactive.com
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    You made a surprise announcement. You didn’t drop a bombshell. I’m more than a little strung out when I hear those in the news media say something like, “Mr. Peacock dropped a major bombshell at Wince Country Club today. We’ll give you details after the break.” Instantly, my mind goes to actual bombs. Wounded people. Deaths. Injuries. Yes. That’s what dropping a bombshell on a golf course can literally do. And yes, the news anchor got my attention by using this phrase. But they tricked me. They used the figurative ‘bombshell’ term to…
  • The Fallacy of “Presentation Tips”

    Business School Presentations
    Stanley K. Ridgley
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:29 am
    Stanley K. Ridgley With regard to presentations and so-called “presentation tips,” I deal with two large groups of people. For descriptive simplicity, let’s call these two groups “Natural Born” and “McTips!” “Natural Born” and “McTips!” represent two extreme views of what it takes to become an especially powerful and superior business presenter. Neither view is remotely accurate.  And […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • How to Work a Room

    Communication Skills Power Blog
    admin
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:07 am
    Susan RoAne, bestselling author and socializing expert, shares her best tips on how to start conversations and get rapport with strangers. This is a must watch video if you want to quickly improve your socializing skills.
  • Is America ready for President Graham?

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    George F. Will
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:42 pm
    In 1994, Lindsey Graham, then a 39-year-old South Carolina legislator, ran for Congress in a district that he said had not elected a Republican since Union guns made it do so during Reconstruction. He promised that in Washington he would be “one less vote for an agenda that makes you want to throw up.” He was elected to the Senate in 2002 and soon almost certainly will join the Republican presidential scramble, enlivening it with his quick intelligence, policy fluency, mordant wit and provocative agenda. Read full article >>
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    Presentation Zen

  • Architect Takaharu Tezuka creates imaginative learning spaces

    Garr
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    TEDxKyoto has emerged as one of the premiere TEDx events in the world. I've attended every one of the Kyoto events (and spoken at two), and I am blown away by the outstanding job they have done. Superbly organized, professional, and inspiring. TEDxKyoto was founded in 2011 by Jay Klaphake, a TEDster and Professor at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies. Through his leadership and the incredible hard work of a dedicated all-volunteer staff numbering in the hundreds, TEDxKyoto has become a very hot ticket indeed. Although TEDxKyoto has held only a few major events so far, already two of its…
  • Presentation lessons from Steve Martin's autobiography

    Garr
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:41 am
    The greatest presentation lessons will never be found in a book on using PowerPoint (or any other presentation tool). Advice and lessons are found in different places. I have always said that some of the greatest advice on presenting on stage comes from the world of stand-up comedy. In the ten years of Presentation Zen, I have often pointed to the lessons from comedians. Stand-up is the most naked and most difficult kind of public speaking gig I can think of. For every famous stand-up comedian you know, there must be ten thousand others who tried but eventually gave it up. One of the most…
  • Advancing the narrative through first person interviews

    Garr
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:49 pm
    March 11, 2015 marks four years since our brothers and sisters up in Tohoku (northeast Japan) experienced the devastating impact of not one, but three disasters. In the past I have pointed to short films made by filmmakers Jeffrey Jousan, Ivan Kovac, and Paul Johannessen, such as in this piece Storytelling that grabs the heart as well as the head. And in this piece Storytelling, POV, & the power of first-person narrative. Today, as a way of commemorating the Tohoku disaster and remembering the great struggle that people face in such places as Ishinomaki, please take a look at a followup…
  • The key to storytelling is in the giving, not the getting

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

    Garr
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:27 pm
    The power of a live performance is not in the perfection of the mechanics but rather in the sincerity, authenticity, and quality of the contribution in the moment. This is not to suggest that one does not need great content — or in the case of a musical performance, great talent — but intangibles are important too. With a live performance, just as in a live talk, imperfections will show themselves. But it's our imperfections that make us human, and it's one's humanity that connects with and engages an audience. When there is a genuine connection and honest, engagement with the audience,…
 
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    Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency

  • Fast Tips for Financial Presentations

    Sunday Avery
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    Here’s the hard truth: a lot of financial presentations or slides come through our door, many of which are unattractive and not even remotely impactful. It doesn’t matter if the company is large or small, conservative or creative, there is just something about numbers that makes people want to give up. The reason? Number fatigue. Financial presentations must be driven by facts, stats, and numbers because they are inherently fueled by them. Because of this, even great speakers are not willing to put a lot of effort into slide design. They assume that because the data has to be in there,…
  • How to Master Q&A Sessions

    Sunday Avery
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:03 pm
    “Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” – Voltaire Do you shudder at the thought of an audience discussion? Does giving a Q&A make you feel like running away? If you lean towards introversion, prefer to run a one-man show, or simply are worried about being asked the wrong question, you may already be nodding your head and strapping on running shoes. Q&A’s can be a potent force of good. They draw your audience in closer, giving them a say in your message. By increasing engagement, you also increase the likelihood that your presentation will be remembered…
  • What’s the Mission of Your Message?

    Sunday Avery
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:31 pm
    You have something to say, and you want to say it correctly. The key to this is discovering the purpose or core motivation behind your message. This way you can keep the content of your speech purposeful, without adding any extraneous fluff. But what is your mission? Here’s an example: you’re an entrepreneur with limited experience who wants to sell the idea of a chain of upscale coffee shops. You also have a great purpose behind it: these coffee shops will give a portion of their earnings to homeless shelters in the area. Do you focus on the story? Hone in on the sell? How can you decide…
  • How to Tell Your Brand Story in a Presentation

    Sunday Avery
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:33 pm
    The most successful brands today make emotional connections with their audience by telling the kinds of stories that we see, experience, and remember. Think of the way Apple products have integrated personally into our lives, as a direct result of how Steve Jobs connected us to them. Or think about the way Starbucks approached a simple cup of coffee: it became a unique treat and maybe even the best part of our day. “A compelling brand story gives your audience a way to connect with you, one person to another, and to view your business as what it is: a living, breathing entity run by real…
  • The Rise and Fall of PowerPoint Clip Art

    Sunday Avery
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:36 pm
    When PowerPoint came on the scene in 1990, Clip Art made sense. It provided a whole library of convenient images that you didn’t have to wait hours for on a dial-up connection. You could slap an American flag in the background of your presentation on US Presidents and look like a designer. 20+ years later, Clip Art within PowerPoint has become a sad, tasteless joke. So much so that Microsoft actually got rid of it within the new versions of PowerPoint, and replaced it with Bing images via the power of the search engine. If you’re running older versions of PowerPoint, we urge you to resist…
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    Speak Schmeak

  • Is your audience suffering an engagement drought?

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Devil to Pay

    Figaro
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:24 am
    Figaro often gets asked to talk about idioms. Here’s a recent question sent in to our companion site, ArgueLab.com. It has to do with one of our favorite idioms of all: “There will be the devil to pay.” No, it’s not from the Bible. The expression comes straight from the British Navy, and it doesn’t mean you’re in danger of going to Hell. It means you’re going to Davy Jones’ Locker. Watch the video for more, and feel free to email Jay with your own persuasive or figurative questions. Meanwhile, what’s an idiom? We like to call it the…
  • Where the Heck Is Figaro?

    Figaro
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:23 pm
    All over the place, it seems, except here. He’s been on Twitter as @jayheinrichs.  (That’s where you’ll find his micro-analysis of the election as it progresses. Our take on the Hillary announcement trailer: “It’s not for Democrats or Republicans. It’s for people with lives.” In short except for the awful logo and the condescending phrase “everyday people,” Figaro liked it.) He’s also been on our sister site, ArgueLab. And on a Youtube channel called ArgueLab. And you can see what his human version has been doing at…
  • How Do You Begin an Argument?

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

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

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

  • Practice Your Presentation

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

    Fred E. Miller
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    o Your Own! Transcript The Emcee’s last words are often Underwhelming. .. “Thanks for coming. Have a safe drive home.” “That can be improved!” AFTER Your Closing Have an AFTER-Duction. The AFTER-Duction Should be an Integral Part of Your Presentation The AFTER-Duction Is delivered by the Emcee. The AFTER-Duction Is the Speaker’s Responsibility to write. The AFTER-Duction Serves Several Purposes. THANK the Speaker! REINFORCE Something of Value in their message.  “One of my Take-Aways is. . .” HELP Where Appropriate, Speaker Sell Products and Services. CDs Books…
  • Geetesh Bajaj, INDEZINE, interviews me about the Elevator Speech.

    Fred E. Miller
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:04 am
    Geetesh Bajaj, owner of the popular blog, INDEZINE, interviews me about the Elevator Speech. Geetesh: Elevator speeches are almost always never given in elevators, and as you explain in your course, they are not even all about what we speak! So what exactly does an elevator speech mean in today’s world? Fred: Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities! That’s my mantra. No one ever challenges it. Why would they! Delivering an elevator speech is a speaking opportunity and having a super one is useful in a number of settings. For salespeople and others…
  • “Man! I Like That Bow Tie!” Another. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    o Great Back Story! – It’s All about the Back Story! Marc Dangerfield My daughter got married this past summer. The groom made a decision to wear a bow tie, and have his groomsmen do the same. These were “real” bow ties; not clip-ons or the kind that clasp around the neck and under the shirt collar. As the father of the bride, I considered it my duty to do the same, and purchased one that looked great with my stripped shirt and new suit. When I made that decision, I had no idea what lay ahead. I can’t recall how many videos I watched, nor how many hours I practiced, to tie…
  • Power Public Speaking Interview!

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

  • Cover Everything or Plan Ahead: by Claudyne Wilder

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Talk fast to fit it all in, or condense and speak calm and connected? What would you do if you had a choice? Kuan walked into the room ready to present when the organizer told him, “Sorry, we can only give you 15 minutes and not 30 for your presentation.” What does Kuan do? Does he talk fast to cover everything he planned? Or does he cut back his information and only present what is essential? Talking fast: If Kuan decides to talk fast and hurry through the information, he’ll end up mumbling some of the numbers so he can get through them. He’ll barely look at the audience. But he will…
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Text Transforms

    26 Apr 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Have you ever tried your text to fit along the edge of a circle, or even within a circle? Or on a curved path -- or even as a roller coaster? Most of the time, you need not play as much with words but sometimes if you want to create a quick logo, or even an easy graphic -- then you will find PowerPoint's Transform tools for text very useful. Transform is a special stylizing option available in PowerPoint only for text. Learn how you can make your text arty and on-a-path by using Transform options in PowerPoint 2013. Categories: effects, powerpoint_2013, text, tutorials
  • Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Clip Media Properties in Clip Organizer

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:15 pm
    As we explored in earlier tutorials, every clip media object within the Clip Organizer has keywords associated -- these keywords can be edited as required. Similarly, clip media objects have certain other properties also such as the clip media name, type, resolution, etc. In this tutorial we'll explain how to view the Properties for the clip media within the Clip Organizer. Explore properties option within the Clip Organizer. Categories: clip_media, graphics, powerpoint_2010, tutorials
  • Text Characters with Picture Fills in PowerPoint

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    You may have seen text used creatively as a container for picture fills so many times – but did you realize that you could do it within PowerPoint – yes, all you need is PowerPoint and nothing else! Well, of course you still need imagination, the proper picture to use as a fill, and a nice thick, blocky font – but you probably have it all already – and we will help you put all these elements together within this quick and easy tutorial. Learn how you can fill text characters with picture fills creatively. Categories: design, powerpoint, text
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Text Effects

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Among the options for stylizing text in PowerPoint, we have already explored Text Fills and Text Outlines. You have also learned how to apply various WordArt styles in PowerPoint. But there's more you can do with text! Let us now learn how to apply and edit various text effects like Shadow, Reflection, Glow, 3-D Rotation, Transform, etc. to your text. Learn about various Text Effects available in PowerPoint 2013 that can be used to stylize your text. Categories: effects, powerpoint_2013, text, tutorials
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • Stories not Scoring

    sshapiro
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Last week after giving a speech at a casino hotel in Las Vegas, I sat at the bar and settled in to listen to a band play old music from the Rat Pack. Just as I was getting ready to leave, a guy tapped me on the shoulder and asked, “Are you Steve Shapiro, the guy who spoke at our event this morning?”... The post Stories not Scoring appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Better and Faster Innovation

    sshapiro
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    I recently received a review copy of Jeremy Gutsche’s “Better and Faster.” Jeremy is the CEO of TrendHunter.com and the book reflects the quality of the site. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I rarely post (if ever) post book reviews. But I liked this one so much, I decided... The post Better and Faster Innovation appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Stephen Shapiro’s Innovation Philosophy

    shapiro
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    The post Stephen Shapiro’s Innovation Philosophy appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • The Uberization of Everything

    sshapiro
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    The taxi industry is shaking in its boots, worried about the impact of Uber. The reality is, every industry should be concerned. For those of you luddites who have not yet heard of Uber, it is a technology platform that allows you to request a ride from an individual who will then pick you up in his... The post The Uberization of Everything appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • The Soft Drink Printing Machine

