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  • The 7 Deadly Sins of Public Speaking (Flashback Friday #4)

    Six Minutes: A Public Speaking and Presentation Skills blog
    Andrew Dlugan
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:05 am
    On Fridays, we dip into the article archive and emerge with one of the most memorable articles. We’ll dust it off, shine a light on it, and consider it from a new perspective.Today’s Flashback ArticleThis week, we head back to September 2009, when we described the 7 deadly sins of public speaking:Sloth: failing to prepare for your speech or presentationEnvy: believing that great speakers are born with their skillsLust: quelling your nerves by picturing the audience nakedGluttony: believing that more words/slides/facts/numbers is always betterGreed: speaking over your allotted…
  • Storytelling in 30 seconds - can you do it?

    Speak Schmeak
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:39 am
    It's been a while since I posted about a TV commercial (ah, the beauty of the DVR), but here's one I came across recently that perfectly demonstrates the concepts of concise, compelling and clear storytelling. The message is delivered in 30 seconds, through visuals, music and exactly two spoken sentences.Can you be this concise, compelling and clear in your messaging? Can you paint a picture with a few words and some visuals? I dare you to try!
  • 3 Ways to Immediately Close More Business

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    Sue Hershkowitz-Coore
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:45 am
    Every sales person needs to close the sale yet the idea of “closing” (think about these examples [but before you play, know these are not G rated clips]:The Wolf of Wall Street , Reco, Glengarry Glenn Ross often feels really sleazy. “ABC” – Always Be Closing – has become obscene. Yet we are. Ever since we first wanted something, we’ve been working to close the deal. Remember that toy you wanted, gum at the check out line, ice cream? First, we’d ask. Maybe we would be straight forward about the ask. Or cute. Or more polite than normal. At that…
  • How to Manage 8 Tough Personas in a Group Discussion

    Six Minutes: A Public Speaking and Presentation Skills blog
    Andrew Dlugan
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:45 pm
    In previous articles in this series, we learned how to plan and how to lead group discussions. In this article, we dig deeper into effectively managing different personalities that you will encounter as a discussion leader.In an ideal world, everyone in your discussion group would actively participate, support the opinions of others, be respectful, and be a positive influence in all ways and at all times. The discussion would proceed swiftly and successfully towards achieving the objectives. Sadly, I have yet to lead a discussion group in such an ideal world.In the real world, discussions…
  • Book Review: Presentation Patterns (Neal Ford, Matthew McCullough, Nathaniel Schutta)

    Six Minutes: A Public Speaking and Presentation Skills blog
    Andrew Dlugan
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:46 pm
    Presentation Patterns: Techniques for Crafting Better Presentations uses an innovative format to illuminate the elements shared by strong presentations and the habits shared by strong presenters.The authors — Neal Ford, Matthew McCullough, and Nathaniel Schutta — are highly experienced conference presenters with a knack for exposing the truth in presentations around us.This article is one of a series of public speaking book reviews from Six Minutes.What’s Inside?The PriceWhat I LovedHow could it be better?What Others ThinkVerdictWhat’s Inside?Presentation Patterns…
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  • Presentation Zen seminar in Paris October 5. Don't miss it!

    Garr
    13 Aug 2015 | 9:48 pm
    My friends at Ideas on Stage will hold the first ever Presentation Zen Experience seminar in Paris on October 5, 2015. The facilitator for the seminar is the incomparable Phil Waknell, co-founder of Ideas on Stage, the premier presentation design and training company in Europe, based in Paris. I will not be in Paris personally, but the content is all designed by me in cooperation with Phil and his team of storytellers and designers.This is the first time that a Presentation Zen seminar has been conducted publicly without me being the facilitator, but I have been impressed by the team at Ideas…
  • Hans Rosling: Upgrading our worldview via data visualization

    Garr
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:46 am
    Data and information are not inherently boring. The key is to select the appropriate (and accurate) data to support your message. Yet, it also matters how you bring the data alive, giving it context and meaning. One of the masters of displaying data in live talks is Swedish medical doctor and researcher, Hans Rosling, whom I've talked about often on this site and in my books (we were both keynoters at Tableau 2014 in Seattle as well; he's a wonderful man). His latest short presentation was posted this week and it's a great reminder of how to present a visualization in a simple, clear, and…
  • Contribution: the key to authenticity, engagement, & meaning

    Garr
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:59 am
    When I wrote the first edition of Presentation Zen back in 2007, I said that presentations are better when they are prepared and delivered in the spirit of truly wanting to make a difference and a belief in the power of sharing ideas. The secret to this spirit or approach is contribution. This is a key part of Presentation Zen. It's not about showing off. It's not about impressing. It's not about winning (or losing). I quoted the incredible Benjamin Zander who said this when speaking to a group of remarkably talented young musicians: “This is the moment — this is the most important moment…
  • When a bar chart can be misleading

    Garr
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:03 am
    Just because a chart is correct, it does not mean it's not misleading. Here's an example: Back in the USA, on March 12, US Senator Ted Cruz and NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden went head to head at a hearing on the President’s FY2016 budget request arguing as to what they thought NASA’s priorities are today. Sen. Cruz is known to be a climate-change skeptic and has often said that NASA should focus on space exploration and leave earth science to other agencies. Although Cruz and Bolden disagreed strongly, reports are that the hour-long meeting was nonetheless cordial. The interesting…
  • Scientifically Proven Ways to Persuade & Influence Others

    Garr
    2 Jun 2015 | 11:45 pm
    A good book I often recommend is: Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive by Dr. Robert B. Cialdini et al. I first read the book when it came out in 2008. The book is designed for professionals who are interested in becoming better at understanding how to persuade or influence others. The book may also help you understand why you decide to do the things you do. Even if you are a researcher or teacher or a medical doctor, and so on, and not a business person, it's still important to understand how people are (or can be) influenced and persuaded by your words and behaviors. Each…
 
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  • #032: The Five Stages of a Sales Presentation [Podcast]

    Scott Schwertly
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Personally, I love utilizing a roadmap when working on any project. So, if you are like me and you love structure and operating from a formula, then you may find the approach below super helpful for your next sales presentation. Listen Here In this episode, I discuss the 5 stages of a sales presentation: 1. Relatability 2. Compatibility 3. Stability 4. Deliverability 5. Possibility Episode Resources Here are some extra resources: 5 Quick Tips for Making a Sales Presentation Do’s and Don’ts for Sales Pitches Your Feedback Matters to Me I would love to hear from you about the…
  • Why Being Sassy Is A Smart Business Decision

    Leslie Belknap
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:38 am
    I consume a crazy amount of content online. I have customized my Facebook feed to show me more news updates than vacation or baby photos. In addition, my job also forces me to constantly seek out fresh content from unique sources, which is a job requirement that I relish so I often indulge in the research process more than is probably necessary. While there are many content sources that I admire, the Buffer blog is always at the top of my list. Not only do I value their in-depth research but I also appreciate their transparency on their internal processes. For example, check out The 4…
  • GIF PowerPoint Slides Are The Future of Presentations

    Leslie Belknap
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    If you want see your audience freak out (in a good way) over your next presentation, you need to design slides that are unexpected and exciting. Using professional photography and high-quality graphics will definitely elevate an average powerpoint presentation to modern design standards, however even these advanced techniques rarely cause people to lose their mind with excitement. So what can you do to really impress your audience with your slide design? The answer is simple: add GIFs to your presentations. Thanks to their hypnotic movement, GIFs, when used correctly, can add an element…
  • Speaking Clearly: A Presenter’s Burden

    Jesse Farrar
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:48 pm
    The broad disciplines of public speaking and presentations each encompass a variety of ancillary aspects, both assumed and otherwise. Presenting is properly understood to be so diverse that it conceivably includes concepts as disparate as digital typography and fashion. The presentation cottage industry has rapidly outgrown its cottage and, as a beneficiary of its amorphous and platform-agnostic nature, has seen its influence skyrocket in recent years. The increasing visibility of public speakers has itself been a marked trend, one that has ascended part and parcel with the technology…
  • Where Your Hands Should Go (During a Presentation)

    Jesse Farrar
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Hand positioning is one of those important things that we just don’t think about that often, unless you’re a baseball player or guitar virtuoso. When you’re in the car, your hands are supposed to go to “10 and 2” on the steering wheel. When you were at you first school dance, if you can remember that far back, where you were allowed to put your hands was perhaps a bit less clear than you would’ve liked. When presenting, though, there are a few rules that are super easy to follow. Here’s where your hands should go when you’re on the stage: Not in your pockets. Unless you’re…
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  • Tough Crowd? 5 Ways to Stay Calm, Cool, and Collected

    Nancy Duarte
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    I love it when a new season of Downton Abbey makes its way across the Atlantic every January. But during the torturous months of waiting to see what happens next, I distract myself with a different British program: British Prime Minister’s Question Time. During the weekly session, the British Prime Minister stands in front of the entire House of Commons and answers questions from any Member of Parliament who wants to raise an issue. What makes this great television is watching the Prime Minister wrangle a hostile audience. Many of the questions oppose the Prime Minister’s positions…
  • The 4 Hallmarks of a Good Editor

    Nancy Duarte
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:37 am
    Getting feedback is one of the most important steps in my creative process. As I’ve described in my books, one of my favorite ways to get feedback is to post my presentations and slidedocs on a wall and let a group of people I trust spend time critiquing them. Seeing the entire thing at once makes it easier for people to see the structure of the piece and offer advice on how I can sharpen my points and strengthen my metaphors. But as important as it is to get multiple perspectives and ideas early in the process, when it comes to refining and polishing, it’s hard to replace a good editor.
  • Just Breathe: Wellness Fest 2015

    Cindie Davis
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:31 am
    The Wellness Committee at Duarte is comprised of a variety of different roles from Designers and Project Managers to a Recruiter and HR. We were formed out of common love for health, wellness, work/life balance, and all things good for you. We are passionate about our company, our coworkers, and creating opportunities for them to be the best versions of themselves they can be. This year, our goal for the Second Annual Wellness Festival was to provide an event where our employees, the companies, and the community around us could meet with local businesses, ask questions, find new places,…
  • SF Design Week at Duarte!

    Dave Nguyen
    12 Jun 2015 | 3:50 pm
    In our front lobby, there’s a glass wall with titles etched into it. Words like designers, writers, creators, inventors, poets, makers, etc. This is just a sample of the talent that lives in our shop. As an Art Director here at Duarte, I’m lucky enough to work with all these incredible people on a daily basis. And on Tuesday, we opened up our shop to others in the creative community as part of SF Design Week (check out #sfdw2015 on Twitter for a behind-the-scenes look at the whole week!). It was an incredible turnout. For this event, our guests were greeted with beverages and guided…
  • Are You Brave Enough to be Vulnerable?

    Nancy Duarte
    29 May 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Sharing a story about yourself makes you vulnerable. Since stories are about transformation, telling a personal story requires you reveal a flaw, error, or a roadblock that was a difficult to overcome. Professionals are nervous to reveal their struggles at their place of work for fear it will open them up to judgment or criticism. Many of the clients who come into my shop shy away from using personal stories to illustrate their points, even though it’s one of the most powerful tools a presenter can use. They’ll say things like, “I don’t want the presentation to be all about me,”…
 
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  • Typos and Airplane Trays

    Ben Decker
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:10 am
    Ever flipped down an airplane tray and said, “Eeeeew”? If these things aren’t serviced, checked and cleaned, what about the engine? Am I safe? Am I taken care of? Makes you wonder. Just last week, we received an email to *protected email* that referenced Mr. Becker. Since my last name is Decker, this couldn’t be for me, right? When someone calls you by the wrong name, it adds distance and pushes you away. It feels both personal and frustrating. Our VP of Sales discarded that email immediately, thanks to just one wrong letter. The sender and the organization from which it came were…
  • What’s Your Mindset?

    Kelly Decker
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:07 am
    One of my extracurricular activities for the last four years has been coaching soccer. Now that our team is U9 (nine years old and under, for those of you without kids), I’ve just about reached the final year of my pay grade. Until this point, the biggest difference in the players on our team has been mindset. Some kids will play any position – goalie, midfield, striker – and others are very firm that they can only play one position, “I’m a left-forward.” One player routinely asks me, “When is practice over?” Usually my response is, “We just started ten minutes ago, Zach.”…
  • Rule of Three

    Jennifer Lewis
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:08 am
    The Three Musketeers. Sex, drugs and rock n roll. The Star Wars trilogy. Ever notice that throughout literature, pop culture and film, three is a magic number? Beyoncé and her R&B group Destiny’s Child know this well. They started as a quartet but only hit it big as a trio. Three also shows up in religion: Father, Son and Holy Ghost; in politics: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; and in real estate: location, location, location. It works in business communications, too. A powerful writing technique dating back to Aristotle and his book Rhetoric, the rule of three groups…
  • Emotion Earns the Extra Mile

    Ben Decker
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:07 am
    For Father’s Day this year, my three boys joined forces and created a special homemade book filled with memories about what I meant to them. It was bound together with a little help from Mom, I presume. And they presented it to me while we were away on a family trip. Well, I blew it. This homemade gift, filled with all the love and personal notes about what I meant to my children, got left in the front passenger-side door of our white, rental suburban. Ten days later, I got a call from the rental car agency. The woman on the other line conveyed that she was absolutely not supposed to call…
  • The 5 White Lies about Communication

    Ben and Kelly Decker
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:03 am
    All too often, business communication sucks. Why? We’re not willing to look ourselves in the mirror when we’re not cutting it. We tell ourselves little white lies to make us feel like, “Hey, it’s not so bad.” But if you really want to be a better communicator, then it’s time to get real. Here are the 5 white lies about communication that we hear time and again: White Lie #1: If I say the words, people will get it. Does this sound familiar? You prepare a carefully scripted, bulleted presentation. You think, “If I make sure to get through this these points, they’ll get it.”…
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  • The 7 Deadly Sins of Public Speaking (Flashback Friday #4)

    Andrew Dlugan
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:05 am
    On Fridays, we dip into the article archive and emerge with one of the most memorable articles. We’ll dust it off, shine a light on it, and consider it from a new perspective.Today’s Flashback ArticleThis week, we head back to September 2009, when we described the 7 deadly sins of public speaking:Sloth: failing to prepare for your speech or presentationEnvy: believing that great speakers are born with their skillsLust: quelling your nerves by picturing the audience nakedGluttony: believing that more words/slides/facts/numbers is always betterGreed: speaking over your allotted…
  • Book Review: Presentation Patterns (Neal Ford, Matthew McCullough, Nathaniel Schutta)

    Andrew Dlugan
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:46 pm
    Presentation Patterns: Techniques for Crafting Better Presentations uses an innovative format to illuminate the elements shared by strong presentations and the habits shared by strong presenters.The authors — Neal Ford, Matthew McCullough, and Nathaniel Schutta — are highly experienced conference presenters with a knack for exposing the truth in presentations around us.This article is one of a series of public speaking book reviews from Six Minutes.What’s Inside?The PriceWhat I LovedHow could it be better?What Others ThinkVerdictWhat’s Inside?Presentation Patterns…
  • The Secret of Choosing Successful Speech Topics (Flashback Friday #3)

    Andrew Dlugan
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:05 am
    On Fridays, we dip into the article archive and emerge with one of the most memorable articles. We’ll dust it off, shine a light on it, and consider it from a new perspective.Today’s Flashback ArticleThis week, we’re headed back to October 2010, when we provided the secret of choosing successful speech topics, which is to ask yourself three questions:Am I an expert on this topic?Am I passionate about this topic?Does my audience care about this topic?The article discusses how to make topics work based on the answers to all three questions. (Hint: Many topics can work, even…
  • How to Manage 8 Tough Personas in a Group Discussion

    Andrew Dlugan
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:45 pm
    In previous articles in this series, we learned how to plan and how to lead group discussions. In this article, we dig deeper into effectively managing different personalities that you will encounter as a discussion leader.In an ideal world, everyone in your discussion group would actively participate, support the opinions of others, be respectful, and be a positive influence in all ways and at all times. The discussion would proceed swiftly and successfully towards achieving the objectives. Sadly, I have yet to lead a discussion group in such an ideal world.In the real world, discussions…
  • Flashback Friday: Guy Kawasaki’s 10-20-30 Rule for PowerPoint

    Andrew Dlugan
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:05 am
    On Fridays, we dip into the article archive and emerge with one of the most memorable articles. We’ll dust it off, shine a light on it, and consider it from a new perspective.Today’s Flashback ArticleThis week, we’re headed back to June 2010, when we dissected Guy Kawasaki’s 10-20-30 Rule, describing why the rule is both wonderful and terrible at the same time:10 slides are the optimal number to use for a presentation.20 minutes is the longest amount of time you should speak.30 point font is the smallest font size you should use on your slides.In the years that have…
 
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  • Storytelling in 30 seconds - can you do it?

