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  • The 3 Worst Things that We Learned as Children

    Moving People to Action
    Conor Neill
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:40 am
    Was school good for me?  I do believe so. There are some very positive values that were inculcated in me through the way the teachers dealt with us, the stories we were told, the structure of the school:  compassion, gratitude, sharing, discipline, respect, charity, hope, love. The 3 Worst Things We Learned As Children However, there are some aspects that get deeply driven in to us as children that I don’t think are helpful to our productive adult life: Conformity – Society crushes the outsiders, school is brutal on those who are outside the “norm”, grades push you…
  • 10 tips for improving your presentations & speeches

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

    NO SWEAT Public Speaking!
    Fred E. Miller
    29 Dec 2014 | 4:44 am
     Those 2015 New Year Resolutions! If you’re reading this blog you probably have an interest in Public Speaking and Presentation Skills. Good! My mantra, as regular readers know, is: “Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.” No one ever challenges that statement. Why would they! You’re either now taking and making those opportunities, or you Wannabe doing it! If you’re already speaking where you work, associations, and chambers – Great! Your goal in 2015 is to deliver more and better presentations. If Currently Speaking: Start working on…
  • Presentation success – why we can’t win!

    The presentation skills blog...
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    How do you know when you’ve made a good presentation?  When it gets you a standing ovation? When nothing goes […]
  • Ten Lessons from Steve Martin

    Manner of Speaking
    John Zimmer
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    I am a big fan of stand-up comedy. I have enormous respect for the men and women—whether professionals or amateurs—who get up on stage and do their best to make us laugh. And though I like many comedians, my all-time … Continue reading →
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    Presentation Zen

  • Imperfections, mistakes, & the courage to overcome them

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

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

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

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

    8 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Last night we were treated to a lunar eclipse here in Nara, Japan (and elsewhere in the world, assuming you had clear skies). As it's the harvest season here with very much a feeling of Autumn in the air, the majestic orange tint of the moon seen just above the trees lining our house seemed very fitting to the season. As you know, a lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth and into its shadow or umbra. The orange Moon or "blood Moon" is really something to behold. But why does the Moon turn red/orange? It's a simple phenomenon and it's explained clearly and visually…
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  • The Year According to Our Mascot

    8 Jan 2015 | 11:14 am
    Hi there! Giraffe here. Duarte’s official mascot and unofficial story archivist. I’ll cut to the chase, it’s been a helluva year. Before we go careening any further into 2015, I wanted to reflect on everything that happened in the past 365 days. At least what we caught in photos and video. I got passed around the office in the name of gratitude more times than I can count. I attended parties and events, I worked hard, I worked late, I worked from home, and I’m definitely going to start working out. Soon. I made lots of new friends – and I’m looking for a few more… I got…
  • Duarte.com/edy Episode 8: Be Transparent

    Eric Albertson
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    Happy Halloween from your puppet friends at Duarte.com/edy! In our annual Halloween special, Finn teaches Bob the true value (and dangers) of being transparent with your audience. Visit www.duarte.com/edy to see more adventures of Bob and Finn. Or, send them a quick note on Twitter (@BobandFinn) to let them know what you think. They might just write you back!
  • How to Stay Relevant When Working Remotely

    Mike Pacchione
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Sooner or later everybody slips up and forgets to mute the conference call. If you’re a remote employee—where every meeting is a call—the odds go up exponentially. I’ll never forget the time our entire company heard me microwave my oatmeal. I had a particularly old microwave at the time, complete with hideous alien beeping noise. And it was pollen season, so it was a melody of sneezing and sniffling and beeping. All for lack of a pressed mute button. Sigh. But, besides remembering the mute button, working remotely can bring more pervasive challenges that may be more detrimental — to…
  • Great Presenters Are Everywhere

    Mark Heaps
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    As I write this, I am sitting thousands of feet in the air on a Southwest Airlines flight. It was an early flight, very early. I watched the sunrise form my gate window. When I boarded the flight, I was tired. And then I met Boris. Boris had the “joy” of greeting us—a sea of coffee-clutching zombies—as we boarded the plane and making the announcements throughout the flight. You know what the normal experience is like. But this was anything but normal. Boris combined the necessary details required by FAA regulations with well-timed jokes and pop culture references. “…don’t worry…
  • Everybody Writes: Best Book I’ve Read This Year

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

  • What does your audience really expect of you? Guest post by Barry Potyondi

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

    2 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
    Wishing you all the best in 2015!
  • DIY speaker gift: Speaker Survival Kit!

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

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

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Wearing a virtual cat face on a Google HangoutThis is not going to be a technology article, so if that's what you were hoping for... sorry!Nope, just good ol' fashioned presentation advice, but the kind you need when you're going to be on camera.I recently watched a Google Hangout where the content was all good, but the speakers' on-camera performance left much to be desired.Just a few simple adjustments would have made this presentation so much better, and I would have been able to focus on the content rather than the distractions of the visuals.Here are some tips for you whether you're live…
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    NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

  • It’s All About the. . .

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

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

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

    Fred E. Miller
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    0Presentation Slides can ADD or DETRACT from your message. Which to use? Text vs. Images Presentation Slides: Tex vs. Images from NO SWEAT Public Speaking! The Goal of All Communication; Visual, Written, or Spoken, is the same. We want the recipient(s), as quickly as possible to: GET IT! They may not agree with Everything you say. They may not agree with Anything you say. However, if they don’t GET IT! There can’t be a meaningful conversation going forward. If I say the word Apple. You probably don’t see the letters A-P-P-L-E You probably see something Round, Red, and with a Stem.
  • SPEAKERS: Questions about Questions. HOW. . ?

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

  • Irregular Shapes for PowerPoint: 07

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Yes, it's great to have stuff neatly lined up - but your slide layouts can look more pleasing and aesthetic with a personal touch. It's the same with geometric shapes - they look organized, but why stay with just organized when they can also look more human with a shape that's slightly irregular? What if you could make all shape segments in your slides curved, slanted, and natural looking - as if they are hand-drawn? Won't that look more organic? If you agree, then you will certainly love these new irregular shapes for PowerPoint. Download and use these shapes in your slides. Categories:…
  • Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Flip and Rotate Picture Fills for Shapes

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:30 pm
    You may know how easy it is to flip or rotate a picture on your slide. But do this same flipping when you use a Picture fill within a shape -- and do you notice that only the shape flips, and not the picture within? But what if you wanted to just flip, or even rotate the picture within the shape, without changing the actual shape? How do you do that? Learn how to flip and rotate picture fills for shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. Categories: office_mac, pictures, powerpoint_2011, shapes, tutorials
  • Adobe Presenter: Add Questions to Quiz

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:15 pm
    After adding a quiz and customizing quiz options in Adobe Presenter, you still need to add the actual questions to your quiz! You can add different types of questions -- and depending upon the type of question you choose, that particular type of question will contain different options. You can add graded questions, survey questions, or a combination of both to each quiz. Learn how to add questions to the quiz in Adobe Presenter. Categories: add-in, adobe_presenter, powerpoint, tutorials
  • Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Flip and Rotate Picture Fills for Shapes

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:45 pm
    It is easy to flip and rotate a picture on your slide. However this same flipping can be a little tricky when you use a Picture fill within a shape. That's because you end up with a picture that does get flipped, but so does the shape. But what if we wanted to just flip, or even rotate the picture within the shape? How do you do that? Learn how to flip and rotate picture fills for shapes in PowerPoint 2010. Categories: pictures, powerpoint_2010, shapes, tutorials
  • Alternatives for Office Clip Art Gallery

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Microsoft's Office Clip Art Gallery, which was earlier known as Office Online is being shut down. This includes Microsoft's Office.com Clip Art and image search service, and also the Clip Art task panes in Microsoft Office applications such as PowerPoint, Word, and Excel. The question then is, so what should you do when Office Clip Art goes offline? Here are some possible answers, alternatives, and workarounds. Explore alternatives for Microsoft's discontinued Office Clip Art Gallery. Categories: clip_media, graphics, microsoft_office, powerpoint, tutorials
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • Pink Boxes, Assumptions and Innovation

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

    4 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I was recently interviewed for “The Innovation Engine” podcast. The conversation was easy and a lot of fun. We discussed innovation and breakthrough thinking. During this interview I shared: how neural pathways get hard-wired into our brains stand in the way of breakthrough thinking an a... The post The Innovation Engine Podcast appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Stop the Masochistic Resolution Ritual!

    30 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s that time of year again…time to set your New Year’s Resolutions. Unfortunately over 90% of people fail to keep them. What’s the solution? One perspective can be found in my Wall Street Journal article from several years ago. Happy New Year! Like dinosaurs and gas-guzzlin... The post Stop the Masochistic Resolution Ritual! appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Your Inner Impostor May Be Hurting You

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

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

  • 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…
  • Coming Up for Air

    Dr. Abela
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Hi all.  I've let the Extreme Presentation blog go quiet for a while, but I'm back now and wanted to let you know what's been happening. My new "day job" as dean of the new School of Business & Economics at The Catholic University of America has been consuming a ton of time, but it's a good cause and I'm enjoying it tremendously. The other thing that's been taking up a bunch of time is working with my collaborator and co-author, Paul Radich, to finally get The Encyclopedia of Slide Layouts published.  The Encyclopedia  uses the…
  • 20 Jun 2013 | 11:32 am

    Dr. Abela
    20 Jun 2013 | 11:32 am
    Our first ever Extreme Presentation workshop that is open to the public! In conjunction with PMRG, the premiere global community for healthcare marketing research professionals, we will be offering the day long Extreme Presentation workshop on October 23 in Jersey City, immediately after the 2013 PMRG Institute.  All are welcome. Capacity is limited. Details here. I look forward to meeting you there. 
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    Professionally Speaking

  • Changing the Corporate Conversation

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

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

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    Members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable joined speechwriter, screenwriter and author Mike Long on a conference call earlier this week. This is the first of two edited highlights of the call. Mike is the former director of the White House Writers Group, and an accomplished speechwriter, author, essayist, and award-winning screenwriter and playwright. He […]
  • Secrets to Building a Successful Speaking Business

    18 Jan 2015 | 9:51 pm
    “The job is not doing the speech. It is getting the speech” – Shep Hyken The National President of the NSA, Shep Hyken, CSP, CPAE spoke to members of the NSA Northern California Chapter on Saturday. Shep is a customer service expert, professional speaker and author who works with companies who want to build loyal […]
  • Survey: Speechwriters Seek to Turn Serendipity to Security

    15 Jan 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Having “stumbled into” influential roles and a relatively lucrative career, members of the new Professional Speechwriters Association seek a safer, more strategic path, says the results of a membership survey. And what do the speechwriters say? Contrary to many other communications professions, they love their pay. But like many others in the creative class, they […]
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    Idea Transplant

  • A summary presentation should not just summarise

    Jan Schultink
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:51 am
    You have finished this huge strategic or business plan and you need to present it to the top management team of your company. You sent the deck before the meeting and they probably page-downed the slides. How to create a good summary presentation for the meeting?Just summarising the big document (and then we did this and then we did that and then we went on to do this), is not going to get you a decision. The opposite, a super high-level presentation with generic buzzwords is also not going to cut it.Your presentation should be a deck specifically for the meeting, not one for reading later…
  • Your audience is not ignorant

    Jan Schultink
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:45 pm
    In education, teachers start most of the times with a completely ignorant audience. In mathematics we start with the basics and slowly, slowly, build our story from the ground up towards higher algebra and advanced geometry.Many presenters use this mindset when pitching a business idea and/or investment. Their presentations resemble a 101 text book on the market.But in most cases, your audience will know quite a lot. Venture capitalists see dozens of pitches of internet-related businesses every day. Surgeons get pitched everyday with new drugs and medical devices.Think about that when…
  • Common laymen mistakes in SlideMagic

    Jan Schultink
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:26 pm
    By now I have seen a number of real presentations that beta testers of my presentation software SlideMagic have produced. The results are very encouraging! Without exception, all presentations look "pretty decent" to "very good". All of these decks were designed by complete laymen designers. Even more interestingly, it is possible for someone like me (a pro), to upgrade these "pretty decent" to "very good" presentations to something really good in just 15 minutes of polishing. (The user base of SlideMagic is still small, so beta testers can benefit from the luxury of my input here and…
  • The impossible stock image

    Jan Schultink
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:03 pm
    The other day, a client requested a very specific image: someone handing over a box with envelopes, paper files, a bunch of DVDs and some memory sticks. An image this specific cannot be found in stock image databases. And even if you could, the audience would not recognise these specific items on the photograph.Your options:Take your own picture and get it exactly rightA generic guy-with-box image blurred out in the background and use text to describe to the audience what's in it.A collage of stock images of the individual items that are required on white backgroundsArt: Balthasar van der…
  • Do they care how you are organised?