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

  • Electronic Version of the Slide Chooser - using Prezi (Beta version)

    Dr. Abela
    11 Apr 2015 | 11:56 am
    Hi all. Here's a beta version of an interactive version of the Slide Chooser; we built it using Prezi. The way it works is you keep clicking through until you find a slide layout that suits what you're trying to communicate. You will then find links to templates for that specific layout. If you want to back up, click just outside the frame you're viewing. If you want to go all the way back to the top level, just click on Prezi's "Home" button (a small "house" symbol at the right of the screen).  I recommend that you view the electronic Slide Chooser…
  • Electronic templates for Encyclopedia of Slide Layouts

    Dr. Abela
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:21 am
    Our new Encyclopedia of Slide Layouts provides 100+ examples of different slide layouts that pass the squint test, using the popular Slide Chooser as the organizing framework for the whole book. In addition to providing real life examples of each type of layout, the book also provides four sources for templates for each slide design, to save you the effort of having to create them yourself.  Here are the links to each of the different sources cited in the book. Powerframeworks.com hosts many of the layouts described in the book, available as free downloads. The site also offers a…
  • Encyclopedia of Slide Layouts is published

    Dr. Abela
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:58 am
    The Encyclopedia of Slide Layouts is now available on Amazon.com. Several years in the making, the book contains 169 real world slides, with commentary on each one, and with the Slide Chooser serving as the organizing framework for the whole book. The book also contains an introduction that provides an overview of the Extreme Presentation(tm) method, in case you haven't attended one of our workshops or read the earlier books.  The way to use the book is to start with an idea of what you're trying to communicate with your slide, then use the Slide Chooser to get some…
  • Announcing the Slide Chooser

    Dr. Abela
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:57 am
    The most popular thing we've ever posted on this blog has been, without doubt, the Chart Chooser. Available in nine different languages, the Chart Chooser has been featured in numerous books on presentation and data visualisation, and continues to serve as a very simple but effective tool for choosing a good chart.    We have applied the same idea to the question of chosing different slide layouts, so here is the new Slide Chooser(tm). Try as we might, we couldn't fit it into one 8-1/2 x 11" (or A4) page, so we had to split it up on two pages:   It…
  • The Science of Presentation Impact

    Dr. Abela
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Belatedly, I link to a well written summary of my keynote speech at last year's annual PMRG conference:  As market researchers, we know that enhancing the efficiency of our research insights and taking a leadership role in organizational decision making is critical to our function’s future success. That’s why PMRG brought Andrew Abela, PhD, Dean and Associate Professor of Marketing at the Catholic University of America and presentation design consultant to leading corporations, to the stage at the 2013 ANC. In what was widely hailed as the conference’s most exciting…
 
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    Professionally Speaking

  • Unplugged

    Theboss
    12 Apr 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Denziens of the San Francisco tech scene are greeting the sun at a series of Daybreaker Digital Dextox dance parties in Mission District lofts. Before they emerge into the workday world to spend an average of 10 hours a day looking at the screens in their lives (PC, TV, smartphone and now watch) they leave […]
  • Guest Posting: Flying Lessons, First Hand by Rod Thorn

    Theboss
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    This is the keynote address by Rod Thorn, Communication Executive, PepsiCo that was delivered at the Ragan Speechwriters and Executive Communicators Conference, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. on March 10, 2015. Reprinted here with his express permission. It is an amazingly honest and forthright assessment of what is like, on a professional and emotional level, […]
  • The Professional Speechwriters Association

    Theboss
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    Members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable joined David Murray on a conference call earlier this week. This is the third and final edited highlight of the call. In part one David talked about the way the profession has changed. In part two he reviewed highlights from the 2015 Ragan Speechwriters Conference. In this third […]
  • Highlights of the 2015 Ragan Speechwriters Conference

    Theboss
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:13 am
  • The changing world of speechwriting

    Theboss
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable joined Vital Speeches of the Day Editor David Murray on a conference call earlier this week. This is the first of three edited highlights of the call. David is executive director of the Professional Speechwriters Association and was the MC of the recent Ragan Speechwriters Conference. He’s been […]
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  • Comcast pitching lessons

    Jan Schultink
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    The Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger fell through. Fred Wilson makes the case that this is probably a good thing, not so much because of consumer choice, but on the other side of the business: content providers trying to get through to consumers with their offering (Netflix, etc.).This article in the NYT provides some interesting background on the failed $25m lobbying and pitching effort. Some quotes:"He was smothering us with attention but he was not answering our questions""And I could not help but think that this is a $140 billion company with 130 lobbyists — and they are using all of…
  • Let's dive straight into the numbers

    Jan Schultink
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:07 pm
    The economics of most Internet startups are sort of the same. You invest CAC (customer acquisition cost per user), you convert the free user to a paying user (conversion rate), and you hope she sticks around long enough (churn rate) to get a decent LTV (customer life time value). With a decent growth rate, you have a good business.Seasoned venture capitalists are tempted to dive straight into these figures and skip the bit what your business is all about. I would encourage you not to give in. It is important to establish that emotional connection with the problem you are trying to solve, how…
  • Bend the truth?

    Jan Schultink
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:40 pm
    Should you bend the truth to make your investor pitch more attractive? Answer: no.Some investors will find out in the meeting, they might have seen a lot of companies similar to yours and spot an inconsistency quickly by asking a few smart questionsMost investors will find out in meeting #2 when you open up the books of the companyThe biggest reason not to: your personal brand. Integrity issues is an absolute no-go for investors (they are evaluating you as a trusted long-term business partner). And word of a tarnished personal brand is likely to stick with you beyond this fund raising…
  • Not all feedback is useful feedback

    Jan Schultink
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:20 am
    You show your deck to 10 people, you get 10 different sets of feedback. Feedback is useful, but you have to make the call to whom to listen, and whom to ignore. People have different backgrounds. Experts, colleagues, and insiders give different feedback than your close family. Listen more carefully to feedback from people that resemble your target audience before putting all your fundamental charts in the appendix.The more often you give a presentation, the more you start developing your own flow. When you reach a stage where you can deliver a pitch without going back and forth between…
  • Hearing a story for the first time, versus the 100th time

    Jan Schultink
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:48 am
    Someone who hears a story for the first time needs to create the whole picture in her head from scratch. Give background, introduction, examples, then bring it all together.People who have heard the story millions of times before, check your presentation against their existing mental picture. Summary upfront, neatly structured, logical.Presentation designers fall in the second category, while most of your audience is in the first. Think about that.Art: Gustav Klimt, Beech Grove
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    Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

  • How to be more confident – dismiss your demons

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

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

    Gavin Meikle
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    With Christmas just passed, and smartphones and tablets reported as the most popular presents, I thought it might be helpful to think about how these technological marvels can help become a better presenter. 1) Recording your presentations Today’s mobile devices have evolved into quite sophisticated audio and video recording devices and are perfect for recording your speeches for review purposes. Awareness is the key to unlocking our ability to change and improve, but many presenters are unaware of what they do well and what they do that is distracting  or irritating to the audience.
  • Better presentations – what not to do before the night before

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

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

  • When making a surprise announcement, don’t say this…

    laura@maniactive.com
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    You made a surprise announcement. You didn’t drop a bombshell. I’m more than a little strung out when I hear those in the news media say something like, “Mr. Peacock dropped a major bombshell at Wince Country Club today. We’ll give you details after the break.” Instantly, my mind goes to actual bombs. Wounded people. Deaths. Injuries. Yes. That’s what dropping a bombshell on a golf course can literally do. And yes, the news anchor got my attention by using this phrase. But they tricked me. They used the figurative ‘bombshell’ term to…
  • Spin doctors gotta spin…

    laura@maniactive.com
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:52 am
    Public relations pros don’t like the word spin. Call one a “spin doctor” and that’s a low blow. A rude insult. So how can we put a better spin on our profession? As a child, my mom gave me this piece of life advice: “Don’t call people names they don’t want to be called.” However, she meant me to take this advice only in the context of oppressed people. It’s never OK to target an oppressed person with a rude name. However, calling privileged people names might be unflattering– but it also might be part of a strategy to elicit attention and needed social…
  • Why sign the photo release?

    laura@maniactive.com
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    Stock photos pretty much suck. Perhaps they had their time and place, but their moment has passed. After a few years of looking at your friend’s photos on Instagram and Facebook, your eyes have been accustomed to seeing real people doing real activities. In contrast, stock photos of people faking their emotions doesn’t quite resonate with you anymore. We know cheese when we see it, and we don’t like it. Over at WebInkNow, the wonderful writer David Meerman Scott blogged about browsing the web to research senior living centers for his father. The facilities that used stock photos of…
  • What can you do in 30 seconds?

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

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

  • Contest Results — New National Holidays

    John Kinde
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    It’s time for the best lines of our April Contest. The theme for the month is New National Holidays. New contests are announced on the first of the month. The next contest will be introduced in the May 1 newsletter. Here are the top lines for New National Holidays: ** FIRST PLACE ** National Fiction Day: Not a real holiday Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Illinois ** SECOND PLACE ** National Procrastination Day: To be determined. Gerald Fleischmann, Fountain Valley, California ** THIRD PLACE ** Write Backwards Day: 1 LIRPA Sandy Kampner, Evergreen Park, IL HONORABLE MENTION (in random order)…
  • Selecting Our Contest Winners

    John Kinde
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:46 am
    On a recent survey of subscribers, a few comments suggested that the selection of contest winners is subjective. I agree. The results are totally subjective. What is funny to one person is often not funny to another. - Here is some background on the judging process for our contests. - I try to minimize the subjectivity factor by having at least 8 – 10 judges for each contest. And usually the panel of judges is different each month. Sometimes I take the ballots to an improv workshop, sometimes to a Toastmasters meeting, sometimes I email the ballot to friends who I think would be good…
  • Observational Humor — Case Study #134

    John Kinde
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:48 am
    Here is another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of an NSA Las Vegas chapter meeting. First we’ll look at the set-up. Then we will look at the joke and what triggered the humor. The strength of most observational humor is “being there.” Humor which is funny for the audience will not be nearly as funny when studied as an academic exercise. But this is presented as a humor piece which has passed the test of a live audience. THE SET-UP (What happened and what was said during the meeting before the monologue was delivered.) 1. I brought a Virgil’s…
  • Humor Contest — New National Holidays

    John Kinde
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:27 am
    New National Holidays What new National Holiday would you propose? Why? How would we celebrate it? When would it be? Don’t try answering all the questions. Being brief is better Labor Day: The day before Thanksgiving. It will be the only day of the year when we do go to work. Since the next day is Thanksgiving Day, nobody will work past noon. April Fools Day: The second Tuesday in November. We celebrate it by giving a pension of 25 times the minimum wage to anyone even thinking of running for national office. No photo ID required to qualify for the pension. National Fitness Day:…
  • The Justin Bieber Roast

    John Kinde
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:52 am
    Humor Techniques and Lessons-Learned From a TV Celebrity Roast. Last Night, March 30, Justin Bieber was roasted on Comedy Central.  I commend Bieber for stepping into the ring.  It had risks and rewards.  It was a good Roast and Bieber received his share of stinging jabs. A Celebrity Roast is traditionally made up of hard-core, nightclub-style jokes. They push the limits of good taste.  Sure, they could edit the footage and cut all the jokes about sex, body parts, and body functions.  But then they’d have to find a five-minute slot in which they could air what was left of the roast.
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    DiResta Communications Inc.

  • It’s World Voice Day – Do You Have a Voice?

    DiResta Communications, Inc.
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Do you have a voice? Voice matters. Everyone has a right to express their voice. But you can’t do that if you’ve lost your voice.  It’s World Voice Day, a day dedicated to the care of the voice. You use … Continue reading →
  • Press Release: Diane DiResta Shows Women How to Speak Your Way to Success

    DiResta Communications, Inc.
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    For immediate release Diane DiResta presented at The Ellevate Network Workshop: Speak Your Way to Success: Practical Presentation Skills for Workplace Success New York (April 16, 2013) — Diane DiResta, founder and CEO of DiResta Communications, Inc, spoke at the … Continue reading →
  • Here’s Johnny… How to Introduce a Public Speaker

    DianeDiResta
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:44 am
    Your biggest worry isn’t your presentation or your entrance. Your worst nightmare is the person who is introducing you. When the Johnny Carson show was on the air, Carson had a sidekick named Ed McMahon. His job was to introduce Johnny … Continue reading →
  • Public Speaking: Does Sizzle Matter More Than The Steak?