    23 Aug 2015 | 10:39 am
    It's been a while since I posted about a TV commercial (ah, the beauty of the DVR), but here's one I came across recently that perfectly demonstrates the concepts of concise, compelling and clear storytelling. The message is delivered in 30 seconds, through visuals, music and exactly two spoken sentences.Can you be this concise, compelling and clear in your messaging? Can you paint a picture with a few words and some visuals? I dare you to try!
  • Lessons from driving: Don't be a mechanical speaker

    12 Aug 2015 | 12:26 pm
    (c) Jenny RolloDo you remember what it was like when you were learning how to drive? There were so many things to pay attention to, so many details.Where do I put my hands and my feet? When is it too soon or too late to press the brake pedal? How much pressure do I put on the gas? How exactly can I keep my eyes on the road if I'm also trying to look into two rear-view mirrors? And how exactly do I change the radio station while keeping both hands on the wheel?I remember scraping against a pole in a narrow driveway because I just didn't have a concept of how wide my mom's car was!When you're…
  • It's a marathon, not a sprint

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:04 am
    In May of this year, a long-time social media contact got in touch with me and scheduled a coaching consultation. She knew she needed coaching and was ready to roll. We spoke a couple of days later and put our first session on the calendar. She knew she was going to be busy, so we put our first session on the calendar a few weeks out.Weeks passed and our first session approached. We got on the phone, but she wasn't feeling well, so we rescheduled.The next week, she still wasn't feeling well, so we rescheduled.Eventually, she discovered that what she thought was a simple illness was something…
  • Thou shalt hide thy weirdness: Guest post by Jason Kotecki

    23 Jun 2015 | 10:23 am
    Jason is a non-caped crusader fighting against Adultitis. I've been a fan of his work for years, and when he offered me this post, I jumped at the chance to share his writing with you.If you've participated in my "Public Speaking for Awkward Dorks" program, you know that I'm already a big fan of weird. Enjoy Jason's post, and check out the link at the bottom to his new book!Thou Shalt Hide Thy WeirdnessOne day my four-year-old daughter Lucy was skimming down the sidewalk on her kick scooter. Normal. She was gripping the handlebar with one hand and holding an open umbrella with the other.
  • How is public speaking like dating?

    10 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    Have you ever been on a date?Did you enjoy it? Did you hate it? You've probably had both experiences!Did you ask the other person out? Did they ask you out? Maybe you've just kind of eased into it by saying "We should do something sometime." (I used that one on my hubby when we were still getting to know each other.)Did/do you find dating stressful? Scary? Uncomfortable? Nervewracking?Did/do you feel like you were on display? Being judged?There is an important purpose behind dating: You hope to find your soulmate, your life partner, or at least someone you enjoy being with for a while. Most…
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  • Throw Out Your Sales Pitch and Win More Business

    Cliff Atkinson
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:55 pm
    If you’re part of a team that delivers pitches to win new business, you’re keenly aware of the value of the brief and precious time you have to meet in person with your prospective clients. Yet, with millions often at stake in new and recurring revenue, you would be surprised to learn that many organizations don’t invest much in making sure their in-person pitches are as effective as they can be. Some of the most common mistakes that sales teams make when they pitch are: Doing the same thing they’ve always done, because it worked in the past Orienting the pitch around…
  • Podcast: What you can learn from high-stakes presentations

    Cliff Atkinson
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:24 pm
    What can you learn when you look under the hood of million-dollar presentations? Listen in on this podcast where Amiel Handelsman interviews me about the key lessons anyone can learn from high stakes presentations. Amiel is an executive coach, change consultant and author of Practice Greatness: Escape Small Thinking, Listen Like A Master, And Lead With Your Best. Click to visit podcast page
  • Bringing your audiences into resonance

    Cliff Atkinson
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:09 pm
    A recent research study discovered that during lower-quality speeches, the brain activity of audience members was out of sync. During higher-quality speeches, “listeners as a group were more coupled to each other, suggesting that powerful speeches are more potent in taking control of the listeners’ brain responses.” What are your favorite ways to bring your audiences into resonance?
  • The Left Brain PowerPoint

    Cliff Atkinson
    18 Oct 2013 | 1:32 pm
    In case you haven’t seen this animated video of a talk by psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist, it’s worth watching: Iain clears up popular misconceptions about the function and relationship between the right brain and left brain, and updates our current understanding of the two hemispheres: The left brain helps us work with information within a closed system that is fixed, isolated, static, abstract and general. The right brain helps us work with  information within a broad context that is living, interconnected, changing and individual. The product of predominantly…
  • Free Webinar tomorrow: Learn the Physiology of Information Overload

    Stacey
    19 Jul 2012 | 12:09 pm
    Have you ever wondered why your blood boils or you grow ice cold when you experience an overwhelming amount of information? There actually may be a physiological explanation, which heightens the need for getting it right when it comes to presenting information effectively no matter what tools you use.  Join Cliff Atkinson at Noon Eastern on Friday, July 20, 2012, for this complimentary 1-hour webinar and you’ll learn: The physiology of overwhelm How an effective presentation regulates the physiology of the audience What you can do to start regulating your audience – and yourself…
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    NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

  • Written Post + Audio Post + Video Post =

    Fred E. Miller
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:33 am
    oBetter Writing and Better Speaking! Transcript Would you like to be better speaker? Here’s one of the best tips I could ever give. Write!  That’s correct, write! Blog regularly. And after you written a blog post, record the audio of it. I put mine into an iTunes Podcast Channel. Now, I got to tell you, it was a very humbling experience! The first time I listened to my podcast, I found grammatical errors. I found spelling errors. I had to rewrite some things. Well, that helped my writing. But as I was listening, that was humbling, also! Sometimes I mumble. Sometimes my voice…
  • Watch the Candidates!

    Fred E. Miller
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:48 am
    o Transcript Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” Do you want to improve your public speaking? Well, now’s the time to observe the good and the bad. Watch those debates! Watch the interviews with the candidates! Oh my gosh! The reason Trump is “trumping” everyone – the guy is natural, He is not scripted. He is just saying it the way it is. People feel they could sit down with the guy, and have a beer. He’s one of them. Some of the people, I’m not going to mention any names – Jeb Bush, is – sometimes – reading – his speech. Oh my gosh! You…
  • The Political Season Is a Great. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    0Time to Observe Public Speaking and Presentation Skills. Although the election date isn’t until November 8, 2016, campaigning has already begun! The debates have started. Candidate interviews, formal and informal, are taking place multiple times daily. Both parties, special interest groups, and individuals are looking for positive soundbites from their candidate and negative ones from the competition and opposition. Stump speeches are being delivered at state fairs, town hall meetings, and smaller gatherings. Q&A is usually part of each event, and candidates should be well prepared to…
  • Speaker Suggestion: Develop a. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    5 Aug 2015 | 11:07 am
    0Signature Presentation! “Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities!” That is my mantra and no one ever challenges it. Why would they! People perceive really good speakers as Experts. We like to work with Experts. Experts can command more money for their products and services. Delivering a great presentation is an excellent way to let others know you are the Expert they might want to hire and would be comfortable referring. If you want to build your business, advance your career, or seek leadership opportunities, now is the time to develop a greatSignature…
  • Practice Makes. . .

    Fred E. Miller
    12 Jul 2015 | 7:45 pm
    o Perfect! Really? If only that were true! What if the material, and delivery you are practicing, isn’t correct? Practicing that over and over won’t result in you presenting a great talk. How about: “Perfect Practice will lead to a perfect presentation.” Good luck with that, also! The quote on the topic of practicing I prefer, and I can’t recall who said it first, is: “The road to perfection never ends.” Let’s start this discussion about Practice with the fact that a presentation has two components: Content and Delivery. Let’s continue with the premise your Content is in…
 
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  • Clichés: Target and Dart Pictures

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    How many times have you seen slides that include pictures of targets and darts, especially when the presenter wanted to emphasize that targets need to be met, or wanted to celebrate the success of a target met? OK, that last sentence itself sounded so clichéd! Imagine how clichéd that slide must appear to the audience? Not another target with darts! So what visual do you use instead?
  • Insert Options in Sway

    3 Sep 2015 | 8:45 pm
    You can create a new Sway or import existing files into Sway. Whatever option you choose, you customize your Sways thereafter in the same way. There are many options that enable you to do so but in this tutorial we'll explore the Insert options that Sway provides. Explore Insert options in Sway.
  • Presentation Summit 2015: Conversation with Nigel Holmes

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Born in England, Nigel Holmes studied illustration at the Royal College of Art in London and then freelanced for magazines and newspapers for 12 years in London before going to New York in 1977 to work for Time Magazine. He became graphics director and stayed there for 16 years. He has written eight books on aspects of information design. The latest is Instant Expert, a sequel to The Book of Everything. (He knows that both titles are not to be taken too literally.) With his son Rowland, Holmes makes short animated films. Clients have included the TED conference, Fortune Magazine conferences,…
  • Import Content into Sway

    2 Sep 2015 | 8:45 pm
    In a previous tutorial, we looked at how you can create new Sway. Other than creating new Sways from scratch, you can also use your existing content by importing them into Sway. As of now, Sway allows you to import PowerPoint, PDF, and Word files. Once you import these files into Sway, the content in those files no longer works like how it did within the original format. However, that’s precisely what you want to happen because you can hereafter add and edit the imported content within Sway. In this tutorial, we'll explore how you can import an existing PowerPoint file into Sway. Learn how…
  • Presentation Summit 2015: Conversation with Sandra Johnson

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    PowerPoint MVP, Sandra Johnson helps presenters PowerPoint. Responsibly. Sandra has owned her presentation design business, Presentation Wiz, Inc., since 2001. As a certified Woman-owned Business Enterprise, she works with individuals and corporations across the globe to ensure that they PowerPoint. Responsibly. Sandy strives each day to challenge her clients' pre-conceived notions about what they think PowerPoint can and cannot do for them. Doing so, elevates their materials and presentations, essentially transforming their personal or corporate brand to a level never before achieved. In…
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • Speaker Hall of Fame

    sshapiro
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    I am thrilled to announce that on July 21, 2015, I was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame. That evening, I received the National Speakers Association’s Council of Peers Award of Excellence (CPAE) award in front of 1,500 people at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington DC. This award... The post Speaker Hall of Fame appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Magic and Creativity Transcription

    sshapiro
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    The other day I posted an article about purposeful tangents that included a video interview with magician Armando Lucero.  If you did not read that article, please sure to do so before reading this video transcription.  Armando: You know I enjoyed figuring out the facts on my own, so I had this habi... The post Magic and Creativity Transcription appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Personality Poker Limited Time Offer

    sshapiro
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Personality Poker®: The Playing Card Tool for Driving High-Performance Teamwork and Innovation is unlike any other book. And now you can get a case of them for less than the cost of one copy on Amazon.com! Yes, it the book is jam packed with examples and scientific studies on teamwork, collaboration... The post Personality Poker Limited Time Offer appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Magic and Creativity Video

    sshapiro
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
    Although I have dedicated the last 20 years of my life to understanding innovation, I no longer attend innovation conferences, unless I am speaking. Also, I read very few innovation books. Why? Two reasons. The first reason is that there seems to be very little innovation in the world of innovation;... The post Magic and Creativity Video appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • 5% of the population; 100% of the conversation

    sshapiro
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    If you watch the news, you might assume you know what is really going on in the world. But what if 5% of the population accounts for 100% of the conversation? From my experience, the vocal few speak loudly and their voices are the only ones we tend to hear. We see this manifest in many different way... The post 5% of the population; 100% of the conversation appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
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  • Personalize Your Proposal … or Die!

    Sue Hershkowitz-Coore
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:45 am
    Okay… so the heading may be a bit extreme. Or, maybe not. Not if you’re in sales and you want to sell. Being relevant has always been key and thankfully, being authentic – articulating your brand story and presenting your best self – have become prime differentiating factors,too. Blend personalization and true care into the mix and you have the Golden ticket. Personalize every email and every proposal. It’s not enough to simply slap the name of the client on the first page of the proposal (yes, they really know you do that). It’s caring enough about their…
  • 3 Ways to Immediately Close More Business

    Sue Hershkowitz-Coore
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:45 am
    Every sales person needs to close the sale yet the idea of “closing” (think about these examples [but before you play, know these are not G rated clips]:The Wolf of Wall Street , Reco, Glengarry Glenn Ross often feels really sleazy. “ABC” – Always Be Closing – has become obscene. Yet we are. Ever since we first wanted something, we’ve been working to close the deal. Remember that toy you wanted, gum at the check out line, ice cream? First, we’d ask. Maybe we would be straight forward about the ask. Or cute. Or more polite than normal. At that…
  • Dump the Mystery Shop to Build More Sales

    Sue Hershkowitz-Coore
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    A new client was explaining how customer-centric his luxury brand is, yet customers, when queried, weren’t exactly feeling the love – nor selecting his hotel. Me: “Are you shopping your people?” Him: “Yes, of course. Shop scores are good but conversion isn’t.” Me: “What’s the first question they’re being told to ask?” Him: “Well, after a bit of rapport building, they’re required to ask ‘What is your meeting date? and How many rooms will be required?'” Me: “And after that, what do they ask?”…
  • Emotional authenticity: The Key to Greater Sales Success

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

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

  • 5 Patterns of Popular TED Talks

    Theboss
    4 Sep 2015 | 11:53 am
    Ever wondered why some TED talk recordings on YouTube gather a respectable few hundred thousand views while other go viral and attract many millions? Is there a difference in content, facts and figures or information shared that is more compelling and pertinent to a wider audience? Does one speaker have more name recognition than another? […]
  • Guest Posting: How to write a really good three-minute speech in 10 minutes, by David Murray

    Theboss
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:39 pm
    David Murray is the editor of Vital Speeches of the Day. This posting recently appeared there and I was impressed by the practical advice it contains. It captures the essence of the speechwriting process. The title says it all. This appears with David’s express permission. I have added the links. My pals were meeting me […]
  • Unmasking the Myths of Silicon Valley Innovation

    Theboss
    21 Aug 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Alerted to the work of the economist Mariana Mazzucato by an intriguing Lunch with the FT article I took a look at her blog. She debunks the myth that innovation in Silicon Valley is a result of brilliant young minds (Jobs & Wozniak; Page & Brin) unfettered by regulations thriving in garages in a California […]
  • Going Global: Toastmasters International Reaches Growth Milestones

    Theboss
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Toastmasters International, the global organization devoted to communication and leadership skills development, has grown its membership by 57 percent over the past 10 years. The organization reports that it has posted an increase in membership every year since 1994 and now has more than 332,000 members, 15,400 clubs and a presence in 135 countries. “We’re […]
  • Guest Posting – Fog City vs. The Big Smoke: what a year in San Francisco has taught me, by Felicity H. Barber

    Theboss
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Felicity H. Barber is a speechwriter, executive communications specialist and coach. She write speeches, advises business leaders on messaging and coaches people to deliver stellar presentations and pitches. Before moving to San Francisco from London she was an in-house speechwriter at Lloyd’s of London, the global insurer. She wrote speeches and prepared business executives for […]
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  • Google uses "glow" to put its logo over images

    Jan Schultink
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:27 pm
    I don't think it looks very good. Adding a glow around an object always makes it look "dirty". The better solution in my eyes is to create an all-white version of the logo and put that over the image.
  • Experience versus facts

    Jan Schultink
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:00 pm
    During my holiday, I visited the rebuild house of Nelson Mandela in the Soweto township just outside Johannesburg. The house was turned into a museum and full with information, awards, factual information, and artefacts in glass vitrines. It was a museum, not a house.I would have designed the exhibition differently. Mandela's presence is so huge that very few visitors would need the facts about the honorary awards he received. What is interesting of the place is the incredibly small and modest surroundings he used to live in (he tried returning there after his release from prison but the…
  • The one-way-communication tour guide

    Jan Schultink
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:12 pm
    On one of the trips I did in South Africa I encountered the one-way tour guide."You can stand here"This was followed by a rehearsed, line by line, explanation of what is on display. I know it is literal because she repeated it exactly the same way later on without realising that we already heard it beforeEnd the explanation with "Right, any questions? [no pause] Let's move on"This process repeated about 12 timesThis tour guide was obviously new, very young, and mostly concerned that she could remember her lines, and serve the maximum amount of visitors in a day. I doubt that any of the…
  • Investor presentations are not (exactly the same as) TED talks

    Jan Schultink
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:35 pm
    TED talks have done great things for presentation audiences. They set the standard for minimalist slide design, carefully thought through story lines, and well-rehearsed on stage performances. These are great things for investor presentations as well. However, there are differences.TED talks have a broad general audience, investor presentations face highly specialised, knowledgeable audiences that will have heard dozens of similar pitches by similar companies trying to do similar thingsTED talks have big audiences without Q&A, investor presentations are dialogues before a smaller…
  • I am back

    Jan Schultink
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:41 am
    I just returned from a fantastic holiday in South Africa and will pick up my daily posting schedule soon. Apologies for the radio silence.Art: Henri Rousseau, The Hungry Lion, 1905.
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    MANIACTIVE

  • Microsoft Sway: give it a try, avoid the hype

    laura@maniactive.com
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Microsoft Sway is now freely available online. If you’re a story teller, check it out. Take a few minutes to watch the Microsoft tutorial video.  It will give you a broad overview of what Sway is and how you might use it. Then, go monkey around with it a little. It’s at Sway.com. Whatever you do, don’t read too much about Sway right now. Avoid tech and business journals in particular. I’ve read too many online posts about Sway that I’ll politely call “myths mixed in with enough facts to be confusing”. Three Microsoft Sway Myths Widely Perpetuated…
  • Do you want me to bore you?