    Jan Schultink
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Many corporate presentations include organisation charts, what are the main business units, and who are the people running them, and who reports to whom.For some presentations, this relevant. If you are trying to sell a company or a business unit, it is important to see the people assets that an acquirer is getting. If you are presenting to a financial analyst it is important that she knows what financial data belongs to what business unit.If you are trying to explain what your company does however, the organisation chart might not be the best way to do that. Most of the times, there is not a…
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    DiResta Communications Inc.

  • How to Speak to an Audience with the Attention Span of a Gnat

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

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

    15 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    It’s January 15th. Have you broken your resolutions already? In 2015, the bar has been raised. The world is watching TED Talks and TED has become the standard for all presentations and public speaking. If you want your career to soar, … Continue reading →
  • Elevator Speech – 60 Second Pitch

    DiResta Communications, Inc.
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Diane explains how to craft a compelling 60 second pitch using the four C’s. Watch her put it together in her own elevator speech!
  • If You’re Not Speaking With Power and Confidence…

    DiResta Communications, Inc.
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:08 pm
    In this inaugural podcast episode, Diane DiResta introduces the importance of confident communication and how she helps professionals to speak with confidence, shine in the media, and present their brand in the best possible light. Diane DiResta is a renowned … Continue reading →
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    TEDTalks (video)

  • TED: Bassam Tariq: The beauty and diversity of Muslim life - Bassam Tariq (2014)

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Bassam Tariq is a blogger, a filmmaker, and a halal butcher -- but one thread unites his work: His joy in the diversity, the humanness of our individual experiences. In this charming talk, he shares clips from his film "These Birds Walk" and images from his tour of 30 mosques in 30 days -- and reminds us to consider the beautiful complexity within us all.
  • TED: Khadija Gbla: My mother’s strange definition of empowerment - Khadija Gbla (2014)

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    Khadija Gbla grew up caught between two definitions of what it means to be an “empowered woman.” While her Sierra Leonean mother thought that circumsizing her — and thus stifling her sexual urges — was the ultimate form of empowerment, her culture as a teenager in Australia told her that she deserved pleasure and that what happened to her was called “female genital mutilation.” In a candid and funny talk, she shares what it was like to make her way in a “clitoris-centric society,” and how she works to make sure other women don’t have to figure this out. (Warning: This talk…
  • TED: Severine Autesserre: To solve mass violence, look to locals - Severine Autesserre (2014)

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:06 am
    Severine Autesserre studies the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is in the middle of the deadliest conflict since World War II; it's been called "the largest ongoing humanitarian crisis in the world.” The conflict seems hopelessly, unsolvably large. But her insight from decades of listening and engaging: The conflicts are often locally based. And instead of focusing on solutions that scale to a national level, leaders and aid groups might be better served solving local crises before they ignite.
  • TED: Miguel Nicolelis: Brain-to-brain communication has arrived. How we did it - Miguel Nicolelis (2014)

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:05 am
    You may remember neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis — he built the brain-controlled exoskeleton that allowed a paralyzed man to kick the first ball of the 2014 World Cup. What’s he working on now? Building ways for two minds (rats and monkeys, for now) to send messages brain to brain. Watch to the end for an experiment that, as he says, will go to "the limit of your imagination."
  • TED: Morgana Bailey: The danger of hiding who you are - Morgana Bailey (2014)

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Morgana Bailey has been hiding her true self for 16 years. In a brave talk, she utters four words that might not seem like a big deal to some, but to her have been paralyzing. Why speak up? Because she’s realized that her silence has personal, professional and societal consequences. In front of an audience of her co-workers, she reflects on what it means to fear the judgment of others, and how it makes us judge ourselves.
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  • Apple iPhone 6 helps eliminate verbal filler?!

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

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    by  Terry Gault Our voice is a very important part of how you speak.  If you are not using your voice effectively, your audience may not be listening. As a trained actor, I spent years learning how to use my voice effectively. Sound and communication expert Julian Treasure, in his talk at TEDGlobal imparts genuine wisdom on what makes an effective speaking voice that will be heard.              
  • “Last moment” story shifts how client represents himself at major conference

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Terry Gault of The Henderson Group Nishanth Anil is a Bangalore-based Developer Evangelist at Xamarin, one our clients. Xamarin provides their customers with 3 capabilities for mobile software: Build: A platform for cross-platform mobile application development that delivers native apps and reuse of 70% of code. They promise: “Create native iOS, Android, Mac and Windows apps in C#. Xamarin apps look and feel native because they are.” Test: A cloud-based testing service to ensure high quality application performance. Users can “Automatically test your app on 1,000 devices…
  • Leadership Skills You Need To Survive

    6 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    How you represent yourself determines if your ideas get implemented. Being politically competent is part of that equation. Here’s a valuable article from Inc.com by Samuel Bacharach. Put simply, successful leadership comes down to having the ability to rally people behind an idea and gather the support necessary for your idea to bear fruit. Regardless of the quality of your idea and the appeal of your charm, if you lack political competence, you are not a leader. Having studied the behavioral skills of leaders, specifically their political skills, I’ve learned that this…
  • Target store manager goes 300 to get team fired up for Black Friday invasion

    30 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Terry Gault This is a fun video that ended up on the web page at Fast Company. A Target store manager gives his team a pep talk before opening the doors to the store moments before the hordes overrun the store for Black Friday sale. While the presentation coach in me was distracted that he had happy feet, I thoroughly admire his chutzpah, spirit of fun, and energy.              
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    Public Speaking Library

  • Spaced out

    Tim Wilson
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    Fellow speaker,World Champion Craig Valentine suggests looking for the quiet times between your character's dialogue for opportunities for humorous gestures. In these open spaces between your dialogue make exaggerated gestures that humorously underline your character's situation.Suddenly funny,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.comTwitter: @PblcSpkngLibr
  • Right and wrong

    Tim Wilson
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    Fellow speaker,World Champion Craig Valentine suggests creating humor by pointing out the right and wrong way to do something. Say the right way first, then say the wrong way making it sound ridiculous or silly when compared to the right way.Suddenly funny,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.comTwitter: @PblcSpkngLibr
  • Funny check-up

    Tim Wilson
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:22 am
    Fellow speaker,World Champion Craig Valentine suggests looking at these common issues and solutions if your humor isn't working with your audiences:You rushed the line - don’t be afraid of your own line, give it deliberately with confidence and certaintyAudience doesn't understand the line (especially international audiences) - make the line very clear, leaving out jargon and explaining what is going onDelivered without a strong facial expression - practice your facial expressions so they are dramatic and instantly show the emotion/feeling you want the audience to getNot a funny line…
  • Look before the line

    Tim Wilson
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Fellow speaker,World Champion Craig Valentine suggests looking for "hitchhiking humor": opportunities to find the funny before your main punch line. This requires being very sensitive to both the flow of your speech and to the audience's probably reactions to your lines.Suddenly funny,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.comTwitter: @PblcSpkngLibr
  • Find the funny in the not-so funny

    Tim Wilson
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Fellow speaker,World Champion Craig Valentine suggests looking for the funny even if you're giving a "serious" speech with a serious point. When you give the speech, make a sudden shift from serious to humorous with no hint about what you're going to do. The sharper the difference between serious and humorous, the funnier the audience will find it.Suddenly funny,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.comTwitter: @PblcSpkngLibr
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    Public Words

  • What’s the Most Important Thing for a Speaker to Worry About?

    Nick Morgan
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    What’s the most important aspect of speaking for a professional speaker to develop? I get asked that question all the time by people at the early stages of their careers, people who are passionate about some idea or cause or field of knowledge and who want to spread their expertise to the world. They’re thinking […]
  • How to Give an Impromptu Speech

    Nick Morgan
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    A client and friend asked me the other day about impromptu speeches. His question, basically, was, to give consistently good impromptu speeches, do you memorize something (or a few pieces of something) and then trot those out at the key moment? Or, if you actually make them up in the moment, how do you think […]
  • Five New Ways To Deal With Stage Fright

    Nick Morgan
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    What else can you do with speech anxiety besides worry? Readers of this blog will know that I’ve given you lots of ways to handle those feelings of panic, from addressing the symptoms with breathing, to mental exercises, to work on your unconscious fears, to embracing the feelings for the adrenalin that they signify. But […]
  • What Will Corporate Storytelling Look Like in 2015?

    Nick Morgan
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I’m not going to make communications predictions this year, because my crystal ball is cloudy, and 2015 in any case so far seems like more of the same as last year.   But thanks to a collision of two trends, there is one area where the future is clear already: corporate storytelling. It’s going to have […]
  • Can anyone become a great speaker?

    Nick Morgan
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Can anyone become a great speaker? I get asked that question surprisingly often. And people struggle with the answer I give them: yes, if you’re willing to do the work. I think what they want to hear is, no, it’s something you’re born with (or not). Because that latter answer would let them off the […]
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    We Need A Speech

  • The Tale of Two Cities: Mario Cuomo’s 1984 DNC Speech

    4 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    In light of the recent passing of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, it is a good time to revisit his 1984 speech to the National Democratic Convention.  The thought of the day was that it would propel him to …
  • Jerry Seinfeld Takes Down Advertising While Receiving An Advertising Award

    9 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    You don’t see many speeches where the speaker dumps all over the organization and the people associated with it while receiving an award from said organization. I am guessing he won’t be invited back. …
  • Isabelle Allende “Tales of Passion”

    24 Jun 2014 | 12:24 pm
    There is a reason that this speech from the wonderful Isabelle Allende has almost 3 million views. …
  • 5 Tips For Speeding Up The Speech Writing Process

    23 Jun 2014 | 10:53 am
    I am always looking for ways to shorten the “process time” when working on speeches. Here are five that I find helpful. I don’t know about you, but I am the world’s worst proofreader when it comes to proofing my …
  • Are Speechwriters Contributing To Social Incivility?

    19 Jun 2014 | 6:13 pm
    At the recent World Conference of the Professional Speechwriters Association held in May in New York City Georgetown University writing teacher and speechwriter Mike Long gave a great speech under the title “Are Speechwriters Contributing To Social Incivility?” Very thought …
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    CK Online - Communicate to Connect !