    DianeDiResta
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:08 pm
    What’s more important? Style or Substance? Sizzle or Steak?  I ask this question in my public speaking and presentation seminars. The class is usually divided but they vote more often for the sizzle. It makes sense. Before people can hear … Continue reading →
  • How to Make Your Audience Listen When Public Speaking

    DianeDiResta
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Does your audience tune out? Do you have trouble keeping them engaged?  It’s challenging enough to get the attention of one listener. It’s even harder to command a large audience. With less time to do more, competing priorities and so much … Continue reading →
 
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    TEDTalks (video)

  • Nick Bostrom: What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

    TEDTalks
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds -- within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as "smart" as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us: "Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make." A philosopher and technologist, Bostrom asks us to think hard about the world we're building right now, driven by thinking machines. Will our smart machines help to preserve humanity and our values -- or will they have values of their own?
  • Nizar Ibrahim: How we unearthed the spinosaurus

    TEDTalks
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    A 50-foot-long carnivore who hunted its prey in rivers 97 million years ago, the spinosaurus is a "dragon from deep time." Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim and his crew found new fossils, hidden in cliffs of the Moroccan Sahara desert, that are helping us learn more about the first swimming dinosaur -- who might also be the largest carnivorous dinosaur of all.
  • Clint Smith: How to raise a black son in America

    TEDTalks
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    As kids, we all get advice from parents and teachers that seems strange, even confusing. This was crystallized one night for a young Clint Smith, who was playing with water guns in a dark parking lot with his white friends. In a heartfelt piece, the poet paints the scene of his father's furious and fearful response.
  • Chris Milk: How virtual reality can create the ultimate empathy machine

    TEDTalks
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:59 am
    Chris Milk uses cutting edge technology to produce astonishing films that delight and enchant. But for Milk, the human story is the driving force behind everything he does. In this short, charming talk, he shows some of his collaborations with musicians including Kanye West and Arcade Fire, and describes his latest, mind-bending experiments with virtual reality. (This talk is part of Pop-Up Magazine's guest-curated session at TED2015!)
  • Jedidah Isler: How I fell in love with quasars, blazars and our incredible universe

    TEDTalks
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Jedidah Isler first fell in love with the night sky as a little girl. Now she’s an astrophysicist who studies supermassive hyperactive black holes. In a charming talk, she takes us trillions of kilometers from Earth to introduce us to objects that can be 1 to 10 billion times the mass of the sun — and which shoot powerful jet streams of particles in our direction.
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  • “The Single Most Important Question Ever”

    Nicole
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Intro by Terry Gault Article by David Burk of The Electron Shop This article touches on a technique that we’ve been preaching to our clients for about 2 decades. In fact, I refer to it as “the most powerful communication technique I have ever learned.” I also refer to it as “the most underutilized communication technique I have ever learned.” If you are practicing it regularly, it will transform your communications with others in a way that gives you a competitive advantage – indeed, a Super Power you didn’t have before.   There is one…
  • What can Joe Buck (and his parents) teach us about how we represent ourselves?

    terrygault
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    by Terry Gault of The Henderson Group My wife picked up a Cigar Aficionado magazine at our local Toyota dealer when she took her car in for service.  Probably because Hugh Jackman was on the cover.  That guy is annoying – Good looking, can sing & dance, is buff, AND plays Wolverine in the X–Men movies.  I hate him.   But I digress … The magazine also features an interesting piece on Joe Buck, the sportscaster whose father was the voice of the St Louis Cardinals for decades.  He learned as much about calling games from his mother (an actress and singer) as he did…
  • Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here’s How to Know.

    Nicole
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Chuck Kuglen of The Henderson Group Emotional Intelligence has a direct correlation to how we all represent ourselves. It’s said that you get your first job out of college or grad school based on what you know, your knowledge, school, etc. However, people move up and get promotions, more money, and responsibility based on Emotional Intelligence. Here’s a great article by Travis Bradberry with Inc.com on the qualities of emotional intelligence. When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average…
  • Accelerate your Time To Mastery with Daily Practice

    terrygault
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Terry Gault of The Henderson Group Back in 1997, early in my own practice of getting certified to lead workshops for The Henderson Group, I had a significant epiphany. It occurred to me that if I practiced daily the precepts and techniques that I was learning and starting to teach, it would make it much harder NOT to certify me.  In other words, if my daily practice was impeccable, it dramatically increased the likelihood that David Henderson, my mentor and boss, would certify me and I could start making money doing something I really enjoyed. This one single idea has made more…
  • April Art of Presentation Workshop with The Henderson Group

    Nicole
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:42 pm
    April 9-10, 2015 in San Francisco with Terry Gault Mastering Your Presentation Style Building rapport with an audience and moving them to action requires the ability to confidently present information that convinces and engages even the most skeptical customer. This intensive work educates and motivates participants to deliver high-impact presentations. Using interactive methods, rather than lectured instruction, participants cultivate a personal style – a style that gains the audience’s attention through confident composure and meaningful interaction. Through the Henderson…
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    Public Speaking Library

  • Question the question

    Tim Wilson
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    Fellow speaker,Presentation professor Andrew Abela suggests you ask this question when using the SCoRE system for your board room speech:Have you covered all reasonable objections?Do you have a complication for every new piece of information you use that creates a need for that new piece of information?Questioning,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Question the example

    Tim Wilson
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    Fellow speaker,Presentation professor Andrew Abela suggests you ask these questions when creating your story's example for your board room speech:Does the example give a specific instance of how the resolution would work?Could you say at the beginning of the example, "Let me show you what I mean..."?Making an example,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Question the resoltuion

    Tim Wilson
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    Fellow speaker,Presentation professor Andrew Abela suggests you ask these questions when creating your story's resolution for your board room speech:Does this lay out the overall solution to your problem?Does each following resolution fully address the complication that sets up the resolution?Resolved,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Question the complication

    Tim Wilson
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:46 am
    Fellow speaker,Presentation professor Andrew Abela suggests you ask these questions when creating your story's complication for your board room speech:Does it focus on a painful problem the audience has?Is this the major problem for your audience?Are you making a significant contribution to solving this problem?Is each new complication the most likely objection in your audience's mind?It's complicated,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Question the situation

    Tim Wilson
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    Fellow speaker,Presentation professor Andrew Abela suggests you ask this question when creating your story's situation for your board room speech:Is your situation something that everyone in the room agrees with?Situationally,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
 
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  • Are online presentations different?

    Simon
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:18 am
    Not long ago I asked in one of the remarkable Sarah Arrow’s private groups what people needed to know about when it comes to presentations. I got a lot of questions: this blog is a […]
  • A bit of self-indulgence (and I’m barely even sorry)

    Simon
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:25 am
    Forgive me. I’m going to brag. Firstly, there are two reviews in for my next book. (You can sign up for updates at presentationgenius.info.) and I love them both. Not bad, eh?  And from someone […]
  • Parc your presentations

    Simon
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    With thanks to my friend Lydia Bates, who devised the original formula, I’d like to introduce the acronym PARC. it’s the best ways we’ve found for structuring the process of designing your presentation and documents […]
  • Things I have learned

    Simon
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s been a bonkers month here. Illness and injury abound, with several people in hospital for several weeks. Not my fault, I promise – I didn’t put them there. In amongst all of this I […]
  • 30 presentation posts

    Simon
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    You might have noticed, but I’ve been posting more, recently. In fact for the last month I’ve taken on Sarah Arrow’s 30 day challenge. The idea is to write thirty blog posts in as many […]
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    Public Words

  • Five Tips For Effective Communicating

    Nick Morgan
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    I spent a day recently working with a team of people who belong to a part of the government that I can’t mention. But aside from talking about hamsters and flying cars instead of the real work they were doing, so that they didn’t have to kill me at the end of the day, the training focused on body language and storytelling as it usually does. And the concerns and struggles of... Read More
  • Intentional Communicating

    Nick Morgan
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    I found myself recently talking to a group of Harvard students at the end of a daylong conference, trying to persuade them to become intentional about their communications. You might think that I was preaching to the choir – surely Harvard students are intentional about their communications, if anyone is – but I found the same basic surprise in the eyes of this audience that I do with most groups I talk... Read More
  • What a story is and is not – part 2

    Nick Morgan
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:22 am
    This is the second of a two-part post on storytelling — what it is and is not. As I said last time, connecting with another person is one of the highest forms of social being for humans. At the heart of it is good storytelling. When I’m telling you a story, and you’re engaged in it, you match your brain waves to mine. If I’m telling you a story with a familiar structure,... Read More
  • What Storytelling Is Not

    Nick Morgan
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:47 am
    This is the first of a two-part post on storytelling — what it is and is not. Connecting with another person is one of the highest forms of social being for humans. At the heart of it is good storytelling. When I’m telling you a story, and you’re engaged in it, you match your brain waves to mine. If I’m telling you a story with a familiar structure, your brain actually anticipates... Read More
  • Making Business Relationships Work

    Nick Morgan
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    In two previous posts I discussed some preliminary work I’ve been doing on the life cycle of a business relationship. I posited that the first stage, pretty clearly, is the relationship-establishing or deal-killing friend-or-foe analysis. In other words, neuroscience tells us, the first thing that people do when they get together is decide do I feel comfortable with this person or not?   Is this person a friend or a foe? The second stage... Read More
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  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:15 am
    Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But you won't miss a thing, since I'm summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog for all readers to see. Here's what I shared in the week just past:Binders full of women speakers: I think most lists of women speakers are well-intentioned but unlikely to be used by conference organizers. This investor's list, however, seems to have some traction.Lean out: You've heard this here before, but the New Yorker has a good…
  • Famous Speech Friday: Stella Young's "I'm not your inspiration"

    Denise Graveline
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:45 am
    Stella Young was an Australian comedian, journalist, and disability advocate who spent most of her life in a wheelchair due to a brittle bone disease. In all three of her professional roles, she was a funny and frequent speaker. And in her TEDxSydney talk, "I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much," Young--who died just a few months later, in December 2014--used a public speaking story to describe her experiences as being "inspiration porn" for non-disabled audiences:Years later, I was on my second teaching round in a Melbourne high school, and I was about 20 minutes into a year 11 legal…
  • Conference notes from #uksgcam2015: Diving into speechwriting

    Denise Graveline
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:15 am
    Last week, I had a deep dive into talking, speaking, and language...and it was all about writing speeches. But that dive took many different directions at the Spring Speechwriters and Business Communicators Conference in Cambridge, UK, creatively organized by Brian Jenner and deftly chaired by Alan Barker. It's one of my favorite meetings, and, like any good diver, I always come away refreshed, having seen and heard new things. Here are some of the insights I gleaned:Stories aren't really digressions. They're halos: I think Hanneke Kulik gave my favorite talk at this meeting, a…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:15 am
    Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But you won't miss a thing, since I'm summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog for all readers to see. Here's what I shared in the week just past:Findings: A researcher shares his tips for talking about your research in the style of TED.Intentional speaking: This speaker set out to get better, and she shares her tips for both speakers and conferences.Story power: Bring your business or brand to life with…
  • For #EarthDay, 7 famous environmental speeches by women

    Denise Graveline
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:03 pm
    Next week, we celebrate Earth Day, and it's no surprise that women have shaped so much of the public speaking about environmental issues. I've pulled these seven speeches from The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women to showcase their messages about the environment, from pesticides and wildlife conservation to economic arguments for dealing with climate change.Fittingly for a global issue, this is a global array of speakers, with women from France, Kenya, the United States and the United Kingdom represented, and all of their messages ring true today. Click through to see video of…
 
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    Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations

  • Steven Pinker at TED - a poor presentation...