    laura@maniactive.com
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:15 am
    “I can bore you to death with a couple hundred PowerPoint slides for the next hour, or we can have a discussion and make this fun and interactive,” said the speaker. Seriously. Those were the first words out of his mouth. The audience of around 50 just sat there, including me. After about 5 silent and stunned seconds, I was the first to speak. “Let’s make it fun and interactive,” I said. “Oh, good,” said the speaker. “I was hoping someone would say that.” He flipped off the projection unit that showed the title page of his slide deck.
  • How good are you at answering simple questions? Take this easy quiz.

    laura@maniactive.com
    3 Jun 2015 | 5:48 am
    As an intelligent business person, you might think you are excellent at answering simple, direct questions. But are you? Take this easy, 5-question quiz to find out: 1. A venture capitalist asks how much your new service costs. You: A: Explain how you and your team arrived at the various price points. B. Respond, “$79 for our platinum service, $59 for gold, $49 for silver.” 2. Your spouse asks you when you’ll be home. You say: A: “I have a meeting at 4 o’clock. Sometimes these things run a little late. Pat can be long-winded. And then traffic can be bad by then.
  • Say it out loud

    laura@maniactive.com
    19 May 2015 | 4:35 am
    Here’s my number one tip for writing scripts and speeches. It’s simple, powerful, and only four words long. Say it out loud. 1. Say 2. It 3. Out 4. Loud Four words. It’s such an easy tip. So simple. And so overlooked. I get to write and edit scripts and speeches and dialogues for a living. And when I write for the spoken word, it mostly sounds decent — in my head. Yeah, it almost always sounds fine within the quiet confines of my brain. But then — I read what I’ve written out loud. And that’s when I find it. What do I find? It’s always…
  • Team Building & Crisis Communication Fundamentals

    laura@maniactive.com
    14 May 2015 | 2:36 pm
    I hope you never experience a crisis. But when you do, be prepared. Introducing Crisis Communication Fundamentals, my latest online course. It’s available now in the Lynda.com content library. I felt inspired to write this course because I’ve watched people struggle to figure out how to communicate when something unexpected and unpleasant strikes their organization. My aim is to reduce the panic that people can feel when something goes wrong. When you take a little time to prepare you’re on your way to learning how to communicate calmly, quickly, and confidently. My…
 
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    Humor Power

  • New Contest — Complex or Insignificant

    John Kinde
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:47 am
    The time for September’s joke contest has arrived. Here is the Theme for this month’s joke contest:  How-To Book Titles — The Complex or The Insignificant.  Your challenge is to create a book title for an imaginary How-To book on the subject of something big and complex or something small and insignificant. Here are three complex subjects and three insignificant ones. How to visit Mars and Safely Return On a Fixed Income. Mastering The Do-It-Yourself Kidney Transplant. A Seven Figure Bank Account Without Working or Saving. Rain Watching For Fun and Profit. They Laughed…
  • Joke Contest Results — The Big But

    John Kinde
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:17 am
    It’s time for the results of the August joke contest. The theme of the contest is THE BIG BUT. The challenge to the write is to write a line where the word BUT changes the meaning of the end of the sentence in a funny way. Joke contests are announced on the first of the month. The next joke contest will be announced tomorrow. ** FIRST PLACE ** She looked like a keeper, but needed a finder. Cindy Tebo, St Louis, Missouri ** SECOND PLACE ** The restaurant sign said “all you can eat” but I had to stop after fifteen plates. Sandy Kampner, Evergreen Park, Illinios ** THIRD…
  • Lessons from a Pro

    John Kinde
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:37 am
    Interview with a Rock Icon: Teamwork in the Music Industry.  A three-part article by Terry Wall, featuring wisdom from Jorma Kaukonen, best known as lead guitarist for the Jefferson Airplane. The article/interview will provide food-for-thought. It will stimulate your thinking in new ways and refresh what you already know. Even phrases which you might have already heard can stimulate your thinking. For example, Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance, a saying which I know from the military training world, is sage advice for speakers, musicians, and business leaders. And gets me…
  • Observational Humor — Case Study # 138

    John Kinde
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Here is another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a Toastmasters meeting. The principles used to create the humor are the same ones you would use to present a single joke at any meeting you might attend. Observational Humor is usually the kind of humor where “you had to be there” for it to be funny. So, I’m preparing you for the monologue by giving you the set-up for the jokes. THE SET-UP (What was said and what happened during the meeting before the monologue was presented.) 1. Bobby said that he was getting old, but not as old as John Kinde. 2. It…
  • It Was So Humid…

    John Kinde
    6 Aug 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Talking to friends on two separate phone calls last month, I heard complaints about the high humidity.  The perfect opportunity for  a humor writing exercise: TOP TEN LIST It was so Humid…. It was so humid I took out the boat and water skied once around the block. It was so humid when I went to check the mail box I did the back stroke. It was so humid when I took a shower I didn’t need to turn on the water. It was so humid I dried off when I got out of the pool and then again before I went into the house. It was so humid when I got thirsty I just took a deep breath and…
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    The PowerPoint Blog

  • Windows 10 Desktop & Mobile, PowerPoint Desktop, Universal & Web Explained

    TLC Creative
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Many thanks to Peter at Microsoft for helping clear up the confusion I was having on what the various editions of Windows and Office options and versions are now apart of the ecosystem. Here is my recap: Windows 10: – Windows 10 is available in 2 editions; Desktop and Mobile (and really several other versions for Hololens, IoT devices, etc. – but we are only concerned with the 2 that can run Office apps). – Windows 10 desktop is for Intel-based computers and can run Office Win32 apps and the new Universal apps. – Windows 10 Mobile is for ARM-based mobile devices…
  • PowerPoint 2016 (for Windows)

    TLC Creative
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Microsoft has a lot of new versions of apps released or in beta. The new Office 2016 (for Windows, not to be confused with the recently released Mac version) is getting close. The PowerPoint team at Microsoft have put together a blog post that lists off most of the updates to the 2016 version. Take a look at what is coming our soon here. – Troy @ TLC The post PowerPoint 2016 (for Windows) appeared first on The PowerPoint Blog.
  • The Presentation Summit 2015 – see you there!

    TLC Creative
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    In just over a month from now the (unofficial) annual conference for the presentation industry is going to be happening in New Orleans. I look forward to seeing you there! Website: www.betterpresenting.com/summit  Who: 200 attendees, 20 presenters, 14 PPT MVPs, “PowerPoint” people from Microsoft, and representatives from many industry companies When: September 27-30 Where: The Astor Crowne Plaza, New Orleans, LA Discount Code: Add NOLA15 to the Client Code filed for a $75 registration discount (there were only 20ish seats left when I talked with the conference organizer…
  • How to Prevent Resize Slide From Erases Formatting (part 3)

    TLC Creative
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    The solution we use at TLC Creative Services is to remove the variant. The simple answer is to save the presentation as a PowerPoint template (.potx) which creates a file with no variants. Here is a quick step-by-step process: 1. Go to File>> Save As >> POTX from drop down list Save to the desktop (this is a temporary file you will delete) Use a file name that is applicable to the template Note 1: the file name will be seen in the file properties Note 2: a .potx is a PowerPoint template and it cannot contain slides, so doing this is going to DELETE all slides (which will be added…
  • Why Resize Slide Erases All Formatting (part 2)

    TLC Creative
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    The previous post showed how template formatting is often stripped out of a presentation when it is resized. So here is my simple, non-tech description of what is happening inside PowerPoint (note: If you really want details on templates and themes I highly recommend Echo Swinford and Julie Terberg’s excellent book; Building PowerPoint Templates Step by Step with the Experts). The resize “bug by design” will only happen with presentations and templates developed in PowerPoint 2013 and above.  Files created in PPT 2007 and 2010, even if edited in 2013, do not have the…
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    DiResta Communications Inc.

  • Three Presentations Entrepreneurs Must Master

    DianeDiResta
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    Whether you’re a solopreneur or an INC 5000 CEO on the fast track, your ability to present yourself, your company, and your value, will determine the trajectory of your business Here are three presentations every entrepreneur must master: The Positioning … Continue reading →
  • What Carly Fiorina Knows About Public Speaking Gravitas

    DianeDiResta
    9 Aug 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Is public speaking the key to winning an election?   At the beginning of the debate 40% of the people didn’t know Carly Fiorina. According to the google heat map, 82% googled her after her public speaking success. Whether you like her or not, clearly, … Continue reading →
  • 3 Presentation Screw-Ups By the GOP Debate Moderators

    DianeDiResta
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:52 pm
    After watching the first GOP Debate on TV, I was struck at the lack of skill of some the moderators. These are professional broadcast journalists and you would think their public speaking training in front of the camera would be … Continue reading →
  • The GPS Girl’s Top 10 Directions for Vocal Health for Public Speakers

    DianeDiResta
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:36 am
    I’m honored to have  Karen Jacobsen – The GPS Girl® – as my guest blogger. Read her top 10 tips for having a healthy voice. Whether you are a professional speaker or a business professional your voice is a key … Continue reading →
  • Press Release: Diane DiResta Earns the Certified Speaking Professional® Designation

    DiResta Communications, Inc.
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:14 am
    For Immediate Release Diane DiResta Received the CSP Designation at NSA Conference, Influence 2015, in Washington, D.C. (July 18, 2015)—Diane DiResta, Founder and CEO of DiResta Communications, Inc., a New York City consultancy serving business leaders who deliver high stakes … Continue reading →
 
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    TEDTalks (video)

  • Alan Eustace: I leapt from the stratosphere. Here's how I did it

    4 Sep 2015 | 8:14 am
    On October 21, 2014, Alan Eustace donned a custom-built, 500-pound spacesuit, attached himself to a weather balloon, and rose above 135,000 feet, from which point he dove to Earth, breaking both the sound barrier and previous records for high-altitude jumps. Hear his story of how -- and why.
  • Jim Simons: A rare interview with the mathematician who cracked Wall Street

    3 Sep 2015 | 8:01 am
    Jim Simons was a mathematician and cryptographer who realized: the complex math he used to break codes could help explain patterns in the world of finance. Billions later, he’s working to support the next generation of math teachers and scholars. TED’s Chris Anderson sits down with Simons to talk about his extraordinary life in numbers.
  • Jamie Bartlett: How the mysterious dark net is going mainstream

    2 Sep 2015 | 8:19 am
    There’s a parallel Internet you may not have run across yet -- accessed by a special browser and home to a freewheeling collection of sites for everything from anonymous activism to illicit activities. Jamie Bartlett reports from the dark net.
  • Elizabeth Nyamayaro: An invitation to men who want a better world for women

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:51 am
    Around the world, women still struggle for equality in basic matters like access to education, equal pay and the right to vote. But how to enlist everyone, men and women, as allies for change? Meet Elizabeth Nyamayaro, head of UN Women’s HeForShe initiative, which has created more than 2.4 billion social media conversations about a more equal world. She invites us all to join in as allies in our shared humanity.
  • Wendy Freedman: This new telescope might show us the beginning of the universe

    31 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    When and how did the universe begin? A global group of astronomers wants to answer that question by peering as far back in time as a large new telescope will let us see. Wendy Freedman headed the creation of the Giant Magellan Telescope, under construction in South America; at TEDGlobal in Rio, she shares a bold vision of the discoveries about our universe that the GMT could make possible.
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    speakfearlessly.net

  • 17 Reasons People Aren’t Listening to You

    Nicole
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Do you feel sometimes like you are talking to a brick wall? Perhaps you are guilty of one or more of these offenses. Everyone wants to be heard. Sometimes it can be hard to get people’s attention, or get above the noise. There’s nothing worse than having a conversation with people and feeling like you are the only person involved. If you often feel like you are talking to yourself in conversations and meetings, it’s possible you are the problem. Granted, few people are great listeners, but you might not be giving them the reason to listen. Or worse, you might be shutting them…
  • 8 Habits of Highly Accountable People

    Nicole
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:59 pm
    Often you may be responsible but are you accountable? Here are the ways people will really trust you to get things done. It’s a common story. You end a strategic meeting. There are several initiatives on which everyone agrees are important to complete by the end of the quarter. Everyone at the table says they will contribute to get it all done, but when the end of the quarter arrives very little of the list actually got accomplished. It’s not that these were bad people or that they didn’t work hard. In fact they were likely all highly responsible members of the team. The…
  • How to Take Your Presentation to the Next Level

    Nicole
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Intro by Terry Gault of The Henderson Group Another blog post on storytelling?!? You bet! Because storytelling is a topic that never gets old, in our estimation. The only point they make in this piece from Inc.com that needs some clarification is bullet 1: “Ask permission before telling a story.” I am not convinced that this is necessary. Asking for permission can backfire in certain settings. If you ask permission (“Can I tell you a story?”) to a weary audience of executives, you may get shot down. In that situation, I recommend that you deliver the story in such a…
  • Sympathy vs. Empathy: Which helps build connection?

    terrygault
    11 Aug 2015 | 2:19 pm
    by Terry Gault of The Henderson Group The Henderson Group delivers several workshops focused on creating dialogues with customers, partners, co-workers, family and friends. Complete Communicator Mastering TeleSales Consultative Communication Consultative Selling In all of them, the distinction between Empathy and Sympathy is important.  One helps build connection, rapport and trust.  The other creates disconnect and, possibly, resentment. This 2:53 video by Brene Brown reveals which works … and which doesn’t. photo credit: Sean MacEntee…
  • The 80/20 Rule Is Dead–and That’s Not A Good Thing (2 of 2)

    ChuckKuglen
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:45 pm
    by Chuck Kuglen of The Henderson Group A tool from a company we’ve been watching of late (Accuvit) offers some interesting input about the “80-20” rule so often utilized by sales trainers. It’s related to anyone who uses the phone in their sales, business development, client contact, service, or post-consulting (well, most of us). First, a recent study suggests that the “80-20” rule, that you should get your customers to talk more than you (up to 80%) simplifies too much what we do and what we should try to do. And that this “rule” is rarely utilized in practice. The 80-20…
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    Public Speaking Library

  • Eliminate the "Huh?"

    Tim Wilson
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:41 am
    Fellow speaker,Speaker Coach Fred Miller suggests when you speak you use clear words that the audience can quickly and easily understand. This will make sure your message reaches everyone in your audience.Understandably,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Just do it!

    Tim Wilson
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:39 am
    Fellow speaker,Speaker Coach Fred Miller suggests when you ask the audience to do something, there is a reason for them to do it. For example, "This next tip is very important, so get out a pencil and paper, or your phone, or something else you can write on, and write this down."Doing,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Make a mission for your positon

    Tim Wilson
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:43 am
    Fellow speaker,Speaker Coach Fred Miller suggests when you move onstage, you know where you are moving to and you know when to stop moving. This will make sure you don't pace around aimlessly onstage.Moved,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • Prop up your speech

    Tim Wilson
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:34 am
    Fellow speaker,Speaker Coach Fred Miller suggests if you use props you keep them out of sight until you need them. After you have used them, put them out of sight again. This makes sure that people are focused on your speech and not on the prop.For props,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
  • And I just gotta mention...

    Tim Wilson
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    Fellow speaker,Speaker Coach Fred Miller suggests you refer your audience to other experts in the room. For example, "If you ever have a problem with setting up your website, Julie Myers here did a great job on my website and I recommend her work highly."Recommending,Tim WilsonProfessional Speech CoachFree speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
 
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    Pro Humorist

  • Breaking Comedy’s DNA: Review

    Jason Peck
    22 Aug 2015 | 12:33 pm
    I’ve been on author Jerry Corley’s mailing list for a couple of years now. I really enjoy what he has to say. And there’s a lot to be learned, for free, on his blog. He’s always entertaining and insightful. If you’re not sure who he is, Jerry is a comedy who worked the road for a number of years, and also worked the corporate comedy market. Not only that, but he wrote for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for eight years. Now, before you think “urgh, Leno? But he sucked.” Well, he obviously didn’t suck for a large number of people because he…
  • Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV: Review

    Jason Peck
    21 Aug 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Note: This is a version of a review I posted on Amazon. I don’t believe you can learn to be funny. Some reading this (when I say some I mean all one of you), will disagree with me. Some suggest you can learn to be funny. In my experience, people like this, myself included, have been stuck using techniques that stifled their own sense of humour. Once they break out of that, and learn to effectively capture their sense of humour, then it seems as though they learned to be funny. What you can learn, however, are methods to structure your funny. And that’s exactly what you learn from Comedy…
  • Not Taking No for an Answer

    Jason Peck
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:59 pm
    My second son is nearly 4 months old at time of writing. I cannot help reflect back three years and think about the crummy guidance a nurse gave us when we had our first son. “Your life is now on hold for the next 18 years”. Huh? Naturally, we panicked. We felt we hadn’t even scratched the surface of what we wanted to do. My son had only turned two a couple of weeks when we wrapped filming on “Falling for You”, our first feature film. It took a lot of work and planning to get it all done in 52 days or thereabouts. We shot over evenings and weekends, but we did…
  • 3 Things Before You Write Your Sitcom Pilot

    Jason Peck
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    You’ve had an idea for a sitcom. You need to find out not only if it has legs for a pilot but also for a series. Now, you don’t necessarily have to write al the episodes, especially if you’re trying to get an agent. You just need a pilot script. But it would benefit you knowing if it would work as a series. Particularly if you get to the point where someone wants to know more information about it and whether it would work as a series. Or if you decide to produce it yourself. Here’s what I did. After exploring the information provided by Dan Harmon on The Hero’s…
  • Sitcom Writing: Pilots and Specs

    Jason Peck
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:16 pm
    I’ve Never Written a Sitcom… Yet Please note, I am writing this not from experience of being a professional sitcom writer, but from the perspective of having read and researched a lot about it. Not claiming to be an expert by any means. Sure I’ve probably read more books, and websites on the subject than you. Although, it depends on who you are. But despite what some suggest, reading a bunch of books on a subject, doesn’t make you an authority or an expert. Neither does have a blog that ranks number one on the search engines for certain keywords. If I read 5 books on…
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  • Using your presentation as a business development tool..