  • Kochi Biennale

    Chendil Kumar
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:13 am
    Kochi Muziris Biennale - An art extravaganza spread over four months across Fort Kochi.I am not a connoisseur nor have any pretense of being an art appreciator, but yes I pay my tribute with my cellphone camera hoping it would help an art lover. As you walk towards the venue a small curio shop welcomes you with this sampler :-)A ₹100 ticket will ensure your entry across six locations starting with Aspinwall house. I could cover only this venue and here are some clicks.Delhi based artist Madhusidhanan's ' Logic of Disappearance ' charcoal drawings Porus and Rao's Teddy…
  • Shilparamam Hyderabad - All India Handicrafts Mela

    Chendil Kumar
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    Hyderabad - Random clicks from Shilparamam arts and crafts village at the All India Handicrafts Mela !

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

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

    Chendil Kumar
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    Bangalore or Bengaluru's upmarket Mantri Mall has snazzy police booth manned by a solitary cop.India's first and only Remote FIR center. Anyone living within the limits of Bengaluru city ( Mahanagara Palike) can walk into the booth and register a complaint by writing it on an A4 siize sheet. This is scanned and duly sent to the relevant police station. The complainant gets a copy of it. A special cell monitors the progress on the complaint. This is a laudable move aimed at reducing the painpoints of the common man in trying to get his voice heard in a police station.CISCO a is the…
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    Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

  • On goal setting and running

    Craig Strachan
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:32 pm
    Here is a thought about running and goal setting. It is very seldom that I don’t have a big race coming up in the future, hence a lot of my runs are training runs for that race. There are broadly two ways in which I often run: either just going out and enjoying the run, or by watching my watch all the time – checking my pace, heart rate etc. But while I am almost always working towards a goal, I still want to enjoy the experience of the actual run, and to just be in the running moment. And I often find that when I am not really focusing on pace, heart rate etc and just enjoying the…
  • Book review: The Healthy Programmer.

    Craig Strachan
    19 Aug 2013 | 12:27 pm
    This book is a practical guide for computer programmers (or any office worker) who want to get more fit and healthy. While the book is clearly geared towards computer programmers, it would only take a minor adjustment to call it something like “The Healthy Office Worker”. While the book uses the Agile programing methodology as a framework, (sprints, retrospectives, unit testing etc), the contents are relevant to anybody spending most of their work days sitting at a computer. The book goes into a lot of detail, and is full of references, real life stories about programmers that…
  • Free PowerPoint templates

    Craig Strachan
    27 Jun 2013 | 7:54 am
    Here is a pretty cool website that I have been looking at: Slide Hunter, an online collection of free PowerPoint templates. There are almost 400 templates for download (and they are all free). Everything is indexed and categorised, and it’s easy to find the right slide for your presentation. Here are two examples: 6 Hats Brain The ones that I have looked at seem pretty good, and when you edit them all the graphics are seperate items, so you can easily move things around, change colours, customize fonts etc. Note that while you don’t have to register (it is optional and free), if…
  • Presenter View; a quick tip

    Craig Strachan
    6 May 2013 | 5:53 am
    Here is a quick tip to make your PowerPoint presentations a little more effective. If you setup Presenter View, you can see a great summary of your presentation on your laptop screen, and show the regular presentation on the projector screen. So when I give a presentation, I see something like this. Presenter View You can see which slide you are on, speaker notes, slide number, the next slide, timing etc. Anyway, it is very simply to setup, just goto the slideshow menu and activate Presenter View. Note that it will only be available when you have an external monitor connected. Presenter View
  • Shopping with Cybercellar; a lesson in customer service

    Craig Strachan
    29 Apr 2013 | 6:07 am
    First of all full disclosure; Cybercellar gave me a R100 discount voucher to try out their website with the aim of writing a blog post about it “if you feel that we are worth mentioning, we believe we are!, it will be appreciated.” Well they gave me R100 to spend on wine; of course I am going to use it! And I am going to mention my experience because in some ways it was amazing, and in some ways about the worst I have ever experienced. But whatever happened, there are lessons here. The story in brief. The downhill experience… I ordered 6 bottles of wine on the evening of 9 April, and…
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    The Eloquent Woman

  • Famous Speech Friday: Maria Klawe on asking for salary increases

    Denise Graveline
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:15 am
    (Editor's note: Not long after the headlines appeared about this interview at the Grace Hopper Celebration in 2014, I asked reader and software engineer Cate Huston--who was present at this session--to write about the missing piece in the coverage. Of course, that missing piece was what the woman leading this interview said. It's not only important for the content, but because serving as a on-stage interviewer is increasingly among the public speaking roles you may be asked to take. As Huston notes in this post, you have more choices to make than simply asking questions when you're in this…
  • Talk About the Talk: Resa Lewiss, MD, at TEDMED

    Denise Graveline
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:15 am
    (Editor's note: Talk About the Talk is our new series in which I ask speakers I've worked with to share their perspective on giving big or important talks. Resa Lewiss, MD, and I worked together at TEDMED 2014 on her talk about delivering ultrasound at the point of care, in the middle of an emergency situation--a new application of an old technology. Lewiss is an associate professor of both emergency medicine and radiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.Backstage at TEDMED, speakers are told that coaching is available and they choose whether to avail themselves of it. Some…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    26 Jan 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:The language of influence: If you present globally, it's important to know which languages will help you be most influential.Amen: A young woman tackles uptalk criticism and says: Stop telling women to talk like men.Bad grades: Healthcare conferences are still…
  • Famous Speech Friday: Viola Davis: "Everything should be spoken"

    Denise Graveline
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:45 am
    Viola Davis is among my favorite speakers here at The Eloquent Woman and she's in the very small club of women with three speeches in our Index of famous speeches by women. This speech, in which she accepted an award at Variety's Power of Women luncheon in 2014, got immediate and widespread attention and is a great, short example of why I admire her so.Davis was being honored for her work with Hunger Is, which seeks to eradicate childhood hunger. And in this short acceptance speech, at a luncheon where the menu was no doubt fine, Davis managed to grab the audience's attention by taking them…
  • Do you have clinician's distance when telling stories? How to recover

    Denise Graveline
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:15 am
    "Tell me more about that student," I said to the physician I was coaching. We were working on a story she could tell as part of a talk she'd be giving to donors. "What does she look like?""You mean her physical data?""Yes, but let's call it hair color, height, weight, freckles, whatever." And that's when I diagnosed my client with the only thing I'm licensed to identify: Clinician's distance when speaking to a public audience.You don't have to be an actual clinician to have this public speaking problem, though it happens more frequently among medical professionals, scientists, engineers, and…
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    Storytelling In Business

  • Find the Meaning in the Moment – Storytelling for Leaders

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

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

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

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

    19 May 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Are you tired of winging it with your stories and getting mixed results? Do you want to change people’s lives, get more bookings, and make more money?  Strategic and masterful storytelling is the way. Learn to choose, craft and deliver your stories with The Story Theater Method. This series contains everything you need to turn your stories into amazing stories.  You’ll get instant access to the self-paced, online instructional video series, plus bonus summaries and exercises for each video. You’ll also get 5 bonus videos of Doug’s stories to use as reference for the…
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    Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations

  • Don't Neglect Your Opening and Closing

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

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

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

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

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

  • Gather 'Yes AND' People Around You and Avoid 'Yes...But' Folks

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

    Susan Trivers
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    A designer of interiors, a designer of websites and a designer of automobiles are all knowledge workers. Writers, analysts, data experts, coders and developers, athletes and artists--they are also knowledge workers. Add accountants and attorneys, consultants and coaches, educators and engineers and scientists, the military, doctors and broadcasters to the list. Every tech company from apps to robots is engaged in knowledge work. You see that almost all work today is knowledge work. The outcomes that these people generate come from what's in their heads. It's an accumulation of…
  • Rock Your Business Opportunities

    Susan Trivers
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    Get out of your doldrums! "The economy is still bad." "No one can find a good job." "It's the fault of (insert your favorite scapegoat name here.)" None of this is true and yet, if you continue to believe and repeat these well-worn jeremiads, you will never be able to see opportunities. The top two ways to increase your business's revenue are: 1) New offerings to your existing buyers 2) New buyers for your existing offerings How hard is this? Not hard at all, when you begin with a positive outlook. New offerings to existing buyers: Assume they have more…
  • Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't You're Right

    Susan Trivers
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    “Washington is not like the rest of the country. … Compared to other places, growth here is lagging.” Dan Beyers This was the pessimistic outlook for the Washington DC region in 2015 by Capital Business Editor Dan Beyers. I’m reminded of the old adage “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”  He thinks there are fewer opportunities here because government spending is down and he's telling his readers to think that as well, so one year from now what will everyone find? They’ll find they were right, because every discussion will reflect…
  • How to Pilot Your Business Like a Performance Boat Not an Aircraft Carrier

    Susan Trivers
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    Executives, owners, principals—anyone whose primary responsibility is to generate revenue and profit from that revenue--is the captain of their ship. The direction you move your ship, its speed, the ability to change direction and your acceptance of risk are all up to you. Why, I wonder, do so many business captains behave as if they’re piloting an aircraft carrier when in fact the business they’re piloting is much more like a high performance boat? Aircraft carriers move slowly, need a lot of time to change direction and are so investment- intensive that protecting them from risk is…
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    Public Speakers Blog

  • Speakers Needed Immediately!

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    If you’re serious about launching your speaking career immediately, this is the best opportunity you will (most likely) ever have. I will teach you how to market, sell, deliver and earn millions in this business, just as I have for the past 19 years, and I’m willing to split my $20,000 speaking fee with you while you learn. I guarantee that no other million dollar speaker in the business will make you this offer, now or in the future. I know because many of them are laughing at me for doing it, and calling me naive for bringing rookie speakers onstage with me. And if my story were…
  • Speakers: Come Work with Me!

    14 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    The corporate market in the speaking business is HOTTER than ever, and we are actively searching for speakers to help us market, sell and deliver our Mental Toughness University Program to the biggest companies in the world. If you’re serious about building a 6-7 figure speaking career, I want to work with YOU! Watch this short video for details, and if you’re serious about doing this, visit www.speakersapprentice.com and apply. We’re closing out the application process in a few days, so apply now and we’ll be in contact with you.
  • Million Dollar Speakers Club

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    We are in the process of taking applications for membership in the Million Dollar Speakers Club. If you’re serious about building a 6-7 figure speaking business, watch this 17-minute video we shot at our state-of-the-art professional speakers video studio at our offices in Atlanta. Watch this short video post, and then click on this link to see the MDSC video. www.milliondollarspeakersclub.com
  • Professional Speakers Money Module

    6 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    As a professional speaker, do you devote any of your speech to talking about money? Most major speakers in the public market do. Watch this short video I taped in Manhattan after my latest appearance on FOX Business Network. I’ll look forward to your comments.
  • How Big is Your Speaking Career Vision?