    George Torok
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Steven Pinker - pretty much reads his notes from his book "The Stuff of Thought"I enjoyed reading his book and recognized most of his talk from his book. Unfortunately I found his presentation difficult to follow because his key message wasn't clear. What was his point? He clearly read his presentation which means he wasn't talking with his audience. He was simply reading notes from his book to them - as if they were children.Many insightful authors and writers are lousy presentations because writing and speaking are different skills sets. In my option this was a good example of a a terrible…
  • 31 Mar 2015 | 4:07 pm

    George Torok
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:07 pm
    David Christian at TED - well delivered talk - with passion, imagery and purpose.Finishes with an emotional close.Presentation Tips on Twitter Presentation Skills Club on Facebook Executive Speech CoachBusiness presentation tips from George Torok, the Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com
  • Build Rapport Rapidly

    George Torok
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    If you want to persuade people you first need to establish rapport. The sooner you build rapport with your audience, the sooner they will listen to your ideas. The stronger the rapport, the more they will like and trust you.What is Rapport?You have rapport with a person when you both see things the same way, which means they believe that you understand them and see things their way. If you want to persuade them to see things your way, you must first demonstrate that you see things from their position. Then you might be able to shift their perspective.How can you build rapport…
  • Danger of a Single Story - TED talk video - passionate speaker

    George Torok
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Presentation Tips on Twitter Presentation Skills Club on Facebook Executive Speech CoachBusiness presentation tips from George Torok, the Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com
  • Slow down when you speak

    George Torok
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
    Recently, I heard a few speakers who spoke too fast. How fast?  So fast, that I stopped listening.  When I mentioned this to two of them, they both responded with, “I know, I’ve been told that before.”They knew they spoke too fast - yet they continued to annoy listeners with their rapid-fire pace. Perhaps they felt unable to control it or that it wasn’t worth the effort.Speaking too quickly can sabotage your presentation.Why should you speak slower?    You will sound more confident    You can more clearly enunciate your words   …
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  • Fast Tips for Financial Presentations

    Sunday Avery
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    Here’s the hard truth: a lot of financial presentations or slides come through our door, many of which are unattractive and not even remotely impactful. It doesn’t matter if the company is large or small, conservative or creative, there is just something about numbers that makes people want to give up. The reason? Number fatigue. Financial presentations must be driven by facts, stats, and numbers because they are inherently fueled by them. Because of this, even great speakers are not willing to put a lot of effort into slide design. They assume that because the data has to be in there,…
  • How to Master Q&A Sessions

    Sunday Avery
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:03 pm
    “Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” – Voltaire Do you shudder at the thought of an audience discussion? Does giving a Q&A make you feel like running away? If you lean towards introversion, prefer to run a one-man show, or simply are worried about being asked the wrong question, you may already be nodding your head and strapping on running shoes. Q&A’s can be a potent force of good. They draw your audience in closer, giving them a say in your message. By increasing engagement, you also increase the likelihood that your presentation will be remembered…
  • What’s the Mission of Your Message?

    Sunday Avery
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:31 pm
    You have something to say, and you want to say it correctly. The key to this is discovering the purpose or core motivation behind your message. This way you can keep the content of your speech purposeful, without adding any extraneous fluff. But what is your mission? Here’s an example: you’re an entrepreneur with limited experience who wants to sell the idea of a chain of upscale coffee shops. You also have a great purpose behind it: these coffee shops will give a portion of their earnings to homeless shelters in the area. Do you focus on the story? Hone in on the sell? How can you decide…
  • How to Tell Your Brand Story in a Presentation

    Sunday Avery
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:33 pm
    The most successful brands today make emotional connections with their audience by telling the kinds of stories that we see, experience, and remember. Think of the way Apple products have integrated personally into our lives, as a direct result of how Steve Jobs connected us to them. Or think about the way Starbucks approached a simple cup of coffee: it became a unique treat and maybe even the best part of our day. “A compelling brand story gives your audience a way to connect with you, one person to another, and to view your business as what it is: a living, breathing entity run by real…
  • The Rise and Fall of PowerPoint Clip Art

    Sunday Avery
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:36 pm
    When PowerPoint came on the scene in 1990, Clip Art made sense. It provided a whole library of convenient images that you didn’t have to wait hours for on a dial-up connection. You could slap an American flag in the background of your presentation on US Presidents and look like a designer. 20+ years later, Clip Art within PowerPoint has become a sad, tasteless joke. So much so that Microsoft actually got rid of it within the new versions of PowerPoint, and replaced it with Bing images via the power of the search engine. If you’re running older versions of PowerPoint, we urge you to resist…
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  • Standing Ovation

    Susan Trivers
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:57 am
    The long time readers of this blog, Great Speaking Coach, have earned a standing ovation from me for their consistency, comments and interest.  As many of you have noticed, the content of my blog posts has changed into my thoughts and recommendations about how small and medium businesses can grow by exploiting opportunities that are already inside their companies. What I call opportunities that are hidden in plain sight. Recent clients have enjoyed: 33% increase in annual revenue New buyers for their existing offerings A start-up that's quickly becoming an important contributor to local…
  • Ouch! Are Changing Buyer Tastes Shaving Your Revenue?

    Susan Trivers
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
    Men grow facial hair. It needs to be shaved away every day. How could razor manufacturers ever be faced with declining revenue? Here's how: The story of the razor decline began about 5 years ago, when some fashion and consumer publications began featuring men with stubble or short beards. These were appealing guys whose facial hair gave them a charming ‘bad boy’ look. At the same time, there was increasing acceptance of a more casual look in many work places, and that casualness included facial hair where previously only clean-shaven had been acceptable in the mainstream. The result…
  • The Secrets to Robust Business Growth are Hiding in Your Customer Data

    Susan Trivers
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:53 am
    Your customer records hide hugely valuable information. When you know how to excavate and use the right information for growth, you'll generate more business from customers who already do business with you. My approach is that of the humanist and storyteller--in other words, customers are human beings and their business with us creates real stories about them that should help us keep them happy and returning. I'm not your typical data-driven consultant, mining untold quantities of data. It's too easy to set up a few parameters and sort your data into groups that meet those…
  • How Is Your Business Doing at the Four Levels of Growth?

    Susan Trivers
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
    Business growth occurs at four different levels: top line, bottom line, middle line (expenses) and valuation. Increases in the top and bottom lines and stability or a decrease in the middle line, causes an increase in valuation each and every year. Valuation is what your business would be worth if you sold it. Valuation is also a major factor in financing that fuels expansion. My clients are generally mindful of the top, middle and bottom lines and not very mindful of valuation.  Here's what you need to get started understanding valuation for your business: Increasing revenue: you can…
  • Do You Ask Questions that Help You Succeed or Fail?

    Susan Trivers
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:48 am
    You're seeking feedback or input to help you make an important decision. Which question should you ask? "Is this project worthwhile?" or "What do you think about the opportunities presented by this project?" In the first instance, the person asking had distributed a list of his concerns along with the question. Every concern seemed like a burden. For example,"As we grow we'll have to hire another person. How will I know what kind of person to hire?" There was no mention of the 33% growth goal that would make needing a new hire a desirable thing. If this…
 
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  • Why A Bit Of Surprise Is Just What Your Next Business Presentation Needs

    drjim
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Adding a bit of surprise to your next speech will help your audience remember what you sayImage Credit: Maryland GovPics Sigh. It’s time for you to give yet another business presentation. I’m not excited to hear you give it and I’d be willing to bet that despite the importance of public speaking you are not excited to give it. Hmm, this sorta looks like we are headed for a disaster. There has got to be a way to fix this problem. It turns out that there is and it’s actually pretty simple to do: add some surprise to your next business presentation. How About A Little Bit…
  • Using The Power Of Pain To Bring Humor To Your Next Speech

    drjim
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    It turns out that your audience’s pain is a great source of humorImage Credit: David Rodriguez Martin Just how many of us actually look forward to business presentations? I’d be willing to bet just about none of us. The reason that this type of presentation is so almost universally avoided despite the importance of public speaking is because they are just flat out boring. Nobody ever spends much time preparing for these meetings and it generally shows! What if you are the one who has been asked to put on a business presentation? What could you do to possibly make a presentation…
  • When It Comes To Making Your Speech Funny, Seconds Count…

    drjim
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    What you say at the start of your speech can define your entire speechImage Credit: Blake Patterson With a little luck, we can all agree that adding some humor to your next speech will only make that speech that much better. However, one of the big unanswered questions is given the importance of public speaking just exactly where you should add your humor: at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end? There may not be one single answer to that question; however, adding humor at the start of your speech is always a good idea. Now, the big question is exactly how to go about doing this……
  • 3 Quick Ways To Take The Humor Out Of Any Speech

    drjim
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Sadly, it is possible to kill any chance of making your audience laughImage Credit: Arlen Hall If you are like most speakers, you are always looking for ways to add some humor to your next speech. That is always a great idea; however, did you know that some of the things that you may be planning on doing could actually be making it much harder for your audience to laugh during your speech? It turns out that this is possible; perhaps we should uncover what you should not be doing… 3 Ways To Be Unfunny Generally when we are talking about what you need to do to create a great speech, we spend…
  • The Art Of Matching Your Speech Title To Your Speech

    drjim
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Your speech title has to match your speech Image Credit: Michael Johnson If you are like most of us, the next time that you are asked to give a speech, because of the importance of public speaking you’ll probably spend a considerable amount of time working on the speech. You’ll consider your audience, pick your words, and attempt to craft a speech that will capture their attention and allow you to get your point across. Oh, and then when you have it all put together you’ll remember at the last moment that you need a title for your speech, you’ll quickly think something…
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Is America ready for President Graham?

    George F. Will
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:42 pm
    In 1994, Lindsey Graham, then a 39-year-old South Carolina legislator, ran for Congress in a district that he said had not elected a Republican since Union guns made it do so during Reconstruction. He promised that in Washington he would be “one less vote for an agenda that makes you want to throw up.” He was elected to the Senate in 2002 and soon almost certainly will join the Republican presidential scramble, enlivening it with his quick intelligence, policy fluency, mordant wit and provocative agenda. Read full article >>
  • When bootleggers and Baptists converge

    George F. Will
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Smoking, said England’s King James I in 1604, is “loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs.” Three years later he planted a colony in Jamestown. Its tobacco enhanced the royal treasury until Virginia produced a bumper crop of revolutionaries, including the tobacco farmer George Washington. Read full article >>
  • ‘Sustainability’ gone mad on college campuses

    George F. Will
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Syracuse University alumni are new additions to the lengthening list of people who can stop contributing to their alma maters. The university has succumbed — after, one suspects, not much agonizing — to the temptation to indulge in progressive gestures. It will divest all fossil fuel stocks from its endowment. It thereby trumps Stanford, whose halfhearted exercise in right-mindedness has been to divest only coal stocks. Evidently carbon from coal is more morally disquieting than carbon from petroleum. Read full article >>
  • ‘Sustainability’ gone mad on college campuses

    George F. Will
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Syracuse University alumni are new additions to the lengthening list of people who can stop contributing to their alma maters. The university has succumbed — after, one suspects, not much agonizing — to the temptation to indulge in progressive gestures. It will divest all fossil fuel stocks from its endowment. It thereby trumps Stanford, whose halfhearted exercise in right-mindedness has been to divest only coal stocks. Evidently carbon from coal is more morally disquieting than carbon from petroleum. Read full article >>
  • Containing Iran’s nuclear intoxication

    George F. Will
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:36 pm
    This week brings a constitutional moment illustrating a paradox of Barack Obama’s presidency. The catalyst of the drama is legislation proposed by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, asserting Congress’s foreign policy responsibilities and prerogatives. The paradox is this: Read full article >>
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    The Public Speaker's Quick and Dirty Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills

  • 151 TPS Five Things a Boss Should Never Say

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    If you want to encourage creativity and build morale in your group, here are 5 things you shouldn't say. Read the transcript here: http://bit.ly/1Hh38gZ.
  • 291 TPS How to Avoid Awkward Silences

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    You know how to introduce yourself, but how do you keep the conversation going? Lisa B. Marshall, The Public Speaker, offer tips for asking questions that open up communication. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1GU2khJ
  • 290 TPS How Power Poses Can Build Confidence

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    3 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Are you looking for a simple technique to help you be a more captivating and confident presenter? The Public Speaker explains how holding a power pose for just a few minutes can change how others view you and how you view yourself. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1FgPUfG
  • 289 TPS The Best Icebreaker Interview Questions

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    As an interviewer, you can learn a lot about a candidate by asking icebreaker questions. But beyond commenting on the weather, you can actually use icebreakers to gauge the qualifications of the candidate even before you discuss their work experience. The Public Speaker shares her top 4 icebreaker interview questions. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1D7LZXv
  • 206 TPS Why You Hate Your Voice

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    When you hear your voice on playback, it's usually higher-pitched and thinner than what you expected. The Public Speaker explains why this is and why it's ok.
 