    Simon
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:37 pm
    Not too long ago, I wrote a fairly hard-hitting blog post about the idea that if you can’t explain your ideas in a presentation it might not be presentation skills training that you need. It […]
  • Feedback? No thanks.

    Simon
    6 Aug 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Okay, the title is a tiny bit like link-bait – sorry! :) Obviously it’s important to get feedback on your presentation. After all, otherwise you’ll never know what’s working and what isn’t. Right? Well sort […]
  • Credibility Statements

    Simon
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:23 am
    I’ve been travelling far and wide up and down the country, and I’m so very glad for the bluetooth in my car to keep me educated and entertained as I travel. Way down in the […]
  • Presentation Genius is here – for me, at least!

    Simon
    13 Jul 2015 | 11:58 pm
    Well, I’ve got my copy! ;) I must admit I’m remarkably proud of it… even just flipping through it again I found there was stuff in their I’d forgotten I’d included but smiled about ‘cos […]
  • End of a presenter’s year

    Simon
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:42 am
    Okay, okay, so July isn’t really the end of the year… but I founded this company at a certain time of year, so it’s the end of my financial year coming up. And – like […]
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    Public Words

  • When Should You Be Authentic?

    Nick Morgan
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:41 am
    My dad died a week ago. He had a long and honorable life, and had suffered a year’s illness before his passing at age 89, so his death was not unmerciful. Still, I was close to him and I’m grieving. This week I had to give a speech to a group of Harvard students. Of course the speech had been arranged long before, and of course the show had to go on.... Read More
  • We Humans Are Social Beings – and Why That Matters for Speakers

    Nick Morgan
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:27 pm
    We humans are social beings; we share mirror neurons that allow us to match each other’s emotions unconsciously and immediately. We leak emotions to each other. We anticipate and mirror each other’s movements when we’re in sympathy or agreement with one another—when we’re on the same side. And we can mirror each other’s brain activity when we’re engaged in storytelling and listening – both halves of the communication conundrum. This view of... Read More
  • Do We Share Emotions – And Does That Matter?

    Nick Morgan
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    An old philosophical debate asks the question, how do we know that our emotions are commensurate with one another? Meaning, can we tell if my experience of joy or sorrow is similar to yours? How can we tell if we mean the same thing by the words – or not? Philosophy has gone in two directions, roughly speaking. Either you argue that emotions are unknowable and we are essentially isolated from one... Read More
  • The Little Trick That Will Make Your Audiences Trust You

    Nick Morgan
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    I am happy to report good news for speakers. A recent study in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin offers a relatively easy way to increase your connection with an audience along one significant dimension. To understand what’s going on, it’s useful to know something about an older body of research on what’s important to audiences in speakers. What makes for a successful speaker, in short? The answer is two-fold: trust and... Read More
  • Dealing with the Fear of Public Speaking

    Nick Morgan
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Most of us have heard about a study that claims public speaking is our number one fear. Jerry Seinfeld even made a joke out of it, noting that if fear of public speaking was number one, and death was lower down the list, it meant that people would rather die than give the eulogy at the funeral. Now comes a study – surveying Americans – to check up on those fears. Is public... Read More
 
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    We Need A Speech

  • It is the season to bloviate….

    colin842_0
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    via GIPHY During every election season commentators and speechwriters like to bring out the word “bloviate” to describe the bombast that comes out of politicians’ mouths. It seems a good time to resurrect the word since we have elections going on on both sides of the US/Canadian border, with no end of candidates bloviating away to their hearts’ content. Bloviate is a delightfully onomatopoeic word sounding much like it means. H.L. Mencken perhaps best caught the essence of bloviation when …
  • Backward Speech Writing

    colin842_0
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:19 am
    Sometimes starting a speech can be the most difficult part of the writing process.  We all know how critically important it is to hook the audience in the first minute or two, because if we lose them at the beginning, it is very difficult to get them back. However, it is all too easy to get so fixated on crafting the perfect opening, that we get frozen into a sort of writer’s block where we won’t proceed until we get …
  • The Mind’s Ear

    colin842_0
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:36 am
    Some years ago, I was editing someone else’s speech — a dreadful bit of work that put me to sleep within the first two paragraphs. The problem was easy to identify. I was looking at a text meant to be read silently – not spoken aloud. It was written for the eye, not the ear. It was filled with overblown words and phrases that we would never use in conversation. There was no rhythm. No pattern. Nothing to engage me …
  • Get Thee To Washington DC in October

    colin842_0
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:25 am
    Look, if you are serious about speech writing, about upping your game, or if you are just starting out, then you best get yourself to Washington DC October 7-8, 2015 for The Professional Speechwriters Association’s World Conference 2015. David Murray will be moderating another of his great conferences and he always puts on a first rate show. And if you are going to the Conference, you should also sign up tor the Speech Writing School on the 6th. I know …
  • A Singular Profession: The Strange Life Of A Freelance Speechwriter

    colin842_0
    15 Aug 2015 | 5:25 pm
    A little over two decades ago, when I flung my medically insured/index pensioned/well-paid government job to the winds, and hung up my “speechwriter” shingle, my colleagues emailed their congratulations, always mentioning how “brave” I was. I took that to be code for how “stupid” I was. “What makes him think he can write speeches and who hires freelance speechwriters anyway?” I could hear them asking. The answer to the first question was simple: I had worked in communications in one …
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    The Eloquent Woman

  • Famous Speech Friday: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on likability

    Denise Graveline
    4 Sep 2015 | 1:45 am
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is already one of my favorite women speakers: Her fierce TEDx talk, We Should All Be Feminists, is part of our Famous Speech Friday series. But when I heard about this speech, delivered as she accepted an award from the writing and mentoring program Girls Write Now in May, I knew she'd be on my blog again.Never one to mince words or dodge the big points, Adichie used this short five-minute speech to give lavish praise to Girls Write Now and to the other speakers on the program, taking her time to make her observations thoughtful, vivid, and funny--and encouraging. But…
  • Reader Q&A: What if the audience already knows everything I have to say?

    Denise Graveline
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:15 am
    In the webinar I did earlier this year with the editors of Technically Speaking (@techspeakdigest on Twitter) one participant said, "I am a junior developer. I am not too nervous about actually delivering the talk, but my main block when applying to speak is that the audience will 'already know' what I am talking about...is it common for people to feel that and how would you deal with it?"I've certainly heard this before from junior and senior speakers, most often those in academic circles--so much emphasis is placed on narrowing you Ph.D. research to a wedge no one else has occupied…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    31 Aug 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 Hardest Speech is a deep look at women who enter the abortion debate--from all sides--by talking about their own abortions. #NextTimeRememberHer was the hashtag a group of Muslim women used to call out the men who "forgot" to put women on the…
  • Famous Speech Friday: Toni Morrison’s 2011 commencement address

    Denise Graveline
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:45 am
    (Editor's note: Many readers know that my sister Elaine died this summer. Not long after, fellow speaker coach Kate Peters got in touch to offer me a guest post for the blog, choosing this Toni Morrison speech to add to our collection. Here's what she wants to say to you: "Several years ago, Denise was kind enough to offer a post for my blog as a “Web 3.0 casserole” when my partner was going through medical difficulties. I offer this in the same spirit and suggest to the readers of this blog that it’s a great tradition!" And I agree. Please enjoy Kate's choice and her analysis of this…
  • Use a script or transcript to manage your speaking speed

    Denise Graveline
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:15 am
    Whether you routinely use a script or just speak off the cuff, you can use text as a tool to manage your speaking speed and increase your understanding of it. It's a smart project for anyone who hopes to speak regularly in public, a key type of data about yourself as a speaker that you should be monitoring. Here's how to do it:Write the script to a standard speed: The speechwriters' rule of thumb is about 120 words per minute. That means 600 words for every 5 minutes of speaking. You may speak faster or slower, but if you write your script with this in mind, you'll know whether you are faster…
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    Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations

  • Do You Believe that Your Slides are THE Presentation?

    George Torok
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:03 am
    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
  • Reading your speech is boring...

    George Torok
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:19 am
    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
  • Be clear about the purpose of your presentation....

    George Torok
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Presentation Tips on Twitter Presentation Skills Club on Facebook Executive Speech CoachBusiness presentation tips from George Torok, the Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com
  • Rehearse your presentation

    George Torok
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Presentation Tips on Twitter Presentation Skills Club on Facebook Executive Speech CoachBusiness presentation tips from George Torok, the Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com
  • 11 Killer Tips to Stop Saying UM Forever

    George Torok
    4 Jun 2015 | 9:12 am
    Practical tips to minimize your use of "UM" and other filler words in your presentations and conversations - courtesy of London Speaker BureauPresentation 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
 
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    Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency

  • #032: The Five Stages of a Sales Presentation [Podcast]

    Scott Schwertly
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Personally, I love utilizing a roadmap when working on any project. So, if you are like me and you love structure and operating from a formula, then you may find the approach below super helpful for your next sales presentation. Listen Here In this episode, I discuss the 5 stages of a sales presentation: 1. Relatability 2. Compatibility 3. Stability 4. Deliverability 5. Possibility Episode Resources Here are some extra resources: 5 Quick Tips for Making a Sales Presentation Do’s and Don’ts for Sales Pitches Your Feedback Matters to Me I would love to hear from you about the…
  • Why Being Sassy Is A Smart Business Decision

    Leslie Belknap
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:38 am
    I consume a crazy amount of content online. I have customized my Facebook feed to show me more news updates than vacation or baby photos. In addition, my job also forces me to constantly seek out fresh content from unique sources, which is a job requirement that I relish so I often indulge in the research process more than is probably necessary. While there are many content sources that I admire, the Buffer blog is always at the top of my list. Not only do I value their in-depth research but I also appreciate their transparency on their internal processes. For example, check out The 4…
  • GIF PowerPoint Slides Are The Future of Presentations

    Leslie Belknap
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    If you want see your audience freak out (in a good way) over your next presentation, you need to design slides that are unexpected and exciting. Using professional photography and high-quality graphics will definitely elevate an average powerpoint presentation to modern design standards, however even these advanced techniques rarely cause people to lose their mind with excitement. So what can you do to really impress your audience with your slide design? The answer is simple: add GIFs to your presentations. Thanks to their hypnotic movement, GIFs, when used correctly, can add an element…
  • Speaking Clearly: A Presenter’s Burden

    Jesse Farrar
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:48 pm
    The broad disciplines of public speaking and presentations each encompass a variety of ancillary aspects, both assumed and otherwise. Presenting is properly understood to be so diverse that it conceivably includes concepts as disparate as digital typography and fashion. The presentation cottage industry has rapidly outgrown its cottage and, as a beneficiary of its amorphous and platform-agnostic nature, has seen its influence skyrocket in recent years. The increasing visibility of public speakers has itself been a marked trend, one that has ascended part and parcel with the technology…
  • Where Your Hands Should Go (During a Presentation)

    Jesse Farrar
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Hand positioning is one of those important things that we just don’t think about that often, unless you’re a baseball player or guitar virtuoso. When you’re in the car, your hands are supposed to go to “10 and 2” on the steering wheel. When you were at you first school dance, if you can remember that far back, where you were allowed to put your hands was perhaps a bit less clear than you would’ve liked. When presenting, though, there are a few rules that are super easy to follow. Here’s where your hands should go when you’re on the stage: Not in your pockets. Unless you’re…
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    The Accidental Communicator

  • How To Prepare To Give A Speech

    drjim
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Preparing to give a speech is all about taking steps to getting it doneImage Credit: photosteve101 So just exactly what happens to your heart when you get asked to give a speech? Does it drop down into your shoes? It might not be the actual process of delivering the speech that gets you or your understanding of the importance of public speaking, but rather the idea that you are going to actually have to prepare a speech to give that can take your breath away. This can be a big task. The secret to making it a doable task is to understand just exactly what you are going to have to do to get…
  • How To Get An Audience To Believe What You Are Saying

    drjim
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    If you want to change the world, your audience needs to believe youImage Credit: Mattias Karlsson So why do you bother to give speeches? If you are like the rest of us, you understand the importance of public speaking and feel that you know something that will be of value to your audience and you are willing to share it. Deep down inside, a small part of you hopes that by going to all of the effort of giving this speech you’ll be able to change the world even if it is only in some small way. Well I’ve got some news for you. This isn’t going to happen if your audience…
  • Motivate Your Audience By Building Trust With Them

    drjim
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Trust is the key to getting your audience to accept your ideasImage Credit: Dobi Often when we are giving a speech we are trying to convince our audience to take some action after they hear us speak. This is what the importance of public speaking is all about. We can do a great job of creating our speech, we can craft a powerful opening, and yet we may end up not achieving our goal. What went wrong? We’ll never get what we want if we don’t get our audience to trust us. The good news is that with a few simple changes to your next speech, you can make this happen. Become Someone…
  • Why Introverts Make Great Public Speakers

    drjim
    11 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    The qualities that make someone an introvert can also make them a great speakerImage Credit: susanrm8 If you were to list out the characteristics that most of us believe that a really good speaker must have in order to communicate the importance of public speaking, what would be on your list? I can only speak for myself, but I believe that I would have on my list that they would need to be an extrovert – an outgoing person who is always giving off lots of energy. You need this in order to connect with your audience, right? I’d be wrong. It turns out that introverts, those people who…
  • Learn To Speak Like Your Audience

    drjim
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    The more you sound like your audience, the better they’ll like your speechImage Credit: Duncan Hull You can attend all of the fancy speaking classes that you want, but there is a very good chance that they are not going to teach you what you really need to know. The reason that they won’t is because despite the importance of public speaking, they don’t know what you are really looking for. However, I do. What you want most as a pubic speaker is for your next audience to fall in love with you. To treasure your every word. To not only understand what you are saying, but also…
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • America’s barnacled budget

    George F. Will
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:30 pm
    You probably never knew of the federal funding of museums commemorating America’s long-gone whaling industry. The funding existed for nearly nine years, until fiscal 2011, because almost no one knew about it. A mohair subsidy continues six decades after it was deemed a military necessity in the context of the Cold War. The subsidy survives because its beneficiaries are too clever to call attention to it by proclaiming it necessary, which of course it isn’t. Read full article >>
  • Donald Trump is a counterfeit Republican

    George F. Will
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:14 pm
    In every town large enough to have two traffic lights there is a bar at the back of which sits the local Donald Trump, nursing his fifth beer and innumerable delusions. Because the actual Donald Trump is wealthy, he can turn himself into an unprecedentedly and incorrigibly vulgar presidential candidate. It is his right to use his riches as he pleases. His squalid performance and its coarsening of civic life are costs of freedom that an open society must be prepared to pay. Read full article >>
  • The man who helped kill the Soviet Union with information

    George F. Will
    7 Aug 2015 | 5:38 pm
    History books can be historic events, making history by ending important arguments. They can make it impossible for any intellectually honest person to assert certain propositions that once enjoyed considerable currency among people purporting to care about evidence.Read full article >>
  • A gifted writer chronicles the ‘vocabulary of mutilation’ of Mexican drug cartels

    George F. Will
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Don Winslow, novelist and conscientious objector to America’s longest “war,” was skeptical when he was in Washington on a recent Sunday morning. This was shortly after news broke about the escape, from one of Mexico’s “maximum security” prisons, of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, head of the Sinaloa drug cartel. Read full article >>
  • Planned Parenthood and the barbarity of America

    George F. Will
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Executives of Planned Parenthood’s federally subsidized meat markets — your tax dollars at work — lack the courage of their convictions. They should drop the pretense of conducting a complex moral calculus about the organs they harvest from the babies they kill. Read full article >>
 
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    The Public Speaker's Quick and Dirty Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills

  • 309 TPS What to Say When a Coworker Asks, "Should I Quit?"