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

  • How To Use An Elevator Pitch To Start Your Next Speech

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    An elevator pitch is a great way to start a speechImage Credit: Thilo M. For years and years folks in sales and people who are looking for a job have been reminded of the importance of public speaking and told to master their “elevator pitch”. This pitch is a set of one or two short pre-scripted sentences that tell someone who you are and what you do. When you encounter someone for the first time who does not have a lot of time to listen to you, an elevator pitch can be a great way to deliver a lot of valuable information in a short period of time. Is it possible that an elevator pitch…
  • How Writers Can Become Better Speakers

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    If you can write, then you can speakImage Credit: Alec Couros Due to the importance of public speaking, those of us who do a lot of writing often get called on to give speeches. Having the skill to put words down on paper is a great skill to have. However, it does not necessarily mean that we have the skills that are needed in order to be able to deliver an effective speech. The big question is how can we writers become good speakers…? How Writers Shoot Themselves In The Foot Interestingly enough, the #1 problem that writers have when giving speeches really has nothing to do with the…
  • How You Write Determines How You Speak

    13 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    First you write, then you speakImage Credit: Jonathan Kim As public speakers, because we know about the importance of public speaking, we are always looking for ways to become better speakers. We can watch other speakers, read books on public speaking, or take courses. It turns out that there is a simple skill that we already have that if we take the time to use can make us a better speaker: writing. Why Writing A Speech Out Is A Good Idea So this is where I need to be very careful. Yes, writing your speech out is a good idea. No, writing your speech out so that you can memorize it…
  • Speakers Can Get More Time Just By Taking Control

    6 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    It turns out that we can get more time to speak if we know how to take controlImage Credit: kobiz7 As a speaker, because of the importance of public speaking we would all like to be in charge of our time. We’d like to be the one who controls how long we stay on the stage – not someone else. However, this is not the case – somebody invited us to speak and they are in charge of how long we take. This is the way that it will always be, but it turns out that we do have some control over how much time we have – if only we know how to take control… Keep Track Of Your Time…
  • Time To Talk

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

  • Letting the air out of America’s season of wretched excess

    George F. Will
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Beer, Benjamin Franklin supposedly said but almost certainly didn’t, is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Without cannonballing into deep theological waters, perhaps DeflateGate proves the same thing. Read full article >>
  • Bud Selig’s winning legacy

    George F. Will
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:23 pm
    The business of baseball and the nation’s business used to be conducted in Washington with similar skill. The Washington Senators were run by Clark Griffith, who said: “Fans like home runs, and we have assembled a pitching staff to please our fans.” Today, however, Washington’s team is a model of best practices. The government? Less so.Read full article >>
  • George Will: Vermont’s Bernie Sanders has mountains to climb

    George F. Will
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:19 pm
    The young man who answered the phone in the Senate office of Vermont’s Bernie Sanders told the caller, a would-be campaign contributor, that it is illegal for funds to be accepted on federal property. He advised the person to contact Sanders’s political operation, which might become a presidential campaign. Read full article >>
  • George Will: The harm incurred by a mushrooming welfare state

    George F. Will
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:03 pm
    America’s national character will have to be changed if progressives are going to implement their agenda. So, changing social norms is the progressive agenda. To understand how far this has advanced, and how difficult it will be to reverse the inculcation of dependency, consider the data Nicholas Eberstadt deploys in National Affairs quarterly: Read full article >>
  • George Will: Romney’s third presidential run would be no charm

    George F. Will
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:13 pm
    After his third loss, in 1908, as the Democratic presidential nominee, William Jennings Bryan enjoyed telling the story of the drunk who three times tried to enter a private club. After being tossed out into the street a third time, the drunk said: “They can’t fool me. Those fellows don’t want me in there!”Read full article >>
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    The Public Speaker's Quick and Dirty Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills

  • 282 TPS How to Complain and Get What You Want

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    There is a right way and a wrong way to complain. Lisa B. Marshall, The Public Speaker, explains how NOT to complain and how to complain and get what you want. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1Kf0XbW
  • 281 TPS Talk to Strangers (It’s Good for Your Health)

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Do you avoid talking to strangers? The Public Speaker explains why connecting with strangers can make you happier and more successful. Plus, tips on how to easily connect. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1yTsTz5
  • 280 TPS Celebrities Stir Controversy at the Golden Globes

    16 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    The 2015 Golden Globes included its fair share of controversy. Should you join in or keep silent? The Public Speaker explains how to talk about controversial topics. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1J5bWpK
  • 279 TPS Manipulative and Dishonest Coworkers

    9 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Are you stuck working with a colleague who is manipulative or dishonest? Are you concerned about this person ruining your reputation and career prospects? Luckily, the Public Speaker has tips for effectively dealing with these two workplace dangers. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/1tU1cHt
  • 155 TPS 5 Steps to Better Communication

    1 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The Public Speaker's 5 steps to improving interpersonal communication skills. SPONSOR: http://stitcher.com/lisa. Use code Lisa to enter to win $1000. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1IhMo6q
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    Power Presentations


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

    Jerry Weissman
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    Despite the universal experience of audiences groaning loudly at a failed attempt at humor, many presenters attempt to “break the ice” by beginning their pitch or speech with a joke. They continue to do so despite the recurring evidence that even professional comedians, supported by teams of experienced comedy writers, often lay eggs. Consider Jon Stewart, the star of Comedy Central’s popular “The Daily Show.” Most of the time, Mr. Stewart’s studio audiences roar at almost every word he utters, but occasionally, one of his well-planned gags generates loud groans. Skilled as he is,…
  • Barack Obama’s Quip and Tom Brady’s Comment

    Jerry Weissman
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:48 am
    Two highly prominent media events this week brought humor—a subject often related to presentations and speeches—front and center. Tuesday, during President Obama’s State of the Union speech, he ad-libbed a joke that got him viral attention on social media. By one estimate, there were 44,000 tweets immediately following his quip. You can read what he said in my prior Forbes blog. Yesterday, New England Patriots superstar quarterback Tom Brady held a press conference on the current media flap that he and his team may have deflated the footballs they used to win the League Championship…
  • Something Old, Something New in Obama’s 2015 State of the Union

    Jerry Weissman
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:34 am
    President Obama faced a number of challenges in his sixth State of the Union speech: his poll numbers, although beginning to recover of late, have been stuck in negative territory for more than a year; his foreign policy, beset by complex, contradictory forces, has been under constant crossfire; and he lost the Democratic majority in the Senate in the November election which, along with the return of the Republican majority in Congress left him, as the usually supportive New York Times editorial had it this morning, “outgunned.” Of course, as is the custom in this annual speech, he…
  • The New San Francisco 49er Coach Learns a Painful Lesson in Q&A

    Jerry Weissman
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    Head football coaches, in both the professional and college game, are virtual gods who stride about their realms with omnipotent authority. This bearing is a job requirement because it serves as a role model to inspire confidence in players and organizations. Legendary coaches like Vince Lombardi and Bo Schembechler are remembered as much for their leadership as for their track records. Last week, Jim Tomsula, a man who has toiled in relative obscurity for most of his football career as an assistant coach, suddenly found himself thrust front and center as the new head coach of the San…
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    Professionally Speaking...

  • 3 Places To Use A Neutral Face In Your Presentations

    Kathy Reiffenstein
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Since the days when we were mere babes in arms we have used facial expressions to convey what we feel, what we want, what we think. It has been such a successful way of communicating our emotions over the evolutionary years it's not surprising that we've never put much emphasis on cultivating a neutral expression [except perhaps for poker enthusiasts], one that doesn't convey any particular emotion. Now showing emotion and having varied facial expressions when we deliver our presentations is a great way to keep our audience engaged and communicate that we are fully present and involved. But…
  • What I Learned About Presentation Skills From My 3 Cats

    Kathy Reiffenstein
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    I am one of those fortunate beings who gets to dedicate my life to creating happiness for my feline companions -- Gilbert, Sullivan and Jake (aka the boys).  This is not an endeavor I take lightly, nor do they. And for all the toys, cat food, prime window spots, kitty climbing trees and love I shower on them, they pay me back in countless ways, including demonstrating some truths about presentation skills. Here are the presentation best practices my kitties employ: ::Focus:: When my boys want something -- food, play, my lap -- they are laser focused in their intent. They do not allow…
  • Presentation Myths

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

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

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


    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    BRYCE ON SYSTEMS - Is an information system the same thing as a program or “app”? (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. I’ve been writing about Information Systems for over three decades, mostly to I.S. professionals, and I’ve spent [...]
  • The Super Bowl Pick, and Kate Upton Goes Out on Top

    Richard Cahill
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    The Super Bowl is Sunday, and the prediction here is that the New England Patriots will be crushed like subatomic particles in the Large Hadron Collider by the Seattle Seahawks, a result that will be cheered by all football fans outside of New England, because the Pats have been caught cheating again in the [...]

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    BRYCE ON HISTORY - How Masonry affected America. (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. I have been a Freemason for many years and I am still surprised by those people who believe the Masons have a secret agenda in [...]
  • Doubt

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:17 am
    Fears dissolve as fantasies. Phantoms are clouded by masks. Mistakes are illusions.  When you are tired of owning your own limp- I will limp for you.

    steve sangirardi
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
    STEPHEN SANGIRARDI BARD715@AOL.COM Canticle–HAPPY BIRTHDAY Discard the demijohn. Mozart’s around. An Orphic caller will guide the Muse and blow the shofar until it sounds                                        a perfect strain that could switch the Jews. Mozart wrote with [...]
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    Speaking Pro Central

  • Famous Speech Friday: Maria Klawe on asking for salary increases

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:15 am
    '(Editor''s note: Not long after the headlines appeared about this interview at the Grace Hopper Celebration in 2014, I asked reader and software engineer Cate Huston --who was present at this session--to write about the missing piece in the coverage. Of course, that missing piece was what the woman leading this interview said. didn’t say anything.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • "Downton Abbey" - If The Sixth Season Is Its Last, How Will It End?

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:17 pm
    'There is speculation, on both sides of the Atlantic, that the sixth season of "Downton Abbey" will be the last. Its creator, Julian Fellowes, will be coming to America to start working on a new series "The Gilded Age" and he's made it known he cannot focus on two things at once.  Then that could be that. Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Public Speaking In A Digital Age: It Can Still Do You In, As It Did Sarah Palin

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:22 am
    '"Her [Sarah Palin] address [at the 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit] was a 34-1/2 minute roller coaster ride of cliches, non sequiturs and warmed-over grievances."  "  - Karen Tumulty, "Sarah Palin and her onetime fans on the right: It's so over," in The Washington Post, January 28, 2015. Here is the article.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Talk About the Talk: Resa Lewiss, MD, at TEDMED

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:15 am
    '(Editor''s note: Talk About the Talk is our new series in which I ask speakers I''ve worked with to share their perspective on giving big or important talks. Lewiss is an associate professor of both emergency medicine and radiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. How did you prepare? Who helped you and how? Something very me.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
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    PowerPoint Tips Blog

  • Create a tile menu with hyperlinks to slides

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

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

    Ellen Finkelstein
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:05 pm
    One of the most common uses of PowerPoint is to present data that will be used to make a decision at a meeting. A good example is a market research team presenting to marketing executives. Some of the important issues in a meeting like this are to: Tailor the presentation to the audience’s level of expertise Distill the data to the important conclusions Create clear slides in spite of the complexity of the material Provide detailed data when requested without confusing the message How do you provide detailed data without confusing the message — and putting so much on a slide that…
  • Office Clip Art gallery is going away

    Ellen Finkelstein
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:15 am
    According to the Microsoft Office blog, the Office Clip Art gallery is going away. I’m very upset by this, because I use its photos daily. While much commentary (include a funny riff by Conan on TV) focus on the line art, the text of the blog post makes it clear that photos will also disappear. When? I don’t know. The blog post makes it sounds as if it’s already gone, but I’m still seeing all of the clip art — both photos and line art. How about you? Also, the post says, “Customers can still add images to their documents, presentations, and other files that…
  • Happy New Year! What are your goals for 2015?