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    Power Presentations

  • How To Remember What To Say And Four Ways To Make It Stick

    Jerry Weissman
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:35 pm
    This blog investigates the memory tricks that presenters use to help them along in their presentation or public speaking event. “Public speakers who use the technique often lapse into a “first-this-then-that-and-then-this-and-last-but-not-least” laundry list. To avoid this trap, you must find an overarching structure to connect the diverse parts of your story.” Read the blog on Forbes. The post How To Remember What To Say And Four Ways To Make It Stick appeared first on Power Presentations - The Art and Science of Powerful Presentations.
  • Four Presentation Skills from Five Corporate Leaders

    Jerry Weissman
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:28 pm
    “Every corporate leader must possess a number of essential skills. High on the list are vision, creativity, commitment, reliability, and communication. Presentations are the most mission-critical form of the latter.” Please see Jerry’s latest blog post on Slideshop. The post Four Presentation Skills from Five Corporate Leaders appeared first on Power Presentations - The Art and Science of Powerful Presentations.
  • Hillary Clinton Does It Her Way

    Jerry Weissman
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:24 am
    In sharp contrast to the recent elaborately produced mega-events staged by Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul to announce their candidacies for the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton decided to do it her own way. The Wall Street Journal called it a low-key start, posting “a video online, followed by small events with voters spaced out slowly over coming weeks.” The news was immediately greeted with a fair amount of doubt and derision. Read the full blog on Forbes. The post Hillary Clinton Does It Her Way appeared first on Power Presentations - The Art and Science of Powerful…
  • What to Do When Your Audience Asks Rambling Questions

    Jerry Weissman
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:31 am
    Dick Cavett, the noted television talk show host, who recently released his autobiographical memoir, Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks, did what many of guests did: tour the country to promote his book. In his San Francisco stop, he kept the City Arts and Lectures series audience amused for more than an hour, sprinkling his recollections of those hijinks with entertaining video clips of his interviews with celebrities. And then he opened the floor to questions. You won’t be surprised at what followed. It happens when any presenter in any setting, yields…
  • Audiences Revolt Against PowerPoint

    Jerry Weissman
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:53 am
    After suffering endless hours of torment enduring encyclopedic slideshows, long-suffering audience are trying to find new ways to defend themselves. Their two well-established forms of expressing displeasure with such excess—interrupting the presenter and turning on mobile devices—have failed to stem the tsunami of what has become known as “Death by PowerPoint.” One new approach is “PowerPoint Karaoke.” The Wall Street Journal reported that some corporations now organize events at which employees are asked to gather a set of irrelevant slides and ad lib a comic narrative. Although…
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  • WVHDF Was Warned and Now Your Info May Have Been Stolen

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

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

  • Amber Waves of Grain, Thin Models and Strippers Everywhere Make America Great

    Richard Cahill
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am
    If you were ever skeptical about American exceptionalism, recent news from abroad ought to make you ashamed of doubting your wisdom for being born here or having emigrated legally to this great nation of ours. I am speaking, of course, of the recent French ban on anorexic models and the Chinese prohibition against strippers [...]
  • Letters to the World (Series) by Jascha Kessler

    Jascha Kessler
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:51 am
    Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Letters Editor: THE LOS ANGELES TIMES Los Angeles CA   Dear Letters Editor: Anthony D. Romero, E.D of the ACLU, reviews the mindset of many Millennials who adore Edward Snowden [“Millennials Love Snowden,” 21 April], and aligns their ‘ethos” with that of many powers, whether those of Tech or laity [...]
  • WHAT’S WRONG WITH SERVING THE CUSTOMER PROMPTLY?

    timbryce
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    BRYCE ON MANAGEMENT - The customer should never have to wait. (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. My wife and I recently went out for dinner with another couple to the local Carrabba’s Italian Grill. The food was good [...]
  • “A Hoarse Half-Hearted Cheer” – A Novel Review

    Jack B Rochester
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:21 am
    It was Peter Dexter who wrote, “Keep in mind that a book that entertains without enlightening can still be a guilty pleasure, but a book that enlightens without entertaining is algebra.” Joseph [X.J.] Kennedy’s delightful A Hoarse Half-Human Cheer is, admittedly, intended to entertain, yet it enlightens in being a period piece – après-guerre [...]
  • South Korea casino scene heats up

    Muhammad Cohen
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Foreign billionaires, Chinese tourists and Manila casinos spur a new Korean wave of gaming development. [...]
 
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    Speaking Pro Central

  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    27 Apr 2015 | 2:15 am
    Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But you won't miss a thing, since I'm summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog for all readers to see. This investor's list, however, seems to have some traction. Formulaic?Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • "Mad Men" - McCann Swallows Up Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:20 pm
    McCann makes its move. There will be no more Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (SCDP). It's the end of an era. Only most of the members of the old guard at SCDP don't know it. They are planning a hail-mary pass by opening their own office in California. Their reasoning is if they are making money, the McCann crowd has to let them be. TelevisionBrought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • The New Bohemians (Part 2) - No, You Don't Have To Be (Fully) Grown-Up

    26 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    Some members of the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers and Gens X, Y and even Z have had it with the traditional definition of being "Grown-Up." " In America, that entails striving to maximize income, both active and passive. In European cultures, in which I was reared, the requirement isn't so formidable. At least, not any longer.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • OutEIing EI Machiavellis - It's Actually Fun

    26 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    The very good news about the dark side of EI (Emotional Intelligence) is this: Once you are adept in the moves of the EI game, you can outEI the Machiavellian types. piece of cake. In The Atlantic's May issue, Andrew Giambrone published "When Emotional Intelligence Goes Wrong." " Here you can read it. Or at least try to.  Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
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  • Make a collage of photos

    Ellen Finkelstein
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:52 pm
    I often need graphics for presentations, sales pages, and blog posts (like this one). One technique that works for me is to create a collage of several images. Here’s an example. This collage is supposed to show emotions of doubt, frustration, and worry. Not only can I get multiple facial expressions this way, but I can get a diversity of people, so I can appeal to a variety of readers. A collage of photos is very simple to create. Here are the steps: Choose Insert, Picture or Insert, Online Pictures/Clip Art (will vary according to your version of PowerPoint) and insert several…
  • 3 tips to make your slides more persuasive

    Ellen Finkelstein
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:21 pm
    It’s not only sales people who need to persuade. Perhaps you need to get approval for a proposal. Recently, a subscriber used principles I taught to get approval from a State Legislature committee for an important proposal that will help children in that state. But trainers have told me that they need to persuade too — persuade their audience to listen and finally to implement the training. Here are 3 simple tips to make your slides support the persuasive component of your presentation. Make images big The Picture Superiority principle says that people remember concepts when…
  • Use PowerPoint like a flip chart–draw as you speak

    Ellen Finkelstein
    11 Apr 2015 | 12:58 pm
    A flip chart can be a great way to present. You write or draw as you talk. Yes, people have to wait until you finish writing or drawing, but the process is very engaging to the audience. If you’re old enough, you may remember teachers writing on the blackboard as they taught. It was a slower time! But as you write or draw, your audience has time to think about what you’re saying. This technique is especially helpful when you draw. For example, you might show a process or a configuration. Your picture helps people understand what you’re saying and they get the point with…
  • Experiences from the presentation trenches

    Ellen Finkelstein
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:25 pm
    I gave 2 presentations in the last month and thought I’d share my experiences. A live presentation I gave a live presentation at a marketing conference/workshop. I wasn’t paid but was expected to pitch a product at the end, using an affiliate link of the workshop organizer. In this way, we both made money. (All of the sessions were organized in this way.) My topic was “High Persuasion PowerPoint Presentation Secrets.” I’ve done this topic as a webinar many times, but this was the first time I did it live. About 25 people attended my session. There was formal…
  • Handouts for data-heavy presentations

    Ellen Finkelstein
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Not all presentations can be full of photos. Sometimes, you need to present data — lots of it. While I do think that presenters sometimes dump more than necessary on their audience, consider this scenario. The setting You’re a market research associate. A product marketing manager asks you to research demographics for people in the United States who read email on their phone, tablet, PC and anything else. In other words, something like this: In the Northeast, how many boys aged 13-17 read email on their phone, tablet, PC, other? How many girls? And the same for 18-24, 25-29,…
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  • How do you make a presentation that speeds the sales process?

    Alessandra Cimatti
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:36 am
    By talking to both who will use and who will pay. USP. Unique Selling Propostion. Unique?  Unique for whom? The seller or the buyer?  Which buyer? I recently watched an interesting video titled “Selling Above and Below the Line” by Skip Miller, author of a book by the same name.  Here is the short video: My take-away message is this: there are two types of buyers salespeople need to convince:  the users and the C-suite.  Each buyer type needs a different value proposition. Why? The users generally want to know product features and benefits, while the C-suite wants to know…
  • Common mistakes in company presentation – a podcast interview

    Alessandra Cimatti
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    Oscar Santolalla of the “Time to Shine” podcast interviewed me recently. His podcast is all about public speaking, communication skills and storytelling. Here is a link to  my interview on the Time To Shine podcast website  where you can hear this and other interesting episodes. You can also access the Time to Shine podcast on iTunes. If you are interested in similar podcasts, you might like to read this other post I did titled Public speaking and Presentation Skills podcasts – part 2.  If you want to learn how to deliver impeccable presentations, avoiding technical…
  • Public Speaking & Presentation Skills podcasts – part two

    Alessandra Cimatti
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    One of the most popular posts in my blog is titled My favorite public speaking podcasts, so I have decided to write an update, listing more podcasts that might be useful to public speakers, consultants,  trainers and presenters worldwide. I find that continuous learning is a key part of my personal and professional development, and podcasts are an easy way for me to learn. I find out about new authors, new experts, new books, new resources, new tools, new shortcuts and much more. I listen to podcast while exercising, doing house chores and cooking. Here are three new entries in my iphone…
  • How to improve your presentations: tips from 80 experts

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

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

    19 Apr 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Microsoft has come up with a super app for Android users. It is called Microsoft Office Remote. With this app on your phone, you can change slides while freely roaming around the room. The app uses Bluetooth technology to connect with your laptop and converts your phone into a presenter remote.Visit the Google Play Store and install the app. Then follow the instructions. You will need to install the software on your laptop / PC as well. All the directions are there in your app. Its simple and take just a few minutes.Once you have the app on the phone and the software on the PC (and…
  • Embed your fonts before emailing your deck

    4 Apr 2015 | 10:43 am
    www.pixabay.comYour slide deck is ready. You have spent hours, if not days to make it. Now is the time to shoot if off. But wait...If you have used any special or uncommon fonts in your presentation, remember to embed them within the PowerPoint file.The special fonts used by you will most likely be absent on the computer of the person receiving the deck. What happens when he/she opens your presentation?The computer will replace your special font with whatever is available. The result - all the layouts will go haywire. The look is gone. It will actually ruin the look and formatting…
  • Free Photos for your Presentations

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Here are 3 cool websites which allow you to download high quality images and use it for anything. No need to link back to the site.Pixabay (the best)Startup Stock PhotosUnsplashPixabay is a cool site which has high resolution photos and illustrations and icons.Check out more sites which allow downloads here. Do read the license or terms before downloading from any such website.
  • Importance of Telling a Story in Presentations

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    This is a guest post by Jessica. She has written a post before as well.It takes a lot of effort to create a presentation that captures the attention of your audience and makes them stay with you until the end of it. One of the most effective ways to connect with your audience while making a presentation is by telling them a story through it.Why tell a story?Who doesn't like a good story? Be it in the form of a good book, a movie or even your friends sharing anecdotes; as humans, we relate to stories more than we do to mere numbers. Research says that evolution has wired us to pay more…
  • The Graphic Equalizer Approach to Slide Makeover

    11 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    www.pixabay.comYour slides are important to your presentation. Good looking slides create a good impression on your audience. You are ready with your slides and you have some time. I suggest you use our Graphic Equalizer approach and enhance the look of your slides immediately. It is a slide makeover technique to instantly make your slides more impactful.Words: Reduce the number of words from your slide. This is the most difficult job and you need to force yourself to do this. Can you replace all the words with an image? Can you convert the text to a SmartArt diagram / info graphic?
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  • Shatter Your Writer's Block Pt II: 7 Quick & Dirty Writing Solutions

    14 Apr 2015 | 6:34 pm
    A few weeks ago, I wrote about 'Speechwriting in Reverse' as a solution to Writer's Block. In a nutshell, it means Speak, Record, Transcribe.That doesn't work for everyone, though, and we don't always like to have just one solution, so I promised more to come. Here we go:1. A Funny Thing Happened to Me....Today. Yep, sit down, and think about your day. Anything different happen? Anything funny? Anything awful? Anything boring? Even if it was the same old same old day you always have, there's something to talk about. Write down a blow by blow description of the day, and somewhere, you'll find…
  • March Madness and the World Championship of Public Speaking

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:49 pm
    I just finished sweeping my Area Contest last Friday night, both Table Topics and International Speech, as I make yet another run at a third District Trophy in Topics, and hopefully, finally, a 1st place trophy at the World Championship of Public Speaking (WCPS).Similarly (or not), Duke, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Michigan State all won their Elite Eight games to send them into next weekends Final Four in the NCAA Basketball National (USA) Championships, where one of them will end up winning it all, and be considered the best team in the country, out of a couple hundred overall, and 68 who…
  • Shatter Your Writer's Block Pt I: Speechwriting in Reverse

    18 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
    I don't know what to write!You'll have to Google James Caan/Misery to find out what he's actually typing...A common malady among writers, it is a shared obstacle between writers of prose and writers of oratory. It's a complain I hear from all kinds of speakers, whether they're writing a keynote, a business presentation, or their next Toastmasters speech.I totally get it. I hated writing down speeches, even though I enjoy writing. I went through many of my early years just speaking off the cuff off of a brief outline, or nothing beyond my own mental notes. And I did ok. I actually did pretty…
  • Levels of Credibility & the Big Lie for Speakers

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

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

  • A lesson from “American Psycho” on comparisons

    John Zimmer
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:24 pm
    An important lesson from American Psycho. Continue reading →
  • Kevin Spacey’s Three Key Elements to a Compelling Story

    John Zimmer
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:48 pm
    “The story is everything, which means that it’s our job to tell better stories.” — Kevin Spacey In 2014, actor Kevin Spacey delivered the final keynote address to over 2,500 participants at the Content Marketing World Conference in Cleveland. The theme of … Continue reading →
  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 199) – Jackie Robinson

    John Zimmer
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
    “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” — Jackie RobinsonFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers
  • Analysis of a Speech by Monica Lewinsky

    John Zimmer
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:04 am
    In 1998, news of a sexual scandal involving President Bill Clinton broke and spread around the world like wildfire. Clinton was accused of having lied about an affair that he had with a young intern named Monica Lewinsky. The affair and … Continue reading →
  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 198) – Robert McKee

    John Zimmer
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    “Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.” — Robert McKee Photo courtesy of John Hyams Filed under: Quotes for Public Speakers, Stories and Storytelling
 
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    Interruption Management

  • May We Delay You Further?