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:30 pm
    HoHow do you advise a coworker regarding taking another job? Lisa B. Marshall, aka The Public Speaker, will tell you how to handle that sticky situation to the advantage of both parties.
  • 308 TPS Why You Should Embrace Awkward Small Talk

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Do you think small talk is a time waster? Would you rather send a text then have an in-person conversation? Do you go out of your way to avoid small talk? If you said yes to any of these, read this to learn how to look forward to mundane small talk!
  • 307 TPS Body Language Hacks: Be Creative, Clear, and Energized

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Do you ever feel like you’re dragging? Or like what you’re trying to accomplish is just barely eluding you? The answer to these problems may be as simple as changing body habits. What the body does and how the brain responds are closely connected, as more and more studies prove, and there are some easy ways to boost your energy and clarify your thinking right away. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1Q79Dpl
  • 306 TPS Help! How To Introduce Myself To My New Team

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    14 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    Do you ever struggle to introduce yourself at business meetings? Lisa B. Marshall, aka The Public Speaker, will show you how to introduce yourself confidently and effectively. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1Li8ARI
  • 305 TPS Career Advice Nobody Tells You

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Career advice that often goes unspoken and that can keep you out of hot water from Lisa B. Marshall, aka The Public Speaker! Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1WD1zkB
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    Speak Without Interruption

  • EDUCATION AS A WEAPON

    timbryce
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    BRYCE ON EDUCATION – It’s a powerful weapon for making the country a better place to live. (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. Prior to the 1800’s, obtaining an education was considered a luxury reserved exclusively for the rich. [...]
  • I once stood in Tiananmen Square

    Bob Grant - Editor
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:55 am
    I once stood in Tiananmen Square.  This memory came back to me as I watched – this morning – reports of China’s 70th year celebration of the end of World War II.  It has been seven years since I last visited China; however, memories of my ten years – doing business there – stands [...]
  • I Want to be Your Veep, Donald Trump

    Richard Cahill
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:08 am
    Now that Donald Trump is blazing towards the Republican nomination, I am considering withdrawing my candidacy in favor of making sure I am considered for the Vice Presidential slot. Nothing has been set in stone yet, but my team of personal advisors, which consists of my girlfriend, who has a PhD, and our Chihuahua, [...]
  • Forgiveness for Abortions

    Minnette Coleman
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:52 am
    The Pope freaked a lot of Catholics out when he announced that there was going to be a year of forgiveness for women who had abortions. Priests, not bishops or church hierarchy, would be allow to accept the confession of those women who were sorry they had had an abortion. It does not change [...]
  • IS AMERICA TOO BIG TO SUCCEED?

    timbryce
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    BRYCE ON POLITICS – Is this as good as it gets? (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. We have all heard about companies being “too big to fail,” particularly companies in the automotive and financial industries where the government [...]
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    Speaking Pro Central

  • The Car - No Love Affair Among Millennials, Not Having To Work So Hard For The Man

    4 Sep 2015 | 5:49 pm
    "Today, only half of millennials bother to get their driver's licenses by age 18. Car culture, the 20th-century engine of the American Dream, is an old guy's game." " - Marc Fisher, The Washington Post, September 2, 2015. Here is the article. Kids gain their identity through social networks. Yeah, save the planet.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • 5 Patterns of Popular TED Talks

    4 Sep 2015 | 11:53 am
    Ever wondered why some TED talk recordings on YouTube gather a respectable few hundred thousand views while other go viral and attract many millions? Is there a difference in content, facts and figures or information shared that is more compelling and pertinent to a wider audience? Does one speaker have more name recognition than another? […].Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Labor Day, Productivity, Overwork, Disruptive Business Models, And Bob Dilenschneider's Oped

    4 Sep 2015 | 11:24 am
    It's puzzling why the founder and head of Manhattan public affairs firm  The Dilenschneider Group  would publish a Labor Day oped with what may be a key inaccuracy. Surely, one or more of Bob Dilenschneider's numerous employees should have fact-checked the piece before its publication.   the U.S. ranks third.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Authentic - There's No Such Thing, Only Good-Enough Acting

    4 Sep 2015 | 3:08 am
    Online, offline. We are finished if we are perceived not to be authentic. It's the 21st century witch hunt. No matter what she does, including introducing her late mother Dorothy into Campaign 2016, Hillary Clinton can't get the Authenticity Seal of Approval. Without even seeming to care about that, Donald Trump is assessed as authentic.Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
  • Famous Speech Friday: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on likability

    4 Sep 2015 | 1:45 am
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is already one of my favorite women speakers: Her fierce TEDx talk, We Should All Be Feminists, is part of our Famous Speech Friday series. But when I heard about this speech, delivered as she accepted an award from the writing and mentoring program Girls Write Now in May, I knew she'd be on my blog again. Shade? Join us!Brought to you by: Speaking Pro Central
 
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    PowerPoint Tips Blog

  • Single-source publishing with PowerPoint–use PowerPoint for all versions of your training!

    Ellen Finkelstein
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a guest blog post by Dimitri Roman. Dimitri is a Learning Architect at a leading supplier of strong authentication, He has been creating learning solutions with the use of PowerPoint for the last 15 years. In the fast paced economy of today, the development and maintenance of learning solutions needs to be optimized without any loss in quality. This invokes the need to create a Single Source Learning Solution that reaches multiple generations. A Single Source Learning that can be built with PowerPoint. Creating multiple implementations In most cases a learning solution consists of a…
  • Design an e-book or report cover in PowerPoint

    Ellen Finkelstein
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:27 am
    Last week, I talked about how to convert a presentation to a report or e-book. This week, I want to show you how to design a cover for that report or e-book in PowerPoint. If you aren’t a designer and yet want to design an e-book or report cover in PowerPoint, you’ll find it a simple way to go. You already know the program, so there isn’t a learning curve like there would be for Photoshop or another high-end program. At the end of this post, I’ll suggest some other programs you can use instead. I’ll also explain how easy it is to create the 3D image of the cover…
  • Turn a presentation into a report or e-book

    Ellen Finkelstein
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:20 am
    You might find it valuable to create a report or e-book from a presentation. While you may be familiar with creating handouts, you might want something longer or more structured. For example, you might want to include a table of contents and a cover. You can then make the e-book/report available for download, or even print it. It could become a valuable marketing or training tool, for example. My e-book Slide Design for Non-Designers was originally an online presentation, but I’ve sold many more copies as an e-book. But how do you turn a presentation into a report or e-book? If you…
  • Side-by-side speaker video and slide content for a live presentation feel

    Ellen Finkelstein
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Start by watching this short video. What do you think? https://s3.amazonaws.com/ellenfinkelstein.com/pptblog/powerpoint-tips-video-slide-content-side-by-side.mp4 You can place a video of you speaking on one side of your slide and use the other side for your slide content to come a little closer to a live presentation feel when you need to provide a pre-recorded presentation. Here are some ideas for using such a presentation: For internal training, on your organization’s Intranet or LMS (Learning Module System) On YouTube (or another video sharing site) for marketing or for clients On…
  • Quickly create a grid of tiled images

    Ellen Finkelstein
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Can you imagine creating this slide in under 5 minutes? Well, you can. Using SmartArt picture layouts Few people use or even know about the SmartArt picture layouts. They help you lay out multiple images in a preset pattern. They even crop the images for you! But you can change the cropping if you want. You can use them for: Photos of a panel of speakers. See my post “Introduce a panel of speakers“ A visual menu to the rest of the presentation. See my post “Create a tile menu with hyperlinks to slides.” An array of product images You can probably think of more uses.
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    Speak & Deliver - A Public Speaking Blog For the Speaking Public

  • A Note to the Losers in the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking

    18 Aug 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Yeah, congratulations and all to 2015 World Champion Mohammed Qahtani. I was watching here in my office in Colorado as you literally smoked the competition.But this post is for the rest of you. The losers. That's all 95 of the rest of you - because everyone knows taking 2nd just means you're the first loser, right?In case you don't know, I know how it feels. I've lost all 12 times I've entered the International Contest. I've lost at club. I've gotten lost going to Area, and not showed up. I've lost at Division, 5 times (three of those, I was lucky enough to go to District, anyway). Lost at…
  • 10 Ways a Contestant Can Add Value to their District

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    Recently in the Toastmasters Official Facebook group, the topic of a International contestant's value to Toastmasters, or rather 'lack thereof' came up. It was suggested that winners of speech contests are often in it just for themselves, as they chase the trophy, and do little else for Toastmasters.That was a grand sweeping statement, and I know many, many contestants who do a great deal within Toastmasters, both outside of their competing, as well as as a byproduct of their victories.But the comment wouldn't have come up if it weren't true in some cases. Maybe it's a new contestant that is…
  • 7 and a Half Ways to Make Your Information Matter

    24 Jun 2015 | 3:10 pm
    If you're a regular person with a regular job living a regular life, chances are the only times you get asked to speak is to share straight information. Sales data, new product information, company reports - if you're lucky maybe training for new employees, or teaching new technology to the current staff. Even client sales presentations, if you aren't careful, can become massive information dumps.Information isn't inherently bad. In fact, it is the core of any presentation, the essence of why a presentation must be made. Too much information, superfluous information, and information presented…
  • What Happens When the Win Anyway Guy Loses? Part I

    17 May 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Yesterday was a unique day for me, in terms of competing in Toastmasters at the District Conference Level.I had qualified to represent my Division in both Table Topics (Impromptu Speaking) and the International Speech Contest. It was the 21st and 22nd time I had qualified for various contests at that level in the 3 different Districts I've competed in. Currently, I'm in D26, which is Colorado, Wyoming, and parts of Nebraska. I've also competed in D9 (Eastern WA, NE Oregon, Northern Idaho), and D15 (Utah, Southern, Idaho, Eastern Nevada).Of the 20 previous contests, I had acquired fifteen…
  • Anatomy of a Speaker's Introduction Part III: Toastmaster Tips

    15 May 2015 | 10:10 am
    In Part I of this series I covered 6 Key Components for you to use in your Introduction, and in Part II, I discussed What Could Go Wrong with your intro, and how to mitigate the damages.For Toastmasters - all those tips and suggestions apply, but we also face our own unique challenges - so this post is specifically for you!In my fifteen years with the organization, I have witnessed a severe deficit in our education program when it comes to introductions. In fact, googling 'Toastmaster & Introductions' brought only one article from the TI site itself, and it focuses on the Toastmaster of…
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    Manner of Speaking

  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 206) – Elliot Aronson

    John Zimmer
    5 Sep 2015 | 12:55 am
    “Most people are more deeply influenced by one clear, vivid, personal example than by an abundance of statistical data.” — Elliot AronsonFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers
  • A phrase to avoid on stage

    John Zimmer
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:48 am
    Actually, it’s several phrases, but they all amount to the same thing. Over the years, I have worked with many students in MBA and Executive MBA programmes across Europe. In one of my classes a couple of years ago, a … Continue reading →
  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 205) – John Steinbeck

    John Zimmer
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:01 am
    “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” — John Steinbeck in East of EdenFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers, Stories and Storytelling
  • How to deal with mobile devices when you are on stage

    John Zimmer
    22 Aug 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Let’s be honest. There have been times when you checked your smartphone while sitting in the audience during a presentation. Maybe you were waiting for a message; maybe you were checking up on an important matter; maybe you just wanted to check … Continue reading →
  • Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 204) – Maya Angelou

    John Zimmer
    7 Aug 2015 | 3:45 pm
    “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya AngelouFiled under: Quotes for Public Speakers, Stories and Storytelling
 
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    Interruption Management

  • Distracted by Small Roles

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:37 am
    A leading man/woman takes leading roles:       While climbing the corporate ladder, starting at the bottom might be good advice early in the game, but take on major responsibilities and plan major roles as soon as you can. The same thing occurs if you are building your own business. Stop thinking that little parts will lead to a starring role.
  • A Real Vacation?

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:35 am
    How often do Americans check email or voice mail while on vacation: constantly 6%, regularly 28%, sometimes 34%, and never 32%. Source: Harris Interactive for Expedia
  • Too Much in Packaging

    25 Aug 2015 | 6:40 am
    A New York Times story, years back, titled "Product Packages Now Shout to Get Your Attention" written by Louise Story, is most revealing about the direction of information overload in society:"In the last 100 years, Pepsi had changed the look of its can, and before that its bottles, only 10 times. This year alone, the soft-drink maker will switch designs every few weeks. Kleenex boxes used to be square or rectangular, but no more. Kleenex, after 40 years of sticking with square and rectangular boxes, has started selling tissues in oval packages.""Coors Light bottles now have labels that turn…
  • Control Your Spaces

    14 Aug 2015 | 12:56 pm
    When you take control of the spaces in your life, control of your time and career will follow.  Controlling your spaces requires minimizing interruptions. In my book Breathing Space, I offer some suggestions for safeguarding your working environment and minimizing interruptions:Surround yourself with everything you need to engage fully in the change process, which might involve assembling resources, people, and space, as well as ensuring that you have a quiet environment free of distractions.Give yourself the hours or days you need to read, study, and absorb what is occurring and to make…
  • No Shelter in the Sky

    14 Aug 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Even if mobile devices prove to be completely safe, making them freely available during flights is a terrible idea, infringing on the rights of OTHER passengers:"With pilots approved to use iPads as flight manuals in their cockpits, and the FAA’s own studies finding 'no evidence saying [wireless] devices can’t interfere with a plane, and… no evidence saying that they can,' FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has asked the FAA to ease up on restrictions against wireless device use on planes.ref:…
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  • 5 Reasons Every Speaker Should Write a Book (and a FREE Guide to Write Yours in 90 Days)

    Shawn
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am
    [NOTE: This post contains affiliate links to free resources, which means I may be paid a commission if you choose to purchase any products for sale on the external sites. Thank you for reading.] If you’re a speaker, or if you want to speak, you should write a book. (You’ve probably heard that before.) But if, having heard that, you still don’t have a book, it’s probably because: You aren’t really that serious about this speaking thing, or You don’t believe you really need a book, or You hate writing, suck at writing, or just don’t have time for…
  • How Did Josh Shipp Build an Empire of Impact as a Youth Motivational Speaker?

    Shawn
    7 Jan 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Josh Shipp is a young man who has done remarkable things. In this interview with Jaime Tardy, he shares — very candidly — some of his keys to success as a youth motivational speaker. Want to learn more from Josh? He reveals how you can start building your own “empire of impact” as a youth speaker in his brand new (and FREE) Youth Speaker University video series! NOTE: I am an affiliate of Josh’s training programs, so while this video series is free, I may be compensated if you choose to enroll in any of his paid programs. Josh is AWESOME and one of the few guys I…
  • 9 Tips for Publishing Success — Expert Advice from Author 101 University

    Shawn
    1 Oct 2013 | 10:16 am
    Have you been thinking about writing a book — for years — but just can’t seem to make it happen? Are you writing a book right now and wondering how to get it published? Have you written a book that’s just not performing as well as you had hoped? Here are nine things I learned from Rick Frishman and his expert guests at Author 101 University (affiliate link) in Las Vegas that I hope will serve you and help you get your message out to more people in the year ahead: The question is not “Am I qualified to share this message?” but “Am I committed to…
  • WATCH: How to Find Superstars to Grow Your Business

    Shawn
    20 May 2013 | 8:46 am
    As you grow your business, it begins to occur to you that there are things you can be doing in your business to produce even more value than you’re producing now – which will translate into increased sales, growth and profit. New opportunities turn up, new ways to create value emerge, and new ways to get customers manifest. And then you realize that there’s just one “little problem” with these new opportunities: Your schedule is already full, and you don’t have time to pursue them. The only way to “graduate” to the next level in your business is to delegate some of the…
  • Why Marketing Like Starbucks Will Destroy Your Business

    Shawn
    13 May 2013 | 8:09 am
    “Do NOT do what big companies do with their marketing, but instead do what those companies did when they were small and wanted to grow rapidly.” That’s some brilliant, powerful advice from Eben Pagan’s new marketing report which you can download free here (affiliate link). Us little guys are often told to look Starbucks, Google, Apple and other giants because “you should do what they’re doing and you’ll be the #1 brand in your market, too” Eben is right, though. Those companies are already established and if we do what they’re doing now,…
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    Moving People to Action

  • Frustrated Expectations: Not Asking for Commitment

    Conor Neill
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:57 am
    One of the hardest parts of leadership is getting people around you to take action.  It is easy to get people to agree generally that things could be better, it is a vastly different conversation to look them each in the eyes and ask that they tell you directly how they will be taking action in their areas.  I have opinions on refugees, politics, border controls, the need for hard work, the ways to educate children…  but I don’t often follow these opinions up with clear action. We (that is: we socially adapted human beings) are pretty poor when it comes to asking for…
  • Guilt and Mistakes

    Conor Neill
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:46 am
    The basic freedom we have in life is the freedom to make mistakes.  If we can’t make (reasonable) mistakes and learn from them, what freedom do we really have? “The first time it is an accident, the second time it is a decision.” My girlfriend likes to say: “The first time it is an accident, the second time it is a decision.” My daughter is 8.  She is starting to develop the ability to be guilty about something, and expresses anxieties about the world like never before.  I assume this is a normal part of the growing up.  She has a powerful creative…
  • Teaching with Creative Indifference (or Impartiality)

    Conor Neill
    13 Jul 2015 | 3:08 am
    Creative Indifference My daughter checking the roses in my parent’s garden A good gardener creates the conditions for growth of a garden, but cannot force the flowers to grow in an exact way.  The good gardener creates the conditions and accepts what arises. The bad gardener fights what arises.  The bad gardener hacks and chops and fights against the natural growth of nature. The good gardener changes the conditions and different plant shapes and varieties arise. In each case the attitude of the gardener is “Interesting!  I wouldn’t have expected that.”  Creative…
  • Warren Buffett: “We Need Inspirational Leaders”

    Conor Neill
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:48 am
    “passion brings out an enthusiasm and a dedication in others” Warren Buffett Warren Buffett speaking in Italy recently Summary of his words on Inspirational Leaders “In the really great managers the common quality they have (in addition to intelligence, energy and integrity) is a passion for what they do. They are not doing it for the money. At least three quarters of the managers we have at Berkshire Hathaway are independently wealthy.  They do not need to go to work in the morning.  They go there because they they love what they’re doing.  It is creative.  I…
  • When You Lead There Is No Such Thing As A Trivial Act

    Conor Neill
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:28 am
    The title of this post came from a summary of a talk by Pat Murray. As a leader, people watch every single act.  If you are in a bad mood and act out of that bad mood, people think that is who you are.  Words are generally ignored, we watch what you allow to happen. As parents this is even more difficult.  If you say “do this and you will not get dessert” and then give them dessert anyway (because you are tired and do not want the fight) you have taught the children a lesson:  Your rules are flexible and negotiable.  It is hard to trust someone whose rules are flexible and…
 
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    SIMS WYETH & CO. Executive Speech Coach for Healthcare, Financial Services, and Consulting.