    Ellen Finkelstein
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    Here’s my New Year’s card to you. It highlights photos I’ve taken during all 4 seasons, from New York, to Florida, to Iowa and Nebraska. I hope you enjoy it! I have big plans for 2015 — a weekly 15-minute webinar series, a new/old e-book, and more. How about you? Leave a comment! https://s3.amazonaws.com/ellenfinkelstein.com/new+year+2015-4+seasons.mp4 Did you find this post useful? Get my free video training, "13 techniques that will make designing your slides EASY." Need training? Click here to find out about training to bring your presentations to the next…
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  • 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.
  • How long would it take your design agency to build a PowerPoint deck?

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

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

  • Us vs. Them

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

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

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

    9 Jan 2015 | 5:44 am
    Here is a list of words which are losing their meaning because we have joined the band wagon and started using these too liberally. In this new year let us say not to these:World ClassState of the artStrategicLeading brand360 Degree MarketingProven Track RecordExperienced FacultyExtensive ResearchIn-Depth KnowledgeRich & Proven ExperienceDynamic PersonalityOptimizationWhich other words / phrases would you like to add to this list?
  • Design Tips from a Visiting Card

    2 Jan 2015 | 12:52 am
    I have started my own consulting business and one of the first things I needed to have was a business card. Instead of designing on my own, I chose a website this time. After I chose the layout and typed my content, I came across some good tips about design.Please check the following:1. Information is accurate and spelled correctly2. Text is legible and contrasts against the background3. Images are clear and don't appear blurry4. Nothing is overlapping and close to the marginsI found these tips really useful. Use these as a check-list after you have designed your slides.Is my…
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    Speak & Deliver - A Public Speaking Blog For the Speaking Public

  • Nobody Cares About You!

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

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

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

    31 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    Image by Rush and Hugh SymeAh, the last day of the year. Or the first for my many friends on the other side of the world. A time when our brains often hit the reset button. We look back, and we look forward. I'm not going to spend time here to look back and forward for myself - I've done that in my Win Anyway blog - where all that belongs. Instead, I want to help YOU look back and forward, as you think about what you want your speaking life to be about in the next 12 months.You may be an experienced, currently working speaker, or a Toastmaster looking to break out into the 'real…
  • 52 Books in 52 Weeks - 2014 Challenge Wrap-Up

    30 Dec 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Below is my list of 52 books (which turned into 61 as I added new books along the way) that I set a goal to read and review in 2014. I only made it through 39 books, with the final review posted earlier today - but I feel like it was a successful year of reading nonetheless.If there's a link - it'll take you to the review. The others are 'deadheads', books I haven't finished or, mostly, haven't even started. Estimated stats are about 5000 actual book pages combined with 160 hours of audio.I have 25 books left over to read - some of which might drop off - so I'm looking at suggestions for…
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    Manner of Speaking

  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 196) – Ira Glass

    John Zimmer
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    “Great stories happen to those who can tell them.” — Ira Glass Photo courtesy of Brighterorange / Wikimedia CommonsFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers
  • Ten Lessons from Steve Martin

    John Zimmer
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    I am a big fan of stand-up comedy. I have enormous respect for the men and women—whether professionals or amateurs—who get up on stage and do their best to make us laugh. And though I like many comedians, my all-time … Continue reading →
  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 195) – Georges Wolinski

    John Zimmer
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    “L’humour est le plus court chemin d’un homme à un autre.” (“Humour is the shortest road from one person to another.”) — Georges WolinskiFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers
  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 194) – Mary Catherine Bateson

    John Zimmer
    4 Jan 2015 | 11:01 pm
    “The human species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories.” — Mary Catherine Bateson‎ Photo courtesy of Festival della Scienza / FlickrFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers
  • Burning the ships and sailing away

    John Zimmer
    3 Jan 2015 | 8:22 am
    The legendary Alexander the Great built an empire that, at its height, stretched from Ancient Greece to India. One of his strongest and most formidable enemies was the Persian Empire of Darius III. In 334 BC, Alexander led a fleet of Greek and Macedonian … Continue reading →
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    Interruption Management

  • Clutter Distracts

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

    18 Jan 2015 | 1:24 pm
    According to Technostress co-authors Larry Rosen, Ph.D and Michelle Weil, Ph.D. when working in a potentially interruption-laden environment, ask yourself three questions:1. Do I really need to know?2. Do I really want to know now?3. Do I really want the interruption that might occur once I know?
  • Pervasive Attention Deficit Disorder

    13 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    Sadly, we've reached the point where a typical person in society today has some symptoms of attention deficit disorder, culturally induced. The rising decibel level in public spaces, as documented over the last 25 years, all but confirms that we have tolerated a perpetually higher level of noise. Added to that, there is no end to the messages that bombard us each day. From billboards, to bus panels, to ads over urinals, at all times, and in all places, someone is vying for our attention.E-mail, the Internet, and mobile devices have exacerbated the problem, but even people who are not online…
  • Despite the Clutter, Concentrate

    8 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    Years ago, I attended Sam Horn's session on concentration. Still great advice to this day in the face of too many potential interruptions!* Concentration defined: voluntarily focused attention.* Discipline of ignoring irrelevant matters* Fixing ones' powers, efforts and attention* Most people work best under a deadline; when their concentration is focused.* Fatigue is a big road block to concentrationThis last note is telling!:* Society is moving towards a lower frustration tolerance with less discipline, and more need for immediate gratification. These are detriments to concentration.
  • Writer's Den Special

    8 Jan 2015 | 7:16 am
    $151.60 in Author Resources for $57 $19.90 worth of Books [ ] The 60 Second Innovator -- Adams Media, 142 pages, $9.95 [ ] The 60 Second Self Starter -- Adams Media, 150 pages, $9.95 $131.70 worth of CDs and Audio Books [ ] Simplicity 12 part series -- audio on DVD, $39.95[ ] Getting Published and Selling Your Work -- 3 CD audiobook, $39.95 [ ] Get Your Book Published and Promoted -- 42 minutes, $12.95 [ ] The Art of Story Telling -- Made For Success, 32 minutes, $12.95[ ] Time Management for the Ages -- 31 minutes, $12.95[ ] Creating Brilliant Book Outline -- 53 minutes, $12.95 to…
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    Moving People to Action

  • The 3 Worst Things that We Learned as Children

    Conor Neill
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:40 am
    Was school good for me?  I do believe so. There are some very positive values that were inculcated in me through the way the teachers dealt with us, the stories we were told, the structure of the school:  compassion, gratitude, sharing, discipline, respect, charity, hope, love. The 3 Worst Things We Learned As Children However, there are some aspects that get deeply driven in to us as children that I don’t think are helpful to our productive adult life: Conformity – Society crushes the outsiders, school is brutal on those who are outside the “norm”, grades push you…
  • The Quality of a Leader’s Intent

    Conor Neill
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:18 am
    Two leaders in the same circumstances doing the same thing can bring about completely different outcomes. I’ve often wondered why. It is more than just luck. It is an inner quality of certain leaders. There is a quality to certain people’s intent, capacity to observe without judging, capacity to see a new way to put the jigsaw pieces together that makes a big difference in the outcomes. What can you do to be up with the best Leaders? There are 2 areas where the best leaders excel: Observation without comparing to the past; and Flexibility in Execution. Observe Non-Judgementally:…
  • How Often Do You Really Face Reality?

    Conor Neill
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    “All organisations need a discipline that makes them face up to reality” Peter Drucker What got us to today’s success will not keep us here.  No activity will remain effective for a long time without modifications.  Eventually every activity becomes obsolete. The ability to stop doing things that no longer serve is vital: in my life, in my business, in my family…  everywhere that humans engage. Broken, old cars are put in the junk yard.  What are you putting on the junk heap this year?  Peter Drucker says that the inability to stop doing anything is the central…
  • On Running 22 Marathons in 30 days (in Winter)

    Conor Neill
    26 Dec 2014 | 1:07 am
    This is a guest post by Luca Rossini. Luca ran home. This is a big deal when you live in Paris and your family home is near Milan. This post shares how he kept the journey going day after day after day...  Over to Luca… How I found the Strength to Run 900 kilometers through the Winter roads of France and Italy I would like to share something I learnt in the winter of 2012 on the French roads of Bourgogne, on my 900 km run home to Italy. It was the year when I lost my father, and my brother had been diagnosed with leukaemia. I had always loved running as an amateur, and so, despite…
  • The health benefits of drinking coffee

    Conor Neill
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    Hmmm, good coffee, * I drink coffee.  It helps me wake, it helps me focus.  It helps me write. I love the smell.  (I don’t think I have ever had a coffee that tasted quite as good the smell.)  Coffee smells good. On a good day, I’ll have 3.  On a tough day, where my concentration is not good, where I have been woken a few times during the night by my visiting daughter…  I’ll get up to 5. And when its really bad…  I can make it to 7. I drink expresso.  Here in Spain it’s called “Cafe solo”.  Sometimes I’ll go for a long black, in…
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  • How Not to Bore an Audience (2 of 3)

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

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

    30 Dec 2014 | 12:34 am
    This is the last in our series in how to wow with charisma. We’ve looked at Vocal Expression of Emotion, Contagious Laughter, Expressive Face, and more. Here are three more tips to help you stand out from the crowd in a good way.   Practice these behaviors to have more charisma so you stand out from the crowd in a good way.Click To Tweet   Outgoing With Strangers In a survey that Sims Wyeth & Co. conducted a few years ago, those who self-identified as introverts preferred the company of extroverts. And extroverts felt the same way. Let’s face it, it’s fun to…
  • 9 Behaviors Cultivated by the Ultra-Charismatic–part 2

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

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

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:35 pm

    Think Inc Team
    8 Jan 2015 | 3:15 am
    KUNDAN LAL SAIGAL …From a School Dropout to ‘Diya Jalao’… Kundan Lal Saigal was really the first male superstar of Indian cinema who set the tone for musical melodrama acting in the 1930s and 40s. Though not conventionally good-looking and balding, people responded to his everyman demeanour and to that voice…even when articulating dialogue. Saigal was born in Jammu and as a child occasionally played Sita in the Ramila of Jammu. His only formal training apparently came from a little known Sufi peer, Salman Yussuf. The singing tradition he assimilated had little classical rigour…
  • Jodie Underhill is the founder of Waste Warriors.

    Think Inc Team
    8 Jan 2015 | 3:15 am
    Jodie Underhill, the founder of the Mountain Cleaners was born in 1976 in Great Yarmouth, England. She is a committed environmentalist who enjoys world travel, fundraising, event organising and challenges. Previous jobs in the UK include legal editor, fundraising assistant, volunteer co-ordinator and carer for the elderly and people with spinal injuries. Jodie Underhill wanted to come to India for as long as she can remember. The 37 year old finally made it in 2008. After traveling for some time, she became a volunteer at the Tibetan children’s village in Dharamsala only to find out that…
  • What Are Your Plans For 2015? I Suggest Decide To Be Stress-free

    Dr. Promod Batra
    8 Jan 2015 | 3:15 am
    2015 has come! My key message is that you have to be very clever to do simple things. Life can be simple and still you can be happy or you can make it complicated and feel miserable. Start with thinking outside the box i.e. our mind. First you have to manage your stress! Not easy but possible. Stress, in simple terms, is like a fire – more precisely, embers, permanent embers. We can either control them to be harmless embers and enjoy their glow, or fan them into huge fires, not knowing better, many of us do the latter. Stress is not dependent upon whether you are young or old, boy or girl,…
  • Doing too Much for Your Kids

    Think Inc Team
    8 Jan 2015 | 3:15 am
    As parents, many of us do things for our kids that we were able and expected to do for ourselves when we were children. A big difference from today, when all too often we are over-involved in many areas of our children’s lives.  How can a parent be too involved or do too much for their child?  Isn’t that just being a good parent?  But when we don’t expect our kids to take responsibility for chores or their behavior, and we attempt to smooth away all the bumps and bruises that are a natural part of childhood, we aren’t doing our kids a favour.  Instead, we’re bringing them up to…
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  • Do you know your apophasis from your paralipsis? And does it matter?