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:08 am
    With 17,000,000 Google hits for the phrase "thank you for your patience," it seems that legions of people are presuming an awful lot about others...
  • Courtroom Theatrical Distractions?

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    Courtroom attorneys are now employing forensic animation to illustrate to jury members in less than a minute what traditionally could have required days on end of experts, explanation, and testimony. Judges, meanwhile, are predisposed to allowing any evidence deemed reliable if it shortens the length of a trial.While such costly and impactful forensics DVDs can aid in illuminating the facts in a case, there is an inherent danger when lawyers act as “film” producers. By altering lighting, camera angles, color, or visual tone, the jury can be lead in one direction or completely in another.
  • Noise Distracts

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    Fourteen years ago, the article “Noise Busters” by Richard and Joyce Wolkomir appeared in Smithsonian Magazine. From the authors:“Nature quiet is now preserved in only 7% of Arizona’s Grand Canyon national park and nowhere in Hawaii’s volcano’s National Park.” “Among city dwelling Americans, 87% are exposed to noise so loud it has the potential to degrade hearing capacity over time. But you will not necessarily find peace in the suburbs or country side either, not with the on slot of leaf blowers, snow blowers, lawn mowers, chain saws, snow mobiles, power boats, and all…
  • Text Now, Fail Later

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:18 am
    In a USA Today article: "As social media become nearly inescapable on college campuses, a pair of recently published studies supports what many professors already have concluded: Students using Facebook or text messaging during a lecture tend to do worse when quizzed later."
  • More, and Shorter, Meetings

    28 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    As reported in Meetings & Conventions: "Requests for meeting proposals are now exceeding pre-recession levels."
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    Moving People to Action

  • Kevin Spacey’s Three Key Elements to a Compelling Story

    Conor Neill
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:08 am
    Today I am sharing a post from John Zimmer... There is a small group of blogs that I always read.  One is John Zimmer’s Manner of Speaking.  This week he shared a video he found of Kevin Spacey (the actor) talking to an audience of online marketers. Kevin Spacey talks about 3 ingredients of compelling stories: Conflict – there must be obstacles in the path of the hero Authenticity – the story must feel real Audience – a speaker is not a speaker without an audience (just some crazy man shouting at a wall) – feed the hunger for wisdom, for real experience and for…
  • Fish where the fish are

    Conor Neill
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:21 am
    …not where you would like them to be. Fishing where the fish are I spent over 10 years building entrepreneurial ventures that had a lot of selling involved (insurance, business services, restaurant franchises, aeroplanes). Fish Where the Fish Are I met a young entrepreneur last week at Startupbootcamp.  He told me “I am not good at sales”.  I said “What do you mean?”.  He said that he can’t seem to keep prospects interested.  I asked him how he selected his target prospects.  He returned a blank stare. I said “do you try to sell to everyone you…
  • 7 Letters To Write Before you Turn 70

    Conor Neill
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:21 am
    Email has almost completely replaced the written letter.  This creates an opportunity.  Written letters are so rare that they really stand out.  You can really benefit from this special attention, but maybe nobody ever taught you the art of good letter writing.  Here is a short guide… The blog “The Art of Manliness” has some comic takes on the art of being a “man”.  I find it funny.  They had a recent series that was really helpful:  templates for letters that we each should know how to write.  Their template for a letter of condolence was a real help…
  • How Self-Discipline will make you a Better Leader

    Conor Neill
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:12 am
    Self-discipline is the foundational habit that makes all other good habits possible. Self Discipline What is self discipline? It is the ability to do a chosen action even when you don’t feel like it. Anyone can do the action when they feel like it.  It is the ability to do it when you don’t feel like it that really marks the difference between having a large positive impact in the world or just dribbling away all your days. A peaceful picture of a bench, a tree and some tranquil water. Seems appropriate. All habits are developed by repetition. If you repeat something bad for…
  • Life is not Hard, it is easy

    Conor Neill
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:51 am
    Life is not hard, it is easy.  That is the problem. Why do we stop chasing our dreams? Because it is so easy to wake up, do the minimum, eat, sleep and repeat. Meet someone, bring up kids, drift and die… It is easy to live. That is the curse. It is easy to look at a dream as something far off in the future, a thing. It is also a verb, it has to be chased.  A dream is all the steps. This is a wake up call.  We are all dying, but if you are not chasing your dream, you are already dead. I’m dying to….. Most people didn’t know what to write.  We let people off the hook…
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    SIMS WYETH & CO. Executive Speech Coach for Healthcare, Financial Services, and Consulting. » SIMS WYETH & CO. Executive Speech Coach for Healthcare, Financial Services, and Consulting.

  • Fall Down Seven Times; Get Up Eight

    sims
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:33 am
    The hardest part of getting better at speaking and presenting is to persist in the face of discouragement. A talent is a latent ability, something that is dormant inside you. When you work at it, it becomes a skill. Public speaking is a talent before it becomes a skill. If you do have a potential talent for speaking and you work at it, you are likely to receive encouragement and recognition for your talent, which then makes you want to continue, which in turn helps you get better. However, if you don’t have a talent for speaking, but nevertheless work at it without receiving encouragement…
  • Get Your Act Together

    sims
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:50 am
    A revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I opened recently at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Yul Brynner, the great actor who devoted much of his career to The King and I, was known to prepare for each performance by trying to push down the brick wall at the back of the theater. If you ever saw one of his performances, you may remember his first entrance.  He burst into sight in a cloud of energy in silk pantaloons and tight white stockings, came to stop in the middle of the stage with his hands on his hips and his feet apart, and stood with his legs radiating power and purpose.
  • My Kind of Champion Speaker

    sims
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:36 am
    I have been looking at various presentation websites. I am impressed and not impressed, and I am concerned about the distinction between making a convincing argument to serious people with serious decisions to make, vs. giving an entertaining performance to people who need to be entertained. Because I accidentally live in New Jersey, my career has been largely in the pharmaceutical industry. It is a highly regulated industry because it deals with serious issues of human health, and on top of that, the cost of health care is becoming a national crisis. As a result, I have been involved…
  • Drill down.  Dig deep.  Zoom in.

    sims
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    Persuading someone to buy a commodity requires a microscope. Let me explain. Suppose you sell pencils.  Your buyer sees your pencil as a commodity because it lookslike every other pencil he’s ever seen. But that’s because he’s not a pencil specialist.  He’s looking at your product from a distance, through binoculars.  He can’t see the deep down goodness of your pencil.  He can’t see all its features. You sell a commodity, not on price or on benefits, but on features—tiny, microscopic features that the buyer doesn’t know about and can’t see until you show…
  • Put Power Point to Work for You

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

  • Tim Cook, Steve Jobs, and the Hero Myth

    John
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:26 am
    One of the subjects I have often spoken about for the past twenty years—in keynote addresses and corporate seminars—is “the myths and realities of leadership”. In these settings, I use the term myth to mean something that society persists in believing, in spite of the fact that it is clearly not true.  For example, one of our common misconceptions is what I call the Hero Myth, a tendency to see transformational leaders as larger-than-life figures capable of “changing the weather”, as Winston Churchill said his ancestor John Churchill could. We want to turn them into…
  • Four things most effective leaders do on a continuous basis

    John
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:53 am
    It seems that whenever I talk to an audience about how managers at any level of an organization can use personal stories of identity to inspire their teams and influence their worlds, someone asks a variation of this question: “Can you just give us a few quick tips or clues about how to get started and do this?”  Of course, this is a logical and legitimate query. Nonetheless, it is one that I find tricky, because there simply is no adequate concise answer. What I invariably end up explaining is that my methods for helping people and groups work on this type of storytelling cannot be…
  • How to make stories of purpose work in any organization

    John
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:15 am
    As I wrote in a recent post, one of the questions that invariably come up from any of my public or corporate audiences is: “Can this stuff (engaging employees with stories of purpose, or ‘cathedral’ stories as we have sometimes called them) work in any type of enterprise?” In particular, people often ask about companies whose activity is in a less-than-glamorous, mundane realm, or in a business-to-business (b-to-b) environment.  An example of a relatively unglamorous commercial activity with repetitive tasks in a b-to-b setting is beverage distribution. In many such…
  • Who is the real Steve Jobs, and what are his lessons for us?

    John
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:33 am
    As I begin to write this, I realize full well that one week ago I sketched out a plan and said that I might actually try to stick to it. At the same time, I did call it a “tentative” schedule for the coming weeks, even half-mocking my suggestion that I could actually stay on such a predefined course for very long.   As such, and as luck would have it, something completely outside of the anticipated structure has crossed my path and obliged me to write about it this week. The current issue of Fast Company has an image of Steve Jobs on its cover, with the inscription: “Kind.
  • Three classic questions

    John
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    Dwight Eisenhower, the famous World War II general who would later become president of the United States, used to say that in battle he found plans to be useless, but that planning was indispensable. I could make a similar observation about writing a blog, at least in my case. At any point in time, I find it useful to plan things out in my head, but it is more for the thought process than for the plan itself.  So, every now and then I like to sit down and plot out my direction for the weeks or months ahead, even knowing full well that there is a good chance I will not stick to it.
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    Think Link

  • Rajat Sharma

    admin
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:24 am
    Rajat Sharma is the chairman and editor-in chief of an Indian Hindi news channel, India TV.  His childhood was about seven brothers, an ailing mother, father and sister – living in a 10 x 10 room in old Delhi, without any water and electricity. He went to a municipality school. Studying at night meant sitting under the lamp post at a nearby railway station. One incident played a huge role in shaping his life. Television sets being quite rare in homes those days, the entire mohallah would go to a neighbour’s home as it had one. But, at times, they wouldn’t allow us to enter.
  • Be a Sevak not a Naukar

    Vijay Batra
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:24 am
    You and I have a choice to make in life, do we functions as sewaks or naukars. Be it in a company where we may work as an employee, or while serving customers if we were to be entrepreneurs. The difference between a sewak and a naukar is one of mind-set, in case of a sewak, he or she derives joy, while serving customers internal or external, where as a naukar, derives no joy while serving others, on the contrary, he feels enslaved, and for him life becomes a series of compulsions, full of have tos and not wants tos. I remember once the great actress Audrey Hepburn was asked a question in an…
  • Office Etiquette – 22 Tips to overcome bad manners at office

    admin
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:24 am
    Don’t interrupt your colleagues. Not only is it disrespectful but it’s a sign of “poor social skills” Pull the plug on office chatter Don’t eat smelly food. It can be very offensive to a coworker Don’t use slang or text-speak. An email should be handled as a formal letter. Share the credit. Not acknowledging a colleague’s work can ruin your reputation. You won’t come across as a team player, [but instead] you will come across as a self-indulgent individual who just cares about his or her promotion Office attire should stay on the conservative side.
  • General Wellness Fact

    admin
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:24 am
  • Preparing Your Child for the New School Year

    admin
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:24 am
    The new school year is right around the corner. Whether you can’t wait till your kids are back in school or dread the more regimented days ahead, there’s one thing you can count on: Back to School is always a big transition. Kids who are starting school for the first time or moving to a new school have the biggest adjustment, but even moving up a class means coping with a new teacher, more academic demands and a changing social circle. Start preparing now to make those first weeks easier for your kids – and yourself! Make sure your child is familiar with the school. If she was at the…
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    Tudor Girba's blog