  • The Best Way to Showcase Your Smarts

    sims
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Are you trying to impress a client, get a job, or close a deal? Then skip the emails and pick up the phone or schedule a meeting. New research reported in a recent New York Times article shows that “text-based communications may make individuals sound less intelligent and employable than when the same information is communicated orally.” In other words–the mouth is mightier than the pen or stylus or keyboard. Nicholas Epley, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and his co-author conducted experiments presented in “The Sound of…
  • Everybody’s doing it–but nobody wants to talk about it

    sims
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
    Clinton and JFK did it. I bet Michelle Obama and Matthew McConaughey and Tim Cook do it. (They’ve been singled out as being especially good at it this year.) I’m guessing that Trump probably doesn’t do it as much as he should. And, according to The New York Times, more and more people–CEOs and everyday Joe’s–are jumping on the bandwagon and hiring a speechwriter. That way, they can ensure they put their best foot forward when making a toast, introducing a business venture, or explaining complicated scenarios. While getting input and direction for talks and speeches is…
  • 6 Surprising “Don’ts” for Leaders

    sims
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    Breaking the rules doesn’t always mean that you’re breaking bad. Sometimes it pays to do the opposite and forego common sense. Great leaders don’t always act serious. It’s easier to persuade and influence others if you’re fun to listen to. Great leaders spice up any serious review of the issues with stories of their own experience. This reveals expertise in the challenge at hand. Stories from leaders give employees a glimpse into who they are–and people crave intimacy with a speaker. Stories are the best tools to put people at ease, link current issues to…
  • 21 Paradoxes of Presenting

    sims
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:02 am
    Isn’t there enough to do when you’re preparing for a presentation? Besides the obvious, you’ve got to navigate the delicate balances below: Be brief, but take your time. Be yourself, but fill the room. Be confident, but show your vulnerability. Relax, but use your nerves. Demonstrate your expertise, but speak their language–not yours. Appeal to their self-interest, but don’t pander. Make a strong case for your point of view, but provide fair balance. Be passionate, but don’t lose your cool. Stand up for your ideas, but make sure you’re still viewed as a team…
  • Make Data Sing–Learn from Hans Rosling’s TED Talk

    sims
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:59 am
    I like to see people use data effectively–to make complex information clear and compelling. And, I like to help people plan out this data and incorporate it into a talk. It’s not easy to do, but in the hands of researcher Hans Rosling, it’s deceivingly simple. In this TED talk, watch how he compares households of varying income levels worldwide. As they say on the TED Talks site, “In Hans Rosling’s hands, data sings. Global trends in health and economics come to vivid life. And the big picture of global development—with some surprisingly good news—snaps into…
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    John Sadowsky - Leadership & Storytelling

  • Praise for the idle mind

    John
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:12 am
    On a long overnight flight this week, I watched a TED talk by Brazilian luminary Ricardo Semler, entitled “Work with no rules”.   Semler is the CEO and majority owner of Semco Partners, a Brazilian company known for its radical form of industrial democracy and corporate re-engineering. His innovative business management policies have attracted widespread interest around the world. His first book, Virando a Própria Mesa (“Turning Your Own Table”), is the best selling non-fiction book in the history of Brazil.  In his speech, Semco’s CEO makes the point that leisure…
  • Why we have trouble doing nothing

    John
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:09 am
    When I began perusing the research paper “Learning by Thinking: Overcoming the Bias for Action through Reflection”, one of my first thoughts concerned the title of the piece. I wondered about what type of bias for action the authors meant, since I have seen the term used in more than one way.  For example, Tom Peters is often credited with popularizing the notion of a “bias for action”, beginning with his 1980s business best-seller In Search of Excellence. Peters and co-author Bob Waterman put forth the concept that the propensity to decide and act quickly was a distinguishing…
  • Thoughts about the learning-thinking connection

    John
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:28 am
    This week, I delve a bit more into some of the ideas of the paper I referred to last time: “Learning by Thinking: Overcoming the Bias for Action through Reflection”.   This article was interesting to me for two reasons. First, I think the research breaks new ground, as it uses three experiments to demonstrate that putting more reflection in our lives, even in relatively small ways, can lead to improved job performance. And second, on a personal level, it caused me to revisit a number of my core concepts, including the role of reflection in any learning process, and how I have used it…
  • Reflection and the young, busy manager

    John
    6 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    Recently, I spoke to a focused and lively audience at Banco Galicia in Buenos Aires. For the past two years, I have been writing articles for their remarkably well done digital platform, buenosnegocios.com. As part of the program, they periodically invite writers to make presentations at breakfast events. Attendees at such talks tend to be middle managers from the bank’s client base, along with a small number of internal people.  The bank, which was named by Fast Company as one of the most innovative companies in Latin American in 2015, is always a pleasure to visit. Events are…
  • Exceptional people of influence do not have extraordinary pasts

    John
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    Exceptional people of influence do not have extraordinary pasts. What they do have is an extraordinary ability to learn from and to use the lessons of their pasts.  As we wrote last time, one of the great myths about those who emerge as leaders in any field is that they have something extraordinary in their past, an event or circumstance that has somehow forged them, transformed them, and prepared them for noteworthy leadership roles. In truth, it is not so much that their background or history has transformed them; it is that they have transformed themselves. Some would argue that a…
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    Think Link

  • How to Get Children to Do Homework

    admin
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:22 am
    Parents often feel it’s their job to get their kids to do well in school. Naturally, you might get anxious about this responsibility as a parent. You might also get nervous about your kids succeeding in life—and homework often becomes the focus of that concern. But when parents feel it’s their responsibility to get their kids to achieve, they now need something from their children—they need them to do their homework and be a success.  This need puts you in a powerless position as a parent because your child doesn’t have to give you what you want. The battle about homework actually…
  • Persuasion

    admin
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:22 am
    We’re all in the business of persuasion. Almost everything you do at work or in your personal life involves persuasion. Many people use techniques that are totally ineffective. We command, we cajole, we con. Those tactics are the opposite of persuasive. They destroy business relationships. They’re selfish and rude. They don’t work. They leave you feeling unfilled and miserable. It’s not a matter of trying to “sell” someone but of coming to a mutual understanding of need. That’s true persuasion. Always tell the backstory. Leadership, work…
  • APJ Abdul Kalam

    admin
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:22 am
    Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen “A. P. J.” Abdul Kalam (15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015) was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. A career scientist turned reluctant politician, Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, and studied physics and aerospace engineering. He spent the next four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and was intimately involved in India’s civilian space program and military missile development efforts. He thus…
  • Being the right person, is far more important than having the right persons in the relationships

    admin
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:22 am
    Life can be a journey, full of joy, if you and I realize that by fulfilling our responsibilities with utmost commitment and dedication.  Be it as a parent or a professional, doing what is right is an effective approach than complaining that others are not cooperating or circumstances are unfavorable. In case of Parenting, the right approach is to build the character of the child, than to worry about ensuring the future of the child. Worrying about the future does no good for the child’s future, but building the character of the child will yield fruits. In a recent interview, Amitabh…
  • Steps to keep you cool in Hot Summer

    admin
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:19 am
 
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    Communication Studies

  • Lobbyist Salary, Requirements and Career Information

    kinitex
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:16 pm
    When it comes to politics, getting the results you want often comes down to who you know and getting them to see things your way more often than not. For many organizations across the United States, one of the best ways to ensure they will get the results they want is using lobbyists to help sway those in power. Lobbyist Job Description In the most simple terms, a lobbyist is a paid activist who represents either a group of people or an individual. The job of the lobbyist is to use their skills of communication and persuasion to either get something changed or keep things as they currently…
  • Sales Manager Salary, Requirements and Career Information

    coms
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Managerial positions, sales managers included, are highly coveted jobs that are constantly surrounded but competition. Strong computer and communication skills, related experience and superior creativity give college graduates access to all the good opportunities. While long hours including late nights and weekends and a large amount of travel is required of sales managers, they are always rewarded with high salaries. This job category is very important and visible in companies and paves way for advancement to very high ranks. Job Description Sales manager’s responsibilities and job…
  • Account Executive Salary, Requirements And Career Information

    coms
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Account executives typically work in a number of industries, whereby they make sales and gain new clients. Therefore, a background in marketing, advertising, or sales is beneficial and necessary for individuals working in this career. What is an Account Executive? Accounts executives are primarily responsible for taking care of the company’s clients and also maintaining company-client relationships. This often involves working with multiple clients while trying to increase how much business an organization does with those particular clients. Usually, an account executive holds an important…
  • Getting Started With Social Media

    coms
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:27 am
    Never before has society witnessed such an impactful force socially. Social media has blown up and redefined how we communicate with each other, with companies and with those who were once unreachable. Want company or product reviews? Check out their Facebook page. Have a question you need answered right now? Tweet the person or company. Want to declare your love for your favourite celebrity? Leave a comment on their Instagram post. Social media has opened up the communication channel for unprecedented access to each other. This is not only true for individuals but companies and organizations…
  • School Counselor Salary And Career Information

    kinitex
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Job Description School counselors typically perform the following tasks: Evaluate and advise students using interviews, counseling sessions, interest and aptitude assessment tests. High school counselors typically provide information to students about college, university, vocational or technical schools, internships, apprenticeships, or volunteering opportunities. Help students overcome social, behavioral, and personal problems through counseling. Provide individual and group counseling in cases of student emergency or need. Work with students to develop good study habits and valuable skills…
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    Succeed Speaking

  • 5 Reasons Every Speaker Should Write a Book (and a FREE Guide to Write Yours in 90 Days)

    Shawn
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am
    [NOTE: This post contains affiliate links to free resources, which means I may be paid a commission if you choose to purchase any products for sale on the external sites. Thank you for reading.] If you’re a speaker, or if you want to speak, you should write a book. (You’ve probably heard that before.) But if, having heard that, you still don’t have a book, it’s probably because: You aren’t really that serious about this speaking thing, or You don’t believe you really need a book, or You hate writing, suck at writing, or just don’t have time for…
  • How Did Josh Shipp Build an Empire of Impact as a Youth Motivational Speaker?

    Shawn
    7 Jan 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Josh Shipp is a young man who has done remarkable things. In this interview with Jaime Tardy, he shares — very candidly — some of his keys to success as a youth motivational speaker. Want to learn more from Josh? He reveals how you can start building your own “empire of impact” as a youth speaker in his brand new (and FREE) Youth Speaker University video series! NOTE: I am an affiliate of Josh’s training programs, so while this video series is free, I may be compensated if you choose to enroll in any of his paid programs. Josh is AWESOME and one of the few guys I…
  • 9 Tips for Publishing Success — Expert Advice from Author 101 University

    Shawn
    1 Oct 2013 | 10:16 am
    Have you been thinking about writing a book — for years — but just can’t seem to make it happen? Are you writing a book right now and wondering how to get it published? Have you written a book that’s just not performing as well as you had hoped? Here are nine things I learned from Rick Frishman and his expert guests at Author 101 University (affiliate link) in Las Vegas that I hope will serve you and help you get your message out to more people in the year ahead: The question is not “Am I qualified to share this message?” but “Am I committed to…
  • WATCH: How to Find Superstars to Grow Your Business

    Shawn
    20 May 2013 | 8:46 am
    As you grow your business, it begins to occur to you that there are things you can be doing in your business to produce even more value than you’re producing now – which will translate into increased sales, growth and profit. New opportunities turn up, new ways to create value emerge, and new ways to get customers manifest. And then you realize that there’s just one “little problem” with these new opportunities: Your schedule is already full, and you don’t have time to pursue them. The only way to “graduate” to the next level in your business is to delegate some of the…
  • Why Marketing Like Starbucks Will Destroy Your Business

    Shawn
    13 May 2013 | 8:09 am
    “Do NOT do what big companies do with their marketing, but instead do what those companies did when they were small and wanted to grow rapidly.” That’s some brilliant, powerful advice from Eben Pagan’s new marketing report which you can download free here (affiliate link). Us little guys are often told to look Starbucks, Google, Apple and other giants because “you should do what they’re doing and you’ll be the #1 brand in your market, too” Eben is right, though. Those companies are already established and if we do what they’re doing now,…
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  • Storytelling in a technical world - session at the Lean Agile Scrum Conference

    Tudor Girba
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    On September 2, I will hold a session at the annual Lean Agile Scrum conference on the topic of Storytelling in a technical world. This year, the conference is about "Im Team zum Erfolg", and I am happy that the organizers saw storytelling as a significant part of what makes a team work.In this one hour session we will play with various facets of stories and with how they can change the perspective.
  • Storytelling in a technical world - 1-day workshop at /ch/open Workshop Tage

    Tudor Girba
    15 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
    On September 3, I will have the pleasure to give a workshop on Storytelling in a technical world at the /ch/open Workshop Tage.This is the first incarnation of the storytelling course in a public setting. I must admit this is quite exciting given that it is pretty much the only workshop from the Workshop Tage that will focus on non-technical aspects of software development.
  • Talk on Achitecture as a Work in Progress - Limited WIP 2015

    Tudor Girba
    9 Aug 2015 | 9:35 am
    On August 26, I will have the pleasure of giving a talk on Architecture as a work in progress at an event organized by the Limited WIP Society Switzerland. One key aspect of dealing with the Work in Progress is to visualize the queues. We have come a long way with dealing with explicit requests that come from outside. But, how do we deal with technical problems that come from within?Let’s take the architecture of the system. It’s rather important as it can make or break your system in the long run. Of course, the agile mantra tells us that we should emerge the architecture. This sounds…
  • .Net Rocks! interview on Moose, humane assessment, Pharo, GT and related things

    Tudor Girba
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:21 pm
    A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of chatting with Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell on a .Net Rocks! interview.We started from Moose and then we diverged into the issue of too prevalent code reading and how humane assessment addresses this part. We eventually also touched the Pharo live programming environment and the Glamorous Toolkit.But, the experience was unique. I found both Carl and Richard to be great listeners, and I felt they helped me bring the message out. I could have done a better job, but it was certainly an interesting experience. For example, I truly love how they…
  • New 'storytelling in a technical world’ course

    Tudor Girba
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Our technical world is governed by facts. Specifications and technical details are kings and Excel files are their palace. This overexposure to facts makes us perceive the world in quantifiable and typically linear terms. Yet, this way of looking at the world makes us forget that the goal of our job is not to fulfill technical requests as fast as possible. Our job is to produce value.Over the past years I got to experience first hand the negative impact of Excel-driven software development, and by the looks of things, it seems I am not alone. Indeed, while arithmetic can be easy and can fit…
 
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    Jim Harvey's Presentation Skills Advice

  • FREE Prezi Template – September

    Lesley Barringer
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:05 pm
    We do love light-bulbs! They represent ideas, innovation and positivity. In our free Prezi template this month, we have used a simple light-bulb layout to help you translate your content into an engaging, well-organised and inspiring presentation. By following this structure, you will help your viewers to follow your message, understand the sections of the presentation and how they relate to each other, and by zooming out to the big picture in between sections, how this all fits together as a cohesive message. Tip: Keep it simple! Don’t be tempted to add content that isn’t…
  • Sound advice from a man who really did know how to find the words to make the world listen (and remember)

    Rosie Hoyland
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:32 am
    We’ve said it before and will no doubt say it again, but for the minute, let’s just let the great man say it himself: A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: What am I trying to say? What words will express it? What image or idiom will make it clearer? Is this image fresh enough to have an effect? GEORGE ORWELL, ‘POLITICS AND THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE   George Orwell first published this in 1946 but these four questions are still relevant today, despite all the technological advances we’ve seen. Some…
  • FREE Prezi Template – August