    Martin Shovel
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    The nomenclature of rhetoric can be baffling to the newcomer and the seasoned pro alike. The first pothole on the road to understanding is crammed with a hotchpotch of long Greek words that are devilishly difficult to pronounce, and even more difficult to remember. And the road gets bumpier still when closer study reveals that the same rhetorical device often operates under a variety of confusing aliases, each slightly different, or even identical, in meaning to the others. So, why bother making the effort to learn what these knotty rhetorical tropes and schemes are all about? Let’s…
  • Musings on cartoon thinking, comedy and speechwriting

    Martin Shovel
    27 May 2014 | 5:49 am
    I’ve led many cartoon workshops over the years, and have yet to meet someone incapable of learning how to draw. But occasionally before a workshop, I’m told, “I’m sure you won’t be able to teach me how to draw, because I’m a verbal, words person, not an arty, visual one.” The tendency for people to view themselves as either visual or verbal is widespread in our culture. Its roots lie in the mistaken belief that our senses exist in separate boxes, more or less isolated from each other. The now discredited theory of learning styles – the view that…
  • Improvising authenticity – has the written speech had its day?

    Martin Shovel
    1 Mar 2012 | 2:51 am
    Last week’s UK Speechwriters’ Guild London conference was a triumph for its founder Brian Jenner and a delight for its participants. Brian’s recipe for success is based on keeping things simple. He chooses a broad mix of contributors – often from very different backgrounds and with very different points of view – and just lets them get on with it. The result, last week, was a conference that was both entertaining and thought-provoking. One presentation in particular rattled the speechwriters’ cage and littered the conference floor with feathers. It was given by Russian…
  • Why Ed Miliband’s Speeches Need More Heart

    Martin Shovel
    17 Jan 2012 | 8:18 am
    Ed Miliband continues to have trouble getting his message across, and he knows it. In the wake of a poor conference speech and a 2011 beset with difficulties he attempted to stop the rot by appointing a new chief-of-staff and speechwriter. However, on the evidence of last week’s speech on the economy, things are going from bad to worse. It was billed as the relaunch speech that wasn’t a relaunch, which is just as well as it appears to have sunk without trace. My fellow speechwriter, and friend, Max Atkinson questioned whether it was even accurate to describe Miliband’s address as a…
  • Festive Greetings!

    Martin Shovel
    15 Dec 2011 | 3:24 am
    Here’s my Christmas cartoon – hope you enjoy it! How we celebrate Christmas now... We wish you a very happy festive season, and all the very best for 2012. Cheers, Martin and Martha PS  For those who would like a taster of our speechwriting training, we’re running a half-day intensive seminar “The Nuts and Bolts of Speechwriting’ on February 22nd at the Institute for Government in London. The UK Speechwriters’ Guild Conference takes place the following day at the same venue. If you’d like to attend both you can book them together at a reduced rate.
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    Jim Harvey's Presentation Skills Advice

  • Amy Cuddy at TED: Your body language shapes who you are

    Rosie Hoyland
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:47 am
    In this fascinating TED talk, social psychologist Amy Cuddy starts with two good questions: Our non-verbals govern how other people think and feel about us but do our non-verbals govern how we think and feel about ourselves? If our minds can change our bodies; is it also true that our bodies can change our minds? Her research shows how ‘power posing’ – adopting confident postures, even when you don’t feel confident – affects testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, even after only 2 minutes, and so the next question is: Can power posing for a few minutes…
  • FREE Prezi Template – January

    Lesley Barringer
    31 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Happy New Year to everyone! Our January template will get you rolling with your next Prezi. We have chosen a circular graphic to illustrate how you can use circles to their best advantage in Prezi. Circles can be tricky in any presentation, but if you follow these pointers, you can make them work for you. Avoid using circular frames, as you will lose much of your screen display area. Obviously, you don’t need to avoid circle graphics, but choose a rectangular frame to use inside the circle. Read our post for more detail on circular frames, and why we don’t recommend them.
  • Free Prezi Template – December

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

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

    Jim Harvey
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    He’s the guy who’s a self-called ‘pick-up artist’.  Selling his services as a speaker, all across the world, to men who want to learn how to become a PUA themselves.  He’s in a whole heap of trouble after a woman (Jenn Li) objected to his methods, his language and his appallingly sexist and racist video clips that could then be found all over the web. She did more than just object, she set up a global, online petition to have him stopped. She’s been pretty successful too.  He’s been hounded out of Australia and stopped from earning money.  Quite…
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  • The 1K+ Writing System: How to Effortlessly Write 1000+ Words – Per HOUR (for Nonfiction Writers)!

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

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

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

    10 Jan 2015 | 1:31 pm
    What’s the best way to smash through a limiting belief? In my free Kindle book, “ANTI Negativity: How to Stop Negative Thinking and Lead a Positive Life” (GET IT HERE – FREE!) you will learn how to smash through limiting beliefs and turn crippling negative self-talk into words of empowerment.   You can grab the book for FREE today through to Jan 13 here: Free on Amazon US-store here: http://bit.ly/AntiNegativityUS Free on Amazon UK-store here: http://bit.ly/AntiNegativityUK More specifically, you will learn how to: •Take Charge of Your Life and Stop…
  • [FREE for Review] Unlock Your Inner Charisma

    7 Jan 2015 | 12:31 am
    I’m soon going to be publishing my latest book, titled ”Unlock Your Inner Charisma”. If you have an Amazon account and are willing to provide a review (on Amazon) in exchange for a free copy of the book, then please sign up HERE: http://eepurl.com/baR3PP. Here’s quick taste of what you’ll uncover inside the book. You will learn how to: Establish rapport with almost anyone by using five simple techniques. Instantly create a stellar first impression – without saying a word! Unlock your charisma and confidence by mastering seven important body language tools. Make…
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    The Presenters' Blog

  • Amplification rhetoric. Getting words to go LARGE!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tips to Boost Your Speaking Impact: How to Create Spur of the Moment Video Content – Podcast 35

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

    Eamonn O'Brien
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    Well told, stories can transport you to new realms and possibilities. They have the capacity to absorb you, bring you to the edge of your seat, and cause you to wonder ‘what will happen next?’ and ‘what would I do in that situation?’.And while there are no surefire, perfect, cookie-cutter templates you can apply to craft a winning story every time for every audience (vive la difference, right?)……There are a number of factors or ingredients that tend to cause some stories to connect with audience more readily or effectively than others. The most important of…
  • Speakers, What Really Motivates Your Audience? Podcast 33

    Eamonn O'Brien
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    One of the great attractions of public speaking is that it gives you a wonderful platform from which to win attention, earn trust, and motivate audience members to take action.If you can craft and delivered a powerful, engaging, and persuasive speech, you can literally inspire others through your words and conviction.Wonderful. But what happens if you find this motivating your audience business to be a bit tricky?After all, don’t different things motivate different people and can’t it be tough to consistently hit the right buttons to achieve the reactions you have in mind when speaking to…
  • Thought Leadership Explored: An Expert Interview – Podcast 32

    Eamonn O'Brien
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:36 am
    How do you decide whom you’ll pay attention to when you want to learn about topics that matter to you, in your business or for work reasons? Why is it that you’re happy to favour some sources ahead of others? And more to the point, what can you learn from the thought leaders you chose to rely upon?If you’re in a role where you need to influence others, you’ll need more than good arguments delivered with conviction and a winning smile to win hearts and minds. You also need to be trusted.As the American author, pastor, and writer of many books on leadership, John C. Maxwell put it so…
  • The Power of Niche Speaking Revealed – Podcast 31

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

  • When Training Is Fun, Is It More Valuable?

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

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

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

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Second of three suggestions: Childlike nature! A child has an open mind, is curious, is eager to learn, to discover. A child has imagination, finds joy in play, and is unbound by convention and habit. To keep this alive, remember that not knowing has value, that wonder has value, that play for the sake of play has value, and that time will move you along quickly enough without you having to help it along.
  • Unfriendly Skies on 12.14.14 Please share and retweet

    Dr. Rick Kirschner
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    a rude and abusive flight attendant on a morning United Airlines flight out of Houston on December 14, 2014. Though this incident didn't involve me and has no real impact on my life (Did I mention, I'm on vacation?) I think UA's executives should know about this kind of bad behavior on the part of their flight attendants.
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    Dr. Michelle Mazur - Speech Coach

  • The Real Threats to Your Presentation Success

    Michelle Mazur
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:27 am
    Imagine you’re about to walk on stage. Your heart is beating faster. The first line of your presentation is running through your head. Your focus turns inward.  Suddenly, even after all your preparation, the presentation becomes all about you and your performance – and you know without a doubt that you have become your own worst enemy. Right? Wrong. It’s not about getting your butterflies to fly in formation, it’s how to write a presentation that defeats the 3 main threats to fascinating your audience. Sally Hogshead in her book “How the World Sees You” writes that there are…
  • Is Speaking to Sell Ruining Presentations?