  • Pharo 4.0

    Tudor Girba
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Dear World,Pharo 4.0 is here!Pharo is a pure object-oriented programming language and a powerful environment, focused on simplicity and immediate feedback.Many things have changed in Pharo. Here are some highlights: Inspector/Playground/Spotter are new moldable development tools for inspecting, coding and searching objects. Slots model instance variables as first class entities and enable meta-programming on this level. ShoreLine reporter introduces a way to report system errors and collect statistics, that we will use for future improvements Dark theme.These are just the more prominent…
  • Moose 5.0

    Tudor Girba
    23 Dec 2014 | 4:06 pm
    We are happy to announce version 5.0 of the Moose Suite: http://moosetechnology.org/#installDescriptionThis is by far the most extensive Moose release to date. Just take a look at these two trailers:The key highlights are: It is based on Pharo 3.0. Roassal2 is a complete reimplementation of the core visual engine of Moose. Roassal2 replaced Roassal, EyeSee and Graph-ET, and it features many new things including smooth animations, new composeable builders and several new layouts. All built-in Moose visualizations use Roassal2. Glamour has been extended with a Pager browser and with Rubric as…
  • Demo-driven innovation CUSO workshop

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

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

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

  • FREE Prezi Template – April

    Lesley Barringer
    4 Apr 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Around the world, light-bulbs are associated with ‘ideas’. In our free Prezi template this month, we have used the light-bulb theme in a design to help you create a structured and well-organised Prezi presentation to pass on your ideas to your audience. We see many Prezi presentations which actually detract from the message they are supposed to convey; chaotic, cluttered and with unnecessary zooms and spins. This template will encourage even the most disorganised presenters, to create a clear and concise presentation. Once you have your content in relevant sections,…
  • Prezi comes of age – The geeks have grown up.

    Jim Harvey
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    Prezi has been around for years now. I’ve used it lots for pitches and presentations and we’ve built a big chunk of global business over the last few years designing Prezis for massive businesses like JP Morgan, Mercer and State Street to use. I’ve been a fan of Prezi and a critic at the same time, and I have worked with Prezi and in spite of them, as they have developed the tool, and their business to the place it is now. In 2012, in my book ‘Prezi, The Second Wave’, I said that Prezi needed to help their users to use their simple software to its best effect…
  • Jeremy Clarkson only had one verbal trick – it works

    Jim Harvey
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Jeremy seeing that his bright future is all behind him now The soon to be forgotten Jeremy Clarkson has built his career out of this single skill. No, not bullying, whingeing and feeling sorry for himself after behaving appallingly to producers, fellow journalists, wives, foreigners, and anyone who didn’t attend a public school (Chavs, I think, is the word he uses to describe most of the rest of the UK).  But metaphor. Metaphor is a fundamental tool of the English language. Without it, meaning would suffer because we would be left with flat description not vivid pictures in words. A…
  • Jim Harvey’s Presenting Podcast – stand out from the crowd every time you stand up to speak

    Jim Harvey
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    We’ve helped the likes of Ford, Porsche, JP Morgan, State Street, JC Decaux, Mercer, Mitsubishi and many other brilliant businesses sell their ideas, their products and their services effectively over 25 years, all over the world.  Learn our simple approach to storytelling and speaking to maximum effect, and see how much of our thinking has been adopted and used by the very best speakers, whenever they want to change the world. See here for an insight into our thinking, and to subscribe to our regular blogposts. We’d love to have you as a follower and a friend and if…
  • Pitching for Business – The perfect pitch?

    Jim Harvey
    7 Mar 2015 | 2:44 am
    Even the most sophisticated pitches, should have that desire to sell as the focus. We want to sell our products and services for cash. We have an opportunity, an audience and we almost always have competition. The overtness of the ‘selling’ might be more muted and more careful, depending on your business, but it’s a sale you’re after still, isn’t it? So why is pitching for business a dark art?  Isn’t it obvious what we all have to do, to do well? In my experience the answer is ‘no’.  Most people don’t really know what to do. So we spend lots of our…
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    Communication Skills Power Blog

  • How to Work a Room

    admin
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:07 am
    Susan RoAne, bestselling author and socializing expert, shares her best tips on how to start conversations and get rapport with strangers. This is a must watch video if you want to quickly improve your socializing skills.
  • Secrets of Body Language

    admin
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:11 am
    This is a well produced documentary about body language. Several body language experts share how you can learn to read people and better understand the intentions of those you deal with day to day. Throughout the video you’ll get to see entertaining footage of public figures with explanations of what they are communicating with their non-verbal communication.
  • What Masters Know About Connecting with Others

    admin
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    Doc Barham reveals some great insights about how to communicate more effectively by engaging your head and your heart. You’ll connect with more people and enjoy richer relationships with everyone you know when you use these tips.
  • How to Make People Like You in 2 Seconds

    admin
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:11 am
    This is a must watch video about how to make people like you in seconds. Nicholas Boothman shares practical tips you can use today.
  • Managing Difficult Situations and People

    admin
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:07 am
    In this informative and entertaining video, David Henton tells you how to handle difficult people by improving your conflict resolution and negotiation skills.
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    Dr. Michelle Mazur - Speech Coach

  • Stop Focusing on the Results of Your Speech and Start Focusing on This Instead

    Michelle Mazur
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    There is so much focus on the results of speaking. How many new clients can I get? How many books can I sell? How do I turn my speaking into a 6-figure career? How many programs can I sell? Will this gig land me the next lucrative gig? There are so many gurus encouraging you to sell from the stage, make six-figures from speaking, and get new clients from your presentation that is is far too easy to lose sight of this simple truth: Public speaking is NOT about YOU! Your audience is more than bags of money in uncomfortable chairs waiting for the chance to throw themselves at you. Speaking is…
  • The Only Speaking Tip You Will Ever Need

    Michelle Mazur
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    There’s an infographic that is making the rounds right now that is a cheat sheet for public speaking. It’s jammed packed with over 50 tips for giving a great speech. Here’s just a taste of the 9 things you must, really, really do as you take the stage: Shoulders back Chin up Toes pointing toward the center of the room Feet hip width apart Be confident Pause Keep your hand at your side Suck in your gut (seriously that is one) “Adopt a ready and controlling position” (what the hell is that?) (Side note: for the love of god why isn’t one of these tips smile…oh right, why…
  • Does Your Presentation Pass the Notecard Test?

    Michelle Mazur
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Imagine you’re about to start your presentation. And then this bossy redhead (me) comes and swipes your notecards, steals your clicker, or yanks your outline off of the podium. She starts to give your presentation. How would she do? Great. There’s enough information and she could pull it off. Ok. But there are a few stories in there where she’s going to look ridiculous. Awful. No one else but me can give my presentation. If you answered C, congratulation you’ve passed the notecard test! If you’ve answered A or B, you’ve got some work to do to create a remarkable presentation and…
  • How to Rebel Against the Status Quo During Your Next Presentation

    Michelle Mazur
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    “Are you ready to rebel against the status quo?” Every time I’m introduced as a speaker those are last words before I go on stage. My audience typically nods yes to this question because they are craving something a little different, but sometimes I scare my audience a bit. You see, the status quo is comfy. It’s easy. It’s safe. And change is hard. It’s risky. It’s unknown. The entrepreneurs and startups that I work with don’t want comfy or easy. They don’t want to be a “me to” speaker recycling the content of those who blazed a path before them. They desire change and a…
  • 3 Steps to FIX the Relationship with your Audience

    Michelle Mazur
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    You’re ready to nail your presentation. You’ve prepped. You’ve practiced. Your presentation is remarkable. The big day has arrived. You’re standing in front of a sea of expectant faces and it’s not going well. You’re seeing scrunched up faces flabbergasted by your every word. Some have checked out all together and are checking into their Facebook feeds. And there’s one guy in the second row who started snoring LOUDLY. What do you do if you’ve taken all the right steps, followed all of my great advice, and still your presentation is BOMBING?
 
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    Business School Presentations

  • The Fallacy of “Presentation Tips”

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:29 am
    Stanley K. Ridgley With regard to presentations and so-called “presentation tips,” I deal with two large groups of people. For descriptive simplicity, let’s call these two groups “Natural Born” and “McTips!” “Natural Born” and “McTips!” represent two extreme views of what it takes to become an especially powerful and superior business presenter. Neither view is remotely accurate.  And […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • 100 Things – Business Presentation Alchemy

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    Stanley K. Ridgley Perhaps it’s human nature that leads us to search for single answers. The search for the Global Solution has gone on as long as men have searched for the Philosopher’s Stone (and perhaps even longer, but not jotted down). Likewise, this is the case for business presentations. No Easy Way Out We seek easy solutions, the […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Give an Interesting Business Presentation

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Stanley K. Ridgley Our goal:  give an interesting business presentation. That seems easy enough, but too often we simply assume that this somehow “just happens.” And I wager that not many folks spend lots of time on the task. Let’s look at how you can enrich your presenting in unexpected ways so to give an interesting presentation regardless of your audience. […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • The Bad Business Presentation

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:47 am
    Stanley K. Ridgley Is there some law, somewhere, that dictates that business presentations must be bad? Given the number of long, dull, pedantic, repetitious, boring, confusing – bad – presentations I see both inside and outside of the business school, I suspect there must be some common law tradition that speaks to the topic. Bad Business Presentations are Everywhere Bad business […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Especially Powerful Presentation Practice

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Stanley K. Ridgley Most presentation practice is bad, but you avoid this in favor of our Third P:  great  presentation practice that yields a stellar performance. Wait . . . what do you mean that some types of practice are “bad”? How can you possibly say, Professor, that such a thing as “bad presentation practice exists?” Aren’t you pleased that […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
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    BrightCarbon

  • Three Easy Hacks to Make Your Presentations Look More Professional

    Hannah Brownlow
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:16 am
    No matter how good your content might be, if it doesn’t look good you’re going to put your audience off even before you’ve started speaking. Here are three design hacks that will have you creating professional-looking presentations in about half an hour. Before we start, I’m going to admit to you that I’m not a designer. BrightCarbon has a whole host of excellent designers that will be able to tell you all about image manipulation and kerning. But after working closely with all of them, I’ve learnt some great design hacks that non-designers (like you and me) can use to make dull…
  • How Learning a Foreign Language Can Improve your Presentation Skills

    Amy Singh
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    Most of us have experience with studying a foreign language, may it be from our primary school days or even from college. But did you ever think that studying a foreign language could improve your presentation skills? Well, I’m here to tell you learning a language definitely can have a significant positive impact on your ability to present. When I was in college I made the decision to study Japanese as my foreign language, and it ended up becoming my major as well. When I tell people this I am usually met with curious looks and polite smiles, and in some cases a slightly more aggressive:…
  • PowerPoint 2011 for Mac – Something’s Missing

    Vincent Thompson
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    With the imminent arrival of PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, it got me thinking about PowerPoint for Mac as it currently stands. I recently conducted a PowerPoint training course for a marketing team. There was a twist to how the course normally played out, half of the team were using MacBook’s featuring the latest version of PowerPoint 2011 for mac, the other half were using PowerPoint 2010 on their windows based laptops. This made for a very interesting/challenging day, despite PowerPoint 2011 being released after the equivalent for Windows, there are some major differences and lack of…
  • PowerPoint Triggers: Make Something Happen

    Elizabeth Stodolski
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
    If you’ve ever glanced at the BrightCarbon website before, or simply played around in PowerPoint, you will have found that you can add animations to objects within a slide prompted by the click of a mouse. However your curiosity may not have brought you to the deep enough in the animations options to discover the trigger function. Triggers allow you to initiate a sequence of animations by clicking on a specific object rather than a simple mouse click. This can be helpful for de-cluttering a slide or making a presentation more interactive however getting triggers to work practically can be a…
  • Presentation Agency or Marketing Agency?