    Lesley Barringer
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Circles work well as visuals in many ways. This goes for in Prezi too! When using circles in Prezi, be wary of using circular frames, as they cut down the amount of available presentation space, and limit how you can display your content. For more detail on the circular frame question, read our blog post Should you use circular frames in Prezi? We all recommend using rectangular frames. Tip: Experiment with where you position your frames on the graphic. Sometimes it’s good to focus right in on your content and not see any of the surrounding image, or distractions; other times it…
  • Great presenter? Try this little-known hack for added subtlety and impact

    Jim Harvey
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:33 am
    Lend me your ears and your eyebrows You might laugh at this.  I hope that you do. It’s a brilliant introduction to the importance of facial expression – in this case, the eyebrows, to a presenter. Stay with me, it’ll be worth it. In a previous post I shared some fascinating academic insight on the importance of facial expressiveness in being understood by international audiences, and any audience really. Expressiveness is that subtle mix of physical, verbal and facial expression that adds emphasis, power and believability to a speaker in front of an audience. Facial…
  • Books don’t change people – but your presentation just might

    Rosie Hoyland
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    How often do you hear that a book has changed someone’s life? Chances are, it hasn’t. It will have been one particular section that made you stop in your tracks, and think… Or even just one little turn of phrase that resonated and remains with you long after you finished reading the book. A few words that just hit the nail on the head and summed up a feeling, instinct, yearning, opinion that you have harboured for such a long time, and there it is before you in black and white, positively singing off the page to you. And why do you remember it even now?  Because it was…
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    The Reluctant Speakers Club » Blog

  • On Inspiring Stories: What You Can Learn From the Barefoot Wine Story – Podcast 57

    Eamonn O'Brien
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:28 am
    Don’t you just love it when you’re drawn into, and held spellbound by, inspiring real-life stories?Me too. And the same is true when you’re speaking to most any audience.And the reason is simple, the outcomes are less certain and they have extra layers of edge and humanity that make them more compelling. And here’s what tends to happen when you share them ahead of apocryphal tales……You’ll more readily:Capture imaginationsConnect with others at an emotional level, andEven cause audiences to wonder what they’d do if faced with the same situations…
  • Want Your Voice Heard More Often? Why it Pays to Partner With Others – Podcast 56

    Eamonn O'Brien
    5 Aug 2015 | 3:51 am
    Regardless of your profession, business, and/or area of expertise, here’s a truism – the fastest way to get a lot more accomplished, more quickly, is to partner with others. In every walk of life and discipline, the sum of the parts tends to outperform what can be achieved through solo runsOf course, if you’re a lone operator with a message you want to share offline and online, it can seem easier to plough your own furrow.After all, isn’t it a bother to have to fritter away time listening to, or worse still heeding, other people’s opinions, agendas, or priorities when creating…
  • On Knocking Your Talks Out of the Park: An Interview with Lon Safko – Podcast 55

    Eamonn O'Brien
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:26 am
    Have you ever watched a speaker knock a talk out of the park and wondered how he/she made this seem so easy and effortless? And wouldn’t it be nice to know how to approach this level of speaking too?Excellent; you’re in the right place.But first off and before sharing ideas you can use to boost your speaking game, here’s an important caveat……In the similar vein that the gag response to the question “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” is ”Practice, practice, practice!”, the same is true of great speaking.That said and understood – It’s time to dig into today’s…
  • Is There an Art to Creating Stories That Engage? Joel Comm Speaks – Podcast 54

    Eamonn O'Brien
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:09 pm
    From winning attention to causing those who hear you to sit at the edges of their seats, willing you on to share what happens next, stories have always been a ticket to audience engagement.But what does it take to create stories that engage audiences online as well as offline? And for these to be told again when your audiences are amongst their work colleagues, friends, and even family?The good news is that it’s not critical to have spectacular, spine tingling, or ‘life and death-esque’ raw material to create or tell winning stories in business……the ordinary,…
  • Need to Lead Change? Is it Better to Use Sweet Talking or Tough Love? – Podcast 53

    Eamonn O'Brien
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:56 am
    Denise Morrison, the CEO of Campbell Soup said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal last year: “You can either lead change or be a victim of it. And it’s so more fun to lead it. And we look at that as a challenge and an opportunity”It’s hard to argue with fact.Regardless of your industry or what your organisation does, if you continue to do things as you’ve always done them, there’s a good chance you’ll not even get the same results you did in the past……You run the risk that your business will be left behind as others pass you…
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    Dr. Michelle Mazur - Speech Coach

  • The Big Secret to Becoming a Successful Speaker

    Michelle Mazur
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    I’ve spent quite a bit of time on Google lately. Getting into the head of YOU – my audience – what you need, what you are looking for online to help you become a successful speaker. As I read blog post after blog post, article after article, what I noticed most was that  all the advice is the same. Don’t get me wrong – it’s good, solid advice. Speaking tips that all speakers should heed. Tips like: Practice! Know your audience Keep it simple Don’t go over time Make eye contact But at the end of the day, these are rules to follow. Just because you’re following the…
  • Your Signature Talk On Stage and Off

    Michelle Mazur
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    I’m a firm believer that if you’re not awesome at a task in your business – copy-writing, graphic design, bookkeeping, scheduling, etc, – then you should outsource it immediately. But  there’s one thing in in your business that you absolutely, 100% cannot outsource and that is: How you communicate about your business No one can replace you when you need to talk about your business.The signature talks that I help entrepreneurs and small business owners create and not just for the stage, though. Your signature talk happens when you: go live on a webinar get behind the mic for…
  • Public Speaking Pet Peeves: Being a “me too” speaker

    Michelle Mazur
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    Do you ever get the feeling of Deja Vu? The sense you’ve already experienced a situation before. I get that all the time when I watch a speech. All of the sudden I’m thrust into an example of how Apple is the most innovative company in the world or Steve Jobs is the speaker we MUST emulate or I’m listening to the damn starfish story (I know it made a difference to that one – how about making a difference to me and never telling that story again). Now we are down to the pet peeve I hate the most. It’s a waste of time to your audience, and it is a waste of time to you because it…
  • Public Speaking Pet Peeve: Writing a speech like a blog post

    Michelle Mazur
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    How do you feel about math? Was it the subject you loved more than playing outside on the swings? Or did math make you squinch up your nose like your mom was trying to shove brussel sprouts down your throat? I love math (getting a Ph.D. makes you have mad respect for the numbers). I wish other speakers loved math as much as I did. Especially when the math is simple like dividing the total amount of time you have for a presentation by the number of points you want to make in your speech. Simple math is the best math and all speakers should be doing it because of one trend I’ve noticed in the…
  • Public Speaking Pet Peeve: Blowing the Close

    Michelle Mazur
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Were you ever a fan of the TV show Lost? I never got into it, but my husband loved that show. He was addicted and couldn’t wait to find out how it was going end. How were all the storylines going to weave in together? After he watched the series finale, he was totally pissed. The ending was lame. He said to me “Well, there’s 6 years of my life I can’t get back.” Have you noticed that no one ever talks about the pilots of TV shows, but everyone talks about the endings of shows? People are still obsessed with the fate of Tony Soprano. The final scenes of 6 Feet Under haunt me still.
 
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    Speak Up For Success

  • Presenting a Talk? Remember, There’s NO SUCH THING as a Big Audience!

    Jezra
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
    It recently occurred to me that, from a certain perspective — that of your audience — there’s no such thing as a big crowd. From your point of view as a presenter, it looks like you’re talking to a lot of people.  Most of us, when we speak to a group, are acutely aware of whether that group comprises 10, 100, or 1000 individuals.  And most of us experience greater anxiety as the number of warm bodies mounts. But from your audience’s perspective, this is an illusion. Why? Because, no matter how many people are sitting in a room, each one of them experiences your…
  • Public Speaking Tip 74: Millennials (Generation Y), Learn to Speak More Slowly and Use Periods.

    Jezra
    11 Aug 2015 | 9:26 am
    You’ve probably noticed that different generations are… well, different. (And Hat Tip to my friend and colleague Anne Loehr, “The Generational Guru” for educating me in this area!) Below are a few big differences among the generations, and then we’ll talk about the youngest group, the Millennials, (also known as Generation Y). A Quick and Dirty Guide to the Three Generations in the Workplace Image by Lyza, Flickr/Creative Commons When I was growing up, people who’d lived through World War II (“Traditionalists,” or “The Greatest…
  • Public Speaking Tip 73: Build Your Confidence and Public Speaking Success in 15 Seconds, Twice a Day

    Jezra
    6 Aug 2015 | 8:13 am
    What if you knew that you could build your public speaking confidence and skills by doing an exercise that takes just 15 seconds, twice a day? You would do that, right? Well, first, here’s the exercise — and then I’ll explain how and why it works. Try This Confidence-Building Exercise. It Only Takes 15 Seconds! Stand in front of your bathroom mirror (actually, any mirror will do). Stand tall, in a relaxed position. Breathe out, getting rid of as much air as you can without straining. As you open your mouth to breathe in again, feel like your Avatar. Now make a simple (even…
  • Public Speaking Tip 72: Small Talk? It’s Not Hard to Master When You Understand It

    Jezra
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    If you feel awkward when you’re making small talk, or try your best to avoid making it, you’re not alone. Many people find the idea of small talk daunting. But small talk gets easier when you understand what it’s really for, and how simple it is to do. The Secret of Small Talk (Hint:  It Isn’t Small, and It’s Not about Talking!) The first thing to realize is that small talk is not a conversation. Small talk is what happens when two people are auditioning each other for a conversation, or possibly a deeper connection. Here’s why we need small talk:  Suppose I…
  • Public Speaking Tip 71: To Get POWER from Your PowerPoint…Transition, Click, and Pause

    Jezra
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    This tip is so simple (and so much fun) that you might find yourself smiling when you use it. Why Are So Many People’s Slide Decks Lackluster? One Reason: No TRANSITIONS! Most people use PowerPoint in a truly feeble way — and I’m not talking about the overcrowded slides, incomprehensible charts, irrelevant data, and disorganized images that we see so often in presentations. We’re not even going into those things (at least not here!) because I know that you would never insult your audience by using PowerPoint as a data dump, right? (tweet this) Nope, what I’m…
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    Business School Presentations

  • Laser Pointer?

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Stanley K. Ridgley Your remote control clicker that advances your slides can have other features allegedly designed to “enhance” your presentation. The chief culprit among these enhancements is a horrid little device called – the Laser Pointer. Even the best of us occasionally thumb that laser pointer self-destruct button built into most remote control clickers. That’s right . . . […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • List-Talk . . . a Bad Presentation Habit

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:49 am
    Stanley K. Ridgley Everyone knows about the atrocious speech pathology called Uptalk, but there’s another speech pattern that sounds much like uptalk and can be a more insidious bad presentation habit. Let’s call it List-Talk. Both pathologies must be fixed to lift your presentation skill to a professional level. Here’s the difference between the two pathologies, both of […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Develop Your Powerful Presentation Voice

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Stanley K. Ridgley If given a choice, would you embrace the opportunity to develop a powerful presentation voice? Or would you demur to take a stand for “natural” voices?  Whatever the hell that is. Rather than a mere provocation, the question is real and addresses one of the most pervasive problems in business presenting today. It’s a problem […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • 100 Presentation Choices

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Stanley K. Ridgley Delivering an especially powerful presentation means choosing . . . it means making 100 presentation choices. Of course, it may not be exactly 100. It could be 120. Or perhaps 80. Regardless, every time you deliver a presentation, you choose repeatedly. Dozens of times. And most often, you are unaware of the silent, invisible choices […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
  • Especially Powerful Posing

    Stanley K. Ridgley
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Stanley K. Ridgley I don’t mean to be a pain to my long-suffering business students, but one power posing exercise that elicits more scorn than it deserves is called “Especially Powerful.” It consists of everyone standing up and then striking a stance of confidence and power. Feet are shoulder-width apart and arms outstretched to either side, palms turned […] Business School Presentations - For Especially Powerful Business Presentations
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  • Glisser Review – Online Interactive Presentations

    Amy Singh
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:23 am
    Glisser is an online platform that allows you to create interactive presentations that can be used for marketing, training or any other type of events. The site has different functions available for presenters, attendees at events and event planners which all focus on allowing for increased presenter-audience interaction. Since creating engaging visual presentations is what we do, I decided to take a closer look at Glisser and see what it’s all about and how the various functionalities work. When you first navigate to the site you are presented with three options, for “Presenters”,…
  • PowerPoint and the Rise of Emoji

    Shay O'Donnell
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:17 am
    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 5 years, you’ll likely have seen the use of colourful icons punctuating texts, tweets, emails, adverts. It seems these little pictures are becoming a weighty force in how we communicate, with many sources (BBC, Telegraph, Guardian etc.) stating that emoji is ‘the fastest growing language’ in the UK. Why is this happening? What does it mean for language? And most importantly, what does it have to do with PowerPoint presentations?! Language as we know it is a highly complex concept that has been built on and developed over thousands of…
  • 5 Reasons PowerPoint Crashes

    Hannah Brownlow
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:03 am
    Blue can be quite a calming colour – a beautiful blue sky or the soft blue of the sea. But one blue that none of us find relaxing is the Blue Screen of Death, a privilege afforded to those of a Windows persuasion when their computers or laptops decide that they can’t face life any longer and the motherboard returns to the mothership. It’s a clear example of when technology gets the better of us and the universe sees our ugly side. There are many more instances we can all bring to mind where this happens, and if you use PowerPoint a lot, chances are you’ll have your fair share of…
  • Body Language Lessons for Presenters

    Kieran Chadha
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:18 am
    You’re on message, but is your body language? I’m not a body language expert, but I have sat through enough presentations, coached enough nervous presenters and trained enough sales reps to know when body language works and when it doesn’t. I’m a firm believer that no one means to give out negative signals when they present – no one intentionally looks hostile or lazy; no one means to come across as overfamiliar or timid. The truth is that on the list of things to address when preparing for a presentation, body language comes pretty far down. Getting the message right, the content,…
  • Three Ways to Use Color to Make More Effective Presentations

    Amy Singh
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:36 am
    I’m no designer, but I have had my fair share of painting classes and they’ve affected the way I think about color and in turn, the way I think about making slides. Color theory is one of the foundational concepts in fine arts, but it also has great relevance in many other areas, including presentations. One of the first things you think about when making a slide for a presentation is how to get the audience to pay attention to the visuals that you are using and understand the message behind your slide. By using color to your advantage, you can strengthen the message of your slide and in…
 
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    SketchBubble Official Blog

  • How Designers Screw up Client Presentations?