    Michelle Mazur
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    When you’re listening to a presentation do you ever find yourself bracing for it? You find you can’t immerse yourself in the speaker because you know it’s coming. When it comes, it’s high-pressured, overwhelming, and makes you feel downright awkward. What is the IT that I’m talking about? The sales pitch. It’s become a ubiquitous part of presentations given by entrepreneurs. And to steal a lyric from Carly Rae this is what it feels like: “Hey, I just met you. And this is crazy, but give me money. And I’ll call you maybe.” And speaking as a passionate advocate of your…
  • 4 Ways to Measure Presentation Success (And “Good Job” is Not One)

    Michelle Mazur
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:50 am
    “Good job!” Whenever I hear someone utter these words to me, I cringe. And it’s not because I’m a perfectionist who doesn’t know to take a compliment or celebrate an accomplishment (ok…I’m a little of both). It’s because I know what “good job” as a stand alone phrase means. It means: “Meh” or just ok. People don’t want to hurt your feelings. Your audience is filled with lovely people. It’s easier to use a platitude like “good job” than it is to say “I’m not that into your presentation” or “Your presentation left me confused and overwhelmed.” But…
  • The Top 7 Public Speaking Posts from 2014

    Michelle Mazur
    29 Dec 2014 | 6:23 am
    2014 whizzed right by. There’s much to celebrate. I’m throwing confetti in the air to honor the anniversary of my THIRD (count them THREE) year of blogging. Considering, most blogs are abandoned in the first few months of life, I’m thrilled to be writing and that you are reading. So here it is the top of the heap, the peak of the mountain, the best of the best blog posts about public speaking in 2014. Without further ado – here are 7 most popular posts from 2014! #7 As a Speaker Your Biggest Responsibility is to…. To be an outstanding speaker, you just need to focus…
  • The Proper Care and Feeding of Speakers

    Michelle Mazur
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:14 pm
    *GROOOOAAAAAN* It’s the noise that I make while trying to get up off the floor after watering the Christmas tree. “So that’s a new development” says my brain. In my heart, I know why I’m struggling to get off the darn floor (and now dread giving water to our beautiful Christmas tree), I haven’t been taking care of myself. I’ve been running my business full-time for 7-months after doing it as a side hustle for 2-years. Months of glorious hustle, client triumphs, and creating more than I consume. My self-care routine flew out the window. How are you taking care of yourself? I…
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  • Public Speaking Tip 63: Keep Your PowerPoint Short, Sweet, and Simple

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

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

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

    2 Jan 2015 | 8:25 pm
    If you’ve been looking for a job, you probably know that, after an interview, your very next move should be to write a killer thank you note.  What Makes a Thank You Note GOOD? How does a thank you note stand out, connect to the person reading it, and advance your cause of getting a job by helping the interviewer remember you favorably? 1. The Best Thank You Notes After Job Interviews Are Sincere Sincerity can, of course, mean lots of different things. What you’re looking for is a tone that feels right for your interviewer’s personality and the connection you two made; for…
  • Why Mario Cuomo Was a Public Speaking Master

    2 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    I’d forgotten what a wonderful speaker Mario Cuomo was. The former Governor of New York, who died today at age 82, inspired his audiences — not just with eloquent words (though he had those, and plenty of them!), but with his candor and passion. And while we can’t all be brilliant orators and speechwriters at the level of style and grace that Cuomo embodied, we can learn from how he developed his craft. How did this leader (who’s been called “the last real Democrat”) convey his vision with such thrilling clarity? He worked at it! Great Speakers Like Mario…
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  • How A Dashboard Changes the Conversation

    20 Jan 2015 | 11:12 am
    Presenting data effectively changes the kinds of conversations that can happen inside organizations. Better presentations shape an improved culture of decision-making. Let me tell you about a recent example of this. Late 2012 I got a call from an evaluation officer who was working at the Walton Family Foundation. (Yep – *those* Waltons. Whatever your opinion of Walmart, the foundation is doing some good work. While I can’t tell you the details of their data, you’ll just have to trust me that their investments in environmental initiatives are truly impressive.) She said her group was…
  • NSFW: How to avoid 12 confusing ways to present data

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
    Numbers are the universal language, but it’s not spoken well. How you present data and information bleeds into everything you do — and it’s far reaching. Changing the daily conversation and being clearer about your point will change the culture. So, how do you take that data and information you have to present, and turn it into something that persuades? Something that changes the conversation? The problem is often that the people with the data, and the insight into the business, spend more time explaining it than having a conversation about the business. Last week, Stephanie and…
  • Numbers, Guts and Culture: How data visualization changes the conversation

    5 Jan 2015 | 8:17 am
    Numbers have power, if you have the courage to use them powerfully. Take these two stories from opposite ends of the 20th Century.  The first story is about a man in a steel mill.  The second is about the crash of a giant. Charles Schwab had a mill manager whose people weren’t producing their quota of work. “How is it,” Schwab asked him, “that a manager as capable as you can’t make this mill turn out what it should?” “I don’t know,” the manager replied. “I’ve coaxed the men, I’ve pushed them, I’ve sworn and…
  • What Type of Presenter Are You?

    6 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    I believe everyone has a great idea. Some, more than one. You may have one great idea a year, or a few every day, but whether that idea lives or dies depends on how well you present it. Let me repeat that, because it’s worth repeating. Your idea will live or die, not on the merits of the idea, but how you present it.  So what type of presenter are you? Knowing the answer to that question is the key to presenting your idea in the best possible light. Over the last 10 years we’ve worked with thousands of clients in a range of industries. All of them know that if you want to get ahead,…
  • One More Thing… Never Mind the Watch, How Was the Keynote?

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    This week was big in Apple land.  Tim Cook’s keynote to announce the Apple Watch.  Let’s put aside the product punditry and how insanely great the product is, (the mainstream media, haters and fanboys will turn themselves into a tizzy over the Digital Crown and the force-sensing) and look at the keynote itself. Apple keynotes have been called “Stevenote”s in the past, driven by the idea that Jobsian magic packaged the product announcement and did wonders for Apple’s shareholders. How did Tim Cook do? Was it a performance worthy of a name? A “Timnote”, or a “Cooknote”?
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  • Secret # 4 – Presentation Drama

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyClass had ended, and I was giving final feedback for a group that had just presented their business case and did so without presentation drama. Not a bad group presentation by any means, but individual students needed work, and I like to give advice that young folks can carry with them beyond the classroom and […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Secret #3 – Powerful Presentation Gesture

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:25 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyWhat is presentation gesture, and why do we worry about it at all? It’s nothing more than an add-on, right?  Something perhaps nice to have, but unessential to the point of our presentation. The fact is that you cannot separate sincerity from your appearance.  You can’t disaggregate movement from your inflection.  From your volume. From […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Secret #2 – Your Presentation Voice

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:50 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyYour presentation voice is one key to an especially powerful business presentation . . . or a disastrous one. Your voice and your appearance are the constants that pervade your presentation from start to finish. Voice is one of the seven dimensions along which we measure the Power Presenter, and a strong, clear, confident voice is […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Secret #1 (Part 2) – Your Ready Position

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyYour Ready Position. Your ready position is the default stance you assume when giving your talk, when not emphasizing a point with movement and gesture. Think a moment about how you stand while you give your talk. I refer to the time when you’re not moving about the stage to emphasize this or that point. This […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Secret #1 – Power Posing for a Winning Stance

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    17 Jan 2015 | 4:32 am
    Stanley K. RidgleyYou want to project strength, competence, and confidence throughout your presentation, and an especially powerful technique is to utilize “power posing” as the basis of your stance. Stance is the first of our Seven Secrets to especially powerful presenting and is fundamental to projecting your strong image. Let me preface with assurance that I do not expect you to stay […]Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
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  • SlideRide – Technology Review

    Ingrid Mengdehl
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:20 am
    Let’s have a look at SlideRide, which present itself as an alternative to Prezi, by allowing users to import PowerPoint presentations and create panning effects between each slide, a feature that PowerPoint lacks. While the prospect is certainly exciting, I was a little disappointed when I got to try SlideRide. There are a few good ideas, but this feels more like a Beta version than a finished product. Interface and performance The interface is a little clunky. SlideRide opens full-screen and thus, makes your taskbar disappear. It isn’t very practical if you need to switch between…
  • Tackling Presentation Nerves

    Kieran Chadha
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:16 am
    Are you terrified every time you have to present in front of people? Maybe you’re confident but take a while to find your feet? Or just looking for a few rehearsal tips? Well, look no further! We’ve all felt it – that heavy feeling in your stomach waiting for your name to be announced, the pacing up and down in the corridor before the door opens, the slightly sweaty palms as you open up your laptop. Everyone gets nervous before they present. And the truth is that a little extra adrenaline pumping through your veins probably gives your performance a lift. But chronic, debilitating nerves…
  • Sway: A Completely New Way to Present Information

    Hannah Brownlow
    13 Jan 2015 | 1:23 am
    To quote Microsoft: Sway is an app for expressing your ideas in an entirely new way, across your devices. The trouble is I don’t really know what to use it for… There’s a great promotional video for it. It uses the same object (an octopus if you’re interested) and it shows how three people respond to it, creating a Sway for each of them. There’s the activist who presents about endangered species, the little girl doing a school project, and the designer who pitches the octobrolly. The idea is that Sway can be used for everything, by anyone. But as I sit here now, a blank Sway sheet…
  • How to Make Better Hand-outs

    Kieran Chadha
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:06 am
    Oft-neglected, oft-ignored; I’ll give you some ideas about how to make your hand-outs painless, powerful and indispensable. The Problem with Hand-outs Hand-outs pose a number of problems. Firstly, they need to be created. During the hectic preparations for an important presentation, making a handout is usually one of the last things on people’s mind, and often left to the eleventh hour. Secondly, getting the content right is challenging – what’s the right balance between a detailed resource that people will rely on for future reference and a brief overview to jog people’s memory?
  • Technology Review: Powtoon

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

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

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

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

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

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

    8 Jan 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí Conquering the Post-New Year’s Blues This year, my New Year’s Eve wasn’t spent in a fancy gown, drinking champagne, and watching fireworks. Instead, I was home in front of the fireplace, writing, reflecting, and planning. Oh. And there was a glass of wine, of course. After midnight struck, I promptly curled up in bed at 12:03 feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and [...] The post Conquering the Post-New Year’s Blues appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
  • The Most Common Lie You Tell Yourself in Business

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

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

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

    24 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence Sharí How to End A Speech … and Generate Opportunity   Speaking in front of any group is stressful enough. Speaking with the added pressure to generate more business from that speech is another level of stress. One of my clients called me because he was facing that daunting situation. He was tasked with delivering a 30 minute speech to 150 financial industry colleagues. His audience [...] The post How to End A Speech … and Generate Opportunity appeared first on Shari Alexander | Observe Connect Influence.
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  • 25 Goodie Bag Ideas for Your Book Launches, Readings, Signings and Other Promotions

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

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

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    Many authors choose to publish a blog as a way to stay connected with their readers, promote books, build their brand, share ideas, grow and engage their readership. A blog helps you stay visible and relevant to your audience. Publishers look for authors with active, buzzing and growing communities of readers and a robust social media presence. If you have just written a book, you may feel like you have exhausted your creative potential and squeezed every original thought out of your head. What else could you possibly write about in a blog? Don’t despair! Get your blog publishing calendar…
  • Transform your fear of public speaking and test your presentation skills

    6 Jan 2015 | 7:16 am
    Do you feel nervous when you have to speak in public?  Does your heart start beating faster? Do you get butterflies in your stomach? Does your throat get dry or palms – sweaty? The trick to overcoming the fear of public speaking is not to fight your anxiety but to transform it into energy that can propel you to perform better. According to research,  you can boost your performance in high-stake  situations when you interpret the signs of anxiety as excitement and focus on things that can energize your even more.  Make your fear facilitating instead of debilitating.  Here are a few…
  • Happy New Year! Our “geek” wishes for 2015…

    1 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    May we all be healthy, joyful and prosperous beyond any measure that the Facebook year-review algorithm can surmise. May we grow stronger and happier with each friendship, love and like. May the number of heart-to-heart conversations surpasses the number of selfies we take. May our meals be as delicious and nutritious as the food on our friends’ walls. May our memories be as good as #tbt’s. May our virtual and real walls reflect the world we want to live in. Cats and dogs and other cute creatures are always welcome! Happy New Year, Dear Friends! Bookphoria wishes everyone a Happy New…
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  • How Metaphors make Presentations Exciting

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:31 am
    According to the Oxford Dictionaries, a metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. The Functions of a Metaphor Metaphors are an integral part of our everyday language and are used daily, whether consciously or unconsciously. As for instance, common phrases such as “a blanket of snow” or “keep your eyes peeled,” make little or no literal sense and are impossible to actualize, yet, such phrases provide a powerful imagery to peruse an idea or feeling.   Activating both sides of…
  • Be Efficient with Agile Project Management