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

  • Visual language for designers

    Bronwyn
    5 Apr 2015 | 12:41 am
    Visual Language for Designers: Principles for Creating Graphics That People Understand By Connie Malamed This is a great read for those of us who are harnessing the power of visuals to highlight our content. Within every picture is a hidden language that conveys a message, whether it is intended or not. This language is based [...]
  • [Public Speaking Quotation] The success of your presentation

    Bronwyn
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:10 am
    “The success of your presentation will be judged not by the knowledge you send but by what the listener receives.” — Lilly Walters
  • One of the best pieces of advice any speaking coach can give …

    Bronwyn
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:56 am
    One of the best pieces of advice any speaking coach can give is to create a message for your speech. One central message. Do not speak until you have one central message – one sentence – make it 140 characters if you’re a tweep – but one sentence. Limit it to ten words if you [...]
  • [Quotation about Public Speaking] No audience ever complained …

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

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

  • Featured Expert: Nancy Kaye on writing and creativity

    Anastasia
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:02 am
    Nancy’s acceptance speech for Creative Writing Instructor of the Year UCSD ext. Award My dear friend and colleague Nancy Kaye agreed to chat with me about her work of helping experts and writers overcome writer’s block and let their creativity flow. Nancy’s background includes hosting her own TV and radio shows in Chicago, New York and California. She is an internationally published writer (122 countries), having interviewed many famous people, including H. H. Dalai Lama, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dyer and many more. She is an engaging and inspiring keynote speaker.
  • 7 highlights from the New York Social Media Week Panel

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

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

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

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

  • Everything with Pictures in PowerPoint – Part 3

    Jonathan Schikowski
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    How to Ensure Quality Images in PowerPoint Apply animations the smart way. Image quality, animations and layouts are the subject of our third blog post in the series of everything about pictures. You will certainly have encountered the problems described here as image quality and image layouts are matters you can’t get around and are […] The post Everything with Pictures in PowerPoint – Part 3 appeared first on PresentationLoad Blog.
  • Everything with Pictures in PowerPoint – Part 2

    Jonathan Schikowski
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:22 am
    Picture Edits Two of the most fundamental techniques of image processing include: How to crop out images and create your own free standing clipart How to combine photos with standard forms 1. How to create “cropped” photo clipart Two brief remarks about your photos before we deal with the cropping elements:• The better the contrast, […] The post Everything with Pictures in PowerPoint – Part 2 appeared first on PresentationLoad Blog.
  • Everything with Pictures in PowerPoint – Part 1

    Jonathan Schikowski
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Pictures in PowerPoint serve in a variety of levels and are great to introduce a subject, visualize a topic and make your overall presentation more enjoyable. This blog is part of a tutorial where we will be showing the basics of inserting and editing images to more advanced techniques and tricks. This blog will cover […] The post Everything with Pictures in PowerPoint – Part 1 appeared first on PresentationLoad Blog.
  • The Dynamic Time Add-In for PowerPoint

    Jonathan Schikowski
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:19 am
    Customers have asked us many times if there was a device or tool for PowerPoint that can be used to dynamically display time periods during a presentation. To leave no customer unsatisfied, we have designed and developed the “Dynamic Time Add-In.” With the help of our revolutionary tool you can easily show any kind of […] The post The Dynamic Time Add-In for PowerPoint appeared first on PresentationLoad Blog.
  • Presentationload Shop Update

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

  • Ryan Avery with Chelsea Avery – Episode 13

    Shane Purnell
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:04 pm
    Ryan Avery with Chelsea Avery on The Platform Giant Show When I asked Ryan Avery to be a guest on the The Platform Giant Show, he graciously accepted. Then he sent me an email  that read, ” I have a great idea. Why don’t you have me and my wife Chelsea on the show? We have this new thing we’re doing that lines up perfectly with your show” I knew about Ryan because of his incredible 2012 win at the Toastmasters’ World Championship of Public Speaking and his book, Speaker, Leader Champion, but I knew nothing about Chelsea.  Ryan has a reputation for integrity so…
  • Be a Good Digital Citizen: Get Permission, Give Credit

    Shane Purnell
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:11 am
    CC-BY Lic. 4.0 No doubt about it, use of visuals in social media, blogs and presentations is on the rise. “Visual content creates engagement“ “Retention goes up 400% by using visuals”  are common battle cries for using a great photo, infographic or illustration with your content. What you don’t hear is “Make sure you check copyright!” “Give credit to other content producers“. Headlines like those just don’t draw  as many readers as 25 Places to Find Free Photos Hey, I’m all for free but let’s remember, as much as you…
  • Episode 12 | Bunkr App Interview with Alexis Jamet

    Shane Purnell
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Bunkr: Will it Reinvent the Presentation? In this episode of the Platform Giant show I talked with Bunkr CEO Alexis Jamet about what makes Bunkr so special. We talk about how they came up with the idea for Bunkr and how it got it’s name. He also shares about a very frightening time in the company’s young history and the decision they made to start all over. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulty the quality of this episode was not to the our usual standards. I explain about the  issue in the first few minutes of the podcast and what I ultimately did to get this episode out.
  • Episode 11 | Interview with Jeremey Donovan Part 2

    Shane Purnell
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:45 pm
    In Part 1 of my Interview with Jeremey Donovan, he talked about  how he used the skills he learned from Toastmasters as career capital on his way up the corporate ladder. He also provided some insights and never told before stories about how he prepared for his TEDx talk. If you didn’t get a chance hear part one of the Interview, Click Here  Click To Listen to Part Two of the Interview Download the Interview and Listen Later Books Mentioned in the Jeremey Donovan Interview Smart Talk by Lisa B. Marshall How to Be a Presentation God by Scott Schwertly How To Deliver a TED…
  • Episode 10 | Interview with Jeremey Donovan

    Shane Purnell
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Jeremey Donovan Interview: Show Notes Listen to the Podcast Download the podcast Jeremey Donovan’s  is the author of How to Deliver a Ted Talk: Secrets of the World’s most Inspiring Presentations He wrote the book after a careful analysis of the top  TED Talks of all time. Jeremey analyzed what worked and what didn’t work from TED presenters. Through his research he came up with 100 tips that make for great TED Talks. The book has over 200 reviews on Amazon and has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars. It’s obvious Jeremey knows what he’s talking about.
 
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    La Fabbrica della Realtà

  • All great presenters have one thing in common: they know when to quit

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

    matteoc
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    Transformation in presentations is very dear to me. But I still don’t know if I’ve been able to charge you with my passion and change your point of view with my previous post about transformation. I would be curious to hear your thoughts in this regards. If I were you, I’d make sure the core transformation was very clear before I set off creating my next presentation because this transformation immediately encounters a force that you need to be aware of. What is this mysterious force? I’ll tell you in a second. But first let’s look at this icon from my course. I…
  • If TED can FAIL, so can YOU!

    matteoc
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    What presenters and event organizers can learn from the technical glitches at the recent TED 2015: Truth and Dare in Vancouver. When TED releases a new talk, especially the ones recorded at the “official” TED conferences like the one that is going on now in Vancouver, what you see is an engaging, polished and very well rehearsed talk delivered through a crystal clear HD video, with sharp audio, slides on cue and seamless transitions. You get the full deal. What happens live at a TED conference may be different. On the kind invitation of red onion and Stefan Balzer, the organizer…
  • Change me, or else stay home!

    matteoc
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    “Every presentation worth doing has just one purpose. To make a change happen.” Seth Godin In my courses I use a lot of icons and this is the one that is most dear to me. It’s a square that is transformed into a circle. And in its simplicity it represents 100% of the journey of a presentation. Right now you might be saying: wait a second, my presentation is not about a transformation, it’s about the Q2 budget forecast, it’s about workplace safety, it’s about how to carve a pumpkin. Well, you’re correct: budget is the topic of your presentation. But at…
  • An open letter to Seth Godin: let’s save the world from bad presentations

    matteoc
    3 Feb 2015 | 11:45 am
    Dear Seth, a few months ago I started looking for an affordable, comprehensive, interactive, non-salesy presentation course to send to potential speakers of a meetup that I organize. Couldn’t find one. So I created my own. Presentation Hero is the best possible online training course for presentations and public speaking. It collects the best storytelling advice (I used to be a story analyst for a big Hollywood studio), the best presentation structure advice (based on 10+ years of presentation experience), the best design advice (gleaned from top-notch presentations, keynotes and…
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    Mindful Blog

  • The Art and Science of Presenting-Episode 9 – How to use your voice

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:26 am
    You’ve done everything you can to understand your audience, craft the conversation you wish to have, you know your story inside out and have envisioned what success looks like. Having spent several days or perhaps even weeks preparing your presentation the time has come to unveil the considerable effort and energy you have invested in getting ready to make a real and lasting impact on your audience. Effective communication involves both verbal and non-verbal interaction. The words we use in delivering our message are critical but how we say them is also important. As a professional…
  • The Art and Science of Presenting-Episode 8 – Setting the mood

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:35 pm
    We’ve talked a lot so far in this series ‘The Art and Science of Presenting’ about creating and having a meaningful conversation as opposed to simply presenting your thoughts and ideas. When you reflect on the conversations you’ve enjoyed and remembered the most it’s likely you’ll find that it’s those conversations in which you felt entirely comfortable with the mood and atmosphere that was set even before you walked into the room and sat down. At Mindful Presenter our training workshops are more than training courses, they are actually presentations…
  • The Art and Science of Presenting-Episode 7 – The Mindful Way to Managing Nerves

    9 Apr 2015 | 4:34 pm
      “I was a tiger, a good fighter, in good shape, but I was always nervous before boxing matches.” George Foreman So even the twice heavy weight boxing champion of the world got nervous before a fight and he didn’t even have to say a word. Since you were a small child, way before you started work, how many times did you have to stand up in front of a group of people and with their undivided attention; i.e. their eyes solely on you had to say something interesting and meaningful. Well, it may have happened once or twice at school but the likelihood is that if it did you…
  • The Art and Science of Presenting-Episode 6 – Rehearsal

    2 Apr 2015 | 6:11 am
     If you’ve been following this series of articles from the beginning you will recall that in Episode 1 we said: ‘Every structure needs a robust foundation and presenting is no different, it’s a bit like building an Aboriginal tipi.  A tipi is constructed using many poles but it’s the 3 largest poles that are the support for the other poles.  It’s the same with high impact presenting, there are a great number of ‘poles’ needed to create a powerful and memorable presentation but like the tipi, there are 3 large poles that need to be…
  • The Art and Science of Presenting - Episode 5 – Creating Slides Mindfully

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:07 pm
    This is the fifth article in the series The Art and Science of Presenting. The fourth article was called ‘Envision’ which was about envisioning what your presentation should look like to create the impact and result you want. Episode 5 continues the envisioning path by sharing some advice on how to create slides mindfully which are creative, compelling and crafted for impact. Three years ago it was estimated that there were more than 500 million users of PowerPoint globally, PowerPoint had an estimated 95% share of the presentation software market and around 30 million…
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    Effective Businesss Communication | Blog

  • Design Principles: Spacial Contiguity

    Chris Davidson
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:27 am
    The second in a series of seven In this second post in a new series, we take a look a closer look the second design principle, as researched by Prof RE Mayer, J Sweller et al. This principle, known as Spacial Contiguity, simply says that words and illustrations relating to one another are better understood if positioned close together. If, for example, you're annotating a group photograph in your presentation, position names as close to the people to whom they belong. Annotate charts clearly, so people can resolve an image and its associated explanation easily.
  • Design Principles: Multi-Media

    Chris Davidson
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:43 am
    The first in a series of seven In this first post in a new series, we take a look a closer look the Seven Multi-Media Design Principles, as researched by Prof RE Mayer, J Sweller et al. The first principle simply says that using multiple media greatly increases audience retention - so, if you're think of making a speech, you ought to seriously consider illustrating it (and converting it into a presentation). A well illustrated narration will work better than narration alone.Think about all of the different approaches school teachers use in an effort to get their students…
  • INFOGRAPHIC: Seven Design Principles

    Chris Davidson
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    These seven principles come from excellent research conducted by RE Mayer, J Sweller et al. Use them as a guide for your documents and presentations, and you won't go far wrong.Use multiple media With particular respect to presentations, illustrations plus narration work better than narration alone. Use pictures to illustrate what you are saying. The audience will find it easier to follow and will remember more.Spatial contiguity Words and pictures that correspond are better understood if positioned close together. Relevant if you're designing a printed document (like a set of…
  • Presentations: Three Things to Avoid

    Chris Davidson
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:07 am
    So you have an idea of what makes a successful presentation, but what are the things you should avoid? Here're three things you ought not to be doing...Poor PreparationAn audience can instantly spot a well prepared speaker. Those that haven't honoured their audince by preparing well tend to over-rely on their notes (or slides). Their content lacks depth and their delivery lacks coherence and energy. Spend time rehearsing. Use your colleagues, friends and family as 'test' audiences. The old saying "practice makes perfect" became so well known for a reason. Creating cue…
  • Presentations: How To Use The Stage

    Chris Davidson
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Too many presenters spend the duration of their presentation standing in the exact same spot. By using the whole stage you have the ability to engage your audience and help them to visualise your message.Different display types may affect the way in which you use the stage in the following ways:A front projector will restrict your positioning as you will be unable to stand in front of the screen (which is commonly centre stage) as you will create a shadow on the displayA television screen, back or keystone corrected projector will allow you to use the whole stage…
 
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