    Ashish Arora
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:24 am
    It can be difficult to create a presentation that fulfills all the criteria of good design, while at the same time matching the client’s goal and the expectations of the crowd. Sometimes, even if you are pleased with the work the designer has done, it does not imply that the presentation itself is flawless. Alternatively, […] The post How Designers Screw up Client Presentations? appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • Secrets of Remarkable Presentations

    Ashish Arora
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    The late Steve Jobs was legendary for his speaking skills. In the book The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to be insanely great in front of any audience, author Carmine Gallo talks at length about the time Jobs would spend putting his presentation plan on paper and then the three key steps he would […] The post Secrets of Remarkable Presentations appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • Essential Elements of a Perfectly Designed Presentation

    Ashish Arora
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Designing a presentation in PowerPoint, Prezi or any other platform can look rather easy. However, once we start we begin to doubt ourselves, questioning whether we’ve used the right layout. This is the point when we decide to use a template and play it safe. Of course, it is important to keep the presentation simple […] The post Essential Elements of a Perfectly Designed Presentation appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • The 18-Minute Rule and More Must-have Skills for Public Speakers

    Ashish Arora
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:26 am
    You’ve studied for years to become an expert in your field and now you’ve been called to deliver a keynote address to a conference of your peers. It’s an exciting moment and when they ask you to speak for half an hour, you want to say “yes, yes, yes!” But if you want them to […] The post The 18-Minute Rule and More Must-have Skills for Public Speakers appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
  • Ten Bad Habits That Will Ruin Any Presentation

    Ashish Arora
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:50 am
    The impact of a great speech can be jeopardized by bad presentation skills. Habits developed since pre-school days can stay with you and undermine you to your audience. Here are 10 of the most common bad habits to avoid: Bad Habit No. 1: Failing to put your remarks in context Suppose you are listening to […] The post Ten Bad Habits That Will Ruin Any Presentation appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.
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    audience blog

  • What presenters can learn from Mae West

    pieterb
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:15 am
     I speak two languages: English and body. - Mae West Searching the web, you’ll find that body language is important. Some sources say it’s 80% of communication, others 30%. Regardless of the actual number, body language is important. Even Mae West knew it’s a language in its own right. Eyes DON’T: Close your eyes or avoid eye contact. Avoiding eye contact makes you look insincere and a liar, something you definitely don’t want. DO: Make eye contact with people in the audience. You can demand someone’s attention just by looking them in the eye, a powerful tool everyone who ever…
  • What Presenters can learn from Henry W. Longfellow

    pieterb
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    There are many different ways to end a speech or presentation. A call-to-action helps your audience to take away something from your speech, something to be done. We’ll give you five tips using a real-life example: raising donations for a charity.  1. Be Clear There is a reason why it is called a ‘call-to-action’ and not a ‘suggestion-to-action’. Be clear, descriptive and concrete when calling upon your audience. Don’t assume they’ll ‘know what to do’ or ‘figure it out’. Saying ‘Donate to …’ instead of ‘Maybe you could donate to …’ will lead to more…
  • What presenters can learn from George S. Patton

    pieterb
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:40 am
    If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking. - General George S. Patton General Patton was known for his ruthlessness during the Second World War, but he was also a mastermind tactician and a great leader. Remarkably, he also taught us to think for ourselves and question consensus. The dreaded Q&A Whether you’re presenting for co-workers, a classroom full of 8-year-olds or a TED talk, you should always welcome questions and critique. There are very few people who actually ask questions to ‘take you down’, most just want a clarification or more information. Instead…
  • What presenters can learn from Bruce Lee

    pieterb
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:36 am
    "A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often simply serves as something to aim at." - Bruce Lee We all have them: people who have inspired us, who showed what it’s like to be great at something, our role-models, our heroes. Can a mere presenter be inspirational as well? Of course you can! A key facet of inspiration is that it can be found anywhere. Some people get inspired by a rock star, others by their college professor. Everyone can become an inspiration to others. Think back to all the people who have inspired you over the years. Chances are, most of these are just regular…
  • What Presenters can learn from Ira Glass

    pieterb
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:52 pm
    Great stories happen to those who can tell them. - Ira Glass Know how to tell stories good, and even the most banal of things can be told like it was the biggest adventure. Be the presentation You know exactly what you want to say, you’ve worked hours designing a great looking presentation, you’ve practiced until you could practice no more and still you end up being nothing more than a talking head. Your audience is disinterested and remote, even though your jokes are good and your delivery is excellent. What you’re missing is: passion. Great speakers are passionate The key to giving a…
 
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    Platform Giant | Build Your Platform

  • How to Start Building a Platform Today

    Shane Purnell
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:14 pm
    In part 1 of my interview with Bill O’Hanlon, Bill introduced us to the acronym C.A.R.V.E as a way to create visibility and start building a platform for yourself. In part 2 of our interview Bill shows how to apply the concept of C.A.R.V.E into building a platform. If you don’t remember what C.A.R.V.E stands for or need a quick refresher, head over to the Show Notes for Episode 22 of the Platform Giant Show and get caught up. Let… The post How to Start Building a Platform Today appeared first on Platform Giant | Build Your Platform.
  • CARVE a Platform with Bill O’Hanlon

    Shane Purnell
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:56 am
    CARVE a Platform with Bill O’Hanlon To some he is known as a therapist, to some as an author and to some a success coach, but no one can deny  Bill O’Hanlon knows how to build a platform. He has the credentials. He’s written 37 books, given thousands of speeches. He has the visibility. He’s been interviewed on TV shows like The Oprah Winfrey Show. He has the relationships. He has friends in speaking, publishing and academia. Most importantly, he knows… The post CARVE a Platform with Bill O’Hanlon appeared first on Platform Giant | Build Your Platform.
  • PGS 21 | Ryan Hanley Interview Part 2

    Shane Purnell
    11 Aug 2015 | 2:06 am
    Ryan Hanley- Author, Speaker, Podcaster – Part 2 This is part 2 of my interview with the incomparable Ryan Hanley. Ryan is an expert on content marketing. He shows individuals and small businesses how they can find their audiences, tell their stories and win the battle for attention online. I affectionately refer to this episode as “The Cursing Episode”. In fairness to Ryan, he let one word slip while he was passionately making a point. He is EXTREMELY professional. On episode… The post PGS 21 | Ryan Hanley Interview Part 2 appeared first on Platform Giant | Build Your…
  • PGS 20 | Ryan Hanley – Author of Content Content Warfare Part 1

    Shane Purnell
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:34 pm
      Ryan Hanley Tells How to Conduct and Win Content Warfare In Part 1 of this 2 part interview,  I talk with author, speaker and  podcaster Ryan Hanley. Ryan wrote the “go to book” on content marketing for solopreneurs and small businesses. Content Warfare How to Find Your Audience,  Tell Your Story and Win the Battle for Online Attention  is more than a book on tactics. It’s  the “Why” of Content Marketing. I highly recommend the book, but if you… The post PGS 20 | Ryan Hanley – Author of Content Content Warfare Part 1 appeared first on…
  • 3 Ps of Podcasting – WordCamp Fayetteville

    Shane Purnell
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Presentation Notes from WordCamp Fayetteville 2015 If you’re reading this, you likely saw this talk at WordCamp Fayetteville 2015. If so, please leave a comment in the comment section below and let me know what you thought. The most difficult part of giving this presentation on podcasting was having to leave out so much great information. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to cover all the resources and techniques I wanted to share so this post is my attempt to make up for… The post 3 Ps of Podcasting – WordCamp Fayetteville appeared first on Platform Giant | Build…
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    Expert Media Training

  • 10 Easy Ways to Become a Better Listener in Media Interviews and in Life

    ExpertMediaTraining
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:25 pm
    10 Easy Ways to Become a Better Listener in Media Interviews and in Life For most people, becoming a great communicator is a lifelong endeavor. One of the best ways to become a better communicator is to become a better listener. To be a good listener, you must improve your ability to concentrate and refrain […]
  • How to Avoid Using Jargon in Media Interviews and Communications – Tips from a Media Trainer

    ExpertMediaTraining
    19 May 2015 | 8:35 pm
    How to Avoid Using Jargon in Media Interviews and Communications There is a reason you may be seeing lots of articles about the overuse of jargon. It’s especially important to avoid using jargon in media interviews. What would you think or feel if you heard this statement from a company spokesperson? “We’re incentivizing our brand […]
  • I’m Just a… And Other Undermining Statements to Avoid – Communication Tips from a Media Trainer

    ExpertMediaTraining
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Watch Your Word Choices Our word choices in interviews, speeches, presentations, and even casual conversations, say more about us than most people may realize. Many people undermine themselves without even knowing it. Have you ever heard the owner of a small business say, “We’re just a small…” or an entrepreneur say, “I’m just a…”? The […]
  • Know Your Facts to Book More Interviews – Media Training Tips

    ExpertMediaTraining
    12 Feb 2015 | 10:24 am
    Know Your Facts to Book More Interviews The best media interview guests are those that have a deep knowledge of their subject matter and understand how to talk about their topic in the context of current events, in an engaging manner. This may sound like a tall order, but if you break it down, you […]
  • Have You Visited Our Media Training Resources Page?

    ExpertMediaTraining
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:32 pm
    We recently added a Media Training Resources page to our site, where we share resources and links to communication studies, videos and other useful information. You can access the page at https://expertmediatraining.com/media-training-resources/  
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  • Presenting – A Big Crisis in Leadership Today

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:14 am
    Would you market your business today the same way you were marketing it 30 years ago? Would you use exactly the same technology today that you were using in your business 30 years ago? Would you lead your team exactly the same way today you were 30 years ago? I’m guessing that as leaders we’ve all learned quite a few lessons in the last 30 years and so  for most of us the answer to each of these questions is likely to be a resounding no. If that’s the case, why has the business culture surrounding presenting remained static for decades?  Every week we are called in…
  • Presenting – 4 Tips you don’t hear about body language

    22 Aug 2015 | 3:31 am
    When it comes to presenting what you say is of paramount importance but disregard to the way you say it can undermine and destroy every good intention you have.Most presenters understand the need to project confident, open body language when delivering an important message but there’s a lot more you can do other than to stand tall, smile and uncross your arms. I read an interesting blog this morning entitled ‘The Simple Little Trick That Will Make Audiences Trust You’ which contained some sound advice, although the title concerned me a little. Trust isn’t something you…
  • 10 Easy Tips on How to Present Complex Information

    15 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Regardless of the topic, all presenters share the common goal of ensuring that they keep their audience interested and engaged.  Exceptional presenters aim for much more; they want their audience to feel something, remember their key message and act on it. That’s all well and good but when you’re tasked with sharing complex information, achieving those goals doesn’t appear so easy. Many years of experience and coaching has taught us that it can however be far simpler than you think. Here are 10 easy tips on how to achieve those goals: 1. Be a great Tour Guide A great…
  • 7 Habits of Exceptional Presenters

    9 Aug 2015 | 6:31 am
    I’ve often heard it said that ‘perception is more important than reality’. Whether you agree with such an assertion or not I think it’s reasonable to at least accept the premise that we all see things differently.Every day at Mindful Presenter we help people from all walks of life to become more powerful and effective speakers and to achieve that we need to know what it is they believe it takes to be a great presenter. Each time we ask our delegates that question we end up with an entire wall filled with post it notes each containing a single competency or…
  • 3 Tips to Destroy the Presenter’s No.1 Enemy – Waffling

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:35 am
    Reading slides, reciting bullet points, fidgeting and incessant ‘umming’ and ‘erring’ are amongst the top bad habits we see each week in our presentation skills workshops and coaching sessions. The number 1 spot though is always proudly taken by the same menace - waffling. If you haven’t come across the term before, waffling in a presentation is to speak excessively about something trivial without adding to your overall message. Sound familiar? It’s painful enough having to experience it in the audience but just imagine how destructive it can be to the…
 
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  • Public Speaking – Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills

    Julie Austin
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:03 pm
      Hard skills are those skills that are teachable, based in fact, and can be defined and measured. Some examples would include time management, sales training, social media, copywriting, and accounting. Soft skills are less tangible, often associated with personal traits and character, and are harder to quantify. Some examples would include communication, leadership, teamwork, adaptability, and conflict resolution. With more companies focused on the bottom line, I asked speakers, meeting planners and speaker bureaus if they were seeing more requests for hard skill topics or soft skill…
  • Benefits of Being in a Niche Directory

    Julie Austin
    19 Jul 2015 | 7:03 pm
    A niche directory listing is one of the most effective and least expensive ways to get targeted traffic from the exact customers you’re trying to reach. Search engines put a lot of weight on topic related backlinks, and being listed in a high ranking niche site, which is monitored by humans, is invaluable. Here are some of the benefits of being in a niche directory: Keyword focused, quality, one way link – Link building is one of the most powerful things you can do to to drive traffic to your website. But not all links are equal in the eyes of the search engines. A good quality,…
  • How to Handle a Heckler

    Julie Austin
    21 Jun 2015 | 6:08 pm
    The first job I had when I moved to L.A. was being a bartender at the comedy club The Laugh Factory. As I stood behind the safety of the bar I remember thinking “I’m glad I’m not the one having to deal with hecklers”. But now that I work as a speaker I’m getting a little taste of what it feels like. Though speakers don’t get heckled nearly as much as comedians do, it still happens, and it’s a good idea to be prepared if it does. I asked comedians and speakers how to handle a heckler: “There’s a guaranteed way to avoid heckling in the…
  • How Heavy is a Microphone?

    Julie Austin
    31 May 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Remember when we used to say “women doctors” or “women attorneys”? So why do we still say “women speakers”? In looking up male dominated jobs, I found truck drivers, train conductors, airline pilots, and race car drivers. Are you seeing a pattern here? All involve driving large, heavy vehicles. But there’s no reason women can’t do any of those. I work in 3 male dominated industries, manufacturing, inventing, and public speaking. Yes, public speaking is considered a male dominated industry. Yet it involves no large machinery or heavy lifting. So…
  • Interview With a Speakers Bureau – Speaker Book

    Julie Austin
    10 May 2015 | 9:23 am
    The speaking industry is global, which expands a speaker’s opportunities beyond their own country. International speaking can be quite lucrative, and at some point in your career you might want to think about taking that leap. But every country has their own culture, and written or unwritten rules every public speaker needs to know about. Anthony “Ant” Williams has a unique perspective on the speaking industry, as both a speaker and a speaker bureau owner. If you think being a public speaker is scary and competitive, read on to see how Ant got his start: Can you give us…
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  • 7 stereotypes about men

    Madison Singer
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:48 am
    Stereotypes exist as long as humankind exists. They are our constant partners that screen scoring from us and distort our perception. Prejudices envenom life of many people and cause conflicts. Gender stereotypes are created for centuries. That is why, it is difficult to destroy them. However, the knowledge about them reduces their influence on our lives. It is well-known fact that stereotypes about males are not true for every man. However, these prejudices could be funny, silly or even offensive and derogatory. It is a complicated mix of beliefs and characteristics. All men are sports fans.
  • Exercising on empty stomach

    Madison Singer
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:16 am
    Every fitness fan wonders what the best sports routine is. Whether it is better to eat before training or not. The general idea is that exercising on empty stomach encourages human’s body to burn more fat. The specific state after food intake for eight to twelve hours could be the best for doing sport. Fat turns into fuel because of low insulin level and glycogen stores depleted in the morning. When we are hungry, our bodies start a hormonal process in the system, which leads to burning fat and building muscles. The sensitivity to insulin increases. This hormone absorbs sugars from the…
  • How to reduce fear of failure

    Madison Singer
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:55 am
    Even the bravest person knows what fear of failure is. This feeling rules lives and has an influence on destinies. Many dreams were forgotten and goals were not achieved because of this fear. It could be a real obstacle on the way towards the fullest life. That is why we decided to compose some rules, which would help you to reduce the fear of failure. It is human’s nature to be afraid of a misstep. Many successful people are often vocal about fiasco’s influence on their prosperity. It is impossible to be always brave and never be overtaken by fear. That is why, it is important to put up…
  • How to find passion

    Madison Singer
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:21 am
    Nowadays motivated training and books about obtaining success are very popular. White-toothed speakers smile at us from an advertisement on the Internet, on TV, on big boards and urge us to buy the piece of a dream. Bookstores seduce us to colorful book covers, which promise to share with readers in secrets of success and eternal motivation. The Internet is full of motivating articles and inspirational videos. Nevertheless, millions of people stay in a currently hated job and lead a miserable life. How find passion? Everyone has been tortured by this question just once in his life. How to be…
  • Kyoto : trip advisor

    Madison Singer
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:55 am
    Kyoto is a city, which straddles in modern life of cutting-edge technologies and heroic past of temples and shrines. The ancient capital of Japan has millenary history and keep the glory of past. Due to the rich myriad of architectural masterpieces, Kyoto was excluded off the list of target cities. That is why it could avoid bombing and save the world heritage during WWII. 1. The Golden Pavilion Kinkaku-ji The hallmark of Kyoto is the reflection of the Golden Pavilion in the still water of beautiful pond before it. Kinkaku-ji looks really magnificent when it is set against an emerald green in…
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    Slides Carnival

  • Constance presentation template

    SlidesCarnival
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:36 am
    This one is a completely “out of the box” design. With botanical illustrations in all the slides I assure you it isn’t an easy-to-use template. But, on the other hand, if you find the right topic and time to use it you’ll audience for sure will fall in love with it. It is a perfect design for presentations about gardening, cosmetics, fashion or decoration. Features Fully editable. Easy to change colors, text and photos 25 different slides Creative design with plants and flowers illustrations in every slide Graphs, icons, tables and maps 16:9 screen layout…
  • Aemelia presentation template

    SlidesCarnival
    21 Aug 2015 | 2:24 am
    Another corporate free template for your professional and business presentations. You can change the all-blue color palette if you need to adapt it to your corporate identity. The background pattern of icons is also editable. Give a professional look to your decks and achieve your communication objectives with this free presentation template. Features Fully editable. Easy to change colors, text and photos 25 different slides Formal and professional design with blue color palette and icons pattern Graphs, icons, tables and maps 16:9 screen layout (Can change to 4:3 with a click on…
  • Warwick presentation template

    SlidesCarnival
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:17 am
    If you need to make a professional corporate presentation you should use this free template. The green and blue color palette gives credibility to your message, but you can also change it if you need to adapt it to your brand. Impress your colleagues, boss or teacher effortlessly with this design. Features Fully editable. Easy to change colors, text and photos 25 different slides Serious and professional design with blue and green color palette Graphs, icons, tables and maps 16:9 screen layout (Can change to 4:3 with a click on Google Slides, but some graphic assets may not work well)…
  • Ursula presentation template

    SlidesCarnival
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    Recall the days of the old school with this blackboard-styled free presentation template. Fonts and icons have a fresh hand-drawn look, and white color makes the content pop against the dark textured background. A great template for talking about education. Features Fully editable. Easy to change colors, text and photos 25 different slides Design with blackboard texture background and hand-drawn fonts and icons Graphs, icons, tables and maps 16:9 screen layout (Can change to 4:3 with a click on Google Slides, but some graphic assets may not work well) Use this…
  • Snug presentation template

    SlidesCarnival
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:29 am
    If you want to achieve a bold and modern look you should choose this free presentation template. The design is really simple, using only black and yellow, but it will work great with any color, especially if you choose fluorescent ones (green, cyan, fucsia…). If you have a strong message to deliver or you want to keep the attention of your audience I believe this is the right template. Features Fully editable. Easy to change colors, text and photos 25 different slides Modern design with black and yellow color palette Graphs, icons, tables and maps 16:9 screen layout (Can…
 
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