    18 Jan 2015 | 11:39 pm
    Have you ever developed a product and ended up in a dead end? You waste only resources and energy and it all leads to nothing in the end? Then, it is time for a new way of approaching your goals. Agile Project Management was established in the last couple of years and is such an approach. How Agile Project Management is defined and what it exactly means is outlined in the following article. Agile Methodology for Dynamic Corporations Agile Project Management was first developed for the information technology sector but has made its way into other sectors, too, and is used to optimize product…
  • An Aesthetic Presentation of Social Media Content

    Alexander Bodenseh
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:22 am
    One of the most crucial elements of public relations work of companies is targeted social media marketing. Flat Design Social Media Templates include a collection of icons and logos of social media networks, which will vividly illustrate your company’s communication channels. Important events on social media monitoring which give information on the success of a marketing campaign or informations about the target group can be also displayed. Social Media Marketing: The Foundation of Public Relations To be an active participant in social networks cannot be avoided anymore–whether it…
  • SMART Goals Templates to Define Business Goals

    12 Jan 2015 | 1:07 am
    Set Goals with SMART Objectives There are times when we have the right ideas but we do not have the right concept to achieve our goals. A precise and sophisticated planning is therefore indispensable so that you will not lose track of your original thought. Here some suggestions: order your thoughts, verbalize them and try to arrange an annual plan. You will only be successful if you plan projects well-structured and realistically. The SMART objectives are the perfect tool to create such a plan and help you to work most efficient. Where there’s a will, there is a way Without goals we cannot…
  • PowerPoint Calendar: The Perfect Start for 2015

    8 Jan 2015 | 12:53 am
    The year ahead will also be filled with plenty of appointments, dates and business goals. To provide a well-structured overview for you, PresentationLoad has created an annual PowerPoint calendar. Conventions, congress, conferences and meetings – these are some of the scheduled company events. One can easily lose track of all those commitments so that it is recommendable to use well-organized calendars. Calendars for Different Purposes It is important to use different calendars for different areas. Do not mix private and professional appointments. Use daily and weekly plans to schedule…
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  • Preparation: The Key to a Successful Presentation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • How To Create Transparent Pictures in PowerPoint (The Fast Way!)

    Nuts & Bolts
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:10 am
    Creating picture transparency is one of those zany things in PowerPoint that is technically impossible…you cannot directly add a transparency to a picture…but there just happens to be a workaround. When Would You Ever Need this Trick? Well, if you are PSYCHED for the playoffs, you could (for example) take the members from your favorite […]
  • Jump Start Your Presentations With Vector Graphics

    Taylor Croonquist
    30 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Check out our basic and advanced PPT tips for customizing and working with vector graphics - one of the best-kept secrets of top PowerPoint designers!
  • PowerPoint Best Practices – The Formatting Guides

    Taylor Croonquist
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    When people see our slides, they often ask us: “What is all that stuff there on the left side of your slides and how do I get them on mine?” “All that stuff” is what we have dubbed the “Formatting Guides” and in our opinion, is one of the cleverest PowerPoint best practices you can implement today, […]
  • Using The OneDrive App To Organize Files On Your iPad

    Taylor Croonquist
    28 Nov 2014 | 11:38 am
    How to use the OneDrive app to organize PowerPoint, Excel, and Word files on your iPad or iPhone.
  • How To Manage Thousands Of PowerPoint Slides Across Your Organization

    Taylor Croonquist
    28 Nov 2014 | 11:11 am
    If you've been around the block a few times, then you know that managing all of your PowerPoint presentations is one of the biggest challenges you'll face. So the question is, what’s the best way to do it? Well, chances are that you are current currently using some system of file folders, a file naming convention, and your emails (as a backup)...and that's all fine and dandy but how do you do that across an entire organization with thousands (or tens of thousands) of slides?
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  • Episode 07 | Microsoft’s New Presentation Tools and Storytelling

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

    Shane Purnell
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
    “You Suck at Telling Stories” A true story We had been playing poker for about twenty minutes, trading the usual jabs and one liners when Sean dropped into a long, rambling tale about his latest adventure. His story seemed to go on for hours (at least that’s how it felt) leaving us to wonder if it would ever end. When he finished, we sat there in stunned silence, realizing that we had just lost five minutes of our lives and we weren’t getting them back. Finally, Ryan spoke up, “Dude, you suck at telling stories! What was the point? You don’t know how to…
  • Dr. Julie Connor |How To Be A Professional Speaker

    Shane Purnell
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:03 pm
    How To Be a Professional Speaker with Dr. Julie Connor Show Notes Dr. Julie Connor helps people find their purpose and passion, define and their vision Listen Offline: Download the Episode to Your Device Listen from This Page  What Dr. Julie Connor Asked Herself to Clarify Her Public Speaking Mission Who am I? What is it I’m called to do? Who am I called to serve? What do they want or need? How will they change as a result of the message I deliver   Dr. Julie Connor Early Action Steps to Become a Professional Speaker Listened to professional speakers Read books by professional…
  • Contradiction and an Argument | A Lesson from Monty Python

    7 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    What’s the Difference Between Contradiction and an Argument …and what does it have to do with  presentations? Click to Watch Monty Python’s “The Argument Clinic” on YouTube I, like most people, probably would have never thought about the difference between contradiction and an argument had I never seen this brilliant skit from Monty Python’s Flying Circus. It was my first exposure to the British comedy troupe and their comedic genius. It also was a great lesson in speech communication. If you’d prefer to just watch it the official YouTube video…
  • Add Some Pecha Kucha Style To Your Next Presentation

    Shane Purnell
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
    Pecha Kucha is NOT a Martial Art The first time I heard the term “Pecha Kucha” I was listening to an interview with a well known communication expert. I thought maybe I had drifted off  to sleep and the topic had changed to some form of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. How could such a funny word have anything to do with speaking and presentations? However, as I listened to the explanation I started to get it and after reading this post, I think you’ll see the value of Pecha Kucha too. What is Pecha Kucha? Pecha Kucha is a presentation format. To be precise,  it’s actually…
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    Mindful Blog

  • Obama – Perfect President or just a brilliant speaker?

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:27 am
    Even a powerful speech offers no promise of victory in politics, or at least that’s what the pundits thought right across the world 6 years ago. Many believe that Mr Obama's oratory skills has been one the principal means of his ascent and success, and some, (myself included) would argue he is one of the best speakers in the world today. Leading from the apex of what many would perceive as one of them most difficult jobs in the world it must be exceptionally difficult to hold your own in such a volatile and often hostile political environment. Add to that the pressure to compete with…
  • If you’re having a bad day watch these: Presenting inspiration from Hollywood

    21 Jan 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Nine People Wounded in Tel Aviv Bus Attack, IS Demands $200m Ransom For Japan Hostages, Shanghai Officials Feasted As Stampede Killed 36, Charlie Hebdo attack: Three days of terror These are just some of the world news headlines as I write this article from my office in London where it’s freezing cold, pouring with rain and the sky is as grey as smoke.  My train was delayed by 20 minutes this morning and I had to then stand like a sardine packed in a carriage with hundreds of other equally depressed commuters as we all cheered ourselves up looking at Facebook on our…
  • The Power of the Golden Globe Awards 2015

    13 Jan 2015 | 4:54 pm
      Every year we get to see some of the world’s biggest and brightest stars from film and TV in their dazzling glory at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills. This year’s 72nd Annual Awards Ceremony was no exception.  The Beverly Hilton Hotel, California was crammed with superstars many of whom were ready to stretch beyond the usual mundane and mandatory thank you list.  For the most part Award Ceremonies such as these can of course seem quite tedious and pompous!  Unless of course the celebrities themselves use it as a platform to say something meaningful,…
  • 9 Powerful Steps to Storytelling in Business – Brought to Life

    10 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    ‘Never be boring again’ - That’s the title of one of my favourite books on speaking skills, written by Doug Stevenson. The title alone makes it one of those books that many of us would probably love to give to someone we know as a Christmas gift (if only we had the nerve). That sentiment aside, if you ever need help making a business presentation count then providing you can get past the cheesy picture on the front cover it’s a book I would highly recommend. One of the many reasons for this is that its sets out in a very plain, simple and compelling way the most…
  • A Brand New You in 2015

    5 Jan 2015 | 12:54 am
      We are already rapidly approaching the end of the first week of 2015 and I wonder just how many of those  New Year resolutions have been broken already. Research by the University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology suggests that last year the top 10 resolutions made were: 1. Lose weight 2. Getting organised 3. Spend less, save more 4. Enjoy life to the fullest 5. Staying fit and healthy 6. Learn something exciting 7. Quit smoking 8 . Help others in their dreams 9.  Fall in love 10. Spend more time with family Less than half of…
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    Master Presenting

  • Brené Brown and the Heart of Presenting

    Ryan McRae
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    I get asked all the time, “What does it take to be a good presenter? What’s the secret?” I usually scratch my head. In all of my experiences presenting, learning the craft, bombing, stumbling and enjoying the audience, there has never been a secret to presenting, no guru whispering in my ear saying, “This is the secret to great presenting, listen well.” And then he stumbles off into the the night looking for an Outback Steakhouse. But I think there are components of being a good presenter, aspects that run true in speakers that inspire the audience. Brené Brown, in her landmark…
  • A.D.D. and Presenting

    Ryan McRae
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:29 am
    I see this more often than not—the skilled presenters, the creators, the ones who have this deep dive connection with their audience have Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D. or A.D.H.D.) as the sky is blue. Being a member of that tribe myself I can understand it. When we present, when we are in front of an audience of 1 or 10,000 our brains light up like Times Square before the ball hits. We find we are “all there.”  Now, this is when our A.D.D. serves us well. We feel the tempo of the audience; we answer the questions with brevity, wit and The post A.D.D. and Presenting appeared first…
  • 13 Ways You Can Become a Better Speaker Right NOW

    Ryan McRae
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:48 am
    It’s Monday. You have stuff to do. But let’s get you to be a better presenter, shall we? Lets. Practice saying the following phrase, “Thank you for you time. It has been my honor and pleasure to be here today.” Say it sincerely. Agree not to memorize your speech word for word. Break it down into chunks. Have an outline. Here’s a great example of this.   If you are speaking to colleagues, ask one of them to take notes about how you present, so you can be better. If it’s a group of strangers, ask if it can be recorded so you can The post 13 Ways You Can Become a…
  • How Do You Know if You’re Boring?

    Ryan McRae
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:29 am
    A friend of mine said, “Man, you’re site is good, but bad speakers don’t know they need it and great ones don’t.” Now, we can always improve, but I get the gist of what he’s saying. It’s like bad fashion or hair. If you’re horrible, at best you don’t notice and at worst—you don’t care.  If you care about how you come across, if that matters in your personal or professional life, this might be a little bit of a “speaking self-aware checklist” that might interest you. Now I’ve broken this up into presenting and conversing. You might be stellar at one, but at The…
  • The Way of Presenting to the Creative Crowd

    Ryan McRae
    30 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    I want to talk a bit about “creative” people and how to talk to them. We can get into some danger because I can hear your outcries already, “Everyone is creative! I wrote three haikus last week! We did a folk art puzzle and then Mod Podged it all night long!” I get that. And I get that your audience or potential audience is creative.  But I’m talking about people who create art every day as their career. Designers. Writers. Web architects, etc. These are people who live and breathe Pantone and grammar. They read Lifehacker and they have already seen that trendy, The post The Way…
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    Blog - Princeton Public Speaking

  • Public Speaking Expert: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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